Tara Austin

Tara Austin

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Interior Designer with a B.A. in Fine Arts/Environmental Studies and over 8 years of experience specializing in High End Residential, Hospitality and Set Design. Strengths include FF&E, design strategy, space planning, working one on one with clients and branded environments. Design philosophy promotes awareness in sustainability, finding unique pieces that tell clients story and mixing old with new. Skills also include Furniture Design, Interior Photography, Styling + Art Consulting. Calm, creative connector.



Viacom, Los Angeles, CA, US, Freelance Set Design/Assistant Art Director

Viacom - VH1, MTV, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, FM Rocks. LA, NY. Assisted with art direction on various TV shows: storyboards, set painting, set dressing, interview set up, location scouting, and prop pick-ups.

Jan 2020 - current

Tara Austin Design, Los Angeles, Lead Designer

Self-owned design firm- servicing private clients in high-end residential design and interior photography. Freelance design and collaborations with (Jeff Valenson, Kathryn Waltzer, L’atelier Hamel, Gratia Interiors.)

Apr 2014 - current

Airbnb, Los Angeles, Airbnb Plus Interior Designer

Airbnb Plus Interior Designer - Met with hosts in homes to understand their story and help define their vision through personalized consultation. Create digital mood board + proposal and give presentation with design/amenities standards. Responsible for decor, procurement, installation + styling of Plus shoot.

Mar 2019 - Sep 2019

Thomason Tunick Design Associates, Los Angeles, CA, US, Lead Designer

High-End Residential Design Firm - worked as an Interior Designer. Resourced furniture/lighting/fabric/art, shopping with clients. Created digital design boards, furniture plans, hand renderings, CAD/Sketch Up drawings. Interior Photography +edit on projects published on website.

Aug 2011 - Jul 2017

Bells + Whistles Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Associate Designer

Commercial Design firm - working on multiple restaurant, office, hotel projects. Contributed as Interior Designer, managing own projects. Create boards, spatial planning, assisting with design, CAD plans & elevations. Sourced FF&E for Hospitality projects. Chose materials, finishes and colors.

Jun 2014 - Jun 2015

Tracy Beckmann Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Design Assistant

Commercial Design firm - Worked as Assistant to Tracy Beckmann to help design and the Rydges Hotel in Brisbane Australia and the historic renovation of The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Mar 2011 - Jul 2011

Sustainable Furnishings Council, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Assistant

Non-Profit Organization - Accredited, West Coast Certified “green leader”; volunteer and work as rep. to promote sustainability of interior spaces at Design Shows (Las Vegas, San Francisco, L.A.)

Aug 2010 - Jul 2011

Brownstone Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA, US, Associate Designer

TV/Documentary Production Studio - Designed open office area, lobby, private offices, spatial planning in CAD for executives and producers in downtown Los Angeles.

Mar 2010 - Dec 2010


FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, Interior Design/Interior Architecture

After working in the field of set design and having real world experience, I wanted to learn a whole new skill set that would push me further into the world of Interior Design.I was also chosen to design a chair which was displayed in the Barker Hanger at our annual design show and won a scholarship for presentation of my commercial thesis.

Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, US, Bachelors, Interdisciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts

I am an Interior Designer with a B.A. in Fine Arts/Environmental Studies.
My bachelors was focused on Drawing and Painting. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Environmental Studies and my passion for sustainability led me to strive for a greener design ethic.

Sep 1992 - May 1996


ASID Scholarship for Commercial Thesis Presentation, 1st Place

Received a scholarship for the presentation of my commercial thesis in green hotel design.


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