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Designer of the Year Award Recipients Announced


May 29, 2015


Grand Prize Kitchen Winner: $50,000 & Under, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska

The Interior Design Society (IDS), an independent national organization comprised of more than 2,000 members with national headquarters located in High Point, N.C., has announced award recipients for its fifth-annual Designer of the Year competition. 

Judges’ decisions were based on a points system. For the designed spaces, judges took into account client needs, functionality, aesthetic, craftsmanship, obstacles, budget and specification.

The Grand Prize Winners are: 


Kitchens: $50,000 & Above and Sustainable Design Award
Barbara Gilbert – Barbara Gilbert Interiors, Dallas, Texas

This net zero-ready demonstration home was built to showcase high-efficiency building. From LED lighting to ENERGY STAR-rated appliances to recycled content materials, this kitchen is the ideal picture of modern sustainable design. The two-part island can be moved and used for dining or a large work surface, and the adjacent flex space can be closed off from the kitchen by using the modern sliding barn doors. This kitchen was chosen for its demonstration of the possibilities for building homes with innovative products in today’s market while maintaining a cohesive contemporary design.

                  
                        Barbara Gilbert – Barbara Gilbert Interiors, Dallas, Texas

“The entries this year were of exceptional quality,” said Amy Wax, creator of Color 911. “As a judge I paid attention to the needs of the client and whether the design satisfied those needs, the success of the kitchen in regard to function and creativity of the design to the craftsmanship of the work down to every last detail. The winning applicants excelled, as was visible with the professional level of each of their entries.”



Kitchens: $50,000 & Under
Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska

This project entailed transforming a partially remodeled 1960s kitchen into a refreshing, modern experience for these new condo owners. Situated in a mid-century modern development, it was the client’s wish to bring their vacation home’s kitchen up to date and to achieve a better connection with the adjoining rooms.

                

Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska

Bathrooms: $30,000 and Above
Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska

“Functionality and elegance. This also has an efficient use of space,” said judge Joe Ruggiero. “I like the elegant feeling of this bathroom. The cabinets remind me of a bathroom I had in Paris. I also liked the generous shower. For me a shower is most important and this one has a sleek contemporary feeling juxtaposed to the French cabinetry.”

Bathrooms: $30,000 & Under
Kellie Smith – Kellie Smith Design Studio, Dalton, Ga.

This master bath was a complete and full renovation. The space had no updates in 35 years, the floor plan was completely reconfigured, and all the plumbing was relocated. The clients instead wanted an oasis in which to relax and unwind at the end of the day. It is now designed in a modern traditional style in a neutral palette that is a quiet respite from the bold color palette of the rest of the home and the owner’s busy lives.

              
                             
Kellie Smith – Kellie Smith Design Studio, Dalton, Ga.

“As one of the judges in both bathroom categories, what made the winning designs stand out to me, besides their aesthetic beauty, was the creative way each designer solved the structural problems their client’s floor plans presented to them,” said Leslie Carothers, founder of The Kaleidoscope Partnership. “To me, the hallmark of a great designer is in not only creating functional, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing spaces but conceptualizing and executing on solutions to difficult structural issues that a space may present. Both of the grand prize winners in the two bathroom categories did this brilliantly.”

The full list of winners of the Designer of the Year competition is:

Kitchens $50,000 and Under:
1st place: Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska
2nd place: Patricia Lockwood, Lockwood Interiors, Palm Desert, Calif.
3rd place: Kellie Smith, Kellie Smith Design Studio, Dalton, Ga.

Kitchens $50,000 and Above:

1st place: Barbara Gilbert, Barbara Gilbert Interiors, Dallas, Texas
2nd place: Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska
3rd place: Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska

Baths $30,000 and Under:
1st place: Kellie Smith, Kellie Smith Design Studio, Dalton, Ga.
2nd place: Patricia Lockwood, Lockwood Interiors, Palm Desert, Calif.
3rd place: Denise Piaschyk, DLP Interiors, Plano, Texas

Baths $30,000 and Above:
1st place: Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska
2nd place: Judy Gooch, Judy Gooch Interiors, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
3rd place: Nancie Wood, Nancie Wood Interiors, Raleigh, N.C.

Bedrooms $30,000 and Under:

1st place: Tanna Edler, Tanna by Design, Yakima, Wash.
2nd place: Nicole Arnold, Nicole Arnold Interiors, Carrollton, Texas
3rd place: Jan Cregier, Interior Expressions, Bartlett, Ill.

Bedrooms $30,000 and Above:

1st place: Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska
2nd place: Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska
3rd place: Ronda Ferguson, Smart Selections, Houston, Texas

Living Spaces $30,000 and Under:

1st place: Amanda Eck, Amanda Carol Interiors, The Woodlands, Texas
2nd place: Maria Causey, Olamar Interiors, Haymarket, Va.
3rd place: Patricia Lockwood, Lockwood Interiors, Palm Desert, Calif.

Living Spaces $30,000 and Above:

1st place: Irish Hafke, Design Matters Studio, Naples, Fla.
2nd place: Patricia Lockwood, Lockwood Interiors, Palm Desert, Calif.
3rd place: Donna Hoffman, Interiors by Donna Hoffman, Yardley, Pa.

Children’s Playrooms:

1st place: Denise Piaschyk, DLP Interiors, Plano, Texas

Laundry Rooms:
1st place: Denise Piaschyk, DLP Interiors, Plano, Texas

Home Offices:
1st place: Maria Causey, Olamar Interiors, Haymarket, Va.

Wine Cellars/Rooms:

1st place: Ami Austin, Ami Austin Interior Design, Memphis, Tenn.

Entry Ways/Foyers:

1st place: Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska

Sustainable Designs:

1st place: Barbara Gilbert, Barbara Gilbert Interiors, Dallas, Texas

Sponsor Award – Surya:
1st place: Denise Piaschyk, DLP Interiors, Plano, Texas

Window Treatments:

1st place: Maida Korte, Designs by Maida, Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Founded in 1973 by the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) to support interior designers based within furniture stores, the IDS has since expanded its focus to provide support to professional interior design entrepreneurs nationwide.