By the time Dawn Hearn was a junior in high school, she had already applied for the interior design program at Abilene Christian University (ACU).  “I graduated from ACU with an interior design degree and have been practicing interior design for almost 17 years,” says Dawn. “I love my job! I truly enjoy getting to know my clients. I listen to their wants and needs and learn how they live in their home so that I can design a space that not only functions well for them, but is beautiful too.”

A glance at Dawn’s portfolio lends insight to just how well Dawn listens to her clients’ desires. She has successfully worked with styles from modern to traditional and subdued to eclectic.

“One of the greatest things about this career is that every day is different and every client and project is unique,” she says. “I love working with clients on renovating their homes and offices to reflect their own personal styles.”

A member of both the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Dawn’s design services include consultation, new construction, remodeling, budgeting, space planning, furniture layouts, drafting, purchasing, and seasonal decorating. In addition, Dawn recently earned the distinction of being a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), a certification that has personal relevance to her. 

“My brother-in-law uses a walker and wheelchair. His struggle with mobility inspires me to make interiors more accessible,” says Dawn. “It is amazing to me that in this day and age we are still building homes with narrow doorways and awkward thresholds that can’t even accommodate a walker.  There are so many things that we can incorporate into renovations that make homes more accessible for all of us and allow us to continue to live and function in our homes, no matter what physical challenges we may face.”

For Dawn, her next challenge is the opening of her new showroom, Whatnots. Whatnots will be located at Austin’s wholesale design center, Back Door To The Trade.

“Whatnots will be home to some amazing lamps, art and accessories for local decorators and designers to use as a resource for their own projects,” says Dawn.

With a passion for design that began as a child, as well as her professional drive, Whatnots is sure to be another success for this Austin interior designer.

Dawn Hearn Interior Design, 512.930.0250, www.dawnhearn.com

Designer Top 10:

  1. Period of Style: The clean lines of the Biedermeier period and the organic nature of Art Nouveau
  2. Color: Oranges – from clear and bright to muddy rusts
  3. Architectural Style: Frank Lloyd Wright for his ability to create harmony between his buildings and the natural surroundings
  4. Fabric: Lee Jofa and F. Schumacher large scale and archive prints
  5. Scent: Cashmere Mist by Donna Karen
  6. Treat: Coffee ice cream by Haagen-Dazs
  7. Shopping Website: Ebay
  8. Must Haves Under $50: Time and Again’s Shea Butter products, Starbuck’s Sumatra coffee, ZGallerie’s Chiang Mai Tables
  9. Spa Treatment: Choco-Foot-Love pedicure at Viva Day Spa
  10. Vacation: Italy’s Cinque Terre