Trade Spotlight: Deborah Kirk Interiors’ Tillie's Camp Lucy

Old World Vietnam meets the Texas Hill Country. Meet Deborah Kirk, the interior designer of Tillie’s Camp Lucy

By Clay Imports

Deborah Kirk designer

As the founder of Deborah Kirk Interiors, Deborah prides herself on using old-world items in innovative ways to create an aesthetic that comes across as original and natural. One of her most recent masterpieces is Tillie’s Camp Lucy, a dining and architectural gem in the Texas Hill Country. The American Society of Designers recognized Deborah Kirk Interior’s Tillies Camp Lucy twice this year. Best in Show in the 2020 ASID Celebrating Design Texas and Austin Design Excellence Awards. Clay Imports is thrilled to be a part of it.

Modern restaurant dinning room

Photography by LFE Portraits

The Inspiration

The restaurant’s building, a repurposed town hall from the Ninh Binh region of Vietnam, is the physical embodiment of a dining experience that takes inspiration from history and cultures. The design intent of this project was to transform a reclaimed 1880s Vietnamese Town Hall into a functioning, inviting restaurant. Essentially, Deborah Kirk had a new construction project that involved a reclaimed structure with seamless additions.

Restaurant hallway modern design


Restaurant hallway modern design

Handmade tile and unexpected patterns for outstanding design moments

The Design Elements

The beauty and history of Tillie’s is an extension of the property on which it sits. Camp Lucy, a Texas Wine Country resort, combines the sophisticated charm of the Hill Country with world-class luxuries and modern amenities. In order to create a truly exceptional setting, Deborah curated a combination of design elements: antique decor, carved wood accents, sophisticated furniture and last but not least outstanding handmade tile.

Modern design for restaurant bathroom
Working with Clay Imports Project Manager Gaby Hernandez on the handmade custom tile designs is an absolute joy! She makes the customization process so much fun and seamless. I always know that I’m going to get exactly what I envisioned from Clay Imports projects - Deborah Kirk
Modern design for bar countertop and backsplash

 Custom cement tile flooring evoke the old-world feel Deborah has envisioned for the space. And the bar backsplash is a perfect mix of jewel color fish scale tiles

See more of Deborah Kirk’s work here. And remember, if you have any questions or require more information, don't hesitate to reach out to us at

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