One of the most exciting parts about designing your home is the interior design. That’s why American Legend Homes chooses top-notch designers to tell our story through memorable interior designs in our model homes. In Colorado, interior designer Wendy Welsh of HRI Design, is behind the magic. HRI Design is an award-winning firm, designing spaces where you eat, where you work, where you dream, as well as all of American Legend’s model homes in Colorado. We asked Wendy a few questions to learn a little bit more about her design process and where she finds inspiration.
When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer?
I took an interior design class as well as an art history class. Ultimately, I pursued interior design because it is more hands-on.
How long have you been working with American Legend Homes?
We’ve done all the model merchandising for American Legend Homes in Colorado since January 2018.
What are some of the trends you’re seeing a lot of lately?
We work in over 20 states, with studios dedicated to interior design for residential clients, commercial clients and model merchandising. Trends vary depending on the demographic and geographic area, but here are some that are universal:
Are there any interior design elements you think are timeless?
When designing a room, where do you start? How do you find inspiration?
Art is tantamount to our firm. We do a lot of art consulting and work with clients who want the look of fine art. The art can easily set the mood or the color palette. Sometimes, though, if you ask a designer what inspires them, it can be a piece of fabric or a really interesting piece of furniture.
What is your favorite room to design?
At HRI, we really enjoy mixed use areas like lofts and studies because it presents an opportunity to work outside the box and get creative. Finding a way to design a multipurpose space in a functional and dynamic way sets a challenge for the designer to create a memorable room.
How do you adapt to different styles?
We are good listeners. One thing we don’t allow is big egos. It isn’t our story we are creating, we are designing our client’s story. Working with a variety of clients and different styles is a great opportunity to listen to their unique needs and to create momentum with collaboration.
To see some of HRI Design’s great work, stop by an American Legend model in Colorado and check out our Colorado photo gallery.