(This is the second of our 6 honorable mentions, which go to submissions that did not make the finals. They are awarded purely at the judge's discretion. Each honorable mention receives a special gift from DWR.)
From Alec Holland:
"First let me say that I found the entries this year to be truly spectacular! While I admit to a little concern that popularity could account for some of the high voting, after going through entries and ignoring the votes to see if my feelings were aligned with numbers I have to say that, for the most part, they are...."
"This Honorable Mention is a little "Sophie's Choice" for me. Stacy and Dan (ATLA # 27) had a beauty and I bet Grant's pad (ATLA's #25) is the most inviting and interesting place to snoop around in. But I'm going out on a limb here and casting my Honorable Mention Vote for Jason's Kid Friendly Bungalow (ATLA'S #15). I found the (clearly within the size limit) space to be divided *geniusly* into its 3 separate areas, utilizing every corner without showing a hint of clutter. Also, while many of the final entries are stunning, I don't see where any more high-end furniture could fit into their picture-perfect spaces. Jason's pad looks ripe for a great new DWR headboard and perhaps a funkier dresser. If I were king, I'd give #15 the chance to fully actualize what is already a stunning example of "working with what you've got".