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Okay, before we dive into the stunning interior design work and jaw-dropping thrifting skills of Mr. Goodwill Hunting (aka Rashon Carraway), I have to comment on his killer wardrobe.


So sophisticated! So suave! (And handsome, too, yes?) Rashon told me, “My dress definitely influences my interior design style. I believe most people can have a comfortable space if they create a home that directly resembles their wardrobe.” Let’s take a look at his living room, shall we?


One of my favorite aspects of the blog Mr. Goodwill Hunting is that Rashon not only shares the treasures he finds for his clients, he also shares decor updates and design ideas from his own home. His love of interior design and repurposed decor is instantly evident in his living room. What a stunning space. What was once an outdated, striped sofa, Rashon reupholstered for a fresh, contemporary look. And while Rashon says his living room is “in process”, I think it looks magnificent as is.

Table Lamp before and after - Mr. Goodwill Hunting - Rashon Carraway - HGTV Design Happens

Then there’s Mr. Goodwill Hunting’s gift for turning a $10 thrift store sofa or $2 yard sale table lamp into a work of art. I hardly ever get lucky on my trips to Goodwill, but he manages to always walk out with something special, either for his clients or his own posh space. And as a sucker for before-and-after makeovers, I can’t get over his talent for upcycling furniture and accessories.


Photo (right) via Studio Ten 25

While it’s hard for me to imagine what something covered in crud could look like with a little TLC, Mr. Goodwill Hunting can sort through piles of flea market or salvage stuff and come out with the perfect piece, clean it up, paint it and turn it into the coffee table’s newest focal point. This horse head is brilliant (and could totally fit into my equestrian-inspired blog post, too). And guess what – Rashon says his favorite places to go thrifting are non-cities. “There are tons of pieces waiting to be discovered that are hidden in decade-old homes and small towns,” he shared. (By the way, his blog is packed with helpful thrifting tips.)

I asked Rashon about the point in his life when he knew he truly loved interior design. He said, “When I started college in 2002, I had my own space and wanted my personal style to be part of every aspect of my life. So, after watching HGTV and being hooked on various design shows, I started visiting my local thrift stores and began personalizing my college dorm and pretty much every space after that.” And while he doesn’t remember specifics about the first thrifting trip that really sparked his passion for repurposed design, he credits his desire to update and personalize his wardrobe on a tight budget with really getting the ball rolling.


The Nate Berkus Show

In case you didn’t know, Mr. Goodwill Hunting is officially of celebrity status in the design world. During his recent feature on The Nate Berkus Show, he took on a time-crunching, penny-pinching design challenge. Can you believe that most of the items in this New Jersey living room were thrifted or restored? Plus, the entire room was done on a $300 budget! Now, that’s my kind of makeover. With his keen eye for deals and potential, he nabbed six of these cane-back armchairs at a Manhattan Salvation Army store for a whopping $100, gave them a conservative facelift and voila! (To see Rashon in action, check out the budget-friendly makeover and big reveal.)

By the way, if your home is in need of a budget-friendly design intervention, Mr. Goodwill Hunting recently launched a new design service … via Skype. Rashon provides an economical inspiration board with fabric swatches, paint samples and items sourced from your local thrift store, secondhand shop or online source for a one room/one hour flat rate.

So, Mr. Goodwill Hunting, if you ever happen to pass through Knoxville, Tenn., you have a guaranteed shopping companion here. (I’m sure all the HGTV staffers would fight me on that.)

And from all of us at HGTV Design Happens…Happy Birthday, Mr. Goodwill Hunting!

46 Responses

  1. Delisa Gibbs says:

    Rashon Carraway aka " Mr. Goodwill Hunting" is totally talented and has even awed not only all of us but even our very own Nate Berkus. This young man deserves his own show

  2. Lisa@BMA says:

    I love his blog! It was one of the first ones I sumbled upon when I started mine! It amazes me what he comes up with :) I try to make it to Goowill a few imes a week and almos everything in my house is from there!
    Lisa <a href="http://www.beforemeetsafer-frugalfinder.blogspot.com” target=”_blank”>www.beforemeetsafer-frugalfinder.blogspot.com

  3. micki glaser says:

    I saw this genius of a designer on Nates tv show. He is an amazing artistic gem to see what he has done for so little. I am 81 yrs young and would love to so some of the things he has shone that can be done for so little. Updating my living room and bedroom would make a whole difference in lighting up my life. I am going to seek out some places to see if I can make a change on my own- Thank you Mr Genius – you are appreciated

  4. Pamela says:

    Love the shows Ronnie. Keep up the good work.

  5. CAN says:

    okay, seriously poor choice for clothes

  6. Carla Aston says:

    I've been following Mr. GWH for awhile. So happy for his success. I found this blog through his. I'd love to have you stop by my design blog, <a href="http://www.designinthewoods.blogspot.com” target=”_blank”>www.designinthewoods.blogspot.com. Let me know what you think!

  7. Angelique says:

    Can anybody tell me were in manhatten salvation army did he go to please so i and go visit. Thank you

  8. I love thrifting! I am in Goodwill at LEAST once a week, bare minimum. I have furnished so many spaces using goodwill finds and creative re-purposing. I went on Nate Berkus also to share my love of thrifty decorating and trash to treasure finds. I love that Mr. Carraway is sharing this 'lifestyle' with the world! And he is sooo good at it! See my Nate Berkus episode and more at my blog: hayestone.blogspot.com Congrats Rashon on all your well deserved success!!

  9. wanda morrow says:

    I have been shopping thrift stores for years but I certainly can't make a room look like Rashon does with them. I would love to see him with his own show!

  10. Maria says:

    What an inspiration you are!!! Thank you for such beautiful work. I love going to thrift shops and yard sales. There is so many beautiful things we can find to make our space look beautiful without braking the budget especially in this hard times. Keep up the good work and may God bless your journey!!!

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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