About

Hi there! I’m Allison: serial DIYer, wallpaper enthusiast and owner of a 1990’s house in Nashville, TN.

I believe design is a reflection and an expression of your personality. It is always evolving and transforming, which is how it should be. Because without change there is no growth.

ONCE UPON A TIME

As a little girl I would rearrange the furniture in my bedroom for fun and organize my Barbie clothes by color + type. 

As an adult, I still rearrange my furniture and my closet is organized by color and item type. Proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m a Penn State alumni with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography. After graduating I moved to Los Angeles - loved it but was always poor - so then I moved to Nashville. I spent over a decade working in the music industry, and currently work for a professional sports team. 

At Studio 606 back in my music industry days

But my heart lies in design...

In 2018 I bought a 1990’s traditional style brick home with great bones and a ton of potential. I’ve spent the last 6 years restoring the house to present day (buh-bye popcorn ceilings!) and creating a blank canvas to work from throughout that process. 

And now, I’m ready to paint that canvas. My design style? Refreshed Traditional Design: I’m not afraid of color, I believe light fixtures are a form of art, and I’m loving the comeback that wallpaper is making.

I believe design is a reflection and an expression of your personality. It is always evolving and transforming, which is how it should be. Because without change there is no growth.

Left: Styling bookshelves. Top: Using lighting as artwork. Bottom: Closing day for my traditional brick home.

WHY I created THIS SPACE

My mission is twofold: it's a diary of the design journey and transformation of my house, as well as a lesson in homeownership. Along the way I hope to inspire, motivate and be a resource for you to make your house into a home.

SUPER FUN
FACTS

NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT STUFF

01

I live for a great sweater. Seriously, I own like 54. There's nothing better than a cozy sweater.

02

I'm a serial list maker. I make lists for my lists.
#secrethabit

03

I'm an extroverted introvert. The struggle is real.

04

I was an extra in the opening act at the Grammy's. For Madonna.

Your at-a-glance guide to where I stand on all the truly important things.

THE QUIZ

Favorite indulgence

Pizza! Pepperoni please.

celeb i'd love to meet

Michael Jordan

Guilty pleasure

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

alternate universe job:

Movie set designer

favorite place i've been:

Italy. Gimme all that wine and pasta.

drink of choice

A glass of Cabernet, Malbec or Pinot Noir

can't live without

Exercise & coffee

usually craving

Grilled chicken salad...and chocolate chip cookies

beach vs mountains

Beach every time

favorite show to binge

Sex & The City. A Carrie at heart but prolly a Miranda IRL

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