Alison Johnston specializes in building relationships with clients. By honoring your needs, she helps you achieve a new sense of home. Her projects celebrate California living with clean lines, fresh colors, and a casual elegance.

Her training began while working as an intern for Selby House in Atherton during college. After graduating from Duke with a liberal arts degree, she spent several years in event planning. This experience honed her attention to detail as she managed details for thousands of people. Her life long love of design soon led her back to design school.

After receiving an interior design degree from Marymount University, and additional studies at Parsons in NYC, she spent four years in Manhattan designing office spaces for top five consulting firms. Working alongside consultants, she learned to ask the questions that lead to results, questions that dive into how people use spaces. She then completed her array of design skills by working for a luxury residential designer in New Jersey. She studied for and passed the rigorous NCIDQ exam allowing her full membership in ASID.

Today, Alison combines her knowledge of design styles, her passion for details, and a thoughtful design process to create amazing experiences for her clients. Along with her team, Johnston Home manages projects from single rooms to large, multi year construction projects. We have recently been recognized by our local chapter of ASID with a bronze award for residential design, as well as a Best of Houzz award. Alison is an ambassador for NCIDQ and enjoys mentoring younger designers.

design process

Designing a new space is an exciting process. We have created a design process that develops your personal design style and gives you solutions. We select the fabrics, furnishings, floor and wall coverings, and accents to create your look. We manage the entire process including sourcing, specifying, fabricating, shipping, and installation. Our goal is to make you feel as excited and energized at the end of the project as you were at the beginning. Intrigued? Read further to understand the steps involved.

Step 1. Design Launch

We start with a design consultation. After you have signed the contract, we send you a questionnaire, which helps us understand your goals for the project. We review inspiration images for design direction. At our first meeting we discuss the scope of your project, your ideas, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Step 2. Design Concept

We start this phase by measuring and photographing your existing spaces. We develop floor plans based on our first meeting. We discuss how you want the space to function, appropriate materials, style preferences, and colors. The development of the design concept is crucial to the project, and gives us a benchmark for future decisions.

Step 3. Materials and Specifications

Once the Design Concept is approved, we move into the specifications phases. If you are planning a remodel, we provide detailed specifications to your contractor in the following categories. Flooring, Wall Finishes, Tile/Countertops, Lighting, Plumbing, Hardware, and Appliances. We accompany you to showrooms as needed to review product in person.

Step 4. Construction Management

We provide solutions and answers when contractors give you choices during the construction phase. We attend construction meetings when needed to problem solve during construction. We provide detailed minutes and walk through the job site with each trade to review installation and materials.

Step 5. Design Implementation: Furniture

Once you approve the preliminary furniture floor plan and the design concept, we will select actual fabrics, furnishings, and finishes. We include upholstery, casegoods, window treatments, rugs, decorative lighting, accessories, and artwork. We work with your timeline and your budget to create the house of your dreams.

Step 6. Ordering Process

After the furniture selections are approved, we will put together all the proposals for your orders. We detail every item so that you can approve it prior to ordering. Once the proposal is received back in our office, we work with our vendors to place orders. We track each order as it goes through the manufacturing process to ensure timely delivery. This is a bit of a waiting period, but the end is in sight!

Step 7. Installation

At this time the furniture is delivered, window treatments installed, and artwork hung. We schedule this within a narrow window to give you the full impact of your newly designed room. We will work with your existing accessories, plus bring in some additional pieces to fill out the room.

Step 8. Finale: Punch List and Welcome!

Once the installation is complete, we will review each room together. We will make a punch list of small things that need attention and address those items. Welcome home!