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Interior Design Showdown

The style election: Vote on Dallas Design Duel's fab home makeovers

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Breck Woolsey and Carolina Gentry Design Duel 2012
Dallas interior designers Breck Woolsey and Carolina Gentry compete for the Design Duel crown. Photo courtesy of Design Duel

Two lucky Dallas homeowners are getting a semi-extreme home makeover, compliments of local design superstars Breck Woolsey, of Breckinridge Taylor, and Carolina V. Gentry, of Pulp Design Studios.

Redesign recipients were winners in the Dallas-area Habitat for Humanity Design Duel, an annual competition that pits local designers against each other to transform the living and dining rooms in each lucky winner’s house.

The designers had $3,000 and three weeks to design the spaces with items from Dallas ReStores, which sell new and gently used home decor and home improvement wares at deep discounts. The challenge for the designers: creatively redo the rooms with a limited budget and timeline.

Habitat for Humanity reviewed the applications and whittled down the pool of contestants to five semi-finalists. Then the public chose homeowners Ayla Hawley and Royeni Tjoa, who were matched up with a designer.

And now you can help decide which designer wins the competition. Cast your vote for your favorite makeover November 6-12 on the Design Duel website.

Then the panel of judgesLauren Przybyl, of Good Day Dallas; interior designer Barbara Gilbert; Peggy Levinson of D Home; 2011 Design Duel winner Sarah Pickard; Britney Ratto, of RSVP Event Studio; and Linda Harty, of the Art Institute of Dallas — will weigh in to crown a Design Duel champ. The winner of the public votes gets an additional 20 points tacked on to his or her score.

Good to know: All proceeds from Dallas ReStores fund the Dallas Habitat mission. So next time you need cabinetry, lighting fixtures, flooring or ceramic tile for an upcoming home-improvement project, you know where to shop.

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