Allison is founder of Curio Design Studio , an interior design service focused on creating distinctive interior environments for new construction, whole house renovations and kitchen + bath remodels for modern families. She works locally with clients in Marquette, MI and virtually with clients nationwide. We're so lucky to have her design tips & tricks shared here on TME!

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Let’s get the basics out of the way: where you live, how many kids, etc.

I am from Michigan and live there during the summers. I currently live just outside of Glasgow, Scotland with my husband, son Arlen (3 in January) and soon to be baby girl due Nov. 18.

Three words to describe your design style. Go.

Bold, eclectic, client-focused

Who are your design icons? How do you integrate those tastes into the rooms you design if at all?

I have always loved Jonathan Adler for his quirky aesthetic and the way he uses color and pattern. Currently living in Scotland I am becoming really interested in Mackintosh for inspiration on how to think outside the box and push boundaries.

How have your design tastes changed since becoming a mom?

I think of things in a more practical manner. How durable will this be, how safe would this design be for a house of little ones running around. That being said, I have made a conscious effort to not completely edit my design choices based on kids. I want my kids to grow up appreciating décor and materials as much as I do, so I am not going to just pack it all away until the kids are gone.

What’s your most-used, go-to piece that can work in almost any room?

I am a huge fan of an interesting drum table or ottoman. They are practical pieces that can tuck into small spaces and provide additional storage or comfort. They are also great ways to inject a little pattern, color or interesting texture into space.

What drew you to interior design and when did you start?

I knew I wanted to do something creative so I looked into different options during orientation at Michigan State University. I thought the idea of being able to influence the way people work, live, function my changing their environment was really interesting. I started working as a designer directly after graduation in 2008. I worked for high end residential firms and a commercial interior design firm before starting my own business in 2012.

What does a typical day look like? How do you manage time with kids vs. work?

We get up around 6:30 (yuck!—but AT has always been an early riser). I spend a few hours with him in the morning and then usually get to work by 9. He either goes to nursery (overseas) or with a Nanny (in Michigan) for 4 hours a day to let me really focus on client projects, take meetings and do site visits. He comes home for nap time and I try to keep working until about 3-5 depending on my project load and my husband’s schedule. It’s hard to manage time with kids and work. I find myself doing lots of emailing and social media from bed at 11 pm—but I love being a mom and a designer and wouldn’t change it for anything.

What did you dream of being when you were young?

I think my mom actually has something I made in Kindergarten that said I wanted to be a waitress on rollerskates. I was actually a waitress for many years through college but never wore skates!