LINCOLNSHIRE, IL -- Winners have been selected for the 2015 People's Choice awards for both the Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio Awards contest and for the 2015 Closets Top Shelf Design Awards.

David Skinner of WeDoClosets located in Russell, Ontario won the Top Shelf People's Choice award for his project "A Triple Crown for a Princess."
Project Description: The Triple Crown -- a bed, a storage system and a desk all rolled into one beautiful canopy bed. The bed holds a standard single mattress very comfortably. The doors swing open so that making the bed is not a chore and there's no excuse not to have it ready for visitors at any time. Storage for clothing and toys is easily accessed with 34 inch deep drawers on soft-closes slides. Books and toys can be neatly arranged on the shelves inside the bed area. The two velvet covered shelves on the outside provide a beautiful display platform for her "objets d'art". The 19x39 desk area is set at the correct height and is large enough to hold a laptop, work supplies and homework. Motion activated rechargeable LED lighting makes this desk space bright and a pleasure to use.

And Shirley Mazur of Closet Works, located in Elmhurst, IL, won for her "Triple-Play" design.
Project Description: A Triple-Purpose built-in, spanning an entire wall in client's master bedroom opposite the bed. The central section is the media center housing the TV, A/V components and Videos/DVD's in drawers (which can double as file drawers). The client followed the advice of having the TV mounted on an articulating arm, eliminating a "diorama-effect" that would've occurred had it been traditionally-mounted on the wall. The left side is the wife's vanity area while the right side is the husband's office area. They mirror each other but function differently. Visual interest is added by staggering flanking sections 6 inches lower than the middle and all are topped with a simple cleat crown, complimenting the Shaker-Mission Drawer/door face styles.

The Closets Top Shelf Design Awards and Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio People's Choice winners were chosen based on Facebook likes from industry peers and tallied as of the afternoon of April 13, 2015.

Visit the 2015 Design Portfolio Facebook album and 2015 Top Shelf Design Awards Facebook album to view all entries.


LINCOLNSHIRE, IL -- The 2013 Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio People's Choice award goes to Byron Conn Design, located in Basking Ridge, NJ, for "Dahlia Table Lamp."

Runners up for the 2013 People's Choice award include: Snow Woodworks, Marshall, VA, for Game Cube Table; MGC Inc., Houston, TX, for San Jacinto College South Williams Library; and Whittington Gallery, Camden, SC, for The Equestrienne Bed.

The People's Choice winner and runner ups were selected based on votes by industry peers tallied as of the morning of Dec 16, 2013. Visit to view all entries.

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