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 creative powerhouse, anecdotal candle hoarder and Junior Designer, Shayne Bryan.
How did you land at AHI/AW?
I began my journey at AHI while still in school for design at MSUs Gallatin College. I joined the team as an intern in 2017 to gain as much knowledge and experience as I could in the field before graduating. Before I even knew there was an interior design firm operating under the same roof, I would often come into the Architects Wife just walk around the showroom to check out the unique antiques mixed with the modern furniture, lighting and contemporary art. AHI’s ability to blend so many different styles, materials, patterns, and textures, and yet still remain so refined and sophisticated inspired me to be part of a team that is not afraid to be different.
What is your role?
After graduating in May of 2019, I transitioned into a junior designer role with AHI, stoked to say the least! As a junior designer I work closely with the senior designers and design architect to create schematic designs, concepts, and presentations for clients. Working daily in AutoCAD, Revit, and Sketchup producing models and drawings illustrating the collectively creative and unique ideas coming from the back quarters of the old Montana motor supply building.
What was your first job?
Cleaning for my dads Architecture office every weekend during high school.
Favorite book of all time?
The Modern A-Frame… because I dream of having my own tucked away in the woods someday!!
What’s your guilty pleasure song?
Metallica – Sad But True.
What’s something one might not know about you?
I use to be a music promoter in Missoula, MT and ran two music venues. I love music and the joy that all genres bring to each person individually and is still a huge passion of mine.
If you could have a dinner with someone who is alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My grandma Vicky. I never got to meet her, but from what I’ve heard, she was one rad lady!
What have you been up to during quarantine?
My family and I just moved into a new house… so it’s been weekends full of never ending punch lists, along with a good dose of running and golfing to get outside!
Where do you find inspiration?
I love browsing estliving.com for inspo!
If you were to pick two things to take home with you today from the Architect’s Wife showroom, what would they be?
I’ve had my eye on this black miniforms table with white marble pebbles. A good black and white contrast will always be my first love. I’m known to take home an anecdotal candle about every month too.
We 🖤you Shayne Bryan