I was recently honored to be a presenter at the 26th Annual ARTS Awards in Dallas. Being part of this years event was such a treat and it was truly a learning experience as well. The cream of the crop in the manufacturing and retail home furnishings world were in attendance. Being nominated for an ARTS award is such an honor and each of the nominees were so deserving. The entire evening is one like the Oscars, from food and beautiful gowns, to the stage and lighting production. It was truly a beautiful evening.
The amount of sweat, tears and passion that was shared on that stage when the winners accepted their awards was so beautiful. When you have a passion for the home furnishings world it doesn’t go away.
Industry guru Rawlins Gilliland and I presenting manufacturer awards
The financial risks, the long hours, the dreams and the relationships built, shape your world. This was evident in every acceptance speech.
Portable Lamps Nominees – Currey & Co.
Interior Designer of The Year Nominee – LGB Interiors, Linda Burnside
Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living
There were a few celebrities in the mix, including the evenings emcee, Donny Osmond. He was truly entertaining, funny and so gracious.
Fellow presenters, Brian Batt of the popular series Mad Men and Tom Cianfichi and owners of store Hazelnut
It was a beautiful evening and I was so, so honored to be a part of it. Thanks to the ARTS Awards team and Dallas Market Center for a wonderful evening.
Congrats to all the Winners::
Phillips Collection – High Point, NC
Loloi Rugs – Dallas, Texas
Annieglass – Watsonville, Ca.
Rojo 16 America – Culver City, Calif.
Lili Alessandra – San Antonio, Texas
Crystorama Lighting – Westbury, N.Y.
Orlandi Statuary – Chicago, Ill.
Arteriors Home – Carrollton, Texas
Caskata Artisanal Home – Sherborn, Mass.
Uttermost – Rocky Mount, Va.
Brian Slater – Brian Slater & Associates
Rinda Clinard – In-Detail
Doug Glassman – The Glassman Group
IBB Design Fine Furnishings – Frisco, Texas
Casa Studio – Mexico D.F., Mexico
Home Accents Store
Trovare Home – Cos Cob, Conn.
Paul Michael Company – Lake Village, Ark.
Slifer Designs – Edwards, Colo.