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Meet Alisha Agrellas of Honné Studio in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alisha Agrellas.

Alisha, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Interior design is something I’ve always been inexplicably drawn to, and although I seemed to always be dabbling in it in one way or another, the beginning of my professional career looked very different.

I began my career in the media industry. First, as an on-camera entertainment reporter for FOX, straight out of college, covering everything from Hollywood movie premieres, to launch parties, to the Emmy Awards; then later transitioning over to the brand marketing & creative strategy side working at companies like ELLE Magazine and CNN.

These roles were really what trained me to strategically think about all angles of business with deeper insight, yet I was still left feeling this lingering and insatiable creative itch. That longing for expression in a more aesthetically-driven way led to the emergence of a lifestyle blog and then ultimately taking on my first independent interior design project.

It wasn’t until last year that I took the leap and decided to dive into design headfirst, and thus, Honné Studio was born.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a business owner and a Type A personality rarely go off without a few bumps in the road. There were (and still are) a lot of late nights and never ending sparks of ideas, inspiration, and to-do’s.

Finding that rhythm of how you balance all the various hats as both a business-owner and designer naturally takes patience and a fair share of trial and error. And with the overload of options out there today for just about everything, it can definitely make the nitty-gritty back-end of a business feel overwhelming at times.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Honné Studio is a design firm that specializes in interior design (both residential + small-scale commercial) and styling.

However, as a creative (who has an opinion about just about everything aesthetic), our firm also serves as a go-to for broader-scale design needs, providing services such as creative consulting and brand aesthetics. This allows us to extend our reach and the clientele we serve. It also allows us to work with some of our existing interior design clients in multiple capacities.

Our signature aesthetic is rooted in warm, textured neutrals and is most often described
as a California-casual vibe. I also find myself describing it as warm modern – lots of clean lines, rich textures, and intentional layering.

As a Southern California native growing up in Newport Beach, I’ve always been drawn to a neutral, earthy palette and just generally influenced by that relaxed, effortless, al fresco style of living.

I think the key differentiator and what allows us to carve out a little sub-niche of our own within this category of design is our distinctive and diverse use of mixed materials. For example, our latest project incorporates elements of terracotta, old-growth reclaimed wood, warm leather, recycled glass, rattan, stone, metal, and stonewashed linen.

We also take pride in the fact that we source the majority of our project pieces and materials from local Southern California vendors and suppliers.

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Image Credit:
Charlotte Lea Photography, This Wild Romance (Alisha image in front of black house)

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