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Mood Board Contest Winners!

It’s 3 o’clock… Time to announce the 2008 decor8 Mood Board Contest Winners sponsored by Amy Butler Design! The people have spoken and we’ve found our winner along with the 5 runner ups. Drum roll please…

~~:: The winner is Sandra Earl! ::~~
Sandra wins a prize pack valued at approximately $300 that will include a signed copy of Amy’s book Midwest Modern, 1 Birdie Sling in her Midwest Modern Fabric, 1 Sew It Kit, 2 Card Kits, and 10 of her most recent patterns. Non pro: Technical Writer
Country: Canada
Title: Sunkissed Living Room
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: Modern Optic Blossom Linen.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “SooHappy, Soo bright, soo many lovely things to feast your eyes on. Fantastic.”
  • “Theconsistent use of yellows and whites clearly carries the sunkissed theme…”
  • “Thisis the truest representation of “sunkissed” I’ve ever seen in design and out of the ordinary! A true winner.”
  • “Thorough, strong theme without being over the top. Fun and funky!”

1st Runner Up

~~:: Jeanee L. Wallace ::~~
Jeanee wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Graphic Designer
State/Country: Missouri, USA
Title: Hostess Haven Kitchen
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: grey happy dots, mustard martini and linen optic blossom.

Survey comments from readers include:

“Couldbe a page out of Domino!”
feel this board has simple yet lovely emotive qualities. The textures are quite inviting. Side illustrations are nice touches.”
is a room not usually done. Love the handmade apron and the cupcakes!”
is fabulous! My favorite, hands down.”

2nd Runner Up

~~:: Zoe Tucker ::~~
Zoe wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Children’s Book Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Country: England
Title: Creative Space
Fabric: Orange Dahlia and Ohio Sky

Survey comments from readers include:
  • “Ilove, love, love this entry! Fresh, vibrant colors; clean, modern lines mixed with vintage-esque fabrics…so me!”
  • “Thisis a beautiful layout that really gives you a sense of thefeel the room would have… gorgeous!”
  • “ILOVE, LOVE, LOVE this entry. I’d move right into this room!”
  • Zo?‘sboard really captures the essence of the mood of the fabricsand her space feels contemporary and fresh whilst at the same time it feelscosy and comfortable somewhere I would definitely like to be.”

3rd Runner Up

~~:: Lisa Tilse ::~~
Lisa wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Graphic Designer
Country: Australia
Title: Dots and Dinosaurs — Don’t Forget the Boys!
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: Mustard, Martini and Apricot Happy Dots.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “LOVE the colors, layout & made for boys! Very thought out and fun. I think this is my FAVE.”
  • “I really like the creative use of this seemingly “girlish” fabric combined with dinosaurs and little boys! This is a great design!”
  • “Designing for boys and doing it tastefully, whilst retaining the fun and funky elements of children’s design is hard – this is truly gorgeous and a much harder task than designing adult spaces. A clear winner.”
  • “Fun, fresh and very creative. Every boy would love a dinosaur room!”

4th Runner Up

~~:: Natalie Chaung ::~~
Natalie wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Non pro: Engineer
State/Country: New Jersey, USA
Title: Cheerful Home Office + Guest Bedroom
Fabric: linen and optic blossom

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “Wow, so stunning. Should give up engineering.”
  • “Sophisticated, excellent tones. Classic and yet unique at the same time.”
  • “I love the various texture represented here”
  • “Comforting choices and tasteful layout.”

5th Runner Up

~~:: Kathryn Louise ::~~
Kathryn wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Non pro: Currently not employed
Country: England
Title: Seaglass and Seashells Kitchen/Dining Room
Fabric: Aqua Honeycomb, Green fresh poppies, Green nouveau trees.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “Definitely should be pro. Beautiful.”
  • “Lovethe description, love that she stated how the fabrics would be used.”
  • “Perfectas a coastal retreat!”
  • “Thisboard really radiates a feeling above all of the others andI love that it is handmade and not digital, also that paint swatches are shown.”

I will contact each of our winners today for their mailing address and Amy Butler Design will handle the rest from there. Congratulations to all! Yay!

I’d like to give a huge, global virtual hug to all who entered this contest and for those who took the time to vote. I’ve listened to some of your advice and I’ll most definitely use it as I pull together the mood board contest for next year. I want so badly to please everyone and ensure that everything is handled fair and square. I think that this year Amy and I did our best and that the only direction is up from here. Stay tuned for our next contest, although it’s a mini one not requiring a project… Where you can win an Inspiration Box filled with goodies to get your started on your next arts and crafts projects. Stay tuned for that in early July.

Thank you again! – Holly

Posted by decor8 in contests on June 27, 2008

Your comments...

  1. Meg commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 7:14pm

    who hoo! I love the winners! Sandra’s Earl entry was truly amazing, I think the tie-in of the painting by the black apple is my favorite part.

  2. liza commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 7:24pm

    Congratulations to the winners! These are beautiful entries. Thank you again Holly and Amy for hosting this contest. I had so much fun and it was so completely new for me… I need to start honing my skills to get ready for next year! Happy weekend and thanks again -Liza Alrick

  3. Sandra commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 7:42pm

    Thanks Holly and Amy!

    I had great fun working on this project :) It’s my first step from design stalker to designer and although I have lots to learn the comments and support I received are amazing.

    It’s a long weekend in Canada this weekend and I’m starting it with a huge smile on my face :)

  4. Ann commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 8:08pm

    Congrats Sandra!

    I love the use of all of the etsy products.

    All of the mood boards were great though. I think I might make one for my own home.

  5. Jeanee commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 8:26pm

    Thanks to all who voted for me! I had SUPER fun doing it. Last year I found out about the contest too late, so I’m glad I had the chance to participate this year.

  6. Petra commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 8:43pm

    Congratulations to all the winners, there were some amazing entries, but most of all thank you Holly and Amy for the great competition. I entered only because my board was already done even prior to you announcing the competition! We just had our basement renovated and turned into a family room and the first thing I ordered was some of Amy’s fabrics, they set the tone for the entire room. I look forward to more competitions in the future!

  7. Natalie commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 9:15pm

    Wow, thank you!!! It’s crazy seeing my board up here with so many beautiful ones! Definitely keeps me motivated to continue to explore the world of design.

    Thanks again Holly and Amy, and my fellow decor8 readers!

  8. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 9:18pm

    Lovely! Congratulations to everyone!

  9. ericka commented
    June 27th, 2008 at 9:19pm

    YAY for Jeanee!!!!!! The kitchen was my favorite!!!!

  10. pauseability commented
    June 28th, 2008 at 1:24am

    Congratulations to all the winners. Everyone has put together such wonderful pieces. Very inspiring!

  11. Kathryn louise commented
    June 28th, 2008 at 1:11pm

    Wow i can’t believe i am a runner up,the standard was so high.i love sandra’s the yellow and greys,and how she tied in the etsy picture.what a worthy winner. thank you to everyone who left me a comment it really feels great to have such good feedback from you,and Thankyou to Holly and Amy for running such a fab competition,love k

  12. erin commented
    June 29th, 2008 at 2:51am

    congrats sandra! the winning board was my favorite! i LOVE that fabric!

  13. lokis_mistress commented
    June 29th, 2008 at 2:52am

    I went through every entry (into the wee hours of the am) and was really blown away how there was no line between pro and non. In fact most of my favorites were non. So much talent and oodles of inspiration. Great game everyone and thanks to Holly and Amy for sure! Next year I’m not just voting, I am entering. I feel like a celeb just because some of my comments were posted on the winners ;) !

  14. Jenni commented
    June 29th, 2008 at 2:53pm

    I am new to your site, yes, a little behind the times, and this contest is fabulous! I am a huge Amy Butler Fan, using her fabrics all over my own home in fun ways. I love the new line. Did Zoe by chance mention where that adorable soft kitty came from?

  15. kelly commented
    June 29th, 2008 at 3:42pm

    As an entrant and non-winner, who despite my sadness over not winning (oh well, there is always next year) am excited about the winners….

    I am wondering if Holly or Amy have any plans to talk about the finalists they chose. I would love to know what drew them to their selections.

  16. decor8 commented
    June 29th, 2008 at 5:29pm

    Hi Kelly!

    Amy did most of the choosing for the finalists, she had a list of 6 that she LOVED and then about 10 others that she also really liked.

    For me, I was looking more for entries that showed creatively in using Amy’s fabrics — whether through objects or in unexpected spaces (like a boy’s room!). I really loved how a few of the entries used Amy’s fabric in unexpected ways – the sails on a sailboat, a tent in a boy’s room, etc. This was very imaginative. I also liked it when I saw boards that were handmade vs. digital just because I am a tactile person and like the thought of being able to touch and run my fingers over the elements shown on the board, whether it’s a tile or some carpet. Boards that incorporated a floor plan that was easy to see and understand was a huge plus, or when paint swatches were shown.

    Amy seemed to be looking for entries that used her fabric in a space that spoke to her Midwest Modern aesthetic. I could see that thread in each of the boards she ended up selecting.

    Hope this helps!


  17. Tartelette commented
    July 5th, 2008 at 4:26am

    These are so incredibly inspiring! Great pics!

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