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The Designer of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in residential interior design and best business practices among Interior Design Society members. The competition includes these predetermined categories: 

Space DesignsWinner and First Runner Up awarded


$50,000 & below

$50,000 - $100,000

$100,000 & above


$30,000 & below

$30,000 - $60,000

$60,000 & above

Living Spaces

$30,000 & below

$30,000 - $60,000

$60,000 & above


$30,000 & below

$30,000 - $50,000

$50,000 & above

Whole Home

(must consist of at least 4 rooms and include a kitchen and bathroom)

3,000 sqft and below

3,000 sqft and above


New Construction

 (must consist of at least 4 rooms and include a kitchen and bathroom)








Singular AreasWinner and First Runner Up awarded

Children’s Rooms and Nurseries

Recreation Spaces and Wine Rooms/ Cellars

Home Offices & Craft Rooms

Outdoor Spaces

Laundry, Closets and Pantries

Entry Way & Foyers

Dining Rooms

Powder Rooms


Specialty AwardsWinner awarded

Sherwin-Williams Sponsor Award

Student Design Award (click here to download student design challenge)

Universal Design / Aging In Place

Sustainable Design – Sponsored by the Sustainable Furnishings Council

Holiday Design (not limited to Christmas décor)

Innovative Design Component- Custom-designed piece or element for a residential project that showcases exemplary design craftmanship. Examples include window treatments, fireplace, staircase, custom furniture/lighting, art installation, etc.

Digital Rendering (may be conceptual or actual) *NEW FOR 2023*

Product Design- One single, original product from concept to completion *NEW FOR 2023*

Business PracticesWinner awarded 

Best Social Media Presence

Best Blog

Best Website

Best Studio Design


IMPACT Awards (probono projects)

Individual IMPACT


Industry Partner & Sponsor IMPACT