When Andrea Zappone was 12 years old, she decorated her bedroom with antiques. She picked up items at yard sales and adjusted until it matched her vision. But the framed photos of her friends and family didn’t match the aesthetic. She replaced them with pictures in antique frames of long-dead family ancestors.
Zappone laughs at the memory, but says it was just one of many designs she came up with for her childhood room. Now grown, with children of her own, Zappone is hoping to launch an interior design career.
Zappone is the grand prize winner of this year’s Times Union Home Design Contest. Her entries, all drawn from her own home – the master bathroom, kitchen, living room and her daughter’s bedroom – swept all the categories in this year’s contest, as determined by visitors to the Times Union Facebook page. A panel of judges — Robert Rufino, style