Allison Havill Todd

CHARITY OF CHOICE: Humane Society of Forsyth County
Written by Bre Humphries


Perhaps one of Allison Havill Todd’s acquaintances, Mary Anderson, described her best: “This fun-sized woman has an oversized heart.”

A reputable interior designer, Todd opened Cumming-based Allison Havill Todd Interiors 15 years ago. Todd describes her style as stylish and comfortable, with a particular interest in water-front homes. Her first book, featuring some of her favorite interior design projects, is set to publish in early 2014.

“[My work] stems from my personal passion and belief that having a good environment is important to your well-being,” she said. And her non-profit organization, Designing Dreams, takes this concept one step further, presenting a room makeover to an individual, family or organi- zation in crisis on the premise that a good environment can be healing. Todd founded Designing Dreams in 2009 and is currently wrapping up her fifth charitable makeover.

“I like to say I do it for selfish motives because what I get out of it is tenfold,” Todd said, adding that she finds joy in making a positive difference in the lives of others.

When she’s not remaking rooms, Todd and her Golden Retriever, a rescue dog named Jessie, restore souls through the Humane Society’s Humane Hearts therapy dog program by visiting with children and senior citizens. “Jessie is a pro — I just tag along,” Todd joked. She’s also a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Forsyth program and a class coordinator for 2013. In whatever spare time she has left, Todd’s goal is to tackle one adventure each year, with past conquests including hang gliding and a hiking trip into the Grand Canyon on the horizon.

Todd is wearing Ming Wang draped sleeve embellished tunic in scarlet with black “Parson” ankle pants; Shane Co. yellow sterling silver 60-inch strand, 14k Italian yellow gold bracelet, 14k yellow gold diamond tennis bracelet, 14k two-tone gold ring, 14k yellow gold hoop earrings, and 14k yellow gold diamond ring. Click here for a gallery of more images.