Top Shelf Closet Design Award Winners Named
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 02/15/2012 8:00PM
Winners of the 2012 CLOSETS Magazine Top Shelf Design Awards were announced at a gala reception held during the Closets & Home Organization Conference & Expo at the Austin Susan Gelwicks Thompson of Colony Imports in Stuart, FL, (with CLOSETS magazine's Rich Christianson) was named Overall Winner in the juried Top Shelf Design Awards, for her "Caypso Palms' Laundry Room" project. Convention Center in Austin, TX.
Susan Gelwicks Thompson of Colony Imports in Stuart, FL, was named Overall Winner in the juried competition, for her "Caypso Palms' Laundry Room" project featuring a mundane laundry room transformed into a tropical oasis.
Also, this year’s Top Shelf Awards included a first: The People's Choice Award for top home organization project, voted upon through online balloting. Janet Stevenson of Closet City in Montgomeryville, PA, received the most votes for her project "Carol's Closet."
The competition also featured two new categories: Specialty Rooms (pantry, craft, wine, laundry, mudroom) and Professional Showrooms. Specialty Rooms received the most entries with the top prize in the category going to Thompson for "Caypso Palms' Laundry Room (also named Overall Winner).
Category winners received a Top Shelf Design Award trophy commemorating their winning entry and a copy of 20-20 Technologies design software. Honorable Mentions in each category received a certificate. All finalists are featued in a special section of CLOSETS Magazine to be published in the March/April 2012 issue.
Special thanks to our judges: Joyce Hardison, Closet Crafters, Ventura, CA; Denise Butchko, Butchko & Co., Chicago, IL; and Angelia York, St. Louis Closets Co., Maplewood, MO.
Here's the complete list of category winners and honorable mentions for 2012:
GARAGE: 1,000 FEET OR LESS
Winner: Anthony Scaletta
Encore Garage, East Dundee, IL
Project: Schumacher Garage
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Tarr-Tavani
Closets by Design of New Jersey, Carlstadt, NJ
Project: Graziano Silver II Garage
GARAGE: OVER 1,000 FEET
Winner: Anthony Scaletta
Company: Encore Garage, East Dundee, IL
Project: Hinsdale Basketball Garage
Honorable Mention: Ellyn Elstein
Company: Creative Closets, Allentown, PA
Project: A Garage More Spectacular
HOME OFFICE: 150 SQUARE FEET OR LESS
Winner: Carey Ekstrom
Company: Closet Organizing Systems, East Dundee, IL
Project: Lewis Den and Office Remodel
Honorable Mention (tie): Robert Meyers
Company: More Space Place, Chantilly, VA
Project: Blick Residence
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Michaelle BradfordMichaelle Bradford is Managing Editor of Closets magazine, Custom Woodworking Business magazine, Wood Products magazine and Custom Built Interiors Weekly eNewsletter. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or Google+.