Friday, March 16, 2012

In it to win it! Why I just had to join The One Ethan Allen Challenge

Remember when I wrote about this bed?

Since then, Vince and I have been roaming Manila's furniture shops, department stores and bed boutiques looking for the perfect tufted headboard. We've found a few but they never did quite meet our standards. So when Ethan Allen announced that they had a design contest and a tufted headboard was one of the prizes, it was kismet!

Ethan Allen's rules were simple:
1. Choose one piece from their collection and highlight it.
2. Create a concept about how any space--big or small--can be made lovely with the right furniture and accessories.
3. Design an entire room around the chosen piece. I can use other Ethan Allen pieces and my own furniture and accessories.

Of course you all know what that one Ethan Allen piece I chose! I chose the Jensen tufted headboard!

Here's the concept I came up with (special thanks to the advice and active participation of my wonderful husband, the one with the real taste in design—Vince Sales!):

This is the whole setting up at the Pioneer showroom:
My little wall!
These guys are so fast and efficient!
That's Angel of Ethan Allen arranging my sheets and pillows.
Yes, those are really mine!
I brought my steamer so I can smooth out the creases.
My pet peeve is wrinkly sheets and pillows!
Last few touches!

And here's the result!
Except for the major pieces and rug, everything in this set-up—from cradle
and sheets to flowers and rocking horse—is really my property!
I think I want that tufted armchair and mirrored chest...
These are my design consultants, Sharon and Angel.

Do you like it? There are more photos in The One Ethan Allen Challenge Facebook page. You can also check out the other challengers' rooms. They're also nice!

But there can only be one winner!

Please vote for MY room! Make sure to like my bedroom in the album called OFFICIAL ENTRIES. There you can vote for my room (yes, my room, ha!). So pleeeeeeeease VOTE FOR ME by "liking" my room! Thank you so much!

UPDATE: I won! Hooray!


  1. i love the could also be an interior designer. it is simple yet elegant....will definitely like your "room"

  2. it looks so nice! i wish my bedroom looks as fab as yours. kaya lang i have so many books, magazines, and old CDs. :p

  3. Rachel, that's not my room. That's the room I designed and decorated in Ethan Allen's showroom.

    Our real bedroom is quite masculine. With a messy writing desk for me and shelves choking on books, magazines and gadgets!!!

  4. Hi frances, may i ask where you purchased the rocking horse or where you had it made? I want to get my son a rocking horse too, i hope you can point me to the right direction.

    Goodluck on the contest & i hope you win the headboard you want. You created such a cozy room. Parang ang sarap lang to stay in all day! :) God Bless.

  5. Thanks, Grechie and Vera! I hope so, too! The "likes" is only 10% of the total score but every little bit helps! :)

  6. Candz, Rustans Dept Store for only P1900! :)

  7. We have the same rocking horse!

    Frances, you are SO going to win this. Out of all the entries, yours is the most elegant, most family-oriented. And you so deserve it, too, kase you're going to need this headboard when the kiddos start using your bed as a trampoline! GOOD LUCK, girl!!!

  8. I want that Totoro :) I love your bedroom ms Frances. Goodluck on the contest!

  9. Voted! I'll Tweet about it too! Love your room, and all your pieces (the rocking horse is adorable!).

    Frances, where do you get your sheets? I've been looking for nice white ones that don't wrinkle easily. Actually, I want embroidered sana, kahit the duvet cover but I don't know how to choose. Halp!

  10. Thanks, Martine! I hope the Ethan Allen judges see what you saw =)

    But even if I don't win, the consolation prizes are quite good!

  11. Kat, thanks! Saw your Tweet =)

    I get mine from department stores lang. Rustan's has really nice sheets na hindi ko afford haha. Try there!

  12. It's beautiful, Frances! Will "like" your room :)

  13. Thank you frances! Will check out Rustan's. Goodluck and congratulations on the 2nd pregnancy :)


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