The nominees and honorees at the inaugural Marin Design Awards include, clockwise from top left, Nadine Storyk Curtis, owner of 7 on Locust, Guideboat founder Stephen Gordon, Barbara Chambers of Chambers + Chambers Architects, floral designer Gayle Nicoletti of Bloomingayle’s and architects Ron Sutton & Elizabeth Suzuki of Sutton Suzuki. Courtesy images.

This week’s inaugural Marin Design Awards are set to confirm what we already know: that Mill Valley is home to a plethora of multi-talented design professionals spanning architecture, interior design, landscaping, floral design, fashion and much more.

Among the array of nominees in the aforementioned categories are architects Ron Sutton & Elizabeth Suzuki of  Sutton Suzuki and Barbara Chambers of Chambers + Chambers as well as floral designer Gayle Nicoletti of Bloomingayles and Guideboat founder Stephen Gordon. Nadine Storyk Curtis, owner of 7 on Locust, the Locust Ave. boutique laden with unique home decor, art, rock ‘n roll photography, clothing and jewelry, will be one of the event’s honorees

Presented by real estate firm Vanguard Properties, which is set to open a new office at 352 Miller Ave. (the former home of Once Around) in June, the event is set for Thursday, May 18, 6-9pm, at the Mill Valley Community Center. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event also features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a live fashion show. Tix are $50. 

“We wanted to recognize those designers in Marin County who have not had a vehicle to showcase their talents and contributions in the local community,” said Kevin Patsel, the event’s organizer and the Marin sales manager for Vanguard Properties. “We saw a missed opportunity to give these designers the kudos and credit they deserve for bringing design into our lives.”


Here are all of the nominees:

Architectural Design Nominees 

  • Barbara Chambers, Chambers +Chambers
  • Max Crome, Crome Architecture
  • David Holscher, Holscher Architecture
  • Michael Rex, Michael Rex Architecture
  • Ron Sutton & Elizabeth Suzuki, Sutton Suzuki

Interior Design Nominees 

  • Allison Bloom, Dehn Bloom
  • Elena Calabrese, Elene Calabrese Design & Décor
  • Martin Kobus, Marin Kobus Residential Design
  • Ann Lowengart, Ann Lowengart Interiors
  • Molie Malone, Molie Malone Interior Design                

Landscape Design Nominees 

  • Johnny Fort and Lisa Sechser, Bon Terra Landscapes
  • Ive Haugeland, Shades of Green
  • Pete Pedersen, Pederson Associates
  • Scott Reilly, Reilly Designs
  • Warren Simmonds, Simmonds & Associates

Home Décor Nominees 

  • Serena Dugan & Lily Kanter, Serena & Lily
  • Kelly Bedford Willrich & Melanie Mount, The Well Made Home
  • Catherine Bailey & Robin Petravic Heath Ceramics
  • Robert Long, Robert Long Lighting
  • Tricia Rose, Rough Linen

Floral Design Nominees 

  • Kathleen Cage, Kate’s Blossoms
  • Angella Garrett, Angella Floral Arts
  • Sarah McConneloug, Verde Event Flowers
  • Gayle Nicoletti, Blooming Gayle’s
  • Jodi Shaw, Flourish Succulents

Fashion Design Nominees 

  • Stephen Gordon, Guideboat
  • Ashley & Sara Kellenberger, KIN/K
  • Amy Nordstrom, Amy Nordstom Jewelry
  • Christina Palomo Nelson & Megan Papay, Freda Salvador
  • David, Denise and Zach Weinstein, CP Shades
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