THE DESIGN HUNTERS
 

ABOUT US

The Design Hunters is a full service interior design, styling and creative development company based out of Los Angeles and New York. Founded by Veronica Valencia, the team strives to bring design and beautiful environments to all.

From new construction, to remodels, to a quick design makeover, we work with you to design a space reflective to your personal style and taste.

The Design Hunters work and collaborate with builders, commercial brands, television networks, photographers, non profit organizations and other designers to create not just beautiful pictures, but spaces that have a purpose. We produce design content for editorial, broadcast and residential use.

Several members of The Design Hunters met while designing around the globe; and in doing so, we came together to create our version of a modern day design company. Collectively, we have completed renovations in 33 of the 50 states, with just about 300 projects under our belt. We are proud of our journey and have made it our mission, by nature, to search for inspiration from across the globe and share it with our evolving culture. 

 
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MEET THE FOUNDER


 
 

Veronica is the leader of the pack. The creative force driving the team to reach for the moon and shine like stars. Her vision for the team can only be described as ever upward. Unwaveringly sharp, with a hunger for more, she is the true embodiment of her title as Chief Huntress.

By trade, Veronica Valencia is a Television Design Producer, Interior Designer and Stylist. By nature, she’s a Creative Director and Florist; but since that's far too many titles for one 31 yr old to fit on a single business card, she goes by the title Design Hunter instead. For her, it sums everything she is about. “In life and in design, I’m always hunting for something. Sometimes it’s the perfect chaise for a clients living room, other times its the ideal house for a crew of a hundred to storm and demo for TV. Either way, I approach it with the same sense of pride and style I would for my own home,” explains the soulful LA native.

She’s a colorfully engineered, hardworking individual, with a drive and passion that comes across in all her work. For Veronica, whether it’s a TV set, a wedding location or a home, she believes one key ingredient is essential, “We all walk into a room…into a space...and instantly respond to how it makes us feel. Home, or the idea of it isn’t a place so much as an emotion. I want the spaces I design to capture that.”

As the former Lead Designer / Art Director for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, we all can agree that Veronica not only understands what home is, she’s perfectly captured its emotion. If you watched on Sundays, along with the rest of us 10 Million around the globe that tuned in, then you know there wasn’t a week that went by when we didn’t cry right along those families on that "Welcome Home". It was through EM:HE that Valencia first mastered the craft of bringing dreams to life on a grand scale. And that was no small feat… each week she worked with thousands of volunteers from across the nation,  led the "behind the scenes" design teams and waded through all the integrations and installations of this juggernaut production…all within the mere 106 hours they had permitted in each city to get the work done.  

Today, in addition to TV production services for such networks as ABC, OWN, FOX, NBC and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC; styling gigs for editorial; on camera work, like the successful back-to-school campaign she did for TARGET™, Veronica also has the job of running her successful Interior Design, Styling & Creative Development Company, The Design Hunters.  Veronica and her team have collectively produced and styled well over 200 home renovations, photo shoots and events across the country. Remodelista called her the “Master of Design Transformations" and Australian magazine, Renegade Collective deemed her “Miss. Makeover”.  Her work has been featured in My Domaine, Remodelista, The New York Times, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Lucky Magazine and more.  

Veronica, currently splits her time between NY and LA, with her husband and business partner, Kristopher Hughes and their pup Duke. “ I feel like I’ve formed my dream of a design company. A family. A traveling band of vagabonds who’ve made it their mission to go out in the world chasing down high design, new adventures and homecomings on behalf of everyone; carrying with us only real life solutions and good ideas that inspire. It’s opened my eyes to all of the beauty that can be found wherever you land and taught me that you can hunt down and live with inspiration no matter what your budget. Design is about experiences, culture and community and I couldn't be happier being a part of it.”  

MEET THE TEAM


Kristopher Hughes - CFO / Project Manager Kristopher came to The Design Hunters from New York City and is the business manager and co-founder of the company. Familiar with both the urban and refined palettes of our home bases, he always keeps everyone on their toes and aware of the up and comings on both the east and west coasts. Not only does this Hunter In Command run the production and logistics of our projects, the rest of the team also refers to him as Veronica’s rock. They met and fell in love while on a job in NYC and the rest is history.

Kristopher Hughes - CFO / Project Manager

Kristopher came to The Design Hunters from New York City and is the business manager and co-founder of the company. Familiar with both the urban and refined palettes of our home bases, he always keeps everyone on their toes and aware of the up and comings on both the east and west coasts. Not only does this Hunter In Command run the production and logistics of our projects, the rest of the team also refers to him as Veronica’s rock. They met and fell in love while on a job in NYC and the rest is history.

Tommy Rouse - Senior Designer / Project Manager Tommy, AKA Tall Tommy, has been a part of The Design Hunters since its formative years. After working with Veronica on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, it was immediately clear that he was a perfect match for the team. As a senior designer and project manager, Tommy has been integral in the expansion of the business and the projects we take on. For lack of better words, he can best be described as our pocket ace.

Tommy Rouse - Senior Designer / Project Manager

Tommy, AKA Tall Tommy, has been a part of The Design Hunters since its formative years. After working with Veronica on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, it was immediately clear that he was a perfect match for the team. As a senior designer and project manager, Tommy has been integral in the expansion of the business and the projects we take on. For lack of better words, he can best be described as our pocket ace.

Andrew Monaco - Architect The architect of the team, Andy is best described as the capstone of our creative visions. Andy works hand in hand with Veronica, bridging her concepts to tangible plans that are later transformed into our clients' dream spaces. After working with Veronica & Tommy on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, he has gone from project manager, to our in house Yoda and architect, space planning and drafting all of our prospective renderings for permitting and contractor execution.   

Andrew Monaco - Architect

The architect of the team, Andy is best described as the capstone of our creative visions. Andy works hand in hand with Veronica, bridging her concepts to tangible plans that are later transformed into our clients' dream spaces. After working with Veronica & Tommy on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, he has gone from project manager, to our in house Yoda and architect, space planning and drafting all of our prospective renderings for permitting and contractor execution. 

 

David Valencia - Marketing David is The Work Horse of  The Design Hunters; from always promoting the collective on social media, to finding new avenues of marketing strategies and even down to lifting the furniture that your Average Joe can't. You will never find him not smiling or pulling pranks on the team.

David Valencia - Marketing

David is The Work Horse of  The Design Hunters; from always promoting the collective on social media, to finding new avenues of marketing strategies and even down to lifting the furniture that your Average Joe can't. You will never find him not smiling or pulling pranks on the team.

Katherine Valencia - Design / Styling Assistant Over several years of working in the fashion industry, Kat has acquired an eye that can only be summed up as one of the Creative Coyote. This gal is in tune with it, always knowing what has happened, what is happening and what will be happening in trending fashion & design. She is the team's design assistant and sourcing coordinator. A true asset and force to the pack.

Katherine Valencia - Design / Styling Assistant

Over several years of working in the fashion industry, Kat has acquired an eye that can only be summed up as one of the Creative Coyote. This gal is in tune with it, always knowing what has happened, what is happening and what will be happening in trending fashion & design. She is the team's design assistant and sourcing coordinator. A true asset and force to the pack.