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IDS Announces Designer of the Year Award Recipients

The Designer of the Year Awards winners were announced at the IDS Conference in Chicago.

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On Saturday, August 6th members and guests of the Interior Design Society (IDS) gathered at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, IL, to honor the winners of the 2022 Designer of the Year competition. Emceed by Jonathan Adler, the event was lively, inspiring and full of impressive design.

“The Designer of the Year Awards recognizes excellence in residential interior design from throughout North America. It’s a significant honor to be selected as an award recipient” said Jenny Cano, IDS Executive Director. “We are proud to have these designers as IDS Members.”

Also honored was Kimberly Joi McDonald, who received the IDS Fellow Award. The Fellow Award is the highest honor, given only to those who have gone above and beyond to make significant impacts to IDS and the interior design industry.


The Winners of the Designer of the Year Awards:


Space Designs:

Kitchens $100,000 and above: Barbara Owens

Kitchens $50,000 - $100,000: Kim Bailey Interiors

Kitchens $50,000 and below: Design Vision Studio


Bathrooms $60,000 and above: Kara Bigos

Bathrooms $30,000 - $60,000: Fox + Chenko Interiors

Bathrooms $30,000 and below: Susan Hill


Living Spaces $60,000 and above: Patricia Kennedy

Living Spaces $30,000 - $60,000: Fox + Chenko Interiors

Living Spaces $30,000 and below: Bekah Hernandez, Rebekah Nicole Interiors


Bedrooms $50,000 and above: Patricia Kennedy

Bedrooms $30,000 - $50,000: Lynae Wood

Bedrooms $30,000 and below: Shayla Copas Lifestyle


New Construction: Susan Hill

Whole Home 3,000 sqft and below: Lyndsey Davis Nicklas & Julie Howlett           

Whole Home 3,000 sqft and above: Susan Hill



Singular Areas:

Laundry, Craft, Closets and Pantries: Nicole Yee, NY Interiors      

Outdoor Spaces: Kimberly JOI McDonald & Donna Moss

Powder Rooms: Kara Bigos

Children’s Rooms: Shayla Copas Lifestyle

Recreation Spaces: Nicole Yee, NY Interiors

Dining Rooms: Fox + Chenko Interiors

Home Office: Kim Bailey, Kim Bailey Interiors

Entry Way/ Foyer: Susan Hill


Specialty Awards

Universal Design: Staci Steidley

Sustainable Design: Kerry McHugh Upton

Sherwin-Williams Sponsor Award: Susy McBride

Single Design Element: Susan Hill

Holiday Design: Barbara Owens

Student Design Award: Marlena Rhinehart


Business Practices:

Best Social Media Presence: Beyond Interior Design

Best Blog: Tanna Edler

Best Website: Beyond Interior Design



Group Impact Award: IDS of Northeast Ohio

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