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Submitted by Decorating Den Interiors, Vice President of Design, Carol Donayre Bugg.

The winter highlight at Decorating Den’s Corporate Headquarters has always been the arrival of the latest entries in our annual Dream Room Contest. This year the UPS driver plowing though 24” of snow to drop off the next load of boxes was as warming to our staff in Easton, Maryland as the arrival of the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.

Twenty-six years ago the Dream Room Contest evolved from a simple in-house competition to a major event judged by the editors from shelter, women’s and trade publications. For Decorating Den’s independent interior decorators this is a unique opportunity for their work to be exposed to the media. The entry boards show in words, samples and before and after pictures how they transformed their client’s homes. Everyone who enters the Dream Room Contest has the potential of seeing their work published in magazines, books, calendars, and on television and the Internet.

2009 Decorator of the Year Lynne Lawson's Winning Family Room Entry

Once the boards and support material arrive at our office they are carefully logged in before being packed up and delivered to the Marriott Marquis in NYC. Here the judges convene to select first, second and third place winners in twelve categories. The decorators with a winning first place entry are eligible to receive the top award. That person returns the following year to be recognized as Decorating Den’s Decorator of the Year.

The forsythia was in bloom by the time 2009 Decorator of the Year from Columbia Maryland, Lynne Lawson and her handsome husband Bruce were in residence in the Presidential Suite in the Waldorf Towers. The list of dignitaries that stayed in this suite before Lynne include John F. Kennedy, Douglas MacArther and Queen Elizabeth. Another Decorating Den tradition for our special honoree is dinner at the landmark Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building where our longtime friend Mario Buatta added his bonhomie to our celebration. Besides an engraved charm bracelet memento from Tiffany’s and other perks, Lynne’s choice for a Broadway show was the Tony Award winning “Billy Elliott.”

Lynne will be our reigning Decorator of the Year until May, when over 400 Decorating Den business owners convene in New Orleans at our 41st annual conference. Then during during our Dream Room Awards Ceremony, that we like to compare to a combination Oscar/Tony/Emmy event, the winners will be announced and a new Decorator of The Year will be proclaimed for 2010!

Rooms from past and recent Dream Room Contests are featured on decoratingden.com, in our monthly web “Tips” Newsletter, quarterly Interior Perspectives, and in the media.

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