Cathy Austin, ASID is best known for her curated and colorful style that blends her love of art with a playful approach to design. Each project is highly individualized based on the personality of the client. She specializes in working with collectors to design their spaces around their works of art. She helps her clients to find their own style and translates their tastes into elegant, inviting and inspiring interiors. Cathy began her creative career at Sotheby’s in New York acquiring extensive knowledge of the fine and decorative arts. This invaluable experience trained her eye in line, form and proportion through cataloging countless works of art and antiques, learning from the experts, and arranging pre-sale auction exhibitions. After obtaining her Interior Design degree from the American College for The Applied Arts, she worked for some of the country’s most distinguished designers including Dan Carithers, Jackye Lanham, Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab of Circa Interiors & Antiques. She opened her boutique design firm in 2002. In addition to her design practice, Cathy is the Interiors Editor for Peachy Magazine, and has participated as ambassador for the La Cienega Design Quarter's 2015 Legends event, as a sponsored blogger for 2015 Spring High Point Market and 2016 AmericasMart Atlanta Winter Market. Cathy’s work has been featured in print and online publications including Traditional Home, Charlotte Home & Garden, Elle Décor, and Dering Hall. Her blog Bespoke Banter chronicles her interior inspirations and design adventures.
Charlotte, Myers Park
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6 Reviews for Catherine M. Austin Interior Design
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Working with Cathy Austin of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design for over ten years is a very fulfilling experience. She is a joy to work with; she is thorough with her design work and will represent you and your home in your best interests. Her design work is exquisite.
Cathy Austin provided my design consultation for a total remodel of our old historic mountain home . She was invaluable with her practical decision making and time consciousness..She helped me inventory all my furnishings which was so important with all our belongings in storage for over a year. She is extremely organized and always met her deadlines and budget. Cathy is a true student of design and is a real researcher and writer. She works well with her clients and shares her many talents with our community at large. I highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again in the future.
Cathy decorated our beach condo shortly after we purchased it several years ago. We were very pleased with her changes with very little input from us. She is creative, organized, meets deadlines and works well with a budget; all with a great attitude. While other interior designers have some of these qualities, it is rare to find a designer with all of them. Cathy does and we recommend her enthusiastically and without qualification.
We have used Catherine M. Austin Interior Design for our home in Charlotte. NC and again with our recent move to Mountain Brook, Alabama. She paid so much attention to every detail involved in both of these projects. Catherine is so easy to work designed our home to fit my family's life style. She was able to use all of my decor in my new home from the previous house and her design reflects who I am which is so important. We are approaching the next phase of decorating and I am looking forward to working with her again!
Extraordinary in every way! Exceptional designs that stand the test of time - on time, on budget, ALWAYS! I have worked with Cathy on three "whole house" projects and continue to be amazed by her creativity, intuitiveness and professionalism. Cathy is brilliant - intellectually and emotionally. She creates a home that interprets the style and personality of her client. She never imposes her own preferences on a project. She understands the historical, aesthetic, and architectural context of her interior design - and what a difference it makes. Cathy has amazing attention to detail. In a recent new construction project, she guided us through every stage - even down to the placement of electrical outlets. Cathy is a dream come true for the crazy busy client. She is efficient without compromising individuality and quality. Nothing cookie-cutter emerges from her workroom. To partner with Cathy is a true gift. Our family will be ever grateful.
We were basically starting from zero when we first worked with Catherine M. Austin Interior Design - we had very little furniture, has just moved from a tiny NYC apartment to a house in Nashville, and needed major help! She created a plan for our house that we loved and started us on a path of both beautiful and practical family living. We started working with her over 10 years ago and daily enjoy the rooms she created for us. We have even moved and have easily transferred the pieces and rooms she created. She was especially great at taking the little tidbits of my style and translating them into a plan that reflects our personality and her fabulous talents. She is an art aficionado and is gifted at incorporating it; she is incredibly efficient; and she pours her passion and amazing energy into every project!