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General Information

How to Enter

Begin by visiting and registering an account for your organization. Once you’re registered, and after you’ve signed in, click the “New Entry” link and fill out the form with your project details and attach your images. Remember to save your entry. You may revisit and submit as many entries as you wish until October 1, 2019. Once you’ve entered all of your projects, use the “Submit and Pay” link to check out and finalize your submissions.

Project Images

Each entry must be accompanied by at least one, but no more than eight, high-resolution image(s). Images submitted must be about 8 x 10 inches, at 300dpi minimum (any image that does not meet this requirement will not be accepted). The acceptable format is JPG, with a size limitation of 50MB per image. Please see our Photography Terms section.

You may enter as many projects as you wish. Please upload your appropriately named images via the online submission form.

To ensure anonymity, photos should be named by category and NOT the name of designer and/or homeowner submitting the project. Example of correct image name: traditionalgreatroom1.jpg, traditionalgreatroom2.jpg.

If you are listing your photographer’s name and that photographer shot photos that you are entering in more than one category, please list your photographer’s name/company the same way throughout.

Project Concept Statement / Description

Please provide a typed overview (100 - 250 words) detailing significant aspects of the project. The statement should discuss design challenges, location (city name), design solutions, and other pertinent aspects, but must not mention firm name, nor individuals involved. Entrants must include the year the project was completed. Design projects more than five years old will not be accepted. Projects should be submitted via the entry-submission form at

Rising Star

Rising Star nominees must have fewer than 10 consecutive years experience in their field, and must have completed at least one significant project. Nominations must be submitted by someone other than the nominee. Nominees will be contacted for complete portfolio, résumé and professional photo. No fee is required for nomination.

Readers' Choice

“Readers’ Choice Best Overall Home” is an award given to the project that receives the most votes from Detroit Home readers at

Projects submitted in the Best Overall Home category are automatically available online for readers to cast their votes and are eligible to win the Readers’ Choice Best Overall Home award.


An independent panel is selected from outside Michigan. Judges are drawn from national media (print and television), respected academic institutions, and private practice, and include nationally recognized names from design and architecture. Their expertise reflects a broad spectrum of related professions, including architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. All judges’ decisions are final.


Entries that have won in or were submitted to competitions other than the DHDA are allowed. Entries that have been submitted previously (in other years) in the DHDA competition are allowed. Entries that have won in the DHDA competition (in other years) are not allowed to be submitted in the same category in which they already won.


All entries must be submitted, and paid for in full, via web form, by October 1, 2019.

Fee (non-refundable)

Entry fees are payable via our online entry form, which accepts PayPal, Visa®, MasterCard® or American Express®.
  • 1-3 entries: $100 each
  • 4-6 entries: $90 each
  • 7+ entries: $80 each

Advertising Opportunity

One half the entry fee will be rebated as a voucher toward the purchase of an advertisement in the April/May 2019 special Design Awards issue of Detroit Home magazine.

For advertising opportunities, contact Jason Hosko at 248-268-8026.

Photography Terms

Entrants must secure and submit royalty/reuse-free photos from their photographer before submitting images (to run in Detroit Home / at no additional charge). All photography submitted may be published free of charge by Hour Media for up to one year from submission date. It is the entrant’s responsibility to inform the photographer of these terms.

Guidelines / Additional Terms

Only entrants will receive an award. If other companies, designers, and/or homeowners contributed to the project and would like to receive an award, duplicate plaques may be purchased upon receipt of the winner letter at an additional cost of $45. Additional contributors will not be mentioned at the awards ceremony, on award plaque, or in the magazine unless his/her company was listed as a “co-entrant.”

Important note: If you list a co-entrant on an entry, the co-entrant’s name will appear as a co-winner with your company name in the magazine and on the award plaque if your submission is selected as a winner. There is a separate opportunity on the submission form to list others who contributed to the project; this area is optional and those you list here will NOT receive an award plaque if your entry is selected as a winner. Their names, however, may be featured in the DHDA magazine editorial.

Failure to comply fully with contest rules may result in disqualification. Entry fee is non-refundable and will not be returned (even if entry is determined to be ineligible or disqualified). Hour Media is not liable for lost, stolen, ineligible, misdirected, damaged, mutilated, or postage-due entries. Winning submissions become the property of Detroit Home magazine. Detroit Home retains legal/publishing rights through one year after publishing of the April/May 2019 Design Awards issue.


Detroit Home: 248-691-1800 x143

Printable entry packets are available at:

Dates to Remember

October 1, 2019: Submission and fee deadline
December 2019: Winners notified
March 2020: Design Awards Gala
April 2020: Detroit Home magazine Design Awards issue



  • Millwork
  • Stair & Railing
  • Decorative Glass & Mirror
  • Flooring / Rugs
  • Interior Use of Stone
  • Interior Use of Tile
  • Interior / Exterior Lighting
  • Fireplace
  • Custom Cabinet Installation
  • Custom Furniture
  • Repurposed Furniture


  • Gate / Fence / Wall
  • Exterior Use of Stone / Tile / Concrete
  • Residential Landscape Water Feature
  • Residential Swimming Pool / Spa
  • Deck / Patio / Porch
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Residential Landscape Design over One Acre
  • Residential Landscape Design under One Acre
  • Garden
  • Exterior Use of Color (Paint, Doors, Shutters)


  • Utility / Garage
  • Laundry Room / Mud Room
  • Specialty Room (Gym, Music, Craft, Billiards, Pet Area, etc.)
  • Wine Room
  • Bar
  • Conservatory / Screen Room / Sunroom
  • Children's Room / Play Space
  • Powder Room
  • Bath (up to 150 sq. ft.)
  • Bath (more than 150 sq. ft.)
  • Kitchen (up to 200 sq. ft.)
  • Kitchen (between 201 - 500 sq. ft.)
  • Kitchen (over 500 sq. ft.)
  • Traditional Master Suite
  • Contemporary Master Suite
  • Traditional Dining Room
  • Contemporary Dining Room
  • Traditional Foyer
  • Contemporary Foyer
  • Traditional Living Room / Great Room
  • Contemporary Living Room / Great Room
  • Traditional Interior Design (more than one room)
  • Contemporary Interior Design (more than one room)
  • Library / Study
  • Home Office
  • Use of a Collection, Antiques, or Art
  • Use of Color
  • Use of Fabrics / Upholstery
  • Wall Treatment (special paint technique, wall covering, etc.)
  • Window treatment
  • Closet
  • Finished Basement
  • Guest Suite NEW CATEGORY

Commercial Design

  • Retail Interior Design (boutiques, stores, salons)
  • Restaurants / Bars
  • Office
  • Lobby
  • Commercial Building Architecture
  • Commercial Landscape
  • Sustainable Design (environmentally green flooring, lighting, etc.)


  • Historic Renovation / Restoration (50 years or older)
  • Small-Space Remodel (up to 1,000 sq. ft.)
  • Large Remodel (over 1,000 sq. ft.)
  • Sustainable design (environmentally green flooring, lighting, etc.)
  • Addition Project (architecture)
  • Apartment / Loft / Condo
  • Vacation Home in Michigan
  • Vacation Home outside of Michigan
  • New Model Home (architecture)
  • Contemporary Architecture (up to 4,000 sq. ft.)
  • Contemporary Architecture (more than 4,000 sq. ft.)
  • Traditional Architecture (up to 4,000 sq. ft.)
  • Traditional Architecture (more than 4,000 sq. ft.)
  • Overall home

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