First Place – ASID Award

Dorado Designs was awarded First Place for the Large Kitchens category by the American Society of Interior Designers. The Arizona South Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) had its annual competition which evaluates entries of projects that were completed in the past two years. The entries consisted of a written design statement, floor plans, and professional photographs. The submissions were reviewed by a panel of peers from across the US. The award-winning kitchen is featured in the Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden 2018 Awards Magazine!

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Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine Cover Features Dorado Designs

Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine is the official magazine of KBIS and the largest National Kitchen and Bath industry magazine. They did an amazing article on our Canyon Spirit master suite designed by Michelle Carnes, ASID and Elizabeth Spengler, ASID, and we made the Cover of the Kitchen and Bath Business July/August 2018 issue!!! We are honored, humbled and excited.

Click Here to Check out the National Kitchen and Bath Industry Magazine Featuring Dorado Designs!


On to the Next Chapter…

Many of you know that after 43 years following my passion of interior design I am embarking on that thing called retirement.  My husband Bob who played a huge part in our business, handling all of the fine details in the field, is already checking out this unfamiliar journey. He has many loves that will keep him busy but for me, creating beautiful interiors and working with various design-build teams was my love and pastime making this feel like Star Trek where the Starship Enterprise takes the crew to places where no one has gone before.

Bob and I have several grandchildren and I think we can play and important role in their development especially now that we have practiced on our two grown children.

All of that said, I have been one of the most blessed individuals on the planet.  Most people either never experience a calling or miss their calling until time passes them by.  

There are many avenues to consider in our field of design but over the years it became clear to me that clients build trust with their designer and want to rely on them from the concept through the completion.

When presented with a challenging project I oftentimes would digest the essence of what the client wanted and would literally sleep on it for days or even weeks.  This process always provided me with a vision that was outside the box and exciting.

I have no regrets.  I have been rewarded with satisfied clients and in turn a steady stream of referrals who look to us for that special, one-of-a-kind project built just for them.  

It is now time to pass the baton to the new owner Lloyd Griffin, successful in his own right for many years both in Chicagoland and now Arizona.  Lloyd with his team of professionals will continue to serve the upper crust population of our great Tucson and beyond.

Between Lloyd’s and my mentoring, the projects and results will just keep getting more creative and well executed.  

Thank you to all of my clients, especially those who have come back numerous times so that I could experience the joy of creating a space just for you.  You are all wonderful and I hope to continue to see you in our great city.


Dorado Designs’ kitchen receives 1st place award!

Arizona South Chapter Design Excellence Awards

A Fully Functional, Contemporary Masterpiece

Rescued from the previous owners’ remodel, this kitchen was transformed into a sophisticated, dramatic space, echoing the palette of the home’s volcanic stone walls and exposed concrete elements. The subtlety of the design was intentional, allowing spectacular mountain views and the clients’ contemporary art collection to take center stage.

As serious “foodies,” the clients requested a sleek, contemporary kitchen with appliances designed for serious cooking. Fully integrated refrigerators and dishwasher, along with exquisitely designed cooking equipment, fulfilled the performance and aesthetic criteria.

A major challenge was to incorporate the clients’ wish list of appliances, while maintaining necessary storage space. Behind the simple façade are many specially designed and engineered space-saving and organizational components.

The play on textures and sheens gives the design depth and interest, while multiple layers of lighting ensure that both the task and mood lighting are appropriate for any time of the day.


1st place for Dorado Designs in residential spaces!

Arizona South Chapter Design Excellence Awards

A Collector’s Palette and a Designer’s Paintbrush

Situated in the San Francisco Embarcadero, the 900 square foot condominium was in need of an update. As collectors of antiques and fine art, the owners wanted superior materials and finishes to provide an exceptional backdrop for their collections. Rich mahogany and ebonized walnut cabinetry were selected for their quality and elegance. The deep finishes and hushed wall colors allow the owners’ collections to dominate and to be appreciated.

Because ceilings, floors, and walls are shared with adjacent units, relocating the utilities in the kitchen and bathroom were the biggest challenges. A stack washer and dryer installed behind tall cabinetry fronts opened up the kitchen. Utilizing a wall-hung toilet, we were able to move it to a newly created space.

The rich cabinetry and vivid accents come together in the space to create a wonderfully eclectic condominium that is right at home in San Francisco.


Dorado Designs awarded 1st place in commercial spaces!

Arizona South Chapter Design Excellence Awards

A flavorful showroom for all tastes!

The diversity of client needs and employee needs was the leading challenge in this project, which led to a variety of styles and finishes throughout the space. In addition to being a cabinetry showroom and design studio, the space will be used for occasional culinary classes, which includes the requirement for a large island and professional, functioning appliances. Elements such as high-tech audiovisual capabilities, privacy needs for meetings, and enough seating for the growing staff were accommodated by the incorporation of a private conference room to meet the staff’s needs. In order to meet the clients’ needs and differing lifestyles, cabinetry was displayed in alternative as well as a traditional manner.

In addition to showroom space, the project required careful planning of offices for the management team, a bookkeeper, and design staff, as well as an area for plotting, faxing, and receiving mail in close proximity to the offices.


We loved working with Dorado Designs. In a day and age where construction projects can be frustrating and impossible they made it easy. Thank you Dorado Designs for being consummate professionals. We wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to work with you again.

- Ceil and Gary Rothbart, Oro Valley, AZ

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