abcropped2.jpg

Exposed | Allison Burke

Native Austinite and interior designer Allison Burke has the job she never knew she always wanted. After a childhood interest in mathematics led her to pursue a degree in engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, she quickly realized that she was bored out of her mind. In a moment of inspiration, Burke decided to enter the School of Architecture where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design.

After stints at various firms, including the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Burke decided to open her own business. As principal of Allison Burke Interior Design, Burke works with junior designer Rowen Van Ingen to bring her trademark style to both residential and commercial projects. With a few high profile projects wrapping up in early 2016 — including the Penthouse at The W Austin and an exciting ground-up partnership with San Antonio firm Lake Flato kicking off with a Las Vegas project this spring — Burke’s design approach is perhaps best described as collaboration complete with a warm personal touch.

Here, she talks to TRIBEZA about her must-have design elements, her favorite Austin aesthetics, and the quote that changed her life.

abcropped2.jpg

ON AUSTIN’S CHANGING DESIGN

Austin has seen an immense shift in terms of design – especially the restaurant design scene with all the incredible chefs and talent that have come to town. Residential clients are also more willing and comfortable to have a truly modern interior without the fear of it being cold. Modern warmth really can beautifully coexist.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

While studying engineering, I read a quote by Auguste Rodin that said ‘Love your calling with passion, it is the meaning of your life’ and I decided to change my major the next day. The Interior Design Program was transitioning into the Architecture School at UT the next year and it all felt too good to be true. I never looked back.

Go-to Item When Styling

I’m an incredibly sentimental person, so I always scout a client’s existing belongings to see what we can use to work with. I would much rather a client have a connection with their accessories than something on-trend.

3529d80a45093421fc04f968325cdd64.jpg

"I love styling with books – they add a timeless element to a room and can easily be supplemented."

On her favorite Austin aesthetics

I have always loved the historic Bohn House off 29th Street. Everything from the magical circular door to the glass block sunroom."

6919468f3544d3f81a7acbb1c9409a9f.jpg

Novice Need-to-Know

As far as interior décor, I would say that a beautiful pendant in the dining room really helps anchor a space and a rug in the living room also sets a great canvas. When designing/ remodeling a space I would say a ‘must have’ would be to hire a licensed professional.

On the first thing she notices in a space

Lighting – hands down. I have a visceral response when the lighting is out of balance.

7163076864_30ff67c206_b.jpg

Small Change, Big Impact

If you’re looking to make a big splash at home, definitely paint your interior — a beautiful wall color makes all the difference.

Nature Nurtured

I grew up in Lake Travis before most of the roads were even paved – nowhere near like what it’s like now. We were basically told to make our own playground, and I think that sort of creativity really shaped me as a designer.

CREDITS

Photography by Leah Overstreet

RELATED ARTICLES

  • 0f8dfbf1-b6d6-4c56-b842-05d45acda39c.gif
  • image1.JPG
  • Elite 25_300x250.gif
  • unnamed-37.jpg
  • Copenhagen_Feb2015.jpg

SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY

eNewsletter

currentIssue.png
June_Cover-108x108.jpeg
  • 1cb151d1-621d-47f9-941e-7259eea04612.gif
  • Subscribe.jpg
TRIBEZA BLOGS
Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.07.04 PM.png

As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.

For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.

more
unnamed.jpg

The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...

more
TRIBEZA04.jpg

Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.

more
6cac5c5a8c8ab233e90140848463bee7-d1026fbadb4e268d7fc0f385121f57a3.jpg

JUDE GALLIGAN

Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.

Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?

From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...

more
IMG_4713.jpg

As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.

Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...

more