Well, the interior designers at JASON BALL interiors and the rest of the design/build team tried hard, but to no avail (this year). However, the 20 design teams put on an absolutely wonderful show this year at Serving Up Style: Designers Fighting Lupus as part of the Fall Home & Garden Show. With over $53,000 raised to help out those afflicted with lupus and to continue the struggle to raise awareness, Molly's Fund definitely won the top prize. While the JBi team would have preferred some type of trophy, being part of this amazing event is enough for us (although I must say that planning has already started for next year!).
I was able to walk through the show today free from the stresses of the competition and really look at the rooms. The level of design in this year's competition was amazing! All 20 rooms were well thought out with solid interior design. The rooms shown here were my absolutely favorites for various reasons. It might be some particular wall treatment or the lighting or the general concept. Please NOTE: If you're room isn't included here, it's only because this blog post is about my absolutely favorites. Readers will either agree or disagree with me, but that's what this is all about - showing off our individual talents and different perspectives on interior design.
"Jane + Tarzan's Hollywood Retreat" - Modurne Fine Furnishings + Interiors. The JBi designers love pattern! And, in this case, more is definitely better. Jamie Buckiewicz of Modurne Fine Furnishings knocked it out of the park with this large-scale chevron on the wall and the floor. While not for the faint of heart, it is definitely a way to add pure drama to any space. I could especially see this down a hallway and up the far wall.
"Dinner at Tiffany's" - urban i.d. Glamor, glamor and more glamor in this incredibly elegant dining space by the team at urban i.d. There is something about this particular shade of blue that we all immediately identify with. Throw in gift boxes, a knock-out of a chandelier and drapery to die for, and this is one superb room. For me, it's all about the color though. It's saturated to a point of being rich - not too green, not too blue - just perfect. And, what's more important is that it's livable. This is one room that would be easy to translate into anyone's home. This room won the Fan Favorite award this year - way to go team!
"Lost & Crowned" - Terrance Mason Interiors. Ok, anyone who knows the JBi team knows this really isn't our style. But, there is something about this room that really speaks to me. While clearly old-world (let's call it 16th century chic), it has one particular feature that was a brilliant move - the regal purple lion/crown crests on the walls. These subtle shapes kept this room from being a replica room and brought it immediately into the 21st century. Besides the crests, designer Terrance Mason designed an amazingly intricate and elegant chandelier that really caps this room off nicely, and a dreamy table top display.
"La Vie Bohéme" - Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc. This room by the GHID design team is a great example of taking everyday objects (really everyday) and turning them into art in one way or another. Post-It Notes become "wallpaper," modified water bottles become a sparkling chandelier and thousands of yellow legos are turned into wall art. It seems so easy, but only because this team pulled it off so expertly. Side note: This room won the Creativity Award this year, and rightly deserved.
"Where does the butterfly go when it rains?" - Interiors by Blackwood. Linda pulled off an amazing feat at this year's Serving Up Style event - she built a castle! Okay, not a complete castle, but enough of one to give the feeling. And, this room is all about feeling. The lighting, the butterflies, the simple "dining" setting all complete the feeling of being in castle ruins during a rainstorm, having a picnic dinner with a loved one.
"Merry Marry!" - Wendy O'Brien Interiors Planning & Design. The design team for this room did some absolutely amazing work this year around. However, my favorite part of this room is the table scape. It is full without being crowded, theatrical without being over-done and elegant without being gaudy. Plus, it fits the theme of the room perfectly. It would be easy to see this romantic table top as part of any high-society wedding.
"The Fine Art of Dining" - Pangaea Interior Design. Friend and designer, Pangaea, came up with an absolutely stunning and contemporary dining environment for her first time as part of this competition. As an artist herself, she understand the need for and use of color to add drama. While you wouldn't find fuchsia in too many JBi designed rooms, it is the chairs that are of particular interest. Designed by Pangaea and painted in a slightly grayed out fuchsia color, they look to be perfect for a wonderful evening at any dining table.
More than anything, this type of competition should give homeowners ideas on ways to bring drama to their own homes. All 20 design teams brought their A games to the competition this year and all to bring awareness to Molly's Fund and the need to awareness and research for lupus. To learn more about lupus, please check out Molly's Fund.
Look for a full recap of the room by the JASON BALL interiors team later in the week.
About JASON BALL interiors. We are a team of interior designers based in Portland, Oregon serving residential clients throughout Oregon and Washington and beyond. To see examples of our design work, visit the Portfolio page. For an evaluation of your upcoming projects, contact Jason Ball at (503) 267-2352 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to being your interior design team.