Get to know one of our outstanding Interior Designers at Design West, Allison Brooke Keevan!
Where are you from?
I was actually born in Key West, FL, but moved to Naples at the age of 18 months. I consider Naples my home, although I am always “conch proud.”
Where did you go to school?
Florida State University with a B.S. and M.S. in Interior Design – Go Noles!
What was your favorite design project?
My favorite project to date is one we did a few years back: a remodel we worked on with Gulfshore Homes for a client in Miromar Lakes, the Zmyslowski Residence. It was a beautiful coastal classic design with lots of transitional elements and high contrast trim work. It was lovely and livable. The clients were a fun couple that we grew close with over the extent of the project. They truly embraced the process, trusted our designs and had an open mind – that always helps! Their home was featured in Home & Design Magazine in the October of 2018 issue, and can be found on our website and Houzz titled “Miromar Lakes Waterfront.”
Why do you love interior design?
I have always gravitated towards the arts even as a child: painting, sketching—anything that I could do to let my creativity flow. By default, I was surrounded by design at a young age, as my parents were custom home builders. I was often the ‘tag-along’ exposed to many different parts of the home-building process while my parents were growing the company. As my mom and their clients would go around town making all the background selections for their homes, I was usually right there in tow. Many evenings were reserved for site walkthroughs once the activities of the day fell quiet, and my sister and I would make ourselves at home, sweeping the bare concrete slab for fun! Interior design just felt like a natural fit for me and went hand-in-hand with the creative upbringing I had. I wanted to be a part of a world where I could put my creativity to use while helping others to achieve their dreams of a beautiful and functional home.
What’s your favorite place to travel to?
Anywhere on the water! If I had to pick, I would say any of the small islands of the Abaco in the Bahamas. I grew up going to Walker’s Cay consistently every summer, and more I recently have been frequenting the island of Green Turtle. The water is so clear and the reefs alive, full of tropical fish, coral and dinner’s catch, too! I love how vibrant the colors are—in the architecture and the reefs alike—the easy pace of life, and the overall feeling of “getting back to nature” that being under a bright sun on the water brings you.
What’s your favorite food?
Fresh fruit picked at its ripest—I love how fruit of all kinds, especially berries, bring me back to childhood and make any day feel like a summer day.
Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I find inspiration from traveling and spending time in nature. There is something to be said about exploring other parts of the world and seeing how people interact with one another and experience life. It is just the ultimate way for me to discover new ideas, new design perspectives and restore my creativity.
What is your favorite color or texture to work with?
I love a neutral monochromatic color palette with a wide variety of textures layered in to create visual interest while harmoniously working off one another. Take one part soft, woven fabric, equal parts slubbed fabric, a bout of warm rift-cut wood, a smooth supple leather element tossed in there with a cozy, chunky knit accent, topped off with a woven wall covering with metallic backing, and you have the makings of a visually interesting design!
What is your favorite interior design trend?
I particularly like the open kitchen design trend, as I truly believe that it is the heart of the home. The more open the kitchen is—with lots of room for prep-work, cooking and plenty of seating—the more desirable. A common obstacle to overcome with an open kitchen concept is noise reverberating and creating a loud and sometimes echoing home. However, a simple way to overcome this is by adding elements into the design to absorb the sound, providing better acoustics and softening the overall noise. Such elements are window draperies with soft fabrics, area rugs in adjacent living rooms, upholstered seating, wall coverings and even wood floors absorb more sound than tile ore stone.
How do you define your style?
As a designer, it is my expertise to be fluent in many different design styles to accommodate a variety of clients and their design preferences. Although, when designing for myself, I do gravitate towards a coastal design style with lots of texture, natural elements and a playful color pop here and there for an overall casual, breezy home.
What are some quotes that guide your work?
“The details are not the details. They make the design.” – Charles Eames
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris