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Nine lucky Canberrans have been chosen to compete for Canberra’s reality styling challenge Decorate for a Difference.

The four teams of two, and a solo stylist, will go head-to-head on Saturday 18 August to give raize the roof’s charity house in Bonner a complete styling overhaul, getting it ready for auction on Saturday 20 October 2018.

While many of the teams come armed with styling experience in Canberra and nationally, some teams are underdogs and were chosen for their passion and creative applications. Their day jobs range from yoga teachers to graphic designers, public servants

With the help of IKEA Canberra, teams will select their furniture and styling items and completely decorate their zones in just one day.

Guided by Luton Properties auctioneer Jason Roses, teams will be given a brief on current trends in the Canberra market to get the best possible price for the three-bedroom charity house. Contestants will have exclusive after-hours access to IKEA Canberra, along with an army of IKEA co-workers to help them assemble their chosen pieces on the day.

The competition will be broadcast on social media as a reality show, and the Canberra community will be instrumental in the final styling choices and voting for their favourite zone.

The winning team based on a combination of points from the judges, and voting from the Canberra public, will be crowned Canberra’s Top Stylist/s and receive $1500 worth of products from IKEA.

Voting is simple – every dollar donated is a vote towards your favourite zone. One lucky voter from the public will win a money-can’t-buy exclusive in-home consultation with IKEA Canberra and a $500 IKEA gift card.

If Canberrans love what they see in the house, they can bid for the furniture and styled items in each room, generously donated by IKEA Canberra with all proceeds going to the Charity House project.

Half the proceeds from the auction of the Charity House will be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation to support children with serious illness and their families living in the Canberra region. The other half will go towards supporting SOS Children’s Villages to develop self-sustainable projects, which support orphaned children in Botswana.

Follow #decorateforadifference on Instagram and Facebook (and @raizetheroof) to stay up-to-date and to donate.


Shelley and Mia – The Wallpaper Flowers from Coombs and Dickson

Best friends Shelley and Mia met at Art School almost 20 years ago (they are both goldsmiths) and both have a strong background in arts and design. Mia has worked at the Canberra Glassworks and now works for Arts ACT. For the past 15 years, Shelley has had a private contemporary jewellery practice based at Gorman House.

It may come from the 20+ years of working in a design field, or it may be that they are just born with it, but Shelley and Mia believe that designing interiors is their very special superpower.

They have also spent copious amounts of time at IKEA – quality time, and assure us that they will stop at nothing to make their zone the most beautiful, cosy, appealing space you could ever want in a home. They won’t be able to rest until it is.

Rose Polglase – The Lone Stylist from Gowrie

Rose grew up appreciating beautiful aesthetics, trending design and adoring style. From a young age, she has been obsessed with styling across beauty, fashion and interiors. She likes to create spaces that feel like home and help improve the livelihood of others which is why she applied for Decorate for a Difference!

Creativity has always been Rose’s lifeblood and she is ready to take a step out into the unknown, put herself out there as the only solo challenger in Decorate for a Difference and embrace the uncertainty with this exciting challenge.

Instagram: @home_eclectic

Kait and Andy – Team Kandy from Queanbeyan and Crace

Best friends Kait and Andy met at Design School – Kait works in design and Andy is a town planner (who also loves yoga!). They are used to creating designs based on a brief and like to push the boundaries.

They are a fun and passionate duo whose own style is a contradiction – they like minimalist, clean styles but are drawn to boho spiritual influences.

Maria and Nicole – Sisters from the Southside from Chifley

Maria is the founder and interior designer of Studio Black Interiors, a residential interior design practice while her sister Nicole is her glorified style sidekick and trainee.

Canberra born and bred, Maria and Nicole are obsessed with interiors – building and styling are in their genes.

Maria is a qualified Interior Decorator and has recently completed a Diploma of Interior Design. Interior design is their ‘happy place’, and these bubbly sisters love creating spaces that people love coming home to.

With a keen eye for detail, and using an intuitive approach to styling and design, they look forward to creating a space that’s not only gorgeous but functional and practical.

Instagram: @studioblackinteriors

Pip and Ron – decor-daters from Holder

When they’re not chasing around their 16-month-old son, partners Pip and Ron are really into upcycling and repurposing furniture. They can spend hours at The Green Shed fossicking to find a gem! They also consider themselves to be ‘Gumtree gurus’ hunting down bargain buys. They save to buy statement pieces and team them with treasures they find along the way to create an eclectic yet balanced room.

They love Scandinavian furniture, are fans of industrial warehouses, appreciate raw materials and natural light. These DIY home renovators will no doubt create an aesthetically pleasing, but functional space at the raize the roof charity house!

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