July 2012 Editor’s Letter

Men laying new hardwood flooring

Here it is! Our Best Before-and-After Issue, which has become a yearly tradition and one of our most-anticipated features. The entire magazine is filled to the brim with photos of the winning projects from our 2012 Best Before-and-After Contest, which showcases the best of the best local makeovers. So, while some of our regular departments may be missing this month, I think you’ll be glad we made room for this special package.

The Best Before-and-After Issue is one of my favorites to put together, too, starting with our call for entries, which happens around December or January each year, and continuing through to the judging, which, I might add, is done by an independent panel of industry experts. Multiple entries were allowed, but all names and identifiers were removed for judging, meaning each project was evaluated on its own merits.

Although I don’t have any sway over the results, I do enjoy sitting in on the judges’ discussion. This year, I heard things like: “That’s a dramatic difference.” “Looks like there was a lot to overcome here.” “I’d love to see more projects like this.”

It’s always fun to see the work that is being done around the city by local designers and contractors, and there’s more to see on our website at www.staging.atlantahomeimprovement.com. Just click on the “Before and Afters” tab at the top of the home page, and you can browse (share, pin, etc.) all the entries from this year’s contest. Then let me know which ones you like best!

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