Allison is passionate. She is passionate about design, construction, project organization and management, budget adherence, creative problem solving and giving back. She has spent the last twenty years focusing those passions on making homes beautiful and improving the neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley. Allison and her husband, Craig, have lived and worked in the Valley for decades, raised their daughters here, volunteered at the Oakwood School for years and are proud to call it home. Allison understands the needs and the priorities of her clients whether they are looking for a new, more open layout to entertain, a creative combination of high and low fixtures, materials and furnishings, or are downsizing after the kids have flown from the nest.
Allison is as comfortable in construction boots as she is in heels and is never happier than on a job site, assessing progress, troubleshooting issues with contractors and walking clients through the process from framing to finishes. She is practical, sensible and realistic but, for all her professionalism and expertise, Allison is fun and she believes the process of designing a home should be fun as well.
Girls Inc. is an organization Allison has been dedicated to for four years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and is involved in the mentoring opportunities the organization offers.
Girls Inc. provides girls with life-changing support and real solutions to the unique issues they face. They serve over 1800 local girls in Compton, Watts, and South Los Angeles and work in conjunction with LAUSD. Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be STRONG, SMART AND BOLD – their motto. The education enrichment program focuses on Literacy and STEM studies. Their comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. The Girls, Inc. classrooms offer spaces where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations and mutual respect. Girls Inc. also advocates for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.
On a personal note, one project I love to do each year with my mentoring group is what I call “The Foundation Project”. I bring in a set of blueprints from one of my work projects. This fascinates them especially if it has the structural plans for a swimming pool. We examine the engineering pages and discuss what we think it takes to hold up a physical structure and discuss what it takes to hold up an emotional, human structure (the double meaning of foundation). We then build structures using marshmallows and toothpicks. It is always fascinating to see how the tallest, sturdiest structures are built at the base… the ones with the strong foundations are always the most secure. To learn more about Girls, Inc., explore girlsincla.org We’d love your support! – Allison