Who are the best Austin interior design leaders? Here are 15 Austin interior designers who are prime candidates. Read and vote for you favorite and tell us who we missed.
“Keep Austin Weird.” If you are lucky enough to call yourself an Austinite, you know this phrase well.
For the rest of the world, the slogan serves to inform all how proud and protective Austin is of its small, local businesses, despite an influx of corporate technology centers in the 90’s. This local pride especially extends to the creative community, where artists, architects and, of course, interior designers have helped to maintain and promote the unique culture of the eclectic capital of Texas.
Interior design Austin
From fresh and modern interiors to timeless residences, all Austin interior designers bring aesthetic appeal to the city. However, just like in every community, a few highly-respected people stand out from the crowd. While there are many diverse and talented designers to choose from, we have found 15 of the best interior designers in Austin.
After checking out our list, don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below!
Allison is the founder and creative energy behind Allison Jaffe Interior Design. She received a Bachelor of Science in Neuropsychology from the University of Pittsburgh before pursuing her artistic aspirations. At Texas State University, she graduated Magna Cum Laude in Interior Design. Although well-informed of various design philosophies, Allison prefers to practice in all styles of design and imaginatively expand on each client’s specific interests. In her spare time, she is actively involved in fundraising and leadership within the Austin Jewish community.
The principal of Dawn Hearn Interior Design earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design at Abilene Christian University. Already an active member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, she recently joined the editorial advisory group for the Austin remodeling magazine, Symmetry. She has been featured in several local design magazines, a national publication and a special edition of Southern Living magazine. Dawn garners the respect of her peers at the Austin chapter of ASID, who have recognized her with a Design Excellence Award.
After completing her Bachelor Degree in Interior Design at the University of Alabama, Michelle established the Austin-based firm, Michelle Thomas Design. A rising star in the local design community, her favorite design-build projects are renovations. She completed two renovations with HGTV’s Property Brothers, transforming unsellable homes into dream houses. In 2012-2013, Michelle served as chair for the Austin ASID Design Community.
During Mark’s early years as an artist and jewelry designer, he developed lasting relationships with galleries and collectors all over the world. Today, art procurement is a specialty of his practice, Cravotta Interiors. From corporate suites to luxury lofts, Mark’s interiors evoke adventure, warmth and beauty. To create beautiful and functional living spaces, Mark often designs custom furntiure and one-of-a-kind fixtures.
In 1992, Kasey graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in interior design. Afterwards, she served in the Peace Corps, promoting rural sanitation in Bolivia. Now an independent designer, Kasey previously worked for the notable Austin firm, Dick Clark Architecture. She has partnered on projects with high-profile Austin architects such as Jay Corder, AIA and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. Kasey’s design philosophy centers around classic spaces that accommodate the way her clients live and work.
Entrepreneur Komal Sheth is the founder of Spaces Designed, a versatile agency that handles “projects from start to finish.” Services include real estate expertise and interior design direction. Komal’s constantly evolving sense of style is due to far-reaching collaborations with designers from Bombay to California. She draws inspiration from both Japanese pop art and French décor, always adding a touch of luxury to her global aesthetic. Komal is rolling out her own line of home accessories, and supports a charitable project dedicated to the prevention of skin cancer.
Jessica holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design from Sam Houston State University. Concurrently, she is the creator of Love’s Designs and the Principal of Urbane Design Studios. Her philosophy is to cultivate each customer’s personal style with her professional guidance, a technique that has built a loyal clientele. Jessica also finds time to volunteer, completing project “Operation Facelift” in 2013, which created an uplifting, beautiful home environment for the Austin Salvation Army Women’s Shelter.
Jennifer began her interior design career ten years ago in Los Angeles, working in turn for famed designers Waldo Fernandez and Madeline Stuart. Through these connections, she assisted on projects for celebrity clients such as Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt and Toby Maguire. She is the Principal Designer for Austin-based PRIZE Interiors, completing casually elegant projects at home as well as in New York City, Hawaii and L.A. Her trademark style is combining crisp, clean architecture with custom upholstery and vintage furniture to create comfortable and livable environments.
Martha received her MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and began her career in accounting. After moving six times, however, she found she had a knack and a passion for selling homes by staging them beautifully. In 1988, she followed her dream of opening her own business and became a design entrepreneur. As the founder of Martha O’Hara Interiors, she has won over 50 design awards and been featured on The Today Show.
April founded the service-oriented firm, Adentro Designs, in 2007, levering a skill set gained from her construction, marketing, and business development background. She initially worked as a home stager. After working with several major real estate brokers as well as homeowners looking to sell, she was ready to branch out to decorating and remodeling work. April is the 2013 Vice President of the Interior Design Society for the Hill Country Chapter.
Julie is the award-winning designer and owner of JEI Design, Inc., established in 1983. With over 25 years of design experience, she has learned to develop her client’s tastes and ideas with a diligent and discerning eye. Her work has been featured in showhouses and homes in Texas publications and on national news. Julie’s firm specializes in upscale residential design and residential project planning, as well as remodeling and restoration.
Robin founded Room Fu – Knockout Interiors in 1995, after working as a Creative Director in New York City. The interior design firm has won “Best of Austin” awards from Austin Chronicle readers, while Robin’s work has been featured editorially on HGTV.com. Her design blog has been applauded on Apartment Therapy, and she also writes for Austin Amplified, the blog of Austin Magazine. Robin is a featured contributer to Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace and the New York Institute of Art & Design.
Laura earned a B.S. in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. She founded Laura Britt Design in 2001, and the company has since grown from a one-person design office into a full-service firm. Her award-winning design studio has completed multimillion dollar interior design and architecture projects for the United States Air Force Academy. Recognizing a need for sustainable furnishings, Laura launched her second company, Verano, in 2010 – an American-made eco-conscious furniture line.
Fern established the reputable design firm, Abode, Inc., in 1993. She specializes in residential interiors, directing the creation of striking spaces that have been featured in publications such as House Beautiful and Renovation Style, among others. While her design philosophy respects tradition and history, Fern believes that rules are meant to be broken. She has completed unique residential projects in Texas and across the Southwest.
Amy is a native Texan, and the daughter of a builder. In 2008, she teamed up with partner Matt Butterfield to form Butter Lutz Interiors. The firm specializes in custom home building interior design, renovations, and home styling. Before becoming the principal designer for Butter Lutz, Amy graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising. Her value-oriented approach mixed with beauty and functionality are greatly appreciated by her clients.
Austin interior designers: your vote, your comments
Of all the Austin interior design leaders listed above, which is your pick? Vote below, and tell us who we missed who should have made this list in the comments section of this post.
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