Entries are closed for the 2023 dsm Home Design Awards. Check back this summer to submit entries for 2024.
Showcase Your Finest Work
dsm magazine is seeking submissions from organizations within the home industry for our 2023 dsm Home Design Awards.
Cost per submission (processing fee): $35
Categories and Subcategories:
Architecture and New Construction
- Contemporary Architecture
Showcase how you’re pushing the boundaries when it comes to modern design. We’re looking for a variety—high end to more affordable solutions.
- Traditional Architecture
Classic looks never go out of style. Show how you’re using traditional style in a fresh way.
- Vacation Home
Whether it’s on a lake, a mountain or in the woods, we want to see the best of the best in vacation homes. They can be in or out of state; please specify. We’re looking for a mix of projects and a variety of price points.
- New Construction: Modern
Show us your best new modern building projects. Any size goes. Specify the neighborhood.
- New Construction: Traditional or Transitional
What’s your best look when it comes to classic design? And how to reinterpret traditional architectural elements in creative ways? As with the modern category, any size goes.
Remodels and Renovations
- Historic Renovation or Restoration (50 years or older)
Whether you’re working on a century-old four-square or a 60s colonial, show how you’ve transformed an older home with today’s modern amenities. Get creative with spaces—think attics and basements.
- Room Remodel: Kitchen
Readers love a good makeover. Give us your best transformation of a dated kitchen with modern features and style. Projects can be purely cosmetic or complete transformations. Provide both before and after photographs, ideally with matching angles.
- Room Remodel: Living Room
Let’s see your best looks for living rooms and how you transformed a space with surface updates such as new flooring, wall coverings, window treatments and furnishings. Provide before and after photographs, ideally with matching angles.
- Room Remodel: Bath
How have you transformed one of the most utilitarian rooms in the home with new surfaces, cabinetry and fixtures? Provide before and after photographs, ideally with matching angles.
Exteriors and Outdoor Living
Whether it’s adding curb appeal or creating a backyard oasis, landscaping helps perfect any home environment. Show us your new projects, makeovers and more, with a focus on landscape design.
- Garden Design
Horticulturalists and home gardeners alike, here’s your chance to show off your best perennial and annual beds—and maybe even the veggie plot. Highlight why the garden is worth a spotlight.
- Deck, Patio, Porch, Pool
Outdoor living has become even more popular over the past few years. What have you created to enhance your clients’ outdoor experiences for entertaining as well as everyday enjoyment?
- Exterior Home Makeover
With the hot housing market, we’ve been seeing more and more exterior facelifts. Show us your best before-and-afters that enhance curb appeal while boosting home value.
- Dining Room
Classic, traditional and modern dining rooms are an enduring feature in many homes. Show us your best one. How have you shaped your dining/eating area to serve as a friend- and family-friendly space?
- Living Room: Modern
What’s your top modern aesthetic and tips for developing the look? Source furniture, artwork, lighting and any accessories that help establish the style.
- Living Room: Traditional
How have you reinterpreted traditional style for today’s modern families? Source furniture, artwork, lighting and any accessories that help establish the look.
- Primary Bedroom
Luxury amenities are the standard when it comes to bedroom design. How have you added comfort and style to this most-used space in the home?
- Specialty Room: Utility
Home gyms, mudrooms, office spaces and more add utility to the home. Show us your best solutions that incorporate storage and style.
- Specialty Room: Bar or Wine Room
How have you integrated entertaining space in new or existing construction? Show us your best solution for a home bar or wine cellar. We’re looking for dream spaces.
- Specialty Room: Basement
How have you designed this subterranean space for today’s living? We’re looking for creative uses of space and smart solutions for lighting, flooring, ceilings and other common basement elements.
Kitchen and Bath
Primary, hall or powder baths are all options in this category. Show what’s on trend with colors, finishes, cabinetry, storage and more.
- Large Kitchen: Traditional or Transitional (201+ sq ft)
The heart of the home, kitchens are deservedly one of the biggest investments. We want to see your best example of a kitchen that highlights the latest trends in traditional design. Source the local designer and any additional vendors.
- Large Kitchen: Modern (201+ sq ft)
Sleek kitchen looks continue to trend here. What’s your best modern interpretation in Greater Des Moines?
- Small Kitchen: Traditional or Transitional (up to 200 sq ft)
A modest size means great design and function are even more important. Show how you’ve built in storage, style, function and beauty into a smaller space that also reflects traditional style. What are some of your design tips or tricks?
- Small Kitchen: Modern (up to 200 sq ft)
How have you built a modern look in a small footprint? What are the tenets of the design and your solutions for working in a small space?
Cost per submission (processing fee): $35
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Dates to Remember
June 15 - August 15: Submission period; submissions will not be accepted after August 15.
October: Winners notified.
March 2023: Home Design Awards Ceremony and dsm Home Design Awards unveiling.