Ali Circo

How was your interest in interior design sparked? My interest in interior design started at a young age as I was always rearranging our house and making things to design and add to the interior. I also met an interior designer in Omaha (Ruth Ann Davis). She was an amazing designer with taste unlike any others around. I looked up to her as her designs had a European flair that I found inspiring.

Experience/Qualifications: I graduated from UNL’s school of Architecture with an Interior Design Degree and a minor in Studio Art. The minor in art really helped my student career for our design boards and still helps me to this day as I draw my concepts for clients. I opened my own retail and design studio when I was 24 after running a shop right out of school. I was my own buyer, designer, visual merchandiser, PR and everything else in between for 5 years. I closed up my shop and moved to Florida, where I did my own interior design business focusing on private yachts. I learned a lot and had a great time doing this. I also flipped some houses and learned a lot of the construction side of this industry. My last yacht job took me to Mallorca (an island off the coast of Spain). I was there for a few years working on a large boat. After my first child was born, I moved back to Omaha and started my business, Alleyway, up again. While maintaining my own clients, I also was a project manager for Lowes Kitchens and Baths. I learned even more about the construction process in this position, before joining the team at Interiors Joan and Associates.

What is your favorite spot in your own home? My favorite room is our sunroom. It has all glass on 3 sides and is full of some of my favorite things. I love flowers and plants and in the spring, it’s the best spot to be!

Community Involvement: I have been involved with the International Horse Show in Omaha for several years. I volunteer in the barn and also head up some of the fundraising surrounding the event.

Design Tip: Always mix up an interior… if it all matches too well, your eye stops at nothing.