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Designing woman: Ashley Justice Astleford ’93

Ashley Justice Astleford ’93 selected Designer of the Year by national organization of professional interior design firms.

Designing woman: Ashley Justice Astleford ’93

Ashley Justice Astleford ’93 founded a full-service luxury residential interior design firm in 2000.

Designing woman: Ashley Justice Astleford ’93

Ashley Justice Astleford ’93 selected Designer of the Year by national organization of professional interior design firms.

The Best Practices Network — a national organization of professional interior design firms — tapped Ashley Justice Astleford ’93 as Designer of the Year. Astleford, a pioneer member of BPN, owns Astleford Interiors in Dallas. The award honors a member demonstrating significant advancement in the balance of business and personal growth.

Astleford founded Astleford Interiors, a full-service luxury residential interior design firm, in 2000 as a sole practitioner. Today she serves as principal designer but also employs two licensed designers and four staff. The firm provides the “total design experience.”
“We pride ourselves in fostering longlasting relationships with our clients on a personal level,” she said. “I am very open about who I am and that glorifying God in all I do is my ultimate passion and No. 1 priority.”

Astleford Interiors has stacked up plenty of awards — including a sweep of three First Places from the 2008 ASID Design Ovation Awards.
But it’s not all about luxury and fine appointments for Astleford.

In March, she co-founded VITA Developments with client and friend Heidi Verges after traveling to Kenya and touring the slums of Nairobi. VITA strives to empower people to build dignified, affordable and sustainable communities — and break the cycle of dependency.
VITA’s inaugural fund-raiser on Nov. 13 benefited the Santa Maria Project in the Tegucigalpa area of Honduras. The project, which began 10 years ago, stalled shortly after initial infrastructure was completed and a few duplex models were built. VITA is joining with the Episcopal bishop of Honduras to complete the project.

“The vision is for the Santa Maria de Los Angeles project to house over 100 families in a safe, dignified community that fosters a sustainable way of life,” Astleford said.

VITA’s role is to design and provide funding for the construction of a church, community center, health clinic and a preschool/day care. And VITA will help in the building management of 100 homes, which it designed. VITA will also provide micro finanace for residents to start businesses.

VITA is also identifying local prospects.

“We are working on a project concept with a local church in Dallas that would provide a family and community center with a safe haven for counseling, renewal and fellowship for the people in the area,” she said. “Our goal is to partner with local investors to revive some of the areas of Dallas.”

On the Web:
www.astlefordinteriors.com