Mark settled in Austin in the late 90’s and launched his interiors career with the renovation of the historic 1853 Pease Mansion. He established Mark Ashby Design, now Ashby Collective, as a premier interiors firm recognized for creating modern masterpieces as well as timeless historic renovations. Today, he shares his studio with exceptional principals and designers who continue to work on many of Austin’s finest homes, as well as projects around the country ranging from Manhattan lofts to vast Montana ranches.
Michele Lorenz joined the collective in 2002. Raised in Switzerland and Virginia, Michele returned to Europe to study business in Zurich and jewelry design in Paris. Her work in a home furnishings showroom in North Carolina led to her first decorating projects and a career in interiors. After relocating to Austin, she began working with Mark Ashby Design – now Ashby Collective. Michele’s work has been published in Elle Décor, Robb Report, The Wall Street Journal, and the book, Texas Made Texas Modern. She is the recipient of the 2017 Preservation Merit Award from Austin Preservation for her participation in the restoration of an iconic Austin home.
Anne Grandinetti joined the studio in 2008. Anne began her career in interiors in Houston assisting at a luxury design firm which led to her initial work as a decorator. She went on to spend eight years in the celebrity and fashion public relations business in Los Angeles before moving to Austin to return to the interiors industry and join Mark Ashby Design – now Ashby Collective. Anne’s work has been featured in many publications including House & Garden UK, Coastal Living, LUXE, Cowboys & Indians, Cottages & Bungalows and Introspective magazine. Anne received the honor of Gold List member in LUXE Magazine.
Christina Simon joined the collective in 2011. Christina lived in San Francisco and Berlin before settling in Austin in 2000. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her extensive creative background includes work in the fine arts, graphic design, film, and fashion industries, all of which contributes to her strength as an interior designer. She had the unique honor of designing the Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift, The Ultimate Clubhouse, for their 2018 The Christmas Book. Christina’s work has been published in many publications, most notably The New York Times, Dwell, Architectural Digest and Forbes.