About Us

“With their passion for design and client interaction, Rebekah Frye and Jessica Allison created Essence Design Studios. Both carry interior design degrees with over 14 combined years of interior design experience in the kitchen and bath industry. They have proven success of delivering exceptional designs with savvy solutions no matter what design challenges they face.”

When we decided to create Essence Design Studios, we opted to strive for the best services and pricing to offer our clientele. Our goal was to offer an array of design services in an al a carte fashion where each client has the ability to select the level of service required for their project. With services that range from design only to full turn-key design and remodeling, every client is sure to find their own fit in regards to need and budget.

During the conceptual stages of creating Essence Design, we went back and forth whether a showroom was the right direction for us and our clients. After much deliberation, we decided not to have a physical showroom and instead bring the showroom to you! Meaning that we bring cabinetry, counter top, tile, etc. samples right to your home. By eliminating the overhead of a showroom, we are able to provide our clients with more competitive pricing – which in essence, is our ultimate desire.

In order to serve you further, we maintain excellent relationships with numerous vendors across the Greater Cincinnati and Raleigh Triangle areas; therefore allowing the ability to take you to multiple vendor showrooms, if your project so requires. We also have gracious homeowners who are happy to open their home to potential clients so that they may touch and view a completed project. Furthermore, this ensures that you are able to make an informed decision while we provide you with the best possible service, pricing, and resources available.

Now, years later, we at Essence Design Studios continue to offer an unparallel design and remodeling experience with an ever expanding client base.    We truly believe that the foundation of our success is rooted in our ability to develop relationships with our clients by listening to their wants and needs and placing those ideals into action.

Jessica Allison, Lead Designer - Cincinnati Office

Originally from Pennsylvania, Jessica attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa, where she began her career in kitchen and bath design. In order to further pursue her career and love of design, she moved to Raleigh in early 2008. After 3 years and a successful Raleigh based company, she expanded Essence Design Studios to Cincinnati where she resides with her long time boyfriend, Craig, and their two cats, Max and Mason.  Jessica is an Allied ASID member and also a  member of NKBA

Rebekah Lindsey Frye, Lead Designer - Raleigh Office

As a native to the area, Rebekah returned to Raleigh to embark on her career as an interior designer after graduating from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Some of her designs have been published in both local and national magazines. She enjoys working with her clients from the conceptual stages all the way to completion. Rebekah is an Allied ASID member and belongs to NKBA. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Nathan, and their two yorkies, Tucker and Tink.