2016 Design Awards
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Good interior design strikes the perfect balance between beauty and function, spaces that demand to be looked at in awe and lived in comfortably. That’s exactly what this feature does, too: You’ll stare at the beauty in the photos and picture yourself living in these dream rooms. Last winter, we asked all of 417-land’s interior designers to show us their best projects for our annual 417 Home Design Awards contest. We collected all 89 entries and sorted the gorgeous and innovative designs to send to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Tennessee Chapter. Their team of professional interior designers judged each project based on aesthetics, design skill and narrative explanation. We received the highest-scoring entries and our Creative Director Heather Kane toured each finalist home in person to take in the beauty and functionality for herself. The following pages show off the winners. Get lost in the photos, and then start planning your very own dream home.
Design Awards Reception
Join us in congratulating the 2016 417 Home Design Awards winners
Where: Ocean Zen, 4117 S. National Ave., Springfield
When: Tuesday, July 12 • Cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. • Presentation and awards at 6 p.m.
Hosted by: Springfield Design Association
This year’s team of 417 Home Design Awards judges are from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Tennessee Chapter. Click each photo to learn more.
Susan A. Besser
Susan A. Besser, ASID, LEEP AP
Franklin Preservation Associates
Franklin, Tennessee |615-599-2631, franklinpreservation.com
Susan A. Besser is the principal designer of Franklin Preservation Associates. Besser studied at the University of Louisville before moving to Franklin. She completed her interior design studies at O’More College of Design before getting her Masters of Arts in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. Besser is a past Nashville ASID District Chair, and she currently teaches historic preservation at O’More College of Design. In 2014 she was named the Distinguished Interior Design Faculty of the Year.
Kim Costner, Allied ASID, NKBA, CAPS, Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Kmpact Design, llc
Brentwood, Tennessee | 615-481-0674, kmpactdesign.com
Kim Costner started her interior design career in her late 40s. After receiving her second degree, she started her own residential interior design firm, Kmpact Design, llc, where she helps her clients design spaces that reflect their lives, loves, history and future. Costner specializes in kitchen and bath design, and she credits ASID for a large part of her success in networking and leadership. She is currently the president elect of the ASID, Tennessee Chapter. In her free time, Costner enjoys mentoring young designers and speaking and teaching interior design and hospitality.
Marcia Knight, ASID
Marcia Knight Designs
Nashville, Tennessee | 615-491-3430
Marcia Knight has been a Professional Interior Designer in Nashville, Tennessee, for over 30 years. Her design firm specializes in new construction and renovation of both residential and commercial spaces. She has also been active in the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, serving on various committees and as chapter president 2012–2013. Knight currently teaches at the Watkins College of Art Design & Film in Nashville and provides intern and mentoring programs for local design students. She has participated in numerous Parades of Homes, Showhouses and Showcases.
Janis Lisle, ASID
Brentwood, Tennessee | 615-815-0123
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Janis Lisle has been an interior designer for 40 years. Lisle specializes in residential design, and she has worked in a number of states including Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. Lisle owns her own interior design firm, Lisle Interiors, and she is currently the president of the ASID, Tennessee Chapter.
The winning designers come from different backgrounds, experiences and styles, but they all have one thing in common: making beautiful homes for their clients. Click each photo to learn more.
Rock Solid Renovations
Interior Designer Susie Edie uses her 28 years of experience to design the very best for her clients at Rock Solid Renovations. She coordinates with the project manager and subcontractors and often works as a team with lead designer Jeremiah Lee. Edie’s favorite rooms to design are kitchens and bathrooms, and one of the biggest design trends she’s seeing for summer is playing with different shapes and types of tile to create interest.
Jeremiah Lee, CGP
Rock Solid Renovations
With over a decade of experience, Jeremiah Lee helps clients develop overall concepts and caters to their needs as lead designer at Rock Solid Renovations. He regularly works with designer Susie Edie to provide complete services to clients with the rest of the Rock Solid Renovations team. His favorite rooms to design are kitchens, as they are the hub of the home. “There are many intricacies that all play a role in the final result,” he says.
Gina McMurtrey Interiors LLC
Over her nine years of designing, interior designer Gina McMurtrey has tackled everything from whole home remodels to eDECORATING online design plans that fit every budget and style. She started out designing high-end bedrooms but also really enjoys designing bathrooms, she says. One big trend she is seeing for summer is a sophisticated and classic look, using gold metals, grass cloth walls and lacquered furniture.
Lead designer and co-owner of Obelisk Home, Nathan Taylor has more than 20 years' experience creating spaces his clients love. Taylor oversees both residential and commercial projects from initial construction plans to finishing interior details, along with the team at Obelisk Home. He enjoys working with open-concept living spaces, allowing him to create large, unique spaces while working within the architectural restraints.
Brian Kubik, AIA ARCHITECT
Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative
Brian Kubik has been an architect for 20 years and has owned his own interior-focused architect firm since 2003. His design approach is form follows function, and he has experience designing projects ranging from single-family homes to 100-unit apartment complexes. His favorite rooms to designs are kitchens and living rooms, because they're the heart of the home, he says. For summer, Kubik is seeing modern, white spaces trending with clean lines.
Ellecor Design & Gifts
As owner and lead designer at Ellecor Design & Gifts, Haden Long has worked with styles ranging from traditional to industrial and modern. She showcases diverse styles in her store and implements the same philosophy in her clients’ homes to make them livable. “I want people to live in their home, not just look at it,” she says. Her favorite rooms to design are bathrooms, with all the great tile and stone options to choose from.
Jacque Pitts has spent more than 20 years perfecting spaces her clients are proud to call home. As an interior designer with Brashears Furniture, she specializes in designing spaces around her clients’ lifestyles, making them both functional and beautiful. Pitts has dedicated the last 16 years to creating luxury homes, vacation homes and condos in the area, working the most with Old World, Craftsman, traditional and rustic elegance styles.
Interior decorator Denise Wright has owned her independent design business for three years, but she has worked in the design industry for 18. She enjoys a diversity of styles and has worked on large projects with architects and builders as well as completed simple makeovers for both residential and commercial clients. She likes the interest of the unexpected. For summer, she is seeing brushed gold on the rise in accessories and fixtures.