Cape Cod-Based Interior Design Firm Wins Four Top Awards

CAPE COD, Mass., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Casabella Interiors was recently honored with four design awards from three different organizations. Luxe Interiors Magazine awarded Casabella the “Best of the Rest, Landscape Design/Outdoor Rooms” award for 2020. The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) awarded Casabella the 2020 EM NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Gold Award for Residential Exterior, and America’s Property Awards selected Casabella for both Bathroom Design and Residential Interior Private Residence Design awards.

These awards reflect Founder and Principal Designer, Michele Holbrook’s continuous pursuit of design excellence for her clients. Says Holbrook, “”Our top priority is to provide an ultra-premium design experience for our clients. Each client’s interior reflects a completely distinctive approach – no two homes are alike. I am always thrilled to see the efforts of me and my team be professionally recognized.”   

The LUXE Interiors Magazine RED Award honors excellence, innovation and the best residential architecture, interior design and landscape architecture projects across the country. Casabella’s winning entry features extraordinary work on an outdoor living space in Dennis, Massachusetts complete with custom-designed poolside sectionals precisely placed for best ocean views, a stone fireplace, and state-of-the art outdoor kitchen.

For the CotY Award there were 80 projects submitted across eighteen categories. A panel of eleven independent reviewers judged the project entries in a blind evaluation. Casabella’s outdoor space took top honors for the combined mixture of poolside relaxation and luxury.

A stunning, fully reimagined bathroom overlooking the ocean took the top prize with America’s Property Awards as did Casabella’s captivating residential interior featuring a fetching queen size rope bed, custom kitchen cabinetry, and bespoke furnishings to lend the home a chic seaside feel.

About Casabella Interiors

Casabella Interiors is a nationally recognized design firm specializing in distinctive and inviting home interiors. They source from a globally curated selection of custom furnishings, artwork, fixtures, and textiles and work with best-in-class artisans to deliver a five star design experience to their clients. The firm also has a Cape Cod boutique featuring a selection of their custom offerings and a 2,500 square foot off-site showroom.

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Interior awards its last major EIS task order for $483M

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Dave Nyczepir

The Department of the Interior has largely finished the procurement portion of its transition to the new, governmentwide contract for information technology and telecommunications, following the award of a nearly $483 million voice services task order.

Interior awarded the task order covering telephone and conferencing services to the economically disadvantaged, women-owned small business Core Technologies under the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract on Sept. 17.

The department was only 33% of the way toward transitioning off the expiring Networx contract by the General Services Administration‘s deadline of Sept. 30, 2022, as of early August but can now focus on fully on modernization.

Interior awarded Core Technologies a $1.6 million EIS task order for telecom support for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency on Aug. 28. Together the two task orders represent Core Technologies’ first under EIS.

The department’s largest task order was a $1.6 billion award to CenturyLink for core network services and access services like Wi-Fi in January.

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Registration opens for Interior Design Society awards gala

HIGH POINT – Registration is now open for the Interior Design Society Designer of the Year Awards Gala. Set to be held virtually at 7 p.m. EST on Oct. 8, the gala is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is open to the public.

“We are extremely excited for this year’s awards program” said Jenny Cano, IDS executive director. “The digital platform has presented many new and unique opportunities.”

To attend the virtual awards gala, register on the IDS website. At the same link, thanks to event sponsors, a limited amount of celebration boxes are also available at the same site. Event sponsors include Frenchie’s Florals, High Point Market, Howard Elliott, Showplace Cabinetry, Mydoma Studio, Polywood, Sherwin-Williams, Surya and The Romo Group.

With spaces ranging from bedrooms to outdoor spaces, the program spotlights the talent of IDS designers in more than 30 Designer of the Year categories that were judged by a panel that included:

  • Sasha Bikoff, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design
  • Chelsie Butler, Kitchen and Bath Business
  • Stacy Coulter, Stacy Coulter & Associates
  • Jane Dagmi, Designers Today
  • Mary Devincenzo, Norwalk Furniture
  • Allison Eden, Allison Eden Studios
  • Annmarrie Fabbi, Sherwin-Williams
  • Diane Falvey, Furniture, Lighting & Decor
  • Kelly Fridline, Kelly Fridline Design
  • Benni Frowein, Schumacher
  • Jenna Gaidusek, eDesign Tribe
  • Stephen Garrison, University Hall of Innovation
  • Frederic Henry, The Romo Group
  • Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging in Place Specialist
  • Susan Inglis, Sustainable Furnishings Council
  • Margi Kyle, The Designing Doctor
  • Libby Langdon, Libby Langdon Interiors
  • Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl
  • Molly Mays, Rizzy Home
  • LuAnn Nigara, A Well-Designed Business
  • Jannicke Ramso, Tiny Little Pads
  • Diane Rath, The Rath Project
  • Rebecca Sutton, Kitchen Design Concepts
  • Jackie Von Tobel, Jackie Von Tobel
  • Michele Williams, Scarlett Thread Consulting

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Interior awards $482M EIS task order — FCW

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Interior awards $482M EIS task order

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On Sept. 17, the Department of the Interior’s Office of the CIO inked a $482 million task order for telephony and conferencing services under the GSA’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract with Norcross, Ga.-based Core Technologies.

The contract was awarded by the Interior Department’s Business Center, through its Acquisition Services Directorate.

The contract with Core also marks another major EIS commitment for the Interior Department. Last winter, the agency signed a $1.6 billion task order with CenturyLink for managed core network services and managed access services. On July 30, the Interior Department awarded Verizon a $147 million task order to provide network transport services for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ education network.

The Interior Department awarded the Core contract after a full and open competition, and not through a set-aside, according to contracting documents.

Core is one of the three small business contractors on EIS, categorized as an economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business.

The other two small business EIS contractors are MetTel and Microtech.

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Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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Trump awards Kuwaiti emir ‘prestigious’ decoration, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honor has been given since 1991.

The 91-year-old emir arrived in the United States in July to complete medical treatment, the Kuwaiti state news agency said at the time, adding that he was in stable condition after having undergone successful surgery in July.

The emir’s eldest son, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, accepted the award on behalf of his father at a private ceremony with Trump on Friday.

The White House praised the emir as an “unwavering friend and partner to the United States” who gave “indispensable support to the United States throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Defeat-ISIS campaign.”

Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq to oust former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein; Operation Enduring Freedom to the 2001 U.S.-led military operation that drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan; and the Defeat-ISIS campaign to the coalition effort to end the Islamic State militant group’s control of territory in Syria and Iraq.

The White House described the award given to the Kuwaiti emir on Friday as a rare, prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the president, typically to foreign heads of state or government.

On Monday, Kuwait’s prime minister told the Kuwaiti cabinet of the improvement of the emir’s health.

In July, Kuwait’s cabinet tweeted that the emir arrived at Rochester airport in the United States, without specifying which U.S. city of that name. The main campus of the Mayo Clinic, among the top U.S. medical centers, is in Rochester, Minnesota.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two sources familiar with the matter said the emir is being treated at the Mayo Clinic. The clinic referred queries to the Kuwaiti government, which issued a statement largely echoing the White House’s comments about the emir receiving the award.

(Reporting by Makini Brice, Tim Ahmann, Arshad Mohammed and Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese and Paul Simao)

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Tauranga kitchen designer wins big in prestigious awards

A Tauranga kitchen designer has received top recognition in a prestigious nationwide competition.

Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart received six awards, including a supreme recognition, in the annual 2020 National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Excellence in Design Awards.

Mathieson won the Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Design Award for the kitchen she designed for a Tauranga family who love to entertain.

She was also awarded the Excellence in Design Kitchen Distinction Award $60,000 to $80,000 Award, the Excellence in Design Lighting Design Award and the Excellence in Design Bay of Plenty Chapter Kitchen Recognition Award.

Mathieson also snapped up the BOP Chapter Bathroom Recognition Award.

The Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Manufacturer Award went to Vekart for the company’s extraordinary work on the kitchen fabrication.

The 33-year-old said she has won runner-up in a local category before but never anything “this big” and thanked owners Kevin and Tracy Murphy for their support.

“This is the first time the Bay of Plenty has ever had a supreme award so it is pretty massive.

“It’s so unexpected and quite overwhelming. It is just massive to be recognised among your peers more than anything. It is really humbling.

“You just think you’re plodding away in little old Tauranga and not realising you’re doing some pretty epic stuff that is now nationally recognised.”

The annual awards celebrate the work of the creme de la creme of kitchen and bathroom designers and manufacturers in New Zealand.

Tauranga designer Chelsey Mathieson. Photo / Supplied
Tauranga designer Chelsey Mathieson. Photo / Supplied

More than 100 designs were entered this year, and 18 designers were recognised for their work located around the country.

Mathieson’s Supreme kitchen design was described as having a calm, luxurious and relaxed vibe with natural materials and texture.

“The kitchen is for a small family that have a love of entertaining, a strong passion for interior design and a vision for the overall outcome,” she said.

A Tauranga kitchen designer has received top recognition in a prestigious nationwide competition.

“The coastal inspiration was pulled from the Tauranga environment of warmth and texture, looking out across the beach with a view of Toi Toi, grasses, wood and water.

“The clients have lived in Sydney and so a strong influence came from interiors and themes often seen in Australian homes.”

The founder of Niche Design Co in Tauranga said she also wanted to acknowledge her clients.

“It was a huge input from them. It wouldn’t have been what it is without her. It was a real joint effort… Client satisfaction is why I do what I do.”

The winning kitchen. Photo / Supplied
The winning kitchen. Photo / Supplied

Mathieson said she had been designing kitchens and bathrooms for 16 years after leaving school and began working in the family business alongside her father and brother who are both cabinet makers.

“I just started drawing kitchens and found a passion for it and became a certified kitchen designer in 2011. I’ve just always loved design and everything that goes along with it.”

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Trump Awards Kuwaiti Emir ‘Prestigious’ Decoration, White House Says | World News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honor has been given since 1991.

The 91-year-old emir arrived in the United States in July to complete medical treatment, the Kuwaiti state news agency said at the time, adding that he was in stable condition after having undergone successful surgery in July.

The emir’s eldest son, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, accepted the award on behalf of his father at a private ceremony with Trump on Friday.

The White House praised the emir as an “unwavering friend and partner to the United States” who gave “indispensable support to the United States throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Defeat-ISIS campaign.”

Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq to oust former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein; Operation Enduring Freedom to the 2001 U.S.-led military operation that drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan; and the Defeat-ISIS campaign to the coalition effort to end the Islamic State militant group’s control of territory in Syria and Iraq.

The White House described the award given to the Kuwaiti emir on Friday as a rare, prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the president, typically to foreign heads of state or government.

On Monday, Kuwait’s prime minister told the Kuwaiti cabinet of the improvement of the emir’s health.

In July, Kuwait’s cabinet tweeted that the emir arrived at Rochester airport in the United States, without specifying which U.S. city of that name. The main campus of the Mayo Clinic, among the top U.S. medical centers, is in Rochester, Minnesota.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two sources familiar with the matter said the emir is being treated at the Mayo Clinic. The clinic referred queries to the Kuwaiti government, which issued a statement largely echoing the White House’s comments about the emir receiving the award.

(Reporting by Makini Brice, Tim Ahmann, Arshad Mohammed and Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese and Paul Simao)

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New Zealand’s best kitchen and bathroom celebrated at 2020 NKBA awards

A stunning kitchen inspired by a coastal setting in Tauranga has taken top kitchen honours in the annual National Kitchen and Bathroom Association NZ awards.

The long, galley-style kitchen, designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, won the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Design Award.

The main bathroom winner at the awards evening on September 18 was a dark and masculine bathroom in an Auckland house. The bathroom, by Christchurch designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors, won the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Bathroom Design Award.

This is the best kitchen in 2020 – winner of the NKBA Supreme Kitchen Design Award. The kitchen, in a beachfront Tauranga home, was designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, Rotorua.

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This is the best kitchen in 2020 – winner of the NKBA Supreme Kitchen Design Award. The kitchen, in a beachfront Tauranga home, was designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, Rotorua.

And the 2020 Designer of the Year was Morgan Cronin of Cronin Kitchens, Auckland, who took out seven awards.

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The designer said the kitchen, in a beachfront home, was designed for a “small family that have a love of entertaining, a strong passion for interior design and a vision for the overall outcome”. The coastal environment inspired the visual warmth and textural elements – the home looks out across the beach, providing a view of toi toi grasses, wood and sea.

“The clients have lived in Sydney and so a strong influence came from interiors and themes often seen in Australian homes,” said Mathieson.

Mathieson's winning kitchen was inspired by the coastal setting. It features a marble island and splashback.

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Mathieson’s winning kitchen was inspired by the coastal setting. It features a marble island and splashback.

The judges praised the limited colour palette and openness of the kitchen.

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The judges praised the limited colour palette and openness of the kitchen.

The judges praised the “restricted pallet, coastal vernacular and structured elegance”.

“A clever, aesthetically beautiful and complex kitchen that has been completed to the absolute highest of standards,” the judges said. “The marble shelf and marble detailing running through the cabinetry is both subtle and thoughtful, and a lovely addition. The project is refined simplicity at its best. The space is open and welcoming, the lighting responds beautifully to its environment.”

In total, the kitchen received five awards. In addition to the Supreme Award, it won the the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Kitchen Distinction Award $60k – $80k Award, the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Lighting Design Award and the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Bay of Plenty Chapter Kitchen Recognition Award.

The 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Manufacturer Award went to Vekart for their “extraordinary work on the kitchen fabrication”.

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Supreme Bathroom Award winner Angelique Armstrong’s master suite is a large opulent space.

Special features include a large double shower in bespoke gunmetal, glass entrance doors and glass handles from Italy, and the vanity fronts, top and vanity basins fabricated from Neolith Calatorao. The blue stone has a honed leather finish, and was cut and laid into random sizes

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LIXIL announces winners for Asia Pacific Property Awards 2020-21

LIXIL continues to empower the real estate sector as a headline sponsor for the Asia Pacific Property Awards

TOKYO, Sept. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LIXIL, maker of pioneering water and housing products, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Property Awards, today announced the winners for this year’s edition.

Asia Pacific Property Awards 2020-2021

This year there are 628 winners from across Asia Pacific in the Architecture, Development, Interior Design and Real Estate categories. Mainland China swept the maximum awards (146 awards) followed by Thailand (69 awards). This was closely chased by Singapore (58 awards) and Hong Kong (54 awards). Other important markets including Vietnam (44 awards), India (26 awards), Philippines (26 awards) and Indonesia (27 awards) also made a mark at this year’s edition.

In this globally challenging time, the award ceremony was held online and saw the congregation of many renowned names in the architecture and design community. All the top winners for 2020-2021 in the Asia Pacific region will be a part of the International Awards, celebrating their achievements in a virtual ceremony held on 7 September 2020. The Asia Pacific Property Awards are one of the biggest and most established awards in the industry, receiving over 900 entries each year from countries across the entire region. The awards provide recognition to the best companies operating within the architecture, interior design, real estate and property developer sectors. Sponsored by LIXIL Asia through its power brands GROHE and American Standard as part of a three-year partnership as Headline Sponsor from 2019 until 2021, the Asia Pacific Property Awards are the largest branch of the International Property Awards (IPA).

LIXIL, as a global market leader in the water technology industry, recognises the increasing concern around hygiene globally and is pre-empting consumers’ needs for touchless, IoT enabled, hygiene solutions (technologies and products). Through its portfolio of power brands, LIXIL offers pioneering technologies that promote health, hygiene, comfort and sustainability. Each of the power brands have their own star products, including American Standard HygieneClean Technology, award-winning Genie hand shower and Aqua Ceramic; GROHE SmartControl Kitchen Collection and sensor faucets; INAX 3in1Jet Bowl; as well as the SPALET range and the recently launched SATO Tap. Against the backdrop and uncertainties of an ongoing global pandemic, the awards mark a celebratory milestone for the community and for LIXIL Asia to continue providing consumer-centric products across different price points, designs and technologies.

Satoshi Konagai, CEO of LIXIL Water Technology Asia Pacific, expressed, “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the winners and hope that this memorable moment will be a reminder that good design will shine even during tough times. At LIXIL, consumer centricity is a big part of who we are and what we do as a purpose-driven company. Our industry leading brands cater to consumers across all lifestyle needs, from affordable to luxury ranges, functional to precision technology, and classic to modern design. By awarding these professionals with this industry honour, we want to empower them to rise

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