2023 DDA: Meet the Panel

This astute group of experts has weighed in on hundreds of design entries! See the results on the following pages.


Lori Weitzner, principal and creative director of Lori Weitzner Design in New York City, is known for her wallcoverings (see one in this issue’s Accents department), rugs, passementerie, stone and tile, and bedding. Her work is featured regularly in Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times. She’s the author of “Ode to Color: The Ten Essential Palettes for Living and Design,” and recently launched a collection of textile-infused jewelry and accessories. loriweitzner.com



Britto Charette is a licensed and award-winning interior design firm that specializes in ultra-luxury interiors. From their studio in Miami, Jay Britto and David Charette, right, work with their team to create custom furniture, accessories, and turnkey interior designs. Charette’s projects also include corporate campuses, higher education, commercial, retail, and multimillion-dollar residential designs. He’s also keen on urban planning, zoning, streetscapes, and more.brittocharette.com


Nily Londeree has had a lifelong passion for interior design. Her goal of forming a connection with each client helps her create unique and personalized designs. As the owner of the Orlando, Fla.-based White Heron Designs, her experience in construction and professional certifications in residential interior design, project management, and architectural home design software help her guide beautiful projects from concept to fruition. whiteherondesigns.com



Utah-based Kinley C. Puzey, AIA, has a portfolio that ranges from humanitarian efforts on a Navajo reservation to multimillion-dollar custom homes. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Utah, where he was awarded the College of Architecture’s highest award, the AIA School Medal and Certificate for Merit and Excellence. In 2015, he founded Onyx Design Collective. onyxdesigncollective.com



Since 1983, Chicago-area interior designer Anthony Michael has specialized in classical, contemporary, and eclectic interior design. His knowledge of architecture, art, and design history, as well as an education at the acclaimed L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris, adds dimension to his work. Michael has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including the Designer of the Year and Retail Designer of the Year from the Chicago Tribune. anthonymichaelinteriordesign.com



New York-based Thom Filicia is one of today’s most influential and respected interior and product designers, and has completed residential, commercial, and hospitality projects all over the world. He’s an Emmy Award-winning television personality, best-selling author, and driving force behind the TF Home Collection and the Sedgwick & Brattle showroom in NYC. thomfilicia.com, sedgwickandbrattle.com



Keysha Jillian launched K. Jillian Designs in 2003. She’s known for her ability to transform a space, as well as her dedication to ensuring a pleasant experience for her clients. The Tampa-based Jillian creates areas that are comfortable, polished, and sophisticated, yet possess an individual personality and style that her clients find appealing. She’s been featured in the Tampa Bay Times, Reader’s Digest, and South Tampa magazine. kjilliandesigns.com



Reginald L. Thomas, AIA, has worked with architectural/design firms in New York City for almost 30 years, and is the principal of his own studio. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, and studied at the Institute of Classical Architecture. In addition to AIA, he’s a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the Historic Preservation Commission of Plainfield in Plainfield, N.J.


New Preston, Conn.-based interior designer Karen Davis has more than 25 years of experience, including 18 years as the founder/owner of Davis Raines Design. KAREN DAVIS

New Preston, Conn.-based interior designer Karen Davis has more than 25 years of experience, including 18 years as the founder/owner of Davis Raines Design. Her work has been featured in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, New England Home, and Architectural Digest, and in two episodes of “Treehouse Masters.” Davis has served as the president of the board of directors for the American Society of Interior Designers in Connecticut. davisrainesdesign.com



Maryland-based designer Iantha Carley has been energizing homes with her passion for color and pattern since 2005. She delights in helping clients realize they can live in beautiful environments that can stand up to the rigors of daily life. Carley’s guiding philosophy is to transform and elevate her clients’ most cherished possessions within an environment that’s invigorating yet enduringly personal and familiar. ianthainteriors.com


New Preston, Conn.-based interior designer Karen Davis has more than 25 years of experience, including 18 years as the founder/owner of Davis Raines Design. KAYLA COOPER

From clothes to cars to spaces, Kayla Cooper has designed it all. Although her styles and practices have evolved over the years, her love for design and the creative process hasn’t waned. She began her career in Washington, D.C., but now travels to create modern, minimalist spaces with sustainable influences. Based out of Pennsylvania, Cooper loves clean lines and strong architecture. kaylacooperdesign.com


Detroit Design Awards 2022

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