McCray & Co.
About McCray & Co.
Led by real-life partners Chris McCray and Grace Hall, McCray & Co. is an Austin-based design studio specializing in interiors. Chris is passionate about responsible and unique designs for each of his diverse clients. In the mid-’90s, he founded Chris McCray Designs in Richmond, Virginia, and after over 10 years of experience, he went to RISD and earned his master’s degree in industrial design. He then founded McCray & Co. in 2011. Grace always loved design from a young age, and she graduated from VCU. The firm is dedicated to creating living, breathing spaces. The couple gets most of their inspiration from other people and how they live, work, and play in a space. The firm has designed several residential interiors and are also known for their innovative restaurant interiors. Edible Austin comments that McCray and Hall are two of the “most creative minds in the local design industry.” Spruce Austin also names the firm as one of their favorites, noting their “fresh, soulful, and inspiring” designs. Their work has been featured in The Austin Chronicle, McCray & Co. is in high demand in the rapidly growing restaurant industry in Austin.
One of their most well-known projects is Picnik, the first brick-and-mortar restaurant for this company that focuses on whole body nourishment. The goal was to create a space that looked and felt as clean and vibrant as its menu. McCray & Co. worked with local artisans to create custom lighting, a bar top, pillows, casework, tile, ceramics, and planters. The lighting and artwork was interwoven to create a truly one-of-a-kind space. They also designed an Airbnb space for clients in Austin who wanted to provide a clean and modern space. Accommodating up to 12 guests, McCray & Co. was responsible for selecting everything for the space — from furniture to silverware — in a short period of time. Refinishing the floors and updating the paint colors instantly upgraded the space.
About Evensen Design
Evensen Design is a boutique interior design firm that specializes in renovations and new construction throughout Texas. The firm is headed by Principal Erica Evensen, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Clean lines, bright spaces, and luxurious details are all hallmarks of Evansen. Working on everything from a historical renovation of a Tudor cottage in Lakewood to a modern penthouse in downtown Dallas, Evansen Design aims for superior quality and workmanship. The firm provides building, renovating, and furnishing services, and the team also has experience in custom furniture. Evensen’s work has landed her on the Top 5 Interior Design Stars to Watch Out For list by Austin Culture Map. Her eclectic design for a kitchen remodel was recently featured on HGTV’s House Hunters.
Evensen Design provided the design for a stunning Tarrytown home. A crisp, white palette allowed for wooden and iron accents on various furnishings. Extensive storage space in the cabinets is artfully hidden. Some open shelving allows space for display. Two cozy chairs at the back of the kitchen offer a reading nook or a place to have some evening cocktails. Another excellent design is the Gaston residence. Completed in 2017, the home’s kitchen has light blue tile, which is complemented by a gray granite countertop. Unique light fixtures give the space a one-of-a-kind look. A gorgeous white cabinet holds much of the family’s dishware. In the center of the cabinet is a vintage, gold vanity-esque mirror. A beautiful brick fireplace is the central part of the design of the family room.
Marcus Mohon Interiors
About Marcus Mohon Interiors
Specializing in design with graceful elegance and distinct geometry, Marcus Mohon Interiors is led by Marcus and Autumn Mohon. The firm has worked on projects all across the country but is based in Austin. They note that this Texan perspective informs their work by combining juxtapositional elements, such as elegant and humble, urban and rural, and refined and rough. Marcus has an economics degree from Baylor University and an interior design degree from the University of Texas at Austin. The firm is especially dedicated to its community: Texas Hill Country. Mohon’s design on an exotic and extravagant home in South Texas was extensively featured in Luxe Magazine, and their work has also been in Austin Woman Magazine. The firm was honored with the request to design the Southern Living Magazine Idea House that sits on the inlet of Texas’ Lake LBJ, which was inspired by Mediterranean villas. Because of their dedication to classical elements, the Mohons were also featured on Architectural Antiques.
One of their featured projects is Villa Romanza, inspired by the landscape of the Texas Hill Country. The design of the house mirrors the meandering ridge on which it is situated. The interior design reflects the various elevations throughout the home. The owners have a diverse collection of Spanish antiques and modern artwork, which were both incorporated into the design. The opulent design is full of this contrast. The owners were focused on authenticity, so that was of top priority. Another project is “Lighten Up,” a expansive English manor in South Texas. To keep the home from leaning towards the heavy side, lighter than expected stains and a fog-color stone flooring were used. A neutral color palette was used with some accents of blue. Unique weathered mahogany benches were found in a New York antique store and used in an open sitting area.
Blair Burton Interiors
About Blair Burton Interiors
With a firm belief that homes should be a refuge and place to grow, Blair Burton opened her firm, Blair Burton Interiors, in 2004. She notes that the home she shares with her family is her favorite place to be, and she wants to bring that same joy and peace to others. Before opening her firm, she worked for Karen Hall at Cohagan Hall Interior Design. She grew up with good design; her father was in the building industry and her mother practiced floral arts. Her love of design has blossomed ever since.
One of Burton’s most stunning designs is the Westlake Waterfront residence. The main feature of this residence is the beautiful view. A gray color palette with blue and orange accents was used. Custom woodwork can also be seen throughout the home. A stunning fireplace is the main focal point in the living area. Another example of her work is a Tarrytown remodel. The dining area has a beautiful piece of artwork that complements the artistic lighting fixture, which all reflect the trees surrounding the property. Wooden accents are used throughout the home, giving it a warm feeling. A wooden partition with shelving separates the dining area from the living room. The bathrooms include multicolored calming tile. The master bedroom has room for a reading nook with comfortable chairs.
About Maureen Stevens
Infatuated with design and styling from a young age, Maureen Stevens is a leading interior designer in Austin. In addition to her firm, she also runs a popular blog. Recently, she was named one of Austin’s Top 5 Interior Designers to Watch by CultureMap. Her services range from space planning and design boards to full design and renovations. Mainly focused on high-end residential design, she also occasionally works with small-scale commercial projects. Stevens also offers e-design for clients in other states and countries. She has worked with HGTV.com, and her home has been featured in the Austin-American Statesman and Make It Over. She sums up her design philosophy as “well-edited and immensely functional.”
One of her recent completed projects is a Hyde Park bungalow. The interior design is an eclectic mix of old and new: both antiques and modern elements can be found here. A foliage theme is embodied in the living area, with a plant corner, framed leaf pictures, and a magnolia leaf. Stunning light fixtures make the whole home warm and inviting. An office has reading chairs and lamps for the couple. Another interesting project is a home that had a design led by color therapy. The colors used were those that resonated with the homeowner’s energy. Accents of dark blue and purple were sprinkled throughout the living area. The stairs and area leading to the next level were accented with a bright and bold blue.
Laura Roberts Design
About Laura Roberts Design
An interior designer since 2002, Laura Roberts names textures, textiles, and classic design as her go-tos when designing a new project. Like much of the style aesthetic in Austin, she knows how to seamlessly integrate traditional elements with more modern concepts. Some of her experience includes working with The George Eastman House and cataloging the Gernsheim House photography collection at the Harry Ransom Center. Trained in classical art at the Art Institute of Chicago, Roberts specialized in fabrics. After she built and furnished a project that was selected for the Austin AIA (American Institute of Architects) Homes Tour in 2002, she established Laura Alexander Design. In 2009, she renamed her business Laura Roberts Design.
Mount Barker is a great example of Roberts’ work. A neutral color palette was observed throughout the design, with warm wood accents to complement the custom woodwork in the home. The living area is especially welcoming, with a bookcase full of books and art. Framed artwork is showcased throughout the residence. Another example of Roberts’s work is Northwest Hills. The complete remodel used much of the client’s collection, in addition to vintage and contemporary elements. The open living room has both modern classics and vintage Asian accents. A library has several areas to read under vintage reading lamps. Modern kitchen furniture, a built-in office area in the backyard, and a low, wood hearth are all features of this stunning home.
Natalie Howe Design
About Natalie Howe Design
A graduate of Texas A&M University and the UCLA Interior Design School, Natalie Howe founded her own award-winning firm, Natalie Howe Design. While growing up, she was part of a military family that constantly moved from state to state. She credits her ease of communicating with all different types of people to those travels. Taking outdated and inefficient kitchens and transforming them into attractive and efficient spaces is her specialty. She won a national NARI award (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) in the kitchen category and was a showhome designer for the Women’s Symphony League of Austin. Her firm has been featured on MSN.com, the Austin American Statesman, Austin Monthly Home, Texas Home and Living, the HGTV.com design blog, and Tribeza.
One of Natalie’s featured projects is the newly constructed Hill Country residence. A clean, crisp, and transitional home, it is full of gems like Hickory Chair custom furniture; a faux shagreen, oval coffee table; gray linen swivel chairs; and a Tibetan lamb lucite bench. An especially fun feature is the foil wallpaper with bicycle illustrations in the dining area. Another notable Natalie Howe design is a farmhouse kitchen remodel in Austin. An old, space-inefficient kitchen was transformed into an elegant farmhouse kitchen. The blue peacock-patterned wallpaper brings attention to a cozy bench area. Blue glass knobs accent that color palette. The kitchen is much more open, and crisp, white cabinets make the space seem even bigger. A marble-esque backsplash elevates the space.
About Rachel Horn
Growing up in San Miguel de Allende, Rachel Horn was always fascinated by the classic stone buildings and churches in her town. She is a native Spanish speaker and has established herself as one of the top interior designers for Spanish Colonial style. She has cultivated many manufacturing and sourcing relationships in Mexico and around the world. Because of her background, she knows how to integrate the Spanish Colonial style with American and international aesthetics. Her work has been featured in several publications, such as Harper’s Bazaar, Luxe, The Society Diaries, Austin Home, Home & Style, Vacation Homes, and the New York Times. She recently debuted her new Liston Collection of custom pieces at the Architectural Digest Design Show.
Rachel Horn both decorated and chose all of the hard finishes for the Crockett residence in Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood. This modern farmhouse has a mostly black and white color palette, with several interesting textiles used as accent pieces. Several cowhides are used as rugs. Unique light fixtures are a fun feature in every room of the home. A very Austin-esque design is the renovation of Horn’s personal 1969 Airstream trailer. The coach has a mirror-polished exterior and a modern interior that is Moroccan themed. Three main living areas are partitioned by walls. The interiors share a gray, black, and cream color scheme with metal accents. The Airstream was featured on the cover of the New York Times home section and Town & Country.
Allison Jaffe Interior Design
About Allison Jaffe Interior Design
Always aiming for collaboration, integrity, and smart design, Allison Jaffe serves the Austin area and beyond. Jaffe received an interior design degree from Texas State University. She is one of the few Austin interior designers registered with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, which means that Jaffe’s designs meet all health and safety requirements without the firm having to seek extra consultants or approval. Since the founding of her interior design firm in 2010, she has won 18 awards, including a Design Excellence Rising Star Award from the American Society for Interior Designers. Recognized as an “Austin Under 40” finalist and “a star to watch right now” by Austin Culturemap, her work has also been recognized by the Legacy of Design Awards. She’s also committed to being involved in various organizations in her community.
“My favorite aspect of designing with a client is collaboration. I thrive off of giving our clients the space to create and come up with ideas for their project and I use my expertise and knowledge to guide them from start to finish. This makes for a very diverse project portfolio and clients who come back to us to time and time again to complete other areas of their home.” -Allison Jaffe
One of Jaffe’s exemplary projects is the Josephine-Soft Contemporary Living and Dining Rooms. Featured in Austin Woman Magazine, the design was inspired by the Nordic philosophy of “hygge,” a type of coziness. The space is full of calming colors with luxurious fabrics. Candles and other warm light fixtures make the space welcoming. There is also a unique hanging chair swing in the family room that gives the area a whimsical vibe. Another project is Jeffe’s Brian Meadow Cove Kitchen. At the time this kitchen was built in the early 90s, it was a show stopper but after 20 years, this kitchen had had its final run and it was time for an over-haul. The functionality and flow of the kitchen was greatly improved upon when the existing peninsula was removed to make way for a large island connecting the kitchen to the breakfast seating area. The grand white shaker cabinets with small decorative doors with glass were designed to take full advantage of the 11′ ceilings. Decorative elements comprised of the following: idyllic farmhouse sink, 1×3 Silverthorne grey mosaic tile backsplash, and polished nickel cabinet hardware. The Via Media kitchen, though more or less functional but Jaffe gave it some TLC. Dark rift-sawn oak cabinets combined with quartz counters, an oval marble backsplash, and industrial lighting give the space a wonderful industrial look.
About Veronica Koltuniak
Starting as a set decorator in Los Angeles, building character-driven living spaces for film and commercials, Veronica Koltuniak first opened her design studio MILDRED in 1992. Her focus was mainly on furniture design and window treatments for Hollywood’s A-list. She even guest designed on Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s TV series Mix It Up. She arrived in Austin in 2001 and, since then, has again taken up designing residential interiors and has also started designing commercial interiors. She’s especially fascinated by restaurant interiors and has also created a new line of furniture under the name VEROKOLT. Koltuniak has been featured in several publications, such as CultureMap, Apartment Therapy, Kinfolk, Harper’s Bazaar, The Guardian, Tribeza, the LA Times, Austin Monthly, and the Austin American Statesman.
While she does plenty of residential interior work, her restaurant interior designs have generated the most buzz. One of her most well-known featured projects is Easy Tiger, a brewpub and bakery. The design came from two unlikely sources of inspiration: The Royal Tenenbaums and Annie Hall. A deep, French pink adorns the bakery counter, and randomly painted picnic benches offer plenty of gathering space outside. Pendant lights painted as tennis racquets serve as the light fixtures, with vintage wooden racquets as the lampshades. Another excellent example of her work is the restaurant Irene’s. The restaurant’s inspiration came from one of the owner’s grandmothers — a true, drinking, smoking, gambling woman of the South. Old airplane panels, a pinewood bar, and vintage accents all embody a vintage charm.