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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Colorways: Freish Paint Ideas


This month, AJID attended Sherwin-Williams Colormix 2013 event where next year’s color forecast was revealed.  As designers, we realize all the potential a color possesses to transform a space.  Check out these colors recently used in a project.

SW6222 Riverway
Deep, reflective, a chance to decompress. This color is true to its name, relaxing and cool.
SW6913 Funky Yellow
Bright, cheerful, but not over zealous. This yellow is a warm color, but perfectly toned as to not being offensive. And when used well, provides some much needed cheerfulness during those overcast days.
SW6227 Meditative
Clean and clear, like the sky in the early morning light. This blue lets you meditate on the day to come, providing a feeling of serenity and calm.

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

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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A little snap shot of my 4 page feature in K+BB Magazine May/June issue. Officially a nationally published #interiordesigner #austin #atx #interiordesign #bath #kitchen #remodel #remodeling #design #patontheback

Allison Jaffe

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

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