Last Friday, the 2020 ASID Design Excellence Award Winners were announced! This design competition recognizes the highest achievements in interior design within the Austin design community. We are pleased to announce that we won 5 design awards this year, which includes four “1st Place” award wins and one ‘Honorable Mention” award. We have previewed photos of these winning projects below.
FIRST PLACE-RESIDENTIAL: TRADITIONAL/TRANSITIONAL – DINING ROOM
When our clients decided to sell the family home they had lived in for nearly 25 years near downtown Austin and move to a 3,008 sq ft laidback Lakeway lock and leave home, our design team was brought in to transform their compact space into a cozy and calm respite for the family to settle into. The nostalgic couple wanted their newly built home to have plenty of warmth and charm by incorporating meaningful pieces and family treasures into each space, particularly the main spaces like the home’s dining room. Thoughtfully curated accessories like our client’s beloved collection of Miroslav Šašek’s “This Is…” children’s books, monogrammed details, and custom lighting make this Lakeway dining room a warm and inviting respite for a tight-knit family and their new phase of life.
In the design of the home, our clients wanted their lake house to have a European flavor mixed with an undeniable dose of Southern warmth. The home’s interiors are layered with sophisticated choices that reflect the homeowner’s mature tastes, while also staying cognizant of the casual temperament of the lakeside home. For our client’s ‘grown-up’ home, only a handful of personal items were going to make it into their new lakeside retreat, mainly meaningful art pieces and keepsakes that the family treasures. You can see more photos of this home on our portfolio.
FIRST PLACE- CHILD/YOUTH BEDROOM
When our longtime client was expecting her first baby, a girl, she commissioned our team to create sophisticated and feminine nursery for her baby on the way. A fresh mix of pastels and practical multipurpose use furnishings, provide the new baby and family a darling bedroom that can easily transition with her as she grows up.
Rather than incorporating a standard bed into the nursery, we selected a sofa-like daybed to serve as the night nurse’s place to sleep. We selected a mix of oversized plush pillows in unique fabrics in pastel colors on the bed to make it look more like a seating area in the nursery. At night it serves as a functional bed and during the day it offers the new parents a comfortable place to lounge.
We also wanted the nursery to have a soft palette and mix of pieces that could be used beyond a nursery. If this room looks familiar, it should! It is from our Villa Blanca project that was a part of this year’s Tribeza Interiors Tour!
For the room’s built-in desk, we sourced a printed wallpaper behind the shelving. In the nursery, the built-in serves as a changing station, but as the room evolves into an older child’s room it will serve as a homework nook for the homeowners’ daughter. Our design goal was to incorporate pieces that could easily transition from a nursery to a child’s room.
FIRST PLACE- RESIDENTIAL: KITCHEN-REMODEL
A dated 1980s ranch home is remodeled and modernized with an open concept, clean lines and timeless interior finishes. The remodel and design for this project required extensive and detailed planning to transform the dark, cramped layout of this home. Despite structural issues and setbacks, this Texas ranch home’s dated kitchen was transformed into an eye-catching example of pragmatic functionality.
This project was also awarded last year in the Legacy of Design Awards event that acknowledges the best design concepts in the state of Texas.
This project was also featured and published in the Winter Issue of Austin Home magazine. Here is a link to the article.
You can truly appreciate the transformation of this kitchen when you see the before photos! Here is a link to the blog that highlights the before and after photos.
FIRST PLACE-COMMERCIAL: RETAIL
When a local jewelry designer decided to take the leap of faith to grow her business and open her first retail storefront, she contacted our team to transform her rented bungalow into a jewel of a retail space. As a first-time shop owner she wanted to establish a brand on a conservative budget, so we selected cost conscious options and upcycled pieces to give her shop an inviting, memorable, and eclectic feel. If you recall, this project was also a winner at the Legacy of Design Awards event, which celebrates the best design concepts in the state of Texas.
Glass display cases and open shelving keep the space feeling open and inviting, while of course allowing shoppers to handle and view all of the products on sale. Plenty of light pours into the bungalow and reflects off the glass and marble furnishings in the charming bungalow. Overall, the mix of punchy colors and upcycled pieces makes this new jewelry shop sparkle with all the functionality and demands a new retail business requires.
HONORABLE MENTION-RESIDENTIAL: INDIVIDUAL/UNIQUE SPACE
In an awkward and undefined upstairs landing, the space lacked a true purpose and identity. With help from our design team, the unfurnished pass-through space is reimagined into a stylish and glam ladies lounge and office with plenty of functional storage and seating for our client to work, relax and entertain friends.
Since the upstairs landing incorporated a long L-shape desk in the corner of the room, we wanted the long wall in the space to act as an extension of the office with a dressed up lounge-like feeling. Downstairs, the husband’s study is very moody and masculine. We wanted her office to be the exact opposite: bright and feminine. Our client’s one main request was to incorporate the black and white photograph of Frank Sinatra into the space. Everything that surrounded it was to be glamorous and luxe.
To make the built-in desk flow with the lounge, we incorporated a bold printed wallpaper on the built-in part of the shelves. The wallpaper and accessories in the built-in desk make the entire landing feel like a cohesive space. With new furniture, accessories, and a proper plan the undefined space now has a punchy personality with plenty of practical use for the homeowner to enjoy. This space is also from our Villa Blanca project, which was included in this year’s Tribeza Interiors Tour.
The awards for the Design Excellence Awards Event will be physically handed out at a later date as the celebratory event has been postponed for now. We are looking forward to receiving them and celebrating with the Austin design community. Here is a link to all of this year’s 2020 Austin Design Excellence Winners. Congratulations to everyone!