April Gandy, is the owner and Principal designer of Alluring Designs Chicago, an interior design company. She hails from Chicago’s Avalon Park neighborhood on the city’s south side. Growing up in the inner city provided her with a strong foundation in which failure was not an option. April vowed to overcome her circumstances and to create a better life for herself and her family. After graduating from St. Francis de Sales High School she went on to college at Northern Illinois University and became the first in her family to attend college. During this time, she also joined the US Air Force Reserve in which she still serves today. She later graduated with a BA in Criminology and went on to complete an MEd.
April started her design career journey in 2006. At the age of 23 she bought her first piece of property; a 700 square foot fixer–upper condominium in the west suburbs of Chicago. As an impecunious single mother, April had to think outside the box to bring her new home to life. She taught herself many things on the road to transforming her fixer–upper into a beautiful home. During this undertaking, she realized she enjoyed the process of home improvement. Throughout the years, April’s skills evolved and she began assisting family and friends in making their homes beautiful. After a decade of working on personal projects, April decided to make the business official and pursued an interior design career.
Alluring Designs Chicago was created in 2017. She partnered with her mother, Valerie Steward, and close family friend, Jennifer Anderson, to breathe life into this business venture. Together they have overseen multiple renovation projects and countless room makeovers. The trio plan on expanding the business to include popular e-design options as well as founding a community development organization dedicated to building beautiful homes in the inner city. The mission is to make communities beautiful one home at a time.
The Look Chicago recently selected April to be a featured partner. Please follow The Look Chicago on Fb and IG to learn about upcoming media features for Alluring Designs Chicago. You can learn more about Alluring Designs Chicago by visiting their website at www.alluringdesignsChicago.com