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Allison Smith - Owner & Designer
Allison Smith founded Gem and Clay Interiors, a full-service interior design studio in Northeast Ohio, after a lifetime of studying and making art and a decade of designing interiors alongside her other career. She has a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and a corporate background as the VP Online Marketing for a multi-million dollar web development agency. Allison’s holistic perspective on design and her distinctive ability to balance creativity and analytical problem solving, makes her invaluable to her clients. She believes in creating environments that truly inspire, nurture and serve, and equally important to her is the journey to achieving these spaces. Her experience managing complex teams and projects is evident in her processes. This structure allows her the freedom to create and her clients the freedom to have fun along the way.
Through an artistic eye and a curious spirit, Allison designs spaces of all kinds…from corporate environments and photography sets to the most intimate of spaces – the home. All are crafted with her belief in holistic design and her unique compendium of skills.
Allison lives in Ohio with her husband and two daughters. She is a maker who loves to study fashion, art, architecture, healthy lifestyle and anything that informs or inspires what she is currently designing.
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Gem & Clay - Interior Design in Cleveland & Akron
Gem and Clay Interiors works with clients in Akron and Cleveland, Ohio (and beyond) to transform their homes and businesses into places that inspire, nurture and serve all who enter. The weather may be crazy, and we sure do have a love/hate relationship with our sports teams, but there is so much beauty (and good food!) in this area and we love to polish up those gems and create amazing environments to live and work within.
Interior design clients in Akron are special to us because we are located in Stow, so we live and work alongside our neighbors in Hudson, Bath, Richfield, Kent, and Silver Lake. We are inspired by Akron’s beauty and diversity, with Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Stan Hywet Hall, and so many little pockets of the city filled with stories and personality.
Our roots are in Cleveland so we, of course, love CLE as well, working on projects downtown and servicing the east and west side, such as Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, Avon Lake, Westlake and Bay Village. The city is a treasure trove, brimming with culture, history, amazing architecture and new life popping up in all directions, so there is no shortage of inspiration here. From historical renovations in Shaker Heights to new home builds in Chagrin Falls, we are able and excited to help you with your new project. Give us a call today to see how we can help you transform your environment or read on to find out a little more about our work.
Our Work - Holistic Design for Home & Business
The name “Gem and Clay” represents the ideal blend – a perfectly balanced fusion of existing treasures and newly formed elements that make your space feel complete. Gem is representative of the hidden potential within your home or business. There’s a hidden treasure and an element of beauty within every space, it just needs to be found, uncovered, and polished up a little bit. And Clay epitomizes newly formed elements – the items or details that bring your space into the modern world with a breath (or gust) of fresh air and life. Clay represents the new pieces that we find, purchase, or make to put into your space. It is important to have both old and new elements in any design in order to give the space true depth and personality.
A beautifully designed space is fresh and functional in a way that perfectly fits those who occupy it. A good design should inspire you, nurture you, and serve and fit your lifestyle. Through a one-of-a-kind process of discovery and creation, I’ll help to enhance the gems within your space and thoughtfully incorporate new elements in order to form an environment that is comfortable, engaging, and, at the end of the day, makes you well.