Mark Ashby


Mark is a graduate of the University of Louisiana and has continued master’s education in landscape architecture prior to moving strictly into interior design as his profession. A Louisiana native, Mark first added his aesthetic influence in Texas in 1998- some of his immediate Austin accomplishments include a historical pre-Civil War governor’s mansion built in1853 photographed & published for its timeless tradition. Very quickly, Austin was taken with Mark’s sensibility and it was not long before he evolved his work into a larger scale company, Mark Ashby Design. The firm has worked for some of the most renowned architects and builders creating modern masterpieces as well as traditional historical preservations perfectly interpreting his client’s tastes. Mark has a proven and accomplished track record of over 20 years in Texas and today the firm works nationally including everything from small Manhattan lofts to vast Montana ranches. The firm has been featured in the books Great Homes of Texas and Modern Cabins, as well as in a number of publications, including Elle Décor, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Luxe Magazine, Traditional Home, Cottages & Bungalows, and Western Interiors.

Michele Lorenz

Senior Designer & Creative Director

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 was most recently published in the book Texas Made Texas

Anne Grandinetti

Senior Designer & Creative Director

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 has had several projects published in several interiors publications.

Christina Simon

Senior Designer & Director of Business Development

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. Her interest in interiors began with her work designing yoga studios, and she joined Mark Ashby Design in 2011. Christina most recently had the honor of designing a Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift, The Ultimate Clubhouse, for their 2018 The Christmas Book.

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 being 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.

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 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.

Lizzie Ford

Administrative Assistant

Originally from Houston, Lizzie moved to Austin to attend UT where she earned a bachelors degree in retail merchandising.  She managed an interiors showroom in Austin before retuning to the Creative Side Jewelry Academy where she is currently studying goldsmithing.  She joined Mark Ashby Design in 2018.