An Atlanta native, Ali graduated from The Westminster Schools and then attended The University of Virginia before moving to California with her husband, Charles, in 2000.
The Banks lived in California for 15 years. Along with raising their children, Ali worked in design and also in the wine industry. After their oldest, Mini, graduated from high school, the Banks decided to move home to Atlanta to be close to extended family and raise their younger two children, Charlie and Augusta, in the Southern culture that they had deeply missed while out west.
Some little girls are born loving dolls and dressing up. Ali Banks arrived on earth fascinated with houses, people, and stories. One day, Ali saw a needlepoint pillow in a friend’s foyer. It read, “A home is a 3D biography”. That was it! The intersection of her three passions became her career: helping people write their 3D biographies one home, one chapter, at a time. And, since writing papers and finding words had always been hard for Ali and many others, the epiphany that a story could be told through architecture, location, gardens, furnishings and all that goes with a house was a great Aha for Ali.
Ali started Alma Design in 2004 and joined Beacham & Co. in 2019. The combination of the two businesses provides Ali a way to help others write their 3D biography. If you are ready to start a new chapter of your life and a new setting is in order, Ali would love to help you find the perfect home for the next chapter in your story.