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What They Covet with Allison Harlow

Welcome to our final What They Covet installment of 2015! We are pleased to have e-designer, Allison Harlow of Curio Design Studio as our guest for December. Allison’s modern take on design and forward thinking approach to her business model (she switched to virtual design only, after a move overseas) is a great reminder to be flexible and keep doors and possibilities open for the new year ahead. We absolutely love the room she chose as the inspiration behind what she covets.

Allison Harlow is an interior designer originally from Michigan who currently lives abroad with her husband and son in Germany.  She is the founder and head designer at Curio Design Studio, a virtual interior design studio that delivers fully detailed & customized design plans for residential and commercial clients all around the world! Allison is passionate about creating functional and affordable interiors that are a true reflection of those that use the space. She believes that great design can have a profound positive impact on the occupant and that it should be accessible to all regardless of their budget.  Her personal style is an eclectic mix of things that reflect her love for travel and culture + a generous dose of animal print, fur, tassels and mixed metals in an “everything works if you make it” approach.


Allison: As soon as I saw this image from Apparatus Studio featuring the Strata Study Wall paper by   Zak + Fox I was obssesed. It has so many things going on that hit the design nail right on the head.  There is the perfect amount of texture and contrast of elements, making the space feel like an effortlessly curated snapshot of the owners personality. I love the opposing styles of the furniture–sleek and modern metal and glass table juxtaposed with the more ornate and traditional elements of the sideboard and small writing desk.   The balance of light vs. dark elements help draw your eye into the space and creates a beautiful and inviting color scheme.   



Allison: You can’t go wrong with the gray and white combo on this Barbara Cosgrove Ivory Scaled lamp from Coveted Home. The finely detailed scallop texture adds visual interest while still keeping the overall lamp simple and chic. The touch of gold on the base is a perfectly understated finish!


















AllisonI am generally obsessed with all things gold. This flatware from DwellStudio is no exception. Don’t save it for a special occasion! Make it your everyday stuff –because literally everything tastes better when eaten with gold flatware right?!


Allison: I have been stalking this table from Grey Furniture for well over a year now. The sculptural base is simple yet extremely interesting. I envision it sitting in front of a dark blue velvet chesterfield layered with an eclectic mix of bright pillows.  The best part about this table is that it can be customized in size, finish and top material.















Allison: I absolutely adore upholstery from Ballard Designs. The black and white dots are the more subtle and easy-going version of an animal print, making it a bit easier to use with a variety of patterns and styles.  I love the contrast the modern print gives to the traditional wood legs when used on this Simone bench.

WTCAllisonHarlow2Thank you for sharing Allison! We love the sleek modern vibe you created with a touch of warmth from the bench.

What do you “covet”? That is the question Coveted Home is asking our favorite makers and tastemakers for our newest blog feature called “What They Covet”. Want to share what you covet with our readers? Send us an email at for details about how to participate.



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