Lavish and Luxurious

10 Luxurious Upgrades You Need in Your Home
As an interior designer for the high-end residential market, I’m constantly incorporating the most sophisticated elements into my design work so my clients can truly relax in a home that feels elevated and refined. Though these pieces can be pricey, I believe they are indulgences that are well worth the money. Which of these 10 lavish and luxurious design elements catch your attention?

Quartz Countertops

Lavish and Luxurious Upgrades

The milky-white look of this quartz countertop is timeless, making quartz surfaces the ultimate investment in luxury. I installed this matchbook waterfall on my client’s kitchen island and they couldn’t be more thrilled with the final look.

A Spa-Like Bathroom

Living lavish with a spa like bathroom

Enjoying a day at the hotel spa from the comfort of home? Nothing will make you feel like you’re living in a hotel more than a luxe bathroom complete with a soaker tub, walk-in shower, custom cabinetry, and a large vanity to arrange jewelry and perfumes. RI Studio designed this master bathroom to be a spa-like retreat for the homeowners.

Custom Cabinetry

Luxurious cabinets

Though they’re more expensive than prefabricated cabinets, custom cabinetry is worth the investment. Each cabinet will fit your space and tastes perfectly and to provide storage that is both practical and chic, like in this laundry room. Design by RI Studio.

Custom Fireplace Details

Custom fireplace is now a luxury

What was once a necessity has now become a luxury. Fireplaces instantly add a feeling of coziness to a space. They can also be incredibly luxurious, especially when completed with custom details like this hand-painted tile. Design by RI Studio. 

A Show-Stopping Chandelier

Lavish chandelier

Chandeliers are beautiful and dramatic — a lavish statement any home can benefit from. While most homes feature a chandelier in the dining room, RI Studio selected this modern linear chandelier that balances the iron details in the space and creates balance to the elongated dining table beneath.

Commissioned Artwork

Custom artwork is an added luxury

Art serves so many purposes: it adds beauty to your home, can serve as a good financial investment, and can reflect your personality and style. We always seek out original or commissioned art for our clients to ensure their home is truly one of a kind. Design by RI Studio.

A Custom Front Door

Custom front door brings instant luxury to the front facade of your home

Instantly add curb appeal to your home with a custom front door. RI Studio designed this door to have three-times the wow factor: it’s round, geometric and a deep, luxurious brown. It looks just as beautiful on the exterior!

A Wine Room

Luxurious wine room

A wine room is a perfect way to show off your wine collection. Specialty wine storage allows you to protect the bottles while showcasing them. Design by RI Studio.

A Grand Piano

Lavish grand piano

Musical instruments are works of art and craftsmanship and will always be a lavish addition to the home. Whether you’re a skilled pianist or a dedicated admirer, a grand piano can be a focal point in your family’s homes for generations. Design by RI Studio.

A Gym

Lavish and Luxurious Gym Setting

Fitness enthusiasts will delight at having a dedicated space in their home for a gym. These spaces may be expensive, between the protective rubber flooring, soundproofing for the walls and the gym equipment itself, but you can’t put a price on good health. Design by RI Studio.


The Story of RI Studio – I

Part I | By Terra McNutt

Dear readers, 

Welcome to RI Studio – where authentic design meets elevated interiors. It is my hope that you will feel at home within these pages. I hope you will also find the RI Studio blog to be a valuable resource for you and for all of your interior design and design-build needs. With more than a decade of experience in the industry and multiple award-winning projects, I have a deep well of information and expertise that I am delighted to share with you. First, a little more background information on how RI Studio came to be and how we cater to our clients’ needs from dirt to drapes. 

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. It’s in my blood and in my DNA. My childhood was spent accompanying my Dad, a seasoned homebuilder, to job sites. This exposure to construction sites has helped shape my deep love for architecture. So much so that it led me to pursue a minor in architecture at Texas Tech University while also realizing my true passion and majoring in interior design. 

Founding RI Studio in 2018 was never a matter of “if,” but “when.” Before that could happen, I knew I wanted to spend the first few stages of my career sharpening my skills. This would require me to establish my reputation, and build a network of strong industry partners. I spent the past decade designing at renowned firms like Hawkins-Welwood Homes, Traci Connell Interiors, and Lucas/Eilers Design Associates. My experience with these firms helped me build my technical skills and hone in on my aesthetic. 

I believe that interior design is a reflection of us as people. Great design should be an extension of a client’s lifestyle. It should take into account how people live, work, and entertain. Those are the moments that life is all about, and interior design helps facilitate and nurture those moments. The “RI” in RI Studio stands for “rendered interiors”. We have an eye for architectural detail and can envision every project fully with the precise finishes and furnishings. This provides our clients with the confidence to know that our clear vision will result in a design that is creative, innovative, and uniquely theirs. 

The first two years of our story have been full of tremendous growth. We have also been humbled by the number of industry awards and accolades. The greatest gift we’ve come across so far is the number of happy clients whom we’ve grown to cherish. We’ve become known as the firm that creates designs that are exclusive, elevated, and a little bit unexpected. Whether our clients are homeowners or home builders, each new project is an opportunity to surprise and delight my clients and my own sense of wonderment for rendering beautiful interiors. 

Each project is individualistic; no two ideas are ever repeated. This is the crux of the RI Studio tagline: “Rendered Interiors. Exclusive Designs.” 

Welcome to RI Studio. Welcome home. 

Signed, 

Terra