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November 28, 2007

Domino Winner is Announced

Picture_2 Girl Meets Glamour leads us on a tour of the Domino decorating contest's winning space. It's a bright, airy home brought to us via Catherine from Mill Valley, CA. And can I just say - gorgeous. Here's how Catherine describes her vision:

As a single mother I waited 17 years to convert two small bedrooms into my large master bedroom. I did all the demo and hired handymen to install the closets, doorways and white floor. I then painted, stenciled, embossed, and/or glazed every inch of wall space and built the gas fireplace surround myself. I reinvented a 1960s Hollywood vanity, nightstands, small chandeliers and French chair with paint, decoupage and silver leaf. I made and painted the silk organza curtains (items are not pictured). The goal was to create a Parisian-like sanctuary to enjoy after a long working day.

Picture_3Sanctuary is right. In this case, I'd love to know who did the photography as well. The images are all beautifully lit by natural light. Catherine has somehow managed to be on-trend without seeming trendy. Stylish without seeming overdone. The chairs beg to be curled up on with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. And I love how she tosses in a Barcelona stool with a baby blue upholstered chair and a nearby bud vase of pink roses. There's an undeniable femininity to the room, but just enough of a nod to modern design that it doesn't fall on the side of girlishness. Lovely space. And I cannot imagine how a winner was selected from so many choices. 

Picture_4_2 So while that lovely home won the accolades of many, by far one of my favorite spaces was the dining room by Cindy in Foley, Alabama. Cindy balanced masculine and feminine perfectly in her dramatic dining room. If anyone can make a chandelier look right in a space, it's her. 

Here's her take on high-low chic:

"The winning combination of Bittersweet Chocolate, alligator dining chairs and white makes this dining room delicious. My inspiration was finding the dining chairs first and wanting the lacquer white frames to pop out against the dark walls. I searched for the coral silk and mohair drapery fabric to finish the room with elegance and a pop of color. What is phenomenal and surprising is the fact that the VERY expensive rug, drapes and chairs make the VERY inexpensive art and table look like a million bucks!"

Congrats to all of you who create delicious spaces like this every day. A well designed home is a gift to be cherished - regardless of whether or not someone awards you with a prize.

What the beautiful people are saying...

i agree, i want to know who the photographer is! great images just make fantastic spaces that much better.

Ooh her home IS divine! I agree it's not too staged and trendy, and the colors are fresh and tranquil. The flowers and sunlight add the final touch of gorgeousness!

They really do, Jennifer. That captured light hitting the room ‘just so’ - there’s artistry behind the lens!

I completely agree, Claudia. What’s amazing, is that I’m not partial to the soft hues she has used, but I’d be delighted to find a room in my home that had this look and feel. Such a respite from the busy day. She must sleep in a dreamy state of rest!

OH MY! Thanks so much for your comments. What people do not realize is that of course one cleans up the room for pictures! And I de-cluttered. I took all the pics which took FOREVER. I am not a professional photographer at all. I must have taken over 200 pics to get a few good ones. My only regret is Domiono did not show the fireplace! Thanks so much. I still cannot believe I won!

Hello again: I just saw the comments after I posted mine. The light in the room is so wonderful. It has a southern exposure and in the afternoon the shawdow effects from the trees outside a bushes is extraordinary. I have nothing to do with that. During that time I snapped pics like crazy on my cheapo digital camera. Nothing was cropped or photoshopped by me. Domino made the colors a bit "hyper" but that is all. I have some before pics if anyone is interested. Thanks again for the comments. And PS, my daughter is now 18 and I very much live in the room.

Something to say, gorgeous?

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