I began my career at the University of North Texas where I earned a degree in Interior Design. I learned drafting skills, as well as studied the history of furniture, art and architecture, including abroad in both Paris & London. While studying at UNT, I interned at the prestigious firm Joseph Minton, Inc. which specializes in high-end residential design. Upon graduating, I became a full-time design assistant there and worked on projects of all scales—from new construction to remodeling and decorating. To broaden my experience into the commercial realm, I took a position with Kathy Andrews Interiors in Houston, Texas where I worked as a designer in their Multi-Family division. We designed apartment complexes, with input both on the exterior and interior; including the models, sales offices, and amenities (business center, workout facilities, theater, and community areas). Rounding out my experience, I assisted Justin Seitz & Kim Johnson in opening their high-end retail antiques store, Herringbone Home. I managed the renovation of the space and the store opening, and managed store operations, assisted with buying and merchandizing, and also assisted with high-end residential projects within their design firm Johnson Seitz.
In 2004, I started my own business, Lisa Richards Interiors, Inc. And it has been a wonderful experience. I have developed amazing, long-lasting client relationships, and worked to make residential houses homes.
In 2009, I became an NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certificate holder. This exam tests designers’ working knowledge for health, safety and welfare for both residential and commercial applications.
Often I’m asked what style I work in, and the answer is all of them! I have a love for all styles from traditional to contemporary. Instead of creating variations of the same look for clients again and again, I guide clients in creating homes of their own unique style; homes which reflect their interests and loves, perhaps incorporating collected and sentimental pieces into the design.
In renovations and new construction, I firmly believe that an interior designer should be involved early in the development process. Part of my value is using my experience to sidestep pitfalls in the construction and eventual decoration of the home, avoiding costly changes and most importantly, making sure that what is planned and built meets how your family is going to use the space comfortably and effectively.
I will suggest ideas which might push the client out of their initial “box” of thinking, but never demand or push something on them that they don’t want. I have a great understanding of scale and proportion, which are very important design elements. And I take pride in my ability to help clients make an idea a reality. In the end, I like to create beautiful, functional spaces.