Meet the 2023 Design Contest Judges

Every year, BlueStar takes great pride in acknowledging the gifted design experts responsible for crafting extraordinary kitchens across the United States through their annual kitchen design competition. This prestigious accolade commemorates outstanding kitchen projects distinguished by their high-quality design, all of which seamlessly integrate BlueStar professional-style appliances for the home. Allow us to introduce this year’s distinguished panel of judges, who meticulously chose six winning kitchens for their remarkable design prowess and their ability to showcase the brand’s endless array of customization possibilities.


2023 BlueStar Kitchen Design Contest Judge Noz NozawaNoz Nozawa | Noz Design | San Francisco, CA

San Francisco-based Noz Nozawa is known for her commitment to artful and highly personal interiors. Fearless in her design choices, her spaces are grounded in a commitment to helping her clients access joy and love through the process and have earned her projects across the country as well as many industry accolades. Noz holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics with a minor in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. She founded Noz Design in 2014.



2023 BlueStar Kitchen Design Contest Judge Jenni VetterJenni Vetter | Vetter Architects | Milwaukee, WI

Our second judge is Jenni Vetter, the winner of the 2022 BlueStar Kitchen Design Contest.  Since 1985, the vision of Vetter Architects has always remained consistent – to provide Living Architecture that enriches and brings joy to everyday living. Our work is connected to nature and rooted with a deep understanding of place and lifestyle.  As an award winning design studio, we are recognized for our elegant solutions, meticulous attention to detail and the highest level of business professionalism.



2023 BlueStar Kitchen Design Contest judge Nancy BarnettNancy Barnett | Nancy Lane Interiors | Houston, TX

Nancy’s idea of home has been informed by all the places she’s lived, and perhaps most of all by the one she lost. As a child, her home burned to the ground, displacing her family in the process. Nancy and her family found themselves creating a new home and establishing the true meaning of that word at the same time. As she grew so did her passion for creating warm and inviting spaces made for living. ​In 2016, she opened her interior design consulting business and turned that passion into a livelihood.