East #17: Ali's Big Splash

East #17: Ali's Big Splash

Aaron Able
Oct 7, 2008

Name: Ali
Location: Rochester, NY
Type of Home: 2-bedroom apartment
What inspired you to use color? My love for color came from my grandma, who always just "knew" how to combine different colors and textures in a variety of spaces to make a big splash. This, coupled with my intense dislike of bare white walls and my love for art and books led me to look for thrift store/flea market furnishings (in my grad student budget!) to make the most of my place in Rochester, which fortunately already had a lot of character coming in (it's an old mansion converted into apartments). I have always aimed to make my place reflect me while welcoming my friends; I like to think I've succeeded!...

Color Tip: Don't be afraid to throw things together — as a student, I've had to bring in a lot of furniture that most people would be hesitant to match. I've found that everything works together pretty nicely, though, as long as I don't make things too wild. I love hand-woven rugs, especially tribal prints, and I find that their patterns and colors are great inspiration for designing a room — most of my favorites use many colors and design elements in a harmonious and creative way. Using color schemes and design elements from your favorite paintings or photographs is also another way to find things that work and look great!

Fall Colors Introduction -------------------------------

Welcome, everyone, to our Fourth Annual Fall Colors Sharing & Contest. We're looking for the most beautiful & colorful home in the world and sharing all of the great ideas we get with our readers. This year we're amping things up and hoping to do things better than ever. There are two basic phases, the Sharing Phase and the Voting Phase...

1. Sharing Phase - you comment, judges decide

The 40 best, completed entries will be posted on a daily basis for three weeks. You can view them all at anytime via our new, improved contest pages under ALL ENTRIES. During this time your comments are VERY IMPORTANT as our six judges will be choosing 16 finalists from each region based on comments and their own colorful opinion.

2. Voting Phase - you vote till you drop

Starting October 20th, finalist voting will begin on a daily basis through our new bracketed voting system, which will pit our 16 finalists against one another until only one remains. Sound exciting? We hope so.

Best, Maxwell

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