Let's admit it: Areas of suburban Las Vegas aren’t exactly renowned for their aesthetic diversity. Yet amid rows of cookie-cutter residences, Alison Gramenos is inventing a new style of home, one that both reflects and complements the uniqueness of its owners.
“I can’t work with clients unless I’m friends with them,” Gramenos says, explaining that the interview process she employs is often extensive. “It takes a year, sometimes a year and a half. I just get to know them… really get to be a part of the family so I understand the way that they live and interact, the things that they love. I’ll end up knowing what they want before they even want it, just by knowing the family dynamics.”
A UNLV interior architecture and psychology graduate, Gramenos began work with Christopher Homes at the early age of 21. By 23, she was lead designer on the Tuhaye development in Park City, Utah. After a couple of years, however, her affinity for Las Vegas and the desire to start her own business drew her back.
Today, Gramenos maintains her own high-end furniture line, which she launched last year in her hometown of Chicago, while running Alison Victoria Interiors, the interior design firm she started at age 25, right here in Vegas. As if that weren’t enough to keep her busy, she also recently signed on as creative director at the Silverton Casino Lodge.
“[The city’s] been good to me,” Gramenos says of Las Vegas. “I really love what’s going on Downtown, with the Arts District and First Friday. In Chicago, you’re this little fish in this big pond. Out here, I love the fact that I’ve made the contacts that I’ve made and continued to grow both personally and professionally. I wouldn’t have my business if it weren’t for Las Vegas.”
LAS VEGAS FAVORITES
Restaurant: “Hands down, I Love Sushi. I always get the Bam Bam Roll, or Something Wrong 69.” Place off the Strip: “Town Square. It reminds me of Chicago; it’s very Lincoln Park to me.” Show: “Bellagio water show—it’s a stress-reliever for me. My dad comes to visit and we’ll watch it four or fi ve times a day.”