Meet Our Judges

We are thrilled to introduce our renowned panel of judges for the Nashville Design Collective Awards.



Anthony Baratta

With his forty-two years of experience, Anthony Baratta has become known worldwide for his custom, exuberant and colorful interiors.  His work has been celebrated in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial: "Inside Design Now". He was named one of the Traditional Homes “20 Design Icons” and awarded Benjamin Moore’s coveted “Hue Award” for lifetime achievement in design. Among his special collaborations, in 2018 he received a prestigious designation as Designer in Residence, at Colonial Williamsburg. Baratta’s design work has graced over 70 magazine covers worldwide. He is most proud of his pro-bono work for the design of The Ronald McDonald House of New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY. And for New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Center for Special Studies. He was recently honored as chairman of the Hartford CT Junior League Charity Showhouse and for his involvement in the Kips Bay Charity Show House in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he was also honored with Connecticut Cottages & Garden’s Innovator of the Year Award at the IDA’s. Baratta has co-authored three books. His latest book, " Decorate Happy - Bold Colorful Interiors” by Rizzoli, came out the Spring of 2020.


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Mark D Sikes

Mark D Sikes is an esteemed interior designer and tastemaker working on projects throughout the Unites States and abroad, including the White House and Blair House.  He is known for all American sensibilities and a fresh take on classical aesthetics.  Mark is a current member of the AD100 list and Elle Décor’s A-List for both 2021 and 2022. Mark has several ongoing product collaborations including décor with Anthropology, fabric with Shumacher, furniture with Chaddock, and lighting with Hudson Valley Lighting. Marks’ first book, Beautiful, was a New York Times best seller and was followed up my More Beautiful, which debuted in 2020.  Mark is currently working on his third book with Rizzoli featuring interiors throughout the country. His highly anticipated fourth book with Rizzoli will chronicle the process of building his new home, Orange Hill Farm, in Ojai, California, a personal project that will become the backdrop for his brand and firm.


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Ray Booth is a renowned interior designer and principal partner at the esteemed firm, McAlpine, based out of office in Nashville and New York City, his innovative approach to design infuses spaces with a keen sense of place and tranquility, as well as layered and bold details. His best-selling book, Evocative Interiors, was published by Rizzoli and showcases luxury residential projects on both coasts and throughout the US.  As an AD 100 Designer, his work has graced the covers and pages of Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, Hamptons Cottage & Gardens, and many others.


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Suzanne Kasler

Recognized for creating luminous, distinct interiors, Suzanne’s signature spaces have an effortless and timeless appeal. Suzanne subscribes to the philosophy that interior architecture creates the envelope for the interiors, and as such, each design project is tailored to dovetail seamlessly with the architecture. At the heart of her work is a sense of place, and her versatile portfolio reflects Suzanne’s innate ability to create homes that reflect both their contexts and homeowners.


Suzanne has been named to the most respected industry lists including Architectural Digest’s AD100, Elle Décor’s A-List, Luxe Interiors + Design’s Gold List, and The 1stDibs 50.


Suzanne’s award-winning work has been captured in four books published with Rizzoli: Inspired Interiors, Timeless Style, Sophisticated Simplicity and Edited Style. In addition to her interiors, Suzanne designs signature collections for Hickory Chair, Visual Comfort, Ballard Designs, Lee Jofa, La Cornue and Mirror Home. Each collection reflects Suzanne’s aesthetic, which merges traditional design principles with a fresh, livable style.


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