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Keesha Allen: How to be an interior designer

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Designer and businesswoman takes on Houston and tells us all how how to be an interior designer 

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Hi Keesha! Tell us about your path to becoming a designer.

I received my Bachelor in Business, Management Information Systems (to be precise). After working in corporate America for about 10 years, I felt as though something was missing. Ever since I was a little girl, I had always had an affinity for architecture and the environment, and how those beautifully designed things could make a person feel and move about in their daily life. So, I decided to go back to school to get a degree in Interior Architecture & Design and figure out how to be an interior designer. During my course training, I decided to be a business owner and serve my clients, my way.

Tell us about your work.

Most of my work is research-based. I develop a concept at first, and then make my selections for the materials, finishes and furnishings based on the concept. I focus more on the selections of the materials and finishes, as I enjoy picking out the flooring, wall treatments, window treatments, and such, more so than the accessories like pillows and artwork. 

large bathroom and shower
What is your favorite part of your day?

Developing the concept for a design. That gives me the direction, and then I feel myself, pulling all elements together to make a successful design.

Where and when are you most inspired?

Knowing where to draw my inspiration from was a really important part for me to understand how to be an interior designer and constantly be presenting unique designs. I am most inspired outside in a park, or at the top of the morning. I like looking at the trees, hearing the birds chirp, seeing people walking or jogging, and seeing and hearing the trickle of water. In those moments, I can hear and visualize how a space should look and feel much more clearly than I can do anywhere else. I am inspired by the fact that nature just exists and is self-occurring in the way it behaves.

living room with a beautiful mirror bar
How would you describe your style? How does it translate to your work?

Curated and timeless. I select items that are unique to the space and the individual users of the space.  Those unique items coupled with all of the other design elements like the walls and flooring in the room must be cohesive and rhythmic. They tell a personal story. And the end-result of the design, the homeowner can feel peaceful within their space for years to come, living in the space for at least a decade instead of getting fatigued quickly.

What is one element that can draw a room together when it feels like nothing goes together?

An area rug is my go-to item that can pull a room together in terms of different colors and distinct shapes. The rug draws the eyes inward, and from there allows your eyes to rest on the selections of the furniture and design accessories. At the end of your journey through a space, you can see how it all fits together, just from your initial look at the rug.

 

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