“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.

31st Annual ARTS Awards Judges

Adam Glassman
O, The Oprah Magazine

Adam Glassman has been Creative Director of O, The Oprah Magazine since 2000, overseeing O’s style pages, all aspects of the magazine’s cover shoots and the highly anticipated O Favorite Things. Glassman has been fielding questions from O readers on a wide range of fashion topics since 2007 and was a pioneer in using real women for fashion shoots in the magazine.

Glassman serves as a correspondent for EXTRA sharing his expertise, style and wit for millions of viewers, which earned him a Daytime Emmy Award in 2016. He appears regularly on Good Morning America, The View, and other national television shows.

Barbara Owens
Owens Interiors at Home

A native New Yorker, Barbara Owens moved to Texas and established her namesake business over 25 years ago. Her designs for both private and commercial spaces are steeped in Classicism with an elegant modern twist. With experience in both furniture and design, Barbara Owens has transformed properties throughout the United States and abroad.

She has completed projects for international clientele in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a 400 year old Palazzo in the rolling hills of Tuscany and a custom commercial office in China. Her expertise in design, style and trends was enlisted by a Fashion footwear Company as their Creative Director.

Cheminne Taylor-Smith

Cheminne Taylor-Smith is a creative thinker and idea generator who specializes in branding, strategy, licensing, relationship marketing, promotion, social media, and content creation. Known for her insight and straight talk, she’s helped home furnishings companies and solopreneurs take their brands to the next level and improve their businesses.

She has unmatched experience in the home, media, retail, and design arenas, working with well-known brands like Elle Decor, High Point Market, Showtime cable network, Christie’s, Metropolitan Home, Conde Nast, Galerie Magazine, Bernhardt, Hudson Publishing, Dallas Market Center, and more. Cheminne has won many awards for her work, including EXCITE and Addy awards for marketing, and an international social media award, which she won as the architect of the Style Spotters/Pinterest program for High Point Market.

Sandy Hughes

Sandy Hughes is a partner and Chief Creative Officer at Steelyard, the trade-only online product resource that seamlessly connects interior designers in the residential, commercial, and contract realms with top design-centric brands. As CCO, she oversees site and editorial content, member engagement, brand messaging, and marketing.

She researches and views thousands of Steelyard products every month, introducing new brands and products exclusively to design professionals. It is also Sandy’s priority to make Steelyard’s commitment to professional and product education continually relevant and important to the designers Steelyard serves and to help elevate the interior design trade at large.

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.

Teddie Garrigan
Coco & Dash

Teddie Garrigan along with her daughter, Courtney, owns award-winning luxury home accents retail shop, Coco & Dash, located in Dallas, Texas. Based on a solid understanding of the business of retail and a clear vision for what shopping should be, Teddie and Courtney developed a concept that quickly became a favorite with interior designers and retail customers across the United States.

In 2018 the pair launched Ciao, Coco!, a second retail concept that offers small home accessories and, coming soon, custom bedding. A new full-service interior design studio is opening in 2020. With a love of all things home, Teddie is known for her keen eye and a sense of style resulting from a lifetime of travel. A devout southerner who grew up living in Europe, she brings a relaxed and fun sophistication to Coco & Dash along with a modern sense of luxury that is fresh, stylish, and timeless.


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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