Congratulations to our winner, Hether Dunn and our honorable mentions, Chandos Dodson Epley, Jill Litner Kaplan, and Melinda Hartwright! We would like to thank all of the talented designers who shared their projects with us.
Hether Dunn Design—Portland, OR
Heather Dunn’s interiors are largely informed by her background as a graphic designer and art director. She works with residential clients to determine their home’s unique ‘brand’ of comfort and personality. Through a lively mix of graphic patterns and a sophisticated use of materials, Dunn creates rooms that are both stylish and functional.
In this Portland pantry, Dunn used Fez in Noir from Schumacher’s Martyn Lawrence Bullard wallcovering collection to bring unexpected vibrancy to a small space. This project began in 2012, when the designer’s clients purchased an old Victorian home in desperate need of remodeling and a fresh point of view. Paired with glossy black cabinetry, marble countertops, and a contemporary light fixture, this bold and timeless chevron design transforms tight quarters into a dynamic space.
Chandos Dodson Epley
Chandos Interiors—Houston, TX
Chandos Interiors works on a diverse range of projects—from urban contemporary to high-style traditional. The firm’s owner, Chandos Dodson Epley, believes that all interiors should have a timeless quality and a fresh, clean point of view. Chandos was selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of their “Next Wave” designers in 2010.
Inspired by a Hollywood bungalow, Epley set out to create a traditional yet youthful home for her clients. She swathed the dining room walls in Shantung Silhouette Print, an enveloping Chinoiserie design that feels at once graphic and sophisticated. The result is a livable and elegant entertaining space.
Jill Litner Kaplan
Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors—West Newton, MA
Jill Litner Kaplan’s rooms speak to her love of fashion and meticulous attention to detail. Her worldly aesthetic is influenced by her far-away travels and passion for collecting. With over twenty years of experience, Jill’s firm offers comprehensive design services to discerning clients.
In the designer’s own powder room, Kaplan uses Schumacher’s Nasrid Palace Mosaic in Mica to transform a small space into a chic jewel. Through the addition of an antique French gold leaf mirror and sleek nickel sconces, this room demonstrates Kaplan’s deft mix of ethnic and classic, modern and vintage.
Georgica Pond Interiors—Sydney, Australia
Melinda Hartwright’s designs are inspired by the comfortable yet stylish vibe of the Hamptons. She has a passion for American architecture and timeless blue and white. Hartwright began her career as an editorial stylist and has worked for many of Australia’s leading lifestyle publications.
In this Sydney home, Hartwright covered the walls of the large foyer in Rajasthan Paisley. This paper provides a fresh backdrop to Asian antique ceramics, fretwork chairs, and dark timber floors. In the designer’s favorite blue and white hues, this paisley design sets the relaxed, seaside tone for the rest of the house.