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Interior Design Students Redesign Habitat for Humanity's ReStore

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Category: College/Campus News

Published: Sep 30 2009 12:00AM

This summer, the Interior Design Club completed a volunteer project for Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County. The students worked in the organization's ReStore, a retail operation in Gaithersburg that sells new and used home improvement items, furniture and accessories to the general public.

After a talk on the history of ReStore given by Adeela Abbasi, the marketing and communications manager for ReStore, the students divided into two groups. In the store, students staged two vignettes, using the furniture and home accessories found within the store, to help improve sales. Group A decided created a traditional vignette, while Group B decided upon a modern one. With the help of store volunteers, the students selected the appropriate furniture for their vignettes and, several hours later, the vignettes were complete. Student participants included Veronica Ceron, Mimi Yuet, Sanjukta Sil-Upadhyay, Michelle Lee, Emilie Drouet, Rida Zuberi, Tay Yuan Yan and Charlene Tan.

Since the student visit, Ms. Abbasi has reported that furniture sales have improved. The club plans to return this fall and redesign the store again.

For photos of the students and before and after photos of their work, visit

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