Allison Jaffe is one of Austin’s most lauded young designers. Growing up, she excelled in the sciences, pursuing a degree in Neuropsychology from the University of Pittsburgh. While working as a receptionist at a furniture contract group after graduation, the light bulb went on: Allison realized her perceptive read on people made for the special “sixth sense” so integral to smart design. From there, she pursued a second degree to graduate Magna Cum Laude in Interior Design from Texas State University. Allison is a Texas Registered Interior Designer and holds a membership in ASID (the American Society for Interior Designers). For the past three years, she has been recognized as an “Austin Under 40” finalist. In May 2016, Austin Culturemap dubbed her “a star to watch right now.” Most recently, ASID honored Allison’s work with two Legacy of Design awards and called her out as a Design Excellence Rising Star. Altogether, Allison Jaffe Interior Design LLC has been honored with 15 different awards since its founding in 2010.
Allison’s roots run deep in the Austin community. Each year, she commits herself to a revolving array of philanthropic and leadership roles, all of which are close to her heart. She is a member of the Austin Young Chamber, as well as a founding member of the AYC Foundation, which seeks to provide resources and collaborative opportunities for the area’s young professionals. Allison has also chaired multiple roles for the Young Women’s Alliance and serves on the junior executive board of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Austin. In 2014, she graduated from Leadership Austin’s Emerge program, an innovative institute dedicated to nurturing the community’s next generation of trailblazers. Day in and day out, Allison’s passions focus on supporting other young professionals, women, and crafting a city culture where all voices are included and amplified.
A shutterbug with a highly curious streak, Allison scooped up her favorite passport stamp in Cuba. Beyond that, voyages to Morocco, Guatemala, and Columbia fuel her adventurous spirit and love for photography. Allison invites the colors and textures of her travels into the office, lining her walls with snapshots from her personal collection. When it comes to adventures of the culinary kind, Allison frequently explores Austin’s vibrant foodie scene…and she’s no slouch in the kitchen herself. Follow her at @theplatinumplate to see what’s cooking. Bazel, her furbaby, keeps her grounded. Regular doses of hot yoga keep her sane.
Allison’s expertise lies in translating her clients’ unique ideas into contractor-friendly plans that can move efficiently from dream to execution. She is a design guide, drawing from her client’s lifestyle, passions and family needs to create a space that does far more than meet functional requirements. Rather, the finished project becomes an expression of her client’s personality and deepest values. From the first meeting to the last, Allison’s design process is every bit a collaborative effort focused on listening, feedback and frequent communication.
With Allison, it’s simple: when a client calls, she calls back. When there’s paperwork to submit, she’s on it. Allison balances intense creativity with a solid, business-oriented approach that can take care of the details while honoring the big picture. She is a communicator, and entirely fluent in contractor-ese so there’s no room for misinterpretation in the building stage of her designs. Clients trust her and her team implicitly from day one to handle the many organizational complexities of a remodel, renovation, or new construction project.
Possessing a unique grasp of both form and function, Allison begins her design process by thinking about how her clients will use their redesigned space. Storage, flow, and lighting requirements — all of these come first as Allison sets the scope of the project, creates demo plans, and considers the potential and limitations of the existing floor plans. In this way, working with Allison is like engaging an architect, with a talented design eye that will help her clients fully embrace — and enjoy — the process. At Allison Jaffe Interior Design, imagination and practicality combine for unparalleled results.