26th Annual ARTS Awards Finalists Announced

DALLAS – Sept. 12, 2014 – Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, today announced the 26th annual ARTS Awards finalists.

The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, recognizes top manufacturers, retailers, designers and sales representatives from across the world. The 26th annual ARTS winners will be revealed during a gala event on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 and will recognize excellence in 27 different categories.

“The finalists this year create the fullest, most robust slate we’ve had in years across all categories from top manufacturers and retailers to designers and sales representatives,” said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. “We congratulate all of the finalists and look forward to celebrating their achievements at the industry’s premier event in January.”

“ART together with Dallas Market Center is especially thrilled to add Interior Designer to the prestigious list of award categories,” said Sharon Davis, executive director of ART. “Recognizing the talent of this profession adds value to our program this year.”

The finalists submit a digital presentation to a panel of distinguished judges. Digital submissions vary based on category and may consist of product development, marketing, merchandising or company differentiation examples. In November, the panel of judges will convene in Dallas for two days to review each individual or company submission. Once all components of judging are complete, a designated accounting firm will tabulate and secure the scores until the winners are announced in January.

The 26th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by enLIGHTenment, FANDECK, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Home & Textiles Today, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

26th ARTS Awards Finalists
Sales Representatives

Debbie Leggett – Ivystone Group
Lauren Miller – CODARUS
Brian Slater – Brian Slater & Associates

Richard Alan – Richard Alan & Associates
David Buhmann, Sr. – The Buhmann Group
Rinda Clinard – In-Detail

Doug Glassman – The Glassman Group
David Michael – Lite Quest
Lori Del Secco – Lori Del Secco

Product Designers

Allison Davis – Thumprints – A Division of American Lighting Brands
Carolyn Kinder – Carolyn Kinder International
Hilde Leiaghat – Pom Pom at Home
Brad Musuraca – Tronk Design
Jason Phillips – Phillips Collection

Interior Designers

Linda Burnside – LGB Interiors
Sherry Hayslip – Sherry Hayslip Interiors
Marc Pridmore – Marc Pridmore Design
Beth Rafferty – IBB Design Fine Furnishings

International Retailers

Casa Studio – Mexico D.F., Mexico
Montreal Lighting & Hardware – Town of Mount Royal, Québec, Canada
Robinson Lighting – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Furniture Store
Donna’s Home Furnishings – Conroe, Texas
Furnitureland South – Jamestown, N.C.
IBB Design Fine Furnishings – Frisco, Texas

Home Accents Store
CHD Interiors – Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Hudson – Boston, Mass.
Trovare Home – Cos Cob, Conn.

Bartholet Home Furnishings – Conroe, Texas
Homemakers Furniture – Des Moines, Iowa
Paul Michael Co. – Lake Village, Ark.
Room 22 – Oklahoma City, Okla.

Jonathons Coastal Living – Fountain Valley, Calif.
Slifer Designs – Edwards, Colo.

Lighting Showroom
Connecticut Lighting Centers – Hartford, Conn.
Elements – Carle Place, N.Y.
Yale Appliance & Lighting – Dorchester, Mass.

Ferguson – Houston, Texas
Hall Electric Co., Inc. – Victoria, Texas
Legend Lighting, Inc. – Austin, Texas
NorthWest Lighting and Accents – Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Black Whale Lighting – Encinitas, Calif.
Elume – Park City, Utah
North Coast Lighting – Bellevue, Wash.

Outdoor Lifestyle Store
Big Grass Living – San Antonio, Texas
Buchanan’s Native Plants – Houston, Texas
Into the Garden – Fort Worth, Texas


Accent Furniture
Bliss Studio – Costa Mesa, Calif.
Palecek – Richmond, Calif.
Phillips Collection – High Point, N.C.
Worlds Away – Memphis, Tenn.

Area Rugs
Feizy Rugs – Dallas, Texas
KAS Rugs – Somerset, N.J.
Loloi Rugs – Dallas, Texas
Surya, Inc. – Calhoun, Ga.
The Rug Market – Culver City, Calif.

Home Accents
GO Home Ltd. – Flushing, N.Y.
Jatex International – North Andover, Mass.
Rojo 16 – Culver City, Calif.

Home Textiles
Bella Notte Linens – Novato, Calif.
Company C – Concord, N.H.
Lili Alessandra – San Antonio, Texas
Villa Home Collection – Vernon, Calif.

Lighting Fixtures
Crystorama – Westbury, N.Y.
Fine Art Lamps – Miami, Fla.
Hudson Valley Lighting – Newburgh, N.Y.
Van Teal, Inc. – Miami, Fla.
Varaluz – Las Vegas, Nev.

Outdoor Living
Orlandi Statuary – Chicago, Ill.
Ratana Home and Floral – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Woodard Furniture – Coppell, Texas
Zaer Ltd. International – New Britain, Pa.

Portable Lamps
Arteriors Home – Carrollton, Texas
Couture Lamps – Jonesboro, Ark.
Currey & Company – Atlanta, Ga.
John Richard – Greenwood, Miss.

Annieglass – Watsonville, Calif.
Caskata, Inc. – Sherborn, Mass.
Kim Seybert – New York, N.Y.
Mary Jurek Design, Inc. – Torrance, Calif.
Vagabond House – Sierra Madre, Calif.
Vista Alegre – New York, N.Y.

Wall Décor
Leftbank – La Mirada, Calif.
Paragon – Albertville, Ala.
Uttermost – Rocky Mount, Va.
Zoe Bios Creative – Los Angeles, Calif.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.

About ART
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at www.accessoriesresourceteam.org.

About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 27 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement and Rising Star honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting.