Designer J Allen uses a mix of eclectic and modern design styles to personalize spaces for clients.
Hometown: Chevy Chase, Md.
Instead of pursuing a career in political science at the behest of her parents, J says she decided to follow her dream to be an interior designer. With more than 11 years of professional experience, she has designed dozens of residential and commercial properties across the country. J, who studied interior design at Howard University, says she can do anything for her clients, whether it's paint a room, build a table or reupholster furniture. She characterizes her design style as eclectic and modern. She says she loves to incorporate a client's global souvenirs into the design to personalize the space.