ReDesigNation, a new and used consignment furniture and home design store, has relocated to Wilkinsburg. In the spirit of the business—to remake old things—owner Jordan Deane has retrofitted a former church and cathedral space to showcase her work.
And while the space is an interesting way to showcase furniture that Deane has refurbished, and in some cases completely reimagined, she wants to make sure the building plays a greater role in the community.
“We don’t just want it to be about my furniture store and business,” Deane says. She and her husband are considering ideas such as a community garden, or a community kitchen, to be hosted here.
“We already know that it’s great for events,” Deane says, as the cathedral was recently used for a community member’s baby shower. And because the furniture is already used, it can be part of an event, and remain listed for sale as well, she says.
According to Deane, midcentury modern is currently very popular in home decor and furniture, which suits her own tastes.
“It’s actually my favorite era to go for,” Deane says. “I take a lot of midcentury modern pieces and I’ll either restore it back to its original grandeur, or I'll paint it funky colors, because it just kind of lends itself to being a funky piece.”
There are numerous empty storefronts in this part of Wilkinsburg. But Deane hopes her revival of the former church, which was a foreclosure and had fallen into disrepair, can encourage more businesses to relocate to this part of the city.
ReDesigNation was previously located in Squirrel Hill. The shop is currently open by appointment. For more information, visit Deane’s blog
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Jordan Deane