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HGTV picks Houston firm as a contender in national Fresh Faces of Design contest

HGTV picks Houston firm as contender in Fresh Faces of Design contest

Ruggles Green The Woodlands
HGTV has selected gindesigns as one of its Fresh Faces of Design for its work creating Ruggles Green's location in The Woodlands. Photo by TK Images/Courtesy of gindesigns

A Houston design firm is competing for some serious national recognition, but it needs Houston's help. HGTV has selected gindesigns as one of its Fresh Faces of Design nominees for the space it created for Ruggles Green in The Woodlands.

After surviving the initial rounds, the competition has moved on to audience voting. If gindesign wins the audience vote in the "Posh Public Spaces" category, it will advance to a final round where a team of judges will pick an overall winner from the audience favorites in each of the 11 categories.  

"They found us," owner Gin Braverman tells CultureMap about how her company found itself in the contest. "They told us it's a fresh design, and they're looking for fresh faces." 

Gindesigns is well known for its work at places like Public Services, Camerata and The Commoner/The Boulevardier. For Ruggles Green, Braverman and partner Ginny Schneider had the task of tweaking the company's look while remaining true to its image of serving healthy meals that cater to popular diets like Paleo and gluten-free.

"They wanted an interior that felt more fresh and more in sync with their mission," Braverman explains. "We wanted to bring a lot of greenery in but not necessarily the color green. We tried to bring in other colors from the logo to give it a natural and fresh color palette."

The first week of voting has already taken place, and gindesign is outside the top three. However, Braverman has fired up a social media campaign, and she's confident the firm can move up the ranks quickly. Ruggles Green is helping by offering a $100 gift card to the person who votes the most often (once per day, per the contest rules).

"It’s exciting," Braverman says. "We’re thrilled to be a part of it, and we hope to get a lot of votes."