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14th Annual Northwest Design Awards Competition Winners Announced

SEATTLE, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Top regional interior designers were named March 7, 2013, at Seattle Design Center's 14th annual Northwest Design Awards Gala at Seattle Design Center in Seattle.

Designers, architects and students competed with projects in 14 competition categories. A panel of West coast industry experts evaluated submissions through an anonymous process, measuring each project on the basis of proportion, composition, use of space, materials and appropriateness of the design solution.

This year's categories were: Bathroom; Best Individual Room: Contemporary; Best Individual Room: Traditional; Commercial; Exotic Retreats; Hospitality; Kitchen; Modest Budget, Big Impact; Most Innovative Design Component; Outdoor Living Area; Small Design Firm Luminary; Student; Whole House (less than $400,000); Whole House (more than $400,000).

"Participants entered 150 projects this year and the gala was sold out," said Craig Cross, Seattle Design Center marketing manager. "The gala has become an exciting gathering of the region's design community, and I'm thrilled to report the region expanded a bit this year, with six of our winners from western Canada, two from Portland, Oregon, and the remainder from western Washington."

More than 300 members of the design community attended the Northwest Design Awards Gala, where the awards were announced. The winners are:

Bathroom Category
First Teresa Ryback, TD Swansburg Design Studio (Victoria, British Columbia)
Second Cheri Wentworth, C.L. Wentworth Co. (Tumwater, WA)
Best Individual Room: Contemporary
First Farouk Noormohamed, FNDA Architecture (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
Second Kara Bowman, Macpherson Construction & Design (Sammamish, WA)
Best Individual Room: Traditional
First Kassi Clark, Kasabella (Sammamish, WA)
Second Donna DuFresne, Donna DuFresne Interior Design LLC (Portland, OR)
Commercial Category
First Amanda Hyman, JPC Architects (Bellevue, WA)
Second Matthew Virkler, DLR Group, (Seattle, WA)
Exotic Retreat Category
First Nancy Burfiend, NB Design Group ( Seattle, WA)
Second Teresa Francis, Westport Shipyard (Seattle, WA)
Hospitality Category
First Jessica Helgerson, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design (Portland, OR)
Second Philip Christofides, Arellano / Christofides (Seattle, WA)
Kitchen Category
First Sandra and Scott Gjesdahl, Bristol Design and Construction (Lynnwood, WA)
Second Karen Ellentuck, Ellentuck Interiors, (Seattle, WA)
Modest Budget, Big Impact Category
First Trisa Chomica, Trisa & Company Interior Design (Port Angeles, WA)
Second Wendy Albee, CGP, Albee Interior Design (Bothell, WA)
Most Innovative Design Component Category
First Tyler Engle, Tyler Engle Architects (Seattle, WA)
Second David Shuler, Seattle Stair & Design (Seattle, WA)
Outdoor Living Space Category
First Dana Foster, DTF Design (Bothell, WA)
Second James C. Castanes, Castanes Architects (Seattle, WA)
Small Design Firm Luminary Category
First Linda Sale, Linda Sale Interior Design Ltd (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Second Patricia Gray, Patricia Gray Inc. (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Student Design Category
First Yalda Daneshfarnia, Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA)
Second Josh Small, WSU School of Design and Construction (Pullman, WA)
Whole House (Less than $400,000)
First Patricia Gray, Patricia Gray Inc. (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Second Ines Hanl, The Sky is the Limit Design (Victoria, British Columbia)
Whole House (More than $400,000)
First Mitchell Freedland, Mitchell Freedland Design (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Second Nancy Burfiend, NB Design Group (Seattle, WA)

About Seattle Design Center
Seattle Design Center opened in 1973 to serve the region's growing appreciation for quality design and home furnishings. Seattle Design Center is the only full-service design center in the Pacific Northwest serving professional interior designers and their clients in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia. Nationally recognized as the premier marketplace for fine home furnishings and design services, Seattle Design Center comprises 35 showrooms encompassing 390,000-square-feet of designer furniture, fabrics, accessories and architectural products and offices. Seattle Design Center is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located at 5701 6th Ave S # 378 Seattle. For more information go to

Media Contact:
Craig Cross
Seattle Design Center