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Interior designer Kerry Howard stands next to one of his favorite walls inside his home in Vickery Village. Howard is one of the designers featured on the Bravo channel series "Top Design." - photo by Emily Saunders
Bravo for Kerry Howard of Howard House Interiors.

The Forsyth County interior designer is scheduled to appear in the upcoming Bravo channel series, aptly titled “Top Design.”

The series, airing at 10 p.m. Wednesdays, documents the work and lives of 13 professional designers across the country to find out who has what it takes to win the $100,000 cash prize and a four-page editorial showcase in “Elle Décor” magazine.

“I received an e-mail from a friend about the audition for ‘Top Design’ in January, and I decided to follow through with the application process,” Howard said.

He established Howard House Interiors after years of traveling the country designing showrooms.
Howard caught the attention of the casting directors.

“Atlanta was the first place we did open calls,” said Nick Gilhool, casting director for Magical Elves Casting.

“Kerry immediately stood out as an accomplished talent and a fun, warm presence for the cast we wanted.”

The show’s host is fashion model and design aficionado, India Hicks.

This is the show’s second season and the stakes are higher as the best of the best interior designers prepare to be critiqued by some of the  most influential names in the industry.

World-renowned designer Todd Oldham will return to mentor and guide the designers.

Head judge Jonathan Adler, along with series judges Margaret Russell and Kelly Wearstler, will decide which designer takes all at the end of the series.

Challenges range from redesigning a fallout shelter to competing in an all-out design triathlon.

Eccentric personalities and creative egos combine and sometimes clash to fuel a fierce competition.

Howard is known in the industry for his chameleon-like design style that accommodates clientele’s need for personalized living spaces. 

“I feel like the one thing that sets me apart as an interior designer is my ability to relate to the client’s needs, and have a better understanding of who truly lives in the space,” Howard said. 

“I have to always remember that I do not live in the space that I am designing.”

Howard’s versatility may just be the winning ticket on “Top Design.”

But even the pros are never too seasoned to learn something from their exposure through a television show that reveals the many facets of working with others under pressure.

Howard has been able to fine-tune his craft by competing with a variety of personalities, each vying for the ultimate prize. 

“My appearance on the show has helped me to see everything that I look at with fresh perspective,” Howard said
He believes that the ever-changing theories of design are best viewed with an open mind.

Currently, Howard’s work is focused mostly on catering to the needs of homeowners through residential design. But he still designs showrooms on occasion if his schedule permits.

Perhaps one of Howard’s best displays of philosophy on design is his own home in Vickery Village.

“Kerry’s home is a stunning display of his talents and abilities,” said Vickery sales representative Margaret Gruber.

She and other Vickery neighbors are looking forward to the Bravo series showcasing Howard hard at work.

A premier party with close friends and associates is planned  at Howard’s home the night of the first episode.

Howard, known affectionately among friends as “Big Daddy,” is looking forward to the show’s airing so he can see just how many pounds the camera might add. 

“They don’t call me Big Daddy for nothing,” Howard said.