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Architectural Digest's Closet Remodel Before & After Finalists

Architectural Digest asked its readers to send before and after shots of their favorite closet renovations and makeovers. The magazine recently announced its top picks, which include several high-profile designers and closet franchises -- celebrity designer Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design and designers with Closets by Design and Closet Factory. Woodworking Network readers should also be familiar with designer Janet Lowrie of Closet Theory who launched her luxury, full-service design firm in late 2012. Lowrie's project, a Los Feliz, CA Chic Walk-In, which was selected as a finalist by Architectural Digest is also an entry in the 2014 Top Shelf Design Awards. CLOSETS TOP SHELF DESIGN AWARDS The selected closets renovations from Architectural Digest feature a variety of styles from traditional with base and crown moulding to open and contemporary and light to dark finishes, plus a plethora of accessories and shelving for shoes and purses. List of 12 designers chosen by Architectural Digest: Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design Michel Boyd of SmithBoyd Interiors Stephanie Bryant of Normandy Remodeling and Jill Renner Lisa J. Fox of Closets by Design Donna Levi Albert Limshue of Powell & Bonnell Janie Lowrie of Closet Theory Sue Pike of Closet Factory Karen Ridge of Closets by Design and Francesca Rudin of Inside Lines, Inc. Ernesto Santalla and James Solomon of Studio Santalla, Inc. and Spencer McNeil of Studio Santalla, Inc. William W. Stubbs of William W. Stubbs and Associates Lis Suppo Readers can vote for their favorite Architectural Digest Before + After Reader Closets Showcase Finalist until Feb. 24.

Designers Take Top Awards

Design award programs not only offer recognition and marketing opportunities, they also highlight some of the emerging trends and the types of remodeling projects homeowners are requesting beyond closets, especially specialty rooms: mud rooms, laundry rooms, craft rooms and wine cellars. This year’s top designers were recognized in some of the industry’s prominent competitions, highlighting their best designs and craftsmanship. The year kicked off with the announcement of the 20th Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio Award winners featuring winners in a variety of categories, including Zepsa Industries, located in Charlotte, NC. The company won the architectural millwork category with the entry “Carpe Diem,” a private mega-yacht interior featuring an art deco style with high gloss lacquer finishes for much of the cabinetry. Enter yourself at The 2013 Closets Top Shelf awards were announced in February at the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and designer DeVoe Martin of Affordable Closets Plus, Bangor, PA, took home four awards for closet remodels in wood and melamine; specialty for a custom bar and was named overall winner. Submit entries starting Nov. 1. Cabinet & Closets Awards Can Boost Marketing Program
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In April NARI announced its 2013 National CotY Award winners naming 26 contractors nationally, including McCutcheon Construction Inc., located in Berkeley, CA. The company won the Residential Addition over $250,000 category with the remodel of a 1920s-style home updating the kitchen, laundry room, powder room and a 228-square-foot addition to the family room and mudroom, and a 300-square-foot underground wine cellar. At AWFS 2013 winners in both Veneer Tech’s Craftsman’s Challenge and Cabinet Makers Association’s (CMA) Wood Diamond awards were announced. Among the awardees, Savante Wine Cellars, Denver, CO, won Veneer Tech’s Architectural Woodworking category as well as a CMA Wood Diamond for the category Wine Cellar Over $25K with its “Promenade Wine Room.” These types of award programs offer designers a opportunities to showcase their projects to a broader audience. When leveraged with marketing, including press releases to local media, can lend credibility as well as increase business opportunities.

Custom Interior Design Awards

Move over Emmys, Golden Globes and Oscars. The most anticipated industry awards of the season kick off this month with the 2014 Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio Awards and 2014 Closets Top Shelf Awards. Now in its 21st year, Design Portfolio honors custom woodworkers for outstanding design and execution in seven categories: residential furniture, freestanding; residential furniture, built-in; architectural millwork; commercial/institutional; kitchen/bath cabinets; countertop/solid surface and specialty products. Entries can be uploaded at; all submissions will be accepted until October 31. Winners will be featured in a special December digital edition of Custom Woodworking Business as well as in the January 2014 print issue. On the heels of Design Portfolio is the 8th annual Closets Top Shelf Awards, which honors designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. Revamped categories include: garage; walk-in closet – wood or melamine; reach-in closet – melamine or wire; home office – wood or melamine; showrooms; and specialty rooms (pantry, laundry, etc.). Entries will be accepted at until Jan. 31, 2014. All winners will be highlighted in the May 2014 print issue of Closets. Beyond acknowledgment in both our print and digital publications, Design Portfolio and Top Shelf winners also will be feted at the only national live industry design awards ceremony, to be held during the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ, April 9-11. Check for more show details.