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Grand-Prize Winner Announced in Southern Accents/ASID Design Contest

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The American Society of Interior Designers and Southern Accents magazine announced that Barbara Howard, ASID, an Atlanta-based interior designer, was named grand-prize winner of the sixth annual National Residential Interior Design Contest. Howard, the top honoree in the living room category, was presented a check for $10,000 during a special ceremony at INTERIORS 06: The ASID Conference on Design, held March 15 - 19 in Nashville, Tenn. In her design, Howard used a clean-lined approach to create a timeless, yet modern, living room. To contrast the formality of the velvet-chenille sofa, iron coffee table and damask ribbon-back chairs, Howard used casual cotton pillows, glass cylinder lamps with plain paper shades, and wool-sisal carpeting in the room. She chose a tan paint on the walls and ceiling to go with the natural palette of the furniture. The judges noted that this room is a "forever" room, as it will look as classic in 20 years as it does now. The other finalists in the competition were: Kitchen Category: Sandra Chancey, ASID, and Catherine Christie, ASID, of Sandra B. Chancey Interior Design in Tampa, Fla. Bathroom Category: Rozanne Jackson, of Rozanne Jackson Interiors in Nashville, Tenn. Each project was judged on its successful integration of utility, comfort, and originality. Judges for the 2005 competition were Grant Eric Gribble, ASID, of Gribble Interior Group in Orlando, Fla., and Judy Pickett, ASID, of Design Lines, Ltd., in Raleigh, N.C., along with Southern Accents editors. The 2005 winners were featured in the September-October 2005 issue of Southern Accents magazine. Visit www.SouthernAccents.com and www.asid.org for information about the 2006 National Residential Interior Design Contest.

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