2018-2019 Designer of the Year: Whole Home Design

Winner: Starr Miller, Starr Miller Interior Design, North Carolina

This new construction project started with leveling the clients’ home and the home of their former neighbors to build a new contemporary ranch home that would take advantage of beautiful lakeside view.

The scope of the project included: space planning, project management and strict budget management.  In addition, the scope included all interior and exterior material (façade, roofing, flooring, tile, countertops, plumbing, appliances, paint) choices, as well as all custom cabinetry, furniture designs, RCP and lighting plans, and furnishings. For the framing stage all bathroom plans included specific blocking instructions for future aging-in-place needs.

The clients wanted to preserve the landscape as much as possible.  We took a tree that was downed in the process and dried the wood for almost 2 years.  The dried wood returned to the home in the form of a 13’ dining table, an entry bench and a wine room tasting table. 

The public spaces have a great curved lakeside wall with motorized Lutron shades.  The rooms (family/dining and kitchen) are broken up by incredible pendant lighting.  The kitchen seamlessly integrates itself into the design with minimalist design and custom finish to compliment the European White Oak floors with an oil fumed finish.

1st Runner Up: Traci Connell, Traci Connell Interiors, Texas

In contrast to the couple's previous Olde World red and gold embellished home, the clients were searching for a light filled soft modern feel which they found in this high end spec home they stumbled upon.

The shell of natural oak floors and beams combined with black metal windows was the perfect backdrop to begin the design process for the entire house of furnishings. The designer introduced a myriad of textured finishes noting sun and sky represented through the yellow and navy color palette in the main living area and state of the art kitchen.

The whimsical mom’s office was draped in a happy, flowery paper decked out with fun office supplies. The guest room above the garage had a beach resort feel enveloped in rattan and cotton textures while the master was bathed in custom, luxurious furnishings.

Their desire for entertaining spaces was achieved with an elegant formal living and dining room, yet comfortable enough to welcome guests to stay. Topping off the bottom floor, is a small, yet, gorgeous outdoor patio.

For this close knit family, durable fabrics and rugs were carefully selected. Even though they are empty nesters, their grown kids visit quite frequently to watch sports and celebrate special occasion and desired a maintenance free home.  Not only is this home visually stimulating, it can stand up to spilled wine and sticky fingers. The designer had fun creating unique guest rooms to match the personalities of the kids.

2nd Runner Up: Kara Karpenske, Kamarron Design Inc., Minnesota

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka, this stunning home was a major undertaking to renovate this amount of square footage. This stage a partial on the main floor is more than 10,000 sqft in a nearly 30,000 sqft manison.

Owned by a prominent family, with gracious and grand spaces, an incredible art collection, and prized antiques this space had heritage that needed to be considered and complimented.  The design for each space successfully pays homage to the beauty of the existing architectural elements while bringing a new fresh refined elegance to this renovation.

Skillfully weaving together the new and the old, the final design brought this home back to life while still respecting the intricacy and quality in every detail of its grandeur and beauty.


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