Alison Gramenos, owner of Alison Victoria Interiors, has clients across the country, including Chicago, Park City and Los Angeles. Much of the work she does locally is within Blue Heron’s communities: 22 Parkside, Stone Canyon South and Marquis.
Alison Gramenos always knew she would be an interior designer. But when she attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and studied interior architecture, she decided to also minor in psychology. Gramenos never knew just how much that decision, which she made for introspective reasons, would help her design career.
One of Gramenos’ talents is the ability to express who her clients are through the way they live. That’s where the psychology came in. “I got into it wanting to learn more about me and I ended up, now, learning more about my clients,” says the 27-year old, who owns Alison Victoria Interiors. “I would say my psychology minor helped me more than my architecture background.”
The contemporary designer spends countless hours with her clients before even beginning the job-so much so that many of them start to feel like family. “You get to know the clients and what they want before they know what they want,” she says.
The young professional began working in the design field at age 19, while still in school, and got her first official interior design job with Christopher Homes. “I loved the product. It was something that was new, especially for Las Vegas- the scale of the homes was bigger than anything else out there,” she says.
Son after she started the job she had an opportunity to move to Park City, Utah, to work on cabins and cottages within the Tuhaye community. She spent nearly two years in Utah, learning the ins and outs of the trade, and getting a touch homesick in the process. That’s when she decided it was time to take a chance and open her own business- at the ripe old age of 25. Her first client was actually a referral from the attorney who helped her draft her corporation documents. Graced with the necessary design as well as networking skills, she hasn’t had a dull moment since.
While maintaining clients in Chicago, Park City and Los Angeles, much of Gramenos’ work in Las Vegas is done as a design consultant for three communities by Blue Heron. Their style meshes well with that of Gramenos, who, until recently, has faced occasional conflicts because of her age. “Some people don’t take you seriously when you’re 27,” she says. “But now people are looking for more innovative designers with a young edge.”Tweet