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Entry #27 Jo Pewhairangi

I will now begin posting the mood board finalists, one post at a time, in no particular order. I think that you will enjoy learning where each found the items used in their rooms, so many nice things here to enjoy! Congratulations to our finalists, winners will be announced on Friday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m. EST here on decor8. Many thanks to all that entered and for those who are busy voting!

Entry #27 Jo Pewhairangi | Other/Non pro: Self employed web shop owner. | Country: New Zealand. | Title, “I Heart NZ” bedroom. | Fabric: A combo of the pink dahlia collection: fuchsia, fresh poppies, grey happy dots, mustard and martini. | Resources clockwise from top left:

- Tio Table by Conscious Design (this table has only just been released so isn’t showing on their website yet.) For info see Butterfly Net.
- Sugarloop Prints
- David Trubridge Kaura Hanging Light
- Esther Diamond Cushion and Bed Linen
- Michael Parekowhai Floral Photograph
- Buttons by ‘badge o saurus‘ and ‘kiwialan’ at Felt.

Lovely work, Jo!

(image from jo pewhairangi)

Posted in contests on June 25, 2008

Mood Board Contest: 23 Finalists!

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.

Posted in contests on June 25, 2008

Update!

Hello everyone! Today I had that painting class that I told you about a few weeks ago and it was so inspiring. I can’t wait to dig in. I’ll be tied up on Tuesdays for the next 8 weeks, but I’ll still be here on Tuesdays to blog, just a little later (late afternoon/early evening), just so you know. Thank you for all of the, “Where’s Holly?” emails today, they were very sweet!

Good news gang… I just heard back from Amy Butler. I sent her a file to the mood boards and she selected 6 that she absolutely loved and 11 that she feels are also really great. She said, “OK……. this was tough! I went through all the entries and everyone did such a beautiful job.” Amy also added, “Please express my total joy to everyone who entered the contest. Truly impressive and fun.”

Now that Amy has spoken, it’s our turn to find our winner. I’ll start posting the finalists in a moment so stay tuned. We should have the winner by Thursday or Friday.
We’re getting really close now… Yay!

Posted in uncategorized on June 24, 2008

John Beck Paper & Steel

My interior decorating style leans more on the feminine side but there is still this love of industrial furniture that lurks beneath… these beauties are from John Beck Paper & Steel. I was so pleased when an email from John arrived today and I found his work for the first time, all of these childhood memories came rushing in that I had long forgotten. When I was a kid my father would drag me to commercial kitchen warehouses where I’d spend hours by his side as he’d select counters for the kitchens of his restaurants (his evening ‘hobby’ was owning a business or two on the side). I remembered rooms with what looked to hold hundreds of industrial steel tables and cabinetry. I also recall how proud of his purchases he was and how often, after school, I would sit on a stool in the kitchen watching him lay everything out on the shiny metal surface to prepare for the nightly special. To this day I think about owning a chef’s kitchen with industrial counters like these. Obviously I’m not the only one.


My first love is an all-white kitchen or white with bits of teak throughout, I can imagine integrating steel into the mix. It gives the look of a professional kitchen which is a popular look right now. Steel is a great surface to work on, heavy-duty tough and nearly impossible to stain. An open kitchen is one many enjoy as today?s kitchens are social areas, more and more are knocking down walls to open up space to include a center prep area to accommodate either additional helpers or guests who enjoy socializing while the chef is at work. I also love what John has done to the storefront cashier’s table shown below, it’s brilliant. You also have to see the desk on wheels below, another great find.


Please take a moment to look at John’s website, his bio reads so down-to-earth — I especially loved this line, “I got a rock star wife, a couple of rugrats (18 and 7), a truck, and a house in the ‘burbs.”

(images from john beck paper & steel)

Posted in Objects on June 23, 2008

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