Three Lighting Showrooms Win ARTS Awards
March 7, 2012 - 4:13pm

The Dallas Market Center and the Accessories Resource Team has announced the winners of the 20th annual ARTS Awards, which recognize outstanding retailers, product designers, manufacturers and sales representatives in the home furnishings industry.

More than 500 people attended the Jan. 17 gala ceremony in The Grand Pavilion at the Dallas Market Center.

The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, is the premier awards program for the decorative accessories industry and recognizes excellence from retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives and designers in every region of the United States.

Finalists were nominated by fellow members of the home furnishings industry, and each finalist had to submit a portfolio that was reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winners.

This year, the judges include: Mark McMenamin, Senior Editor at Interior Design magazine; Janace Clarke, associate professor of fashion merchandising at Texas Christian University; Rawlins Gililand, retail consultant and expert; Helen Erdman, founder of Helen Erdman Interiors; and Pat Mayfield, founder and president of a business consulting company.

This year, three lighting showrooms were recognized for their excellence: Klaffs, Inc. in Norwalk, CT, won for the eastern part of the United States; Echo Lighting Design Gallery in Omaha, NE, was the winner in the Midwest; and Legacy Lighting & Home in Scottsdale, AZ, won in the western region of the United States.

Other winners were:


Accent Furniture
Selamat Designs – Mill Valley, CA

Area Rugs
Feizy Rugs – Dallas, TX

Decorative Accessories
The Phillips Collection – High Point, NC

Outdoor Living
Palecek – Richmond, CA

Permanent Floral
Immortalis Botanicals – Farmville, VA

Vietri – Hillsborough, NC

Wall Décor
Paragon – Albertville, AL



Furniture Store
24e. – Savannah, GA

Home Accent Specialty Store
Ambiance Interiors & Gifts – Suwanee, GA


Furniture Store
HW Home – Boulder, CO

Home Accent Specialty Store
BJ’s Home Accents, Inc. – Newburg, IN


Furniture Store
Interior Illusions – West Hollywood, CA

Home Accent Specialty Store
Seaside Home – La Jolla, CA

International Retailer
Union Lighting & Furnishings – Toronto, ON

Product Designer
Mark Abrams, Mark Abrams Design – Greensboro, NC

Rising Star Retailer
Leon & Lulu, Clawson, MI

Sales Reps

Russ Jones, OneCoast Northeast Home

Michelle Cheek, OneCoast Southwest Home

Linda Northcutt, LGN Inc.

Academy of Achievement
Murray Feiss, Generation Brands

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