A well-designed home promotes the well-being of those who dwell within it. A casual yet considered aesthetic allows us to shape spaces to not only reflect the personal style of its dwellers but also add clarity and harmony to their lives.
CAID is an award-winning interior design studio with the goal of increasing harmony in the lives of others by transforming the spaces they live in. With a range of work as diverse as the clientele she serves, Christen builds spaces to not only reflect the personal style of its dwellers but also promote their well-being. Christen Ales Interior Design embraces the collaboration between designer, client, artisans to create spaces that inspire.
Christen has over a decade of experience designing high-end residential interiors with work being featured in many publications including Tribeza Magazine, Austin Home Magazine, Austin Way Magazine, and Houzz. Outside of design, she enjoys rock climbing, traveling, live music, crafts, and scouring antique stores for hidden gems. Christen Ales is a licensed interior designer in Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a Minor in Art.
Lisa Haney is an accomplished project manager recognized as a leader in marketing and business development. She has brought her extensive experience to Christen Ales Interior Design to assist in project planning, monitoring, and execution. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and also loves to travel and work in her garden.
Casey is an Austin native who attended UT Austin for a degree in Finance. A few years into her corporate career, she realized her passion and talents are for interior design. She created an independent design firm and remained joyfully busy in the industry where she felt at home, until the height of the coronavirus pandemic. After taking a break from work to focus on raising two young boys, she joined Christen Ales Interior Design. Casey is excited to be back in the creative space once again, and especially enjoys the social aspects of working with a team. Casey lives in Northwest Hills with her husband and two sons, and enjoys live music, good food, and escaping to the Rocky Mountains.
One’s style and personality are equally as important as the constraints of a physical space or project budget. A successful space is born from listening to these things—your habits, goals, ideas, dreams—and translating them into thoughtfully refined moments that transform a building into your home. From crafting one-of-a-kind pieces with local artisans to methodically tracking budget and project timelines, Christen pairs her expertise with your vision to create spaces that truly reflect and enhance your life.
Space Planning & Design
- Conceptual sketches
- Working CAD drawings & renderings
- Furniture arrangements
- Space planning
- Kitchen design & remodel
- Bath design & remodel
- Short-term vacation rental design & remodel
Materials, Finishes & Custom Pieces
- Color & material palette creation
- Decorative selections
- Interior finish selections (trim, hardware, etc.)
- Appliance selections
- Art & accessory curation
- Custom furniture design
- Custom cabinetry/millwork design
- Custom window treatments
- Custom lighting design
Construction & Project Management
- Construction coordination
- Budget management
- Timeline management
Truly Changed the Way We Live
We hired Christen to help us re-imagine our outdated and dysfunctional kitchen and living space. The results have truly changed the way we live in our house for the better. The new space is absolutely beautiful and the profound changes were actually achieved with very few costly structural changes. We would definitely hire her again.
Perfect Balance of Function & Sophistication
Christen has an impeccable eye for design. She helped me find the perfect balance of functional design but with a modern sophistication that was perfect for our home. I love that she really listened to my needs and our communication throughout the entire process was seamless. I'll continue to recommend her and use her for future projects.
Creatively Sticking to My Budget
Christen made the massive amount of design decisions on my project manageable. Her input was essential in getting material purchased in a timely manner, and I really felt like she understood my vision. She has a great ability to use her creative talents while sticking to my budgets. I plan on hiring her again on future projects.