Designing Living Spaces with a Sense of Place
Memphis,  Tennessee,  United States

Ami Austin Interior Design
As an interior designer, people ask me quite often about designing or arranging their main living spaces. While there is no one design scheme that applies to all living rooms, family rooms and dens, I do recommend some creative design principles to make living spaces comfortable, functional and beautiful. After all, these three traits of a well-designed living space transform an empty room into a stunning gathering place for family and friends.

Proper planning is extremely important in order to ensure cohesion of the space. Two critical components of interiors are the floor plan and a room’s focal point. The best arrangements provide the right kind of seating where needed, placement that allows you and your guests to easily converse, a table within arm’s reach of most seats, and a clear sight line to the room’s focal point- whether it is a beautiful view, artwork, fireplace, or the television.

You will want to consider the location of immovable structures of the space such as doors, stairs and electrical sockets, as these will determine where certain pieces can be placed. Walkways need to remain unobstructed to ease traffic flow. With these steps planned and executed, you can arrange furnishings to focus attention for conversation or toward your desired focal point. A natural-looking arrangement that equates to comfort and flow is essential.

For example, the sofa is a key element in a living room’s design. It anchors the space and provides a place for the family or guests to come together. Whether used for fun conversation after a delicious meal or for hours of marathon-watching movies, the sofa is a place of relaxation and enjoyment.

Taking these factors into account, I recently unified a sophisticated, functional leather sofa next to a matching love seat in the living room for one of my clients. This seating arrangement offers practicality with durable leather upholstery as well as attractiveness with classic lines and a warm red color. The gentleman of the house desired a comfy room to watch television or have his friends over for card games; our L-shape seating gave the room a functional, open and welcoming feel.

When choosing design elements for the room, we went with his preferred style of masculinity, though I added touches of panache. A few of these included a foundational area rug in a corresponding hue to ground the space; a custom fireplace screen designed to appear like waves of tall grass billowing in the wind; and decorative pewter balls arranged as wall art to act as the focal point of the room.
Ami Austin Interior Design
After having held a long-term, high-level position with one of the world’s top technology and financial companies, Ami Austin decided to follow her lifelong professional dream and become an interior designer.

More than 10 years ago in Memphis, Tenn., Ami founded Ami Austin Interior Design, where she serves as principal designer and president. She is an award-winning interior designer who has become known for a sophisticated and intriguing evolution of style.

Ami has a wide-range talent for transforming homes to suit the personalities and lifestyles of her clients by adapting interiors with well-sourced design elements as well as custom-made furnishings, flooring options, accessories, and objets d'art.

With an innate sense of place, Ami also designs commercial and hospitality spaces that provide businesses with ease of use and flow for their employees, customers and guests.

Her passion for design is what drives the expression of her work, through innovative color, textures, fabrics, and patterns that give life to each project. Ami creates rooms and living areas with local-to-global style, evoking vintage, modern or transitional interiors depending upon her clients’ preferences.

Ami is sought after for her wealth of design knowledge and unique, creative, comfortable, and functional designs. Her passion for design and pleasing her clients is of paramount importance. For more than a decade, she has developed connections and working relationships with the world’s best craftsmen and select to-the-trade lines. She is known for her contemporary, transitional and traditional style elements, and ensures her finished projects reflect elegant, world-class, and one-of-a-kind results.

Ami’s work can be seen in prominent households and businesses in Memphis as well as throughout the United States. Her eye for detail shows in each of her projects, paying careful attention to the necessities for achieving inspiring and beautiful interiors. Ami’s areas of design expertise are extensive. From form and function to furniture and fabrics, she uses adaptable design techniques to personalize each of her client’s spaces.

Ami, also a noteworthy speaker on the subject of design and home staging, is an Associate Member of the Interior Design Society (IDS) and a member of the Better Business Bureau with an “A+” rating. She is a certified redesign and home staging specialist with I.R.I.S. (Interior Redesign Industry Specialists), where she served as Ambassador for the State of Tennessee, and a past president of RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) of Tennessee. Ami’s work and expertise have been published in numerous magazines and publications.

In addition, Ami has served as a judge for local design competitions and serves her community through charitable donations, contributing her time philanthropically, and helping sponsor charitable events through Ami Austin Interior Design.

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City: Memphis
State: TN
Phone: 901.458.4255
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Ami Austin Interior Design
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