By trade Veronica Valencia is a Television Design Producer, Interior Designer and Stylist, by nature she’s a Creative Director and Florist, but since thats far too many titles for one 31yr 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 tuning in, then you know that there wasn’t a week that went by when we didn’t cry right along those families on that "Welcome Home". It was through that show alone 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 for such networks as OWN, NBC, ABC , FOXand Nat Geo; styling gigs for editorial; on camera work, like the successful back-to-school campaign she did for TARGET™, helping them connect to her millennial audience, and beyond, Veronica has the job of running her uber 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 Domaine Home, The New York Times, Green Wedding Shoes, Lucky Magazine and more.
Veronica, currently splits her time between NY and LA, with her fiancé 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.”