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Contest Update & Trendy Cane

I can’t believe how many entries came in for the mood board contest. It will be exciting to see who you select as winners tomorrow. A big thanks to Amy for teaming up with me on this fun contest because without her generous spirit, all of these beautiful patterns wouldn’t be going home with four lucky winners tomorrow. So thanks, Amy!

I’m still sorting through entries, trying to determine which ones to feature here on the blog for voting, which will kick off tomorrow afternoon. Your entries blew my mind, I’m sitting here thinking about all the work that went into creating each board by hand and how guilty I feel that I cannot post them all. So I’ll just leave it at this: Whether you are part of the finals or not, please know that I appreciate all of your hard work. I mean it. And I hope that the exercise helped you to better understand and appreciate the process of pulling together a room in this manner, as it is one thing to say how you’d like your room to look, but quite another to translate those words into images, floor plans, and swatches of your choices for flooring, fabric, wallpaper, textiles, and so on, all in one place. In doing so, I hope you also had fun and challenged yourself, which may result in a new look for a room in your home. And if that happens, please send me a photo of your new room, because I’d love to see it! :)

If you need a break from the mood board contest, here’s a few pieces that I pulled together for HGTV on the whole cane trend we’re seeing in home interiors this summer. A few of you wrote in asking me for help when it comes to cane, so these articles should help get you started. The first, Trend Spotter: Cane, gives you some decorating tips, and the second, What We Love: Cane, spotlights some of my favorite products that are either made out of this sturdy material or that incorporate it somehow, either stylized versions or through cane patterns.

I’ll be back soon with more mood board entries… Stay tuned. :)

Posted in contests, trends on June 14, 2007

Mood Board Contest: Destination Paris/Milan by Paola Thomas

Paris! Milan! What time do we leave, Paola? If some of your daydreams include visions of you lounging in your plush city abode in a European city, this entry may make you long for that lifestyle even more. My apologies in advance for that. :)

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Name: Paola Thomas
Occupation: Part-time online retailer
Blog/website: and
Location: Seattle, Washington
Theme: Destination Paris/Milan
Inspirations: An apartment in a Continental European city (I?ve been particularly inspired recently by Vanessa Bruno?s Parisian apartment, featured in a recent Elle Decor); fruit sorbets and cocktails, Hotel Costes compilation CDs; Laduree macaroons; the vibe of the Ile Saint Louis in Paris or the Piazza San Babila in Milan; mid-century modern curves.
Design notes: It?s the scheme for my living room in Seattle ! Thanks for giving me just the incentive to work on it. See my blog for further commentary including a ?soundtrack? to the mood board and links to some of my inspirations.

Thank you for entering the decor8/Amy Butler mood board contest, Paola! I’ll post as many entries as I can fit in today, and then that’s it, the contest will wrap up and tomorrow we’ll all get to vote for our new winners. Yeah!

(images by paola thomas)

Posted in contests on June 14, 2007

Mood Board Contest: Underwater Treasure Chest by Kerry Pitt-Hart

Simplicity and apparent stillness can be a disguise. Much more may await you beneath the surface. At first glance, this mood board may appear a bit simple or unfinished. But shhhhh… If you listen to Kerry describe each and every element, then examine them for yourself, your appreciation starts to swell for her design as you find out that there is much more to this entry than meets the eye. Rich layers, energy, and a wealth of secrets awaits. Enjoy!

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Name: Kerry Pitt-Hart
Occupation: jewelry designer/museum educator
Location: Kansas City, MO
Theme: Underwater Treasure Chest. Imagining myself surrounded with a curio brimming with coral, alabaster sculpture, a four-poster bed and a mother-of-pearl inlaid dresser made me feel as though it were really true.
Inspiration: A cabinet of coral from lafaille’s cabinet de curiosites–part of la rochelle’s natural history museum. I love natural light, especially light filtered through stained glass and sheer fabric panels. Seeing the light play and dance with the leaves of a tree or vine is magical to me. I also have a thing for windows. I once read that seeing windows in your dreams means bright hopes, vast possibilities and insight. The casement windows pictured with the red trimmed sheer silk are my favorite type of window. The hand-embroidered lanterns hanging in the stairway landing painted a watery green are what I imagine I would see exiting my bedroom to go downstairs for tea. I’m not so much a tea drinker as I am a coffee drinker, but this table with the unfinished needlepoint and the slice of lime against the white porcelain plate is simply beautiful. The Staffordshire alabaster sculpture is by George Kennethson, exhibited at Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard. There is something about the translucency of the stone that makes me think it would work well in a room with stained glass windows that seem inspired by the brittle-star and starfish from the pages of one of my favorite vintage out-of-print finds. The pearls in the glass dish are from an old necklace I took apart. I made the ravelled fringe double-edged ruffle out of a piece of silk fabric while commuting back and forth to work one week on the streetcar when we lived in San Francisco. I imagine it trimming a shade or sham. The whole room feels like an underwater treasure chest. :)

Thank you for entering the decor8/Amy Butler mood board contest, Kerry! I’ll post as many entries as I can fit in today, and then that’s it, the contest will wrap up and tomorrow we’ll all get to vote for our new winners. Yeah!

(images by kerry pitt-hart)

Posted in contests on June 14, 2007

Mood Board Contest: Sweet Sewing Room by Allyson Vermeulen

I love crafty girls! If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your arts and crafts space, this may be just what you need to see today. Introducing… Allyson’s sweet sew space.

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Name: Allyson Vermeulen
Occupation: stay-at-home mom
State: Beacon, NY
Theme: A sweet little sewing room full of vintage details, where organization and order inspire creativity.
Inspiration: Things that are pink and dainty: a plate of raspberry glazed cream puffs, a pair of satin shoes in the perfect ballerina pink, an embroidery sampler in many shades of rose, delicate floral handkerchiefs. I have also taken a cue from vintage sewing supplies and notions, and muslin covered dress forms. More than anything I find myself inspired by organization: the jars of notions with fabric-covered lids, the baskets separating works-in-progress, the proper work table, the spools of thread tied to their matching bobbins, stacks of neatly folded fabric. I am realizing just how much good design can improve your quality of life – not just because its pretty to look at, but because it functions well, and helps you stay focused. My imaginary room is also inspired by necessity.
Notes: Right now my “sewing room” is a corner of our living room where I keep my machines and tools. My fabric is in bins in the attic and my cutting table is the dining room floor. By the time I have taken out whatever I am working on and set everything up, one of my boys is up from their nap and it all has to go away again. I imagine that if I had a room to keep it all in, a room where I could leave things mid-process, I’d get so much more done! And being the only girl in the house, I would love a room thats pink!

Thank you for entering the decor8/Amy Butler mood board contest, Allyson! I’ll post as many entries as I can fit in today, and then that’s it, the contest will wrap up and tomorrow we’ll all get to vote for our new winners. Yeah!

(images by allyson vermeulen)

Posted in contests on June 14, 2007


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