• Top 12 Bedroom Finalists

    by  • 29 Sep ’09 • All the Best Bedroom Contest, SFERRA • 88 Comments

    Here are the top 12 finalists. I can honestly say that taking part as a judge was extremely difficult, so many beautiful rooms! Thank you to everyone who entered. The top 12 are now in the capable hands Michael Devine, Amanda Nisbet, Todd Romano, Nathan Turner, Kelly Wearstler and Vicente Wolf.

    The winners will be announced on October 5, 2009. For those wishing to play at home, you can be judge as well. I have set up a poll to determine a Readers’ Choice Award. The winner of your choice will receive a beautiful Bristol SFERRA Blanket.

    Room 1
    Sara Story
    New York, New York

    Room 2
    Anna Beth Chao
    Monroe, Louisiana

    Room 3
    Christina Yorkston
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Room 4
    Scot Meacham Wood
    San Francisco, California

    Room 5
    Christopher Prain
    London England

    Room 6
    Brooke and Steve Giannetti
    Los Angeles, California

    Room 7
    Robert Passal
    New York,New York

    Room 8
    Chloe Warner
    San Francisco, California

    Room 9
    Julie Massucco
    San Francisco, California

    Room 10
    Christina Jackson
    Long Beach, California

    Room 11
    Darren Ransdell
    Los Angeles, California

    Room 12
    Molly Kircher
    Walloon Lake, Michigan

    88 Responses to Top 12 Bedroom Finalists

    1. The Blushing Hostess
      29 Sep ’09 at 10:04 am

      Hoping for Scot Meacham Wood
      or Robert Passal… gorgeous…

      29 Sep ’09 at 10:06 am

      It's going to be a tough contest! Be sure to cast your vote!

    3. vicki archer
      29 Sep ’09 at 10:20 am

      Such a hard job – ! may have to vote more than once, xv.

    4. Bonnie
      29 Sep ’09 at 10:49 am

      All the bedrooms are so pretty! I have my favorites narrowed down to four choices. Congratulations to all for their beautiful designs!

    5. Callie Grayson
      29 Sep ’09 at 10:56 am

      oooh, love #6 Brooke and Steve Giannetti's sleeping in the heavens!! with the cloud photos and all white cosy comfort!

    6. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
      29 Sep ’09 at 11:09 am

      They are all beautiful in their own way, Ronda. I'm sure it must have been difficult to choose. Looking forward to seeing who the judges choose as the winners.

    7. Francine Gardner
      29 Sep ’09 at 11:16 am

      Voted for room # 2 . I love nature and this room feels like an old fashion sleeping porch. My favorite treat while travelling in warm climates or in summers at home is sleeping under the stars. this room captivates the same sensations.

    8. pve design
      29 Sep ’09 at 11:18 am

      What a bounty of beautiful rooms!
      How many entries for the contest came in?

    9. Karena
      29 Sep ’09 at 11:52 am

      Passal's and Sara Story's are two of my favorites. So many great submissions!

    10. Michelle
      29 Sep ’09 at 12:22 pm

      Loving Room # 6!!

    11. EAC
      29 Sep ’09 at 12:27 pm

      Wow- more eye candy in this post than in the last three shelter mags I read COMBINED. Great idea, great results. So many different styles, so much talent! Can't decide between Anna Beth Chao and Scot Meacham Wood.

    12. Chic Coles (Cole Design)
      29 Sep ’09 at 12:36 pm

      This has been so inspiring to see all these beautiful bedrooms. This has been a wonderful contest. Great idea.

    13. ALL THE BEST
      29 Sep ’09 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you for all of the great comments…so many great rooms!! We received just shy of 150 entries.

    14. style chronicle
      29 Sep ’09 at 12:45 pm

      Beautiful selections. They are all winners! I can't wait to see which one takes 1st prize.

    15. David Duncan
      29 Sep ’09 at 1:13 pm

      Hello Ronda – Robert Passal's room gets my vote ! I also like the Clemente – style (?) portrait in the first room …

    16. mb
      29 Sep ’09 at 1:20 pm

      How you were able to narrow the choices to 12 is beyond me. I enjoyed so many of them. Thanks for posting them.
      Well, I look at your 12 several times and thought that #7 and # 12 were my favorite… and yet… really, they are are so pretty. Good luck to the judges.

      Thanks for the great treat.

    17. Cote de Texas
      29 Sep ’09 at 1:25 pm

      Shoot – one of my favorites didn't make it – Katie Scaasi!!! Are you going to show the ones who didn't make – the whole room? I am dying to see the rest of her room and the rest of the others too! That might be a good idea to post (not that you need my input!) And I was just wondering, have we seen all of them? Between the ones your posted and the ones that are finalists or are there more? I am just curious. How they are going to pick one is amazing. Good luck to the judges, it's going to be SOOOOOOOO hard!!!!!!!!

    18. bluehydrangea
      29 Sep ’09 at 1:29 pm

      Oh my, pick one? they are all beautiful. I have so enjoyed the contest!!!

    19. ALL THE BEST
      29 Sep ’09 at 1:30 pm

      Hey Joni,
      Once the contest is over I will run more photos (the whole room). No, there are many more that have not been published. The feedback has been amazing, so I think a future blog post is in order. Yes, Katie's room is a visual treat! I will post it all very soon.

    20. Velvet and Linen
      29 Sep ’09 at 2:24 pm

      All of these bedrooms are beautiful, Ronda.
      Steve and I are so thrilled to have our clients' bedroom included. Thank you!


    21. cassandra @ coco+kelley
      29 Sep ’09 at 2:49 pm

      Amazing. I couldn't even start to decide between them all!! Congrats to all of them and their daring designs.

    22. Samantha
      29 Sep ’09 at 3:03 pm

      Oh my gosh this so hard to decide. Room 1 or room 8, I love them both. Oh no!


    23. Darlene - Our Creative Life
      29 Sep ’09 at 3:35 pm

      I vote for Brooke's room #6!

    24. Linda/"Mom"
      29 Sep ’09 at 3:50 pm

      *** Hi, Ronda! ***

      This is SOOO F*U*N to SEE~ JUST SHEER DELIGHT! SO TIMELY too! Am right in the middle (actually, one more day til completion~ "Hallelujah"!) of having the entire fireplace wall in our MBR completed (in beautifully, rather "ruggedly sophisticated", dry-stacked Yavapai Ledge Stone). The 1 1/2 tiered mantel, made ny a master craftsman out of a glorious, old, walnut table I KNEW had "potential", is now installed, TV "box" is also in & softer ceiling lights to gently shine down on the stone, & all electrical outlets, are put TOGETHER (WHY did our builder/architect NOT do that in the FIRST place, pray tell?!?!) & in the CORRECT "wood" color. Hardwood floors get installed next Saturday, thennnn, after living w/ allll the extraneous DUST, it gets CLEANED and the "REAL FUN" BEGINS!!!

      SOOOOO, while that last bedroom "SPOKE" to me the most, I LOVED garnering ideas from EACH & EVERY OTHER, wonderful space you shared (I still have some decisions to finalize in the decorating~~~ so it's just WONDERFUL & SO FUN to look at EVEN MORE "OPTIONS" out there)!!!

      THANKS A "GAZILLION"! (Am DEFINITELY going back to look for MORE ideas from others! LOTS of talented gals/guys, aren't there? HOW can one ever decide a real "winner"… either way, looking forward to following!)~

      This was/is a "Delicious doughnut to go w/ my mornin cuppa here!"!!!

      MANY THANKS AGAIN & best,
      Linda in AZ *

    25. Linda/"Mom"
      29 Sep ’09 at 3:52 pm

      * OOH! Just saw your comment, above, to Joni~~~ And THIS is going to be REEEEEALLY GREAT!!! Can't wait! Linda *

    26. Paloma {La Dolce Vita}
      29 Sep ’09 at 3:53 pm

      I am so glad I am not judging this contest. It's impossible to choose a favorite! They are all so beautiful and special in their own way. If I had to choose, it would be between #2,6,10, and 11.

    27. Rachel
      29 Sep ’09 at 4:03 pm

      All beautiful bedrooms, but my favorite is Brooke Giannetti's bedroom. It's so beautiful and relaxing. I want to do my bedroom in the same color palette! Good luck judges! What a fun contest Ronda!

    28. Linda/"Mom"
      29 Sep ’09 at 4:47 pm

      * P.S.P.S.~~~ My vote goes for the GIANETTI beddroom… thanks! Linda *

    29. mb
      29 Sep ’09 at 4:50 pm

      I looked again and again. Though I said #7 and #12 floated my boat, in the end #2 got my vote.

      I must say the yellow room, #7 was a refreshing color palette compared to the other options.

    30. Erik
      29 Sep ’09 at 5:06 pm

      Such a hard decision… Although they are all AMAZING, my favorite is Darren Ransdell's room…

      It's very masculine, but still very refined and inviting!

    31. katiedid
      29 Sep ’09 at 5:07 pm

      Such a great contest! SO MANY great rooms! Ther is so much talent out there. Thanks for all the fun Ronda! :)

    32. A Lifestyle Thing
      29 Sep ’09 at 5:29 pm

      These are all so great! I'm happy to see that two out of my top three picks have made it to the finals! Passal and Ransdell.

    33. tartanscot
      29 Sep ’09 at 5:29 pm


      I am SO pleased and delighted to be included with such amazing bedrooms. – And also very proud to see the large number of entries from San Francisco.

      Scot Meacham Wood

    34. ALL THE BEST
      29 Sep ’09 at 5:31 pm

      Scot it's crazy the number of finalist from San Fran…think I know where I need to host my next event!!

    35. ALL THE BEST
      29 Sep ’09 at 5:32 pm

      Keep the great comments coming…

    36. abchao
      29 Sep ’09 at 6:01 pm

      I would just like to echo Scot — thank you so much, Ronda, and it's awesome (and slightly intimidating) to be in such good company. All the entries are fantastic!

    37. Angie Muresan
      29 Sep ’09 at 6:27 pm

      All the rooms are so beautiful, but the bedrooms created by Christopher Prain, Scot Meacham Wood, and Sara Story are my favorite. I like them all for different stages of my life. Sara Story for my girlhood in all its innocence and freshness, Christopher Prain for mommyhood (and lots of romance with hubby), and Scot Meacham Wood for my retirement when all I want to do is be surrounded by books, art and collections from my travels.

    38. Susan
      29 Sep ’09 at 7:33 pm

      I really like #12. It's coziness appeals to me. All are absolutely beautiful!

      And I want to see all the entries–all the photos each entrant sent.

      Thanks for doing this. It has been so much fun.

    39. the queen
      29 Sep ’09 at 7:50 pm

      #1. That red/pink chair is to die for

    40. Morning T
      29 Sep ’09 at 8:13 pm

      Just cast my vote for Steve and Brooke Giannetti, love their designs and that room is by far my fav!!
      Fun contest Ronda!

    41. Allison Hasel
      29 Sep ’09 at 8:14 pm

      Oh my God! These bedrooms are absolutely awe inspiring. Fabulous choices! Congratulations to all the finalists!

    42. Roberta
      29 Sep ’09 at 9:22 pm

      Room #4 is my favorite with #12 my second favorite. Both of these look like real rooms and not furniture show rooms…too empty and sterile. Not alot of "design" from "designers" here…so was expecting to be "wowed" more. Guess I'm the odd man out here.

    43. Room Service ~ Decorating 101
      29 Sep ’09 at 10:01 pm

      wow, they are all great and most the time I am a less is more gal, but Scot's room has my vote. #4, it spoke to me…

    44. Splendid Willow
      29 Sep ’09 at 10:10 pm

      No. 6! Fresh and crisp and relaxing. Will always look great – even with dust! (:

    45. SimplyGrove
      29 Sep ’09 at 10:36 pm

      Wowzer!!!! These bedrooms are amazing! What a tough decision. I am swooning over room 2 but all of them are fab!

    46. Jacqueline Hinken
      29 Sep ’09 at 11:18 pm

      All of them are nice, but number 12 really speaks to me. It evokes a sense of home, togetherness, family, comfort, It is a timeless room to take you through guests, friends, family and gives you a sense of peace and happiness.

      Number 12 has my absolute vote!!

      • 3 Aug ’12 at 7:00 am

        Jacqueline thank you again for appreciating this room and making such a detailed and positive comment. I am just revisiting what an honor it was to be selected as a finalist in this contest!
        Molly Kircher

    47. susie q
      30 Sep ’09 at 2:18 am

      Chloe Warner’s colorway is hands-down the most sophisticated. But, all the rooms are just lovely.

    48. Cristin
      30 Sep ’09 at 2:55 am

      Congrats to the finalists! They are all really gorgeous. It is tough to cast just one vote.

      cristin @ simplified bee

    49. A Day That is Dessert
      30 Sep ’09 at 2:59 am

      So many great rooms; so hard to decide!

    50. guylaine rondeau
      30 Sep ’09 at 4:30 am

      my vote is number 6!
      love love love that room!

    51. Jackie Von Tobel
      30 Sep ’09 at 6:18 am

      They are all so beautiful and so diverse in style. It's always amazing to me how the same type of room can be interpreted so individually. My congratulations to all of the finalists but I must say I am partial to Brooke Gianetti's room.

    52. linda
      30 Sep ’09 at 7:53 am

      The pale, blue Giannetti bedroom- so soothing!

    53. Greet
      30 Sep ’09 at 8:12 am

      I adore the Giannetti bedroom.


    54. Rebecca
      30 Sep ’09 at 9:46 am

      My vote goes with the Giannetti bedroom, I find the others have a bit too much edge.

    55. Morgan Taylor
      30 Sep ’09 at 12:16 pm

      Wow, Chloe Warner's bedroom is gorgeous! Soothing and elegant. Simple and rich. Hands down my top choice.

    56. Lauren
      30 Sep ’09 at 12:29 pm

      so many beautiful bedrooms & styles & what a tough choice!!! if I had to pick one, I'd say the Giannetti bedroom- so light & airy & relaxing…

    57. Ruth Staalsen
      30 Sep ’09 at 1:52 pm

      What fun! All of them are so different and speak to me in so many different ways. It was a hard one. Enjoyed this post! Love your blog!!


    58. Paul Anater
      30 Sep ’09 at 2:41 pm

      Scot Meacham Wood! Glorious room!

    59. Dawn
      30 Sep ’09 at 2:56 pm

      The Giannetti bedroom could have been designed just for me – I love it.

    60. karly / design crisis
      30 Sep ’09 at 4:28 pm

      Loving room #2, I love that she did it all herself!

    61. Anonymous
      30 Sep ’09 at 4:37 pm

      I pick Brooke & Steve's…what a gorgeous room, I could see me taking a snooze there !!!

      Good luck to everyone, they are all beautiful !!!

      All the best,
      Kathy :)

    62. The Fox Family
      30 Sep ’09 at 5:32 pm

      I adore room #6, the Giannetti room!

    63. Renae
      30 Sep ’09 at 11:52 pm

      It's so hard to choose, but I like #2, #6 and #12….

    64. Susan
      1 Oct ’09 at 3:12 am

      voted for BR #6! I like the coziness of BR #12 too.

    65. laura
      1 Oct ’09 at 3:59 am

      The best post. Loved all in different ways. While I am a great fan of Brooke's, the room does not seem complete to me. I must admit i love Paintings and accessories so much My heart sold out to the masculine room, Scot Meacham Wood because of the warmth and patina. I see it in Highlands, NC, in the hunt country, and a great French country house. Congratulations to the winner!!!

    66. Donna
      1 Oct ’09 at 4:27 am

      Love the Giannetti's room too! #6

    67. memory foam mattress
      1 Oct ’09 at 5:49 am

      Tough call, a lot of them are good. It's between #2 and #6 for me. I chose #2, if they take the antlers down! which I don't think fit in well. Everything else is great and having all that light is another plus.

    68. Styling by Coty Farquhar, Australia
      1 Oct ’09 at 7:21 am

      What a facinating blog!! I afraid I am too busy looking around your blog to vote. Looks like I have just lost another couple of hours from my day as I loose myself here in your blog.

      Looks like we will be having toast for dinner tonight.

      Coty Farquhar,

    69. ALL THE BEST
      1 Oct ’09 at 7:26 am

      Thank you Coty!

    70. Developing Designs
      1 Oct ’09 at 12:13 pm

      These are all beautiful creative wonderful rooms for the beauty they possess is awesome to behold. Thank you for sharing and posting such a fun contest. Good luck to the contestants. These are spaces where restful nights and happy dreams could certainly happen (especially in #6 :) ). xo

    71. Michelle (Shell) May
      1 Oct ’09 at 12:32 pm

      Calm, clean and serene. I vote for Brooke's room #6. Love it!
      Michelle May

    72. ArchitectDesign™
      1 Oct ’09 at 1:40 pm


    73. Kelly@ColorSizzle
      1 Oct ’09 at 5:17 pm

      I love #1! That hot-pink chair had me at Hello!

    74. Kris
      1 Oct ’09 at 6:08 pm

      Lots of lovely rooms to choose from, but #2 (Chao) really resonates with me. It doesn't look 'decorated', you know? That kind of effortless design is priceless. Anyone can throw a lot of money at a room and have it turn out well, but that kind of editorial eye is rare, indeed.

      1 Oct ’09 at 7:30 pm

      Oh my! This is a difficult task; I don't envy the judges. These rooms are gorgeous. I will vote, but I'm not even sure at this moment for which I will. Lovely. lovely. Thanks for sharing — and good luck to all the homeowners! cheers-s

    76. Teresa
      1 Oct ’09 at 9:59 pm

      I'm a big fan of room #6….it would be a dream to have a room like that.

    77. sue Siwek
      1 Oct ’09 at 10:46 pm

      love the guest room of molly kircher (# 12) would love to spend the weekend as a guest in such a lovely room. so minimal and the view of the bathroom is wow! love the natural stone! i bet the view of walloon lake out of the window is amazing.

    78. Anonymous
      2 Oct ’09 at 2:29 pm

      i like #6

    79. Jen
      2 Oct ’09 at 3:28 pm

      Number two, all the way.

    80. Kathy
      2 Oct ’09 at 9:03 pm

      Oh my, the Giannetti room is fantastic and my fav what I would love to sleep in every night…..great post do these more often!

    81. Inspiring Iron
      3 Oct ’09 at 5:56 pm

      All so beautiful – but if I had to pick one to go to bed in tonight – The Giannettis! – ok.. two.. Christopher Prain's – i would feel like a queen in that bed…;-)

      Good luck to all !

    82. shira abel
      4 Oct ’09 at 7:49 am

      Room 7 is the only one I could imagine myself in…

    83. mimi charmante
      4 Oct ’09 at 1:49 pm

      LOVE the Giannetti's room, closely followed by Christopher Prain~

    84. Lynn
      5 Oct ’09 at 3:25 am

      Room 11 by Darren Ransdell is my favorite, but wish there were more pictures of the bed dressings!

    85. Tha Wise Owl
      5 Oct ’09 at 7:45 pm

      They are all so beautiful in their own way!

      Where do we vote?

    86. Tha Wise Owl
      5 Oct ’09 at 7:47 pm

      Oops! Just saw polls were closed today and the winner will be revealed!

    87. Stefanie
      3 Dec ’09 at 5:46 pm

      The print of the blue sky/clouds is something I keep thinking that I must have…where can I get one?

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