Interior Designers of Nova Scotia take over Habitat’s Halifax ReStore

Members Celebrate World Interiors Day 2017 by Giving Back

On Saturday, May 27th a dozen members of Interior Designers of Nova Scotia will take over volunteer duties at Habitat for Humanity’s Halifax ReStore at 127 Chain Lake Drive in Bayer’s Lake, offering their advice and services to customers free of charge for the day.  A fitting way to celebrate IFI World Interiors Day 2017, members will use the opportunity to educate the public about the role of an interior designer to create spaces for those who will use them, addressing matters of accessibility, sustainability and functionality.

“From helping to fit cabinetry and fixtures into an existing space to designing how families will function, move and interact with a brand new space, our members are really looking forward to putting our skills and experience to use to help ReStore customers to best utilize and incorporate their purchases into their lives,” said Fran Underwood, Sr. Interior Designer & Communications Chair, IDNS. “And we get to make a positive impact for families who need safe, healthy homes here in Nova Scotia.”

“Our social enterprise wouldn’t be successful without the support of loyal volunteer and groups just like IDNS,”Marie-France LeBlanc, CEO, Habitat for Humanity NS

The ReStore is a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable retailer that accepts and resells quality new and vintage goods and materials for home improvement. The inventory is 100% donated by local and national businesses, and by citizens in the community. This unique social enterprise supports the administrative and fundraising costs of the organization so that every dollar donated goes directly to building safe, healthy homes for Nova Scotia families.

Volunteers continue to be the crux of the ReStores success, with both locations staffed almost entirely by volunteers. “Our social enterprise wouldn’t be successful without the support of loyal volunteer and groups just like IDNS,” says Marie-France LeBlanc, CEO, Habitat for Humanity NS. “We’re thrilled IDNS chose us to partner with on World Interiors Day. Volunteer commitment allows us to put our fundraising dollars directly in to the homes we build.”

Habitat Nova Scotia will build five homes to completion this year across the province – two in Halifax, one in Bridgewater, one in Whitney Pier, and one in Oxford. The organization is also in the progress of seeking a development agreement for its new 90+ affordable home community in Spryfield.


Do you enjoy shopping? Fixing things? Hanging out in the local hardware store? Combine your passions into a volunteer position at a Habitat Nova Scotia Restore. When you help the ReStore, you help families in your community. We are currently looking for more volunteers in the areas of cashier, warehouse associates, drivers and assistant drivers. If you’re interested in volunteering visit our page here or email volunteer@habitatns.ca.