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2016 Gulfstream Media Group Design Awards: Best Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Architectural Design And More In South Florida

July 2016 Also on Digital Edition

The 2016 Gulfstream Media Group Design Awards honor and recognize South Florida’s broad spectrum of design talent. This year, we received dozens of projects in eight categories consisting of Architectural Design, Bathroom Design, Bedroom or Master Suite Design, Kitchen Design of 351 square feet or more, Kitchen Design of 350 square feet or less, Living and Great Room Design, Outdoor Living Design and Architectural or Interior Eco-Friendly Design. 

Our prominent judges represent national leaders in the fields of interior design, kitchen and bath design, and home furnishings. This year’s entries received high praise from our panel of judges. We thank them for donating their time to support our awards and the great design work performed in South Florida.

Architectural Design Winner

Couture Homes
Developer | Gary Hartogh
Designer | Pauline Hartogh

Spatial Planning

The goal was to create an open plan contemporary design. As you enter the home there is a dramatic open marble and glass staircase with unobstructed water views leading to light-filled living areas featuring full-height glazing and picture windows with access to the outdoor areas. 

Creative Inspiration

To goal was to create a modern, luxury custom waterfront home that’s eco-friendly combining contemporary architectural elements of bold simple forms with natural materials such as slate quartzite stone cladding on the exterior. 

Design Innovation

Flawless finishes and perfectly appointed details were used to provide a level of refinement desired by the discerning homeowners. Among five en-suite bedrooms are two unique master suites, one on the first floor and one on the second floor. A club room with bar and covered entertainment patio on the second floor provide breathtaking water views.

Sources
Windows & Doors | Andersen
Garage Doors | Amarr
Exterior Stone | ErthCOVERINGS
Roof Tile | Entegra
Driveway Pavers | Artistic Paver Mfg.
Fireplaces | Superior Fireplaces
Kitchen & Bar Cabinetry | Downsview
Countertops | Caesarstone
Appliances | Wolf, Sub-Zero, Bosch
Kitchen Mosaic | Trend USA
Powder Room Mosaic | Ceramic Matrix
Guest Bath & Laundry Cabinetry | Elmwood
Marble, Flooring & Decks | Opustone

​​Photography by Andy Frame

Outdoor Living Design Designer

Designer | Ryan Hughes
Ryan Hughes Design Build

Spatial Planning

The secret to the success of this outdoor space is the professional planning utilized in the limited space. Areas for dining, swimming, lounging and conversation were all incorporated into the unique and elegant oceanfront outdoor space. From the pool and spa to the relaxing pergola lounge, comfort and enjoyment were in the design.

Creative Inspiration

Drawing inspiration from the beauty and elegance of the home’s Italian villalike elements, this luxurious outdoor space transports family and guests to a Mediterranean retreat. As soon as guests enter the space, they will feel they have been whisked away to the waters and wonders of an unbelievable resort.

Design Innovation

Capitalizing on soaring columns and arches, the Hughes team added a pergola/cabana, water elements and a beautifully lit water wall entry. With illumination from pool lights to fire pots, enjoyment of this exterior space continues after the sun goes down. To make a visual splash, a Ryan Hughes signature water feature was incorporated into the transition from the home to the outdoor spaces.

Sources
Pool | Custom built by Ryan Hughes Design Build
Spa | Lightstreams Tile (Steel Blue)
Landscaping | Ryan Hughes Design Build
Furniture | Skyline Design
Fire Pit | Grand Effects
Grill | Fire Magic 36” grill
Gazebo | Ryan Hughes Design Build (Cypress with custom-molded concrete supports)
Drapery Fabric | Custom made by Ryan Hughes Design Build using Maxwell fabrics
Pool Lighting | Savi Melody

Photography by Joe Traina

Living Room or Great Room Design Designer

Designer | Lance Hatch
LHH Interiors

Spatial Planning

The goal was to create a Great Room design with a cohesive plan addressing multiple functions (multimedia center, living room seating, dining) that flowed from one area to another.

Creative Inspiration

We wanted to create a showcase for the client’s colorful collectibles and fine art photography, which suggested a neutral palette for the room. The natural subjects (rocks, waves) in the photography inspired the use of textures.

Design Innovation

We aimed to bring the outdoors indoors through the use of neutral colors such as gray and beige in fabrics and materials for items such as the raffia two-door chest and the picture window cornice.

Cocktail Table, Dining Table Base and Dining
Chairs | Allan Copley Designs
Cabinet | BDI
Sofa | Calligaris
“Jack” Chair | Younger Furniture
Bar Chair | Zuo Modern
Table Lamp | Currey & Company
Floor Lamp | Renwil
Chandelier & Concrete MIrror| Elk Lighting
Upholstery Fabric | JF Fabrics
Pillow Fabrics | Robert Allen
Side Table and Chest | Hammary
Shades | Lafayette Venetian Blind
Rug | Surya

​Photography by Gabriel Rosario

Kitchen Design, 351 S.F. or More

Designers | Kenneth Crawford & Charlie Lustik
Kenneth Crawford Interiors

Spatial Planning

Maximizing the kitchen space and view was a priority. This was achieved with the inclusion of a hidden pantry, a large Sub-Zero refrigerator for events, and a large island and breakfast table.

Creative Inspiration

The client requested us to design an entertainment space that also felt cozy. This was achieved by the use of warm woods, elegant lighting and focal backsplash tile.

Design Innovation

Creating an open kitchen design that flowed into the living space, but that also offered the ability to close off the kitchen for hosted events was achieved with the inclusion of sliding doors.

Sources
Cabinets | Custom by Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Granite Countertops | Marble of the World
Back Splash | Earth Elements
Flooring | Marble of the World
Chairs | Custom by Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Lighting | Custom by Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Art | Client’s own
Appliances | Florida Builder Appliances

Photography by Jerry Lang

Kitchen Design, 350 S.F. or Less

Designer | Kenneth Crawford Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Contractor | Vardus Remodeling

Spatial Planning

Maximizing the kitchen was a top priority and the client wanted a unique kitchen. Specialty woods and finishes, and stainless steel appliances were used to achieve the vision.

Creative Inspiration

Architecture was the inspiration behind this design. Exotic woods and finishes, and horizontal design elements created a warm, yet modern architectural impression.

Design Innovation

Turning the wood and hardware horizontal helped elongate the look of the kitchen. Also, using two different color countertops helped distinguish areas.

Sources

Cabinets | Custom by Kenneth Crawford Interior
Countertop & Backsplash | Vargus Tops
Chair | Judith Norman
Chair Leather | Duralee
Bar Stools | Judith Norman
Bar Stool Leather | Kravet
Appliances | Florida Builder Appliances
Hardware | Classic Decorative Hardware
Plumbing | Next Plumbing Supply

Photography by Jerry Lang

Bedroom or Master Suite Design

Designer | Kenneth Crawford Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Contractor | Charlie Lustik & Associates

Spatial Planning

It was important to design the room layout to capture ocean views from every angle.

Creative Inspiration

Inspiration came from the relaxing ocean view with its airy celadon colors.

Design Innovation

In order to create a truly unique space, bed, nightstands, rugs, furniture and built-ins were all custom made, utilizing exotic woods and lacquers to add flair.

Sources
Bed, Chaises, Nightstands, Desk, Built-Ins and Rug | Custom by Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Bed Fabric | Jerry Pair
Bedding | Romo
Mirrors | Judith Norman
Lamps | Client’s own
Fan | Capitol Lighting
Drapery Fabric & Chaise Pillow Fabric | Romo
Chaise Fabric | Duralee
Table & Lamps at Chaise | Client’s own
Desk Chair | Client’s own
Desk Lamp | Capitol Lighting
Chandelier | John Rosselli & Associates

Photography by Jerry Lang

Bath Design

Designer | Kenneth Crawford Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Contractor | Charlie Lustik & Associates

Spatial Planning

The objective was to maximize the room to its fullest potential, keeping the ocean and downtown views in sight. The panoramic view from the 360-degree glass steam shower is the room’s focal point.

Creative Inspiration

A soothing, elegant and relaxing environment was inspired by the desire to emulate the colors of the ocean.

Design Innovation

The client wanted to feel as though he was in the clouds and to have an extraordinary shower never seen elsewhere.

Sources
Vanity |Custom by Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Light | Capitol Lighting
Main Floor & Shower Marble | Marble of the World
Plumbing | Ferguson
Hardware | Classic Decorative Hardware
Shower enclosure | ICU Mirror and Glass

Photography by Jerry Lang

Architectural & Interior Eco-Friendly Design

Winner | Couture Homes
Developer | Gary Hartogh
Designer | Pauline Hartogh

Spatial Planning

The goal was to create an open plan contemporary design. As you enter the home there is a dramatic open marble and glass staircase with unobstructed water views leading to light-filled living areas featuring full height glazing and picture windows with access to the outdoor entertainment areas.

Creative Inspiration

The goal was to create a modern, luxury custom waterfront home that’s eco-friendly combining contemporary architectural elements of bold simple forms with natural materials such as slate quartzite stone cladding on the exterior.

Design Innovation

Products were sourced that contribute to green living and an emphasis was also placed on the utilization of environmentally conscious building practices.

Sources
Windows & Doors | Andersen
Garage Doors | Amarr
Exterior Stone | ErthCOVERINGS
Roof Tile | Entegra
Driveway Pavers | Artistic Paver Mfg.
Fireplaces | Superior Fireplaces
Kitchen & Bar Cabinetry | Downsview
Countertops | Caesarstone
Appliances | Wolf, Subzero, Bosch
Kitchen Mosaic | Trend USA
Powder Room Mosaic | Ceramic Matrix
Guest Bath & Laundry Cabinetry | Elmwood
Marble, Flooring & Decks | Opustone

​Photography by Andy Frame 


Honorable Mentions

There were numerous outstanding projects worthy of note. The following projects were close runners-up to the winning entries. 


Architectural Design
The Related Group
Architect | Arquitectonica
General Contractor | Plaza Construction
Interior Designer | Arquitectonica Interiors
Photography by Robin Hill

 

Living Room/Great Room
Designer | Kenneth Crawford
Kenneth Crawford Interiors
Contractor | Charlie Lustik & Associates
Photography by Jerry Lang


Kitchen Design, 351 S.F. or More
Designer | Pauline Hartogh
Wetherlys Interiors
Photography by Andy Frame


Kitchen Design, 350 S.F. or Less (tie)
Designers | Nicholas Skidmore & Andrew Mormile
Forte Interiors Design Build
Photography by Chris Forrest, Forrest in Focus


Kitchen Design, 350 S.F. or Less (tie)
Designer | Barbara Geller
The Place for Kitchens and Baths
Photography by Ed Butera


Bedroom or Master Suite Design
Designer | Susan Lachance
Susan Lachance Interior Design
Photography by Robert Brantley


Bath Design
Designer | Susan Lachance
Susan Lachance Interior Design
Photography by Robert Brantley


Outdoor Living Design
Design | Paulo Bacchi, Artefacto
Photography by Craig Denis


The Judges

Alan Hilsabeck Jr.
CMKBD, RID

President of Hilsabeck Design Associates Inc. in Flower Mound, Texas, Hilsabeck is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD), Registered Interior Designer (RID) in the state of Texas, and NCIDQ certified. Combining commercial and residential design, he boasts 24 years of dedication to the kitchen, bath and interior design professions. He is an industry leader and an expert resource for multiple national design publications. Hilsabeck is a three-time national award-winning designer and has had projects featured on HGTV and HGTV.com.​

 

Jackie Hirschhaut
Vice President Public Relations and Marketing, AHFA; Executive Director, ICFA

Jackie Hirschhaut is vice president of public relations and marketing for the High Point, North Carolina-based American Home Furnishings Alliance(AHFA) as well as executive director of the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA). She directs the 200-plus corporate-member, non-profit trade organizations’ consumer marketing program and serves as a liaison to the journalists who cover the semiannual High Point Market. She also serves as the furniture industry’s liaison with the media, government agencies and related industry groups. At ICFA, she directs manufacturers, retailers, designers and suppliers in the business of outdoor furnishings.

 

Janie Hirsch
President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers

Founder of Atlanta-based J. Hirsch Interior Design, Hirsch is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Interior Design from the School of Architecture. Her professional career began in New York City where she worked for a lighting design firm and learned the impact lighting can have on a space. She currently serves as president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), where she leads a thriving local design community. Janie’s timeless interior designs have garnered dozens of awards including numerous ASID Georgia Chapter Design Excellence Awards, a Best in American Living Award and even a nomination for Southeast Designer of the Year.​


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