“We cannot recommend Mark Ashby and his team of designers enough! We worked with Michele on the redesign of our 1920’s bungalow. What easily could have been a daunting process was made so much smoother thanks to Michele’s incredible expertise. My husband and I wanted to be very involved in the process and Michele was patient and accommodating to our needs. We are so grateful we had the opportunity to work with the Mark Ashby Design firm as we’re now living in our absolute dream home!”

–Austin Client

“Working with Mark Ashby Design on our long-distance, extensive remodel helped make the process stress-free and we are thrilled with the result. Our ideas, vision, and preferences were always the top priority and our design team used this information, along with their expertise, to pull our dream home together. It turned out better than we could have imagined…or could have accomplished on our own!”

–Westlake Hideaway Client

“We first met Mark Ashby with Mark Ashby Design in May 2016 when we interviewed several potential designers to help in our new construction project. My wife, family, and I selected MAD because of the relaxed manner and professionalism (as well as presentation) presented during the interviewing process. Mark’s team of Anne Grandinetti and Amanda Lodge took over the operation and implementation of the project. They were very quick to grasp our design needs with minimal input required by us to oversee all design features. The team was always professional and easily contactable with quick replies and suggestions. By putting our trust in their ability to see what we wanted for the outcome, our project became a true vision. It resulted in tasteful touches of comfort, style, and visual stimulation. They were easy to work with and very amicable to all of our requirements. But mostly, by us trusting their ability to do what they do best, we received a gift of completion on our project that ended up exceeding the original vision. We would highly recommend them.”

–South Texas Client

“Working with the Mark Ashby design team was an absolutely wonderful experience. We worked with Cori Pfaff and the MAD team on a full remodel and design project of a home we purchased in Pemberton Heights. The team worked to transform a vanilla 1930s home into a beautifully updated family home we absolutely love. We were very impressed with Cori’s attention to detail, and working with her was a delight. She managed to use pieces from our old home in reimagined ways along with the new pieces. She found an Austin-based artist and worked with us on a commissioned piece for our kitchen that completes the design vision of the entire downstairs. We love that each space is distinct yet the whole house feels cohesive. We loved working with Cori and the Mark Ashby team and will certainly do so again in the future.”

–Austin Client

“Every time I walk into a home that Mark Ashby has designed I am in awe! Just associating his work with a property adds value and gets people excited. Mark Ashby Design is the “A Team” of interior design!”

–Laura Gottesman, Gottesman Residential Real Estate

“We have worked with Mark Ashby on many projects and the experience for both our clients and us has been the same…fantastic. They listen. They are smart. And they are fun. I highly recommend Mark and his team of excellent designers.”

–David Shiflet, Shiflet Group Architects

“We have worked with Mark Ashby Design on multiple houses and design projects over the last 15 years. They never cease to surprise, delight and wow.

Our first project was in 2005 when Mark personally transformed our newly purchased home in Westlake. He worked directly with Mell Lawrence Architects to conceive and create a modern living space behind an Austin Stone façade. The result was a warm, modern interior with clean lines and timeless features. We were so pleased with the result in Austin that we gave Mark complete freedom to furnish our second home on the Guadalupe (he insisted that we “live in it” for a year before making any structural changes) and were thrilled with the casual family spaces they conceived and the magnificent group gatherings we’ve enjoyed in the years since. Eventually, Mark Ashby Design worked with our architect to design a kitchen and cabana that transformed our indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. We’ve just updated our Austin home after 15 years with Cori from Mark’s team and she proved once again Mark Ashby Design’s flair for perfectly scaled, unique, interesting spaces with contrasting elements that make you happy every time you walk in.

Their creativity knows no bounds.”

–Client on multiple projects

“Whenever I refer one of our clients to Mark Ashby Design, I am confident that they’ll have an excellent experience. Mark has a great eye, and he and his team always compliment my vision for a project. They are also a very well run organization and it’s a pleasure to work with them.”

–Ryan Street, Ryan Street & Associates

“Mark and his team are great to work with! They respect schedules and have a great eye for design.”

–David Dalgleish, Dalgleish Construction Company

“Audino Construction has had the pleasure of working with Mark Ashby Design team on many projects over the years and it’s always a fun experience. They are always on the cutting edge of current design trends, have great aesthetic as well as great product knowledge. I and my team are always excited about being involved in a MAD project and look forward to working together in the future.”

–Mark Audino, Audino Construction, Inc.

We are just thrilled by the work you guys have done! We dropped by the house on Wednesday at about the halfway mark and it was already pretty stunning. You made a great decision putting Christina on this project – I’m sure your other designers are fabulous as well, but she is so great to work with and really earned the client’s trust. Cori was lovely too and incredibly helpful – so diligent. It is hard to imagine not asking you guys to work together on our future projects.

–Rick Black, Rick & Cindy Black Architects

“Mark Ashby Design created a holistic approach to the design of our home. The dream team of their interior design, landscape creatives, as well as contractors and subs, were experts in carrying out a thorough vision of both interior and exterior spaces. Our once nonexistent yard became a fully realized extension of our indoor living space with a cohesive and seamless flow.”

–Austin Client

“Mark Ashby Design is a dream to work with. We should know, as we’ve completed four projects with MAD and are underway with our fifth over a course of 15 years. Anne Grandinetti is our Designer whom we fully entrust. She knows our style, yet she also understands how much we value functionality and durability with three young boys running around the house. She is brilliant with her use of color and scale, but she is truly excellent at achieving a “collected” and unique look. We love the whole team at Mark Ashby and couldn’t recommend them more.”

–Houston Historic Client

“We have worked with Mark Ashby for 20 years on significant projects – from our ranch house to our New York apartment, to our villa in the Caribbean, to our office space. Mark and his team bring a unique perspective to each design challenge. It is never a “just Mark” design, but a look and sensitivity that reflects us, and the things dear to our family. We have recommended Mark Ashby Design to close friends and colleagues and will continue to do so. We are always thrilled with the outcome!”

–New York, Caribbean, and Austin Client

“We’ve worked with Mark and his team for over 10 years on six+ projects. They listen to our needs and guide us to the best form and function. We love the results every time and love that his group pushes us to stretch our comfort zone while also expanding our personal style. They’ve introduced us to fantastic artists and amazing artisans. The entire team actively listens to our concerns and responds empathetically. We look forward to working with Mark & Anne on the next project!”

–Client on multiple projects

“Mark Ashby and his team are amazing. Anne helped our family do a complete remodel of our Austin home. They handled everything from design, to decorating, to moving us back in. The result was great and our home looks fantastic! I always recommend Mark Ashby Design.”

–Austin Client

“Working with the people at Mark Ashby Design was joyful and fun from start to finish. They helped us express ourselves; helped us find a context for our home-life that works on every level. They dealt with the blizzard of details so we could focus on big picture. I wish I could buy enough houses to work with them full time.”

–Stratford Hills Client

“Working with the Mark Ashby Design team was so much fun we did it three times! In each home they listened to us and what we were trying to accomplish, and brought our vision to life. Anyone who is fortunate to work with this group is in for a real treat. We are looking forward to project number four!”

–Seattle School House Client

“We knew right away that Mark and his team were the right firm for us. From day one they put us at ease and made us feel excited about the process of building our dream home. We loved feeling included in every step of the way, and always had trust that every decision being made was truly the best one for us. They had a vision for our home, and they realized that vision seamlessly. Our home could not be more perfect, and we recommend Mark Ashby Design to everyone!”

–Austin Client

“All I can say is what a pleasure it has been to work with Mark and his incredible team for the last decade. They are all responsive, creative and meet our project goals with the perfect amount of focus. When we have the opportunity to put together a dream team, they are at the top of the list.”

–Rick Scheen, LandWest Design Group

“Working with Mark Ashby and his team was an incredible experience, to say the least. Initially, we were a bit guarded and wanted to control every detail due to a bad experience with a previous designer, but it didn’t take long for us to realize that were in good hands and began to “trust the process”. Once we were able to step back and allow MAD to work their magic, then fun truly began and a close bond formed, as it was evident that they truly had our best interests in mind. It has been several years since our home was designed, but there is still closeness between Mark Ashby Design and us that I know will never change. We couldn’t be more fortunate to have found them.”

–Austin Client

“My husband and I have worked with the Mark Ashby Design team several times and it has always been one of the highlights of our projects. They are always professional and bring great creative energy to the projects. They learn our interests and incorporate them beautifully into the design. I look forward to working with them on future projects!”

–Alamo Heights Treehouse Client

“Mark’s distinctively fresh style makes a design statement that is well-informed and reflects his clients’ personalities, and is also is a singular vision about comfort, tradition, and verve that sets his design sensibility apart from that of other designers. Over the past 20 years I have produced a number of photo shoots of Mark’s work, and I have had the pleasure also of working with Anne Grandinetti and Michele Lorenz from his office. Most recently, I have included one of the firm’s projects in my book TEXAS MADE TEXAS MODERN. Mark has assembled a team that is committed to a vision of modern American life that is smart, refreshing, and beautifully executed—it is always a pleasure to see the firm’s work and it’s my lucky day if I also get to write about one of their projects.”

–Helen Thompson