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

Honorable Mention (tie): Tim Higbee

Company: Closet Works, Elmhurst, IL

Project: Study Walk Through


HOME OFFICE: OVER 150 SQUARE FEET

Winner: Janet Stevenson

Company: Closet City, Montgomeryville, PA

Project: Gentleman’s Library

Honorable Mention (tie): Harold Locklear

Company: Locklear Cabinet & Woodwork

Rowland, NC

Project: Home Office for Two

Honorable Mention (tie): Joseph Lonardo

Company: Bella Systems

Spring Lake, NJ

Project: Paresh’s Home Office


CLOSETS magazine publisher Laurel Didier (left) and associate publisher Rich Christianson (right) bracket the category winners in the 2012 CLOSETS Magazine Top Shelf Design Awards competition. CLOSET REACH-IN

Winner: Susan Gelwicks Thompson

Company: Colony Imports, Stuart, FL

Project: Workshop


SPECIALTY

Winner: Susan Gelwicks Thompson

Company: Colony Imports, Stuart, FL

Project: Caypso Palms’ Laundry Room

Honorable Mention: Harold Locklear

Company: Locklear Cabinet & Woodwork, Rowland, NC

Project: The Butler’s Pantry


SHOWROOM

Winner: Harold Locklear

Company: Locklear Cabinet & Woodwork, Rowland, NC

Project: Front Window Display Room

Honorable Mention: Cecilia Pfaff

Company: Closet Therapy, Morehead City, NC

Project: Free Standing Clothing Display/Dressing Room


CLOSETS: MELAMINE, OVER 18 FEET

Winner: Sue Tinker

Company: Closet Works, Elmhurst, IL

Project: The Dream Closet

Honorable Mention (tie): Rick Lyrek

Company: Closets for Life, Apple Valley, MN

Project: Walk-in Makeover

Honorable Mention (tie): Steven Kerwick

Company: Up-N-Atom Designs, Jacksonville, FL

Project: Amelia Island


CLOSETS: MELAMINE, LESS THAN 18 FEET

Winner: Janet Stevenson

Company: Closet City, Montgomeryville, PA

Project: Carol’s Closet

Honorable Mention: Lynn Casanova

Company: Closet Works, Elmhurst, IL

Project: Miller Storage


CLOSETS: WOOD/VENEER, OVER 18 FEET

Winner: Darren Sprowl

Company: Covenant Woodworks, Gainesville, GA

Project: Her Dream Closet

Honorable Mention: Tamera Overstreet

Company: Accent Cabinets, Conroe, TX

Project: Gentleman’s Closet


CLOSETS: WOOD/VENEER, 18 FEET OR LESS

Winner: Bill Curran

Company: Closet Organizing Systems, East Dundee, IL

Project: Cherry and Leather Indulgence


PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Janet Stevenson

Company: Closet City, Montgomeryville, PA

Project: Carol’s Closet


OVERALL WINNER

Susan Gelwicks Thompson

Company: Colony Imports, Stuart, FL

Project: Caypso Palms’ Laundry Room

Visit ClosetsDaily.com/topshelf to view all submissions. Also, look for Closet Expo updates at ClosetsDaily.com and Closets-Expo.com.

Closets Expo Gold Sponsors include: Hafele, 20-20 Technologies, Drawer Connection, Rev-A-Shelf and Eveready Hardware.


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Michaelle Bradford

Michaelle 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 mbradford@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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