31st ASID Design Excellence Awards

Posted on January 19, 2017

I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to accept 3 more awards this past November at the ASID Design Excellence Awards Ceremony in Austin. The yearly competition recognizes the finest interior design achievements in all aspects of interior design. 

Many thanks go out to my amazing clients that have given me the opportunity to collaborate with them make their house a spectacular home!

And the winners are…

Rising Star Winner: Singular Space
Medinah Greens
Rising Star Runner Up: Remodel

Rainbow Ranch
Rising Star Winner: Special Detail/Product Design

A Bright Green Beginning to 2017

Posted on January 9, 2017

Sherwin Williams does it, Benjamin Moore does it and so does Pantone. A few weeks back, Pantone released their 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery to an audience of color enthusiasts, interior and graphic designers alike.  

Before the color was announced, I must have been subconsciously channeling green. In a recent master bathroom update, I encouraged my clients to boldly paint their cabinets a deep green color (Sherwin Williams 6475 Country Squire). Not quite Greenery but wow, did it make an impact! 

The color Greenery reflects the global cultural climates and influences many faucets such as architecture/interior design, fashion, and even food. Greenery, is described as a yellow-green hue representing and signifying a new year, fresh start, grass, outdoors, environment  Oh, how we need one of those!

Could you see yourself using this color in your home, painted on your walls, cabinets or as pillow fabric for your sofa. Do you love this color and not sure how to use it? I’d be more than happy to show you how! Call or email us for a cheeky Green consultation! 

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1, 2017

It’s 2017 and I am excited! Here at AJID, I have some big goals and changes in the works and all will be revealed in due time but first a huge thank you to all of my clients for allowing me the opportunity to collaborate with them, for those who have referred me to new clients and a quick shout out to all of those who have supported me and AJID along the way! 
What are your goals for this new year when it comes to your home? Are you looking to redecorate or renovate your home? I’ve love to know more and how you could benefit from our interior design services. If not you, I’d love a referral! 

My Face, It’s In A Magazine!

Posted on December 27, 2016

On Stands Now:
Decorating for the Holidays

I am very excited to share with you that I am featured in the December issue of Austin Women Magazine, on stands now! Pick up your free copy at Whole Foods or Central Market, where I share the latest tips on contemporary decorating for the holidays. Or read the digital issue: Here

More images of the project can be viewed here as well!

Thinking about updating your home or know someone who is? Call or email us! I’d love to help you design and decorate your home. 512.343.4553 or info@allisonjaffe.com

On Stands Now: Decorating for the Holidays

Posted on December 1, 2016

I am very excited to share with you that I am featured in the December issue of Austin Women Magazine, on stands now! Pick up your free copy at Whole Foods or Central Market, where I share the latest tips on contemporary decorating for the holidays. Or read the digital issue: Here

More images of the project can be viewed here as well!

Thinking about updating your home or know someone who is. Call or email us! I’d love to help you design and decorate your home. 512.343.4553 or info@allisonjaffe.com

A Warm Welcome!

Posted on November 17, 2016


 Austin is getting our very own an Ann Saks! I can imaging every interior designer in Austin sining ‘Hallelujah’. Ann Saks is a tile distributer known for their incredible selection and variety of high end tile. Their showroom should be opening at the beginning of 2017. Earlier this month, Ann Saks hosted Ghalia Sebti, the owner of the hand-made Moroccan tile company Ait Maos. Their tiles were stunning and the craftsmanship and time that goes into piecing together each complex tile design is something to be admired.



A big congrats to our friends at Home Expressions Gallery on the opening of their new showroom located off Burnet in the former Kiva space. I have been working with Home Expressions, formally Morrisons, for years now. Their knowledge and expertise makes me a big fan of working with them when it comes to selecting appliances and plumbing for and with my clients.
(Photo: Jenn Schindelar, Me, Tylan Herschap)

Around Town and In the News

Posted on November 14, 2016

Robert Irwin Installation: Chinati Foundation

This month has been a busy one! Beyond interior designing, a passion of mine is supporting Austin in varrying philanthropic ways. There have been so many wonderful events that I attended such as:

Ballet Austin Fete-ish Gala supporting artistic programming, arts education.
New Milestones Foundation Gala, which raises awareness about mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Meic-Arte Catrina Ball, which proceeds support the Mexic-Arte Museum’s Education and Outreach Programs and renowned exhibitions. The gala encouraged its attendees to dawn their best Dia De Los Muertos face.

Laura Villagram Johnson and Me

I finally got to check Marfa,Texas off my bucket list. The 2nd weekend of October was the 30th anniversary celebration of the Chinati Foundation. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the art was inspiring. Below is the simple and beautiful tent I got to sleep in at El Cosmico.


Inside Peak: Tent #15

Where you’ll find me in November:

Find some furniture pieces and Hygge inspiration at Settlement Home for Children’s 41st Annual Garage and Estate Sale, November 3rd-6th

Support local business in Austin at the AYC FAVE Awards, November 11th

I’ll be in Key West, Florida touring the homes of Audubon and HemmingwayNovember 16-20th

Getting Hygge With It

Posted on November 14, 2016

A what? A Hygge! No, I didn’t make the word up and you can find it in the Danish Dictionary. I learned of this fascinating term while in conversation with a friend. Hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’) roughly translates to the word cozy. Hygge is a term used in and around the holidays that means to create a warm atmosphere and enjoy the good things in life with friends and family. The high season of this stylized look is coming around the bend faster than you can say ‘Hygge’!

Here are four tips on how to embrace the hygge home lifestyle: 

1. Less is more: Decorate with small items such as nesting tables instead of a large coffee table.

2. Simple Styling: Carefully select the accessories you bring into your home. Purchase items that bring meaning into your space. I like decorating with antique and vintage finds that remind me of my travels.

3. Invest in candles: Did you know Danes burn more candles than any other people in Europe. I can get on board with that. I love purchasing new holiday scents to fill the air when I am decorating my space for the long winter haul. Its not close but its not far, my favite candle store is located in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas, called Society.

4. Holiday Hangout: Embrace the cold and fire up that fondue pot. Getting together with your friends and loved ones is one of the most important ways to share in the hygge way of life.




Appliance Showdown: Which Manufacturer Reigns Supreme!?

Posted on November 11, 2016

There’s no doubt about it, I can now officially call myself an “appliance guru.” I was thrilled when two top US appliances companies, Thermador and Jenn Air flew me to their headquarters to review their new, state of the art kitchen appliances. 

So whose products cooked it best? To be fair both companies excel in the luxury appliance market. My favorite appliance from Thermador is their Freedom Induction Cooktop. If you know me, I am a huge proponent of induction cooking. Tidbit: Did you know induction cooking has been around and used on submarines since the 1950s.

My top pick from Jenn Air, is their 24″ Convection Steam Wall Oven. You can cook multiple foods at once without being concerned about smell or taste transfer. While experimenting in their test kitchen we made a batch of chocolate chip cookies right beside salmon fillets and they were perfection. Tidbit: More home owners these days are forgoing their microwave in lieu of these fabulous steam ovens. Thats right, move over soggy reheated microwave pizza, your competition has arrived!

Next month, I’m being flown to the Bosch showroom in Newport Beach, California, to play with their appliances. I cant wait!

Do you have an upcoming kitchen remodel or are you in the market for new appliances? Call the office and I’d be happy to chat away about these company’s latest and greatest.

Top: Thermador/Bottom: Jenn Air

Setting Up Your Man Cave

Posted on September 1, 2016

If you’re thinking of revamping your personal space inside the house where you can enjoy yourself or hang around with your friends, you’re going to love this discussion on the basics to consider when setting up your man cave.
Interior design for the Man Cave
Put Some Color Into Your World
Even though most man caves are themed using black, white, or charcoal grey, you don’t have to go down that same route if you think that those colors won’t reflect your style and personality. You can go for expressive colors like blue. You can play around with the different shades of blue. You can also consider other colors such as oranges, fiery reds, chocolate brown, eggplant, and other dramatic and bold shades.

Textiles And Fabrics
Fabrics can look and feel very manly. You can use items like tartans and plaid woolen blankets. You can consider using decorative pillows that are covered with thick corduroy or flannel. Old pinstripe suiting that can be found at thrift stores are a good choice as well. You just need to reinvent them a bit.
Large sweeping curtains that have bold stripes or chevrons or other clean linear looks work great for your man cave as well. You can make your own throw pillow cover if you want to by using old shirts and rugged old jeans. You can also cover a wall using burlap to add interest while cutting down echo while still keeping a manly and rustic feel to the room.Interior design for Home Theater

Playing Around With Furniture
Sectional sofas and leather sofas have been a popular choice for man caves for a very long time. Depending on what you are looking for as the main purpose of the space, barstools, theatre-style seating, and comfortable recliners can add just the right flare and add a level of comfort and versatility.
Leather is a popular material because of its biker feel. But, you can try to think outside the box and make up your own style. An indoor hammock and beanbag chairs can be a great alternative too. For your tables and lighting, you can consider wood, stone, metal, and glass or any natural material that features clean lines so that they won’t add up to a big and chunky look given off by your seating choices.

Personality Accents
When considering accents for your walls, you don’t have to stick with guitars or sports equipment. How about trying out a surf-style room where you have your coffee table made from an old surfboard mounted on legs and have a Tiki-style mini bar? Or a have a film lover’s theme and have framed classic movie posters like Pulp Fiction, King Kong, and The Shining? Your man cave can be a scuba-diver’s or hunter’s personal haven by putting in an aquarium and have your walls mounted with your trophies.

Be Sure To Make It Your Own
In the end, what’s going to be most important is that the man cave you set up for yourself is something you can truly call your own. Take some time to reflect on what type of theme you really want for your room and go with it. Remember, your man cave should be a reflection of who you are. There’s no reason you can’t have that.

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Allison Jaffe

Award-winning ATX Interior Designer|Social Shaker|Community Pathfinder|Girl on a Mission

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