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Capitol’s Bathroom Remodel Designer Challenge

The Ultimate Bathroom Design Challenge: The Thronedown

Capitol Lighting created a friendly competition challenging local designers to create one-of-a-kind bathroom spaces and put a call out to all Northern New Jersey-area interior designers to participate. Two top designers were chosen out of numerous applicants to compete in the unique challenge of remodeling the men’s and women’s bathrooms at the company’s Paramus showroom — one of which will be crowned the “Thronedown” champion. The finalists were chosen based on previous work and have been given a $2,000 project budget with lighting supplied by Quoizel and Feiss.

What’s at Stake?

  • Top designer title and bragging rights
  • Plaques recognizing each designer’s work
  • $1,000 Capitol Lighting shopping spree

Meet the Designers

Anna Maria Mannarino- Mannarino Designs, Inc.

mannarino designerThis award-winning interior and event designer owns Mannarino Designs, Inc., which has transformed the decorative environment in residential areas from Cape Cod to Cape May. Interior design projects include historic mansions, New York board rooms, metropolitan apartments, beach cottages, restaurants and banquet facilities; while event designs range from small affairs and grand black and white tie galas to spectacular themed celebrations for all ages. Mannarino is a recipient of many honors, including several ASID Design Excellence Awards, and her work has been recognized in numerous books and publications. The company is located in Holmdel, NJ and can be contacted at (866) 574-3326 or by visiting


Jodie O’Connor- Jodie O’Designs, LLC

O'conner designer

O’Connor is an acclaimed interior designer whose work has been featured in Design NJ and NJ Countryside magazines, as well as in the high profile Designer Show house at the Mansion in Far Hills. She owns Jodie O’Designs, LLC, a full service interior design firm that specializes in custom window treatments, furniture and accessories.  Through Jodie O’ Designs, she provides a broad spectrum of services in New Jersey for residential as well as commercial projects, including commercial banks and high-end children’s clothing boutiques. Her inspiration for the Thronedown Challenge is to create a space using clean lines and simplicity along with accents of saturated color. The company is located in Whippany, NJ and can be contacted at (973) 214-6600 or by visiting

Once the two restrooms are complete, customers, employees and staff will vote for their favorite design. Capitol Lighting will then announce the winning designer and present them with the grand prize. Make sure to follow the challenge throughout September on Capitol Lighting’s blog, Facebook and Twitter.