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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

Mood Boards Rolling In!

The mood board contest is in full swing and I’m so pleased to see them arriving sooner than expected, last year most turned up in the last hour and that’s fine, but it’s more exciting to receive a steady flow. When you enter, I’ll reply within 24 hours to confirm but if for some reason you do not hear from me, I’ve created a folder here where all entries are filed. Please take a moment to make sure yours is in the folder. Here’s an example of the lovely submissions rolling in. This room is a space that I can imagine in my own home someday if I ever have daughters around the same age. Or boys who love pink! The artichoke lamp is amazing, great find.

This mood board, “Children’s Twin Retreat”, was entered by Merrilee Liddiard who is an artist/illustrator. In case you’re curious as to where she found her goodies, here is a handy resource guide: Fabric is Midwest Modern Orange Dahlia collection, Bed is “Paris” in tufted-velvet from House by Annette Tatum, $1200 House Boutique (310) 451-2597 (found in Domino June 08 issue), leather moorish bench, artichoke lamp, Red Egg Indochine bedside table (download pdf for photo and pricing), Tiddly Winks sweatpea lion, Roses Ivory modern shag rug, and fabric thumbtacks.

I’d like to thank DaWanda in Berlin and Craft magazine for spreading the word about this contest via their websites. Thank you so much!

(image from merrilee liddiard)

Posted in contests on June 09, 2008

decor8 Mood Board Contest

It’s time for our annual mood board contest on decor8! I’ve teamed up with Amy Butler Design for another round of fun and prizes, this year we?ll award a super prize package to the winner plus a special handmade bag from Amy for 5 runner ups. The contest is open to both domestic and international readers and digital mood board submissions will be accepted this year. So… Are you game?


Grand Prize Pack (above): One winner will receive 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.


Runner ups: 5 runner ups will receive one of these 5 bags created by Amy’s studio.


Contest Details: Your mission will be to design a room around one (or more) of your picks from Amy’s new Midwest Modern fabric collection. Please show the fabric swatch on the mood board. You can enlarge and print swatches out here.

Suggested materials: A foam core board, poster board, cork board, wood, or other surface that is at least 11″ x 14″ or larger. You can also create the mood board digitally using Photoshop or another graphics program. Fabric, paint, magazine clippings, trim, wallpaper samples, photographs, whatever! Just get creative and have fun! Important: Please make sure to list the furniture and accessories that you found with links so that readers can create the room themselves in real time if they’d like.

How winners will be chosen: I’ll select 30 finalists and will group them into 2 categories, pros (those working or trained in a creative field) and others to keep judging fair. I’ll reveal the top 30 finalists on June 24 + 25 (15 per day) and you will have a chance to vote for your favorite at that time. The winner, along with 5 runner ups, will be announced on decor8 June 30. At that time, I will also give you a link to a special folder so you can view all entries in case you are curious. :)

UPDATE: All have been grouped together, pros alongside of non-pros. Many reasons exist for this, for instance lots of the non-pros ended up having a design background though they are currently not in a design-related field. Some were not disclosing this fact and I was told through a few readers that ‘so and so’ has a degree in design. With these little issues popping up, we decided to group everyone together because in the end – all had amazing entries to be proud of!

Submission details: When you finish your board please send me a link to the image location. You can upload it to Flickr, Shutterfly, Photobucket, etc. I will then move the image to my Flickr account and create a folder to collect all submissions. Please, no email attachments. If you send an email attachment, I will not open it and your entry will not be considered. Along with the link, please include the following information, in this exact order:

Your name:
Your occupation:
Are you entering as pro or other (based on your career or past training)?
Your blog/website:
State/Country:
Mood Board title:
Name of Midwest Modern fabric that inspired your room:
Where did you find the furniture and accessories in your room?* (links to sources go here, use tinyurl.com for long links please):
Image link (images must be clear and at least 800 x 800 pixels):

Email to decor8blog {at} yahoo {dot} com

Submission deadline: Monday, June 23rd, Midnight EST.

Thank you again to our generous sponsor, Amy Butler Design!

If I need to clarify anything feel free to ask any questions that you may have below. Thank you all, have fun!

For creative inspiration from past contests, please click here. To view past winners, please visit this link.

{*Updated 6/6: You do not HAVE to include links to where you found your furniture and accessories, but I’m sure many would appreciate it and that may mean more votes for your :) board.}

(images from amy butler design)

Posted in contests on June 05, 2008

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