Interior Design For Outdoor Living?

Posted on August 22, 2016


Creating Cozy Outdoor Living Spaces

Interior design for outdoor living spacesAs an Austin Interior Designer, sometimes we take it outdoors. Your home’s outdoor living space doesn’t have to be of use during the summer only. Here in Austin, there is no reason you can’t enjoy it all year long. All you need to do to be able to enjoy your outdoor living space during the winter months is to add a bit of “warmth.” Below are some useful ideas on how you can keep yourself comfortable when the temperature starts to drop.

Installing An Outdoor Fireplace

A very important element to keep in mind for your outdoor living space when temperatures start to drop would be a fireplace. Your fireplace doesn’t have to be built into the interior wall. You can have them placed just about anywhere and finding and creating a location for it isn’t that difficult.

You can construct a small outside wall so that you can have your fireplace setup where you want it. Various styles of “stand alone” fireplaces, like the one shown in the picture below, can be used as well.  These don’t involve building with stone or brick and can be very flexible in where they are placed. These are often placed near or under outdoor canopies. They can keep you warm even when the weather becomes quite chilly. If you have ever spent any time around a campfire even when temperatures are quite low, you can remember the warmth and feeling of peace you get just facing the fire and enjoying the company. There’s just something about an open flame that a giant space heater can’t provide.Interior Design for Outdoor Living

Finding Warmth In A Hot Tub

One of the best ways to fend off the cold is with a hot tub. Picture yourself dipped in the hot tub where the water is set at a comfortable temperature while the cold air blows through your hair. There is nothing like being able to take a nice warm “swim” and enjoy the company of family or friends in frigid cold weather.

Add A Canopy Cover

Heat rises and fills up a covered space. Building or installing a canopy over a place where you have a fireplace or an outdoor heater will help you contain the heat that they produce.

When the weather starts getting cold outside, you don’t have to abandon your back porch or patio. Instead, make something that’s going to make you want to go outside no matter the weather.

“Interior design” doesn’t just have to be restricted to the inside of your home. We can help you plan for your outdoor living areas as well. Give me a call and let’s see what we can do together.

Go Wild By Using Stripes For Interior Design Stylishly

Posted on July 21, 2016

Stripes can be a very cool thing to add to any type of space. It doesn’t matter if it’s a large or small room, or if you’re planning on putting them on your pillows, ceiling, or wall, a striped pattern can easily add drama and visual intrigue to any interior design style. In addition to that, they also go along well with floral or patterned designs. You can choose to make them as subtle or bold as you like.

Wide Stripes

Wide stripes that use contrasting colors are great to use if you want to come up with a fluid-like and dramatic space. They can liven up any space and add to its overall aesthetic whether it be a living room or a transitional space such as your hallway. When you choose to go with black and white stripes or chocolate and white stripes, let them be the focal point of the room. Every room inside the house needs to have a showcase piece or a spotlight and if you’re going to use stripes, they will work perfectly for that role. When using these stripes, be sure to keep your accessories and art pieces to a minimum so that they don’t go over them. This way, your stripes can serve as the conversational element of your room. Always remember that when you’re designing with bold stripes, match them with less busy elements so that they can stand apart.

Varying Stripes

Stripes with varying sizes and colors on a wall or surface create an interesting and engaging interior space. In this way, the stripes have different widths and are strategically laid out so they produce a visually appealing piece. When you use different colors in a striped pattern, be sure to use hues that are similar to each other or ones that belong in the same color family. Never use colors that clash against each other or ones that are either all dark or all light.

Using Stripes As Accents

You don’t always make stripes as the dominant element in a room. You can also use them more subtly but still let them deliver a striking response. Whether you use them on a vase, chair, pillow, or rug, stripes still work well in making a statement and in complimenting other textures and patterns inside a room.

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Using Stripes On Your Ceiling

Yup, you read that right. You can use stripes on your ceiling as well and that can be a very interesting concept. You don’t always have to paint your ceiling white. You can use a fun pattern, a wide stripe, or a bold color to add a unique and unexpected element to your ceiling.

Stylish Kitchen Trends And Ideas For A New Year

Posted on July 8, 2016

If you’re thinking of doing some remodeling for your home this year, the kitchen is a good place to start. For the year 2016, the emphasis is placed on simplicity and aims to produce a calm-looking kitchen at first glance but will offer various design surprises when you take a much closer look. Below are some great kitchen ideas that you can consider to use for your home improvement projects this year.

Sleek And Simple

Kitchens that contain a lot of flourishes are slowly going out of style and are making way for clean and simple design trends. With this, simple cabinets and backsplashes are paired with understated colors in order to produce a zen kitchen look. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re no longer going to use accent pieces. Placing a butcher block table at the center of your kitchen or using a brightly painted hood over the range are just two of the ways that you can add a pop to a more monochromatic concept.

Kitchen Interior Design In Austin TXNeutral Colors

Neutral colors such as black, dark brown, taupe, and greige are the top choices for kitchen trends this 2016. Treated wood works well as cabinet door accents that incorporate neutral colors with whites and grays that you’ll find on the walls. You can use light blue or glass tile as your backsplash for a beautiful accent that will catch the light and will open up the your kitchen space.

Superb Function

Even though kitchen trends for 2016 go for a much simpler look they tend make up for it by putting more focus on functionality. Using space in much more intelligent ways is now trendier than ever because it saves you a lot of hassle and allows you to clean up any clutter hanging around your kitchen. Some of the top trends this year include new uses for drawers, storage underneath seats and tables, and new places where you can put or hang your utensils.

Horizontal Cabinets

Square and vertical cabinets have long been the most commonly used types of cabinets in the kitchen. However, this year horizontal cabinets are slowly taking off because they give more sideways space. These types of cabinets are often designed to swing open from the bottom and provide a much wider range of space. Even though they don’t work well in all types of spaces, they offer unique organizational options such as interior spice racks.

Kitchen Interior DesignTechnology Connections

With the dawn of refrigerators that are designed to connect to the internet and the presence of apps for about any type of cooking you want to do, bringing in and connecting your devices inside your kitchen has now become a trend. We can surely expect to see cabinets and shelves that will incorporate tablet stands as well as wires that are hidden from the kitchen mess but are convenient enough to allow you to easily connect your wired or cabled devices.

Best of Houzz 2015

Posted on January 29, 2015


Allison Jaffe of Austin, TX  Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Austin, TX, January 19, 2015Allison Jaffe Interior Design LLC of Austin,TX has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.At Allison Jaffe Interior Design, LLC, clients benefit from an expert design eye and unparalleled personal attention to detail was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

In every project, Allison’s design philosophy adheres to the same guiding principles.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Allison Jaffe among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international

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Rockin’ the Kasbah

Posted on January 12, 2015

Some of you know that I am just back from my trip to Morocco. I spent the past week making my way around the country stopping in Casablanca, Tangiers, Rabat and Marrakech.


The sights, sounds and smells were overwhelingly inspirational. Morocco is known for its vibrancy especially in tile design and installation and it was fun to capture while traveling to each city.

Feature in Austin Home Magazine, Winter 2014

Posted on January 6, 2015

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Have you picked up the latest copy of Austin Home Magazine? Find our feature on page 68 highlighting our Via Media project. Click here to read the story. 

29th Annual ASID DEX Awards

Posted on December 30, 2014

The 29th ASID Design Excellence Awards ceremony was hosted on Wednesday, November 12th at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. The annual awards competition recognizes interior design achievements within the Austin design community. 

We were grateful to be recognized once again for our Via Media project accepting an award of merit in the category Residence-Contemporary. 

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AIA Homes Tour 2014 Review

Posted on November 18, 2014

The other weekend, I toured the homes on the 2014 AIA Homes Tour. If you have never been on a homes tour, I highly recommend it to home owners looking to remodel or update their home. It comes as a great source of inspiration and the opportunity to see what local architects and contractors are building in the various neighborhoods throughout Austin.

Due to time constrains, I made it to 8 of the 11 homes on the tour, pretty good being that they were spread out across Austin. Each home offered a sampling of what home owners had created with their architects. Although the homes are contemporary in nature and at the end of the tour became a little blurry, I still thought it was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 

My favorite indoor space was the master bathroom in the Stuart Sampley home. Unfortunately, there is no photo to show but for a very understated reason this bathroom stood out from the rest. 

My second favorite space was the outdoor pool area from Jay Hargrave Architecture. The pool takes center stage in this home. Just imagine taking a dip in this pool while looking up at the stars.

And last, was the home designed by Specht Harpman where the house was literally carved into the rock and nestled high above the waters of Lake Austin.

The home was a contemporary structure but the kitchen and other living areas had soft industrial nods like exposed pipes and shelving and I liked that they used chicken mesh for door panels on the cabinetry.

Did you go on the AIA Home Tour as well? I’d love to know what your favorite home or space was, post your response here

Copper Love Continued

Posted on November 13, 2014

Copper is my most favorite trend I have seen in the eight plus years that I have been designing. While scrolling through a social media news feed, I stumbled upon this bathroom published by Luxe Magazine and feel head over heals in love. It was definitely the warmth and use of copper and brass accents in the room that I gravitated to. 

Although a number clients are opting to remove their jet tubs altogether, I also have some clients who are installing free-standing tubs in their place. Although not exact, Penhaglion sells a similar model as seen in the photo above.

With the popularity of copper follows the trend of exposed shower faucets and more shockingly the finish, antique brass. Yes, I said it, BRASS is back! Both the finish and exposure of plumbing guts is very reminiscent of the turn of the century, where pipes and plumbing values were outside of the wall cavity. The industrial nature of this plumbing viewed here is a great example.


Being familiar with limestone, I can guarantee vein cut brown limestone adorns the these walls. I love that the tile is installed at full height. To offset the rich color of the wall, a lighter stone was installed on the floors of the shower and main bathroom floors for added contrast. 

50 Shades of Grey: Sherwin William 7000s

Posted on October 7, 2014

I know what you’re thinking but the 50 shades I’m referring to are colors not the character. For the past few years I have really enjoyed using all shades of a grey for back drops in my client’s homes. My most favorite grey shades can be found in the Sherwin William 7000 Series. Below are some of my top picks. 

A couple tips when selecting and sampling paint color. Paint looks different at different times of the day. Sun can have a big impact on how the paint shows up on a wall. I like to sample paint on a white piece of cardboard, preferably 12″ x 12″ in size. You can easily move the cardboard piece around without having to paint directly on your walls. Be mindful when sampling paint. Most manufacturers only sell sample sizes in a satin or eggshell finish. So if you are aiming for a flat finish know that the sample may have a little more sheen than what you specify in the end. 

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Allison Jaffe

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

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