About the Firm
At AGI, we believe a space should have character and interest over perfection. Our clients are drawn to our engaging aesthetic, our ability to mix styles and provenance in a way that provides a beautiful, yet approachable space. Alison Giese Interiors serves the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metro area, with projects ranging from Brazil to Texas. Alison and her work have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Northern Virginia Magazine and The Cottage Journal. We look forward to working with you!
ALISON GIESE – DESIGNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
I believe I bring a unique perspective to the table, because I've worn so many hats. I began my professional life as a Registered Dietitian working in medical sales, and then earned a Juris Doctorate. A life-changing move overseas with my young family directed my focus on design. I found my calling. After moving back to the United States, I earned a Certificate in Interior Decorating, and opened my boutique interior design firm, Alison Giese Interiors.
The aesthetic I bring to AGI is greatly influenced by my travels and experiences. From shopping trips to the Mexican artisan markets as a college student, to studying in Europe, to living in Brazil, my background has cultivated my ability to create a sense of place, with unique and worldly elements.
I love working with motivated and trusting clients to design a home that reflects their story. My work harmonizes clients' treasures with carefully selected pieces that create a balance between old and new, form and function. I truly delight in design, and I try to bring a contagious enthusiasm to all my projects, large and small.
Alison began her career with an extensive background in nutrition as well as law. Alison impresses on so many levels and not just in design. She is a certified interior designer, but also a fantastic wife and mother. Having traveled the globe and lived in an exotic locale, these experiences give her a deeper appreciation of a global style that encompasses texture, warmth and unique insight.
MEET HER RIGHT HAND
GRETCHEN RIVERA - ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
Gretchen earned her Interior Design degree from the San Juan School of Interior Design. Her background in history, art and literature directs her desire to seamlessly configure a space to its environment. Her ethos is that design must make sense with the architecture, the history, the context of the place, as if it was always there, but there must also be relevance to the international design currents, so as to be new and fresh.
Gretchen is a connoisseur of Mid Century furniture, pottery, and artifacts, particularly of Latin American origin.