Our story is a simple one. It is about a mother and a daughter and a love of design. Allyson Huth and her mother Susan O'hara decided that just talking about owning an interior design business together was never going to be enough. When the 100-year old historic property on a little over an acre of magnolia-shaded space became available in 2011, they knew this was the ideal spot to take root and grow their shared dream, Cru Home. Like SuSu (as Susan is affectionately called), the retail store was a welcome breath of fresh air along Highway 6- full of personality and Louisiana charm and the perfect place to showcase Allyson's coastal chic style. As the business has grown over the past five years, the Cru Home team has expanded to include a staff of 16 and the retail store now carries a wide variety of home decor, gifts and women's clothing.
Our Design Philosophy
At Cru Design, we strive to create a design plan that compliments your personal style, our aesthetic expertise and the latest in home design trends all within your designated budget!
Allyson Huth, Owner - I believe my love for home design directly came from my grandparents. As a well respected home builder, my grandfather was known for his craftsmanship, never foregoing quality for a less expensive alternative. My grandmother would be in charge of picking out the interior finishes for his spec homes, which would then bring the project together in preparation for sale.
Earning a Masters in Business Administration degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana allowed me to gain the business backgroud to be able to create the business plan for Cru Home. Cru Home came about after many years of discussion with my mother regarding our love for all things design. Our plan was to specialize in bringing our sense of style and taste to our area of Houston, Texas. Through our retail store we would bring unique items to our area which was in desparate need of new and fresh boutique products.
While Cru Home has it's own distinctive style, Cru Design is not limited to one design palette. We have brought in a number of additional designers to expand our repertoire and round out our design aesthetic for each of our unique clients. Five years of design buisness has established us as a credible design firm in our community with many examples of finished work and happy clients to confirm it.
Susan O'hara, Owner - My interests after finishing college definitely gravitated toward designing projects for my home and elsewhere. I have always enjoyed working with people and helping them to achieve whatever creative endeavors they were tackling. Toward that end, I began this venture with my daughter, realizing a long time goal of starting some type of a business together. We have both been in sales in our various jobs and have developed certain skills that have helped us to be successful. And the climate to start a new business here in the Houston area has been very positive for our new endeavor.
Melissa Wardlaw, Owner & Lead Designer - Creating environments that are aesthetically pleasing and unique while also being functional and livable is what lead interior designer, Melissa Wardlaw strives for in every project. She studied interior design at the University of Houston and received a Bachelors Degree in Art History, minor in Interior Design. Although she started her career as an Art Consultant immediately after college, it wasn’t long before her love of design pulled her back to residential interior design. Within the past 10 years she has worked on projects ranging from extensive remodels and whole house master planning to single room designs. All projects, large and small, are given the same creative energy and individualized design plan. Every design style is creatively exciting and Melissa has completed spaces from Post-Modern minimalist to Farmhouse French and everything in between.
“As a designer, the biggest joy is to create a space for a clientthat reflects their own personality and style, giving them elements in the design of their home that make it an environment that they are proud of and excited to call their own.”
Kim Harubin, Designer - Born and raised in Missouri City, Kimberly Harubin has been working at Cru Home as a designer since February 2014. Always involved in the arts in high school, she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in All Level Art Education from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State). Kim taught Art in Public Schools for nine years, seven of which were at Austin High School in Fort Bend County. This experience gives her a unique perspective when designing your space. She enjoys combining different textures and layers to create a space that is inviting and specifically designed for you. During a consultation with Kim, she will get a feel for your personal style and help you to choose pieces that bring your design style to life. Cru Design is blessed in having Kim and her drawing skills. She is capable of creating visuals of your design to include draperies, furniture, and floor plans. You will love having a finished space that is comfortable with a hint of flair designed by Kim.