Mark Ashby Design

Christina Simon

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Interior photographs by Douglas Friedman

Mark Ashby Design is an award-winning Austin-based interiors firm that provides thoughtful, refined interior design and decorating services to discerning clients across the Southwest and around the country. Christina Simon joined the Mark Ashby team in 2011 armed with a bachelor of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and an extensive creative background in the fine arts, graphic design, film and fashion industries.

House on Taylor’s Branch

Opening up to Taylor’s Branch, a quiet inlet off of Lake Austin, this art-filled, modernist home underwent a dramatic interior and exterior transformation. Exquisite materials, furnishings and art are revealed upon entry, set in dialogue with the natural realm beyond. Much of the fabrics, rugs and cabinetry are custom, bespoke and handmade in such a way as to also stand as their own works of art. This meticulous home was built by Dalgleish Construction, with architecture by Tobin Smith and beautiful outdoor spaces by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects.

A Cabinet of Curiosities in the lower level den houses an assortment of natural and historical objects–special finds of an avid collector that extend beyond fine art.


The two-story screened-in porch is part of the indoor/outdoor lounge and features cement by Clay Tile.


The living room features vintage furniture and a nod to the client’s medical profession with graphic art that reads “Safe and Effective Medication.”


Installing the living room’s enormous Tony Cragg sculpture meant reinforcing the floor during buildout.


The kitchen’s natural elements and glass windows create a connection to the outdoors.


The dining room doubles as an elegant conference space with a hidden stainless steel pull-out white board for meetings.


A darker bedroom palette creates a moodier atmosphere for maximal relaxation.


The client’s impressive art collection is displayed throughout the home, engaging with but not overwhelming other shapes and textures in each room.


Read More From the Interiors Issue | January 2021


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