Inside the Montana Motor Supply building – tucked unsuspectingly behind main street in downtown Bozeman, Montana – you’ll find Abby Hetherington and her team. This team consists of designers, saleswomen, operators, project managers, stylists, a token illustrator, a Paul Bunyanesque character that lends muscles to hoist furniture and arrange the showroom floor, amongst others that contribute their unique talents, skills and craft.
For those new to following, Abby Hetherington Interiors (AHI) is housed with its sister company, the Architect’s Wife (AW). Think of AHI as the back of house designers while AW is the the front of house curators.
Here, we share some of the faces behind AHI & AW along with a bit of their backstory. In our post today we're very excited to introduce you to our new store manager, Whitney Caldwell. Whitney's background in marketing and simply being an awesome human have made her an immediately valuable asset and leader for the team. We're excited to have her here and help elevate our game, from merchandising and ordering to both the online and in-store experience. Scroll on down to get to know her a little better, and come say hello next time you're in downtown Bozeman!
How did you land at AHI/AW?
I've been admiring the showroom and seat testing sofas at AW for a few years. When COVID started, I had no idea I'd be turning a Saturday afternoon hobby into a career move.
What is your role?
Shop Manager. Generally, I hope to keep the stoke high with employees and clients alike, the showroom exciting with the right mix of products, and the boss happy.
Where do you find design inspiration?
Nature, vivid colors, travel. My imagination? It's a wild place on the inside...
What was your first job?
Little League Umpire.
Favorite book of all time?
Travels With Charley In Search Of America by Steinbeck.
What's your guilty pleasure song?
Rapture by Blondie. Maybe I'll go live at karaoke someday.
What's something one might not know about you?
I love hosting a good old fashioned dinner party and will cook you anything you want.
If you could have a dinner with someone who is alive or dead, who would it be and why?
RBG & Anthony Bourdain. That's two people, but they believed in and shaped their careers around standing up for the underdog.
What have you been up to during this great pandemic?
I crossed some bucket list Montana adventures off my list and got my hands dirty in my garden with my mom and mother-in-law.
If you were to pick two things to take home with you today from the Architect's Wife showroom, what would they be?
I'd love to add a Nature's Collection sheepskin to my bathroom and the Visual Comfort's Mayotte Floor Lamp to my living room. (Just wondering if anyone is sending my wish list to Santa?)
Anything else you'd like to share?
I can't wait to host a post COVID costume party. It's going to be Home Alone themed.