Mood Board Contest: 23 Finalists!

June 25, 2008

Are you ready to view the finalists and vote for your faves? We had 118 entries from all over the world and they can all be viewed right here. All are amazing, each with a unique twist showing the versatility of Amy’s collection — you can use her fabrics in rooms ranging from Indian to country, contemporary, and beyond. As is the case with every contest though, it comes down to only a handful of winners. Well winners who receive prizes at least. In my eyes all of you are winners. It’s so difficult to ‘judge’ creativity and talent. Amy and I had to consider how the fabric was used, if the look was cohesive, and of course the overall layout was a huge consideration along with many other things. When one creates a mood board they have to imagine themselves standing before their client presenting this look that they are trying to sell them, presentation is everything! Even if your design is amazing, a board that doesn’t excite the client will most likely fall flat. There’s so much to consider and given that I consider Amy a pro, I think she did a great job selecting her top choices. In addition to her choices, I’ve added some of my own and together we came up with 23 finalists. Ready to see ’em?

Please Click Here to Select Your Favorites!

p.s. I will post all 23 on decor8 tomorrow with links to where you can find the items on their mood boards.


  • Reply Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 3:57 am

    I thought there were going to be 30 finalists, why the change?

  • Reply Ez June 25, 2008 at 4:07 am

    I voted!
    All the boards were so beautifully done and truly inspirational! Thank you Holly and Amy for pulling this together… and to all of you who contributed: your eye candy will keep me inspired for months to come!


  • Reply Meg June 25, 2008 at 4:28 am

    I voted! In my opinion, I really think they should have been split into pro and non-pro, especially if being judged on presentation, just seems a bit unfair to people unfamilar with client presentations. Loved the contest, thank you for organizing!

  • Reply decor8 June 25, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Hi Anon – Great question. It was decided that instead of dividing things — putting 15 non-pros up against 15 pros, that we would group everyone together. In the end, Amy sent me 11 of her favorites and I added some of my own and the number 23 came out of it.

  • Reply Shelli June 25, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Oh my! Everyone did such a lovely job!! I was blown away! I have to say that, in my opinion, I liked the real mood boards to the digital boards…so much more inspiring to see depth and I can just picture them being put together so thoughtfully! Congrats everyone! Picking a fav was really difficult. xoxo

  • Reply decor8 June 25, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Oh a few asked why a couple of the entries have longer descriptions. I used the text contained in each entry. Some had some thoughts to add, others didn’t, we did the same thing last year with the survey.

  • Reply Jo June 25, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Enjoyed looking through these ~ a couple stood out head and shoulders above the others, for me! I too warmed straight to the texture and depth of non digital entries. A lovely fifteen minutes of voting while I relaxed with tea. Good luck, all.

  • Reply decor8 June 25, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Oh and one last bit…

    All have been grouped together, pros alongside of non-pros for another reason… Several of the non-pros ended up having a design background though they are currently not in a design-related field. Other non-pros are design students. After awhile it was all starting to make no sense to me to split the group. I also ran into a bit of a snag as a few did not think to disclose their background and entered as non-pro/other because they are currently not a designer but had been 10 years back. Again, far to many caveats. It was easiest to pull everyone together.

  • Reply Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Hi Holly – when we’ve come to the end of the 23 entries and there is the tab that says something like “complete – thank you” … if we hit that are we submitting our votes? Thanks!

  • Reply Mitki June 25, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Left my message on the main group pool for the contest. To not repeat myself just wanted to thank you Holly and Amy for being great hosts for such wonderful and truly inspirational contest!

  • Reply decor8 June 25, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Yes anon – I believe so!

  • Reply elizabeth June 25, 2008 at 5:29 am

    I’ve voted and am looking forward to see who wins the grand prize. Holly & Amy ~ This was loads of fun and I can’t wait for the next contest. Thanks for all that you do!

  • Reply Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 5:30 am

    This contest has been so exciting for me… thank you Holly and Amy for hosting it! I am so impressed at the thought and creativity that went into all the boards, and believe me I looked at all of them… many times. My husband wonders what has happened to me!
    PS, you are up late Holly for the East Coast!

  • Reply nishant June 25, 2008 at 9:07 am

    My hugs and kisses to all pretty,attractive and slim girls of good character in U.K and France.

  • Reply Kaylovesvintage June 25, 2008 at 11:55 am

    So many good ones( great people,flove to know, more about them) not easy!!!

  • Reply Kaylovesvintage June 25, 2008 at 11:57 am

    this is not easy, so many good ones( great people, love to know more about them)…

  • Reply Christine June 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    This has been so much fun! Thank you for hosting such a creative contest. I am blown away by the talent shown in these entries!

  • Reply Kathleen June 25, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Voted! This was fun to do over morning coffee. Thanks Holly & Amy for hosting such a fun contest. There were so many great boards. I will definitely be looking back over these once I move and am decorating my new place!

  • Reply bethania June 25, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve voted.
    The contest was a great opportunity and it was fun as well. Thanks a lot, Holly.
    Congratulations to all the participants and to the finalists in particular.

  • Reply marshall June 25, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    okay… i have some thoughts.

    first, i think that next year, the entries shouldn’t be made public until after you have narrowed down your finalists. it just maintains the integrity of the contest more and prevents copying etc.

    i feel like some finalists really gave me a sense of what the fabric was for in the room (which i thought was the point of the contest) while other finalists just attached a little swatch on the board without any real connection to the space. i was disappointed that these were finalists but oh well.

    yeah i agree that the pro/non-pro thing should have just been ignored. who is to say someone just wouldn’t mention their background. based on their layout and even drawings on their board, it seems obvious that some who are listed as non-pro’s have had some sort of background in art or design.

    otherwise, a nice lot. i do think you should have stuck to the 30 finalists as that is what people expected. i can’t believe that there weren’t seven other entries good enough. ;)

    perhaps i will enter next year as this year has given me lots to think about.

    good show all.

  • Reply Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    What happened to the home office makeovers that Turquoise was going to do – weren’t there supposed to be 3 up on the blog??

  • Reply Punkinhead June 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Wonderful inspiration on every board! Just found your blog, and as a non-pro with a fascination for decorating, I am sure I’ll be back. :)

  • Reply wendyloohoo June 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I have to say I was disappointed that it was not broken up into pro vrs non pro that aspect in the original description really got me excited. I feel that the pros really had and continue to have an advantage. I was looking forward to seeing what the non pros were up to. I am not sure that I can vote now. I will admit to misreading the original description I thought there would be both a pro and no pro winner.

    I really hate rule changes mid stream, it makes the contest seemed rigged even if it isn’t. If you do it again then you should better define what a pro is to include anyone that has had or is currently training as a design professional even if the the past training is not currently used in the profession.

    Full disclosure I did enter as a non pro and was not selected as a finalist.

  • Reply littlemithi June 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Wow! I tried to vote … but totally gave up … everyone’s IS.SO.GOOD. Will have to have a cuppa then try again … ;)

  • Reply decor8 June 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you all for your comments. Good stuff for me to keep in mind for next year.



  • Reply Michelle (Mitch) June 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    i voted! thanks for making such a great contest. :-)

  • Reply Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I agree about the various rule changes…

    How disappointing it must be to be a non-pro expecting to have a shot at winning only to find out that that wasn’t the case in the end and you are competing against a trained interior designer.

    Or that you think there will be 30 spots out of the 118 only to have 23 spots.

    I love this contest idea so very much and can’t wait for the next one but think a few things need to be worked out first.

    But congrats to all. I placed my vote!

  • Reply yelloworanges June 25, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Alright, I think ONE person saying they are “disappointed” is enough. This was something amazingly fun for the ladies to put on and complaining about what you DON’T like isn’t very cool. Could you have pulled something like this off? And do you think that your first time ever doing something like this would go without any revisions as things started to pan out?
    The only thing I’m disappointed about is the fact I didn’t finish my board. :/
    I’m very impressed with everyone that did, finalist or not. You should all be proud of yourselves and feel accomplished for having done so.


  • Reply Rachel Mallon June 25, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I cant believe that you couldn’t pick 3 more finalists. I think it is insulting to the other people who put a lot of effort and hard work into their board. I also agree with another comment in that they were shown too early and so you can see that other boards and products resembled one another. There were some boards that I am shocked didnt make it. Like Jessica Rowe’s board. It was by far my favorite.

  • Reply Joyce_Voice June 25, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Why don’t you stop bitching and shut up. Have you ever stopped to think of the work that goes into sponsoring a contest like this? Or the fact that is is an international contest (most blogs only do U.S. only entries)? And last time I looked, this is Holly’s blog not yours so stop whining and contribute a board yourself next year instead of running your mouth behind your little anonymous id’s.


  • Reply decor8 June 25, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Hello all — First of all, please do not argue about what should or should not have been done. This is a contest that I took upon myself to pull together with Amy’s help so I think I have the right to make a slight revision — please realize that it was based on good intentions and that a lot went on behind the scenes that influenced this change.

    The only reason the number was cut from 30 to 23 finalists had to do with the fact that we decided to not split up the groups by pro/non-pro. When Amy and I first talked about this contest, we were going to have 15-20 finalists and then I decided to do 15/15 in each category. After all the complications with pro vs. non-pro and the many emails that arrived stating how offended people were that I would split people into groups (like non pros aren’t good enough because they do not have a degree, things that people assumed like that) I thought it was more fair to put everyone together.

    With all that being said, let’s move on now to giving love to our 23 finalists!


  • Reply freckles June 25, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    I’m a little confused about the voting. Can you vote for multiple boards or just one?

  • Reply decor8 June 25, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    freckles – Please rate from 1-4 for each finalist. Thank you!

  • Reply Jules June 26, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Thanks to Holly and Amy for putting on such an inspiring contest.

    Jessica’s board was a very lovely collage, but I couldn’t see how the fabric would be incorporated as part of the room.

  • Reply Anonymous June 26, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I cannot help but feel that those people with a graphic art background definitely had an edge in this contest.

    That said… incredible talent. Good luck to the 23 finalists!!!

  • Reply June 26, 2008 at 5:10 am

    I think the contest was great fun to do, even if I didn’t get picked. Would have liked to see more non-pro entries, and yes, Jessica’s board was awesome!

    No-one says Holly didn’t do a great job – the finalists pay tribute to that.

    But I am sorry – I resent people being told to “shut up” because they have understandable, constructive and friendly-stated suggestions on what could have been done better.

  • Reply juliette June 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I entered as a non-pro and wasn’t chosen and guess what? I don’t care! (ok, maybe a teensy bit!;)

    I knew I didn’t really have a shot given my various technical limitations, but you know I had a lot of fun playing with the whole idea – and even though I almost threw in the towel b/c I didn’t have a great way to upload my image – I’m glad I didn’t.

    I view this as a fun blog that happened to offer a cool little contest. I just think it’s great to see what people come up with! This isn’t some big corporation conglomerate that has a huge staff – this is one person who lays it out all on her own.

    ps – I appreciate that this was open to all and that the entries reflect that. It makes a ‘little guy’ like me rise to the challenge more.

  • Reply decor8 June 26, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you all for your comments, I’ve taken some notes for next year that I may be able to incorporate so that I can please more of you. Thanks again for stopping by to share your concerns.

    And I totally agree, no one should have told the others to be quiet, I think that person may just been nicely trying to defend me but don’t worry — no voice is being shut down which is why I’ve published every comment on this thread to see what people have to say. And by the way, your multiple entires were appreciated very much, you did a nice job!


  • Reply June 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Holly, you got me started on my own mood board. I had so much fun doing this contest that I figured it would be a great way to give some more direction to my own place. :)

    That will take weeks and months to finish, but I love the idea of collecting inspiration… and then looking for things to fit my wallet!

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