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Domino Magazine Decorating Contest

Cathy over at Domino told me about a decorating contest they’re having and she thinks decor8 readers might be interested in it. Get this, the grand prize is a $10K Mastercard giftcard to be spent on home decor. Drool. Entrants simply upload a photo and write a short 100-word essay about what makes their decorating style so unique. For entry details, click here. Wouldn’t you love to spend that on your home?!


Thanks, Cathy for the tip!

(image from domino magazine)

Posted in contests on August 23, 2007
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And The Winner Is…

If your name appears below, you’ve won the Fabulous Stationery contest! Congrats! I’ll be in touch with you today for your mailing address so I can send along your tote bag. Fabulous Stationery will email your $50 gift certificate within the next few days.


Thanks again to all that entered, it was fun to see all of the entries and the amount of talented readers out there. You are all closet designers, aren’t you!? We’ll have one more contest this year (mid Sept), and then I’ll line up some more for 2008, one per quarter.

#95 Abbey Dawn, Australia.

#106 Dhruti Dogra, India.

Entry #2 Carlene Vitali, Illinois.

Entry #9 Silvia Amtmann, Washington.

I’m a bit under the weather today so I’m going to chill out and do nothing all day. I guess this is the joy of freelance, being able to drop everything now and then. But I’ll be back tomorrow, so see you then everyone!

(image from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in contests, stationery on August 16, 2007

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 in contests on August 09, 2007

Inspiration from Readers

Let’s drool over pretty rooms, shall we? :) I’d like to share some of the entries submitted so far for the Fabulous Stationery contest. (If you would like to enter, details are right here.) I am delighted to associate with such a talented bunch of readers and thank you all for sharing your creative vision with us. I have all entries filed away here for now, but worry that readers will forget to click over and will miss out on viewing them, so here are just a few that I fell in love with.

Carlene Vitale from Knit Squirrel. “Mod Vases in Green…I really love this card; I collect green pottery, and rooms with these colors + pottery are some of my favorites. I already remembered a few I’d seen when I picked this card. The card reminded me of modern interiors in shades of cool blues and greens, with sketchy, linear accents, wood tones and natural, leafy elements (all my favorites).” – Carlene.

Marie-Christine Hoffmann from Kischa. “The name of the card design is Blossom. I choose this card as opportunity to create a nature look, because for me the blossom could also be a butterfly or a clover leaf. Black alone would have work very elegant, but by the nature tones the areas are loosened up, more comfortable and cosy. The style mix gives a loft like atmosphere, which I enjoy.” -Marie Christine.

Sofia Barao from la fee coriandre. “I selected Hyacinth because it’s a feminine and simple beautiful card that matches perfectly these interiors, plus the hyacinth is such a beautiful and retro flower to me it’s the flower that matches perfectly a vintage interior style. I chose these 3 wonderful photos because they are really what I like in a house: space, light, comfort and a retro esprit links each of these photos.” – Sofia.

From Angela Burke at Ambient Design. “The Shroom card reminds me of my early 1980s Vermont upbringing: Cozy, autumnal, and sort of hippie but cute.I tried to find rooms that had an equally retro-made-modern, cozy feel.” – Angela.

Sarah Dennis from Toast and Tables. “The card I chose was Dandelion in green. The dandelion flower means happiness and happiness to mean means ?color?. The crisp green and aqua blue color combinations in these rooms are used in a bright, cheery and retro way. I choose a flower because of its association with nature. Blue and green are colors taken directly from nature; think blue skies and green grass. Nature inspires the most creative combination of color. Right now, the nature trend is coming on strong and can be interpreted in various ways. These rooms are not only refreshing but there?s an added level of sophistication.” – Sarah.

Silvia Amtmann from Lazy Angel. “I selected Poppy because I love this particular color combination: sky blue, bright green, golden yellow, and red orange. Also, I absolutely love poppies. Lastly, the card is bold and playful but still polished, as well as organic and yet structured. The rooms I chose fit the color palette of the card, but were also fun and clean designs, feminine without being sugary or frilly. Undoubtedly modern but neither cold nor sterile.” -Silvia.

Alicia Bock from Bloom Grow Love “Card: Fashionista Madison. Chosen because she has such wonderful character, and we both adore pink and black. Lots of romance, girliness and fun. The retreat I’d want to hang out in with a bunch of girlfriends.” -Alicia.

Sidsel Gaustadnes from Spagats. “I love the colours and the whimsical style in this card, called Teaparty-Tan. And I just love tea and cakes. We are close to buying a summerhouse and these photo show pretty well how I would like to decorate my kitchen there.” -Sidsel

(images from readers indicated above)

Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on August 03, 2007

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