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.

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

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.

Contemporary New Construction Project: GIBSON

In May of 2013 AJID completed this gem in the ‘04 neighborhood of Austin, Texas. 

What makes this home so special is the vibrant personality of the clients. The unique color combinations, the dining table that transforms into a pool table and the quality and selection of furniture make this space ideal for entertaining. 

Check out more photos of the project below. 

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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.

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!

Design Tidbits How to dress up your desk space

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Since moved in to our new office, we’ve been ogling every piece of desk décor under the sun and have come up with a quick hits list of what makes a desk space eye catching and beautiful:
Get eclectic – make your desk chair a contrasting style from your desk i.e. rococo desk with modern Lucite chair…just make sure your chair is comfy too!
Let in light – position your desk by a window for the immediate mood lift that comes from natural lighting
Pop accents – add a splash of a bright contrasting color in your accessories to create visual interest and generate energy in the space
Get it up on the walls – instead of cluttering your desk top work space with mail and sketches, move this onto a pin board
Put the fun in functionality – only keep what you need on your desk top, but get creative with how you store what you need and bring in your personality through fun containers and organizer

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Featured Project: Lakeshore Powder Bath

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Wallpaper in the last 5 years has made a major comeback. With so many varying materials, colors and patterns, the wallpaper industry is truly your oyster. Let’s say you don’t mind committing to a wallpaper, just not for a large space in your home. In years past, AJID has installed wallpaper in entry ways, accent walls in master bedrooms and powder baths like the one seen above. A powder bath is the perfect opportunity to let your hair down and be as bold as you want.  
The Lakeshore powder room is no exception to having fun. This small space went though a full makeover including a new maple stained vanity with Carrera marble counter top. The mirror from Jonathan Adler is a quirky contrast to the more traditional cabinetry. Of course the pièce de rèsistance is the Cole & Son rope wallpaper. If only you could see it in person! 
 
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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