Thursday, October 15, 2009

ReNEWvenation is here!

ReNEWvenation starts this Saturday at 10AM - 4PM!!!

You must come and bring all your friends to see the incredible rooms done by Decorum, Dwell, Design Ranch, Regeneration Factory, Hands, The Mansion, Mercy Gift Shop, Jaz it Up, Stuff Etc, Michael Lensing, Kelsie Fobian, United Action for Youth, ReStore and Bachmeier Interiors. Every room has its own unique look, so be prepared for some inspired ideas that you can make your own!

The event runs the 17th and 18th, the 24th and 25th. Saturday hours are 10-4, and Sundays 12-4. Be sure to stop back from 4-6PM on Sunday the 25th to shop the show! Most items will be available for purchase and ready to take right home.

If all this fun wasn't enough, be sure to purchase a ticket for our drawing! The vendors have graciously donated artwork, accessories, and gift certificates. $5 for one ticket, or $20 for four.

Tickets for the event are available at the door for $10 each. Watch for our article in the Press Citizen on Friday the 17th!!

We couldn't have made this event possible without the help of our wonderful sponsors: Riverside Casino and Resort, Hills Bank, Lensing Funeral Home, F&M Bank, Hawkeye Title, Nancy Steyers - Blank and McCune, and Jill Armstrong - Lepic Kroeger. We appreciate your support!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sponsorship opportunities are available for ReNEWVenation. If you are interested, please email Jan at

We are very excited about the buzz being generated for our unique event - being the first of its kind in our area, you'll be amazed by the great ways you can decorate and be earth friendly!

What are ways you can be green in decorating?

1. Just because you've had Grandma's chair in your family for 50 years doesn't mean you should kick it to the landfill. An experienced upholstery person, like Amy at Regeneration Factory, can tear down that piece, tighten up the joints, and rebuild the frame. In many cases, you'll have a better frame that lasts longer and sits better. Get a second opinion from Amy before you lose hope.

2. When considering new furniture, look for companies that are environmentally responsible. The Mansion recommends Lee Furniture for their committment to taking care of the earth - this company has been doing it since 1969, and you can read more about their fabulous upholstered pieces at The designers at The Mansion love this line for its versatile, chic pieces, as well as its fantastic price point. Lee creates well made, affordable seatingthat will last a long time.

3. Being environmentally responsible isn't hard. In fact, you may already have decorated in you home with materials that are green. Linen and cotton are renewable resources that have long lifespans. Stainless steel, recycled glass, aluminum, and many other types of materials you see daily are certainly considered earth friendly.

Before you throw out that old accessory, think about how you might reuse it. Paint, glue guns, and drills can help you make those simple changes and extend the life of a piece.

4. Don't forget that "vintage" counts because you are saving an item from going to the landfill. That's why shopping at stores like Stuff, Etc, Decorum, and other resale shops is important. There are gems in the rough just waiting to be found. Take an old trim or ribbon to add spunk to a lampshade or drapery edge. Use some elbow grease and sand down a table to be painted. Ask your creative friends to lend a hand if you are stumped.

5. Reclaimed wood and woods from certfied sustainable forests are found readily in new furniture pieces. The designers at Dwell offer many chic resources for pieces in your home. Reclaimed wood comes from old barns, homes, or other wood sources and is repurposed into something new.

6. The Forest Stewardship Council ( is dedicated to educating us about how forests are harvested for building use. Some of the lines offered at Dwell and The Mansion will purchase wood that is certified by the FSC. You'll also find home building products such as cabinetry lines that will only purchase their wood from FSC members.

7. Sherwin Williams has a line of low VOC paints that keep the air and land fills less toxic. The colors are amazing and you'll be impressed by how well it covers. Your room can be transformed in less than a day, or maybe you are covering that old metal coffee table with a new coat of paint. Sherwin Williams will lead you to the right product.

8. Being green may be a trendy thing now, but will continue to be a lifestyle. Educate yourself on the little things you can do to become more enviromentally responsible. We hope ReNEWvenation will get your creative juices flowing for more inspiration!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

ReNEWvenation has added an additional weekend to its event, and will now be a part of the Iowa City Homebuilder's New Construction event, October 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th.

Tickets are $10 to view the two condos featured at 18 Trevose and 23 Newlyn in Idylwild, and are seperate from the ticket for the Homebuilder's show. Funds raised from our event will benefit Iowa City Junior Service League Projects.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

We are on the move forward with ReNEWvenation and excited to announce some of the vendors that will be decorating the condos at Idylwild for us!

18 Trevose
Regeneration Factory

23 Newlyn
Jazz it Up!
The Mansion
Hands Jewelers
Michael Lensing

We will also be featuring artwork by Kelsi Fobian, Patrick Muller, and Chris Merkle.

The slots are filling up quickly, and excitement is building. We can't wait to see the inspiring end results! There are still some spots available, but please contact Jan Finlayson for information at 319-321-7360 or

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We Need YOUR help!

Welcome to ReNEWvenation!

ReNEWvenation is a unique fundraiser for the Iowa City Junior Service League coming up fast on Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th, 2009.

The event will feature two flood-effected condos in the Idylwild Neighborhood and showcase how the community can reuse, recycle, and restore in decorating. The condos will feature interior designers and artists decorating rooms and using items that have been restored or reused. Interior designers will be assigned a room and are expected to collaborate with either their own partners or any artists that want to participate. Artists are invited to see the space for potential mural work, faux painting, furniture painting, as well as providing art for the walls and accessories. All furnishings used should have some sort of element that pertains to the theme or are sustainable in nature.

The ICJSL would like to invite any potential participants to tour the two condos on Friday, August 14th between 9AM and 12PM to get a better sense of the space and discuss how they could take part. The addresses of the two locations are: 18 Trevose and 23 Newlyn. Those interested are encouraged to come during that time frame to tour.

The ICJSL is partnering with B&H Builders who have built both condos. Again, the fundraising event will be held Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th, and feature a sale of the items used at the end of the day on Sunday to the public. The fundraiser will benefit flood relief, as well as ICJSL projects.

If you are unable to attend the open house, please email or call Jan Finlayson at 319-321-7360 to arrange a time. You can learn more about the ICJSL at This is a great opportunity for the community to take part in!

It's amazing what a little water can do....

Some of the damage at Idylwild

Getting rid of the mold

Clean up and tear out

After the water receded

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Flood of 2008

Last summer, the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids cooridor was largely effected by the flooding of the Iowa River and Cedar River, devastating many lives. We've come a long way in one year, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

The Iowa City Junior Service League has become a prominent figure in assisting women and children related projects in the Iowa City-Coralville area, and felt that it was necessary to do something relevant that can help our community rebuild.

This past spring, Michael Lensing was so kind to share the idea of this fundraiser with us. In addtion to the struggle with the flood, the nation is in the middle of a deep recession. ReNEWvenation embodies the things we need to do right now: reuse, recycle, restore. We can be creative in the ways we go about it, and give inspiration at the same time.

This fundraiser will take place October 24th and 25th, in the flood affected areas of Idylwild subdivision. Mark your calendars to see how two rejuvenated condos can showcase items that fit this theme by being something restored or created with sustainable materials.