PDA

View Full Version : Sims 2 Top Design - FINAL RESULTS POSTED! THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!


Chelleypie
9th Apr 2008, 4:09 AM
Sims 2 Top Design
(Belongs in Houses)
Do you want to enter the fantastic world of design? Then youíre at the right contest!
http://i32.tinypic.com/21lo1vm.jpg
My name is Piper Stone, and Iíll be your host for Sims 2 Top Design: Cycle One.

Our goal is to find a top designer from unknowns. So step it up a notch, and come design with us!

Rules
~Follow all S2C rules and guidelines.
~All designs MUST BE YOUR OWN.
~All entries must be totally complete by the time set in the round description.
~All genders and races welcome, but your Sim must be an Adult.
~If you have to drop out, PM me ahead of time if possible.
~No sore losers!
~No simmerizing, sim stealing, etc.
~Sims already in other contests are welcome.
~Some rounds will require an honor system, see the ĎRoundsí section for more details.
~Photoshop or some other editing software is a good thing.

Application Round
Please provide the following, so we can get to know you.
~One headshot of your designer.
~Show us around your office, be it a home office or an office outside your home.
~Show us around a room youíve designed, be it a clientís room or one in your own home.
~Tell us about you! Answer the following questions:
Whatís your name?
Your occupation?
Your age?
Where are you from?
How did you start designing?
How do you describe your personal design style?
~And finally, show us you in your bedroom!

Rounds
Application No eliminations. This is kind of a Ďget to know youí round.
Round One: Loft Design (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1183635&postcount=56)
This round will require the honor system. Design a loft on less than 500,000 Simoleans. Floorplan is provided. Eliminations start here. Judging will be based on creativity on a budget, ability to follow directions, and your confession question.
Round 2: Mystery Clients (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1187443&postcount=109)
No budget for this round. You'll be given some information, and asked to design from there. Floorplan provided. After the round is over, your client will be revealed to you, as well as what they think of your design. Judging will be based on creativity, how well you listented to your client, how well you met the clientís needs, and your confession question.
Round 3: Big Kid Room Now!
This round will require the honor system. You'll be given a set of multiples to design a single big kid room for, all on less than 10,000 Simoleans. Floor plans will be provided. Youíll be given genders for your set of multiples (no more than 4), and you'll get free reign from there. Judging will be based on creativity, how well you did on the budgeting, and your confession questions.
Round 4: Deserving Design
No budget for this round. Youíll be given a family to redesign a home for. Floorplan will be provided. Youíll learn a little about your family, and design them a brand new home. Judging will be based on overall design of the home, how well you worked within the layout, how well you listened to your clients, manuverability within the design, and your final confession.

All rounds will require an overhead shot of each room, as well as at least 4 close shots of the room, with a limit of 6 close shots. They will all also require a shot of your designer in the room. Rooms with a budget will require an estimate of how much you spent. I will tell you how much walls and BASIC FLOORING cost you, subtract from there. Remember, this is the honor system, so I wonít be checking up after you, but I expect you to be honest. All rounds will have a confessional, photos optional for those.

I am in the US. I am on CENTRAL STANDARD TIME. All rounds will end no later than 10 PM my time. If you need a REASONABLE extension, please let me know.

Prizes

A sim named Micheala by aimsme!
http://i25.tinypic.com/mt115s.jpg
Still taking donations!

Judges
Vampire_of_Death
iampinkstar
Chelleypie


Emergency Judges
pemma.205
kattenijin


ROUND TWO WILL END AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY MAY 27TH!!!
What time is it in Louisiana? (http://www.time.gov/timezone.cgi?Central/d/-6/java)
How Long Do I Have? (http://www.7is7.com/otto/countdown.html?year=2008&month=6&date=5&hrs=17&ts=12&min=0&sec=0&tz=local&lang=en&show=dhms&mode=t&cdir=down&bgcolor=%23CCFFFF&fgcolor=%23000000&title=Countdown%20To)

beeps
2nd May 2008, 1:34 AM
Contest Approved
Begins 5.1.08
Ends 6.1.08

Do not post replies and/or contest applications before the contest host has checked in on this thread, or your post will be deleted.

DO NOT WRITE USELESS POSTS like "Hey cool contest, I think I might join." Reserve type posts and useless posts about coming back with an application will be deleted.

Chelleypie
2nd May 2008, 2:00 PM
This post will contain the contestant list and links to their effort, as well as our eliminations. :)

CONTESTANTS

Mina Carter//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1179003&postcount=8)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1185570&postcount=84) - DROPPED OUT.
Armana Demetri//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1179124&po
stcount=9)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1186105&postcount=92)//Round Two (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1189586&postcount=141)//Round Three (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1194380&postcount=174)
Celeste Moranni//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1179690&postcount=15)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1184722&postcount=75) - DROPPED OUT.
Ginger Davis//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1179899&postcount=18) - ELIMINATED.
Gerbera Svorsky//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1180262&postcount=21)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1186029&postcount=89)//Round Two (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1189556&postcount=139)//Round Three (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1192422&postcount=168)
Billi Thurston//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1180740&postcount=25)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1186058&postcount=90) - DROPPED OUT.
Carolyn Green//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1181375&postcount=34)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1184872&postcount=77)//Round Two (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1190050&postcount=145)
Audrey DeBarbarak//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1181777&postcount=37)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1185871&postcount=87)//Round Two (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1189992&postcount=142)
Beate Broberg//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1182528&postcount=44)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1186211&postcount=95)//Round Two (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1190391&postcount=151) - DROPPED OUT.
Jaimee Liddell//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1182504&postcount=43)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1186194&postcount=94) - DROPPED OUT.
Chloe Chanelle//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1182757&postcount=47)//Round One (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1186127&postcount=93) - DROPPED OUT.
Adz Burnett//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1182951&postcount=49)//Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1184169&postcount=68)//Round Two (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1188899&postcount=132)//Round Three (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1194301&postcount=172)
Janelle Scott//Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1183442&postcount=54)- ELIMINATED.

Application Commentaries
Vampire (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1184268&postcount=70)
iampinkstar (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1184411&postcount=73)
Chelleypie (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1185021&postcount=78)

Green Room Meetings
Round One Results! (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1188766&postcount=131)
Round Two Results! (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1191704&postcount=159)

Vampire_of_Death
2nd May 2008, 4:01 PM
I will be glad to be a judge, if you still need one! I also have a sim for donation, if you are interested, I will PM you with details!

Bites and Kisses
Vampire

iampinkstar_SC
2nd May 2008, 4:34 PM
I'd like to judge too, I can't enter I don't have nearly enough cc, i used to have tonnes and im still getting used to decorating without it!

aimsme_SC
2nd May 2008, 5:36 PM
If we're intending to compete, can we still donate prizes?

Tawny.
3rd May 2008, 12:47 AM
i'm still new to contests.... when can we submit applications?

CisteCaise
3rd May 2008, 5:03 AM
Whatís your name?
Mina Carter
Your occupation?
Graphic Designer/Interior Designer
Your age?
26
Where are you from?
Originally from Pleasantville, but currently living in Sim City
How did you start designing?
I went to school for Art at Academie Le Tour and managed to get an intership doing graphic design for Trendham & LeCroix Designs in Sim City. After the internship ended, they decided to retain me as a Junior Designer in their firm and I've been designing ever since.
How do you describe your personal design style?
My personal style is a mixture of a funky, bohemian look and modern sensibilities.


My Headshot
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/newcontests/contestapp_headshot.jpg

My Home Office
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/newcontests/contestapp_pic2.jpg

My Bedroom
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/newcontests/contestapp_pic1.jpg

A Room I've Designed
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/DesigneroftheYear/Round1-HippyBedroom2.jpg

Mumo_SC
3rd May 2008, 3:03 PM
Name: Armana Demetri
Age: 32
Occupation: Freelance Designer
Where are you from: Brisbane Australia
How did you get started in designing: Through my family's design business. I decided to go freelance 3 years ago as I wanted to expand my opportunity of working around the world.
How do you describe your personal design style: I describe it as modern, refreshing and classy and fulfil my clients needs when it comes to their own personal taste.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/ArmanaDemetri.jpg


My Office

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/Amera.jpg

A Room I've Designed

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/rtgertye.jpg

My Bedroom

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/jgkhlkhl.jpg

mocha0030
3rd May 2008, 3:33 PM
this contest looks like fun! only problem may be the budget constraints if content isn't maxis only. custom content makers rarely use logical pricing standards. a perfect example is simskitchen pottery barn furniture. every one of their items costs $1. :)

aimsme_SC
3rd May 2008, 7:19 PM
But now that we all know that, we'll all be on the lookout for any entries that use it overmuch.

Chelleypie
4th May 2008, 12:56 AM
Tawny - applications are now open.

Mocha - This is based on an American television show called Top Design on HGTV. The designers were given limits on spending, and that's what this simulates. It makes it more challenging, certainly, but that makes it a little more fun! It's about fun and challenge!

Great entries Ciste and Mumo!

mocha0030
4th May 2008, 1:34 AM
Tawny - applications are now open.

Mocha - This is based on an American television show called Top Design on HGTV. The designers were given limits on spending, and that's what this simulates. It makes it more challenging, certainly, but that makes it a little more fun! It's about fun and challenge!

Great entries Ciste and Mumo!

i understand the concept. i'm just saying that someone can decorate a really extravagant house for $100 if the custom content they download is priced really cheap. never mind...

Chelleypie
4th May 2008, 4:07 PM
The limits are not unattainable. The loft challenge is 100,000 simoleans for the entire thing, less walls. The family challenge is 1,000 per room. I may change that one to 10,000 per room. That's part of the point - go out and see if you can find great stuff for less money.

For the house challenge, I will give floorplans and tell what Maxis exterior walls I use. If we get any more applications! :)

aimsme_SC
4th May 2008, 5:50 PM
Whatís your name?

Celeste Moranni.

Your occupation?

Interior and landscape designer.

Your age?

28.

Where are you from?

Riverblossom Hills.

How did you start designing?

My father had his own design business, and he showed me how to use various tricks and techniques. His love of architecture inspired me to take up design as a career myself, and so I studied art at school before doing architecture at Uni.

How do you describe your personal design style?

I like to think of it as being flexible- I like to adapt it to suit the client's tastes, the styles of the local area (Riverblossom, for instance, has a love of quaint furniture) and add my own touch. I'm very much a fan of plants- my interiors always have at least one flower in a vase or bowl.

Headshot:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_75283dfb_d52a0531.jpg

Show us around your office:

My office is in my home. First, the clients enter through the atrium (I have a private lift at the back):

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_75283dfb_d528ebe2.jpg

And they come to the main office area. Here there is a table and chairs for discussion between myself and the clients, and a computer desk for me to show them my work, be it for them or examples of work I have undertaken for others. I sometimes keep a small snack on the table, as I have sometimes had to skip meals since I usually have a lot of design work to do in between seeing clients.

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_75283dfb_9529f60e.jpg

I know the atrium part's a touch dramatic, but I designed it myself, and I'm quite proud.

Show us your own room:

My room's quite heavily decorated. My drum kit and easel are there, and the space in the far corner is basically just a reading area with cushions on the floor and a bookshelf that's not too high up. I love lounging around here.

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_75283dfb_952a0661.jpg

In the other corner is my personal desk, with various magazines on it along with my bag. My bed has curtains above it, which you can't really see from this angle. A poster of my favourite star, Marilyn Monroe, is right next to it. Even though she's an actress and I'm a designer, she still inspires me- don't ask me to explain how!

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_75283dfb_552a068a.jpg

Show us a room you've designed:

A week or so after I moved to Riverblossom, the Roths asked me to redesign their daughter's room as a sixteenth birthday present:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_326391bc_152a2253.jpg

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_326391bc_b52a229b.jpg

There was a limited amount of space, but I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.

IceAngel12891
4th May 2008, 6:23 PM
Hi, I was just wondering when the applications were due? I am starting my sims up now to work on it, lol, but I'm not sure how long it will take. I'm not *that* great at decorating but I figured I'd give it a shot.
Thanks!

Chelleypie
4th May 2008, 8:24 PM
Oh, lord, that's helpful, yea? Well, given that I'm approved as of 5/2, we'll say 5/9. If interest is shown but applications can't be complete on 5/9, I'll start Round 1 then and let applications finish.

IceAngel12891
5th May 2008, 2:44 AM
I'm sorry the angles suck, the rooms were actually quite good but I couldn't get any good angles for taking the pictures. I should have done all the rooms seperately instead of connected so it would have been easier to use the tab button but oh well =]
I love my headshot picture though.
Also sorry for the sucky graphics.



-One headshot of your designer.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y223/IceAngel12891/Ginger.jpg

-Show us around your office, be it a home office or an office outside your home.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y223/IceAngel12891/officetd-1.jpg

-Show us around a room youíve designed, be it a clientís room or one in your own home.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y223/IceAngel12891/livingroomtd.jpg

-Tell us about you! Answer the following questions:
Whatís your name? My name is Ginger Davis
Your occupation? I own my own interior design company.
Your age? 28
Where are you from? Desiderata Valley
How did you start designing? Well I first started in fasion design when my mother gave me her old sewing machine when I was 10. I then became interested in interior decorating and decided to go to college for that.
How do you describe your personal design style? I think its a mix off all sorts, mainly a mix of modern and traditional. I get a feel for what I want, then I go for it.

-And finally, show us you in your bedroom!
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y223/IceAngel12891/bedroomtd.jpg

Chelleypie
5th May 2008, 4:18 AM
Great entry! I'm impressed with the interest - last time I tried to run this it didn't go well. Never did get enough entries. May not this time, but at least I have more than two!

IceAngel12891
5th May 2008, 8:44 PM
Well I really hope more people enter!
I'm not the greatest at decorating, but I like it and practice makes you better at things.
I've done one other house contest and only got like 4th out of like 13 but I had fun, and thats all that counts, lol.

Remyohmy
5th May 2008, 9:23 PM
I'm entering! I promise I have time to finish this one. No flaking out!


Whatís your name? Gerbera Svorsky
Your occupation? Full time interior designer, part-time photographer.
Your age? 25
Where are you from? A little place called Providence Island
How did you start designing? I can pin-point the first time I ever came in contact with the career part: my mom took me to work with her when I was about 11 years old and I hung out with the designers that were there. I remember thinking the job looked really fun. I was always an artsy kid, though, so that aspect of it comes pretty naturally.
How do you describe your personal design style? I am pretty eclectic. I love restoring beautiful vintage pieces and fitting them into client's specific styles. I also adore doing people's beach homes. I grew up on the beach so whenever someone comes to me with a beach-front property to design, I'm like, "Yes!"

Here's my headshot
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot026-2.jpg

My studio
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot019-2.jpg

My bedroom
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot023-2.jpg

Past work
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot015.jpg

Chelleypie
6th May 2008, 12:14 AM
Ohhh, Remy, I'm honored to have you here! -gets excited- We're halfway there! Five contestants! I've got the Task 1 stuff together, so hopefully we'll get some more contestants!

Mumo_SC
6th May 2008, 9:38 AM
I have finished my application round Here (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1179124&postcount=9)

Chelleypie
6th May 2008, 3:18 PM
OO! Mumo! PRETTY! -drools- LOL. I just hope we get the other 5 contestants.

Issy
6th May 2008, 9:46 PM
This is my first time entering a contest, so if anything is wrong, please let me know. My friend looked it over and said it was ok but I'm still worried I'll do something wrong. :einstein

Headshot:
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/BilliThurston_headshot.jpg

Name: Billi Thurston
Occupation: Artist/Interior Designer
Age: 27
Location: Sellwood, a small community on the outskirts of Pleasantview.

How did you start designing? After majoring in art in university, I realized that the term "starving artist" was literal. Needing a source of income I started designing interiors for friends, who referred me to friends of theirs, who referred me to friends of theirs, and so on and so forth. Before I knew it, I had business cards declaring myself an interior designer.

Personal Design Syle: When designing for clients I listen to their wants and needs and adapt my style to fit their expectations. I'm really rather versatile. For myself, however, I tend to use an ecclectic mix. I love bargains and vintage style objects though, so it isn't uncommon to see pieced together rooms tied together with common elements to create a fun and unique look.

My Office: A small space in my home created to make clients feel relaxed and at ease. Here we go over what the clients wants from their space, as well as paging through fabric samples and colors.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/BilliThurston_office5.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/BilliThurston_office2.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/BilliThurston_office1.jpg

A room I designed: This was a little girl's room I designed for a client. The child was 2 years old and ready to graduate out of her infant nursery, but not quite ready for a "big girl" room.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/BilliThurston_design4.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/BilliThurston_design3.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/BilliThurston_design2.jpg

My Bedroom: A perfect example of my pieced together room tied together with common color elements to create a fun and unique space. Most of these objects were bargain, second-hand furnishings. I love my room.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/BilliThurston_room.jpg

IceAngel12891
6th May 2008, 11:44 PM
Yay, I'm glad you joined Issy! Your entry looks great! I love the bedroom and little girls room (I use most of that furniture for my own little girls lol)

Chelleypie
7th May 2008, 2:01 PM
Very awesome entry, Issy! Now we're down to needing 4 contestants. I will probably extend the deadline for applications to Sunday, to help that issue out.

Tawny.
7th May 2008, 3:22 PM
i'd love love love to participate in this but i don't have my desktop right now [with my Sims stuff..]

if i go back home by then, or if i get my desktop here, i'd LOVE to. :]

aimsme_SC
7th May 2008, 4:45 PM
Love the entry Issy!

vintage_heart
7th May 2008, 8:40 PM
Very awesome entry, Issy! Now we're down to needing 4 contestants. I will probably extend the deadline for applications to Sunday, to help that issue out.

It would be great if you could do that as I've only just seen this but I'm at work tomorrow and I'm really interested in joining :)

blueforred
7th May 2008, 9:00 PM
Question: Is it okay if (for the room designed for a client) I use a room I put pictures of in the Favorite Rooms thread?

sawcarn
7th May 2008, 9:31 PM
Just to let you know, I'm entering tomorrow, jyst need to take pictures of my sim's office - I've been waiting for a contest like this for some time now =) And btw. The entries look great so far!

Chelleypie
8th May 2008, 2:00 AM
Yes. The applications will now be extended until Sunday NIGHT. Really Monday morning, because I will be with my little one on Sunday as it's Mother's Day in the US.

And so far as I know, using a room that's already in favorite rooms is okay. I've never heard otherwise.

blueforred
8th May 2008, 4:50 AM
Name: Carolyn Green
Age: 26
Occupation: Architect and Interior Designer
From: Suburbs north of Sim City

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/8703/headshotcopywo9.jpg


How did you start designing? Growing up, my mother was constantly changing/perfecting the layout and design of our house, so from an early age I was exposed to design techniques. Eventually I convinced her to let me help pick fabrics, wallpaper, that sort of thing; I suppose that was the start of my life's work! I've since teamed up with an architecture graduate friend, Jim Adams. He and I have a small office downtown (Adams&Green, 105 7th Ave if you'd like to stop by!); I handle most of the interior design needs of our clients, he does most of the exterior and structural work. Although we do switch or work together on some projects.

How do you describe your personal design style? Elegant and inviting. Generally I go for rich fabrics, textures, and colors--I'm currently addicted to burgundies, greens, golds, and dark woods. But my style goes through phases (last year, for example, I was into everything nautical), so my tastes are pretty diverse.


The Office: Since Adams&Green is right in the heart of Sim City, parking can be hard to come by, making most of our clients either arrive super early or run in just in time. For those early birds who still have time after checking in with our secretary, I designed a little waiting area, with framed architecture prints hanging on the wall and some catalogues on the end table for inspiration.

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/649/office3copyny8.jpg


Here is where we show clients our plans and previous works. (My desk is the one with interior design magazines everywhere.)

http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/2316/officecopyvc6.jpg


And lastly, this room off of our main office is where I get most of my work done. You can see my fabric addiction is starting to overwhelm my workspace.

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/3049/office2copyew6.jpg


Previous Work: My last major client was a company that rents out beachfront houses and condos. They wanted me to design a few beachy, airy condos. Here's the living room and dining area of one.

http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/9016/previousworkqn2.jpg


My Bedroom: I've always wanted a sort of romantic getaway feel for our bedroom, but my husband "put his foot down" and insisted we not have anything too feminine. So I like to think this was a nice compromise: the woods and outlines are rustic and masculine, but the color choices and accents (the candles, elegant curtains, and framed flower prints) brighten the room and add that romantic touch.

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/7596/appbedroom1copybx5.jpg

Chelleypie
8th May 2008, 2:46 PM
Thanks, blueforred! :) Great entry!

aimsme_SC
8th May 2008, 4:36 PM
Eeek, I'm getting scared. Great entry blueforred!

IntrepidLlama
9th May 2008, 12:22 AM
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Headshot.jpg
Whatís your name? Audrey Hera DeBarbarak

Your occupation? Interior Designer

Your age? Twenty-one

Where are you from? New York, New York

How did you start designing? I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sim State University with a degree in Art, and immediately after I took a job with Branson and Associates, an architecture firm here in New York. Iíve been working as an Interior Designer for eight months now, and I love it.

How do you describe your personal design style? I definitely have an eclectic sense of style; I love working with bright colors and fun patterns, but I balance them with clean lines and traditional styles of furniture. A lot of times my designs are influenced by the sixties and the seventies, but I also love incorporating different themes from around the world.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Office1.jpg

The Interior Design Office at Branson and Associates is messy, cramped and has a tendency of getting really loud at times, but it's become a second home to me. I thrive off the background noise while I'm working on a project, and I definitely benefit from working in such close quarters with so many talented sims. I'm still considered a newbie, so working in a communal environment has helped me learn a lot.


http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Office2.jpg

I spend the majority of my time in the office at my desk, working on sketches and fleshing out design ideas.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Designed3.jpg

When I'm not at the office I'm out meeting clients, supervising renovations or doing the leg work part of my job, that is, hoofing it around the city looking for that perfect piece of furniture, like the vintage radio used in this room. It took me three days of searching every antique store in the Villiage but I finally found it, and the effort was completely worth it. This renovation was my favorite because it was for a friend, and she's absolutely ecstatic about the way it turned out.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Room1-1.jpg

And finally, for the rare times I am home, I can usually be found in this room. Sleeping!

[IntrepidLlama's note: I hope this is alright! I didn't see a limit to how much I could type but if this runs overly long, please let me know! I'd be happy to shorten it.]

Chelleypie
9th May 2008, 2:20 AM
Thanks, IntrepidLlama! :) Applications will not be judged, they're just to show us all what you can do!

Tiffany1986
9th May 2008, 4:55 AM
Be back with pics



Whatís your name? Tiffany "Koolaid" Burns

Your occupation? Interior and Graphic Designer. Im also a work at home mom.

Your age? 22

Where are you from? T-Town(Toledo) Ohio

How did you start designing? When i was younger i was watching a tv show with my mother call Divine Desing. They were making over a bedroom in a moder style. The end look was soo Great that i looked to my mother and told her" one day I will do that." And ever sence then i have been workign twords that.

How do you describe your personal design style? I would have to say that my style is one that mixes Modern and retro . Yes i know there opposites, But i love the colors and feel of modern but yet the funkness of retro

Chelleypie
9th May 2008, 2:18 PM
I'll put you on the list after you post pics.

I'll be in the pool tonight with my daughter for a while, then I'll come check the thread. :)

vintage_heart
9th May 2008, 7:06 PM
My application should be up tomorrow!

Chelleypie
9th May 2008, 11:57 PM
YAY! That will give us enough. Just be sure your entries are all complete and in by Sunday! If need be, I'll extend it one more time to Monday.

vintage_heart
10th May 2008, 9:18 PM
Whatís your name? Jaimee Liddell

Your occupation? Interior Designer

Your age? 23

Where are you from? London, UK

How did you start designing?

I fell into designing my accident really. I don't even have any Art or Design qualifications to my name. I spent my teen years in and out different of foster homes and was never really in one house long enough to call it my home. When I was 16 and able to move out into my own place it really meant something and although it was just a tiny little studio flat decorating and making it my own was something I put a lot of effort into. I really enjoyed finding appropriate pieces even if they were mostly from thrift stores or Camden Market.

My friends loved what I'd done with the place and started asking me for design tips for their own home. I was working as a waitress at the time and came up with a great idea to earn more money. I set up a website called Liddell Living where people who couldn't afford to have an interior designer come out and design their entire room for them would consult with me via email, giving me a budget and theme etc and I would suggest appropriate pieces and colour schemes to them for a fee.

The website really took off and one of my clients turned out to be related to Kate Williams, an actress in a top rated British soap opera. Kate asked me to design a nursery for her new baby from scratch myself rather than just give her tips via email. I did it thinking it would probably be a one off but when Kate's daughter Scarlett was born Hello magazine did an "At Home With..." spread featuring lots of photos of Kate and Scarlett in the nursery I had designed!

Suddenly I was inundated with requests from celebrities and wealthy professionals to provide them with a full service and so my business expanded. 5 years later I still give tips via my website but my main source of work is designing rooms from scratch,

How do you describe your personal design style? A modern contradiction. I like clean lines and neutral palettes with unique twists, splashes of bold colour and subtle hints of quirky patterns.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/Jaimeeheadshot22.jpg

My Office.

My office is above a couture furnishings store in the centre of London. When client's first arrive I like to leave them to browse the design magazines in the waiting area for a few minutes in case anything inspires them.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/office11.jpg

The desk area of my office is where I do most of the website consultancy.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/office2.jpg

This seating area is where I get to know my clients and get a feel for their style.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/officeclientwaiting.jpg

If I need to present my designs to clients I set them up on the work desk in this area.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/officedesign.jpg

All my creative work is done in the design room which leads off my office through glass doors.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/officecraftroom2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/officecraftroom1.jpg


A room I designed

I designed this dining stroke relax room for a young professional couple who had just bought this villa overlooking Miami Beach. They wanted something light, spacious and appropriate for the area but they didn't want to go overboard with a full on beach theme.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/dining1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/living2.jpg

My bedroom.

After a hard days designing there's nothing I like more than relaxing with a magazine or playing on my wii. My room is a combination of many pieces I've picked up over the years I've been designing.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/LouLou_2983/jaimeebedroom22.jpg

sawcarn
10th May 2008, 10:16 PM
Application Round

Name: Beate Broberg
Age: 24
From: A little town called Everville.
Occupation: I work at an office as a secretary, but I use all my sparetime on freelance-decorating.
Start designing? It started out not that many years ago, when I moved away from home as 18-year old, I decorated my own appartment and got very interested in interior-design and began decorating in my sparetime.
Personal design style: I love using bold colours, colours in general. I love making interesting walls and floors.

Headshot:

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_application03.jpg

My homeoffice.

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_application04.jpg

A Diningroom I've designed for my sister and her husband. They asked for a classy, kinda luxurious room.

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_application01.jpg

Me in my bedroom, with my two cats, Charlotte and Sofus, Charlotte is pregnant!

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_application02.jpg

Issy
10th May 2008, 11:38 PM
Thanks for the encouragement everyone. I am very excited to see more applications, and can't wait for the first round of this. You are all so talented. :D

Chelleypie
11th May 2008, 1:46 AM
Thanks, Sawcarn! I'll add her to the list. That leaves us with TWO applicants with no pictures. Please have them in by Monday morning. I'll be working all week, so the only time I'll be able to pop in at this point is in the evenings like this, while Abbi is in the bath.

_OnTheRocks_
11th May 2008, 8:29 AM
What's your name?
Chloe Chanelle
What's your occupation?
Profressional Interior Designer, specializing in high-end residential homes
What's your age?
28
Where are you from?
Pleasantview
How did you start designing?
I graduated high school at the age of 16, and went on to study mathematics at Sim State University. After completing my bachelor degree there, I decided I needed an adventure. So I went all the way to Veronaville to continue my studies. The great architecture of the city inspired me to study art and design. However, I continued to study math just for fun, finally earning a doctorate degree. I have just recently started my own design firm, and rent out a small office in Sim City.
How would you describe your personal style?
My style is a mix of vintage and modern, with just a touch of funky flare. I love bright colors, bold floral prints, and as much sunshine as I can get.

My Headshot
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Top%20Design/SnapSHot.jpg

My Office
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Top%20Design/Office1.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Top%20Design/OfficeFull.jpg

A Room I've Designed
Shortly after starting my small firm, Nina Caliente approached me to redecorate her bedroom. She is expecting a new addition to the family, and wanted a room that would indulge her romantic sensabilities, while being child friendly.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Top%20Design/CalienteBedroom.jpg

My Bedroom
I often nap in my chaise lounge after a long day at work, or I might just catch up on my latest mathematic journals.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Top%20Design/Bedroom1.jpg

aimsme_SC
11th May 2008, 6:49 PM
_OnTheRocks_: I love Nina's room! *rushes off to copy*

romyhorse
11th May 2008, 8:34 PM
Headshot

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ap2.jpg

My Office

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ap4.jpg

A room I designed - my living room

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ap1.jpg

My Bedroom

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ap3.jpg

Whatís your name? Adz Burnett
Your occupation? Interior Designer
Your age? 28
Where are you from? Scotland
How did you start designing? I studied Interior Design at college then set up my own business.
How do you describe your personal design style? A bit Bohemian.

Urbanique
11th May 2008, 8:40 PM
I've never done a design contest before.
I think I'll give it a shot. This should be interesting lol. :P

Tiffany1986
12th May 2008, 5:55 AM
can i stall join i have my pics but i cant post them tell tomro cause i had to to go work erily and im stall there so i can stall join

Chelleypie
12th May 2008, 2:32 PM
I'm giving a last extension of TONIGHT at 10 PM US Central time. If your application is not in by then, or is incomplete, you will not be able to continue. Round 1 will be posted this evening, for those that would like a head start on it.

And thank you for the entries, all! :)

aimsme_SC
12th May 2008, 8:18 PM
Head start? I'll be in bed by then! But I do appreciate the thought. :)

Urbanique
13th May 2008, 12:34 AM
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/1553/janelleheadlm6.jpg
Whatís your name? Janelle Scott
Your occupation? Architectural Engineer and Interior Designer
Your age? 28
Where are you from? Sierra Vista, Arizona
How did you start designing? Although I studied Architectural Engineering in college, I've always had a passion for design on a smaller, more intimate scale. Interior design brings me that satisfaction. Now I have my own firm where I can be involved in both: Carpe Diem Company, Inc.
How do you describe your personal design style? I have a very eclectic style. Anything from modern to shabby chic to old world. I like to play around with all styles!

My Company's Office
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6812/janellefotl8.jpg
This is the front desk where clients are greeted by the receptionist.

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6661/janelleoffice1bv2.jpg
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4567/janelleoffice1bb6.jpg

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/1773/janelleoffice2tn7.jpg
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8075/janelleoffice2td2.jpg
This is the computer work area. Lots of books and lots of papers.

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4465/janellestudio2dr4.jpg

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/3562/janellestudio1ah5.jpg
This is the design studio where we make drafts and plan. This is also where we make custom items such as window treatments.

Featured Design
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4592/janelledesignph6.jpg
This is a lounge area I created for a client a month ago. I love how the colors came together.

My Room
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/423/janellebedroomak4.jpghttp://img100.imageshack.us/img100/6607/janellebedroomjw2.jpg
What can I say? My room is always undergoing a style change. This time I decided to showcase some unique items I picked up during my trip to Europe. I fell in love with that mirror. And guess what...it was only $8!

Chelleypie
13th May 2008, 1:35 PM
Well, what with the downtime last night, I didn't get it posted. I'll be posting it in just a little while, though. I'll be in the pool all evening. So... APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. ROUND ONE WILL BE POSTED MOMENTARILY.

Chelleypie
13th May 2008, 2:45 PM
Round One: Loft Design
Budget: 500,000 simoleans or less
http://i30.tinypic.com/2vmzi9f.jpg
Welcome, designers, to Top Design, and your very first task.

Your task will be to design a one bedroom, one bath loft, complete with kitchen, eating area, living area, bedroom, and bath - all for 500,000 simoleans or less. Here is your floorplan:

http://i27.tinypic.com/9qlisz.jpg
This is an overhead view. As you can see, your kitchen/dining area (black floor tile) is quite spacious, as is your living area (wood floor). Bedroom and bath are smaller, but still adequate.
http://i25.tinypic.com/1ictom.jpg
This is a frontal view of your loft space. The loft features glass doors and windows.

Total cost (as it is): 9,291
Features: Ebrasure Windows, Glimpse of Freedom Door, Valuewood Lumber's Justadoor, Glassterpieces Privacy Windows, White Tile Atomica, Polished Bamboo Light, Knight's Classic Noir All Purpose Tile Floor, Colbalt Stucco, Sweet Betsy Wallpaper, Beachy Keen Paint with White Kick Moulding.

You're free to rip up floors, replace wall treatment, doors, windows, whatever you want, as long as you remain in budget.

Each of you will design this in your own personal style. Design it as if you were moving into it.

Pictures Required
One overhead shot of the loft.
At least 5 close shots (one for each room), but no more than 8 close shots total.
One frontal shot, as exampled in your floorplan shot.
One shot of you in the loft.
One more headshot, this time on a plain black background, for your confessional.
Total shots: 9 minimum, 12 maximum.

Confession Questions
Remember, these are required! Not having them will deduct points off your total score!

Total Spent on Room: (subtract 9,921 if you use the floorplan as it is. To figure this up, click on the 'Info' button in Build/Buy more)

1) What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?
2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?
3) What's your favorite element of the room?
4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?

We'll see you in the Green Room on May 17, contestants! (Round ends on May 17th, at 10 PM).

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED!!!!
You now must have all entries complete by May 18th at 12 Noon my time. That's SUNDAY! Any incomplete/nonexistent entries will be considered ELIMINATED!

You may not tear down exterior walls. Interior walls may be put up and reworked, but include that in your budget (as best you can).

RULING ON CHEAP CC (furniture):
Try to stay within as realistic of pricing as you can. I can see a $1 lamp (yard sale, anyone?) but not a $1 sofa. Any questions, PM me a link to the set if you can.

RULING ON CHEAP CC (walls and floors):
Go nuts. If it's free, it's a no no. But $1 wall treatments and floors are a different story.

Tiffany1986
13th May 2008, 6:45 PM
srry i wasnot able to get my pic in on time we are moving and i did not have my computer unpack tell today but i well watch to see how ti goews

CisteCaise
13th May 2008, 7:14 PM
Quick question:
The Round 1 info has two budgets listed: 500,000 simoleans or less is stated in both the introductory post on page 1 and the bolded budget on top of the round information proper, but it says 100,000 simoleans in the italics in the second sentence of the round description.

Which budget is the official budget? Sorry if I'm just a blockhead and I'm just missing something obvious.

Issy
13th May 2008, 8:33 PM
You're free to rip up floors, replace wall treatment, doors, windows, whatever you want, as long as you remain in budget.

Does this mean we can also tear down and build new walls, such as enlarging some rooms and decreasing the size of others?

Also, ditto on the budget question...AND is there any ruling on the custom content that costs only $1 or very little in comparison to Maxis furniture, wall coverings, etcetera? Are we free to use those or no?

Chelleypie
13th May 2008, 10:58 PM
It's 500,000. I fail at early morning in general, I wanted this up early. So very sorry! :)

You may not tear down exterior walls. Interior walls may be put up and reworked, but include that in your budget (as best you can).

RULING ON CHEAP CC (furniture):
Try to stay within as realistic of pricing as you can. I can see a $1 lamp (yard sale, anyone?) but not a $1 sofa. Any questions, PM me a link to the set if you can.

RULING ON CHEAP CC (walls and floors):
Go nuts. If it's free, it's a no no. But $1 wall treatments and floors are a different story.

blueforred
13th May 2008, 11:20 PM
Do you want us to do anything to the exterior of the house?

iampinkstar_SC
13th May 2008, 11:40 PM
I think you're allowed to change wall treatments i.e the look of the outside and the type of windows and doors you use but its an "inteior" design contest so Im sure i'll either be corrected or confirmed by Chelleypie but why would you want to waste your budget on the outside when it is the inside that will score you the points?

The applications look great everybody! Nicely done! Chelleypie hasn't asked for comments / feedback but im happy to give you my opinion if you like!

blueforred
14th May 2008, 12:16 AM
Thanks, iampinkstar. If you could PM me comments that would be great, also!

IceAngel12891
14th May 2008, 1:39 AM
Thanks, iampinkstar. If you could PM me comments that would be great, also!

Yeah, thanks iampinkstar! I would also like the comments too, if you don't mind =]

Urbanique
14th May 2008, 4:21 AM
I would also like comments. I've never done a contest like this before, so I'm just winging it lol.

CisteCaise
14th May 2008, 4:59 AM
I would definitely appreciate comments. It isn't a big deal if they're public or not. :)

Chelleypie
14th May 2008, 2:10 PM
Well, I was just thinking this morning after I woke up (am I addicted? YES.) that perhaps comments about applications should go up. So I'll PM the other judges and ask them to post a little comment for each of you. Nothing huge, but just post them so you know what to improve.

You're not REQUIRED to do anything to the outside. However, if you have leftover budget and WANT to, you may. But it WILL NOT BE SCORED.

EDIT: Judges have been PMed. I'll try and post something myself tonight, since our third judge was moved to EJ status following a lack of response to her PMs.

romyhorse
14th May 2008, 4:24 PM
Got to get mine in early as I'm away Friday to Sunday...

At the front of the room there is a home office area, this leads through to the living area...

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch6.jpg

There is a large seating area with a wall of shelves to the right and Tv and stereo to the left (can be seen on overhead). At the back of the room is a painting area with storage and a dining area with views over the ocean.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch13.jpg

Round the corner from the living area is the kitchen with counters along 2 walls and an island.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch17.jpg

The bedroom is decorated in greens and pinks, and provides a comfortable space to relax in...

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch11.jpg

... it also was beautiful views of the garden.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch10.jpg

Outside the bathroom is a laundry area.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch7.jpg

The bathroom is light and airy with ample storage...

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch8.jpg

... and the full length windows at the back of the room overlook the beach.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch9.jpg

In the kitchen there is a sofa where guests can sit and chat to the cook. The long windowsill, which runs the width of the room, provides an excellent spot for plants.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch2.jpg

Overhead

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch19.jpg

Frontal

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch3.jpg

Confession

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/ch1.jpg

Total Spent on Room: $57,237

1) What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?
I found it really easy, the budget was huge and I came in well under. I just have one question, can I keep the rest?
2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?
Well as budget constraints weren't a problem, I was able to keep to my original concept easily.
3) What's your favorite element of the room?
I love the bathroom, it so simple but elegant.
4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?
Hmm, a tricky one but I have to say Janelle Scott, if this is her first time designing for a contest that's pretty amazing.

XoXFashion_victimXoX
14th May 2008, 7:40 PM
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I'm in love with this house Romyhorse. That's awsome. I hope one day I will be talented like you!
WOW!

Vampire_of_Death
14th May 2008, 7:56 PM
Here are everyones cooments. If anyone has any questions on what I mean, let me know by pm and I will try to help as much as possible.

WARNING, Huge post!

Mina Carter Application:
Your pictures are very clear and I like your style. The room is filled, which makes it more realistic, but I would watch this because in the second picture, it seems a bit confusing. It is hard to see where a sim might walk and what furniture is. Good Job!
If I was to jugde this entry, I would rate as follows:
Design Quality: 7/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:9/10

Armana Demetri Application:
The quality was very good in your pictures and were very sharp, which makes it easy on the eye. Your designs were a bit black and white, but I like them. I think the office is my favorite. I would be careful not to make all of your designs look very similar, like in your design and bderoom pictures.
If I was to judge this entry, I would rate as follows:
Design Quality: 6/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:7/10

Celeste Moranni Application:
Picture quality is good. Your designs are good, but they seem to be lacking a wow factor in them. Some seem kind of thrown together which in some cases work, but some items seem to clash. This is modt prominate in her bedroom, I think the curtains are what throws me the most. I love the design of the office, this is truely lovely. The atrim is a bit empty, but I am guessing that you did that on purpose, I am just not sure what that purpose is. I also loved that you included pictures that showed every angle of the room, just so we can better see how your designs tie into each other.
If I was to judge this entry, I would rate as follows:
Design Quality: 7/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:8/10


Ginger Davis Application:
Your picture quality is very good. Your style is very crisp amd clean, very pretty. Then is suddenly switches to a funky relaxed and fun style, again I like it because you vary your design, depending on your client.
Design Quality: 9/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:7/10

Gerbera SvorskyApplication:
Your rooms seem a bit empty to be realistic, The office shot really dosen't show your design, so I wouldn't use an angle that hides your design again. I do like the colors you used in the living room, though.
Design Quality: 7/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:6/10

Billi Thurston Application:
Your designs are colorful, warm and inviting. I love the nursery, but the height chart jumps out at me and screams, I DON'T FIT WITH THIS DESIGN. Other than that little comment, I have to say your style is flirty and fun!
Design Quality: 9/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:10/10

Carolyn Green Application:
Wow, this application is very beautiful. The quality is wonderful and I can't say anything that needs to be fixed. Everything is very crisp and clen, nothing is blurry and I love how you used the doll houses for models! Everything went above and beyond what waas required.
Design Quality: 10/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:10/10

Audrey DeBarbarak Application:
Your designs are very attractive, but they seem to miss a wow factor. There isn't anything that separtes them from the others. The yellows are very cheerful and invting. I love the office the most!
Design Quality: 9/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:7/10

Jaimee Liddell Application:
Your designs seem nice, but the picture quality is what makes it hard to judge. Make sure to set your graphic settings to high before you start taking pictures for round one. I will judge this applicationas well as I can, but in future rounds, the quality of you pictures may seriously effect your score. I hope this helps you.
Design Quality: 7/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:9/10

Beate Broberg Application:
Lovely style, I love the dining room. In future rounds, I wouldn't use angles that obstruct the view of the room, like you did in the bedroom. By doing that, you have prevented me from seeing the true design of your room.
Design Quality: 9/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:8/10

Chloe Chanelle Application:
Your style is very retro and mod. I really love it. As far as the pictures go, I would work on them a bit more. The sky and gridlines shouldn't be hanging around in the pictures. Try looking at the picture taking tutorial for some tips to help you in future rounds.
Design Quality: 7/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:8/10

Adz Burnett Application:
Everything looks wonderful. The only thing I think is worth mentioning is that the wall in your office is a bit bare on the top floor, but it is so beautiful.
Design Quality: 9/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:10/10

Janelle Scott Application:
Just so you know, three of your pictures aren't working. Your application, however, is wonderful. This is an amazing entry, keep up the hard work!
Design Quality: 10/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:10/10


Bites and Kisses
Vampire

IceAngel12891
14th May 2008, 10:57 PM
Wow Romy, that is just amazing! I love seeing all of your work. Great job!

Issy
15th May 2008, 12:46 AM
Thank you Vampire for the comments on applications. XD Very helpful to all of us. :) Romy, wow! I'm blown away. Very nice.

iampinkstar_SC
15th May 2008, 1:36 AM
Mina Carter - Its a great application, I like the clean look of the office and the bedroom, it is nice to see a uniform colourscheme and then the contrast with the designed room is great, it shows great variation and potential!

Armana Demetri - modern, refreshing and classy, that is exactly how i'd sum up your designs! The use of colour is good, all things in moderation, I'd like to see what you can do with a lot of colour but so far it looks clean and minimalist!

Celeste Moranni - I think electic is the word i'd use here, definately a mish mash of styles, colours, textures and that can work really well, you need to be careful though, I think maybe different curtains in your bedroom would have worked better but its a lovely style though!

Ginger Davis - you're right about the angles, they're a little off but mine are normally no better! the colours are a little muted, not sure if thatsa good or bad thing yet, I'll let you know! It looks a little bare but not over poweringly so. Its a good effort I like it.

Gerbera Svorsky - I like the simplicity of your bedroom, its nice, I would have liked to have seen inside the office / studio, been nosey behind the wall but its an interesting photo anyway.

Billi Thurston - Love it, love it love it!! Its strange... I think one photo of your office would have been enough but I wanted close ups of the little nursery, its so adorable!! You have definately shown personal style in your bedroom! I think though maybe a mix of dark and light colours in there would have made a bigger impact, its a very colourful room!

Carolyn Green - I like the attention to detail in the office, it shows great flair and enthusiasm and of course patience! I also like the bedroom, clear lines, crisp, good colour scheme, maybe a little plain but i think that suits her.

Audrey DeBarbarak - I want to be nosey dammit, I would like to see another angle of your bedroom, it shows character! Im not sure about the combination of that wooden floor and the bricks but I like the use of CC and the space and proportions are all good too.

Beate Broberg - dining room for your sister is my favourite room. It wasn't what i was expecting from you! Bold and definately classy and luxurious. A close up of the desk isn't the best way to show off the full design of your office and the bedroom shot seemed more about the cats then the design.

Jaimee Liddell - She's pretty! I like the rooms you've designed, its hard to get a good sense of them though, maybe play around with camera angles, the ones with the tab button look better (at least IMHO - I hate textspeak!). Also your pictures are a little blurry - have a look at the picture tutorials (im not one to talk, mine are always bad)

Chloe Chanelle - I like the office, the sink and coffee pot in the corner remind me of my work office! I suggest to you also that you take a look at the picture tutorials for some advice. I like Nina's bedroom, its maybe not child friendly but im sure she'll like it!! (Can you size up your pictures please - camera options in game. thanks)

Adz Burnett - beach side office - so nice! Your rooms are definately bohemian and that is great! I think her room is so pretty! the living room is my favourite though

Janelle Scott - I love the office, it looks very realistic, especially your use of florescent lighting, how perfect! I like the attention to detail and the sense of depth you've created.

aimsme_SC
15th May 2008, 3:58 PM
Thanks for the comments, vampire and iampinkstar!

I appreciate the feedback, and will get to work improving her room asap. ;) Until then, I'm working on round one and lotsa exam revision.

aimsme_SC
15th May 2008, 6:58 PM
Speaking of round one, here goes...

After she finished college, my older sister Rachel moved to Brightville with her friend Roe. She's since started going out with Cyd Roseland, and recently sent me an e-mail asking if I could design his new house for them.

With the lounge, I was aiming for a laid-back look. Cyd enjoys entertaining, sports, art and also needed a space to work:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_9538ac6b.jpg
Also the designer photo

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_f5376cba.jpg

The kitchen is retro-modern, with some magazines on the table and plenty of food within fairly easy reach:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_b538ad13.jpg

The bedroom is masculine, but not overtly so:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_55376cfc.jpg

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_5538ada5.jpg

As is the bathroom:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_7538acd4.jpg

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_3538ac83.jpg

Overhead view:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_d538addb.jpg

Frontal (ish) view:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/aimsme/snapshot_f514d412_5538adfa.jpg

Confession Questions

Total Spent on Room: 56,064

1) What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?

It certainly wasn't too hard- in fact, I rather enjoyed it. And there was plenty left over at the end, which is good.

2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?

Yes, pretty much. It's still only Cyd living there, so thankfully I didn't have to adapt for my sister (who is rather fickle when it comes to design tastes).

3) What's your favorite element of the room?

I quite like the cooking area- wouldn't mind having something like it myself, only I live in a flat above my office, so I don't really have that much space.

4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?

Probably Adz Burnett- I really like her style, and it's starting to make me nervous. ;)

vintage_heart
15th May 2008, 7:13 PM
Jaimee Liddell Application:
Your designs seem nice, but the picture quality is what makes it hard to judge. Make sure to set your graphic settings to high before you start taking pictures for round one. I will judge this applicationas well as I can, but in future rounds, the quality of you pictures may seriously effect your score. I hope this helps you.
Design Quality: 7/10
Directions:10/10
Creativity:9/10



My graphic settings are on high I guess I just don't have as good a graphics card as everyone else. If my scores are going to be effected by this can you let me know because I can't see the point in continuing in the contest if I'm going to lose marks for something I can't control. I spent hours on my application so I don't want to do the same with round 1 for it be worthless.

Thanks,

Vintage

blueforred
15th May 2008, 11:37 PM
Round 1 - Carolyn Green
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3244/r1headshotxl9.jpg


For this design, I maintained a city loft feel by using exposed brick, metal framed windows, and a modern color palate (this loft is all about contrasts--dark woods or black accents, cream or white, and one bright color per room). But by using clean lines and just the right amount of clutter, the loft is still inviting and personal.

Floorplan

As you can see, I added walls to create separate spaces, but kept the open floorplan of a loft by using extra-wide arches to connect each room.

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/6870/r1floorplan2cm0.jpg

Floorplan front

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/9347/r1frontaljz7.jpg


Let's take a quick tour through the house.

When you walk in the door:

Just a little place to hang up your coat, toss your keys, etc. To the right is the door to the bathroom. You can see the exposed brick theme is prominent from the get-go.

http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/7643/r1entry2wy7.jpg


As you make your way to the living room:

One of the perks of having the wall additions is keeping the music area and study slightly more private than it would have been before. You can see the green paintings on the right give a taste of the living room color palatte.

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/705/r1entryev5.jpg


Livingroom:

I LOVE the fireplace in this room. (Not pictured) on the right are two bookshelves, and to the left is a chess table and door to the bedroom.

http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/8170/r1livingha6.jpg


Dining area as seen from the living room:

Dining area has lots of seats for entertaining. The sideboard can act as a buffet. I didn't put any window treatments here--if this loft were several stories off the ground in a city, there'd be a great view to take advantage of.

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/3945/r1diningot3.jpg


Kitchen as seen from the dining area:

Pretty simple, classic floorplan here. I went with a grey-blue and bone white to keep it feeling clean, but a warmer dark brown wood to make it feel homey.

http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/8753/r1kitchenqt3.jpg



And let's take a look at the two separated rooms in the loft.

Here are two shots of the bathroom:

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/7770/r1bath2hk1.jpg

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/2080/r1bath3kl5.jpg


And the bedroom (where I finally got to let my romantic nature run free, mwuahaha!):

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/8348/r1bedroomqt3.jpg


Confession Questions

Total Spent on Loft: $80,567

1) What was it like to design within a budget?

Since this budget was enormous--especially considering my most recent client who had me working under a very tight budget--this project felt much easier than I'm used to! It was great fun, and very freeing.

2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?

Nothing had to be sacrificed to fit in the budget. I felt like I was throwing money away left and right, and when I was finished I still had over 400k left to spend.

3) What's your favorite element of the room?

Hmm, that's a tough one. I think I like the way the exposed brick and interesting X windows tie the rooms together, and keep that city loft feel throughout, without being sterile.

4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?

Well, I'm doing my best to not worry about the competition, and just focus on my own performance. But I get the impression I'm not allowed to side-step these confession questions! So if I absolutely had to pick someone... I guess I'd say Billi Thurston.


And here I am, sitting down to play a game of chess after all that hard work!

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7117/r1inroomfd3.jpg

Chelleypie
16th May 2008, 5:04 AM
(Nicked from Vampire, style-wise. Thanks, Vampire!)

Mina Carter
Wow. This really does scream 'fun, funky, boho', but it has quite a few very modern lines. I like that about it. One question: what was that third room? It seemed like a bedroom, but it was cut off, so I couldn't tell. Otherwise, it's awesome!


Armana Demetri
I like your style, it IS modern and classy. I also think that your office is a little bare and lacks some personality, which you DON'T seem to lack any of.
If I were to score this application, it would have scored:


Celeste Moranni
The atrium looks a lot like an unused floor that you decided to dub the atrium to impress clients. It's very empty, perhaps on purpose. But it lacks a focal point. The column work is gorgeous, however. I think you should have darkened the wall a bit to make it really pop. Your room appears a bit cluttered, but that's the sign of a brilliant mind!


Ginger Davis
What's with the giraffe in your office? Just have to ask! It's an interesting focal point, and probably a great conversation starter! The room you designed and showed us is very open and breezy looking, almost like a seaside home. My one gripe is that you're not facing us in your own bedroom.


Gerbera Svorsky
I can hardly see your office. It looks like it'd be a great design, if only I could see it! Your bedroom seems ... plain, somehow, for someone who describes herself as eclectic. Nothing really jumps out at me.


Billi Thurston
The growth chart in the child's room quite literally clashed. Your bedroom is beautiful - where did you get the bedding? I also loved the window treatment!



Carolyn Green
Very clean, very beautiful designs. I do love how you used the doll houses as models! The dining room is very airy and beachy.



Audrey DeBarbarak
I love the room you designed for your friend! So vintagely beautiful! And original.

Beate Broberg
Your angles make it really hard to see the rooms. And your bedroom shot wasn't of your bedroom, it was of you and your cats. Please remember that this is about the rooms, not the designer!

Jaimee Liddell
Turn your graphics up all the way before you start Round One. Your stuff looks fuzzy when they're not. :)

Chloe Chanelle
Your style seems almost blah to me. The room for Nina was dark and less than child friendly. Your bedroom was very blah as well - accessories! The only thing that seperates us from the animals is our ability to use them!

Adz Burnett
Very boho! Very very boho! I love your office area - so informal and sweet. I think your living room is a little dark. The wall mural in your bedroom makes that space!

Janelle Scott
You've done a fantastic job with your office areas! I also love the lounge area. The plants make that room really stand out. All your rooms seem almost cluttered, though. Maybe too busy?

(I will be at a graduation all day tomorrow, I was with a friend and working today. I will check in, but only to pop in and say hello if there's any happenings!)

Chelleypie
16th May 2008, 5:10 AM
Vintage -
It's just that much harder to see what your designs are. Your graphics card is out of your control, short of buying a new one. So no, it shouldn't affect your scores. Just try and get better angles, kay? We, as judges and host, will not allow something out of your hands to affect your score.
~Chelle

iampinkstar_SC
16th May 2008, 10:17 AM
I agree, I have a rubbish graphics card and no matter how high my settings are my photos will come out blurry! It makes it harder to judge but thats on us not you and its not impossible - you'll get benefit of the doubt points. I liked your application so it shows you put in a lot of effort and please don't be disheartened because of a silly graphics card!

Chelleypie
16th May 2008, 1:58 PM
I just figured you hadn't turned it all the way up, that maybe you forgot. That's why I said anything at all. Your design is really quite good, but your angles aren't. Are you using an in-game camera?

Vampire_of_Death
16th May 2008, 6:03 PM
To Vintage:
I hope I didn't offend you in any way, I just wanted to make sure that your pictures werethe best that they could be. I am professional enough to judge on the designs and not how well your graphic card is. That would be kinda judging a real life beauty contest on how expensive or what designer made the clothes. I really hope that you understand and in no way was i saying you were going to fail because of your card. i am sorry again and I can't wait to see your next round!

Bites and Kisses
Vampire

Chelleypie
16th May 2008, 7:33 PM
-peeks in-

I see not much is happening currently. I'm going to get in the pool in a while!

CisteCaise
17th May 2008, 8:01 AM
I designed an urban loft with my signature funky style completed with modern lines and design using the colors black, white, lime, and tangerine. The space has been designed with entertaining in mind, and has a spacious and comfortable living room, cozy dining area complete with small breakfast bar, well-equipped kitchen, small and serviceable workspace, luxurious bathroom, fun and bright bedroom, and even a small rooftop patio off the bedroom.

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loftoverview.jpg
Overhead View of Loft

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loftfrontalview.jpg
Frontal View of Loft

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_pic4.jpg
Entering the Loft

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_pic3.jpg
View of Living Room from Dining Area

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_pic2.jpg
Dining Area by Night

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_pic1.jpg
Kitchen, as seen from Dining Area

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_pic5.jpg
Small Workspace Near Entry

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_pic6.jpg
Bathroom

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_pic7.jpg
View of Bedroom from Exterior Patio Space

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_pic8.jpg
Bedroom

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_loft_siminroom.jpg
Hanging up the finishing touches in the bedroom

CONFESSIONAL
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/TopDesign/round1_confessional.jpg

Total Spent on Room: Including some exterior decorating - $57,892


What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?
It was interesting, as I found myself paying much more attention to the monetary costs of individual elements. This budget was rather ample indeed, but I can see how the money would quickly get used up in the case of a smaller budget or a larger space to design making things much more of a challenge!

Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?
I was surprised at how under budget I was in the end, so my complete concept was very intact and I did not suffer any budget constraints at all.

What's your favorite element of the room?
My favorite element of the loft is the kitchen/dining areas; I really love how the kitchen is separate, but still very open to the dining area with its beautiful views of the cityscape.

Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?
Heh, honestly I feel like everyone is major competition at this stage in the game! But if I had to choose one person in particular, I'd say Carolyn Green, as her loft design was so stunningly classy and refreshing.

Chelleypie
17th May 2008, 3:51 PM
Should have kept the budget at 100,000! You guys are doing great!

EDIT:
I've had two extension requests. You've caught a little reprieve: you have till SUNDAY, MAY 18th AT 12 NOON my time to get your Round One entries in. I forgot that it's graduation/prom season in the US. At 12, all judging sheets will be sent out.

JUDGES, you will have until 10 PM to complete your judging sheets. PM them to me, and we'll post results (hopefully, my schedule permitting) Monday morning.

Issy
17th May 2008, 6:17 PM
Oh that's wonderful. I was spending my morning finishing up but the weather is beautiful so I was hoping to get outside. The extension will let me finish up tonight and enjoy the weather today. Thank you for the extension!

IntrepidLlama
17th May 2008, 10:16 PM
I designed this loft using a lot of fun colors, patterned wallpapers and comfortable, classy furniture. Built-in bookcases, fireplaces and a state-of-the-art kitchen are the highlights of my design, all surrounded by bright, playful colors. The furniture is comfortable and cozy (the couch in the living room in front of the fireplace just begs to be cuddled up on!), and I used clean lines and patterns to pull everything together.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/Overhead.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/Frontal.jpg

The office is colorful and bright room, it makes for a great place to sit and read or work on the computer, because hey, if you have to work, you might as well do it in a fun, funky environment! From the office you can look out into the entryway.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/Office1.jpg

Across from the office is a sectioned off media room. You can relax and watch T.V, challenge you friends to a PS3 match, or just hang out and listen to records in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/TvRoom1.jpg

The living room is my favorite room in the house! I love how it turned out, from the built-in book-cases to the vintage patterned wallpaper that ties all the colors in.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/LivingRoom1.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/LivingRoom2.jpg

The bathroom has a little bit of a romantic air to it, from the claw-footed tub to the almost heart-shaped chandelier hanging over it. Thereís also a double shower cordoned off behind the glass-block wall.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/Bathroom1.jpg

The dining room was particularly difficult for me to design, because I wanted it to flow well with the other parts of the house but somehow I just couldnít get the colors to mesh! I stumbled upon an old piece of wallpaper and knew immediately that it would be perfect! Green really turned out to be the tie-in color in the loft.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/DiningRoom1.jpg

For the kitchen I used cool colors to compliment the 50's style, aqua-colored refrigerator I found.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/Kitchen22.jpg

And finally, I used dark woods and a plethora of candles to create a peaceful, relaxing sanctuary in the bedroom. I continued to use fun colors, but I gave the room a bit of an Eastern feel and tried to make it as calming as possible. It turned out beautifully; itís a great place to go and rest or meditate.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/Bedroom1.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/InHouse1.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/Contest/Headshot1.jpg

Total Spent on Room: $74,124

Confession

1) What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?
The budget was very, very easy for me to work within. It was the largest one Iíve had, and Iím proud to say I stayed comfortably within it.

2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?
The budget posed absolutely no problem for me. I was able to go above and beyond what Iíd hoped to do with the loft. Because of the excess of money after my initial design, I was able to go back and upgrade many pieces, and incorporate a few more extravagant pieces.

3) What's your favorite element of the room?
Iím really happy with how the whole house flows together. There are definitely different styles used within the loft, but I think they all mesh together nicely.

4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?
I havenít given it much thought, there are so many talented designers competing here, but if I had to name someone, Iíd say Carolyn Green. Judging from the rooms Iíve seen thus far, her style is fantastic and sheís got a real eye for what goes together and what does. Her rooms look very put-together, but still very homey.

Chelleypie
17th May 2008, 11:02 PM
No problem! I needed the time to do something with these headshots, too. So yea. I'm on my way out to a baseball game in a while, so y'all keep those entries coming!

Remyohmy
18th May 2008, 6:05 AM
Total Cost: $74,521

My intent for this design was to create a fresh, homey space that focused on rich earth tones and a whimsical mix of wood. I didn't want the loft to feel sterile, but I did try to incorporate subtle contemporary features with my classic vintage pieces.


Aerial
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot042-1.jpg

Frontal
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot045-1.jpg

Kitchen
The light mustard paint, used throughout the loft, and touches of burgundy and green give the kitchen an earth-inspired cozy feel, while the exposed white masonry, neutral cabinets and counters, and stainless steel finishes balance the design with a splash of contemporary.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot035.jpg

Dining Room
I wanted the dining room to feel a little more intimate in the open space. By using deeper shades of the kitchen's colors and heavier wood, I created a rich and inviting space ideal for sharing a special meal.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot032-3.jpg

Living Room
Since the living room is the first room people see when they walk in, I really wanted it to pop. I used fresher colors to create a relaxing aura and make it a great place to come home to. The twin vintage sofas coordinate beautifully with the floral wallpaper and also contrast the modern form of the tan contemporary couch.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot036-1.jpg

T.V. Area
The TV room is situated conveniently behind the living room and out of the reach of annoying glares. I used subtly darker tones of those in the living room to invent a cozier feeling. Plus+ Surround sound and plasma screen TV!
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/living.jpg

Bathroom
The bathroom, being the only one in the loft, needs to accommodate many things. It includes a shower, tub, toilet, laundry and drier facilities, and plenty of wiggle room. The cheery pink and green make it impossible to dislike doing laundry.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/bathroom.jpg

Bedroom
I really wanted the focus of the bedroom to be on the texture and color of the furniture, so I put up some whitewashed wood paneling and used neutral window treatments. The same analogous color scheme was proposed, with bright pinks, greens, and blues.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot039.jpg

Finishing Touches
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot043-1.jpg

Confessional
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot044-1.jpg

1) What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?
Budget? I would hardly call $500,000.00 difficult to work with. I really felt like I could go anywhere, so It was a great weight lifted off of my shoulders.

2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?
Definitely. I wanted to mix contemporary and vintage, and with this price point, I was able to afford some higher-end retro pieces to go along with the glitzy modern stuff. Nothing had to be sacrificed.

3) What's your favorite element of the room?
I love the white masonry. I think it adds a timelessness to the loft that brings together the contrasting modern and mid-century styles.

4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?
Wow, everyone here is amazing. It's extremely hard to pinpoint one specific designer. I'm going to say Mina Carter, because of her funky flair. She is the type of person I aspire to be, not to mention she has amazing talent and a great eye for color.

Issy
18th May 2008, 9:11 AM
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1house.jpg

Overhead:
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1aerial.jpg

Frontal:
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1frontal.jpg

Walking into the home, there is a small entryway leading to the living area. The fire pit makes an interesting focal point in this area designed for entertaining and socializing with company.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1living1.jpg

The living room also holds the television and stereo of course, which is visible from the various seating areas around the fire pit as well.
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1living2.jpg

Walking through the living area leads you into the kitchen, with a clear retro design. Red and white with plenty of polk-a-dots really creates a 1950s flashback, though modern touches have been added as well.
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1kitchen.jpg

The dining area is clearly separated from the kitchen by its raised design, though the retro style is carried over making these two rooms blend wonderfully. The chairs were salvaged from a fading diner and given new life in this residential dining area. A booth, salvaged from the same diner as the chairs, provides ample seating near the large window, which has great ocean views. A shelf runs the length of dining room, separating it from the living area and serving as a perfect spot for buffet style dining, or just keeping fruits and vegetables on hand.
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1dining.jpg

You can enter the bedroom through a door from the living room, just outside the kitchen. The bedroom has a clearly feminine appeal, and features bright colors that catch the eye and rejuvenate the body.
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1bedroom1.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1bedroom2.jpg

The bathroom is located just off the entry way of the home. This room has touches of masculinity with the brown theme. However, femininity is maintained through the use of sheer curtains and candles to soften the room a bit. This blending of masculine and feminine makes it comfortable for guests of all genders but also fitting for the woman of the house.
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1bath2.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_r1bath1.jpg

Confessional
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk35/issy79/Billi_hs.jpg

Total Spent on Room: ß58,565

1) What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?
Easy. The budget was so large, I didn't come close to touching it. Of course it helps that I'm a bargain shopper! Yard sales and thrift stores are your friend.

2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget constraints?
It's pretty much in tact, though while visualizing, I saw a brighter living room and bathroom. Once I was in the house though, those plans didn't really work for me. The changes in my vision had nothing to do with budget.

3) What's your favorite element of the room?
My favorite element of the room would have to be the retro inspiration of the kitchen and dining.

4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?
Wow, everyone is tough competition, but if I had to pick one person I guess I'd say Carolyn Green. Her creations are so perfect and seem to flow so well. I love her style and would definitely hire her if I weren't my own designer!

iampinkstar_SC
18th May 2008, 11:14 AM
I don't pay attention for a day and the entries roll in!! Its wonderful, I love contests like these because you were all given an identical space and not one of you has come up with anything remotely similar!! Love it!!

The camera angles appear much improved as well!

Mumo_SC
18th May 2008, 12:39 PM
Aerial Shot
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/overview.jpg

Living Area
For the living area, I went with more of a darker design, as this room is for those lazy nights where you can sit back and put your feet up and feel cosy.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/living02.jpg

Office Nook
The office is part of the living area, but it is also set into its own little nook, so it doesn't look out of place.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/living01.jpg

Kitchen
With the kitchen I went with more brighter colours of green, biege and tan.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/kitchen01.jpg

Dining Area
As this room is in line with the kitchen, I went through and used the same colours, but with a splash of white to give this area a clean and crisp look.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/dining01.jpg

Bedroom
For the bedroom, Iwent with nice, pinks, purples and dark browns. It gives this room a feminine look to it.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/bedroom01.jpg

Bathroom
For the bathroom, I have used, whites, aquas and greens to furnish this room, with little specks of pink.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/bath01.jpg

Frontal View
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/inside.jpg

Confessional
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/confess.jpg

What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?

It was very easy to design this loft within the budget given.

Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?

My concept was to have comfort and sophistication in the designing of this loft. Due to the huge budget, it was more than easy to pull it off.

What's your favorite element of the room?

My favourite element would have to be sunny feel to the kitchen and dining rooms. It gives the feeling of warmth which in my experience in designing is very appealing.

Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?

Undoubtably Adz Burnette. Her style is just amazing, and she really can turn such a simple and plain floorplan into something just beautiful and classy.

Last pic coming soon and Price.

_OnTheRocks_
18th May 2008, 1:32 PM
Round 1
My Headshot
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/HeadshotBlack.jpg

Top View
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/TopView.jpg

The Entry
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/Entry.jpg

The Office across from the living area:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/Office.jpg

The living area, right side and "The moment when the picture arrangement was finally perfect!"
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/Finishing.jpg

The living area, left side:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/LivingLeftSide-1.jpg

The Dining Area:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/DiningClose.jpg

The Kitchen:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/Kicthen.jpg

The Walk-In Closet across from the entry:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/Walk-in.jpg

The bathroom connected to the closet:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/Bathtub.jpg

The bedroom connected to the closet:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c203/HannahLld/Round1/Bedroom.jpg

Total spent on loft: 54,493

Confession Questions:

1) What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?
Well, with this budget, it was extremely easy.

2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?
My original concept is never 'in tact'. My design process takes me from a rough idea to something completely different. I might have one chair or a specific paint color from the original concept, but everything else will change. Something might seem like a good idea, but once it is in the space, it will look out-of-place. My style is really a lot of trial and error.

3) What's your favorite element of the room?
I love, love, love that all of the rooms are color coordinated. I also enjoyed branching out from my normal minamalist style to try my hand at a more cluttered feel. The space is still clean and modern, but has a few more "home-y" touches.

4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?
While, I think everyone here has great style. I love seeing how others make the same space look so different. However, I would have to say that my personal favorite it Carolyn Green. Her looks are very classic and the perfect balance between clean and cluttered.

Edit: Sorry about the mistakes in the pictures, if I have time later I will fix them.

vintage_heart
18th May 2008, 3:45 PM
Overhead

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/overhead.jpg


Front

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/frontview.jpg

I went for a simple yet sophisticated, beach living look for the living room.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/livingroo1.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/livingroo2.jpg

The bright colours and natural materials used for the kitchen give a bright and breezy coastal feel.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/kitchen.jpg

A beautiful windowseat and low decking area separate the kitchen and dining area and adds to the coastal feel of the room.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/windowseat-1.jpg

This dining area makes for a fun, informal area to entertain close friends.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/diningroom-1.jpg

The earthy colours and materials used for the bathroo give a slightly masculine, back to nature feel.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/bathroom1.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/bathroom2.jpg

The bedroom is vibrant and feminine...
http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/bedroo1.jpg

And has a built in office area.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/bedroom2.jpg

Relaxing on the Wii when the loft was finally finished!
http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/wii.jpg


Confessional!

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn79/vintage-heart83/Anna-Mariaheadshot.jpg

(Jaimee's hair and eyes have disappeared from my game and I don't have tie to try and find them again so I've given her new ones, hope that's ok!)

Total Spent on Room: 89,951

1) What was it like to design within a budget? The budget was enormous so it was fairly easy. However, I never really find it hard to work to a budget as I find that if you get various expensive pieces then smaller less expensive pieces can complement it. For example in the bedroom the bed cost £7,000 from a bespoke furniture shop but the chair was £50 from a thrift store.

2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints? As i found it easy to work within the budget my concept is still in tact.

3) What's your favorite element of the room? I love the window seat, it can be a place to socialise or to sit and daydream. It's a beautiful spot.

4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition? Everyone's designs are fantastic but if I had to pick one I'd say Carolyn Green, I love the simplicity in the sophisitication of her designs.

sawcarn
18th May 2008, 4:54 PM
That extension really helped me i,proving some of the rooms, thank you very much =)

Beate Broberg, Round 1

Overhead:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_22.jpg

Frontal shot:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_28.jpg

Starting with the livingroom as seen from the kitchen. The mask on the left wall is the inspiration for the colours used in the whole livingarea, anad also the kitchen:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_11.jpg

Another shot of the livingroom:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_12.jpg

Playing a little song at the piano, I love playing!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_31.jpg


A little relaxing-nook to read in:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_13.jpg

On to the kitchen, still using some of the colours from the mask:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_08.jpg

And the dining area with lots of fresh air:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_15.jpg

The Bedroom, simple, but nice:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_03.jpg

The bathroom:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_01.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_02.jpg

Confession
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round1_33.jpg

1) What was it like to design within a budget? Easy? Hard? Easy sometimes and hard others?
I think it was easy, as it was a very big amount of simoleons. So it was very easy.
2) Is your original concept 'in tact'? Or did some elements have to go due to budget contstraints?
Well, I would have liked to use some colours on the walls of the livingroom and kitchen, but with all the other colours used in the furniture, it would be to much for my taste, therefor I painted the rooms black, wich I think looks really great instead. I love dark walls =)
3) What's your favorite element of the room?
I would say the bathroom because of all the coloured tiles, as I said before, I love dark walls, but also colours, and these tiles fulfills both.
4) Who, in your opinion, is your biggest competition?
I think the quality of design is very high in this competition and it is hard to choose one, but I would say Mina Carter because of her bohemian-like style, I really like the room she designed in her application.
Total Spent on Room: 62.766

Dreea
18th May 2008, 6:31 PM
I`m sorry to interrupt...but sawcarn...please tell me where did you get that wonderful beaded curtain? Nice contest and nice entries. I feel sorry I don`t have time to enter contest anymore. :)

Chelleypie
18th May 2008, 8:36 PM
ROUND ONE IS NOW CLOSED.

Exception is Urbanique, who PMed me and asked about an extension due to a game crash. ANY OTHER INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ELIMINATED.

Judging should be posted late tonight or early tomorrow. Round Two will go up soon after that.

Issy
20th May 2008, 8:48 PM
2 days and not a word. I hate to be a pain, but how's the judging coming along?

Vampire_of_Death
20th May 2008, 8:58 PM
Well, I sent my scores yesterday, so I cant say what going on with the others...

Bites and Kisses
Vampire

iampinkstar_SC
20th May 2008, 9:30 PM
Im sorry guys, I'm confused by the judging requirements so Im holdinig everything up!! I do apologise, and Vampire if you can explain it to me i'd be much appreciated!! im going to have another stab at it now and send it to our host!!

Really sorry all

Chelleypie
20th May 2008, 10:56 PM
That's okay, pinkstar! PM me and I'll give you my MSN and maybe we can do it together! :) What I'll do is get Round Two up, and that way those that want to can start on it, and those that do not don't have to just yet.

iampinkstar_SC
20th May 2008, 11:30 PM
I've pm'd chelleypie now, with my scores, I hope its all ok now!! Next round i'll be quicker i promise.

I just want to say though how impressed I am by everybody and their designs!! Nice work people! Looking forward to the next round.

Vampire_of_Death
20th May 2008, 11:48 PM
iampinkstar:

Here is the layout that I used. They confused me too, so I hope I did everything okay. However, since everyones first 5 pictures were different, I used different room names and each scale. Hope this helps!

MY FAVORITE DESIGN:Vampire_of_Death
Vampire_of_Death
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-10/10
Living Room Closeup- 10/10
Home Office- 9/10
Kitchen- 9/10
Bedroom- 8/10
Laundry Room- 10/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity:8/10
Visually Appealing:9/10
Flow:10/10
Color:9/10
Space:10/10

Questions:
25/25
Comments:Your designs ar very vampire-y.


ETA: Hmm, when I typed this, it was only showing pinkstar posted last with the question, so yea. I guess it could help for future rounds.

Bites and Kisses
Vampire

iampinkstar_SC
21st May 2008, 12:15 AM
its ok, thanks, I did use a similar thing!! contestants we'll have it sussed for next round scouts honour!

Chelleypie
21st May 2008, 12:30 AM
I'm totaling now! Please excuse the hurriedness of this particular 'Green Room'. It's just that dinner is on and I'm going to eat and put my three year old to bed soon! :) So no picture of Piper for this elimination!

Chelleypie
21st May 2008, 1:10 AM
Okay, we're waiting on one score. I've totaled everyone, and am eagerly awaiting a last score. Someone was overlooked in judging! :)

blueforred
21st May 2008, 1:26 AM
Ahhh I'm such a thread-stalker, oh dear.

Chelleypie
21st May 2008, 5:04 AM
I understand, and I apologize. It was my intent to have this posted hours ago, but circumstances deemed otherwise.

I have decided that this round will not have an elimination, due to two drop outs by no show at Round One. So you'll have Round 2 momentarily.

Chelleypie
21st May 2008, 5:52 AM
http://i27.tinypic.com/2ugfix3.jpg
Welcome, Contestants, to Round Two of Top Design!

You have NO BUDGET for this round.

This time, you'll have clients to design for. The catch, since you knew there would be one, is that you won't actually MEET your clients. You will get a short description of their hobbies, likes and dislikes. You'll design a bedroom from there!

Picture Requirements
1 overhead shot.
1 shot of you in the room - I want to see your face, please.
6 close shots of the room.

YOU get to decide the size on this room! Woo hoo freedom!

You're required to include the following in the bedroom:
A bed.
A dresser or closet, or both.
A desk.
Something that fits the client's hobby (or hobbies).

You'll notice that each client has a wish for their room. Pay attention to it! Remember, you're designing for the CLIENT first, not the judges!

Now, look for your name, and learn about your client!

Adz Burnett
Your client is female. She likes to paint, draw, and read. She loves the colors pink, light blue, and purple. She hates black, neon colors, and green. She loves teddy bears, and would like to have a reading nook in her room.

Armana Demetri

Your client is female. She likes to play soccer (football to you, Mumo!), basketball, and any other sport she can get her hands on. She loves the colors blue, red, and green. She hates pastels, black, and pink. She has a lot of trophies to display, and would like to have a window seat for the rare times she's sitting still!

Audrey DeBarbarak
Your client is male. He enjoys being out in nature, fishing and gardening. He likes neutral colors such as brown and black, and dark green. He does not like neons, pink, or blue. He displays a bug collection proudly, and would also like a window seat to observe nature out of.

Beate Broberg
Your client is male. He enjoys reading and writing, school in general. He also enjoys computers. He likes blues, greens, and reds, but hates blacks and greys. He's very introverted. He needs lots of storage for his computer stuff, and would like to have a 'gaming nook' in his room.

Billi Thurston
Your client is male. He is a musician, playing piano, violin, and guitar. He likes woods, black, and white. He despises green and carpeting. He also enjoys listening to music. He needs a place to play his music, and would like to have a keyboard in his room.


Carolyn Green
Your client is female. She's a dancer, mostly ballet but she also does some jazz dancing. She likes pink, black, and white. She doesn't really dislike any colors. She'd like a place to display her old pointe shoes and other dance paraphernalia. She'd also love to have her own vanity table to get ready for recitals at.

Celeste Moranni

Your client is female. She's very active, and loves her dogs. She likes cheerful, bold colors. She dislikes pastels and soft colors. She would like a place to do her yoga in her own room, with a sound system to play music on. She'd also like a nook for her dogs to hang out in with her!

Chloe Chanelle
Your client is male. He is very into books, and likes to draw. He likes 'boy colors'. He doesn't like 'girl colors'. He needs lots of shelf space and lots of desk room to draw and put his huge collection of books. He'd also love to see a wall mural on his wall.

Gerbera Svorsky
Your client is female. She's a 'girly girl', and hates to be dirty. She loves pink, white, and polka dots. She hates blue, black, and stripes. She'd love to have a new vanity table to play with makeup at. She'd also love a canopy 'princess' bed.

Jaimee Liddell
Your client is female. She's a tomboy, loves to be outside playing with the boys. She likes blue, bold colors, and green. She hates pinks and pastels. She'd like to have lots of windows, and she wants to be able to roll around on the floor with her dogs.

Mina Carter
Your client is male. He's used to sharing a room with his big brother, who's now off to college. He's very excited about finally having room for his poker table. He's a young poker phenomenon, who loves chip colors: red, white, green, and black. He dislikes pink extremely. Big brother taught him to play poker, and he wants a place to play with friends and big brother when he's home.

ROUND ENDS ON MAY 27th AT 10 AM MY TIME.

[CENTER]CONFESSION QUESTIONS: (I had such a duh moment at 1 AM that I forgot to put them on here!)

1) What was it like designing without knowing your client?
2) You had no budget this time, what was that like?
3) Would you rather have a face to face with a client, or not know?
4) What do you think of your scores from last round?
5) What do you think about the top three designers in the next round possibly having a useful advantage? Is it fair or unfair?

CisteCaise
21st May 2008, 6:03 AM
Not to be a bother, but I don't have the pets expansion currently, so creating a pet-centric room would prove rather difficult. I suppose I could go out and purchase that expansion pack anyway, if that's recommended.

Chelleypie
21st May 2008, 1:22 PM
No. I'll change your client around a little. I should have posted and had everyone PM which EPs they have.

Ok, there ya go! Your client is now altered. Anyone else who DOES NOT have an EP that would make your room hard to do, please let me know.

Gerbera, please note that I've added one thing to your client!

CisteCaise
21st May 2008, 3:28 PM
Thanks, chelleypie! Sorry if it was a bother at all.

vintage_heart
21st May 2008, 7:59 PM
Can I just clarify how old my client is?

blueforred
21st May 2008, 8:18 PM
Yeah I was wondering the same thing.

Or if you can't tell us that, can you tell us if all the clients are around the same age?

aimsme_SC
21st May 2008, 8:41 PM
Chelly, I don't know how I'll be able to put a lot of sports and dance stuff in the room as I don't have Freetime yet. Would it be at all possible to change?

Many thanks.

IntrepidLlama
21st May 2008, 8:47 PM
Even though there weren't eliminations in Round One, are we still going to be able to see our scores?

iampinkstar_SC
21st May 2008, 9:13 PM
The scores are coming, honestly they are! One of the links in the contestant post was misplaced so I had trouble finding one of the entrants, all the scores are now with Chelleypie so you should ahve them as soon as she's finished being a mum for the day!

Remyohmy
21st May 2008, 10:15 PM
I would also like to clarify how old my client is.
The description makes it sound like she's a child, but I just want to make sure. :)

Vampire_of_Death
21st May 2008, 10:29 PM
I think not know the age is kinda adding to the challenge of being a designer, and when I first read it, I figured that the age wouldn't be announced because of the challenging matter and because she stated that the client wouln't e announced, but hey. Anyways, this round makes me wish I was in the contest, not a judge. It make sit sound so fun!

Bites and Kisses
Vampire

blueforred
21st May 2008, 11:20 PM
Yeah, I figured the ages weren't announced on purpose, but thought I'd double check.

In other news, 15x20 is a huuuge room!

Remyohmy
21st May 2008, 11:30 PM
errr yeah.
this room is gigantic.
bigger than the houses I normally build...

Are you sure you meant 15x20 Chelley?

_OnTheRocks_
22nd May 2008, 1:19 AM
I agree, 15 by 20 is pretty large for a single room.

Chelleypie
22nd May 2008, 1:02 PM
Okay, let me address these concerns individually before I post the scores from the last round!

First of all, no elimination for Round One, due to two drop outs.

The room IS a bit big. So you guys now get to decide how big to make it!

There has been a question about building OUT, for those that have outdoorsy clients. This is allowed, since there is no budget.

aimsme, your client will be redone momentarily.
Vintage_Heart, blueforred, Remyohmy: The theme is 'Mystery Client'. How old do YOU think these clients are? Design from there. That's part of the challenge.

aimsme_SC
22nd May 2008, 3:45 PM
Now that I can do- thanks Chelly!

_OnTheRocks_
22nd May 2008, 7:20 PM
Oooh, fun! Thank you for changing it! :)

blueforred
22nd May 2008, 11:29 PM
Okey doke, I've got more questions now.

--Does the room have to be rectangular, or can it be whatever shape floats my boat?
--Does the vanity table have to act as a vanity table in the sims game, or can it just be a table and chair I put together myself, and decorate as a vanity?

iampinkstar_SC
23rd May 2008, 2:57 PM
I don't think it would matter too much.... i've used a non working vanity in contests before and ....sssshhhhh.... if you don't tell us we won't know!!

I am looking forward to round two!!

romyhorse
24th May 2008, 12:07 AM
--Does the vanity table have to act as a vanity table in the sims game, or can it just be a table and chair I put together myself, and decorate as a vanity?I just checked and it doesn't say we need to use a vanity anymore.

blueforred
24th May 2008, 2:04 AM
Thanks romyhorse--my client would like one, though. :)

Chelleypie
24th May 2008, 7:02 AM
Whatever shape floats your boat. And no, it doesn't have to work. For the sake of argument. :)

Chelleypie
24th May 2008, 7:38 AM
(I AM SO SORRY ABOUT THE MAJOR DELAYS! YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN BEYOND PATIENT! My computer had booting issues, I thought I'd lost EVERYTHING. But I hadn't. YAY!)

Welcome, Designers, to The Green Room!

Now, there will be no elimination this time. However, you'll still be judged and the judges will still let you know how well they liked your rooms. You were judged on:
~Picture Quality (1-10, total of 80 per judge maximum)
~Confessional (25 if you had one per judge)
~6 different elements of design (1-10, total of 60 per judge maximum)
~Total per judge: 160 points maximum
~Final Cumulative Score: 480 maximum.

Those three scores were totaled to make a final score per contestant, and that score determined placement. Each judge also picked a favorite, who received 5 extra points. Next round, Favorites will receive an interesting and useful advantage, to be announced at the start of Round Three.

Here were our standings! If you have a star by your name, you were chosen as a favorite!
1st: Audrey*
2nd: Adz*
3rd: Carolyn*
4th: Mina
5th: Billi
6th: Gerbana
7th: Beate
8th: Chloe
9th: Jamiee
10th: Armana
11th: Cerise

Now, look for your name (in no particular order) for individual scores, and commentary!

Mina Carter
Judge One
Pictures: 67/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impression: 52/60
Total: 137/160
Your choice of industrial style walls confused me a bit. It IS beautiful, with a lot of modern lines, but the wall treatments could have been different.

Judge Two
Pictures 69
overhead: 9
frontal: 9
designer in loft: 9
pic 1: 8
pic 2: 8
pic 3: 9
pic 4: 9
pic 5: 8

Overall Impressions 54
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 10
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 9
How well the design flows 9
Use of color 8
Use of space 9
The design is great, I love the kitchen its what I would expect from a authentic new york apartment! I like the way your designer is interacting with the design of the rooms too!

Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-10/10
Entryway- 8/10
Dining Room- 8/10
Kitchen- 10/10
Work Space- 8/10
Bathroom- 9/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity:10/10
Visually Appealing:9/10
Flow:8/10
Color:10/10
Space:9/10

Comments:
This design is very nice. here is some things that don't fit in as wel as they should, but that may just be our design tentancy.

Carolyn Green
Judge One
Pictures: 68/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impression: 50/60
Total: 143/160
I again find that the inclusion of interior walls makes the space feel closed. The design itself is BEAUTIFUL. Your use of color is STUNNING.

Judge Two
Pictures 66
overhead: 9
frontal: 8
designer in loft: 8
pic 1: 8
pic 2: 8
pic 3: 9
pic 4: 8
pic 5: 8

Overall Impressions 49
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 8
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 9
How well the design flows 7
Use of color 9
Use of space 7
The design was very blocky, blocks of colour and destrinct rooms, I like that you've used extended doorways but maybe screens would have been a better choice and a co-ordinating colour throughout.

Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-10/10
Entryway- 8/10
Home Office/Piano- 7/10
Kitchen- 9/10
Living Room- 9/10
Dining Room- 10/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity:10/10
Visually Appealing:9/10
Flow:9/10
Color:10/10
Space:10/10

Comments: Love your designs, there is the perfect amount of color and everthing looks very cut and clean. Some areas looks like they need a bit more accesories, but less is way better than over stuffing.

Armana Demitri
Judge One
Pictures: 71/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impression: 42/60
Total: 138/160
Your use of wood floors is beautiful! I LOVED the bathroom! Where did you get that rug?! I did not like the wall seperating the kitchen and living area - it seemed to close up the space to almost claustraphobic proportions.

Judge Two
Pictures 58
overhead: 9
frontal: 9
designer in loft: 0 (There wasn't one!!)
pic 1: 8
pic 2: 8
pic 3: 8
pic 4: 8
pic 5: 8

Overall Impressions 43
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 7
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 7
How well the design flows 6
Use of color 7
Use of space 7
I am not so keen on the breakup of the spaces, I expect a loft to be openplan and the use of interior walls detracts from the flow, also the colours are a little muted.

Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-0/10
Living Room- 9/10
Office- 10/10
Kitchen- 7/10
Dining Room- 8/10
Bedroom- 8/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity6/10
Visually Appealing:7/10
Flow:9/10
Color:7/10
Space:9/10

Comments:
Some of your rooms seem very empty and are very theme-less. There is no pop or wow, but your office is AMAZING!

Gerbera Svorsky
Judge One
Pictures: 72/80
Confession: 25
Overall Impressions: 54/60
Total: 151/160
Your retro theme doesn't mingle well with modern-ness. The mustard paint isn't to my liking at all, but to each their own!

Judge Two
Pictures 57
overhead: 8
frontal: 8
designer in loft: 7
pic 1: 7
pic 2: 7
pic 3: 6
pic 4: 7
pic 5: 7

Overall Impressions 46
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 7
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 6
How well the design flows 7
Use of color 6
Use of space 8
The design is very "homely", its cute but a little dull (sorry), I am not sure about the laundry in the bathroom but i see the logic, I would have liked to have seen the designers face in the photo as well.

Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-10/10
Entryway- 8/10
Dining Room- 8/10
Kitchen- 10/10
Work Space- 8/10
Bathroom- 9/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity:10/10
Visually Appealing:9/10
Flow:8/10
Color:10/10
Space:9/10

Comments:
This design is very nice. here is some things that don't fit in as wel as they should, but that may just be our design tentancy.

Billi Thurston
Judge One
Pictures: 75/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impressions: 52/60
Total: 152/160
You've got some SERIOUS color going on here, which I love! Although the modern-ness of the living areas doesn't go well with the 50s' diner style in the dining and kitchen areas.

Judge Two
Pictures 58
overhead: 9
frontal: 7
designer in loft: 9
pic 1: 7
pic 2: 6
pic 3: 7
pic 4: 7
pic 5: 6

Overall Impressions 44
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 7
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 7
How well the design flows 7
Use of color 6
Use of space 8
Its a lot of red!! I think maybe a mix of red and other colours would have been better... I like the raised level but its not a great photo to show it off.

Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-9/10
Living Room- 8/10
Kitchen- 9/10
Dining Room/Breakfast Nook- 9/10
Bedroom- 9/10
Bathroom- 10/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity8/10
Visually Appealing:9/10
Flow:10/10
Color:10/10
Space:9/10

Comments:
I love that kitchen, it is truely beautiful and has a true 50's feel!

Audrey DeBarbarak
Judge One
Pictures: 74/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impressions: 52/60
Total: 151/160
It seems really dark in here. I find the various living areas almost too closed in, and almost excessive.

Judge Two
Pictures 70
overhead: 9
frontal: 9
designer in loft: 8
pic 1: 8
pic 2: 9
pic 3: 9
pic 4: 9
pic 5: 9

Overall Impressions 56
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 10
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 10
How well the design flows 9
Use of color 9
Use of space 9
I love the use of arches and bookcases in the design a knowledge sims apartment I think! not sure the dining room fits the rest of the design asthetically but i like it. The patterned wallpaper divides the space and the wooden flooring brings it all together, nicely done!!

Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-10/10
Entryway/office- 9/10
Living Room- 9/10
Media Room- 9/10
Dining Room- 9/10
Bathroom- 8/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity:8/10
Visually Appealing:9/10
Flow:10/10
Color:10/10
Space:9/10

Comments:
Your color usage is perfect, just the right amount and it blends so well. i love the bookcases in the wall, too.

Beate Broberg
Judge One
Pictures: 58/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impressions: 43/60
Total: 126/160
Your frontal shot doesn't show me much. Work on your angles. It seems almost juvenile to me. The 'Love' in the bedroom is an obvious addition.


Judge Two
Pictures 68
overhead: 9
frontal: 6
designer in loft: 7
pic 1: 9
pic 2: 9
pic 3: 10
pic 4: 10
pic 5: 8

Overall Impressions 57
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 10
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 10
How well the design flows 9
Use of color 10
Use of space 9
I like the use of black walls, it really ofsets the other colours, the inspiration point is a great idea! I also like the spacing and use of the different areas.


Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-9/10
Living- 9/10
Reading Nook- 8/10
Kitchen- 10/10
Dining- 9/10
Bed- 8/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity 8/10
Visually Appealing:8/10
Flow:9/10
Color:7/10
Space:10/10

Questions:
25/25
Comments:
I love that house, but there didn't seem to be a residing theme, The love in the bedroom seems a bit outta place, sine that room is just thrown together.

Jamiee Liddell
Judge One
Pictures: 70/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impression: 53/60
Total: 148/160
Bright colors need to be used sparingly. Those bright green rugs seem really out of place in a neutral/dark bathroom.


Judge Two
Pictures 54
overhead: 7
frontal: 7
designer in loft: 7
pic 1: 7
pic 2: 7
pic 3: 6
pic 4: 6
pic 5: 7

Overall Impressions 43
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 7
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 6
How well the design flows 7
Use of color 6
Use of space 8
Its hard to see the design when the pictures are so bright!! I like the bold colours you've used although florescent in places, more muted colours may be better. I like the lightness you've tried to create though. I also want a wii!!


Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-9/10
Living- 8/10
Kitchen- 7/10
Dining- 8/10
Bath- 9/10
Bed- 6/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity 7/10
Visually Appealing:8/10
Flow:9/10
Color:5/10
Space:9/10

Comments:
Your design flows evenly through the house, but the bright colors are way over used, and used inapproprately at that. Try to calm down the neons a bit.

Chloe Chanelle
Judge One
Pictures: 69/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impression: 53/60
Total: 147/160
Color choice and palatte is AWESOME. I do find the choice of such dark flooring confining and almost constricting.


Judge Two
Pictures 53
overhead: 9
frontal: 0 (there isn't one)
designer in loft: 9
pic 1: 9
pic 2: 9
pic 3: 8
pic 4: 9
pic 5: 9

Overall Impressions 56
How well was the room designed on a budget 9
How creative is the design 10
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 10
How well the design flows 8
Use of color 10
Use of space 9
I love the use of the same tone in the colour scheme, its nice, comfortable and sophisticated. I also like the angles of most of your photos, they really show off the rooms well (missing frontal shot)


Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-0/10
Designer in Loft-10/10
Entry- 8/10
Office- 9/10
Living Area- 9/10
Dining Room- 10/10
Closet- 9/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity 7/10
Visually Appealing:8/10
Flow:6/10
Color:9/10
Space:10/10

Comments: I like your order, but I wish you would have added a better shot of the kitchen.

Adz Burnett
Judge One
Pictures: 73/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impressions: 55/60
Total: 158/160
The colors are amazing, and the use of textures is too. I love the laundry nook outside the bathroom - convenient! This was my favorite design!

Judge Two
Pictures 71
overhead: 9
frontal: 9
designer in loft: 8
pic 1: 9
pic 2: 10
pic 3: 9
pic 4: 9
pic 5: 8

Overall Impressions 52
How well was the room designed on a budget 10
How creative is the design 9
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 9
How well the design flows 8
Use of color 8
Use of space 8
I love that there a views outside the rooms and seeing as the budget wasn't really a constraint a nice attention to detail!! I like the nice airy feel you've created and the use of colour is good although an accent colour would have been iceing.

Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-10/10
Living Room Closeup- 10/10
Home Office- 9/10
Kitchen- 9/10
Bedroom- 8/10
Laundry Room- 10/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity:8/10
Visually Appealing:9/10
Flow:10/10
Color:7/10
Space:10/10

Questions:
25/25
Comments:Your designs ar very beautiful, they just lack that pop of color in each room, it all blends, but is very toned down.

Cerise (Celeste) Moranni
Judge One
Pictures: 60/80
Confessional: 25
Overall Impressions: 45/60
Total: 130/160
It's dark, and not really masculine per se. I find the chinese cat amusing, but similarly puzzling!


Judge Two
Pictures 50
Overhead: 6
Frontal: 6
Designer in loft: 6 - which one is the designer? Why is Cyd & co there?
Pic 1 7
Pic 2 7
Pic 3 6
Pic 4 6
Pic 5 6

Overall Impressions
How well was the room designed on a budget 8
How creative is the design 6
How aesthetically pleasing was the design 6
How well the design flows 6
Use of color 6
Use of space 7
I was a little disappointed this round, I know you can do better! Its a little dark and drab but I like the living room, the laid back look is good but it needs a little more pizaze!

Judge Three
Pictures:
Overhead-10/10
Frontal-10/10
Designer in Loft-7/10
Living Room Closeup- 10/10
Home Office- 6/10
Kitchen- 9/10
Bedroom- 8/10
Bath Room- 8/10

Overall:
Budget-10/10
Creativity:7/10
Visually Appealing:9/10
Flow:10/10
Color:8/10
Space:10/10

Questions:
25/25

Comments: The picture of your designer wasn't really your designer it was just a group. Aso there was no headshot. The thought bubbles were very distracting, so I would try to avoid them at all costs. The office and the livinf room both seem to be missing a common design factor.


All right, designers, now you have scores, and know what needs work! :)

romyhorse
24th May 2008, 3:16 PM
I designed this room for a girl around the age of 7/8. As she likes teddy bears I guessed she was young, but still old enough to read.

Overhead

The room is predominantly pink with blue and purple accents.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/g1.jpg

A bed fit for a princess with her favourite teddy bear on it.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/g2.jpg

As she loves to paint I gave her her own easel and paints. There is also plenty of storage for her toys.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/g10.jpg

Play area with more storage. You can also see one of the set of pictures I used around the room, of a little girl with her teddy bear.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/g3.jpg

I gave her a large wardrobe and a pretty mirror, so that she can check she's still the fairest of them all...

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/g5.jpg

And finally, her reading nook with 2 comfortable chair (for when she has a friend round to play) and some cushions on the floor. Plus lots of books or course!

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/g7.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/g8.jpg

I didn't forget her desk either, and there are some shelves in the corner for displaying her teddy bears.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/g6.jpg

1) What was it like designing without knowing your client? It was a bit tricky, but with the clues we were given hopefully it will turn out alright!

2) You had no budget this time, what was that like? It was nice not to have to count the pennies and be checking the budget all the time.

3) Would you rather have a face to face with a client, or not know? I don't mind, I quite liked having to figure it out for myself.

4) What do you think of your scores from last round? Well, I was happy with my scores and they're the only ones that matter, right?

5) What do you think about the top three designers in the next round possibly having a useful advantage? Is it fair or unfair? I think that would be unfair, I think it would be better to give the bottom 3 designers a useful advantage to make the other ones work harder.

vintage_heart
24th May 2008, 3:34 PM
I love the reading nook romy!

romyhorse
24th May 2008, 8:25 PM
Thanks, I enjoyed decorating it. I just hope my client was a little girl and not a teddy bear collecting Grandma :D

iampinkstar_SC
24th May 2008, 9:53 PM
wow thats a long judging post!!
I love the room Romy! I look forward to seeing the rest of the round's entries!

Chelley, can we have the judging requirements for this round so i can start thinking so it won't take me so long this time!

Vampire_of_Death
25th May 2008, 5:10 AM
Yep, that was one heck of a post!

Anyways, great job everyone.

Chelley, same gose for me and also, are you going to send us who each room is to be for? I guess so, so we can judge how close each designer was to their client. Thanks!

aimsme_SC
25th May 2008, 9:10 AM
Fantastic entry Romy! I really love the room.

I'm going to have to drop out of this contest- my game crashed last night, and I've lost most of the data. Good luck to all those still in the running!

Chelleypie
25th May 2008, 3:35 PM
I can do all of that, yes, but not until at least later this afternoon. I work all day long.

We're sorry to see you go, aimsme! If you need a copy of Micheala, I have her file on my desktop!

Remyohmy
26th May 2008, 12:59 AM
Just getting my spot in here. Three pictures so far.


I designed this room with a central color scheme of pink, brown and white, with accents of green. After looking at the client's profile, I inferred that she was a young girl, around 10 years old. It's basically a mixture of classic girly-girl cuteness with dabs of elegance. In the bathroom, checkered tile has been, well, checkered, with giant marble squares. She said she liked to be clean, so I gave her both a fabulous, deep tub, as well as a designer shower. She also mentioned that she wanted a "princess canopy" and a vanity. Both of these things were accomplished, keeping with the girly-girl theme. The room has plenty of room for imagination and moving around, and, if the client ends up being a grown woman, plenty of space to get away.

Aerial
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot049-1.jpg

Her Bed
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot056.jpg

Play area with lots of light and a beautiful canopy.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot047-1.jpg

Tea set and homework area, complete with laptop and plenty of storage space.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/bedroom3.jpg

Her vanity and dressing area
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot054.jpg
Bathroom
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot051-1.jpg



http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot050.jpg
(for some reason my livemode isn't working... the clock isn't running and nothing moves. this is the most emotion I could capture :\)
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ha-1.jpg
What was it like designing without knowing your client?
It was challenging, to say the least. I was constantly wondering who I was designing for, and if they were going to like what I was doing to their room. There's nothing worse than an unhappy client.

You had no budget this time, what was that like?
It was good. It was one less major thing I had to worry about.

Would you rather have a face to face with a client, or not know?
Definitely face to face. That way, I can pick up a little of their personality and put more into the room. Instead of reading a list of their desires, I could actually find out the meaning behind them; find out why they are so special.

What do you think of your scores from last round?
Well, a little lower than I would have hoped for, but it's out of my control. Whether you like my style is up to you; I can't please everyone.

What do you think about the three top designers in the next round possibly having a useful advantage. Is it fair or unfair?
I think it's a good idea. This is a contest after all. What better to spice up the competition?

Chelleypie
26th May 2008, 1:39 AM
Okay, I'm about to zip over the requirements for judges now!

EDIT FOR CONTESTANTS!!!: I FORGOT TO ADD YOUR CONFESSION QUESTIONS! PLEASE REFER TO THE POST WITH ROUND TWO IN IT TO GET YOUR QUESTIONS!

Mumo_SC
26th May 2008, 2:11 AM
The Aerial View
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/aerial.jpg

The Bed
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/bedroom.jpg

The Courtyard
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/courtyard.jpg

The Window Seat
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/windowseat.jpg

Trophy Area
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/trophyarea.jpg

Fitness Area
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/workout.jpg

Bathroom
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/bathroom.jpg

Amera in Courtyard
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/Ameracourt.jpg

As the client is into sports, I have given her alot to work with. I have given her a nice courtyard to relax, a fitness area and a ping pong table to keep her exercising.

Surfing, skiing, hockey and cricket are some of the other sports that I have incorporated into the room, as well as her footy. There is a nice tropy wall in the fitness area. And with having such a huge room, she has her own bathroom.

Greeen is the primary colour used with accents of blue shades and red shades.

What was it like designing without knowing your client? It was actually more difficult than I had expected. I am just hoping she isn't an 8 year old.

You had no budget this time, what was that like? Great, because it gave a chance to think alot more outside the square.

Would you rather have a face to face with a client, or not know? I would prefer the face to face. Just so I could get to know them better, which does help with interior designing.

What do you think of your scores from last round? Being honest, they were poor. But shit happens too.

What do you think about the three top designers in the next round possibly having a useful advantage. Is it fair or unfair? Extremely unfair. Everyone should be equal when designing a room.

IntrepidLlama
26th May 2008, 8:11 PM
I designed this room for a young man, possibly in his early or mid-twenties to his early thirties. I used a lot of earthy tones, and really tried to bring the outdoors in with my design, but I also added a distinctly modern element. With the sleek furniture and tall, open windows, the design has an outdoorsy feel without being overly rustic.

Overhead View
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/overhead1.jpg

I used dark greens, blacks and browns throughout the room, and utilized a lot of patterns found in nature; the flowered rugs that I used multiple times, for example, and the painting of the dandelion are just a few examples.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/bedroom1-1.jpg

Across from the bed, I thought the client might enjoy having an aquarium full of exotic fish to observe.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/aqu.jpg

I also brought in a plethora of potted plants to scatter about the room. I assumed my client would enjoy a few low-maintenance, eye-catching plants to bring in some color.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/dresser.jpg

The office area is by far my favorite area. I used floor-to-ceiling bookcases and dark woods and fabrics to make it a very sleek, relaxing area. From his seat at the desk, he could pop the windows open and enjoy a nice breeze that wafts in through the tall pine trees outside.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/office1-2.jpg

I brought new meaning to the words "window-seat" with my design! There's a couch to relax on and observe the forest and wildlife below, and perhaps listen to some calming music and just enjoy the view.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/windowseat.jpg

Just outside the window-seat, I installed a large window box with some low-maintenance foliage to attract some feathered friends to the nature-friendly room.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/windowbox1.jpg

As requested, there's a place for the client to display his bug collection proudly near the bed.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/bugs1.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/audrey1.jpg

Confession

1) What was it like designing without knowing your client? - It was a new experience for me, and definitely a challenging one. I like to really get to know my clients, discuss designs with them, and generally have them play a pivotal part in the design process - it is, after all, their house that I'm designing. Nonetheless, I found that the "clues" given to me about my client painted a pretty clear picture, and I think I was able to design a room he will enjoy.

2) You had no budget this time, what was that like? - It was a lot of fun to work without a budget, and I think the client benefitted from it because I was able to put a lot into the small details of the space.

3) Would you rather have a face to face with a client, or not know? - I definitely prefer being face-to-face, and like I said, having the client give me input makes life easier for me, and makes the outcome more enjoyable for them because I designed the room to their specifications.

4) What do you think of your scores from last round? - I think my scores were fantastic! I really didn't expect to be in first place, especially with such tough competition, but I'm very proud and grateful that I was chosen.

5) What do you think about the top three designers in the next round possibly having a useful advantage? Is it fair or unfair? - I'm a little torn on this issue, to be honest. I think that the top designers really did work hard to perfect their designs and deserve kudos for that, but if they're already doing so well, why should they get an extra leg up?

Remyohmy
26th May 2008, 8:25 PM
wow, that room looks great, intrepid!

IntrepidLlama
26th May 2008, 9:11 PM
Aw, thanks Remyohmy! I like your room, too!

blueforred
26th May 2008, 10:00 PM
organizing my submission!


Given the information I had about my client, I designed this bedroom for a teenage girl. I used a saturated pink for the walls, bold prints, black woods and white fabrics, with a few yellow accents here and there. Since most girls (and especially dancers who have multiple costumes) love their clothes, I built a walk-in closet with lots of storage space. And I think the part that will make my client most happy is the studio space with ballet bar; it's entirely mirrors and windows, and should be a great place to practice routines or stretch out.


Floorplan

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/6779/r2floorplangp2.jpg

Bed

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/330/r2bedjo6.jpg

Dresser

http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/5149/r2dresservy4.jpg

Shelves
For showing off her dance awards, shoes, etc! I've already displayed a pair of pointe shoes and a ballerina jewelry box I found, just to fill the space in the meantime, so I hope she likes it.

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/7607/r2shelvesct9.jpg

Vanity
As requested, a vanity where my client can prepare for recitals. Also, the comfy window seat is partially pictured here.

http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/9958/r2vanitypq8.jpg

Desk

http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/5451/r2deskwu6.jpg

Part of the walk-in closet

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/6456/r2closetfv0.jpg

Studio
My husband took a picture of me while I was resting in the dance studio area.

http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/3898/r2inroomcr9.jpg


1) What was it like designing without knowing your client?

Very strange! I usually sit down with my client and work out lots of details--shades of wall paint, what general style they like--all personal things that really determine the atmosphere of the room. Given how little I knew about my client, I tried to go with design concepts that would span various ages and tastes, so she'd feel at home in her bedroom no matter her preferences.

2) You had no budget this time, what was that like?

Loved it, loved it, loved it. It gave me the freedom to incorporate lots of dance-inspired objects I might not have been able to afford on a tight budget, like that gorgeous ballerina painting over the desk.

3) Would you rather have a face to face with a client, or not know?

I would absolutely rather have face to face time. I think the more time I spend with clients, the better I get to know their personalities, and the closer I come to designing their ideal living space.

4) What do you think of your scores from last round?

Well, first off, I'm grateful for all the detailed feedback--I wasn't expecting such specific scoring. I think third place is nothing to scoff at, but it obviously leaves room for improvement, so I'll keep on trucking!

5) What do you think about the top three designers in the next round possibly having a useful advantage? Is it fair or unfair?

I think the contest host makes the rules, and as a participant, I follow them. Although I could understand disagreeing with this particular rule, I think it makes sense to reward good work. That's what a contest is all about, after all.

Remyohmy
27th May 2008, 2:32 AM
i've finished my entry :) just a heads-up

Chelleypie
27th May 2008, 5:07 AM
Contestants!

Please be aware that I'm a bit slower than I was earlier today. I fell and twisted my right knee pretty badly.

Also, I am in the middle of a job change. I will not be around most of the day tomorrow, so please be aware of that when asking about scores. I will still close the round around 10 AM, but I should be able to get in game and take pictures of the clients for you before then.

CisteCaise
27th May 2008, 5:28 AM
Oh my, I was under the impression that the Round was to end on the 29th... I'm not sure I can get my entry in before 10 AM central time tomorrow. I'll do my best, but I'm not sure if it will be possible (as I've been away for the US holiday weekend).

blueforred
27th May 2008, 5:31 AM
I hope your leg feels better, chelleypie.

[edit] And I hope you don't leave, CisteCaise! I love seeing your designs.

_OnTheRocks_
27th May 2008, 8:38 AM
I hope your knee heals quickly, Chelleypie.

Also, I'm (probably) not going to be able to make the deadline. I might have to drop out, because it's finals time. (Yuck) So sorry, I've been having fun!

sawcarn
27th May 2008, 3:37 PM
Waht a challenge! I think my client is a teeanger, it could also be a child, but based on his interests in both school and computers i asumed he knows how to fix a computer, and therefor a teenager. As he is very introverted I thought the colours should not be to contrast-full. It was defiantly hard not using greys and blacks, it would have giving the room a more masculin feeling.

Overview
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round2_1.jpg

The bedarea. I chose to use mainly green and blue. I gave him a big bed where he can really relax and read, there is also lots of storage besides the bed for all his computerstuff, like he wanted.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round2_3.jpg

I decided to give him lots of table-space where he can work with his computer and have more of his stuff.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round2_6.jpg

I also gave him a telescope to look at the stars through the windows. I think he will enjoy that.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round2_5.jpg

As he wished for, I gave him a gaming nook where he can relax with a couple of friends and play some playstation, or simply watch television.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round2_2.jpg

All finished now!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h114/sawcarn/Sims/Top%20design%20contest/BB_round2_4.jpg

1) What was it like designing without knowing your client?
It was a big challenge. I don't think I got that many informations about him, so it was difficult choosing stuff to put in the room. But i love challenges and thought it was quiet fun.
2) You had no budget this time, what was that like?
It was nice. I usually prefer working on a budget, but this gave me oppurtunities to give him a big television and some more expensive furnitures.
3) Would you rather have a face to face with a client, or not know?
Well, it would definitely be easier if I had met him face-to-face, but as I said before, it was a fun challenge, but I would prefer a face-to-face meeting first.
4) What do you think of your scores from last round?
They are okay, it was not my best work, so the 7th place was okay. I would have liked some more comments on what to do better the next time though. It is some tough contestants int his contest, they are all really good at this.
5) What do you think about the top three designers in the next round possibly having a useful advantage? Is it fair or unfair?
It is up to the holder of this competition, but I think the only fair thing is that everyone should be equal in the next round. But I also think that good work should be credited, but not by giving them an advantage in further rounds.

----------------------
I hope you will feel better with your knee Chelleypie =)

CisteCaise
27th May 2008, 8:17 PM
Obviously I wasn't able to complete my entry in time. Everyone's entries look great, and I wish you all the best in the upcoming rounds. I hope that your knee gets to feeling better, Chelleypie. :)

Chelleypie
28th May 2008, 1:59 AM
I'm sorry, _ontherocks_! My knee is much better.

ROUND TWO IS NOW CLOSED FOR ENTRIES.

iampinkstar_SC
28th May 2008, 8:29 PM
I've sent my scores to Chelleypie!! Good luck everybody, you pulled out soem lovely designs this round!

Chelleypie
29th May 2008, 2:04 PM
Waiting on one judge, and I'll post Round Three sometime later this morning or late tonight, depending on how things go.

Vampire_of_Death
29th May 2008, 5:04 PM
Yeay! Scores are in!

Chelleypie
29th May 2008, 10:43 PM
Okay, I'll be totaling in just a few minutes, I'm gonna go get my stuff together for judging this round and posting the next! :)

Chelleypie
30th May 2008, 12:12 AM
Welcome, Contestants, to the Green Room!
http://i29.tinypic.com/2dsqzhi.jpg
Hello contestants! I won't keep you in suspense too long, I promise!

Contestants, meet your clients!

Beate, this is Damon, and he's 9 and a half.
http://i27.tinypic.com/2diilpu.jpg
Hi, Beate! Thanks for my new room!
You really listened to my favorite colors, but I don't like how there's so much space in my room! I could have used a smaller space. I do love my desk though! And just because I'm not 16 doesn't mean I don't know how to repair a computer!

Carolyn, meet Danica. She's ten!
http://i26.tinypic.com/14dm3pz.jpg
WOW. It's so mature! I love the color choice. Where'd you get a pair of my pointes? From mom? They're beautiful on the wall! My friends will be jealous - a vanity AND a walk in closet! OOH!! AND A STUDIO?! THANK YOU! Thank you!

Adz, meet Daniella. She's 7, almost 8.
http://i25.tinypic.com/vfghac.jpg
Thank you so much! My reading area is just perfect - I love to have friends 'round, and of course, my sister loves to visit me too! And PAINTS?! Mommy never left me have my very own before, thank you!

Gerbera, meet Denise! She's 7 too, she's Daniella's sister.
http://i27.tinypic.com/b9drbs.jpg
Thanks for the princess bed! But I don't like the walls - they're really dark, and I don't like the dark. I get my own bathroom though, so that's pretty neat! And a tea party area! That's way neat!

Armana, meet Desiree! She's 10.
http://i27.tinypic.com/2r465b5.jpg
It looks like a boy's room! That's okay though, I love the green tile, exercise area, and window seat! You really paid attention to how much I love sports, thank you!

Audrey, meet Dustin! He's the oldest of the bunch at 11.
http://i27.tinypic.com/2eq3rrr.jpg
It's very dark and somber, which I appreciate. I do love the fish tank, thank you. I see you found a pin frame for my bugs, and I like that too. You did a great job with the window seat - now I can overlook the lake and observe things. Thank you very kindly, Ms. Audrey.

Now that you know who you designed for, and what they thought, here's your standings!

1st: Adz 402/445
2nd: Carolyn 398/445
3rd: Audrey 384/445
4th: Gerbera 349/445
5th: Armana 347/445
6th: Beate 321/445

Judges Two and Three didn't have much to say, other than LISTEN to your clients. That was a bit difficult this time around, given that you had little to work with, but let it be a lesson to you! Judge One had some commentary, which I will share with you!

Armana:
Comments: I would have liked to have seen your designer interacting with the room rather than just standing in it. I also think the "pastel" coloured tile floor isn't right for the client or a bedroom, I love the window seat and the other elements in the room other than the above points you listened well to the client brief.

Audrey:
I love the shiney dark wood floor, the use of browns and blacks is exactly what the client was looking for, seems very sophisticated and grown up room but not as outdoorsy as it could have been, you could have gone wild with this brief "if you'll pardon the pun"

Beate:
You lost points from me because you didn't have enough pictures to judge... the collages are nice but detrimental in this instance, the office/bedroom look is good and i like the use of colour although paler colours mor muted tones may have been better for an introverted character, games nock doesn't look connected but colourscheme more suitable.

Carolyn:
I like the use of mirrors in the room, it would make what could potentially be a dark room with all the black quite light, not sure about the sectioned off spaces but it works for this client, as she would love the dance studio in her room!

Gerbera:
If the client really is a young girl then the room seems "too old" for her, it has elements of youth to it but used sparingly, a girly girl's room could have been more fun than elegant, you did include everything that was required though.

Adz:
I like the use of fairy lights in the room, perfect! I like the use of colour although it would have been nice to see a couple more teddy bears around the room, or books in the reading nook. pictures five and six look the same... would have been nice to have seen another area of the room, myabe the desk without the designer in the way!

(Remember, this is only one judge's comments. The other two were just very adamant about listening to the client!)

Now, for the 'useful advantage' I mentioned in the Confession question...

We will have a budget for the next round. Each favorite contestant will get 5,000 extra simoleans for that budget. The bottom three designers will get an extra 10,000.

So, the following designers get an extra 5,000:
Adz and Carolyn

And of course, Gerbera, Armana, and Beate will receive an extra 10,000 simoleans.

Audrey, it seems unfair that you didn't get any kind of advantage. As such, I've decided to give you the option of either receiving an extra 5,000 simoleans (you were dagum close to being a favorite - about 2 points difference) or staying at your current budget.

Use this advantage wisely!

IntrepidLlama
30th May 2008, 12:40 AM
Thanks to the judge who gave the comments, I always appreciate those!

Chelleypie
30th May 2008, 12:46 AM
Welcome, Contestants, to Round Three!
http://i27.tinypic.com/v3obpw.jpg
Hello and welcome to Round Three!

Six left... and this is our last round, due to an overshot of deadline. ^^

So ...

NO BUDGET THIS ROUND!! AGAIN!!

Happy last round, guys! It's been AMAZINGLY fun!

Your task this time is to design a bedroom for toddlers. However, you're not designing for just any toddlers - you'll be designing for a set of multiples! So find your name, and learn about your little bundles of joy!

Armana
You'll be designing for twin girls, Skylar and Shannon. Their parents had this to say about their new nursery:
Mom: Please make it as pink as you possibly can! These are girly girls! I want them to sleep close to one another. Two diaper decks aren't needed, we would only like to have one. They need lots of space to play!
Dad: I'm blind, so please make this room easy for me to navigate. If you can, put the furniture along the walls.
Mom: We'd love two rockers to sit in side by side while we rock our darlings to sleep!

Gerbera
You'll be designing for triplets, two boys and a girl: Daytona (girl), Dennis, and Demarcus. Their mom is a single mom, and she had this to say about their room:
Mom: It needs to be functional. Poor Daytona hardly knows what to do with no dollies, but the boys won't go near them. Daytona does better overall on her own, the boys need to be together. One diaper deck is all we need, but at least two toyboxes will be required.

Carolyn
You'll be designing for twin boys: Jevon and Andrew. Their mom says:
Make their room a boy room, or daddy will have a fit. They love trains, so if you can, trains would be great. Keep any wall art to a minimum - they love to tear it up! And please make sure I have a comfy recliner - no rocking chair for me!

Audrey
You'll be designing for twin girls: Kimberly and August. Their dad is a single dad, and he says:
Please make this room easy for me to navigate and pick up. My sister helps raise them, since my job as a police officer keeps me away long hours. I'd like two diaper decks, and a comfortable recliner and a bookshelf - I love to read to the girls after a long shift.

Beate
You'll be designing for a set of quints, three girls and two boys: Jenna, Jessica, Jocelyn, Jacob, and Joseph. Their mom and dad said:
Please make this room FUNCTIONAL, and use the space as well as you can! They love to be together, so cribs should either face one another (with enough space to walk in between) or be along the same wall. I'd love to see a neutral color scheme in their room, since they're all different and there are five of them! We'll need THREE chairs, preferably rockers - we tend to call in reinforcements!


Adz
You'll be designing for a set of triplets, all girls: Addyson, Beth, and Charlotte. Their mom and dad said:
They're not all that particular about being together, so lay out the room however you please. We'd like to see shades of yellow, to make the place cheery. We need one diaper deck, and two toy boxes, since Addy has recently decided that Beth must not touch her things. We'd like at least two chairs, either rockers or chairs with footrests.

Okay, designers. Now for floor plans.

Adz, Carolyn, and Beate, you'll use this one:
http://i30.tinypic.com/112h0zl.jpg
Cost: 4288 (4x4 lot)

Armana, Audrey, and Gerbera, you'll use this one:
http://i32.tinypic.com/331zrxv.jpg
Cost: 4736 (4x4 Lot)

Remember:
Your wall cost is not included in your budget.
You may add walls.
You must add windows and a door to the space.

Pictures required: 8.
Designer in room (I'd like to see some sort of interaction, if you can)
Overhead shot
Six close shots: one of cribs, one of changing area, one of the play area, one of the parents' areas, and two freeshots.

Confession:
What was it like to design for such young children?
How was the budget this time?
Was it easier to design with a client's input?
How do you feel about your competition?
And finally, what's been your favorite challenge so far?

ROUND THREE WILL BE DUE ON JUNE 5TH at 5 PM!
(I have a PM in to bP to see if we'll be allowed to continue, or if we'll have to close down after this round.)

How Long Do I Have? (http://www.7is7.com/otto/countdown.html?year=2008&month=6&date=5&hrs=17&ts=12&min=0&sec=0&tz=local&lang=en&show=dhms&mode=t&cdir=down&bgcolor=%23CCFFFF&fgcolor=%23000000&title=Countdown%20To)

kattenijin
30th May 2008, 1:04 AM
Now, for the 'useful advantage' I mentioned in the Confession question...

We will have a budget for the next round. Each favorite contestant will get 5,000 extra simoleans for that budget. The bottom three designers will get an extra 10,000.

So, the following designers get an extra 5,000:
Adz and Carolyn

And of course, Gerbera, Armana, and Beate will receive an extra 10,000 simoleans.

Use this advantage wisely!

Six left, and we again have a budget to work within.
Your budget: 10,000 Simoleans for the entire room.


So the favorites only get to use 15,000 simoleans, while the bottom three get to use 20,000??!! That's not an advantage to me. I think there's an oops there.

Remyohmy
30th May 2008, 3:26 AM
yeah, I was also confused about this. ^^

romyhorse
30th May 2008, 8:52 AM
No, I think that's right, Adz (i.e. me!) suggested that the bottom 3 got an advantage to make the others work harder :D. She thought it wasn't fair to give the top 3 an advantage as that would make it even harder for the others to catch up (especially if scoring is cumulative).

Chelleypie
30th May 2008, 1:41 PM
Not quite. The advantage is an additional 20,000 for the bottom three, and an additional 5,000 for favorites, bringing the totals to 30,000 and 15,000 for each group.

ALSO:
I have PMed bP, because we will go over our deadline to end this contest as it is, due to an exceptionally long application wait.

Thus, we will finish up this contest with this round. As such, scores will be cumulative - the person with the highest overall score will be the winner.

If any contestant wants their child from last round, you're more than welcome to them! Please PM me if this is the case.

I'll work on another prize, since we didn't get any donations.

iampinkstar_SC
30th May 2008, 6:55 PM
hang on now im confused.... if the budget is 10,000 and the bottom three get an extra 10,000 and the favourites get an extra 5000 wouldn't that make

20,000 for the bottom three?
15,000 for the favourites?
Where does 30,000 come from?

IntrepidLlama
30th May 2008, 9:39 PM
The bottom three will get 30,000 and the favorites will get 15,000? Wow, I'm at a real disadvantage here, aren't I?

Anyway, you said that you want us to show some kind of interaction in the photo of our designer in the room. Does that mean we should create our respective family? I mean, my family is a single father with two daughters. Should I create them and plop them in the room for a photoshoot, or do you mean having Audrey (my girl) actually doing some of the renovating? Sorry, I'm easily confused!

Chelleypie
30th May 2008, 11:39 PM
Okay, I made a desicion while at work...

Since it's our last round...

NO BUDGET AT ALL.

Happy last round, folks! :)

Remyohmy
31st May 2008, 4:51 PM
Designing this room, I was inspired by my backyard! In the morning, the grass is so green and the sky a light, pale blue. It was then that I knew I had to use this peaceful color palate in the room! The colors are gender neutral; perfect for mixed multiples, and they don't scream at you; perfect for an exhausted mother!

Aerial View
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot058.jpg

Cribs
I made the crib area separate from the rest of the room by adding a wall.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot059.jpg

Changing Area
Opposite the crib area, you will find the changing station.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot062-1.jpg

Reading Area
What mom doesn't like reading their kids a bedtime story? This comfy corner is perfect for snuggling up with mom and a sweet little fairy tale.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot061-1.jpg

Play Room part 1
Here is the area where the children's imaginations will take flight! Daytona's dolly corner is set off from the rest of the room so she can have some privacy away from her annoying brothers!
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot070.jpg

"Mommy Corner"
The mom really wanted a corner where she could sit comfortably and watch her kids play. This luxurious couch is positioned along side of the play area, but very much has it's own part of the room.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot073.jpg

"Potty area"
Eventually, these kids are going to be potty trained. For the time being, I put a training potty and a tropical inspired bathtub in, to correlate with the floral walls.http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot100.jpg

Play Room part 2 + Designer
here is the rest of the play room. There are plenty of toys and things for the little kiddies to do!http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/ScreenShot075.jpg


What was it like to design for such young children?

It was fun! I loved getting the toys and blankets and whimsical furniture. I've never really designed much for kids before this, but it's definitely at the top of my "favorites" list!


How was the budget this time?
Er... no budget, right?

Was it easier to design with a client's input?
Definitely. This time, I knew who I was trying to please.

How do you feel about your competition?
Oh my gosh! It's so tough. I'm honestly surprised I'm actually competing against these superstars! I have to pinch myself daily.

And finally, what's been your favorite challenge so far?
I really liked the loft challenge. I got to design a kitchen and a living room; both my favorite rooms to make-over!

nyane24
1st Jun 2008, 8:54 PM
I love deco contests!!

iampinkstar_SC
3rd Jun 2008, 12:11 PM
you and me both!!

Intrepid... When I said interaction I mean the designer not the family, It would be nice to see your girl hanging some curtains, rearranging some cushions etc, something to show she's useful in the room!

Chelleypie
3rd Jun 2008, 12:32 PM
That's exactly what I meant.

Sorry for my absence. I started a new job as a nanny, and on top of that I've got to get my driver's license. I've got my learner's permit, but I'm having real difficulty with left turns - I've twice nearly gotten into accidents. My depth perception is terrible, between astigmatism and nearsightedness.

romyhorse
4th Jun 2008, 11:22 AM
* Triplet Girls *

Overhead

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/c9.jpg

For now I have put their cribs together to make things easier for mum and dad, but there is plenty of room for them to be moved apart if they annoy each other. I kept the same design crib but choose different colours to give them some individuality.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/c7.jpg

The changing area is in the bathroom, along with a large cupboard stocked with nappies, wipes, bubble bath etc. There are also 2 potties in the bathroom for convenience.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/c5.jpg

There is a large, brightly coloured play area with lots of activities to stimulate young minds.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/c2-1.jpg

The parents have comfortable recliners in the reading corner, where they can nurse the girls or read them a bedtime story (or just fall asleep!). There are some small chairs and lots of cushions for the girls to sit on.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/c8.jpg

I have given them colourful open storage for the girls clothes, making it easy to find what they want when they are in a hurry (and with triplets, you're always in a hurry!). On the far side is a small area for preparing food and feeding the girls.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/c6.jpg

Another view of the play area. I have given the girls their own toy boxes with exacatly the same toys in them so there will be no fighting, hopefully! On the other side of the playroom is a house area to stimulate their imagination (see overhead).

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/c3-1.jpg

Adz putting their favourite toys in their cribs.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/romyhorse/sim%20pics/c10.jpg


Confession:
What was it like to design for such young children?
It was fun using bright colours and choosing toys. Although, not having children of my own yet meant I had to work closely with the parents to make sure I provided everything they needed.

How was the budget this time?
There was no budget so it was easy.

Was it easier to design with a client's input?
Yes, obviously it was, and deisigning such a special room meant that I had to make sure I got it right, so the parents input was very important.

How do you feel about your competition?
Competition has been tough but that just makes me work even harder!

And finally, what's been your favorite challenge so far?
I think the mystery client challenge was my favourite because it was the most challenging.

bopashu2
4th Jun 2008, 12:41 PM
romy that is just gorgeous! I love the colors that you used.

Mumo_SC
4th Jun 2008, 4:23 PM
The Aerial
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/aerial01.jpg

The Sleeping Area
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/rockingcribs.jpg

As mum requested there are 2 rocking chairs infront of the cribs to rock the little ones to sleep. I have kept the theme with the rocking chairs so they didn't look like an eye sore. And a baby monitor between them for mum and dad to get a good night sleep.

Play Area 1
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/playarea02.jpg

This play area is for mum and dad to sit back and watch or play with the littlies. Plenty of room to move and nothing in the way for dad to trip.

Play Area 2
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/playarea01.jpg

This is for just the girls. They have (when they are slightly older) have there own little chairs and table to be like mum and dad. And some cushions on the floor just in case they fall asleep.

Dressers
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/dressers.jpg

The dressers are side by side, and there adjacent to the change table, which is for easy access.

The Bathroom Pic 1.
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/changebath.jpg

Just out side the bathroom is the change table. Which I think is convenient for dad considering he is not very well sighted. There are no doors on the bathroom, so there wont be any problems with the little ones trying to lock themselves in there.

Bathroom Pic 2
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/bathroom01.jpg

Both the girls have a little potty, and the sink is actually a baby bath. The bathroom is uncluttered, so there is no hazards to be concerned with.

Armana's Final Touch
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/mumof5ferals/S2C/Armanapickup.jpg

Here is Armana adding one last toy for the girls to play with.

What was it like to design for such young children?

It was fun, I am just glad that there is more than one shade of pink. LOL.

How was the budget this time?

What Budget?

Was it easier to design with a client's input?

Yeah, especially being able to work with dad's failing eyesight, it made it a little easier with the placement of things.

How do you feel about your competition?

In all honesty, Its bloody hard. I don't stand a chance up against a couple of these designers, but I am not a quitter either. I don't give up!

And finally, what's been your favorite challenge so far?

I would say this last one. It was actually a lot of fun to do. It is much more fun to design for girls.

IntrepidLlama
5th Jun 2008, 5:34 PM
Overhead
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/overhead1-1.jpg

I designed the playroom to be a fun, safe, clean place for the girls to keep their toys. There's plenty of shelving to keep things organized, there's an activity table and a few fun animal pictures done by a local artist hanging on the wall.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/playroom1.jpg


I decided to give Dad a sitting area, for those times when he just wants to sit and relax with the girls. It could be used as a nap room for the twins, or just a "quiet time" area.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/sittingroom2.jpg

There's an abundance of storage all around the rooms I designed. A place for everything and everything in its place was my mantra while I designed the organizational components of the room.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/sittingroom1.jpg

The room I love the most is the reading room - Dad told me that he loved reading to his daughters after a long day at work, so I just had to give him a fun, bright little nook to do it in! There's a comfy couch, bookshelves for the girls' favorite books and a few dice chairs for the girls. I used clean lines and fun colors to make the room both parent and child friendly.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/readingroom1.jpg

The bedrooms I designed for the twins are technically two different rooms, but aren't quartered off; there's a large, rounded arch leading from one to the next. It gives each little girl her own room, but her sister is always near. I used bright, corresponding colors in each room to give the girls their own style, but keep it streamlined.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/bedroom1-2.jpg

Each girl also has her own bathroom! As requested by Dad, there is a changing table in each, and there's also a big-girl toilet (and a little one!), a bathtub (with complimentary rubber duckie!) and a sink.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/bathroom1-1.jpg

Confession

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/IntrepidLlama/inroom1.jpg

What was it like to design for such young children? - In one respect, it was a lot of fun. I can't wait to see the looks on the twin's faces when they see their new playroom! On the other hand, it is truly difficult because there's so much more a designer has to think about when working with young kids. Is the room safe? Is there anywhere a child could get hurt? Sharp edges, open sockets, storage units that aren't screwed into the wall... as a designer, you want to make the room as beautiful as possible, but when working with kids, you also have to make sure it's as safe as possible.

How was the budget this time? - I was kind of relieved when the budget for this round was lifted - I had already begun my design and there's only so much you can do when designing for two girls and such a large space, when you only have 10,000 simoleans at your disposal!

Was it easier to design with a client's input? - It definitely was. I could've used a little more detail, but I think I've created a room that both the dad and the girls will like.

How do you feel about your competition? - Really kind of intimidated, heheh! Seriously, the competition has been so tough. All the designers are very talented and have designed gorgeous rooms throughout the contest.

And finally, what's been your favorite challenge so far? - My favorite was the first challenge, designing an entire flat with unlimited budget. I had so much fun working on that apartment, and I was really happy with the way it turned out.

blueforred
5th Jun 2008, 11:36 PM
Ahh don't close the round without me! My internet has been wonky all day, and I've been trying to work on my submission but it's only now cooperating with me.

I will have mine in asap.

Chelleypie
6th Jun 2008, 12:03 AM
I'll grant you another hour extension. But that's all I can do - we're on borrowed time as it is.

blueforred
6th Jun 2008, 12:06 AM
Carolyn Green's Round Three

Floor Plan

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/1751/r3floorplanwp6.jpg


For this room, I went with a baby blue paint for the walls and a masculine-ish safari theme (to appease the father of the family!) with various pastel accents. There are no wall hangings to be found here, or easy-to-rip items in general, to help the parents keep the mess and destruction to a minimum! Instead of paintings or posters, I painted safari animals or scenes on the walls in central locations. Finally, I added in a closet with enormous amounts of storage space, since I know from experience that toddlers grow up fast, and that means lots of toys and clothes.


The Play Room

You can see I've put in a few trains for the boys to play with! I know they'll get lots of use.

http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/6339/r3playroommh1.jpg


The Look-Out Couch

The central location of this room is the three-seater couch and armchair here. From this spot, Mom and Dad can keep an eye on the boys no matter what room they're making mischief in. Additionally, I put a few scrapbooking supplies and two light blue leather books on the coffee table, so they can start a twin set of baby books to keep memories in!

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/2849/r3parentsareaok6.jpg


Kitchenette

For food-training and easy clean-ups, I included a small kitchenette area with two highchairs across from the parent's look-out couch.

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/9639/r3kitchenettemk6.jpg


Bathroom

Speaking of training, here's the room for potty training. To the right of the toddler potty is a full-sized bath and shower for bathing any members of the family!

http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/9900/r3bathroomvf6.jpg


Changing Tables

For times when the potty training doesn't work out, here's one of the two changing tables in the area across from the cribs.

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/5561/r3changingtableki2.jpg


Twin Cribs

After a long day of work and play, the twin tots can sleep cozily next to each other in these cribs with safari animals bordering the bedding. Mom's reading chair (not a rocker, as requested) and baby-book shelf (baby-proofed!) are a short walking distance from the cribs, so the twins won't be disturbed in the transition from chair to crib. (Not pictured: the door to rest of the house is next to giraffe decal and has window panes so the parents can check on the sleeping kids without waking them.)

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/5007/r3cribs2wj8.jpg

Also note that in the corner of the above picture is a snapshot of a safari scene wall decal.


Aquarium

Here I am getting the "underwater" area of the room ready by feeding the fish in the 100% child-safe tank. Shot was taken by my husband (who was lazing around on the window seat while I did all the work, of course).

http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/262/r3designerwf8.jpg


Confession:
What was it like to design for such young children?

It was a walk down memory lane, I guess. My son just turned five this past year, so I've had some personal experience decorating rooms for babies/toddlers.

How was the budget this time?

Very funny, you almost gave me a heart attack there!

Was it easier to design with a client's input?

Yes, no question.

How do you feel about your competition?

I'm surrounded by incredibly talented designers! It's great--very inspiring. I'm very happy I joined this contest.

And finally, what's been your favorite challenge so far?

Hmm. I think the first challenge--the loft. I loved decorating a huge space like that all for myself! But who wouldn't? :)

lmfjaxxon
6th Jun 2008, 9:24 AM
Beautiful pics every :luff:....I just love these kinds of pics ;)....

Chelleypie
6th Jun 2008, 12:55 PM
Round Closed! I'll send the judging requirements later today, I promise. I have access to a computer at work!

Remyohmy
8th Jun 2008, 1:44 PM
ahhh i'm so impatient.
>_< :p

Chelleypie
8th Jun 2008, 4:15 PM
I know, and I apologize for long waits at judging times. My life randomly determined this was a great time to implode on me.

Remyohmy
8th Jun 2008, 7:49 PM
aw :[
it's alright.
there's no reason to hurry :)

Chelleypie
9th Jun 2008, 1:32 PM
I've got all scores, I'll post them in a little while.

I'm a full time nanny, and the kids that I look after will be coming to my home today as opposed to me going to their home, so I'll try and get it done a little later this afternoon, when everyone's down for rest time!

Chelleypie
10th Jun 2008, 1:23 AM
http://i30.tinypic.com/2zohjz5.jpg
Welcome, Designers, to our final Green Room!

As you know, we got down to five contestants due largely to drop outs and no shows. So, we decided to make the scoring cumulative. All five of you had scores added up from Rounds One, Two, and Three, and that will be your final score.

First, however, there's the small matter of taking care of Round Three's scores themselves. So, here were the standings!

First Place for Round Three goes to Adz, with a score of 452 out of 505.
Second Place for Round Three goes to Audrey, with a score of 450 out of 505.
Third Place for Round Three goes to Armana, with a score of 429 out of 505.
Fourth Place for Round Three goes to Carolyn, with a score of 412 out of 505.
Fifth Place for Round Three goes to Gerbera, with a score of 400 out of 505.

Congratulations to you all!

Now, we have arrived at the end.

In Fifth Place, with a cumulative score of 1175, we have ...

Armana Demetri!

In Fourth Place, with a cumulative score of 1182, we have ...

Gerbera Svorsky!

In Third Place, with a cumulative score of 1249, we have ...

Carolyn Green!

In Second Place, with a cumulative score of 1291, we have ...

Audrey DeBarbarak!

And in First Place, with a cumulative score of 1315, we have our winner ...
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
ADZ BURNETTE!!!

Congratulations to all of you, this has been a TON of fun for me, as your host.

This is Piper Stone, and the Top Designer for this cycle is Adz Burnette!

(Please PM me for prize. Also, feedback is awesome! I may run a second cycle, if it would be joined!)

IntrepidLlama
10th Jun 2008, 1:45 AM
Awesome, congrats Adz (Romy!)! Thanks for putting on a fantastic contest, Chelley, and thanks to the judges! I can't believe Audrey came in second, all of the contestants were so talented! It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to a second cycle!

Mumo_SC
10th Jun 2008, 1:54 AM
Great Contest Chelley, Looking forward to the next cycle!!!

Congrats Romy a well deserved win. I concur with Intrepid with saying that all the contestants were very talented.

romyhorse
10th Jun 2008, 8:59 AM
Yay! Thank you Chelley, the judges and the other contestants :D

sawcarn
10th Jun 2008, 1:06 PM
Congratulations Adz/Romy... And great entries in this last round all of you =)

Vampire_of_Death
10th Jun 2008, 5:19 PM
If you decide to do a second cycle, COUNT ME IN! Congratulations to everyone, its a JOB WELL DONE!