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ASID 2016 Design Excellence Awards

Author: Linda J. Barkman
Issue: September, 2016, Page 37
The ASID Arizona North Chapter Salutes its 40th Annual Design Excellence Award Winners

Phoenix Home & Garden is proud to present the first-place residential winners in the ASID Design Excellence Awards, the Valley’s preeminent annual design contest that highlights the exceptional talent of industry leaders around the state. The 2016 recipients, including the 14 residential category winners, were revealed recently at a gala dinner event at The Phoenician in Scottsdale.

A distinguished international group of interior designers and architects judged this year’s contest—the chapter’s 40th—which consisted of 165 entries in residential and commercial categories. First-place winners in the commercial categories are featured in this month’s issue of PHOENIX magazine.

“We set the bar for design across the country,” says ASID Arizona North Chapter President Keith Stanton of his peers in the regional industry and their expertise. “This year’s submissions exceeded the standards for our chapter.”

Cutting-edge designs, innovative solutions and expert implementations of ideas you can use abound in the article below.


All in the Family

Award: Residence Over 6,000 SF
Stacy Scharf, ASID, and Kacie Lilley, ASID
K&Q Interiors

All aspects of a mountain retreat decorated by Stacy Scharf and Kacie Lilley needed to be functional, highly durable, within budget and able to meet the demands of an active 11-member family with nine children younger than age 10. It was also important that all materials and furnishings retained the modern rustic character of the home’s architecture and be aesthetically pleasing, readily available and low-maintenance to achieve the busy couple’s approval.

The designers complied by emphasizing free-form shapes in lighting and accessories. They used natural materials, such as metal bed rails in the bunk room, metal straps on a chunky wood coffee table, and steel for a range hood in the kitchen and a fireplace front in the great room. They also employed repurposing by cladding wall portions throughout with reclaimed wood. The result is a comfortable and inviting home in which the clients can escape everyday life and spend quality time together as a family.




beauty and the feast

Awards: Total Remodel and Kitchen
Amy Bubier, Allied ASID
AB Design Elements LLC

When tasked with taking over for an architect who had been leading the remodeling and expansion of a modest 2,800-square-foot 1950s-era Phoenix residence, Amy Bubier rose to the occasion. She took on overseeing complete finish specifications, space planning tweaks, elevations of tiled areas and custom millwork details that required close coordination with the subcontractor, homeowner and builder during the course of the project. Bubier also created drawings to help her client visualize spaces and provided construction coordination and furniture, lighting and accessories.

With the addition of 1,300 square feet of living space, the completed home boasts an elegant spa bath in the master suite, a larger kitchen and family room with open ceilings, a new home office and updated guest bedrooms and baths, all featuring a clean traditional style and fresh color palette.

One of the most significant improvements was to the home’s original galley-style kitchen, which lacked storage, ambience and workspace. Now cheerful and light, the revamped space features a large center island and family breakfast area and opens to the adjacent family room. Appliances and finishes were upgraded, and lighting was amplified with ceiling cans, interior and under-cabinet lighting, and hanging glass fixtures.




subtle sophistication

Award: Model Space
Lawrence Lake, ASID
Lawrence Lake Interiors

Designing for the demographics of potential buyers is particularly important to consider when furnishing a model home. For a one-bedroom apartment in a complex geared toward young professionals and midlife executives, Larry Lake created a sophisticated look with a strong sense of style by setting classic contemporary furnishings against a backdrop of warm neutrals in flooring, countertops, backsplashes and paint finishes. The designer specified all of the interior construction finishes as part of the overall project development. He also energized spaces with dramatic oversized artwork and created a sense of personality with special touches, such as bathrobes and slippers, that invite prospective owners to relax and feel at home.





Quiet Elegance

Award: Singular Space
Janet Brooks, ASID
Janet Brooks Design

When faced with the challenge of updating a poorly designed great room filled with columns and soffits, Janet Brooks came up with a multifaceted solution that produced dramatic results. To give the room a much-needed focal point, she eliminated an unattractive corner fireplace and created a feature wall anchored by a linear firebox with a floating 17-foot-long concrete hearth. The room is balanced at the opposite end with a freestanding Macassar ebony bar boasting a waterfall-edge top of white quartzite.

Changes made to lighten the space included replacing small sliding-glass doors with a large pocketing glass wall and installing 24-inch-square marble tile flooring in pale hues that blend with the room’s cream-toned walls. Further improving this multipurpose room is a new front door designed by Brooks and a single indirectly lit rectangular soffit in the ceiling.




Revise & Consent

Award: Bathroom
Amy Bubier, Allied ASID, and Michelle Jefferson, ASID
AB Design Elements LLC

Amy Bubier and Michelle Jefferson rose to the occasion with aplomb when hired to transform a 1990s master bath in a modest house into a contemporary spa-like retreat. In spite of the need for a gut redo on a tight budget, the pair found ways to accomplish the goal without sacrificing style.

Contributing to their success was the decision to enlarge the shower rather than add a soaking tub, which the real estate agent confirmed was not necessary for resale. They also saved money by retaining such existing elements as the closet, interior doors and toilet room. And, to ensure the right choices were made in the selection of plumbing and lighting fixtures, the designers shopped with their client to test and choose these items.

An oversized glass-walled shower now anchors the revamped space. The shower incorporates a hand-held shower head, a bench and niches with glass shelves to hold bathing products.

The designers created subtle transitions between the various materials used in the remodeled space to achieve a seamless updated look. A tightly scripted collection of tile with different patterns adds energy, but its neutral palette underscores the serene ambience the homeowners desired.




Outdoor drama

Award: Outdoor Living Space

Lynne Beyer, Allied ASID,
Lynne Beyer Design

Privacy. The preservation of mountain views. Activity islands for cooking, relaxing and entertaining. The mitigation of noise from nearby traffic. These are just some of the elements Lynne Beyer was asked to incorporate into a client’s long, narrow outdoor area, which was designed to function as an extension of the home’s interior.

Beyer met these requirements with three distinct areas: a barbecue station that accommodates catering or cooking for two; a sitting area around a fire bowl that converts to a cocktail table with the addition of a lid, and a seating arrangement situated near a stepped tiled wall fountain set off with a laser-cut metal privacy screen. Flexible outdoor furnishings are dressed in neutral Sunbrella fabrics. Durable porcelain tile flooring placed diagonally ties indoor and outdoor areas together visually, and lighting brings dramatic yet unobtrusive amplification to the space’s evening ambience.

easy does it

Award: Universal Design
Adrienne Hart, Allied ASID
ModaScapes Interior Design

A universally designed home is one that is functional and safe for everyone who resides there, regardless of age or physical abilities. Adrienne Hart’s client required alterations to her residence after suffering a stroke that affected the right side of her body. Hart needed to create safe yet aesthetically pleasing interiors that would enable her client to maintain her independence. With that in mind, the designer took advantage of every square inch of the home’s small footprint, furnishing it with double-duty pieces and incorporating design elements that maximize accessibility, convenience and functionality. These range from the use of smooth, low-maintenance materials—including nonslip flooring—to wide openings between rooms and grab bars near toilets and in showers.

all that pizazz

Award: Special Function Space
Amy Bubier, Allied ASID
AB Design Elements LLC

Turning a single area into a multipurpose space that is both functional and fabulous can be a formidable task.

In the case of the one-room casita Amy Bubier revamped for an open-minded client, a gut remodel was required. Given free reign, the designer used a composition of bold shapes, patterns and textures to create a modern mini great room of sorts that is packed with style.

This is evidenced by such design elements as an acid-stained range hood and a patterned metal canopy suspended over a floating, moveable island in the kitchen; and a backlit cast-glass desk and chunky wood display shelves suspended with a weight-bearing cable system in the living area. To keep these areas cohesive, Bubier selected minimalist shapes and used warm hues throughout for flooring, wall treatments and cabinetry. She also was able to conceal a complex LED lighting system within built-ins and unused attic and wall space. The result is a comfortable room that is as efficient as it is visually appealing.

Magnificent Modifications

Award: Aging in Place
Joi Prater, Allied ASID
Joi Prater Interiors

As homeowners grow older, modifications that allow them to live in their residence safely, independently and in comfort are sometimes necessary. To update a master bath that was not functional for a couple with physical challenges, Joi Prater completely redesigned the space to meet their specific needs. This began with the installation of a 4-foot-wide walk-in shower with a 40-inch-wide entrance. For bathing purposes, the designer selected a main shower head along with a hand-held sprayer that can be used simultaneously and added a teak bench to provide comfortable seating. Other upgrades included replacing polished floors with textured, unpolished tile to help prevent slipping; installing a floating vanity situated at the appropriate height for the clients; and increasing lighting to improve visibility. Amenities added to the clean-lined space are a makeup mirror with LED lighting and 3x magnification, and a wall-hung wood-framed glass door that slides open to provide easy entrance to a new closet addition.


Simply Stunning

Award: Furniture
Anita Lang, Allied ASID
IMI Design

A key piece of furniture can make or break a room. With this adage in mind, Anita Lang knew a cocktail table that offered a strong presence but was simple and sculptural in form would be the perfect solution to anchor the living room of an architecturally bold home and complement the yin yang design of the room’s seating group. Drawing inspiration from the principal of architectural planes that intersect and define negative space, she conceived a unique design comprising a horizontal slab of walnut intersected by opposing pairs of vertical metal blades. Asymmetrical legs crafted from German bronze contrast the warm tone of the wood and provide both functional and visual balance to the table.


year of the dragon

Award: Element
Anita Lang, Allied ASID
IMI Design

To create an Imperial statement in a home theater boasting a decadent opium den sensibility, Anita Lang came up with the idea of integrating art with a dragon motif into the room’s millwork. Unable to find a ready-made focal point of the appropriate scale, Lang enlisted the help of a London-based artist, a commercial sign company and a local artist to create a large, overscaled banner to integrate into the mahogany millwork at the back of the room. Rendered in colors echoing those found in accent pillows adorning the banquette and sectional, it is flanked by a pair of wall sconces embellished with long strands of embossed leather and gold twine.

Fire and Ice

Award: Fixtures
Lynne Beyer, Allied ASID
Lynne Beyer Design

An existing fireplace with a low firebox in a tall, narrow wall was underwhelming in every way. In response to her client’s request for a new gas fireplace that would be memorable and unique, Lynne Beyer created an eye-catching design inspired by an armoire with sleek, centered handles. Along with a rectangular firebox, it features a long, linear reveal mounted on the fireplace wall. To connect the reveals on the upper and lower portions, the designer clad the bottom of the wall in black porcelain tile. As a finishing touch, she applied a plaster and metallic wallcovering with a crackle finish, which gives the streamlined fixture texture, shimmer and character that complements other metallic details in the room. Now, in addition to being more in balance with the scale and proportions of the rectangular room, the new fixture serves as a major focal point for the entire home.


Taking Wing

Awards: Best in Show and Residence under 3,500 SF
Lynne Beyer, Allied ASID
Lynne Beyer Design

When asked to combine adjoining units in a 1980s high-rise building, Lynne Beyer was faced with a double challenge: In addition to needing to replace dated finishes in every area, the designer had to work around immovable plumbing and mechanical elements. Further complicating the project was the need to create interiors that would accommodate the unusual owners—two couples from different generations, and with different tastes in decorating, who wanted to vacation here together but still have privacy. With this in mind, it was evident that a full remodel was needed. Ceilings were raised, revealing windows that had been covered by soffits; a hidden door was installed to allow access to both units; lighting was updated; the kitchens and bathrooms were completely revamped; and a powder room was added.

To achieve the style each couple desired, the north wing was designed with a transitional look for the older pair, while the south wing reflected the contemporary vibe preferred by the younger couple. Throughout, Beyer used a neutral backdrop amplified with textured wall treatments and bold choices in countertops and cabinetry materials. In addition, she specified new Brazilian cherry flooring to unify spaces and custom-designed furnishings for generous seating in both wings.




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