Many readers have asked how we whittled the regional entries down to the 16 finalists for each region &mdash the six judges individually chose 16 finalists from each region based on the entry's use of color, creativity, overall attractiveness and YOUR comments. The four Managing Editors for Apartment Therapy's city sites had the help of some judges from our contest sponsor, CB2: Ryan Turf & Judy Miller. Get to know more about these judges and their color inspiration, after the jump...
Name: Ryan Turf
Title: Associate Buyer, CB2
What's your favorite color? Navy
What's the best use of interior color you've ever seen? Most homes shot for the British edition of the magazine Living Etc.
Bio: I have been a buyer at CB2 for lighting and upholstery for 2 years and have worked off and on for Crate & Barrel, for 17 years. I am 32 years old. I love classic cars.
Name: Judy Miller
Title: Product Manager, CB2
Inspiration: Milan Furniture Show, vintage furniture, home and apparel fashion magazines, black and white architectural photos
Favorite Color: too many to list
Least Favorite Color: beige
Best use of interior color ever seen: Veuve Clicquot orange on fireplace wall....it's cozy at night, and energetic during the day.
Bio:My husband and I live in a loft downtown Chicago. I have been a buyer for 20 years — 10 in home fashion; 10 in apparel fashion.....and CB2 is my passion! I love flea markets and vintage resale shops.