Allison Paladino is recognized as a creative force in her industry, celebrating more than three decades of inspired interior architecture and design. Her portfolio features clean transitional interiors that embrace traces of classicism. She’s also not one to be bound by the status quo, and she’ll happily tell you that. She’s a confident innovator who blends serene settings with interesting textures and colors.
As principal of her own design firm, Allison has orchestrated hundreds of exquisite design projects spanning many styles. With a robust construction background and a highly detailed sense of design, she can guide a conversation that goes from ceiling joists to fabric choice. Her projects range from comprehensive interior furnishings to a detailed set of construction plans wherein the firm creates the complete custom interior architecture and specifications for the whole project.
Organization and efficiency are at the heart of Paladino Rudd Interior Design—qualities she learned in her early career days with Thomas Pheasant, who has been a tremendous influence on her business philosophy. Her design clients stay consistently informed and involved with detailed meeting minutes, status reports, and regular accounting updates. And, each is treated with white-glove service, from the initial kick-off to final installation.
Much of the firm’s work is concentrated in Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Jupiter, Florida, with other projects in select destinations. While the brand is based in The Palm Beaches, Allison Paladino, the designer—and lifelong traveler and passionate adventurer—draws inspiration from all ends of the globe and every experience along the way. Once she is inspired, there’s no stopping the wildfire of creativity. If Allison cannot source the perfect element for a given project, she has a simple philosophy: If you can’t find it, design it. So, that’s exactly what she’s done throughout her tenure, producing bespoke fine-quality pieces for clients whenever the need arises.
Allison has also applied her keen sensibilities to creative collaborations with other industry partners. She lent her effortless aesthetic to Perennials Fabrics for a Tibetan hand-knotted rug collection and appliqué embroidered pillows. She’s also developed multiple collections for renowned luxury furniture purveyor EJ Victor, designed an outdoor furniture line entitled Sail for Century Furniture, and created an exquisite lighting collection with Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting.
She is currently working with Visual Comfort on indoor and outdoor lighting. Additionally, Allison also ghost designs for Hickory Chair and Baker Furniture, and she has multiple outdoor collections with McGuire Furniture.
Allison is a member of ASID, IFDA, and Design Leadership Network. She has been recognized as A Rising Star by DCOTA, named among the Twenty Five Top Designers from House Beautiful, won multiple Luxe Awards, earned several ASID awards, and was selected for Andrew Martin’s Design Review Book of the top 100 designers in the world five different times.
When she is not in the office, you can find Allison somewhere near her next inspiration, probably in a far-flung corner of the globe.
Allison is inspired not by things but by experiences. She’s also the first to admit that it’s taken most of her career to strike the right work-life balance. She leans into her work and her passions with equal enthusiasm, which adds a distinct intensity to the journey but also creates a richly rewarding experience for both Allison and her clients.
Allison is an avid traveler with a passion for nature and all it offers. She loves to be anywhere near the water, boating, sailing, snorkeling, fishing and paddleboarding. She’s even enjoyed cage diving with great whites in South Africa (and has incredible photos to prove it)! Allison
fully embraces an active lifestyle and loves playing a round of golf or catching a ride on her Peloton.
Friends and family are pillars in Allison’s life, and she encourages her employees to practice the same philosophy in their personal lives. Worldly travels and hobbies aside, Allison maintains that great food and delicious wine are two of life’s greatest pleasures. Allison’s other passion is undoubtedly philanthropy. Every year, she proudly supports a variety of causes and programs that work day in and day out to make the world a better place.
Allison’s other passion is undoubtedly philanthropy. Every year, she proudly supports a variety of causes and programs that work day in and day out to make the world a better place.
- Tony Bennett’s Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
- Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
- Green Turtle Cay Foundation
- Place of Hope
- Loggerhead Marinelife Center
- Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
"I archive anything and everything I discover in my travels and draw inspiration from this veritable treasure trove of memories."
Zita Van Egmond-Rudd spent her early life growing up in beautiful Amsterdam, Netherlands. The European art and architecture she saw throughout her home country inspired her from a young age. Fast forward to life as a young adult, Ms. Rudd found herself in sunny South Florida, enrolled in the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. While enrolled, she met Allison Paladino through a mutual friend, and the two bonded instantly. Common interests. Right brain, left brain. Creative energy. With undeniable chemistry, it was not long before Rudd and Paladino began working together. The introduction would prove to shape the course of the next two decades.
At Allison Paladino Interiors, Ms. Rudd earned a unique opportunity to dive into the world of design head-first. And that she did, spending the next 15 years working within the company as if it were her own. She worked in lock-step with Allison, helping build a thriving design business while simultaneously fostering her own talents and honing her skills.
With self-aware perfectionism, a kind and calming demeanor, and a whimsical sense of humor in tow, Zita Rudd runs the firm’s design department. There, she creates stunning interiors featuring furnishings, fabrics, window treatments, wall coverings and more, working closely with Allison to execute the overall vision. She is the lifeblood of every project, staying in close contact with Allison, clients and vendors alike to oversee the progress from conception to installation.
In 2022, in recognition of her unwavering commitment to the firm, her incredible talent and passion for excellence, Zita Rudd was named partner. Together, Allison and Zita launched the newly named—but well-matured—company: Paladino Rudd Interior Design.
Allison and Zita are true partners who work on a foundation of mutual respect and lots of laughter. When she’s not designing spectacular livable spaces, Zita can be found enjoying the South Florida lifestyle with her husband, Parker, and their daughter Siena.
Zita’s biggest joy in life is her family—her young daughter, Siena, and her husband, Parker. The family jokes they are the Three Musketeers, venturing through life as an unbreakable trio. Exploration is high on the list of activities for the Rudd family, who love to travel together to a new destination each year whenever possible. Of course, the Rudds also stay busy when they’re not traveling, going horseback riding, biking, hiking, reading, swimming and golfing together.
Fitness is another top priority for Zita and her family; she knows it’s the key to staying mentally, professionally and physically focused. So any weekday morning by 5 a.m., you’ll find Zita at either Orange Theory or on her Peloton, ready to put in the work, clear her head, and get the day going.
When she’s not busy keeping her mind, business, and health in tip-top shape, Zita loves volunteering with Siena in the local community on the weekends. Two of their favorite organizations are Christ Fellowship and Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
And of course, no bio of Zita’s could be complete without mentioning her love for food, which was a huge part of her life in Europe—Dutch cheese might just be her second biggest joy.
Paladino Rudd designs are characterized by classic transitional style, beautiful woods & tactile materials.
They are known for their refreshing twists on design and understated drama that can be found from their urbane use of space in a stunning Robert Stern-designed condominium overlooking Central Park, to a new 19 thousand square foot Palm Beach oceanfront estate.
Clients laud their ability to make their vision a reality. In the words of House Beautiful magazine, “In a city synonymous with a gold-leafed grandeur, Allison’s style stands out because of its restraint.
Allison Paladino Collections at EJ Victor Showroom
Allison Paladino Collections at Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting
Allison Paladino Collections Award Nomination Video