Art and Community
Over the years, Lilliana has collected and upcycled numerous pieces of furniture and every single one is uniquely different.
When choosing furniture for each new project, Lilliana looks for pieces with unique qualities and wood material for her to paint on. Since she works full-time as a Behavioral Specialist and takes care of Gordan, the process in completing one project is long. However, her husband Joseph pitches in by sanding and cleaning up the pieces before she paints. Nearly all the furniture she’s painted as well as canvases and frames for her other artwork, are from the ReStore.
In 2020, Lilliana won the Philly Home Show Upcycle Challenge and donated the prize money back to the ReStore. “I didn’t have to think twice about it because I always like to support [the ReStore], because I always feel supported by them”, explained Lilliana.
As a longtime shopper and friend to the ReStore, Lilliana shares about the staff members and volunteers she often interacts with, “They’re just very nice and pleasant people. I like them all. Chris and Angie, the managers, are so welcoming every time—we always have conversations when I visit.” Lilliana can recognize many of the staff members and volunteers and says, “we [Joseph and I] have been going for years and it’s very nice [to see] people investing their time.”