Alison Victoria whose full name is Allison Victoria Gramenos has been breaking down barriers while also breaking down walls. From being a ghost designer for House Crashers to being the first female host of the Crashers series, everything about Alison screams determination and willpower. One of the best is interior designing & house flipping, Alison rose to fame following her appearances on the reality TV series, Kitchen Crashers. While Alison is gained traction as the host of Kitchen Crashers, she has long left the franchise to star in her own show, Windy City Rehab. She is also the owner of Alison Victoria Interiors, a consulting firm that offers design services to clients across the country. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Alison Victoria.
Alison Victoria was born on the 31st of October 1981 in Chicago. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Alison used to go on drives around the city with her father, which ignited her passion for living in them. As Alison puts it, “I would see all these houses and I just would like dream of living in one of them one day. It’s an even bigger dream to be rehabbing a ton of them now.” She attended a local high school in Chicago in 1999 and then enrolled at The University of Nevada-Las Vegas where she studied Activities and societies.
After her time at the University, Alison began working at Christopher Homes in Las Vegas. She was one of the youngest designers on the team and was responsible for creating interior designs for affluent, semi-custom residences. She worked with Christopher Holmes including Park City Tuhaye Project until 2007. After gathering all the relevant experience, Alison decided to venture out into the world and established the company Alison Victoria Interiors.
Finding success with reality TV
While working with Victoria Interiors, Alison was approached by the DIY Network to work as a ghost designer in its Crash Franchise. After a year of working, Alison pitched the idea of Kitchen Crashers, which quickly took off the ground. The series began airing on the 10th of October 2011 and wrapped up its ninth season on the 18th of October 2016.
In 2019, she launched her own show on HGTV called Windy City Rehab, where she returned to her hometown of Chicago and partnered with contractor Donovan Eckhardt to renovate old homes in various neighborhoods. The show showcased her design style, which blended vintage charm with modern flair, as well as the challenges and drama that came with flipping houses in a big city. Since she has appeared in several other reality television shows such as Flipping Across America, Ty Breaker, Battle on the Beach & Ugliest House in America. Here is a quick timeline of her television career:
Self / Host
She was the first female host of the Crashers franchise and a former ghost designer for House Crashers
Windy City Rehab
Executive Producer / Self
She faced legal troubles with her former partner Donovan Eckhardt and some of her clients
Flipping Across America
Producer / Writer / Self
She showcased her renovation projects in Chicago and other cities
She competed with Ty Pennington and other designers to win over homeowners
Battle on the Beach
She mentored novice flippers in a beach house renovation competition
Ugliest House in America
She searched for the most unappealing homes in the country and gave them a makeover
Business Career & Net Worth
Besides being a successful television personality, Allison Victoria is also a savvy businesswoman who runs her own interior design firm called Alison Victoria Interiors. The firm has offices in Chicago and Las Vegas. She offers design services to residential and commercial clients across the country and has worked on projects ranging from hotels and restaurants to private residences and offices.
She also collaborated with The Tile Shop, a national retailer of tiles and accessories, to design a collection of tiles that reflected her urban sophistication. The collection featured tiles in various colors, shapes, and textures that could be mixed and matched to create unique patterns and designs.
Through different endeavors, Allison Victoria has collected an estimated net worth of $3 Million.
Legal Troubles & Ending Partnership
While Alison has not been involved in legal troubles on her own, there have been a few cases against her company. She also faced several lawsuits from unhappy clients who complained about the quality of their work and the violation of city codes.
In January 2020, James and Anna Morrissey sued Windy City hosts Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt for defective and shoddy work, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and consumer fraud.
In April 2020, another case was filed by buyers Shane Jones and Samantha Mostaccio against Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt. The case was filed for fraud in the Circuit Court of Cook County. In June of 2020, Windy City was once again sued for fraud. The suit was filed in Cook County by Michael Ward Jr. and his family. Alison later said that it was Donovan who was involved in the fraud and she was quite unaware of the fact. An official statement read,
“Alison has claimed that she was caught unaware by Donovan’s fraud – not with standing her own secreting of funds from closing proceeds.”
She ended her partnership after discovering that Donovan was mismanaging their finances and allocating funds from their business account to his own company. Donovon sued HGTV and the production company of the show, claiming that they defamed him and portrayed him as a villain on the show. However, his lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in Sacramento, California, who ruled that he failed to show that the showrunners acted with malice or knew that their content was false.
Victoria and Eckhardt have not been in contact since their split, and only communicate through their lawyers. Victoria has continued to work on new projects on her own, while Eckhardt has suffered from depression, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and has undergone counseling as a result of emotional distress.
You may know Alison Victoria as the talented and gorgeous host of several HGTV shows, where she transforms dull spaces into stunning designs. But did you know that her own love life has been anything but a fairy tale? Alison Victoria tied the knot with her sweetheart in 2013, but as the year progressed the love fuel keep diminishing to the point of no return and divorce. Alison Victoria has since found a new beau, while her ex-husband has gone into hiding.
First Husband: Luke Harding
Alison Victoria married Luke Harding, an insurance agent based in Chicago, in November 2013. The couple met on an online dating site in 2011 and got engaged in 2013 in Paris, where Harding proposed to Victoria with a romantic midnight picnic near the Eiffel Tower. Sharing the details of the proposal Alison opened,
“We were in Paris, and we were having drinks at our hotel after dinner, At midnight, the concierge came out to us and said, ‘Mr. Harding, we have your car ready.’ He drove us to the Eiffel Tower with a blanket, Champagne and the biggest bag of chocolate truffles. Luke proposed during our midnight picnic and said he wanted to wait for this night because it was his parents’ 34th wedding anniversary, and their marriage was something he wanted with me.”
The wedding was held at The Drake Hotel in Chicago and attended by 120 close friends and family members, including Victoria’s late father.
Divorce: What Went Wrong?
The exact reason and date of their divorce are not publicly known, but it is speculated that they separated sometime around 2019 or 2020. Victoria never publicly discussed her divorce with Harding. In the years of conjugal life, the pair did not give birth to any children together.
Current Boyfriend: Michael Marks
After her divorce from Harding, Victoria moved on with a new man named Michael Marks, who is the founder of a company called AVMM Properties LLC. The exact date of their dating history is yet to be known, but they have been spotted together on several occasions since 2020.
In an interview with People in September 2020, Victoria credited Marks (as well as her family) for helping her stay positive in the midst of a very tumultuous year.
Victoria seems to be happy and content with her current relationship with Marks, who also shares her passion for interior design and real estate. She has not revealed any plans for marriage or children with him yet, but she has expressed her gratitude for having him in her life.
Physical Traits & Dressing Style
Alison has a stunning appearance and a charming personality that attracts many fans and followers. She has dark brown hair which she likes to dye in different colors such as blonde, golden, and light brown. She has brown eyes and a slim and fit body with a bikini figure. Her stature is about 5 feet 5 inches and weighs around 55 kg. Alison likes to dress casually and comfortably for her work, often wearing jeans, t-shirts, jackets, sweaters, boots, and sneakers. She also likes to glam up for special occasions or events, wearing dresses, skirts, blouses, heels, and accessories. She prefers bright and vibrant colors such as red, pink, yellow, blue, and green to match her cheerful and energetic vibe.
Alison Victoria is a Scorpio, born on October 31, 1981. Scorpio is a water sign that is known for being passionate, independent, and unafraid to blaze their own trail. Some of the Scorpio personality traits include:
Focused, brave, balanced, faithful, ambitious and intuitive
Adventurous, versatile, full of life and passionate
Assertive, opinionated, controlling, rational and scrupulously honest
Secretive, suspicious, sharp-tongued, emotional and competitive
Loyal, smart, shrewd and stoic
These traits may reflect Alison Victoria’s personality as an interior designer, television host, and entrepreneur. She is famous for her DIY and home renovation projects, as well as her appearances on HGTV shows like Windy City Rehab, Flipping Across America, Battle on the Beach, and others.
Alison Victoria Gramenos
Date of birth
October 31, 1981
41 years old (as of 2023)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
5 feet 5 inches (appox)
55 kg (about)
Interior designer, television personality, TV host, social media influencer, businesswoman, and entrepreneur
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Alison Victoria Interiors
Windy City Rehab, Kitchen Crashers, Flipping Across America, Design at You Door, Rock the Block, Ty Breaker, Battle on the Beach, Windy City Flip, HGTV Dream Home and White House Christmas