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Inspiration from Readers

I’m not sure if you’ve been clicking over to Flickr to follow our Fabulous Stationery/decor8 contest, but we had over 100 creative entries this week. If you do not see your entry in this pool by noon tomorrow (8/10), please comment below because I want to make sure I have everyone accounted for. :) I pulled in the talented designer at Fabulous Stationery, Trish DeMasi, to help me select the 4 winners, so I’ll use her feedback to help determine the winners. If I get stuck, I may ask for some help from readers by posting my top 10 favorites or something. Here are some that are so beautiful, I have to share them with everyone passing through decor8 today.

Entry # 106 Dhruti Dogra from New Delhi, India. “This Birds of a Feather card reminds me of the onset of spring, of new beginnings, of lightness in the step, of giddiness in the head. I design nature inspired home textiles and these pictures had me dreaming of a cottage in the Himalayas; of the morning sun streaming in to the bedroom window, of chirping birds as my alarm; of handpicked flowers filling the rooms; of running around the hills catching butterflies with my son. Quoting the 17th century poet Robert Herrick, “I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers. Of April, May, of June, and July flowers. I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes, of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes.? – Dhruti.

Entry #104 Julia Edvardsson from Michigan, “Severna – I love the pink and green combo and graphic background. As for the rooms I paired with the card, they too appeal to me because of their intense use of graphics and color. I’m loving all things kelly green and just like everyone else these days, the trellis.” – Julia.

Entry #103 Krysta Butler in Michigan, “Pepito – I chose this card whose tag line is ‘Bold, with a hint of whimsy’ which accurately describes why I was drawn to it! I love the boldness of the dark brown bull with touches of whimsy like the bright pink ring. It reminds me of my personal decorating style which is a lot of strong classic pieces coupled with hits of the unexpected. The rooms that I chose are rooms that I have used as inspiration in one way or another when selecting pieces for my own home. They capture the ‘Bold with a hint of whimsy’ tag line well.” – Krysta

Entry #98 Melissa Dominguez from Panama City, Panama, “Daniel Mortonson – I chose this card because of it’s modern design and bold colors, I love the combination! I’m into modern decoration, and I think orange brings personality and contrast to any space, it creates a really cool retro/modern look.” – Melissa.

Entry #39 Maria Fe Calvo-Pierce from Georgia, USA, “Ines (yellow) – The bright colors and simple lines reminded me of a breezy spring afternoon. The colors of the pictures I chose (all from Domino magazine) reflect the same easy, calm, light atmosphere the card does. Most of the colors are earth neutral tones with a splash of bright mustard orange.” – Maria.

Entry #105 Allison Nance from Virginia, “Mod Asters – I was originally looking for a bold orange & chocolate brown color scheme to appease my orange fetish that saturates my living room, but when I saw this card I was drawn to the mustardy tint. The whimsical repetition of the petals makes the image pop, and really feminizes the otherwise bold color scheme. I chose each of these rooms for the continuity in color pallet. I really loved how just by changing the patterns or balance of the yellow and dark tones could give either a hip, feminine look or a stronger, masculine feel. Such a versatile color scheme.” – Allison.

Entry #50 Julie Koester from Surrey, UK, “Mod Menorah – This colour combination is so simple and yet striking too. I think the simplicity of the 2 colours is lovely. Just the most delightful colour combination that makes me want to jump on a plane to an exotic island for a holiday. The white for the brightness of the sunshine and the colour of the sand and the turquoise for the sea and the sky.” -Julie.

Entry #56 Jill Cavanaugh from New Jersey, “Duet – I loved the softness of all the colors together and the simplicity of the image. It inspired me to try and create this same feeling and look in my own living space (shown). For each of these rooms I incorporated the colors from the card so as to keep the same palate and feel.” -Jill.

Entry #91 Jeanine Hays from California, “Scribble Mandala – Very fitting I think. A mandala is a spiritual tool, something to help us quiet the mind and listen to what’s in our soul. I feel the same about interior design. Whatever I design, whatever I come up with has to quiet my mind and feed my soul. This card is true expression of me and my design philosophy. Scribble Mandala is a simple piece of art. I purposely picked it in brown to maintain a natural feel. It actually reminded of Africa, therefore the African feel to the design of my room.” – Jeanine.

Entry #92 Melissa Robertson from Maryland, “Mod Butterfly in Orange – I wanted to do a kid’s theme and I felt this card would be perfect for that. I love the colors of this design and the butterflies give it a sweet touch with out it being overly childish.” -Melissa.

It’s wonderful to see so many international readers involved in this contest and I’m impressed by each entry and how creative you are, everyone has such great taste! Thank you for entering everyone! Winners will be announced sometime on Monday or Tuesday. View all entries right here.

Posted by decor8 in contests on August 09, 2007

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  1. Aphrochic commented
    August 9th, 2007 at 10:15pm

    How inspiring! Usually I am inspired by the photos of such beautifully decorated rooms, but today I was inspired by the quotes – the way people spoke to the way a color, a room, an image made them feel. Truly inspirational!

  2. Marivi commented
    August 9th, 2007 at 10:54pm

    Despite my predilection for shelter porn, I am *so* not a visual person. I really admire those who are and these juxtapositions have been quite a treat.

  3. Wende commented
    August 9th, 2007 at 11:28pm

    I’m curious about the sources for these photos… could you tell me where the lower left hand photo from Alison Nance’s entry comes from?? The wall paper is amazing.

  4. ~yinlee~ commented
    August 10th, 2007 at 1:59am

    hi there… i posted 4 entries yesterday and i didn’t see any of them up^-^ wonder if it’s limited to one entries per person?

    thanks a lot!! :)

  5. katiedid commented
    August 10th, 2007 at 4:50am

    You have really found some beauts! Until I can figure out how to do these collages I will have to watch these fun contests from the sidelines:( I will need lessons from my daughter I think.

  6. AnastasiaC commented
    August 10th, 2007 at 7:28am

    I emailed you my entry but not sure if I was late or not
    anyway it was fun to create!

  7. RowHouse Creative commented
    August 10th, 2007 at 12:38pm

    wow -these are truly inspirational. The “mod menorah” was so pleasantly unexpected, but it really, really works. love it.

  8. Joanna Goddard commented
    August 10th, 2007 at 1:38pm

    ah! i love the yellow! thank you so much — joanna

  9. pve design commented
    August 10th, 2007 at 2:01pm

    Wow, I actually did submit one to decor 8 for the fabulous stationery contest- and to those of you afraid to assemble or even know how to begin to gather, upload compile and tackle this, my 14 year old son helped me (w/o bribing) !
    He told me I was a “nube” – translates to “new to something” ~ novice
    thanks to decor8 – we are all taking challenges to try to do things new & to teach us and to inspire the web community of artists and writers.
    thanks decor 8~

  10. Paula commented
    August 10th, 2007 at 5:44pm


    I am in the Central Time Zone and it is past noon and I don’t see my entry. I am going to be away from the computer for the rest of the afternoon, but wanted to let you know that it is missing. It was sent in Tue 8/7/2007 7:55 PM.

    Thanks for sponsoring such an event. It was great fun! :)

    August 10th, 2007 at 7:06pm

    Not to be cheeky, but what an absolutely FABULOUS way to look at stationery!! I love it!

  12. perfectbound commented
    August 10th, 2007 at 9:07pm

    Hi! I sent another entry earlier this week too and don’t see it in the flikr set. Here’s the info:

    a. Anne


    c. The third card I choose as inspiration is called Glamourama. I picked three rooms with neutral palettes elaborate pieces, just like the card.

    d. We have nothing like this chandelier in our house and yet I’m totally in love with it. I also tend not to decorate using black or white but in each of these rooms, it completely works.


    f. New York, NY

  13. Alana commented
    August 11th, 2007 at 4:00am

    Well, obviously, I was too late with my entry. I’m in the mountain time zone:and I guess when I see a deadline of August 10–I assume I have until 11:59pm. Doesn’t matter, really. It was tons of fun to do it. Here’s a link to my collage on flickr. I chose the card because my daughter’s birthday is on the 11th (and she loves purple!). Thanks Holly–can’t wait to see what you think up next for us to do!

  14. decor8 commented
    August 11th, 2007 at 4:50am

    Alana and perfectbound – It’s there, I just got home (I was out all day) and uploaded them. Thank you so much. :)

  15. Alana commented
    August 11th, 2007 at 5:20am

    Thank you Holly!
    That’s mighty good of you. G’night.

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