Suzan Wemlinger voted Decorating Den’s top decorator

Her dining room makeover wins annual contest

EASTON, Md. — Franchise owner Suzan Wemlinger of Milwaukee was named Decorating Den Interiors’ Decorator of the Year, the highest design award presented by the interior design and home furnishings franchise company and in-home decorating service.

Suzan Wemlinger Decorating Den winnerSuzan Wemlinger of Milwaukee is Decorating Den Interiors’ Decorator of the Year. She won for her dining room makeover.
Her makeover of a dining room was selected as the best of 267 entries in 11 categories judged by U.S. and Canadian design journalists in Decorating Den’s 31st International Dream Room awards competition.

Wemlinger received her award at the company’s 46th annual conference and supplier market in Jacksonville, Fla. She also will be honored in New York City at a dinner with designer Mario Buatta.

The company’s Dream Room Awards competition results in four top design awards and two runners-up for each.

First runner-up was Kathy McGoarty of Lansdale, Pa., who won first place in the living room category.

Second runner-up was a tie between Katie Rioux of Calgary, Alberta, who won first place in the kitchen category and Deborah Bettcher, of Wayne Pa., who won first place in the bedroom category.

Barbara Elliott and Jennifer Ward-Woods of Stone Mountain, Ga., won the Donayre Award, which is voted on by company franchisees and is named for Carol Donayre Bugg, company vice president and director of design. They won for their design of a bedroom makeover.

First runner-up was Barbara Tabak, of Harrisburg, Pa., for an outdoor space, which also took second place in the miscellaneous category judged by the journalists.

Elliot and Ward-Woods also took second runner-up for a kitchen that earned second place in that category as judged by the journalists.

Elliot and Ward-Woods and McGroaty tied for the People’s Choice Award, an online judging open to the public in which more than 20,000 votes were cast among the 267 entries. Elliot and Ward-Woods won for a bathroom and McGroaty for family room.

Deanna Frazier, of Plano, Texas, won second place for her design of bedroom.

Named after Patti Coons, former public relations director who was instrumental in starting the Dream Room competition, the Patti Award is for first-time entries into the competition and is judged by franchisees who have achieved Decorating Den Certified Decorator status.

Cassy Young of Bogart, Ga., won first place for a living room design.

Abby Dahlinghaus of Eaton, Ohio, won second place for a commercial space, a clubhouse for residential community.

Ana Gil-Jones of Exton, Pa., won third place for her bathroom makeover.

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