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…

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


Rainbow Ranch
Rising Star Winner: Special Detail/Product Design

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.

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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

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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.

PILLOWS|TILE|FAUCET|BOWLS|WALLPAPER|CHEST|LIGHTS|CABINETS

Radiant Orchid: Pantone Color of the Year 2014

2014 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR

“Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.
Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.”  Courtesy of Pantone.com
 
In other words, Radiant Orchid is a bright color not for the faint of heart!  Being a purple hue, it’s color psychology is that of regality and the exotic. We particularly like the idea of sparking a neutral palette with this color. It’s also a color that will welcome in the spring season nicely.

Office Lobby Redo

You’ve been there, waiting for your dentist’s appointment, and you’re feeling, well, not cozy. In the typical commercial lobby, it seems that some of the design ideas came straight out of a catalog with minimal inspiration that leave the end user, the customer or client, feeling stoic. However, that doesn’t have to be the case! By improving the ambiance of a lobby, a business serves to gain something positive: a good first impression and a feeling that their guests’ comfort is important to them.

In a current AJID project, the “living room” philosophy is applied. Let’s start with seating—afterall, it is the most important piece of furniture in a lobby! Using handsome leather arm chairs with accenting nailhead trim gives the guest a comfortable seat that is also nice at which to look. Something else nice to look at is the variety of fun and smart art, pieces that engage the customer and make them feel connected to their surroundings. Use of sleek, chrome occasional tables topped with an artisan glass lamp or interesting accessories provides another opportunity to accentuate the space. By combining materials and colors in a way that feels and functions like a living room makes everyone feel at home, and happy to return.

Featured Project: Rising Hills Living Room

A large dark grey leather sectional anchors the room and offers plenty of seating, perfect for everyday lounging or a large gathering. The room is punctuated by bright orange and teal pillows to brighten up the area. An accent chair by the windows is upholstered in a light, patterned fabric that offers some visual interest to the setting. The furniture arrangement is grounded by a large area rug in blue/gray/taupe tones that has a large pattern to add movement to the room. By opening the space and placement of furniture, optimal circulation is created and makes this living environment of contrasting colors and textures one that all can enjoy.See more photos here and view the complete project!

Trend Alert: Industrial Lighting

A successful lighting plan usually uses multiple types of fixtures to achieve your lighting goals. When choosing fixtures for your home, you should consider what your illumination needs are, such as the type of activities occurring in a room, task-specific requirements, general lighting to fully illuminate a room, lighting that can be varied to generate mood or atmosphere, and accent lighting. Any of these are a perfect opportunity to create a modern feel through the use of industrial light fixtures.

Think Local: Shop Local in Austin Texas

At AJID, a number of our projects consist of shopping for furniture for our clients. Here is a list of our favorite local furniture stores we love supporting.

Caffreys Funriture: This showroom features a multi-line collection of hand-crafted American made goods that are made to order and can be custom sized.

Collectic Home:  A lofty, upscale furniture store in Austin, Texas. We ship anywhere. Worldwide resources for the best in home furnishings.

Copenhagen Living: Copenhagen has always been a family affair and our family of stores is now run by original owner Erik Hansen. This store offers modern and contemporary furniture.

Five Elements Furniture: A local, family owned furniture store that specializes in modern, mid-century, and contemporary furniture.

Nest Modern: Like the Modern movement that forms our collections, Nest offers progressive yet iconoclastic designs. Whether you are a Modern aficionado or a neophyte, you will feel at home.

Loft: A contemporary furniture store is located in The Domain—Austin’s upscale shopping district. All of the products carried are created from eco-friendly materials by craftsmen who adhere to the highest principals of social responsibility.

Featured Project: Via Media Master Bathroom

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Homeowners are happy to rid themselves these days of large space-hogging super-soaking jet tubs and create large shower areas fit for a party of ten. Why not? Our rule of thumb is that as long as you have a tub in another area of the home, by all means demo that pool-like tub immediately. 
 
In this project we doubled the size of the shower area. What used to be a three foot by three foot enclosed shower is now an open space with an attached drying area. The shower space is wrapped in Silverthorne limestone and the designated drying area floor is a black slab of pebbled quartz. New vanity cabinetry, constructed of natural stained walnut was designed to incorporate his and her storage units. 

Doesn’t this space make you want to pour yourself a glass of wine and take a long hot shower at the end of your day? We think so! 

See more photos of the master bathroom here and view the complete project!
Allison Jaffe

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

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