Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's a Winner: Talent, Work Shows in Interior Design Contest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's a Winner: Talent, Work Shows in Interior Design Contest

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WE ARE impressed. You really have been busy.

You've been ripping out walls, tearing off paneling, adding windows and skylights, replacing kitchen cabinets, digging fish ponds and painting, painting, painting.

Kitchens and kids' rooms seem to get the most attention from those of you who entered our interior design contest. Next come living and dining rooms, then bedrooms and bathrooms. But no area of the house is forgotten. Family rooms and decks, sun porches and swimming pools get your attention, too.

Here's some of what we've learned by reading more than 200 entries and looking at three or four times that many snapshots. Paint seems to be the answer to any number of decorating problems. Walls, floors, furniture and swimming pools have been transformed with a touch of color.

Gold is out. Whether as carpeting or refrigerators, that popular '70s color is going, going gone. (Orange is out, too, but most of it apparently was already gone.)

When it comes to kitchens, white is in. Dark wood cabinets have been painted, sprayed, ripped out and replaced. The same for dark counter tops. Pale woods like bleached oak are still popular.

Soon-to-be parents seem to have as much fun decorating the coming baby's room as they plan to have when the baby arrives. And after the kids are old enough to help, they like to grab a paintbrush and add whales, fish and dinosaurs to their walls.

The word budget means different things to different people. One family considers their $13,000 custom kitchen cabinets a bargain because they saved money by using stock cabinet doors. Another decorator offered a clever kitchen make-over she accomplished for less than $200. They're both right. Both solutions fit the circumstances and the budget.

None of you is afraid of hard work. A Centralia, Ill., woman ripped, tugged and chiseled for days until she got all the shag carpet off a bathroom wall. (Why, you might ask, as she did, would anyone glue shag carpeting to any wall, especially a bathroom wall? We'll never know. )

Dozens of homeowners ripped out paneling and plaster and started over with bare walls. Or they knocked out the walls completely. Some were simply changing the look of a room, but most were after more space. …

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