Studio Sessions Vol.3

Carrie Hendrickson

est. September 2014

After three very colorful and productive years with the firm, Carrie Hendrickson is spilling it all in the latest conversation with Justin White.  You might be surprised by some of Carrie’s most obscure talents, you might even be shocked by her secret wish to become a Top Gun (Mav, not Goose), but you’ll definitely be impressed by her passion for her family, her work, and the Kentucky Wildcats…

Describe in a few sentences your role at i/A.  I am the sole Interior Designer here at i/A.  I work on Commercial and Residential projects, and deal with all phases of project design including space planning, construction documentation, material and furniture selections are just to name a few.  I’m the main point of contact in the office on all things interiors.

What do you value most in your position at i/A?  I love my job where I get to use my skills to make an impact that I can see with my own eyes. Of course, the position is only part of the equation. Being at a company where I can grow and work toward something I care about is the true value. Here it’s really a team effort – we are high energy, collaborative, and sometimes enjoy giving each other a hard time.  I enjoy that we get to work on a wide variety of projects – today I might work on a church, but tomorrow I might be working on a new restaurant.   Thankfully I never think ‘oh – (sigh) – Monday again’.

Describe an i/A project you have recently worked on. I love all the projects we work on, but I think to-date my favorite project was Willies Locally Known.  I think it’s my favorite because I learned something about myself as a designer.  Throughout the whole project – start to finish – I learned that I truly enjoy every aspect of hospitality design.  It’s all about the details which I LOVE, and – well – who doesn’t love BBQ, brews,  and bluegrass?!

If you could have any job in the world for a day what would it be?  I always thought being a fighter pilot would be so awesome.

What three things do most people not know about you?

  • I know how to drive a stick shift – my first car was manual ’97 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • I was a Girl Scout from preschool through high school and attained the highest achievement given to a Girl Scout – The Girl Scout Gold Award
  • I love snowboarding – I haven’t been in a few years but I truly enjoy it.


What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?

I’m passionate about making a difference. When I’m involved with a project at work, I do my best to achieve success and make everyone involved in the project happy with the final product. I’m passionate about being an impactful leader by helping others to develop and feel successful. I feel the same way about what I do in my personal life.

Where did you grow up? Born and raised in Georgetown, KY.

Where did you go to college? The University of Kentucky, of course!  GO CATS!

Do you have any muses?  Quite a few – My husband (Adam), Zaha Hadid, Frank Lloyd Wright, Andy Warhol, Eero Saarinen, Frida Kahlo, Charles and Ray Eames, My parents, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Self-starters, Karim Rashid, Mumford & Sons, Frank Gehry, Ansel Adams, Anything in Interior Design Magazine.

Do you have any pet peeves and/or Turn-offs?  In no particular order, the list goes something like this: Spiders, bad drivers, sunburns, untapped potential, gum on your shoe, selfishness, talking during a movie, dead cell phones…

No limitations, if you could do anything within 48 hours what would it be?  Travel the world but 48 hours isn’t a lot of time so maybe travel to the Seven Wonders of the World – I love to travel and see and try new things.

Do you have any interesting items on your desk and what’s the story behind it? I have a few interesting items on my desk but probably the most interesting is a cube that I made my first semester in design school.  Honestly, I’m amazed it’s even made it this long but I keep it as a constant reminder of how far I’ve come as a designer since the creation of that little cube.

Do you have any nicknames?  Carebear, Care, Curry, Curry Spice just to name a few.

How lucky are you and why?  Well, I have won $500 more than once from scratch-off tickets so… I guess that makes me somewhat lucky?

Seriously – I am truly lucky to have a wonderful loving family, remarkable friends, and great co-workers who are like family. Do you call that luck or being blessed?

Wild and Wonderful loves and interests of ‘Curry Spice’:

  • Carpe Diem
  • My incredible husband
  • Rain on a tin roof
  • Traveling
  • Snowboarding
  • Art deco…anything
  • Thrift shopping
  • Trying new things
  • Getting lost in the music
  • Museums
  • Pinterest
  • Baking
  • Roller coasters
  • The violin
  • Hiking
  • My rambunctious dogs
  • Sunsets on the beach
  • Nicholas Sparks books
  • Horse racing
  • Really good bourbon
  • Faith in humanity
  • Ballet
  • Quilting/Crafting/Embroidery