IDS Designer of the Year Winners Announced

April 7, 2016

The Interior Design Society (IDS) recently announced award recipients for its sixth-annual Designer of the Year competition. Celebrity designer Dann Foley presented the awards during a gala at the IDS National Conference on April 1 at the Dallas Market Center.

“It’s clear what a talented group of designers comprise our membership,” said Snoa Garrigan, executive director of IDS. “Our members consider it a prestigious honor to receive a Designer of the Year award, and it’s even more evident after unveiling this year’s award-winning projects. The quality of entries really raised the bar for next year.”

View a gallery of kitchen and bath winners here.

The award recipients were selected by an expert panel of judges: Deb Barrett of Kaneville, Ill.-based Window Dressings; Mitzi Beach of Wichita, Kan.-based Mitzi Beach Designs; Leslie Carothers of Houston, Texas-based the Kaleidoscope Parternship; Kelli Ellis of Santa Margarita, Calif.-based Kelli Ellis Interior Design; Justin Shaulis of New York, N.Y.-based Justin Shaulis, Inc.; Erinn Valencich of Hollywood, Calif.-based Erinn V Design Group; Barbara Viteri of New York, N.Y.-based Viteri Style Management; Jackie Von Tobel of Las Vegas-based Jackie Von Tobel; Michele Williams of Chicago-based Michelle Williams Interiors; and Michelle Workman of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Michelle Workman Interiors.

The winners of the Designer of the Year competition are:

Space Designs:

Kitchens $50,000 and under:
1st place: Katya Waff Grisaffi, C&R Design Build, Salem, Ore.
2nd place: Jan Cregier, Interior Expressions, Bartlett, Ill.
3rd place: Kara Karpenske, Kamarron Design, Blaine, Minn.

Kitchens $50,000 and above:
1st place: Karen Betz, Elite Kitchen & Bath, Manhasset, N.Y.
2nd place: Esther Golightly, Esther Golightly Interiors, Maryville, Tenn.
3rd place: Toni Sabatino, Toni Sabatino Style, Northport, N.Y.

Bathrooms $30,000 and under:
1st place: Patricia Lockwood, Lockwood Interiors, Palm Desert, Calif.
2nd place: Nicole Yee, NY Interiors, Oakland, Calif.
3rd place: Nicole Arnold, Nicole Arnold Interiors, Frisco, Texas

Bathrooms $30,000 and above:
1st place: Nicole Yee, NY Interiors, Oakland, Calif.
2nd place: Ami Austin, Ami Austin Interior Design, Memphis, Tenn.
3rd place: Kara Karpenske, Kamarron Design, Blaine, Minn.