Space, place, community, design


My Story

Designer/ Maker/ Creative Director


My Background

Each project is inspired by the city.... 

Alyson Beaton studied architecture in undergrad in her home state of Texas, where she learned to respect the environment and create spaces that have meaning. After working in a firm in Dallas for a little bit she was introduced to the greater world of design, doing commissions and graphic installations with her friend Lance Raney, for Neiman Marcus. From there she knew it was time to expand her design knowledge base and returned to school to study visual communications. She completed her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she learned how to find what fuels her as a designer/artist and maker. She began her career as a design professor and doing many projects & collaborations on the side, perfecting her skills and learning as she went. 

Her passion and belief in micro-business and manufacturing led her to start her own brand "lille huset" and along the way by nature of the community had other micro-business clients who needed branding and design help. She doesn't see boundaries to design and making, and crosses them as often as possible. She and her husband, Matt Beaton have collaborated on home designs for themselves and others. 

Being constantly lost in her own imagination, she believes that the future of our economies and cities is micro scale with individuals each being a small piece to a large puzzle. Her world of design bridges her love of space and creating things that are visual outcomes of exploring cities. She is currently living and working in Austin, Texas. 



My design experience has been broad from first hand building my own brand to doing multiple personal home renovations to designing and consulting with my husband on several other homes in the Chicago area. My branding and experience clients include working with Zachary A. Design on building his brand from his identity trade show booths to print collateral. I see our relationship as an ongoing conversation about his company and his goals from year to year. I see each of my clients as a relationship and when they need something they just give me a call. Many of my design clients started as friends and we still work together to this day. 

As an academic, I am currently teaching in the school of design at the University of Texas Austin. I enjoy working with young budding designers to help them find their way and learn through experimentation. I am also available for on site workshops and lectures on design entrepreneurship and the designer maker. 


Current: University of Texas at Austin: Professor

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago: Assistant Adjunct Professor

Columbia College Chicago: Associate Professor of Design


recent Lectures Include

2017 Texas State University: Design Education & Entrepreneur/ Maker

2016 Institute Without Boundaries, Toronto: Design, Process, & Making, My Journey. 

2015 University of Maryland Baltimore County, College of Business: Failure & Design Process 

2015 AIGA Baltimore: Lille Huset, Design Entrepreneur

2014 Dwell On Design: Design Entrepreneur & Panel Discussion with Amanda Dameron

2014 Columbia College Chicago: Kickstarter Panel Discussion


The Business of Holidays: Edited by Maud Lavin, Monacelli Press 2003

Grow: An Environmentally Friendly Book, Featherproof Books 2007

Imagine Your World, Grow Books Press, 2011




recent Shows/ Installations

Toronto Design Week: Exhibit

Wares: Austin, Texas textile & home goods show

East Austin Studio Tour: Floral Bungalow, Austin

Origin Design Market, Austin

Dose Market, Chicago

Renegade Craft Fair: Austin, Chicago, San Francisco, & Seattle


Dwell on Design, LA

International Toy Fair, NY

National Stationery Show, NY


Chicago Tribune: Whipple St. Renovation

Chicago Magazine: Lille Huset

Dwell Magazine: Modern Dollhouse

Uppercase Magazine: Sparkle & Shine

Apartment Therapy: Lille House & Whipple Renovation

Design Milk: Dwell on Design & Lille Huset

New York Times: Business of Holidays Book Review

Collaborations: Windham Fabrics, Barneys NY, Nickelodeon Studios, Seaside Florida, National Building Museum, Neiman Marcus.

Product Distribution Partners: Room and Board, Paper Source Stores, Nordstrom, J Crew, Heath Ceramics, Walker Art Center, National Building Museum, ABC Home and Carpet, and many more independent shops.