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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

Inspired: Vertical Garden

In a matter of months, cooler temps will be on our doorstep so why not bring your garden outside in. My client and I are developing and designing a vertical garden wall in her living room with the help of a landscape architect. After doing some research, this is no small undertaking but I am looking forward to the end result.

If your working with a black thumb or need a hassle free indoor garden try playing around with succulents. Succulents are resilient, low maintenance and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Grouping succulents together can create a fun aesthetic to any home environment. Need something to house your plants in, then look no further than West Elm glass bowls to hold your newly purchased succulents.

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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.

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.

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!

Signature Style

Bravo’s celebrity designers Jeff Lewis and Mary McDonald are great talents in the industry of interior design and many times their clientele hand over a space to them and they take the reigns. Both have not only developed a signature style but have gained the trust of their audience to do so.

Collaboration is an integral part of the AJID design process and I do my very best not to incorporate my personal style into a client’s home. Instead, I focus on how they want to live in their spaces and guide them though the design process with my knowledge and expertise. But I often wondered what it would be like to design spaces completely carte blanch incorporating my own eclectic signature style where India meets France.

Below are two fictional scenarios, a living room and a master bedroom, both very important spaces in a home. Here’s my take if a client with a blank slate said to me, “take it from here, Allison!”  

If you would like additional information and pricing on the items below, please inquire: info@allisonjaffe.com

Living Room Story Board


When designing a living room, I begin with the largest piece of furniture, the sofa and work my way down to the smallest piece in the space. The selection of a slate-grey/blue sectional sets the tone for the room and is offset with cream colored accents found in the side table, coffee table and accent chair. Mixing sizes, shapes and styles all aid in tying the living room together. The rug is my favorite piece, although traditional in design, it would work in any space.  
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1.ACCENT TABLE 2.COFFEE TABLE 3.SECTIONAL 4.TV CONSOLE 5.PILLOW 6.LAMP 7.CHAIR 8.RUG

Master Bedroom Story Board


More often than not, including myself, a client wants a bedroom room that has a warm inviting feeling and gives them a sense of calm when entering. I selected a monochromatic color scheme for this reason alone. Although the colors are subdued the furniture is unique with nods to the near east and France.
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1.LAMP 2.DRAPERY 3.NIGHTSTAND 4.KING BED5.NIGHTSTAND 6.CHAIR 7.RUG 8.OTTOMANS

Ikat-Love

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Ikat, a fun fabric with a seriously funny name! Ikat, a dyeing a process in which fabric yarns have been tie-dyed before weaving was first seen in 1927. This technique has not lost it’s appeal and can been seen on the fashion runways and in homes around the world. Although the process of dyeing the yarn has partially been replaced with printed Ikat patterns, it can be large seen on everything from pillows, window treatments and upholstered items. Above are items that show case our love for this beautiful and unique pattern. 

1. CHAIR 2.DRAPERY3. LAMPS 4. PILLOWS 5.CUBE 6. DINNERWARE7. SETEE 

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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