Monday, October 5

All the Best Bedroom Contest Results

Congratulations to Robert Passal (First); Scot Meacham Wood (Second); Brooke and Steve Giannetti (Third); Sara Story (Honorable Mention); Anna Beth Chao (Honorable Mention and Readers' Choice Award); Christopher Prain (Honorable Mention)

A huge thank you to the judges and to everyone who entered the SFERRA/All the Best Bedroom Contest. Each finalists submitted written details of their work. I thought that you might enjoy reading more about each room and have shared each persons own words below.

First Place
Robert Passal New York, New York

The bedroom is in an Upper East Side townhouse and was designed for a young (newlywed) couple. We worked within a budget and put together a high/low look. For instance the white lacquered writing table is from West Elm and the wonderful brass lantern is from Soane London.

The tufted French chairs were found at a vintage shop then covered in a Lilieve fabric from Old World Weavers. The wall shelving was purchased at Ikea then wrapped in grass cloth. Thus, you see how we approached the look while working within a budget.

The request was to have an approachable masculine/ feminine master bedroom. We did that by juxtaposing the bedside table, lamps & accessories. The overall look is sexy, relaxed & collected as opposed to over decorated.

Second Place
Scot Meacham Wood San Francisco, California

This is my own bedroom in a San Francisco flat. Because it's my own space, it represents everything I love about my home. Dark, warm colours and my ever-growing collection of artwork.

I love wool and silk textiles and the exuberance of my Chinese needlepoint floor covering. And, of course, there are a few hints of tartan.

Just outside my window I can hear the sounds of the garden. Honestly, it's the place where I dream. Who could ask for more?

Third Place
Brooke and Steve Giannetti Los Angeles, California

The bedroom is in a home that Steve designed in Pacific Palisades. Our clients wanted it to have a relaxed coastal feeling without looking like Tommy Bahama.

The color scheme was derived from the Galbraith and Paul pillows on the bed. We decided to cover all of the large pieces in white linen and add small dashes of color.

The custom colored Overleaf rug from The Rug Company pulled the room together. The overall feel is relaxed, calming, subtle and sophisticated.

Honorable Mentions

Sara Story
New York, New York

I selected the vibrant deep orange and red velvet for the custom headboard to accentuate the painting which is so rich and enticing. The bedside tables are from the 1940s made of a gun metal base with a black stone top. The lamps on each bedside table are black leather with a brass base from designer Jacque Adnet. The bed linens are a custom design black Greek key. I wanted a graphic, strong design and hue that would really pop off the crisp white linens.

The upholstered chair and ottoman are covered in a Muriel Brandolini fabric. I love mixing the new with the old. The bedroom room has a mixture of graphic patterns and colors with the warmth of cozy textured fabrics and materials.

The two dressers are vintage George Nelson from the 1950s—which I mixed with an old Tibetan orange rug and lamp I found at a flea market in Paris. The overall look is chic while being comfortable and inviting.

Readers' Choice Award Winner
Anna Beth Chao
Monroe, Louisiana

My husband and I have lived in our home for 6 years, and in that time our bedroom was never repainted or decorated. Recently I keep running across many of the great rooms Abigail Ahern had painted in "Down Pipe" by Farrow & Ball, I knew that was the color I wanted to use.

I actually surprised myself by committing to such a dark color, since my first instinct is to paint everything white, white, white. I decided to paint the trim color the same as the walls for a more dramatic, unified look.

Everything in the room is something I already owned, except for the roller shades (Lowe's), throw pillows (I made the yellow one and bought the others from Nate Berkus at HSN), and deer antler mount (eBay). I think this is my favorite room I've ever done in my house.

Christopher Prain
London England

The bedroom design was part of a complete project that we undertook for a young, male client in Kensington, London, England. The lateral flat was on the 1st floor of a 19th century Victorian villa that had been modernised very poorly, approximately 15 years ago.

The brief was to create a traditional looking flat to suit a modern English gentleman. The bedroom to be was to be romantic, comfortable but with strong details. All the architectural details had been removed so the basis of the scheme was literally to design the cornice, skirting architrave, window frame and wainscot paneling.

Double doors were less intrusive and softer than conventional single ones, and as illustrated in the photo, gave a balanced feel to the wall. The room like all the best things, is a mixture of old and new, shade and light, hard and soft.


Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Eeek, they are all fabulous, Ronda!!! Great job!

Southern Aspirations said...

They are great! Thank you so much for sharing and congrats to all the winners!

Velvet and Linen said...

Wow, Ronda!
This is so exciting. Steve and I want to thank you, the judges and your readers.
Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.


GrannySmithGreen said...

Congratulations to all of the winners--especially my friend, Scot Meacham Wood, the very talented Tartanscot! Thanks to Ronda for hosting this great contest. Your readers have loved it!

mb said...

Thanks for a very exciting few weeks of Bedroom "American Idol" Ha. Really, it was great fun to see the entries and follow the contest.

All of the pictures of the rooms you showed were fabulous. What a great treat.

AB Chao said...

Thank you, Ronda! This was so much fun. Congratulations to all of the winners -- you are seriously awesome.

One of my Hobby Blogs said...

geesh, must have been hard to pick a winner in that lot! excellent work by the designers

Jaypee David said...

these designs are all winners! all deserving! great job to everyone who participated.

Susan said...

Congratulations to the very deserving winners! I loved seeing all the photos of the winning bedrooms. All are beautiful.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Congrats to all the winners. Thanks for hosting this Ronda. All the pictures were just lovely.

Scot Meacham Wood said...


This is so very exciting and I am quite honored. Thank you for hosting such a fun event. Congratulations to all the winners.

Scot Meacham Wood

pve design said...

Congrats to each of the winners as well as all the contestants!
I think each of the entries are winners! It is wonderful to learn the unique stories behind each space.
Wonderful contest!

Linda Merrill said...

Congratulations to all the winners - such beautiful rooms and so much talent from all the entries!!

Karena said...

All are beautiful! I voted for Passal, Yea!! I just love the yellow and the overall design.

Shelley Jeffcoat said...

These rooms were all so beautiful! Will definitely become inspiration for me!

Summer is a Verb said...

All inspirational and beautiful! Covering the shelving in grass cloth, pure genius...XXOO

Julie at Belle Vivir said...

Great picks Ronda.
Congratulations to the winners. Since the judges are such legendary designers I think it would have been great if the judges would have given us their inputs on their picks. What made those great rooms the best ones for them.

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Absolutely gorgeous rooms, congratulations to all!


Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

I am sure it was tough to judge! Congrats to all.


Renae Moore said...

I really enjoyed much fun to see such great design. Kudos to all the contestants and the winners!

SpryOnTheWall said...

All the rooms are amazing! I have so enjoyed this contest and getting a peak at all the talent out there! Fabulous!

Sam1069 said...

This was so exciting! I especially loved seeing the new submissions every few days. Well done. I have to say that I'm happy that my choice won..I was a little worried for a moment there after seeing the viewer choice numbers. great job by everyone.

style chronicle said...

Loved this contest. Great selections! Each entry was beautiful. Congratulations to all!!

CaseyDavid said...

Congratulations to Anna Beth from a Shreveporter who lived in Monroe for college! Small world! Your room is beautiful!

Anne Marie said...

i'm so delighted to find you and all your resources you have for interior design.....
and these photographs of bedrooms are just what I needed for inpsiration for my own -

thank you -

sunny said...

beautiful rooms!
I learned something new from each room.

Christina Jackson said...


Thank you so much for this fabulous contest. I almost passed out on the floor when I discovered that my humble bedroom made the top 12! It was one of the most exciting things to happen to me in a long time!!! Your readers are all so gracious and supportive... and your blog is the best! Thanks again : )

Christina Jackson (Room 10)

vosgesparis said...

great rooms and pictures ;) I recently did a make over of my own bedroom.... It really loks so different from everything I see in the pictures above... stull beautiful and relaxing ;)

I will def. check out more posts on your blog Ronda and be back soon
all the best from Amsterdam.

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

Great picks...I LOVE the reader's choice one....that wall color is so serene. I have a dark color in my bedroom too, i love it!

Jen Ramos
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