Our judges have selected the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for the finalists in each of 17 Considered Design Awards categories, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. You can vote once a day in each category, now through August 8.
In the Best Bedroom/Amateur category, our five finalists are Michelle Pattee, Tori Willis, Finn & Flora, Thayer & Todd, and Anne S. Holtermann.
Michelle Pattee | Sebastopol, CA | Sebastopol House
Design Statement: “This room on the second floor of our 1904 farmhouse was raw and unfinished. The only access was a ladder through a window. The previous owner liked to drink and shoot. We found lots of bottles and bullets in the floor framing. The painter used the wrong primerâ€”the only time Iâ€™ve ever hired a painterâ€”and the wood knots showed through eventually, which turned out to be a good mistake. We kept the room open due to budget constraints, and the open space is pure indulgence.”
Chosen by: Guest judge and former Martha Stewart Living art director Gael Towey, who said: “I love the idea of converting existing space into something useful and also a retreat. The black floor with the whitewashed pine walls and contrasting beams is very dramatic and accentuates the design of the house.The white bed covers, white armoire, and white sofa reinforce the overall simplicity of the color palette.”
Tori Willis | Los Angeles, CA | Rustic Nomad
Design Statement: “Light-filled space allows a calming oasis to rest and relax. Touches of rustic, reclaimed wood design, along with objects from many travels and memories fill the room.”
Chosen by: Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson, who says: “A simple, restful bedroom with all the necessary elements: a reading light by Brendon Ravenhill, a low-slung bed, a window for breeze; we’re on board.”
Finn & Flora | Brooklyn, NY | Adventures in Legoland
Design Statement: “The objective here was to create a fun bedroom for our four-year-old boy who loves Legos and going on adventures.â€
Chosen by: Gael Towey, who admired “the funny idea of using a duvet to create a tepee for her son. The navy blue walls look like deep sky and the flags around the teepee make it feel like he’s sailing away into the cosmos like Peter Pan. The accessories are thoughtful: The funny picture in the gold frame is hung asymmetrically in the perfect spot, and the blanket looks like a camp blanket. The bed’s wood side rails make it look like a ship sailing into the night. Well done, Mom.”
Above: “This tepee was made from an old queen-size duvet cover, cut open and gathered at the top with twine. No finishing work required. Army blanket from Paris flea market, light-blue fitted sheet from Ikea, and yellow Lego storage box.
Thayer + Todd | Centerpoint, NY | Sleeping Loft
Design Statement: “We wanted a cozy getaway for our weekend guests, so we converted our attic into a sleeping loft. It’s accessed by a sliding Putnam ladder, which makes for a fun escape.”
Chosen by: Julie Carlson: “I love ‘found’ space, and this is a perfect example of repurposing an unused space for hosting guests and encouraging community and revelry.”
Above: “A vintage surfing photograph and beachy, organic cotton linens for the bed.”
Above: “Reclaimed wood from original attic floorboards makes for a great headboard.”
Above: “This way up.”
Above: “The rough-hewn beams came from a New York City building.”
Anne S. Holtermann | South Dartmouth, MA | St. Paul de Vence
Design Statement: “This is a little maisonette that I refurbished from top to bottom using local materials, found materials, old materials, and my own wits. I love a good mixture of color and calm, clean but interesting, and a design that can easily be changed with the smallest amount of effortâ€”just a move of the vase or add a new bright pillow and change a room! I wanted the space to be quiet and romantic for a couple or perfectly peaceful for one. True calm.”
Chosen by: Gael Towey, who said that she likes “the overall summery feeling of the roomâ€”the tile floor and bright informal accessories, and the large windows that let in lots of light. The unmatching dressers that double as side tables are an excellent use of space and give the room style and personality. My favorite feature is the picture rail above the bed that echoes the rough beam overheadâ€”it’s like a drawing on the wall.”
Start votingâ€”and vote dailyâ€”now through August 8, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. Winners will be announced on August 9.