Longtime Habitat for Humanity of Collier County partner, International Design Source and luxury interior design firm, LMG Design, recently lent their talents to design a new Habitat Home in the community of Whitaker Woods. The team staged the home with selections from Habitat Collier’s two Naples ReStore locations, giving prospective homeowners a glimpse of what a home might look like.
“Some of us love a blank canvas and for others, empty rooms and bare walls make it a little difficult to imagine yourself in a space,” says Habitat Collier CEO, Rev. Lisa Lefkow. “The team at IDS has always been an incredibly generous partner, so when we decided to set up a model home, there was no doubt who we would ask.”
In addition to furnishing the home with a variety of furniture and home decor from the nonprofit’s ReStore locations, the designers were creative and collaborative. They brought in Blake Becker of Becker Home Maintenance, who provided both paint and labor free of charge and used their own skills to make painted wall art, decorative leaves, peel-and-stick tiles and removable wall coverings. The LMG Design Consulting Inc. team says this collaboration presented a unique and exciting opportunity.
“Partnering with International Design Source and Habitat Collier on this model home was exciting and we enjoyed shopping the Collier County ReStores for pieces to repurpose and ways to add color and interest,” said LMG Design Consulting Owner, Lisa Guild . “International Design Source is a great resource for the trade here in Naples and their donations to the project have been substantial. We are honored to be a part of our community’s continued support of Habitat.”
Habitat homeowners undergo an intensive approval process before purchasing their homes with an interest-free mortgage. Each household must meet the organization’s income requirements, undergo credit and criminal background checks, invest sweat equity hours to build on the job site, and take readiness classes to strengthen skills like home maintenance, budgeting and more. When completed, Whitaker Woods will be home to 125 families.
Habitat for Humanity of Collier County empowers struggling families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat Collier is one of the oldest and most successful Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1978, Habitat Collier has built nearly 2,500 homes in Naples and Immokalee. For more information, visit www.HabitatCollier.org. ¦