True Confessions of a Shy Extrovert

Dearest Readers,

I need to come clean to you. There is something that you should know about me, and it has taken a year of me having this blog to gather the courage to share it with you. It is silly that I have been reluctant to disclose this information for so long. Well. . . here goes!

I am a designer.

I know! I KNOW!!! It really is true. For over 7 years I used to specialize in Kitchen and Bath design for my clients. I have worked in the homes of major international celebrities, jet-setters, and the middle class joes. I absolutely loved it. Every single project was a chance for me to help my client make their dreams come true, and I took my work very seriously.

I don’t know why it took me so long to come out and say this. It really is silly, but I was afraid. Afraid to call myself a designer after walking away from the business for the last few years. Afraid that I wasn’t good enough anymore. Afraid to put myself out there. Which is ridiculous. This is what I love to do, and even though I pursued other things I never stopped being a designer.

So what happened? Unfortunately, well. . .do you remember the phrase, “subprime lending crisis” from 2008? Yes, well that happened right as my career was starting to take off. I still survived through it. But it was a constant struggle. People were not feeling good about the economy. Real Estate values had plummeted and were making a very slow recovery. There was a lot of fear about building new homes or investing in your current home. So finally, in 2011, after years of waiting for the economy to recover, I left the design business to focus on a more reliable sources of income for my family.

So I went back to school, majored in Economics, and found a steady reliable career with a steady reliable source of income (and benefits).

You know what? It is just not me. I like working with people and being creative. There is nothing more exciting to me than showing a client a design plan and seeing them get as excited as I am about the potential for their space. I love working with the trades people to come up with creative solutions to problems. I love helping clients make the right decisions with their budget; explaining the pros and cons of their finish and product selections so they can make the decision that makes sense for their life. I love the creative process, as well as the collaborative nature of design.

In short, I want to come back to doing what I love. That is really the reason why I started this blog. I wanted to engage with people who are passionate about design and potential clients. I want to the world what I am capable of doing. And I have taken on a few little projects here and there since I started writing this blog. But in case you didn’t realize before now – I am available for hire.

I did a little bit of digging into my old photos (more like a major archaeological site excavation – I had to login to an old Flicker account I forgot I even had) to find some previous projects. I will do another post on my favorite project of all time soon! For now, I leave you with a small sample of my work. I have a LOT more pictures than this on an old hard drive that i will have to see if I can locate. In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorites…

I had so much fun designing this little banquette in the eat-in kitchen! The cubbies to the left of the refrigerator make a great place to store wine, and the little drawers are the perfect place to organize all the little things that get lost inside of a junk drawer.
One of the most formal projects I have ever worked on. Challenging for sure, but I really enjoyed getting all of the technical details right for the ornate moldings and trim. It surprised me how much fun I had working on something so completely different from my own personal style.

If you are building a home or renovating your existing property, I can help! Please contact me via email at to discuss your project.


I'm Allison McCowan, and I live in Florida with my husband, Sean, and our dog, Clover. I am inspired by music, art, books, design, and nature. This is a place for me to share my ideas, my vibe, and my observations.

One thought on “True Confessions of a Shy Extrovert

  1. I am so happy that you are finally following your heart and doing something you LOVE!!! You have so much talent and I know it will take you far! All of my best wishes (and references!).


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