Sep 18, 2013

If you are a DIY fan you’re going to love the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged, a fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta happening at the Calgary Home + Design Show this weekend.

Habitat for Humanity - Southern Alberta

For Calgary’s first Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged, six creative locals are repurposing doors from ReStore Calgary to be sold in a silent auction at the Calgary Home + Design Show. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with upcycling, it’s the latest design trend that has DIY enthusiasts transforming seemingly unusable products into modern furniture and home décor pieces.

The finished works to be unveiled at the show this weekend were created by Mike Lam, Brooklyn Berry, Amy Wakefield, Jaelyn Molyneux, Kathy Hale and team Kait Kucy and Mackenzie Clarke.

Mike Lam is owner and designer at Mike Lam Design Inc., an eco-friendly boutique furniture company founded in 2012. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Edmonton, Mike’s dual heritage and ability to marry aesthetic values of east and west is expressed through his beautiful, emotionally accessible designs.

BrooklynBerry, interior designer and  mom to three boys, catalogues her ideas and artistic inspiration on her blog Brookyln Berry Designs. Brooke believes that personality trumps trends, and revels in creating spaces that reflects who you are and what you love.

Amy Wakefield is a photographer who captures her travels far and near on film. With a penchant for antiquities and history-laden pieces and places, Amy creates original photographic images that are hand made into functional artwork and home décor.

Jaelyn Molyneux is the web editor of, the digital extension of city lifestyle magazine Avenue Calgary. When she’s not adding to the conversation on social media or writing and editing stories about the latest food, style and city news in Calgary, she likes to get crafty.

Kathy Hale is an artist and the current president of the Calgary Artists’ Society. Finding constant inspiration in abstract patterns of light and colour from a broad range of subjects, Kathy believes that art is good for the soul and is happiest with a paintbrush in hand.


Blogging duo Kait Kucy and Mackenzie Clarke of The Standard Issue are combining their talents for the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged. Kait, a writer, and Mackenzie, an interior and graphic designer, cover the best shops, spots and emerging talent that Canada has to offer.

We can’t wait to see how the upcyclers transformed their doors from ReStore Calgary, one of 80 donation centres across Canada that raise funds for Habitat for Humanity by selling gently used furniture, appliances, home décor, appliances and building materials.

You can participate in the action at the Calgary Home + Design Show by bidding on your favourite restored piece. It’s not too late to get tickets! 

For 2-for-1 tickets to either show order HERE and save today!