Domino Decorating Contest Finalists

October 23, 2007

The five finalists have been selected, now it’s your turn to pick a winner. Click here to cast your vote – who should win the $10,000 grand prize?

Domino Decorating Contest Finalists I’ve already selected my favorite shown here above, Steven from Des Moines, because it’s so completely different from my own decorating style (his is very bold) and I just adore how he uses so much color. I also think his relies less on the architectural features of the room and more on the overall design.

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(image from domino magazine)


  • Reply paola October 23, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    How disappointed am I by the final selection?

    Not to take anything away from the rooms themselves, but the last four are all so similar – quiet tasteful colour scheme; classic furniture with the odd modern piece (Ghost chair, Arco lamp, Barcelona footstool) thrown in to jazz things up a little.

    And I thought the whole tinkly chandelier, flokati rug, curly chair schtick had been done to death. One room like that would have been fine, but four!

    And when they had so many wonderful other options to choose from…

    The top one is at least original as you say, and the use of colour is striking, but it’s far too cluttered and I can’t believe for one moment that someone actually lives in that space.

    So not voting at all :(

  • Reply decor8 October 23, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I see your point Paola, which is why I selected the first one based on sheer creativity alone. It also doesn’t have one piece of furniture that I can identify outside of the Scandinavian chair on the left, and although cluttered, I give anyone that lives like every day is Christmas props. I couldn’t do it either!

  • Reply K October 23, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    I had the exact same reaction as Paola:( Have you noticed that they have now switched the rooms around in the voting secton and stuck the colorful one in the middle to break up the monotony?

  • Reply Anonymous October 23, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    my question is why do any of these people need to win such a big prize when they can obviously afford anything they want for their homes anyways? Why shouldnt someone who need s a little cash be able to win a prize?

  • Reply Anonymous October 23, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Great contest. At least none of these entries are bloggers soliciting for votes from their readers like I see in so many of these online contests.

  • Reply Margaret III October 23, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    I am too pretty dissapointed by the finalists, specifically the last one. I just wrote my own blog about it here:My blog Let’s compare notes.

    It’s a good point to consider that some of these people have thousands to shell out on their interiors; certainly if my budget was unlimited my room would look very different, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a fair judging factor. Afterall, if you’re really talented, it doesn’t matter what you’re budget is you can still make a room look incredible.

  • Reply lucy October 23, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Wow! Do all the photos look the same or is it me?
    Submit a living room shot and you are sure to get in!

  • Reply Anonymous October 23, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    there is no way to fairly vote online these days. i bet all 5 of these people emailed their entire office, friends, and extended family for votes. he who has the most friends wins!

    the editor of the magazine along with her staff and a few from the credit card company awarding the prize should pick the winner.

  • Reply Anonymous October 24, 2007 at 12:00 am

    i feel like ive seen some of these before.


  • Reply paula October 24, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Weird choices!! They all look eerily similar! I agree with Holly’s choice for it’s bold design (although it looks like a page ripped out of a catalogue).
    In the very least, none of the finalists are bloggers… there won’t be any mass campaigning by design bloggers pleading to their readers to vote for them! Afterall the reward is bigga-chachinga!! $$

  • Reply Anonymous October 24, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Hello to All:
    I am a daily reader of decor8, other decor blogs and also one of the finalists in the contest. I am extremely honored and proud to have been chosen since I am a complete amature. And contrary to what some others assume I do not have scads of money by any means. My room would look completely different if I did. I saved and collected and experimented over the years. I think all the rooms reflect that. I did the work myself as others clearly did also. I am not a person that invents something completely new but I do think all the finalists reflect good taste and design. As a final note I do not have that many friends and my office does not even know about this. I would find it highly unprofessional to ask those in my office (which has absolutely nothing to do with decor)to vote for me. By the way I LOVE Margaret’s room and agree that one can make a room incredible no matter what the budget! So, off to Target, Ross, Marshalls, Home Depot and my favorite paint store. Thanks to all.

  • Reply cassidy'scommentary October 24, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Heaven forbid you decorate a space with bold colour, with furnishings other than a conventional medley of sofa and armchairs, in anything *but* the living room!
    As a whole, I am very disappointed with this finalist selection! They all echoe the same design elements… what about being creative and decorating outside the “trend” box?
    Not very inspiring! Hmph!

  • Reply clfan October 24, 2007 at 7:22 am

    I happen to love the top photo. The use of color is amazing. In fact, I found this post by doing a search on the contestant. I was curious to see if he had a blog or if there were other pics posted online of his place.

    All the rooms picked are very “domino,” so I don’t really see what people are complaining about.

  • Reply Constant Dreamer October 24, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I think they are all beautiful (if similar). Currently, our home has builder white on the walls and small person fingerprints on every possible surface.
    Also, we have toys. Lots of them. Strewn everywhere.

  • Reply Another Shade of Grey October 24, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    I too, was very disappointed with the finalists. Steven’s reminded me of a furniture accessory store display. Very eye catching, very colorful, very symmetrical, but very unlivable. The others looked like past covers of Domino. Although all were gorgeous in their own right, I guess I was expecting something more personal and lived in. :)

  • Reply Anonymous October 24, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Once again, a comment from a finalist. To even think that my room would ever be on the cover of Domino blows me away. That is truly a compliment. And I very much so live in my room everyday. But I cleaned it up for the pics! Not being a professional photographer I found it extremely difficult to get even one decent picture. It took over 75. You notice every little thing and the more stuff sitting around the worse the pic looks from a distance. And getting the right light during the day was a nightmare. Someone told me when they do the shoots for magazines they block out ALL natural light, use artificial lighting and then put the “window” light back in by computer!

  • Reply Lilia October 24, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    I think all 5 rooms are beautiful. Steve’s room is way too cluttered. It is obvious that it was staged for the photo. There are 7 pillows and a throw on the couch. I am sure the rooms looks great minus the props. The other 4 rooms are so similar and yet unique and spectacular. I submitted a photo of my living room and what I thought was a great essay. I really wanted the $10,000. To tell you the truth I would have been happy if they would have just shown my photo online. It didn’t even make it to the website. :(

  • Reply Anonymous October 24, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    I also voted for Steven (I thought that all that style in Des Moines deserved some props) but I thought the others were lovely, too. Go, Steven!

  • Reply Lynn October 25, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    I like Steven’s use of warm colors, makes the room feel comforting. I have to say I’m dissapointed with some of the other choices of rooms, they are all pretty much in the same color palette and feel “cold” because of the paler choice of color and old looking furniture.

  • Reply Lynn October 25, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    I forgot to mention that most of the rooms just look plain “blah” and “Yawn”.
    Yes, I know I’m being cutting. But I’ve looked forward to the finalists and I’m sad to see that its not anything much at all.

  • Reply Anonymous April 10, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Mine is the second one from the top–one of the bland ones, I guess.
    If you’re curious about why i decorated the way I did:
    When we moved in the walls were painted this green color, which i thought would look best with pale furniture. I love my room and am especially proud that nothing was purchased at a chain store and nothing in it is “contemporary” –( Mitchell Gold / West Elm /Baker etc etc–talk about BORING). I also chose muted colors because i really didn’t want to draw attention away from the stunning walls and ceiling of this 1908 house. And I chose older pieces because not only are they original and well-suited to the architecture, but i don’t feel like redecorating the entire room in 10 yrs when my room is no longer trendy.
    Just my thoughts…Carry on…

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