The Winner for the Best Use of Color: Sandi Vincent's Living/Dining Room
What's the happiest place in your home? "My living/dining room. I've filled the space with objects that I love and make me happy."
Jonathan says: "Go Sandi! I love your warm palette and choice of green as a compliment and contrast to the orange. The painting is fab and I like how it informs the design of the entire room. Bravo!"
The Winner for the Best Use of Accesssories: Toby McCrae's Dining Room
What's the happiest place in your home? "Our dining room is the happiest place in our little family's world! The dining room is the first thing you see upon entering the front door. It is actually "supposed" to be the living room, but the windows and doors are in such awkward locations that we couldn't find any way to functionally arrange our living room furnishings. I love change, and I can move our lacquered, oblong table into any of three positions, whenever I want things to look different or if we're entertaining. One of my favorite elements in the room is my original lithograph of butterfly wings in a rainbow colors -- symbolic of a time of transition in my life and a gift from my best friend, who created the pice just for me while she was finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts. I had it framed here locally and what a joy it was to finally put it on the wall of a room that was previously dark, ugly and depressing to me. The opaque, robin's-egg blue blue Italian glass genie bottle was also a gift. My mother had originally chosen for her mother in Canada, back in the 60s. I was so excited to get it for Christmas last year, as I have loved it ever since it first saw it sitting in corner of my Grandmother's living room. We live in Northern Indiana and the skies are so often grey here. Also, our windows are small, so to brighten things up, we finally decided to just get rid of all our dark wood antiques (they all had large and heavy proportions and ornate styling), and go modern and slim. Adding visual space with restraint on accessories and skinny chairs really helped open up the room. Copenhagen is my inspiration. After high school, I spent a year as a Nanny in the happiest country in the world - Denmark - and never forgot that wonderful feeling of airy brightness I enjoyed inside many of the spare, white home interiors of Copenhagen."
Jonathan says: "Toby wins! I love your bright white palette peppered with pops of bright accessories. The room does indeed feel happy and clearly makes you happy from your story! I must admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for a kids birthday party and I love your cheery sign. The placement of the flowers and glass decanters is perfect for picking up the bright colors in the butterfly painting and I also love your creative placement of the drawing in the window. Well done!"