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PC Interior Design Club Takes Top Prize at Maricopa County Home Show

January 23, 2014

PC Interior Design Club Takes Top Prize at Maricopa County Home Show

Student Wins Third Place in Contest


The PC Interior Design Club made a statement at this year’s Maricopa County Home Show’s 13thAnnual Student Design Competition. The group, who created a space inspired by Hollywood’s golden era, won first place in the competition, which includes a prize of $5000. One student also tackled her own space and won the third place prize of $1500.

The club and their advisor Ken Roberts, program director for PC Interior design, worked feverishly to complete the design. The group only had 48 hours to bring an empty, 10’x20’ space to life. This work included not only bringing in the designated furniture pieces, but also the construction of walls, painting and installation of light fixtures.

To help complete the large task at hand, a collaborative effort took place that included assistance from PC’s Theatre Set Design Shop and PC Operations to help create the walls for the room and delivery of them to the Home Show. One student’s father also helped by stopping by to tape and mud the walls to ensure a clean slate to showcase the students’ work. The group also depended on the generosity from businesses in the community who donated and loaned items for the displays, including: Arizona Fireplaces, Arizona Rug Company, Arizona Tile, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Ladlow’s, and Lamps Plus.  

The room design was created by PC student Deb Fahey. Her design, inspired by Hollywood, featured a dining room and bar with glamorous finishes. Bold stripes adorned the walls and mirrored accents were placed throughout. “I told them to make a statement,” said Ken Roberts who advised the group during the design creation process and helped to bring it to fruition. “I was really impressed with the finished product.”

The club will be using their winnings to sponsor a room at the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix, an organization that provides low-cost housing for sick children and their families – allowing them to remain close while the child is receiving medical treatment.

The Interior Design Club weren’t the only winners from PC at the Maricopa County Home Show. One club member and PC student, Kamberly Wilbourne, noticed that one of the empty spaces wasn’t being utilized. Wilbourne approached the coordinators of the competition, who agreed to allow her to tackle the space on her own. Filling the space with items from her own home, Wilbourne won third place in the competition, which included a $1500 prize.


Click on each photo to view full-size images of the PC Interior Design Club's submission: