Home Grown: The Designers
GREER INTERIOR DESIGN
After studying interior design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and working with the renowned Gary Lee Partners in Chicago, Jennifer Greer Hartmann settled in Austin two years ago with an eye for fresh, clean interiors and a broad design perspective. “Our aesthetic is classic and timeless,” Hartmann observes, “but we always want our interiors to be a reflection of our clients.” Collaborating closely with the client and architect, Hartmann considers the surrounding architecture, lighting, proportion and scale, as she develops both functional and striking spaces. Among her favorite projects are a bright, modern condominium that she designed for the Austonian as well as a Lake Austin home, which she transformed extensively to highlight the surrounding landscape. “I appreciate all kinds of architecture, from the very old to the very new, from minimalist to more embellished spaces,” Hartmann says. “I love helping my clients make their homes a place that they can enjoy.”
SARAH STACEY INTERIOR DESIGN
Sarah Stacey’s fascination with interior design began in high school, as she watched her home being furnished and decorated. “I loved how the designer made everything cohesive,” she recalls. In 2009, she began to design spaces of her own, specializing in elegant salons and children’s nurseries. Her clients can choose from a variety of services, including online and color consultations, as well as complete single-room design. “It’s a collaboration between the client and me,” Stacey says of her design process, which often involves developing mood boards and three-dimensional renderings before executing the client’s vision. Whether she’s stripping the walls down or adding decorative finishes, Stacey ultimately seeks to create clean spaces with a graphic element. One of her projects, for example, is a stunning nursery, on whose walls she painted a mural of an owl peering through the branches of a tree. “I want my clients to be comfortable and happy in their surroundings,” Stacey remarks. “I want them to be able to sit down, look around and love everything they see.”
ANDREA LEIGH INTERIORS
Even as a young girl, Andrea Caldwell was drawn to design, a passion evident in the clothes she wore and the room she grew up in, which she painted annually. “It was always in my system,” she laughs. Though licensed to practice law since 2008, Caldwell returned to her love for design and launched Andrea Leigh Interiors, creating spaces that bring together classic and contemporary elements. Central to each of her projects is the relationship Caldwell builds with the client, who is her foremost consideration. “I want to help people build a room they’re happy with,” she says. To that effect, Caldwell balances textures, colors and objects in her designs, drawing inspiration from cues as diverse as a client’s favorite lamp or a stained glass window in Paris. Leaving no aspect untouched, from lighting to window treatments to upholstery, Caldwell hopes to offer her clients a comfortable and inviting space: “I want someone to come home every day and enjoy being in the room we’ve created for them,” she remarks.