Alicia Hylton-Daniel was meant to be a designer. It wasn’t until she experienced a house fire, due to a faulty fireplace, that she began to question her path. At that point, everything changed. She chose to leave the halls of litigation within the law firm where she worked, and considered her true passion. Alicia had always created art, and engaged in the principles of design, through observation of work she saw in her community and abroad. Born in Jamaica, and now residing in the United States, gives her a unique perspective on art, culture and design.
Changing her career was one of the best decisions she could have made. She enrolled at Meredith College to pursue her 2nd degree. She chose Interior Design with a minor in Studio Art. Upon graduation, she landed a position as an Interior Designer at an architecture firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. In less than two years, she was lead designer on large corporate projects and restaurants, which include MDC in the Old Hill Building on Main Street, and Beyu Caffe’s first location. With each project, she continued to develop a reputation for creating classic spaces, with a touch of modern details. Every project is different, but each designed with the singular intent of pleasing the client, and being honest about what the spaces want to be, through the exploration of design.
Alicia has lived in Durham, North Carolina for 19 years. When an opportunity came from an architecture firm in Durham, that was looking for a new interior designer, she took a chance. It helped that the firm was within walking distance to her 1930’s Four Square home in Old North Durham. She currently wears multiple hats in the firm. She is not only an interior designer, she also serves as a project manager. In addition, she is an essential part of the marketing team. Her prolific work is one of the best marketing tools a business can present. Her recent projects include the new Beyu Caffe, Novan Therapeutics, and interior design services for Phoebe Lawless’s new space, The Lakewood.
Not content to be part of the design process only, her interests led her to purchase a small abandoned house on the 200 block of Trinity Avenue as a rental property. She started the rehabilitation of the house with a general contractor. Unfortunately, the process did not go as planned. It was during this event, that Alicia decided it would be better to be able to create the design, and lead the construction and renovation process. Alicia is now one of the few, licensed women General Contractors in the area. Since obtaining her license, Alicia has recently designed a 1,210 SF modernist inspired house, located in the Lakewood neighborhood in Durham. Alicia is overseeing the day to day construction and managing the project. She plans to put the house on the market this spring.
When not engaging in design and construction, Alicia enjoys spending time at wonderful local establishments in the Bull City with her family. Roger her husband, Chelsea and Chloe her daughters, and Malcolm, her yellow Labrador retriever, round out a life well lived. It combines all the things she loves, family, community, the arts and design, and of course culturally rich good food.