Linda Allen of Linda Allen Design is a lover of light. Before she began her interior design career, Allen apprenticed with several renowned lighting design firms, including Horton Lees Brogden and Lighting Design Alliance, and was selected by Walt Disney Imagineering to create custom light fixtures for the “Tokyo Disney Seas” and “Disney’s California Adventure” theme parks. One look at her beautiful rooms and you’ll see her background in lighting has only enhanced her aesthetic.
Which female designers influenced you?
I don’t know if I have one female designer who has influenced my style. My style has been influenced by many periods as well as through my world travels. However, I would say that Dorothy Draper’s bold whimsy, Andre Putnam’s attention to architectural details and Holly Hunt, because she started her company on her own after a divorce that developed into a high-end successful furniture business.
What’s the essential home accessory you use in your designs?
I love lighting and light fixtures. I feel that light fixtures are jewelry to our designs. I customized much of my own lighting.
What are your top three favorite places to shop for the home?
Well, shopping for any of my projects depends on the client. But I do love Christopher Guy and Phyllis Morris. I also like shopping at Anthropology and Liz’s hardware; they have amazing antique hardware.
The lighting takes center stage in this Oceanside condominium.
What’s the best design advice you’ve ever received?
When designing at Disney Imagineering, I learned to “never assume.” I also learned from one of my project managers at a lighting design firm to always make time for personal affairs and family no matter how busy you get. The years pass by very quickly.
What room did you most enjoyed designing? Why do you love it?
I have many favorite projects. However, I love detail, and I especially enjoyed a Long Beach residence where I created an “oval dining room” from cabinetry and architecture.
Allen’s favorite design, where she uses architectural elements and furnishings to create the look of an oval room in a rectangular space.