This is Us

McCray & Co. is an Austin-based design studio specializing in interiors.  We’re passionate about designing living, breathing environments where every detail reflects a cohesive vision, a responsible approach, and a creative collaboration.

Our designs aren’t meant to be experienced in still life. They’re meant to come alive on crowded Saturday nights, hectic weekday mornings, chaotic all-day work sessions, and the quiet moments in between. They’re meant to get better over time. 

Led by husband-and-wife team Chris McCray and Grace Hall, we’re fueled by a hands-on approach and inspired by the ways people live, work, and play in everyday spaces.

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Our Team

Chris McCray

Chris McCray

Principal Designer + Visionary

Chris is all about changing perceptions when it comes to spaces, furnishings and facial hair. His goal is always to come up with designs that are responsible and unique for each and every client. He mostly claims to be a southerner, with roots in Texas and Virginia, and he’s no stranger to a good bourbon and a long afternoon nap.

Chris started on the entrepreneurial road less traveled early: selling rocks for a nickel in El Paso at age 5. He founded Chris McCray Designs in Richmond, Virginia in the mid-’90s, and after over a decade of interior design, enrolled at RISD and earned his master’s in Industrial Design.

After a brief stint as director of a design-thinking initiative at Syracuse University, Chris decided to fly back to warmer climes. He co-founded McCray & Co. with Grace in sunny Austin, Texas in 2011 and is hard at work designing experiences, spaces, and things. With the windows rolled down.

Grace Hall

Grace Hall

Principal Designer + Moral Compass

When it comes to design, Grace is focused on thoughtful, practical solutions. She loves creating things that are just right on. She’s a native Virginian, a southerner through and through, and she really, really likes making jam.

Grace got hooked on design the moment a coworker at a summer job defined it: “You know when you see words and pictures together, like in a magazine? That’s graphic design.” Suddenly, all those weird collages she’d been working on didn’t seem so weird any more.

After graduating from VCU in Richmond, Grace headed out to see the world and San Francisco before settling down in Austin in 2008. Since then, she’s been collaborating with clients on designs big and small. You can find her on any given day soaking in the sunshine and waiting for blackberry season.


Mia Yamada

Senior Designer + Secret Weapon

Katherine Peters

Our Right-Hand Woman

Natalie Nicholson

Designer + Ray of Sunshine


Annette Morales

Designer + Style Queen


Kyle Stanifer

Junior Designer + Chief Optimist

Nice Things People Have Said:


“Historically, I find working with designers difficult. I love leading projects and allowing my voice to come through, and oftentimes, designers dislike that attribute in a client. Grace and Chris have not only supported my voice, but encouraged it. They listen to my feedback and tailor their designs toward suggestions I have, while respectfully contributing their voices as well.”  Naomi Seifter, Picnik »



"Chris McCray and Grace Hall of McCray & Co. are the masterful design minds behind some of Austin’s  most memorable spaces: the magical and whimsical French eatery Lenoir; the funky, cool Stiles Switch BBQ; and the Texas-meets-Japanese (and always buzzing) Kemuri Tatsu-Ya..." Tribeza » 



“Chris not only quickly gets what we’re going for; he has collaborated with us and helped to advance our ideas in new and impressive ways. His design expertise is top-notch.”  Adam Michaelson, Vuka »



“...two of [Austin’s] most creative minds in the local design industry...”  Edible Austin »



“One of our favorite creatives is Chris McCray of McCray & Co., a designer who has natural talent... His creations are always fresh, soulful, and inspiring.”  Spruce »