Midwest #31: Alison's Happiness at Home

Midwest #31: Alison's Happiness at Home

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Janel Laban
Oct 15, 2008
Name: Alison Location: Chicago, IL Type of Home: Rental Apartment What inspired you to use color? I don't so much choose to use color as it just pops up and forces its way into my life over time. There are certain shades—soft mustard yellow, olive green, blacks, grays and white—I tend to gravitate toward in all aspects of my life, be it plants, clothing or décor. By infusing my house with those colors, I can't help but surround myself with tones I associate with happiness, serenity, relaxation…and ultimately home

Color Tip: If you find yourself drawn to a color or hue over and over, chances are you're not going to grow sick of it in your home—go for it! If you're nervous, though, try some neutrals or almost neutrals (toned-down versions of your favorites) and decorate around those colors with more vibrant "pops" of color that can be readjusted or removed easily.

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 til 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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