Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It’s over

After all these weeks, the $30,000 Style My Room contest has come to a close. We’re no longer taking entries, but are in the final phase of selecting our grand prize winner. And I can tell you, it has been a huge process. We have not taken this lightly. The overwhelming response has touched and uplifted us.

We wish we could give everyone a prize. It’s been the most difficult thing, narrowing down well over 1,000 entries to just a few finalists. Fortunately we’ve had a lot of help and support from our sponsors, who also sit on the judging committee.

There have been entries from people who we just want to be friends with and have enjoyed meeting, both virtually and in person. You’ve inspired us to want to do more with our company and our website.

There have been heartfelt stories, funny stories, and most importantly, stories of you wanting to learn to be empowered to do your own space.

Just yesterday a gentleman submitted his entry, saying he would be happy for the opportunity to learn and get guidance from me—and that if he won, he would donate the $30,000 grand prize to the family of Asa Yamashita, the Waianae High School teacher who was killed last week. He said, I’d be happy to give up the $30,000 to the family that really does need something.

So here’s a heartfelt thank you to all of you who entered. We read every one of your stories. The contest may be over, but hopefully our time with you isn’t. Please continue to stay in contact with us. Move your photos on over to our online community so we can help you there. We’ll keep putting up teaching videos, articles and events. We want to do everything we can to help you attain those dreams you have for your living room!