The NKBA Atlanta Chapter’s Designs of Distinction Award Winners – 2018

Cristi Holcombe Interiors Large Kitchen Winner Rustic White Photography R

See these winning kitchen and bath projects crafted by some of Atlanta’s most talented designers.

Members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association Georgia Chapter submitted some of their best work for this year’s Designs of Distinction Awards. The projects, which were designed in accordance to the parameters set by NKBA, were scored by the NKBA GA/SC Coastal Chapter’s certified kitchen and bath designers in Savannah, Georgia. Here, we showcase the outstanding work of the 2018 Designs of Distinction Award winners. Congratulations on a job well done!


Large Kitchen Winner
Cristi Holcombe Interiors | Cristi Holcombe |


Kitchen design with large island, built-in appliaces and large vent hood
Cristi Holcombe Interiors NKBA Designs of Distinction Large Kitchen Winner. Rustic White Photography
Cristi Holcombe Interiors Large Kitchen Winner NKBA RusticWhite
Reclaimed leaded glass windows used in butler’s pantry
Cristi Holcombe wears a black blouse with red and gold necklace
Cristi Holcombe

From rearranging her furniture as a kid to bursting onto the design scene in 2009, Cristi Holcombe, principal designer and owner of Cristi Holcombe Interiors, has always had a clear vision. The same could be said for the owners of this home, a culinary couple yearning for a chef’s oasis that is calm and uncluttered. A neutral theme was chosen with various textures (think handmade glass convex subway tile backsplash) providing visual intrigue. The kitchen’s focal point is a custom metal vent hood, which showcases the functionality of a professional kitchen melded with breathtaking design. Attention to detail was given—the owners specifically requested that two leaded glass windows from their previous home be included in the design. Hence, Holcombe carefully incorporated the reclaimed items into the butler’s pantry. This contemporary kitchen strikes the perfect balance between past and present.

• Vent hood by Smithworks Iron & Design
• Tile backsplash and hardwood floors by MODA Floors & Interiors
• Wolf appliances from Howard Payne Company



Large Bathroom Winner
Designs by BSB | BeckySue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS |


Bathroom design with curbless shower, sauna and rain showerhead
Designs by BSB, NKBA 2019 Designs of Distinction Large Bathroom Winner. Willett Photography


Curbless shower enclosure with teak bench and rain showerhead
Curbless shower with teak bench
BeckySue Becker wears a teal blouse with matching jewelry set
BeckySue Becke

Blending clean lines and warm woods, BeckySue Becker, owner and principal designer of Designs by BSB, crafted this spa getaway for a couple craving a relaxing refuge. The design veteran utilized her more than 25 years of experience to completely reimagine the outdated bathroom. Removing the linen closet and downsizing the vanity, she created space for a sauna and luxe shower with multiple showerheads. Recovering any lost storage space, elegant solutions like recessed medicine cabinets and a custom vanity provide places for toiletries and more. Becker, a certified aging-in-place specialist, also included details such as a curbless shower with grab bars and a teak bench so the duo can enjoy their retreat for years to come.

• Nordic white spruce sauna by Helo Ltd
• Rain showerhead and additional showerheads by Hansgrohe
• Sconces by Crystorama



Medium Kitchen Winner
Schuon Kitchens and Baths | Marc Tyson |


Kitchen design with white cabinets and quartz countertops
Schuon Kitchens and Baths, Medium Kitchen – Designs of Distinction Award Winner. Barbara Brown Photography.
Marc Tyson wears glasses and a blue and white striped shirt
Marc Tyson


This kitchen has been the heart of this family home for several generations. The only issue? The sentimental space wasn’t cutting it when it came to aesthetics and functionality. Enter Marc Tyson, a designer at Schuon Kitchens and Baths who has more than 35 years of remodeling experience. In an effort to help the growing family update and better utilize the space, Tyson relocated the fridge, created a “tall wall” with the pantry, and gave the kitchen an overall lighter feel with white cabinets and quartz countertops. A must-have for the homeowners was to preserve the history of the husband’s family. With that in mind, his grandmother’s flour sifter, which sits in a dedicated corner, is still used today to whip up biscuits from scratch. Now, this kitchen has all the right ingredients for creating even more memories.

• Antique flour mixer
• White quartz countertops by Statuario Nuvo by Caesarstone
• Inset cabinetry Centra Maple Inset with Stratford doors by Mouser Cabinetry



Small Bathroom Winner
Thelen Designs Cailin M. Thelen, CMKBD |

Bathroom design with zero-entry shower tucked under the stairs, pocket doors and hexagonal subway floor tiles
Thelen Designs, 2019 NKBA Designs of Distinctions Small Bathroom Winner
Cailin M Thelen, smiling, in a green top and scarf
Cailin M Thelen


With the needs of their houseguests in mind, the owners of this basement bathroom sought out one of the best in the business—Cailin M. Thelen. With a family history steeped in kitchen and bath design and 30 years of crafting beautiful spaces under her belt, Thelen carefully planned this remodel to make the most of every inch.
A zero-entry shower tucked under the stairs keeps a continuous floor line for the illusion of added space while pocket doors hide towels, supplies, and more. The hexagonal subway floor tiles are easy to clean and accompany a sleek furniture vanity, framed mirror, and charming light fixtures. The end result? A refined yet relaxed basement bathroom visitors will love.

• Hex Gloss White Porcelain Mosaic Tile 2×2 inch floor tile by The Tile Shop
• Custom frameless shower door by Atlanta Glass LLC
• Fairmont Designs Charlottesville vanity in Vintage Black with nickel hardware from PDI Kitchen, Bath, & Lighting



Harry Hurt Award
Kitchen & Bath Concepts Jim Meloy, CKD |

White custom cabinet, large island with marble countertop, hardwood flooring
Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Jim Meloy, received the NKBA Harry Hurt Award. Photography by Chipper Hatter.
Jim Meloy
Jim Meloy

Created in memory of longtime NKBA member and community leader Harry Hurt, the Harry Hurt Award was presented to Jim Meloy. He is known for flawlessly blending practicality and beauty in his designs, as seen here. Meloy is also recognized for his mentorship of young designers, the time he donates to work on renovation projects for charities, and much more.



Award of Merit
Caren Danneman Designs, LLC Caren Danneman, CKBD |

Beautiful bathroom with double vanity and brown and blue wall tile
Caren Danneman Designs, Caren Danneman, CKBD received the NKBA Award of Merit. Photography by FotoGrafik Art.
Caren Danneman smiles as she takes a photo at the NKBA DOD Awards
Caren Danneman

Not only did Caren Danneman’s project meet the criteria, her hand drafting skills impressed both the client and contest judges. With more than 20 years of experience, Danneman was selected as the Award of Merit winner for excellent design illustration. The effectiveness of her drawings helped the client visualize the end result of this exquisite Moroccan-themed bathroom remodel.



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