Floor Coverings International Kansas City West strives to be on the cutting edge of design. We continuously scour the Internet for new ideas from key influencers across the globe. One designer who recently caught our eye is Allison of Allison Jaffe Interior Design LLC. We recently had the pleasure of asking the award-winning designer a few questions about her craft. You can follow Allison on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Houzz.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
During the day I am full time award-wining designer at the head of a high-end full service interior design firm, specializing in residential remodeling, new construction and furnishings. On my off time, I am an avid yogi, makeup junkie, foodie, and professional traveler. Some of my travels have included: Cuba, Guatemala, Israel and Morocco, my most favorite being Cuba. I also love taking photos during my travels and I have a number of them hung up in my office. I am not a native of Austin, Texas but I have lived here since the age of six. I cannot see myself living anywhere else in the world being that my family lives here as well–AND I’m living in the best city on the planet (biased, I know). I have two degrees, one in Interior Design and another in Neuropsychology from the University of Pittsburgh. I love giving back to my community by way of service. Some of the non-profits I am a part of are the Anti-Defamation League and AIDS Services of Austin. I am also a part of a number of organizations such as Young Woman’s Alliance, Austin Young Chamber, American Society of Interior Designers.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I started my blog as an outlet to share my thoughts and musing on interior design and to connect with my clients, industry partners, and fans of my work.
How would you describe your design style?
My personal style is very different from the way I design. At home, I am very eclectic. I like to describe it as French meets the near East. For example, my sofa is from Crate and Barrel but my TV console is hand carved rose wood from Indonesia. I like to surround myself with antiques that I have collected while out antiquing with my mom. While at work, I prefer not to have a niched design style. My body of work reads more contemporary but I like to mold my designs around the client. I’d rather have them come to the table with their ideas and design style and be able to use my expertise and knowledge to serve their project.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
I don’t have one specific avenue of where I find inspiration or rather, I don’t source ideas from typical sources like other blogs, magazines or print media, except for Houzz. I just let the ideas come to me or I utilize the Houzz search function to research specific design ideas.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I absolutely love the Clear Springs bathroom project I completed last year. The client has amazing taste and the space is sophisticated, light and airy; the design is very approachable. The bathroom was a typical builder grade space that was transformed. I rearranged the vanity locations, enlarged the shower for two users at a time and allowed space for a claw foot tub. I know I am in love with a project when I want to spend time in there myself.
See photos below (Credit Brio Photography)