I am happy to announce the winner of Olioboard’s Holiday Entertaining Design contest that I took part in judging. So many fantastic and creative design boards were submitted (which made it a challenge to select just one!). However, one lucky winner was announced last week…

The winner: “A Blue Christmas” with My Two Designers by Olioboard member Anne.

Here are some of the other great design boards that made the top eight (you’ll see why it was hard to choose!):

“Relax & Enjoy” by Allison.

Another from winner Anne, “White Christmas.”

“Cozy Cool Christmas”

To view the other runners up, visit the Olioboard website here.





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My Two Designers along with Olioboard is teaming up for a fun contest – and I’m excited to announce I have been selected to judge! One lucky winner will receive $1000! For all the details and to enter the contest, click here. {As an added bonus, entrants will receive a 20% discount code just for entering.}

Looking forward to taking part and viewing all the design boards (one of my favorite things)!





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You can be a star, a Design Star!

Posted By Jill-LA | Nov 16, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Contests

In this town…you don’t have to be an iconic star…or a pop star…or even a reality star…because you can be a DESIGN STAR!

HGTV is looking for the next Design Star and they are holding an open casting call.

For all the deets, click here.

See ya on the casting couch, M21? Wink, wink…





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Shaw Floors has teamed up with the Save The Tiger Fund for the release of their latest product, Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet.  For all Tigressa sales from now until August 20, 2010 they will donate a portion of the proceeds to the National Fish and Wildlife Federation’s Save the Tiger Fund (STF). STF sponsors effective efforts to stop the killing of wild tigers, enabling them to recover and flourish. Tigers are on the brink of extinction. It’s estimated that there are now less than 4,000 wild tigers in Asia.  (And for each Tweet you make using the #Tigressa mark in your tweet, they’ll donate $1 to the campaign as well.)


You can also enter to win the Tigressa Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to India to see the tigers!





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Be your own lighting designer!

Posted By Jill-LA | Mar 30, 2010 | 7 Comments | Category: Contests, Lighting

Lamps Plus is now offering you the opportunity to customize your own lighting designs!  The new service is called “Design Your Own” .  The tool allows you to customize your own fixture from many of their assorted pendants, floor lamps, table lamps, and shades.  You start by selecting a pattern, then select a color scheme, then a trim color – and it shows you the process along the way.  Save your selections for later or check out other matching combinations that can go with your own design.  Really great for finding just the right combo color/pattern you are looking for…and not to mention kind of fun!  (The best part, most are all under $200.) I can’t wait to use it for a client!

Here’s how it works:  (I started by selecting the above fixture)

I then chose the same pattern but opted for the black and white pattern (there are many other colors to choose from).

Then I selected a white trim color.

But also looked at a few other trim colors, such as this tan trim.


And in the end it will show you some matching items, such as pendants, table lamps, floor lamps. etc.

{Lamps Plus is also having a contest to win $500 of your own creations, enter here.}





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Rejuvenation Lighting Contest

Posted By Jill-LA | Apr 13, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Contests


Rejuvenation is having a contest featuring home makeovers. Submit your home improvement stories for a chance to win $1000. Check out some of the entries so far – those with the most votes win!





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Congratulations to Christine – she is the lucky winner of our first Design Challenge which was announced last month.


When Christine first submitted her entry, she wrote to me saying that this could not have come at a better time. Her and her husband just bought their very first home. It is a 1933 Spanish Hacienda located near Los Angeles. Christine wrote that they had been on a ten month house hunt and after seeing about sixty to seventy homes, they finally found their dream house! It’s a three bedroom, three bathroom home that still retains most of it’s original features including hard wood floors and a beautiful copper, brick, and wood fireplace. To the side of the fireplace in the living room are original built-ins and french doors. Size wise, Christine said the room isn’t that bad, however it’s the only common space in the house (if you notice on the drawings there are hardly any full walls as each side opens to another room or hallway). Christine said she would like as much seating as possible and for it to be comfortable.

While Christine did email me an inventory of some existing furnishing she would like to try to use, she also mentioned if they didn’t work for this room she would be able to use them elsewhere. She said they have a 5′ x 8′ rug but I had to specify a larger 9′ x 12′ rug to define the seating grouping and to be proportinate to the room. She said she had a small 10″ drink table – which I did scale in on one of the plans and a table of that size could be a “floater” and used almost anywhere. Lastly, the tv is a must for the room and will be placed over the fireplace.

Take a look at some solutions to Christine’s Design Challenge:

By emailing me these pictures of the space from many angles including some adjacent rooms, I could get a good visual on the flow of the room and architectural style. These images feature the previous owners furniture. Christine wrote to say since they moved in they have been painting. I’d love to see what colors they’ve chosen!




Christine provided me with the dimensions of her living room with this sketch. Without ever having seen the room, I was easily able to take these dimensions to accurately draw up her living room.

In this first of three furniture floor plan layouts, I am designating the sofa in the center of the room facing the fireplace as a focal point. The seating grouping is defined by a 9′ x 12′ area rug (repeated in all three plans). I opted to place a side chair on one side and an ottoman or bench on the other side which can also be used for additional seating. I feel it’s important not to block off the entry (which opens right into the living room) so putting a piece of furniture there that is less obtrusive (such as an ottoman or side chair). A small console table on the narrow 24″ wall can function as a place to set down mail or keys and help define the entry.


As in the above furniture floor plan layout, the sofa is the centerpiece of the room “floating” in the middle of the space thus allowing for flow and around the sofa into the seating grouping and creating a corridor behind the sofa.


A console table of this scale would be ideal for the entry.


A side chair such as this one from Pottery Barn would make a great chair in any of the furniture floor plans I’ve drawn.


Normally, in a “formal” living room I opt not to specify a sectional sofa. However, Christine mentioned for a brief moment they had a sectional sofa in the space and liked it. She is also placing a television above the fireplace mantle and so this living room is not your typically “formal” living room. The placement of this living room is a “hub” leading to the dining room, kitchen, hallways, and other rooms – not to mention the front entry leads right into the living room. I think placing a sectional sofa in this living room can still look elegant if it’s done right. The sectional I am imagining is of smaller scale with clean and simple lines. I’ve also indicated a sofa back table so that from the dining room one is not seeing the blank back of a sofa.

This picture demonstrates the idea of using a small scale sectional in the living room. Because the back wall of the room should be left without any furniture against the wall due to needing a corridor, the idea of placing narrow picture shelves along the wall with artwork or photos creates a focal point upon entry.


For the third furniture floor plan layout, I opted to open up the “backside” of the room by placing a sofa to one side and a pair of chairs on the opposite side. Since the front entry is on that side, I feel it is best to leave that space open so as one does not walk right in on top of furniture. It provides for better flow and circulation.


A furniture arrangement with a sofa to one side of the fireplace and a pair of chairs flanking the opposite side is similar to the layout I featured above.


Thank you for all the interest and submissions we received for this contest. Each and every one of you who wrote in mentioned you really needed the help. I wish I could have helped all of you but for the purpose of the contest, we are featuring one very lucky winner. For those of you I was not able to select, I did write back offering a coupon (promotion) for my services. I do want to let all the Material Girl readers know, us MG bloggers are practicing interior designers and do offer virtual interior design services to any of you wherever you may live. Part of the contest is to showcase our talents and should you wish to engage in any of our services we are all here to help with any of your interior design needs. If any of you would like help with space planning, feel free to email me and I would be happy to pass on the same promotion I offered the others.

And don’t forget – Lauren is providing a bathroom makeover for her Design Challenge this month! You could be featured next!!





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Design Challenge Reminder!

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 31, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Contests


Just a little note to remind everyone that tomorrow, December 31st is the final day to submit your entries for this month’s Design Challenge.

We will be featuring the selected entry as a blog post on the 15th of January.

Look for Lauren up next for the January design challenge. Can’t wait to see what her challenge will be!





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Photo Contest from Design Hotels

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 01, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Contests


If you’ve ever stayed at a “Design Hotels” (or live near one!), check out this photo contest:

The Design Hotels™ Photo Contest

Submit your best images of Design Hotels™ destinations for entry in the first Design Hotels™ Photo Contest! Winning images will be featured on the new website and you could win fantastic prizes including complimentary vouchers and copies of the Design Hotels™ Book!

Find out more at www.designhotels.com/news/flickr

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