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 and will find the RI Studio blog to be a valuable resource for you for all 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 jobsites. This exposure to construction helped shape my deep love for architecture, so much so that I pursued 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.” However, I knew I wanted to spend the first few stages of my career sharpening my skills, establishing my reputation and building a network of strong industry partners. The past decade designing at renowned firms like Hawkins-Welwood Homes, Traci Connell Interiors and Lucas/Eilers Design Associates, helped me build my technical skills and hone 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 and 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 with the finishes and furnishings complete. This provides our clients with 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 are full of tremendous growth, industry awards and accolades and a plethora 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 both 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