Cathy Austin is best known for her curated and colorful style that blends her love of art with a playful approach to design. Each project is highly individualized based on the personality of the client. She specializes in working with collectors to design their spaces around their works of art. She helps her clients to find their own style and translates their tastes into elegant, inviting and inspiring interiors.
After growing up in Atlanta, Cathy graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia with degrees in English and French and a concentration in Art History. Following graduation, she worked for Sotheby’s in New York, acquiring extensive knowledge of the fine and decorative arts. This invaluable experience trained her eye in line, form and proportion through cataloging countless works of art and antiques, learning from the experts, and arranging pre-sale auction exhibitions. This unique training led Cathy to pursue her degree in interior design. She graduated summa cum laude from Atlanta’s FIDER-accredited American College for the Applied Arts. She holds her NCIDQ certification and is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Cathy has worked with some of the country’s most talented designers including Dan Carithers, Jackye Lanham, Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab of Circa Interiors and Antiques. These distinguished designers added to her continuing education and love of art, antiques, and design.
In addition to her passion for design, Cathy is a past president of the Mint Museum Auxiliary, a board member of the Charlotte Ballet and the Mint Museum of Art, and an avid supporter of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Project Pink House for breast cancer survivors. She frequently travels to national and international art and design fairs to spark her creativity and stay current on cultural trends.
With extensive experience in decorative arts and design, Cathy is a well respected voice in the design community. She has served as the Interiors Editor for Peachy Magazine, and has participated as a sponsored blogger for the 2015 Spring High Point Market, an ambassador for the La Cienega Design Quarter’s 2015 Legends event, and a trendspotter for the 2016 Winter Market at AmericasMart in Atlanta. She is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA), the Design Leadership Netowrk, and the Designer Network for Coastal Living and Southern Living Magazines. In 2016, she was named a finalist for the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s Southeast Designer of the Year competition. Her design blog Bespoke Banter chronicles her interior inspirations and design adventures.