Alisha Gwen Dazzles Showhouse Showdown Viewers with Unexpected Color

Thanks again for your comments via blog and facebook regarding my latest two story drapery design! You know how to make a lady feel good. Since we are on the topic and I’m still catching up with my DVR recordings, I thought I’d share this two story great room designed by Alisha Gwen on HGTV’s new design show competition, Showhouse Showdown.

When the first stroke of green hit the walls, my husband made an audible gasp. Ironically, my tough guy has recently become quite the design snob.

“What the hell is she doing? She can’t win with that!”

I convinced him to hold his criticism until she was complete. I have to admit it was a ballsy choice for a showhouse, but I was intrigued by her overall style.

I love Alisha’s mix of furniture style and scale. Notice she chose accent chairs with a lower back to keep from obstructing the view of the room’s focal point. She saved the higher back chairs for the side of the room. The opposing sofa perfectly balances the scale of the oversized chairs.

Overall this room has more of a feminine appeal, but we both agreed that it was well done. The green hue may not have been my original choice for wall color, but hey you can always paint the walls beige when its time to sell! Until then, live with what you love!

Images courtesy of Heartland Homes and

What are your thoughts about Alisha design? Do you live with bold color?

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Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. alisha gwen Says:

    go big or go home :)


  2. nikki w Says:

    whoa, that’s a tough green to use man but I gotta say that Alisha did her thing. That room is bad ass. Bold color, bold drapery, sweet vignettes, everything’s to scale and that’s a tough feat in a room that size. She did her thing. Those green chairs steal the show. Good stuff.


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