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This article was originally published in the March/April 2016 issue of M: North Atlanta magazine, a publication of the Forsyth County News. To read the entire magazine, click here.
A familiar face to many in the area, longtime Forsyth County resident and Leadership Forsyth alumna Allison Havill Todd opened AHT Interiors 18 years ago after working in the corporate world.
“I have a bachelor’s degree in economics and a strong background in business,” she said. “That has always helped me with regards to organization and consistency.”
After spending years studying design, attending training programs and becoming certified as a residential interior designer, Todd said she took a chance leaving her corporate career to open AHT Interiors. Yet, she has never looked back.
“I definitely found my niche,” she said.
Todd said she has long had a keen interest in the arts and remembers as a child constantly rearranging her room and other areas of her family’s home. “I have always appreciated beautiful surroundings.”
Todd said she has always felt a comfortable and beautiful environment is important to a person’s overall well-being.
“AHT Interiors is a full-service, turn-key interior design firm,” she said. “Our clients are busy people who place a high value on their time. They value the expertise, talent and project management skills that I bring to their project.”
Todd and her crew work on rooms, areas or entire homes at one time.
“I am passionate about sharing my gifts and talents and helping to improve peoples’ environments and thus positively impacting their lives,” she said.
While Todd herself is completely approachable, she is aware that many people are intimidated by interior designers.
“That is why I recently completed writing a guide on working with an interior designer,” she said. “It addresses many of the questions and concerns I hear and helps people avoid some of the potential pitfalls. It will hopefully help people avoid costly mistakes.”
The guide can be downloaded for free on her website, www.ahtinteriors.com.
Todd also has a book, “Interiors for Living: Stylish and Comfortable Home Designs,” featuring a client projects from beginning to end, showing how style and comfort can co-exist.
She also blogs about current trends in the industry and offers design tips and ideas to readers.
Besides being passionate about her business, Todd has always felt called to give back to those in need. In 2009, she created Designing Dreams, a nonprofit that provides a room makeover to a deserving individual, family or organization.
“Designing Dreams is very near and dear to my heart,” she said. “Being able to create a pleasing and healing environment for the recipients to enjoy goes back to my strong personal belief that our environment really does affect our overall well-being.”
Designing Dreams has completed five makeovers and is currently working on the family room at Family Haven, a Forsyth County-based nonprofit that advocates for victims and families of domestic violence, providing shelter, programs and community education.
“While I share my design talents and time freely on these projects, we do rely heavily on help from other local companies and individuals for monetary donations and services,” Todd said.
Information about this year’s endeavor will be posted and updated on Todd’s website. Recently Todd and her team moved into a beautiful new studio in the Shiloh Business Park.
For more information, visit www.ahtinteriors.com.