In 2010, Nornberg & Associates received second place for living room design in the Ladue News Design Awards. The editor of Ladue News said the following of the winning designs in the 2010 Design Awards, "The winning designs have something special in common: livability. They are rooms we could see ourselves in, spaces where we all might want to kick back with a glass of wine and a good book. They say 'Home.'"

Conceived as a modern reference to the primeval caves in which our prehistoric ancestors sought shelter, this hearth room’s low ceiling (formed by the loft above) and dark color combined with the warmth of the wood burning fireplace produce a sense of security and serenity that is extremely comforting. The seating area is perfectly scaled to promote intimate conversation or peaceful contemplation of the woods and wildlife, which are easily enjoyed through the soaring trapezoid windows in the adjacent great room to the north.

Materials on the fireplace wall are brick and hot rolled steel panels. The mantle is ¾" thick cor-ten steel. The hot rolled and cor-ten steel are repeated in the display niches in the spiral stairs. The choice of these materials was influenced by the work of the San Francisco artist, Moses, two of whose pieces are seen here as well.