Honsen Interiors creates custom environments through the integration of architecture, rich materials, carefully curated furniture pieces and textiles, as well as art and accessories to convey a space’s unique personality.
A Chicagoland native, Allison began her journey in the Windy City at Harrington College of Design, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She honed her skills in both luxury hospitality and retail design before focusing exclusively on residential clientele with the formation of Honsen Interiors, Inc, in 2014.
Her work has been featured in CS Magazine and Hospitality Architecture & Design.
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A: Honsen is my middle name and my great grandmother's first name. Honsen Thomson Davies of Castana, Iowa, was my mother's grandmother and of course, my grandfather Dan Thomson's mother.
Q: Design philosophy?
A: Timeless, sophisticated and thoughtful spaces, combining new and old
Q: Go to color?
A: Benjamin Moore Old Country - it's on the feminine side, but it is the PERFECT shade of blush
Q: Where do you take inspiration from?
A: Fashion, past and present, especially related to textiles. I have always loved the embroidery John Galliano used while at Dior as well as Prada's 2008 hand painted organza pieces. I'll always be obsessed with Tom Ford during his Gucci years as well as opposing aesthetics like Halston and Calvin Klein.
You can't go wrong with nature's colors found in foliage and succulents.
Classical architecture is close to my heart, specifically Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall who conceived The Drake Hotel, 999 E Lake Shore Drive and the Edgewater Beach Hotel, among many other landmark buildings in Chicago.
Q: Where are your favorite places to shop for furnishings and accessories:
A: I love mixing new pieces with vintage, so I love Edgewater Antique Mall; the staff is knowledgeable and always helpful. There are also amazing resale spots like Coyle & Herr, Strange Lovely and a friend's amazing company called Modern Love (by appointment only).