Mark Ashby

Founding Principal

A Louisiana native, Mark settled in Austin in 1997 and launched his interiors career with the renovation of the historic 1853 Pease Mansion. As his reputation grew, he established Mark Ashby Design as a premier interiors firm recognized for creating modern masterpieces as well as timeless historic renovations. Today he leads a team of exceptional designers who continue to work on many of Austin’s finest homes, as well as projects around the country ranging from Manhattan lofts to vast Montana ranches.

Michele Lorenz


Raised in Switzerland and Virginia, Michele returned to Europe to study business in Zurich and jewelry design in Paris.  Her work in a home furnishings showroom in North Carolina led to her first decorating projects and her career in interiors.  She relocated to Austin and began working with Mark Ashby Design in 2002. Michele’s work has been published in Elle Décor, Robb Report, and the book Texas Made Texas Modern.

Anne Grandinetti


Raised in Houston, Anne received her BA in sociology at the University of Oklahoma.  She began her career in interiors shortly thereafter in Houston as the manager of a high-end home furnishings store which lead to her initial work as a decorator.  She went on to spend eight years in the celebrity and fashion public relations business in Los Angeles before moving to Austin in 2008 to return to the interiors industry and join Mark Ashby Design. Anne’s work has been published in Coastal Living, Luxe, Cowboys & Indians, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Christina Simon


Originally from Missouri, Christina lived in San Francisco and Berlin before settling in Austin in 2000. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her extensive creative background includes work in the fine arts, graphic design, film, and fashion industries. Christina joined Mark Ashby Design in 2011. She had the unique honor of designing a Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift, The Ultimate Clubhouse, for their 2018 The Christmas Book. Christina’s work has been published in the New York Times, Luxe, Dwell, and Forbes.

Cori Pfaff


Cori is originally from Florida where she earned her degree in Interior Design at The University of Florida. There, she developed the technical skills and industry understanding to support her life-long passion for art and design. She began her interiors career sourcing luxury materials and finishes in Chicago showrooms, and then spent six years at two other high-end residential interior firms before moving to Austin in 2016 and joining the Mark Ashby Design team.

Callie DeLuca

Senior Design Assistant

Raised on the coasts of New Hampshire & Maine, Callie followed her passion for design and attended High Point University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. During this time, she interned at the High Point Furniture Market, working with various designers and showrooms including HGTV. After receiving her degree, Callie moved to Austin and worked in hospitality and high-end residential interiors. She joined Mark Ashby Design in 2018.

Lauren Gunn

Design Assistant

Born and raised in Dallas, Lauren came to Austin in 2009 to attend the University of Texas where she earned a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a minor in Business Foundations. She entered the interiors field in 2005 as a Design Assistant for another Austin firm, and most recently managed the luxury antique and vintage gallery Jean-Marc Fray Antiques before joining Mark Ashby Design in 2019.

Annie Bacon

Design Assistant, RID

Born to a traveling family, Annie lived in Japan, Germany, Alaska, and Panama before settling in San Antonio and was finally able to call herself a Texan. She attended Texas Tech where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design with a minor in architecture. Annie first came to Austin for a summer internship and she returned to spend three years with another local interiors firm before joining Mark Ashby Design in 2019. Annie is an NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certificate holder and a licensed interior designer in Texas.

Ashleigh Malen

Design Assistant

Born in the Cleveland area but raised in East Texas, Ashleigh returned to Ohio to attend Kent State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Ashleigh has worked for another high-end residential interiors firm in Ohio and Florida before returning home to Texas in 2021 and joining Mark Ashby Design.

Tanya Pawlak

Operations Manager

Tanya is a native Texan and a long-time Austin resident. She studied zoology at UT prior to transitioning to operations and financial management, and refined her business and organizational skills while working in a number of industries including personal services, retail, hospitality, and real estate. She joined Mark Ashby Design in 2018.

Julyssa Triste

Administrative Assistant

Originally from New Mexico, Julyssa earned an Associate’s degree in Hospitality from Doña Ana Community College-NMSU prior to moving to Austin in 2017. Julyssa was previously a hotel concierge at the Hilton Austin for three years before joining Mark Ashby Design in 2021.

Rudy Liscum

Administrative Coordinator

Rudy was born in Washington state and raised in Dallas. In 2016 she relocated to Austin where she studies Software Engineering, and has worked in tech support and graphic design prior to joining Mark Ashby Design.