Design competition brings forests, northern lights to Cox Convention Center

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Vicki Vanstavern is putting trees in her dining room inside the Cox Convention Center.

"They were found beside I-35 where there had been a grass fire. So, everything was burned up and all the trees were dead, so they just went and chopped them down," VanStavern said.

Dozens of architects, designers and contractors created 10 different themed rooms as part of the first ever Design Appetit, a competition benefiting focus on home, a nonprofit providing furniture for people in need.

"People think homelessness ends when that house or apartment is found, but it really doesn't. You go into that house and there's nothing in there and people are living without anything," Executive Director of Focus on Home Jolie Sanders said.

Focus on Home provides mattresses, pillows and other home necessities.

The public will be able to vote for their favorite dining room, and there's plenty to fit anyone's personality type.

A rock room with an Elton John autographed piano a room created to look like the northern lights and an Indian themed room fit for a wedding to name a few.

"Indian weddings are a celebration of family...bringing two people together…a families together. But then again the idea that this is a new beginning much like what Focus on Home does...provide a new beginning,” Farooq Karim with Rees Associates said.

Rees Associates is a local architecture firm with years of experience building television studios including the upcoming KFOR building.

Rees is one of ten groups fighting for the title of best designer.

The public is invited to see these designs in person 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

All they ask for is $10 donation.

Click here for more information on Focus on Home 

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