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. Let us introduce you to Alex Casey – a steadfast true north star of the firm (and AHI’s longest running employee).
How did you land at AHI/AW?
I had been going to Pure Barre and loved the design. It was nothing like I had seen in Bozeman before. They gave me Abby’s card when I asked who had done the interiors. When I reached out to Abby she actually was just in the beginning stages of starting her own company. I started on a few hours a week helping her set up and eventually it became a full time position. That was seven years ago. It is amazing to see how quickly she has grown her businesses.
What is your role?
I am a Senior Designer at AHI. Every day is different! My job involves a lot of interaction with clients, builders and architects we are working with. Since I live in Minnesota, I am on the phone a lot with the Abby, Jr. Designers, our design architects reviewing presentations and drawings. My job also involves sourcing furnishings, lighting, and creative ideas!
Where do you find design inspiration?
Traveling! There’s so much to good design out there! Instagram is a great source as well, so much talent out there in not only interior design, but graphics and visual arts.
What was your first job?
Sales Associate at a consignment store.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?
What have you been up to during quarantine?
We just bought our first home in December. I have been traveling a lot since then, so being forced to stay home means we are slaying all the house projects!
What’s something one might not know about you?
I LOVE flowers! It is my dream to one day own a floral shop!
If you were to pick two things to take home with you today from the Architect’s Wife showroom, what would they be?
Any and all candles and anything Miniforms.
We you Alex