IDS Designer of the Year Winners Announced
Bathrooms $30,000 and Above: 3rd-Place Winner
Kara Karpenske, Kamarron Design, Blaine, Minn.
“Bathrooms are composed of the same things: tile/stone, plumbing fixtures and fittings,” said IDS judge Justin Shaulis. “I looked for a unique point of view of the designer who was able to take everyday elements and combine them in a refreshing way.
Bathrooms $30,000 and Above: 2nd-Place Winner
Ami Austin, Ami Austin Interior Design, Memphis, Tenn.
Bathrooms $30,000 and Above: 1st-Place Winner
Nicole Yee, NY Interiors, Oakland, Calif.
“As for the three bathroom winners, the most memorable for me was the eye-popping color found in Nicole Yee’s design,” said IDS judge Michelle Workman.
Bathrooms $30,000 and Under: 3rd-Place Winner
Nicole Arnold, Nicole Arnold Interior, Frisco, Texas
“Nicole Arnold was able to create a very serene spa-like getaway with her design,” said Workman.
Bathrooms $30,000 and Under: 1st-Place Winner
Patricia Lockwood, Lockwood Interiors, Palm Desert, Calif.
“It was nice to see a nod back to the mix of tile patterns,” said IDS judge Barbari Viteri. “From the floor to the walls, there was attention put back into selecting various patterns in tile.
Kitchens $50,000 and Under: 1st-Place Winner
Katya Waff Grisaffi, C&R Design Build, Salem, Ore.
“Kitchen design – new or renovation – is a complicated undertaking with each space being different and every client having a different idea of what makes a kitchen function well,” said Shaulis. “The standout winner was a designer who responded to the space and client and artfully composed the layout.”
Kitchens $50,000 and Above: 3rd-Place Winner
Toni Sabatino, Toni Sabatino Style, Northport, N.Y.
“The seemingly effortless grace of Toni Sabatino’s kitchen design was a favorite for me, as she created a slightly off-beat feeling while maintaining serenity – not an easy feat for a designer,” said Workman.
Kitchens $50,000 and Above: 2nd-Place Winner
Esther Golightly, Esther Golightly Interiors, Maryville, Tenn.
“I liked the play with lighting,” said Viteri. “Sconces have come a long way, and it was nice to see them incorporated in the design work.”