Our Interiors Team
Our ever-evolving team brings a beautiful variety of perspectives and layers of expertise to each project. These creative, caring and capable humans are passionate about working together to deliver interior environments that contain and enhance lives. As our firm continues to grow, we are committed to delivering GOOD (goal-oriented, original, observant and detail-driven) design and project management to each of our clients, year after year. Read on to learn a bit more about our team and what makes us unique.
Allison Smith – Founder & Principal Designer
Allison studied fashion design, merchandising and photo illustration at Kent State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising and going on to have a career in marketing before circling back to one of her original loves – interior design. Allison’s holistic perspective on design and her distinctive ability to balance creativity and analytical problem solving, makes her invaluable to her clients. Her years managing complex teams and projects is evident in her processes and her curiosity and commitment to lifelong learning fuels her creativity.
Allison lives in Ohio with her husband and daughter. She is a maker who loves to study history, fashion, art, architecture, well-being and anything that informs or inspires what she is currently designing.
Kathleen Heyward – Administrative Assistant
Kathleen has been dreaming up and creating beautiful things as far back as she can remember. Her grandmother taught her to knit when she was about eleven and she’s been happily knitting & playing with fibers and fabrics ever since. She graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking and painting and later earned a certificate in Biblical Studies at Columbia International University (SC). Gem and Clay is a dream job for her! She is thrilled to work around beauty with such talented and inspiring people!
Kathleen finds inspiration in nature and people. She also loves dabbling in mud (ceramics) on occasion cooking and baking gluten free deliciousness in her kitchen. Kathleen makes her cozy home in Ohio with her husband. They have two grown married children (all creative and compassionate human beings).
Katie Smith – Interior Designer
With years of creating art and a career in real estate, Katie has fallen in love with designing unique and inviting homes. Her background as a holistic health coach has taught her to take design with a holistic approach, creating spaces that fully encompass who our clients are. A passion for others’ well-being and happiness has been the driving force throughout her life and into her careers. With real estate and interior design, she wants her clients to feel a sense of comfort when they walk into their home.
Katie lives in a small town where she grew up and where she plans to lay down roots for her future family. She is constantly learning about gardening, design, and wellness. If she is not designing, you can find her hiking or in her garden”
Jessica Holland – Procurement Coordinator
Jessica’s strengths and passions lie in helping people find healing and wholeness. Being a part of Gem and Clay Interiors has allowed Jessica to be a part of that process through the creation of spaces that inspire, nurture and serve. As a detail-oriented person, Jessica enjoys procuring the products that will eventually find a home in your home or business. Her motto is “leave people and places better than you find them,” so it is exciting to see the products come together to create a life-giving space.
Jessica lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. If she ever had a free 24-hours, you would find her spending time in nature or cooking/baking (probably while playing Christmas music regardless of the time of year).