Texas Tech University

Interior Design Alumna Brings Spaces to Life through her Company Taft Studio

Breck Gavin

July 24, 2023

Lizzy Bufton

Elizabeth Bufton leads a team of designers in creating and executing innovative interior design plans

Elizabeth Bufton received her bachelor's degree in Interior Design in 2010. Following graduation, Bufton worked in several different interior design studios before deciding to pursue owning her own company. Today, she is the owner-partner of Taft Studio, a full-service interior design company located in Houston, Texas.

Bufton didn't always plan on pursuing her education at Texas Tech University. A study abroad trip across the world sparked the initial interest that led her to make her way to Lubbock.

“While studying abroad in Japan as a student of Wayne State University in Detroit, I met my now husband who was attending TTU at the time,” Bufton said. “Upon concluding the study abroad program, I applied to the TTU ID program in hopes of transferring and moving to Lubbock, and luckily I was accepted!”

Reflecting on her time in the Interior Design program, Bufton appreciated the way that she was taught in a way that gave her a firm understanding of the industry that allowed her to move through the ranks and eventually venture out on her own.

“The program's curriculum provided me with a well-rounded foundation, covering essential aspects like design history, code compliance, and proficiency in design software, among other crucial skills.”

Bufton loves the way that her career allows her to be creative and strategic at the same time. She acknowledges that every client and space have different needs that she seeks to meet.

“I believe that I've made a positive impact on numerous lives through my dedication to enhancing the built environments they inhabit,” Bufton said. “Whether it's crafting inviting workplaces that foster productivity and contentment for employees or designing vibrant and captivating establishments like Palace Social in Houston, Texas, meant for leisure and enjoyment, my passion lies in creating spaces that enrich people's experiences.”

Moving forward, Bufton hopes to continue to be a champion for women in her field. She strongly believes in a work-life balance that has an equal focus on professional and personal goals for herself and her employees.

“My goal is to continue to cultivate Taft Studio as a flexible business that fosters women in the interior design industry,” Bufton said. “We envision a workplace where women can thrive, flourish, and find joy in both their professional and personal endeavors.”