Sunset Announces the 2012 Sunset Design Awards, Opens Call for Submissions

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Western Home Awards and the Sunset Dream Garden Awards merge to create the ultimate competition celebrating the best in Western design.

So many of today’s major design trends have started in the West—but to us, they’re not trends, they are the way we live everyday.

Attention Western architects, designers, landscape architects, homeowners, and passionate design DIY-ers: Sunset magazine (http://www.sunset.com) has unveiled the 2012 Sunset Design Awards with a call for submissions.

The newly remodeled design competition represents the merging of two venerable programs—the Western Home Awards and the Sunset Dream Garden Awards—with the addition of two new elements: decor-and-accessories design and DIY. What will remain the same? The winning houses and gardens, which will be featured in a 2012 issue of Sunset magazine and on Sunset.com, will all reflect the best of design in the West.

“So many of today’s major design trends have started in the West—but to us, they’re not trends, they are the way we live everyday,” said Katie Tamony, Sunset editor-in-chief. “Here in the West, we live as much outdoors as in, greenness and sustainability are a given, we take high-tech innovations for granted, and ‘casual’ is a way of life seven days a week.”

Western values of casual indoor-outdoor living, sustainability, and innovation will be central to judging all of the Sunset Design Awards categories. Additionally, special jury prizes will be awarded to the projects that best represent these values as well as to the year’s best up-and-coming designer or architect under 35 in the West.

The judges—who will be announced in the coming months—will include Sunset editors, established professionals, and other notables. And for the first time, Sunset is reserving a spot on the judging panel for one lucky reader. Stay tuned for more information about when and how Sunset will be selecting its reader judge.

Categories and Submission Guidelines

In the Home & Garden Division, architects, designers, landscape architects, and owners of new or newly remodeled homes and/or gardens in the 13 Western states and western Canada are invited to submit completed designs in the following categories:

  •     How to create a dream home or garden
  •     Smaller living can be better
  •     A remodel that works
  •     A kitchen for entertaining
  •     How to create a dream retreat
  •     How to have fun outside
  •     How to garden anywhere
  •     Designed in the West

In our DIY Division, nonprofessionals in the 13 Western states and western Canada are invited to submit completed projects in the following categories:

  •     Your dream room makeover
  •     Your dream edible garden
  •     Your dream outdoor room
  •     From this to that

Complete category descriptions, rules and submission guidelines and fees are available at sunsetdesignawards.com. Deadline for submissions is May 18, 2012. Judging will take place in early June 2012. Winners will be featured in a 2012 issue of Sunset magazine and publicized on sunset.com.

Editors available for interviews. High resolution images available upon request.

Sunset magazine is the premier guide to life in the West, covering the newest and best ideas in Western home design and landscaping, food and entertaining, and regional travel in 13 Western states. Sunset and sunset.com are part of the Lifestyle Group of magazines and websites published by the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group.

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