Home Show Trendwatch: Containers to Worship

Sep 08, 2016
Resourceful designers are turning more and more to housing alternatives, like the popular “man shed” and “tiny home” movements. And now a new feature at the Raleigh Home Show gives a fresh take on another residential and business living space: the shipping container.


The Designer Container Showroom feature is courtesy of Carolina Containers & Transport and showcases the talents of student teams from the American Society of Interior Designers Student Chapter led by Kaysie Blazekovich and Emily Laivins.

Shipping containers fall in the same family with the tiny house movement, a trend that’s become increasingly more mainstream. The American Tiny House Association defines “tiny” as living in a home that’s 400-square-feet or less and while most shipping containers average between 500-800-square-feet. As more consumers seek sustainable and downsized spaces, shipping containers are going places beyond the back of an 18-wheeler or a railroad car.


So how will the design team reimagine these sturdy boxes as chic dwellings? Here’s a sneak peek inside the Designer Containers at the Raleigh Home Show:

Container #1 - “Rough Nickel” Room: Man Cave
Designers: Zachary Schiller and Jasmine Sanges Description: Usually in a home the wife gets the rest of the home to accessorize, the man cave is a space for a man to relax.

Container #2 - Room: Dining Room Rustic
Dining Designers: Kaysie Blazekovich and Bajha Huggins Refreshing in its simplicity, rustic style highlights natural beauty and a rugged, resilient spirit. Rustic interiors have a sense of connection to the past that's hard to resist.

Container #3 - “Reinvented Workspace” - Upcycled and Repurposed
Designers: Emily Laivins and Mary Honeycutt Furniture Provider: Wake County Habitat of Humanities Description: To inspire people to view reused pieces as DIY opportunities rather than curbside rubbish.

Container #4 - Loft Room 
Designers: Zachary Schiller, Jasmine Sanges, Emily Laivins and Kaysie Blazekovich An eclectic space used for many family gatherings. Kids of all ages will surely walk away with an impression. This multi-purpose, fun space will have many colors, textures and furnishings


Guests can cast a vote for their favorite “Desire to Inspire” Container - and one lucky voter will get a free consultation from one the designers! Don't have tickets to the Raleigh Home Show yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook and treat a friend to a weekend full of design ideas, decor inspiration, home improvement tips, and more! The Raleigh Home Show takes over the Raleigh Convention Center September 9-11, 2016. We can't wait to see you there!

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