About the Owner, Allyson Forrister, ASID, IFDA:
Allyson is one of the foremost interior designers in the area. A recipient of the Best of Houzz Award for Service, she focuses on working with clients who want to modify their homes to accommodate physical disabilities or those who wish to modify their homes for aging-in-place, also known as universal design.
Since the young age of 11, Allyson knew she wanted to be an interior designer. As the daughter of an independent carpenter, she was exposed to the construction industry from an early age. She has always had a great interest in renovation and in high school, and worked to align herself with her passion as best as she could through involvement with design related projects. Eventually this lead to the creation of a third-year course for architectural design where there previously was not one. During this time Allyson also discovered her love of antiques while working at a local antique store.
After obtaining her interior design degree in the depths of the economic downturn, she took work in the corporate software world performing quality assurance on educational software, skills learned while on the job. This three year period in software lead to the creation and initial growth of Counterpane Interiors. The business remained a side project for several years while Allyson acquired more industry experience at small firms and lifestyle shoppes. Soon enough, she simply couldn’t resist the call of full-time business ownership.
Counterpane Interiors has grown into a full-service design firm and Allyson specializes in working with baby boomers and empty nesters as they map out a plan for their futures as they age-in-place. She also works to create tailored solutions for people with physical disabilities so that they can live more comfortably and independently at home.
Allyson is an Allied member of The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is a board member of the New England chapter of the International Furniture & Design Association (IFDA). She has Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.
Allyson also has an extensive knowledge of antiques and in spring of 2017, she became a certified antiques appraiser and will soon be offering appraisal services to the public.
To learn more about the types of services that Allyson provides, please visit the Services page.
Allyson is currently living in and serving clients in Massachusetts.
To contact Allyson:
For general inquiry: Contact her here
To talk to us about your next project: Contact her here
To View Allyson’s Work:
View Allyson’s featured work on the Portfolio page on this website
View Allyson’s undergraduate portfolio here, at carbonmade.com (ca. 2006-2010)