Designer Angelica Henry Talks One-of-a-Kind Custom Design

See how one designer turns clients' dreams into reality through custom design.

Custom design is a homeowner's dream, and designer Angelica Henry turns that into a reality for her clients. Angelica is known for harmoniously combining Southwestern style with modern touches. She's been creating one-of-a-kind designs for more than 15 years. Keep reading for our exclusive interview with Angelica.

I Heart HGTV: How did you get started as a designer?

Angelica Henry: From a young age, I always loved everything that allowed me to express my creativity. That led me to the world of interior design where I could custom design anything and everything from light fixtures, furniture, fabrics, plumbing, as well as bringing all of these items together into an impactful and memorable space.

IH: How do you combine Southwestern and modern styles into one space?

AH: I achieve it through balance of pattern, color and most importantly texture. Modern lines can be softened with beautifully rustic materials and textured finishes such as aged woods, patina metal, luxurious leathers and rugged linens. Both subtle and bold Southwest patterns and colors can be infused with these various elements to finish out the aesthetic.

Rustic Great Room With Exposed Wood Ceiling Beams

Rustic Great Room With Exposed Wood Ceiling Beams

"I think the family room and kitchen are a great place for the family to relax and spend time together. It's very comfortable, and the materials are hard-wearing for the kids," says designer Angelica Henry.

Photo by: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

IH: What design element is a must-have in your designs and why?

AH: I love to incorporate glass. It is such a versatile material that can be used in so many amazingly unique applications. I have used it for custom backlit panels, table tops, light fixtures, artwork and more.

Master Suite Boasts Resort-Style Shower

Master Suite Boasts Resort-Style Shower

Like staying in a resort, this master suite shower has all the luxury one could ask for. A fish tank serves as a piece of live art between the shower and the closet.

Photo by: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

IH: What is your source of inspiration?

AH: I am constantly inspired by a lot of different sources! Often I see new products that inspire me to incorporate them into a project. I also love to take traditional materials that I have used or seen before and reinterpret them for a new take on a traditional material.

IH: What is your favorite room you've designed and why?

AH: One of my top favorites has to be a boys' room I designed with bunk bed forts. The bunks are connected with a pass-through area so bedtime stories can be shared. Shelves behind each bed are an ideal spot for the boys to showcase their latest trophies, trinkets and toys. A magnetic panel behind the ladder creates the perfect backdrop for the latest original works of art. After climbing the pipe ladder, they can peer back into the bedroom through the windows. The carpeted upstairs loft serves as a quieter spot to work on crafts, homework or to play the latest video games. One of my absolute favorite moments was when the homeowners' kids first discovered their completed forts. I have never seen such happy faces!

Rustic Boys' Room With Twin Bunk Beds

Rustic Boys' Room With Twin Bunk Beds

Twin bunk beds face each other in this fun little boys' room with a secret hidden fort.

Photo by: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

IH: What is the most challenging and most rewarding part of custom design?

AH: There are unknowns to face when you custom-design a product, so sometimes you run across unexpected challenges. Solving any of those challenges and creating a truly bespoke piece is in and of itself both a challenge and reward. So much of the actual work comes in the execution portion of the custom process, long after the original inspiration and design of the piece. I so enjoy that process and seeing a piece come to life from a sketch.

IH: How would you describe your personal aesthetic?

AH: A distinctive and sophisticated mix of refined and raw elements with a contemporary vibe.

Textured Metal Fireplace Surround in Master Suite

Textured Metal Fireplace Surround in Master Suite

Comfortable touches like curtains and carpet soften the rooms harder edges like the textured metal fireplace and solid coffee table.

Photo by: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

IH: What advice can you give our readers on how to design a home on a budget?

AH: I find that my clients have different priorities depending of course on their lifestyle and aesthetic. My suggestion is always to splurge on the items that matter the most to them. For some clients, that might be the items that are seen the most. For others, it might be incorporating an exotic wood veneer in their master bath that they get to enjoy every day.

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Water Drop Light Fixture in Industrial Foyer

A unique light fixture in the shape of dripping water hangs above the entrance and illuminates this industrial-style foyer.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Grand Rustic Ranch Entrance With Dramatic Lighting

Resort luxury meets rustic charm in the entrance of this Arizona ranch home. Reclaimed beams, charred wood and dramatic lighting make a powerful impact in this grand living room.

Grand Sitting Room Boasts Rustic Wooden Ceiling

Textured mica panels soften the lighting above the dining buffet while plush furniture takes away the hard edges of the metal fireplace and wood beams.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rust Living Room Boasts Two-Story Fireplace

This large scale room is brought down to earth with natural accessories like the log coffee table, indoor topiaries and low-slung furniture. The custom "bonfire" in the fireplace adds a touch of whimsy to the hard surfaces surrounding the fireplace.

Stylish Rustic Dining Room With Live-Edge Dining Table

A massive live-edge table with a tufted leather bench on one side and black dining chairs on the other provides a cozy dining area with plenty of room for guests.

Rustic Dining Room With Tree Branch Chandelier

This home is all about a unique use of materials, clearly seen in the range of textures in this dining room. On a grand scale you see the varying use of metal, leather and wood, but little details like the shattered glass hiding in the dining room table are what make the space unique.

Rustic Hallway With Leather Tile Wall

A leather tile wall is adorned with old railroad spikes, making for a great coat hanger in this rustic hallway. Unique pendant lights illuminate the way to the next room.

Large Family Room With Rustic Wood Ceiling

From floor to ceiling, this family room is full of texture. The distressed look of the wood ceiling and brick wall provides the rustic feel, while stunning finishes add to the resort-like ambiance.

Large Family Room With Custom Cattle Ranch Logo

The custom cattle ranch logo above the fireplace is positioned on a lift to hide the TV at the push of a button. "It was quite an engineering feat to get such a large panel on a lift and conceal the TV with a massive fireplace below," says designer Angelica Henry.

Rustic Great Room With Exposed Wood Ceiling Beams

"I think the family room and kitchen are a great place for the family to relax and spend time together. It's very comfortable, and the materials are hard-wearing for the kids," says designer Angelica Henry.

Rustic Ranch Kitchen With Hard-Wearing Materials

Rustic elegance comes together in the resort-style kitchen of this Arizona ranch home. Hard-wearing materials are mixed with luxury finishes to provide top of the line appliances with a ranch home feel.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rustic Kitchen With Corrugated Glass Panels

Corrugated glass panels add an interesting texture to this rustic kitchen. The muted green pairs well with the pale woods and white brick for a worn, rustic look.

Kitchen Cabinets With Antique Latches

Antique latches and hinges adorn the refrigerator and freezer cabinets, which blend seamlessly into the wall.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rustic Media Room With Snack Bar

With a movie theater atmosphere and all the comforts of home, this media room allows for ultimate relaxation under the stars — with a snack bar included.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rustic Media Room With Twinkling Ceiling

This rustic media room is intimate and comfortable but boasts an impressive theater-like atmosphere.

Rustic Playroom With Baseball Theme

With a dad that plays professional baseball, it's no wonder the kids love it too. This fun, rustic playroom has plenty of floor space for playing, table space for creating and storage space for hiding toys.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rustic Playroom Features Baseball Theme

Whitewashed cabinets, hardwood finishes and distressed accessories keep the rustic atmosphere in this baseball-themed playroom.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rustic Boys' Room With Twin Bunk Beds

Twin bunk beds face each other in this fun little boys' room with a secret hidden fort.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Secret Fort in Rustic Boys' Bedroom

Behind the bunk beds in this boys' room hides a secret space for the young boys to play. With two bookshelves, a desk on each side and perfect peeping windows, the nook has all the trappings of a hidden fort.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rustic Nursery With Reclaimed Wood Wainscoting

Wood textures — from the wainscoting on the walls to the log stool beside the rocker — fill this rustic ranch nursery. Warm neutrals accent the wood and make the space more comfortable.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rustic Guest Room With Chevron Accent Wall

Various patterns and textures blend seamlessly in this cozy guest room. A neutral palette with rich burgundy accents perfectly matches the rustic elegance of the atmosphere.

Master Bedroom Boasts Hotel Luxury

This grand master bedroom fuses hotel luxury with rustic elements like a reclaimed wood ceiling and a metal light fixture. The textured metal fireplace surround creates a unique and cozy sitting area by the fire.

Textured Metal Fireplace Surround in Master Suite

Comfortable touches like curtains and carpet soften the rooms harder edges like the textured metal fireplace and solid coffee table.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Grand Master Suite With Layers of Texture

An oversized custom headboard makes a bold statement in this rustic bedroom. Drawing the eye above the bed is a two-tiered chandelier and exposed wood beam ceiling, while a triptych work of art fills one of the walls, matching the grandeur of the space.

Large Master Vanity With Custom Chandelier

This large, luxurious vanity is illuminated with surrounding natural light. A custom chandelier hangs overhead for added decoration, while reclaimed wood flooring adds a rustic touch.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Two Story Master Closet for Her

This two story closet for her feels more like a department store than a closet. A large vanity, a storage island and plenty of display space are just a few of the perks it has to offer.

Custom Master Closet With Brass Chandelier

Upstairs in this two-story custom closet for her, a stunning chandelier of brass chains hangs amidst the display cases and shoe shelving.

Master Closet for Him With LED Panels

This master closet has a masculine, club-inspired aesthetic with a stunning back-lit shoe collection and storage island.

Master Closet for Him With Shoe Display

To continue the rustic theme seen in the rest of the home, designer Angelica Henry infused pale woods and aged leathers to offset the bright blue shoe display in this master closet.

Freestanding Copper Tub in Luxurious Master Bathroom

A freestanding tub with an aged copper finish juxtaposes the high-end luxuries of the adjacent shower.

Master Suite Boasts Resort-Style Shower

Like staying in a resort, this master suite shower has all the luxury one could ask for. A fish tank serves as a piece of live art between the shower and the closet.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Rustic Master Bathroom Boasts Cast Iron Erosion Sink

A massive cast concrete erosion sink sits against a focal wall of octagon stones and exposed wood beams. A copper tub sits in the center of room, while area rugs bring in a southwestern flair.

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