At Floor Coverings International Monmouth County we love bringing you creative insights, perspectives, and a bit of personal history from interior designers and DIY bloggers. Today we are very excited to be sharing an interview with Allison of Allison Crawford Design! Allison is an interior designer, real estate investor, and blogger in Austin Texas.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
My mother is a designer, so I grew up with an appreciation for interior design, but I started out my career in advertising and marketing after graduating from SMU. While working on Wall Street, I decided to study design at NYU. My creative impulses were not being met in the marketing world, so I transitioned into design. I started out renovating my first home in Austin in 2006 and gradually grew my business by referrals. I’m really happy that I changed my career, as design is so artistic and inventive that I am constantly being challenged to grow.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I started blogging so that I could share my work online in a more intimate way. Pinterest and Instagram are great for sharing images, but I wanted to give my clients and followers a chance to learn about my work in more detail. Blogging is great because you can share works-in-progress and design tips. I get more excited about my work when I’m blogging, as it adds another layer of creativity to the project.
How would you describe your interior design and décor style?
I believe a space should tell a story. While working with clients, I try to get to know them and infuse the space with their personal story. I’m not afraid to take risks and make bold, unusual choices. I love to combine vintage and new and to mix genres. It’s the contrast that creates balance.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m always inspired during my travel experiences, whether it’s a quick getaway to Tulum or an adventure trip through Myanmar. Throughout my travels to all continents, I’ve found inspiration from local artists, textiles, architecture, and museums. I like to bring back something special from each trip that reminds me of the experience, like street art or handmade candles. On a trip to Morocco, I carefully carried a gorgeous metal and camel bone mirror through Africa and Europe. After having it at home for a few months, I accidentally dropped it and it was damaged, but the mirror with its imperfections tells a story (or two)! I’m also an avid art collector. In my home you’ll find traditional prints by Peter Max and Norman Rockwell next to contemporary, bright abstracts and modern black and white photography. I like to support Texas artists and recently commissioned a colorful abstract from Jerry Cabrera for my entryway that inspired me to wallpaper the room.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I recently redecorated a home in Travis Heights that was a blast. My client is a seasoned antiques collector, so we collaborated a lot on the project. We combined classics like an antique French blue dining table with modern white linen Parsons-inspired chairs. In the living room, I added an African headdress above the mantel as a statement piece that popped on the black textured wallpaper. The results are very Austin chic: classic, edgy and whimsical.
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