31st ASID Design Excellence Awards

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

Around Town and In the News

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

Stylish Kitchen Trends And Ideas For A New Year

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.

Rockin’ the Kasbah

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.

50 Shades of Grey: Sherwin William 7000s

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. 

On Trend: Heavy Metals


Not sure about you but my affinity for all things metallic is growing everyday. We have become accustom to brushed nickel, stainless steel, chrome and oil rubbed bronze but brass and gold are making a strong and not to be ignored debut.

Don’t worry, its not the brass and gold of yesteryear. The reinvented finishes finishes of today have a contemporary spin making it suitable for all types of uses from pillows and accessories to faucets and lighting.


Featured Project: Paisano Kitchen Remodel

AJID had a lot of fun re-designing this kitchen! Click to view MORE before and after photos!

Below are some kitchen remodel highlights: 

Cabinetry: Warm, dark-stained shaker-style Walnut cabinetry. Storage is now concentrated in a larger island and anchored by a large bank of cabinets along cooktop wall.

Countertops: Clean, bright white quartz adds a lighter quality to space.

Lighting: Bright, modern orb pendant light fixtures give the kitchen a touch of whimsy.

Appliances: Although the fridge stayed in its original place the window above existing sink was closed off to accommodate cooktop and vent hood. A wall oven unit now moved to former pantry, and sink moved to island to create the perfect work triangle

Flooring and Tile: Light colored porcelain in 12 x 24s are used to offset the walnut cabinetry. A simple wall of 2 x 2 blue glass tile backsplash gives serenity to the space.

A new book to add to my collection from the mother of interior design, Elsie de Wolfe. #interiordesign #austin

Decisions decisions…it will definitely be green. #fabric #interiordesign #remodel #furniture #green

Hard at work in my element with my favorite accessory: a floorplan! #interiordesign #austin #houseandhome #furnishings #remodle

Allison Jaffe

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

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