Principal & Lead Designer
Praised as one of the hottest up and coming designers, Ally Whalen has exploded
nationally and internationally in the world of interior design.
Her work has been featured in prestigious magazine publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Cottage Style Magazine, Kitchen and Bath Makeover, Refresh Magazine, This Old House Magazine, as well as several local magazines in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Ally Whalen has been recognized as one of the top interior designers by HOUZZ and has been awarded 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Best of Houzz for Design and Customer Satisfaction.
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Ally has a passion for creating spaces that are not only beautiful, but also livable. Born and raised in the beautiful state of Vermont, Ally appreciates the simple things in life. Her passion for design began in the fashion world, which eventually brought her to North Carolina where she earned a degree in Apparel and Textile Design. While her career started in the apparel industry, she ultimately stepped outside into the world of sales and marketing for many years, but never lost sight of her true passion. She continued to have a love of design, but more so in the interior design world. Decorating for friends and family allowed her creativity to explode and she eventually formed Simplicity Interiors in 2010. Since the inception, her business has taken her to places she never anticipated. From magazine photo shoots to working with top-notch photographers, Ally continues to build her business and take it to the next level.
In December of 2013, Ally and her husband Scott opened up their shop Simplicity Interiors in the heart of Cornelius, NC just north of Charlotte. It is also home to her private label furniture line Simplicity, which features slipcovered and upholstered sofas and chairs.
When Ally isn’t out creating beautiful spaces, you can find her spending family time with her amazing husband and two beautiful daughters, Avery and Piper or in the yoga studio getting rejuvenated!
Project Manager/Shop Manager
Fireman and Police Officer by trade, Scott stepped out of civil service in November 2013 and joined Ally in the family business. Scott maintains the logistics behind Ally’s design jobs and is the shop manager at Simplicity Interiors . He is also known as an amazing chef !
Amber joined the Ally Whalen Design team in January 2017 when Scott and Ally re-opened their store Simplicity Interiors in downtown Cornelius. In addition to assisting Ally with her design projects she does in-home consultations for the shop and is currently taking lead on an exciting Lowe’s project AWD has in the works! Amber’s out-going personality and keen design sense are a great addition to the AWD team, we are excited to have her!
Our family thanks you for your support of Ally Whalen Design.