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About “Ice”

First, Meet Our People

Working with a Designer should not restrict you to any single preferred style. Our job to recognize your style and create a design concept that will meet or exceed YOUR expectations. Meet the team that makes your personal dreams and needs reality.

KAREN ICE-BURRIS, Owner and Principle Designer at Ice Interior Design
Karen Ice-Burris

Owner and Principle Designer, Allied Member ASID

Lauren Youngs, Senior Designer at Ice Interior Design
Lauren Youngs

Senior Designer, Allied Member ASID

Design Coordinator at Ice Interior Design
Meggie Hodge

Design Coordinator

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So, what's with Ice?

Ice Interior Design LLC was founded in 2007 by Karen Ice-Burris. After 2+ years of working for a local design firm averaging 60 to 80 hours a week, Karen was desperate to be home with her two young boys. The goal was to be able to raise her boys, while still engaging in the field of design at her own pace. So, the family down-sized and Ice Interior Design was born.

In 2015, we added a second Designer and became a corporation. We hired our Design Coordinator in 2017, and are currently adding to our talented team.

Leadership

Ice Interior Design is led by Karen Ice-Burris, right here in the busily-growing, awesome, Austin, TX. Like most professionals, our craft begins with a Degree (Bachelor of Science in Interior Design). As Designers, we also maintain a professional membership with the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). We’ve been designing interiors for nearly two decades since, and have happily developed our niche here in central Texas.

We cut our teeth in Residential Interior Design, working with model homes, nationally. That pedigree is about the details — everything we do is carefully arranged, from the initial consultation we have with you, to the final installation, and afterward in our follow-ups.

We save our clients money because we don’t make higher mark-ups. Our model is based solely on our Interior Design services, enabled by a low company overhead. Our hourly rate is super competitive when compared to other highly-experienced Designers.

To-the-trade only vendor accounts:

Many Designers and Decorators shop locally and get a discount off the already marked-up retail price. Being registered Designers allows us to purchase directly. We cut out retail mark-up and pass noticeable savings along to our clients. Additionally, our vendor accounts offer clients more unique choices. The end result is a true custom look for your home.

Vet your designer!

Not every design entity you'll encounter is accredited as an Interior Designer. Also, not retaining an actual Interior Designer could mean many things; costly mistakes, costly outsourcing, and cut corners — because they aren't equipped to deliver as professionals. We encourage our clients to do their due diligence when selecting a partner.

CORE VALUES AND HOW THEY TRANSFER TO OUR CLIENTS' PROJECTS

We have true-north compass settings that guide the people who make up Ice Interior Design — we hold ourselves to a higher standard.

Personal growth and development: We believe we have never “arrived.” There is always room for growth, personally and professionally. This is important to the organization and our success. We want to improve and innovate constantly and consistently.

Integrity: Honesty within our team and with our clients is the foundation of our company. It’s easier to talk that way, isn’t it? In this, we can face challenges, or even mistakes, head-on and work towards the best possible resolution. “Walk into the fire” is our mantra in this situation.

Listening and hearing: We have built a reputation with our clientele of really hearing what their design goals are rather than bulldozing ahead with our own agenda. This is one of the qualities that truly sets us apart, working mindfully within our client’s vision to bring about creative solutions.

Creativity: Our clients rely on our ability to be creative, to think broadly, and to deliver winning solutions. Being creative is another important core value and it is daily fostered on a personal and professional level.

Design: Our work is our art and we want to apply attention to detail and unique solutions to every project we work on — large or small.

Customer Care: We aren’t a hotel, but we do deliver a 5-Star experience. We constantly deliver integrity, accessibility, reliability, professionalism, honesty, caring, and correct, creative solutions on budget and on time. The aforementioned are all words and phrases from our clients’ lips. Our goal is to continue to create this type of trust and fan base for the work we do! Don’t miss our reviews on Houzz.

Privacy: For the safety and privacy of our clients, we identify information that is considered confidential and establish guidelines within our company for the use of confidential information for Ice Interior Design LLC’s employees and our trusted contractors. Our employees and contractors do not misuse your (or our) confidential information, including internal and client information and communications. (That’s part of the integrity thing we just mentioned.)