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Willetts Design & Associates Earns Gold Nugget Honors



Willetts Design & Associates

The 2018 Gold Nugget Awards have named Willetts Design & Associates as an Award of Merit winner, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and globally. Willetts Design & Associates earned its Merit honors for the Zenyara home, which was named for Best Custom Home over 8,000 sq. ft.

Selected from a prestigious group of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on June 28 as a featured highlight of PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

Located in Coachella Valley, Zenyara is just minutes away from the music festival. This desert vacation home is a new over 40,000 square-foot one-story residence overlooking a private golf course and bordered by a man-made lagoon. The main home features a spacious master suite, six guest bedrooms, a great room that includes a living room and bar, an expansive kitchen, an entertainment room, and a spa – all of which transform into indoor-outdoor space with oversized doors. In addition to the main home, other amenities include four lushly appointed guest casitas, a polo field, and tennis and beach volleyball courts. Interior designer Dorothy Willets of Willetts Design & Associates completed the mammoth task of designing and furnishing the indoor and outdoor spaces in six months.

Now in its 55th year, Gold Nugget Awards is the largest and most elite competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development, and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

Gold Nugget Awards recognizes those who improve our communities through remarkable 
concepts in design, planning, and development.

Willetts Design & Associates

Currently based in the Coachella Valley with an A-list clientele, Interior Designer Dorothy Willetts, is known for her ability to transform concepts and site-specific challenges into beautiful, functional interiors. As a well-regarded industry expert and a Professional Member of ASID, Dorothy is sought out for her talent and diligent attention to detail. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dorothy combines her East Coast background with her education and life experience from Chicago and infuses her designs with a California sensibility. She earned a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Interior Architecture from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago before becoming a protégée of the world-renowned Interior Designer, Bruce Gregga. Her passions run to art, animals, and travel and as a life-long learner, she uses her world travels as opportunities to immerse herself in each country’s culture, informing both her work and outlook. A core belief of Dorothy’s is that art is meant to be lived with, rather than kept behind glass. Whether it is in private homes overlooking some of American’s most breathtaking views, or developing her design project, “Living With Art” series, showcasing rooms designed around works that include Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder, her stunning projects combine the sensual pleasures of fine art with sensible living.