I’ve always wanted to be an interior designer. Well, that is, after I was told at age twelve that in order to be a “sea lion trainer” I would need to study marine biology.
Seriously, though, I cannot think of a career I’d enjoy more than interior design. From day one at Baylor University, I began my ID classes and from that point on, every opportunity in this field, with which I have been blessed, has confirmed my passion. I like to create and I like to see things become beautiful.
I gained valuable experience while working for commercial design firms on all kinds of restaurant, retail, hospitality and office projects. 2003 until now, I have been refining Count & Castle Interior Design. The name comes from, Burggraaf which is Dutch and translates “Count of the castle,” (in case you were wondering.)
I had the opportunity to go back to my alma mater as a lecturer in the Fundamentals of Interior Design between 2003-2006. I love teaching and I loved the eager students. Those Principles and Elements of Design will forever be ingrained in my memory.
As a professional member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and certified by NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) I am held accountable to continuing education and provided support in the interior design industry. I served as the Chair for ASID Austin Design Community from 2010-2011. I met so many wonderful designers during this time and continue to meet monthly with many of them to encourage and keep each other on track in this crazy, ever-changing industry.
A few more non-interior-design-related facts…I am married to my college sweetheart and we have three busy boys. They bring me such joy. We are actively involved at Austin Stone Community Church, the West Campus. I serve on the board of the Baylor Women’s Network of Austin. I enjoy shopping at antiques shops, flea markets, local boutiques, wherever…I love the hunt.
Lastly, but most importantly, I believe God, the Creator of all things, has given me an appreciation for beauty, a passion for creativity and is the very reason I design. My hope is to glorify Him in everything that I do, including interior design, and to bless others in the process.
I see every project as an opportunity so now I look forward to learning a little about you and helping you find beauty in your home.
We can’t wait to transform your house into a beautiful home!
Whether you are building a new home from the ground up or looking for a fresh new style in your existing home, we will help you determine a style that reflects your lifestyle and personality. Our menu of services ranges from consultation to full-service design. We look forward to working with you!
We implement creative, unique and personal designs that reflect your interests and lifestyle.
We create designs that are beautiful as well as comfortable, durable and livable.
We prioritize the use of resources for the greatest visual impact.
We emphasize details, making a significant impact the design process.
2015 - ASID Design Excellence Award
2011 - ASID Austin Design Community – Design Excellence Award
2009 - ASID Austin Design Community – Design Excellence Award
2009 - Home Builders Association of Greater Austin
2008 - ASID Texas Chapter – Legacy Award
2008 - ASID Austin Design Community – Design Excellence Award
2007 - ASID Texas Chapter – Legacy of Design Award
2007 - ASID Dallas Chapter – Design Ovation