“I believe the ARTS Awards is the highest honor the industry offers.”

-Mark Phillips, Phillips Collection
How it all works...

April 1 - June 30

ARTS Awards is a peer-nominated program open to anyone in the home accents industry. The ease of the online ballot allows for multiple nominations across all categories. Read more.


August - November

Finalists are announced in August and compete by submitting an online presentation highlighting category specific criteria established by the ARTS Awards Committee. Read more.



A panel of judges independently reviews and scores each online presentation. Scores are verified by an independent accouting firm and the list of winners is revealed at the gala. Read more.


January 20, 2017

The culmination of the ARTS Awards process occurs the night of the gala. Finalists are recognized and winners receive the highest honor in the home industry—the ARTS Award. Read more.

April 1 - June 30

The ARTS Awards program seeks to recognize and promote the excellence and achievement of home industry leaders and professionals. Nominations are received online from April 1 – June 28. Home industry professionals nominate manufacturers, retailers, designers and sales representatives to compete for the highest honor in the home industry—the ARTS Award. This is a peer nomination program, and nominators/nominees are not required to be an ART member nor exhibit at the Dallas Market Center.

Award Categories


  • Accent Furniture
  • Area Rugs
  • Home Accents
  • Home Textiles
  • Lamps
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Outdoor Living
  • Tabletop
  • Wall Decor

  • Furniture Store
  • International Retailer - Furniture/Home Accents/Lighting showroom eligible
  • Home Accents Store
  • East Atlantic Region
  • Midwest/Southwest Region
  • West Region
  • Lighting Showroom
  • East Atlantic Region
  • Midwest/Southwest Region
  • West Region

  • Sales Representative
  • East Atlantic Region
  • Midwest/Southwest Region
  • West Region
  • Product Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Academy of Achievement - Individual that has made a significant impact on the home industry

August - November

Finalists are announced in August and receive comprehensive promotion via industry advertising, public relations and social media campaigns. The ARTS Awards brand carries sweeping recognition so finalists and winners are always encouraged to promote their affiliation. Between mid-August to early November, finalists prepare and submit creative presentations online that highlight their award-winning attributes for the panel of judges to independently review and score. Criteria and point values for the digital presentation vary based on the category.


The panel of judges, comprised of home industry experts, convene in November for an intensive review of finalists submissions. They spend hours carefully evaluating each submission based on category specific criteria. In addition to industry judges there is also peer voting from current ART membership which constitutes approximately 5% of finalists scores. After judges submit their scores and ART members vote, the results are tabulated by an independent accounting firm and the list of winners is kept confidential until the ARTS Awards gala.

29th Annual ARTS Awards Judges

Dixon Bartlett
Norwalk Furniture Company

Dixon Bartlett is a highly regarded furniture industry executive currently serving as Chief Creative Officer for Norwalk Furniture as well as Managing Director for Bunakara.

After college Dixon joined This End Up Furniture Company, helping manage its growth from 11 to 230 stores. In 2000 he joined lifestyle retailer Storehouse and traveled the world to bring together the very best elements of an eclectic modern merchandising mix. In 2007, along with long-time business associate Caroline Hipple, Dixon formed HB2 Resources, a consulting service in the areas of strategic and tactical business planning, product and showroom design, as well as cultural and employee development. Today, in addition to his corporate roles he serves as a consultant to a broad range of home furnishings companies.

Jan Cregier
Interior Design Society

Jan Cregier serves as the National Board President of the Interior Design Society (IDS), a nationwide membership organization serving residential interior designers.

Under her leadership as National President, IDS has implemented new strategies to increase its value to members resulting in record breaking years for several programs, including their National Conference and Designer of the Year Competition. IDS also strengthened its commitment to student membership by establishing a student design category in the Designer of the Year Competition and by founding a scholarship program launching fall of 2017. Jan also previously held the position of president of the IDS Chicago Chapter.

For over 20 years, Jan’s passion has been creating stunning interior spaces that express her clients’ vision and personality. She founded her Chicago-based firm, Interior Expressions by Jan, to fulfill that passion and has produced many award-winning designs. Jan received Designer of the Year awards the past 5 years, most recently winning the Whole Home Design category.

Greg O’Neal

Greg O’Neal is CCO (Chief Collaboration Officer) + Co-Founder of CUR8, a new company that serves as a marketplace for leading edge home products that are smart, “made here,” and/or healthy.

Greg has been curating, designing, and licensing products for the national and international home furnishings industry for over 24 years including residential and commercial interior design as well as product design collaborations with some of the largest manufacturers and retailers in the global marketplace.

For Austin, Texas-based home décor company Four Hands, Greg served as the key design and visual merchandiser. Since 2004, he has independently owned his design firm Philosophy Design, which has worked in the senior care, restaurant, boutique hotel, and retail segments as well as designed home furnishings and lighting products for a multitude of wholesale brands and licensees.

In 2016 Greg joined forces with his former client, CUR8 CEO+ Co-Founder Jasmine Jaco (a senior executive and lifelong consultant for some of the world’s largest retailers) to develop a marketplace that brings the best of “what’s next” to the professional interior design community.

Connie Lineberry
Connie Lineberry

Connie Lineberry’s career in publishing began with Knight Ridder newspapers, followed by stints with Landmark Newspapers and Gannett. Lineberry was hired by Steve Pond, founding publisher of Furniture/Today, in 1981 to launch a marketing services department.

Over the years Lineberry has worked as a marketing executive in partnership with countless furniture and home accent companies to help develop advertising and marketing content for a range of industry publications as the family of trade publications continued to expand. She served as the publisher of Home Accents Today on two separate occasions, as vice president of marketing, and as executive vice president of creative brand services.

Today she runs a successful consulting practice that advises a range of home furnishings companies on industry best practices including product development and marketing.

Susan Inglis
Sustainable Furnishings Council

Susan Inglis, executive director of Sustainable Furnishings Council and founder of From the Mountain, has over 25 years of experience working with artisans and promoting sustainable manufacturing in the home furnishings, fashion, and gift industries. Under Inglis’ direction, SFC has gained national attention and brought the organization widespread recognition as the primary source for verified sustainable home furnishings. She received the 2009 WithIt WOW Award for Education. Inglis exclusively serves as the Green Award judge and reviews only the manufacturing finalists’ submissions.

Jaye Anna Mize
Fashion Snoops

Jaye Anna Mize is the Home Interiors Director for the trend-forecasting agency Fashion Snoops. With a passion for trend psychology, technology and design, Jaye has branched across fashion into home interiors through her development in trend forecasting over the past 12 years. Working with major brands world-wide, Jaye spends her time covering international events and analyzing key cultural influencers within the home & interior markets to produce macro and micro projections.


The formal ARTS Awards gala is held during the January Total Home and Gift Market in Dallas and is attended by hundreds of industry leaders including the major trade media. The evening begins with a networking cocktail hour followed by dinner and then the recognition of finalists and announcement of winners. It’s an incredible and inspiring evening full of pride and celebration. Reservations for the event open October 1st.

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