A chance meeting in New York seven years ago prompted some changes in Sallie Lord’s interior design career when she met Judd, who happened to live in Fishers. The pair hit it off and began a long-distance relationship, as Lord resided in Virginia. The pair wed in 2020 but continued living apart until this year, when her oldest son, Hunter, graduated high school (she also has a younger son named Greyson).
This month marks the big move, in more ways than one. Lord, a residential interior designer for the past 24 years, is not only relocating her family, but also her interior design business, to Carmel. In 2009 she opened GreyHunt Interiors (named after her boys), and now she’s excited to open a second location at the Indianapolis Design Center.
Throughout her career, Lord has not only won multiple awards in the interior design industry, but her work has also been featured in numerous magazines including Southern Home, Vogue, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and Good Housekeeping. In addition, she’s been featured on LuAnn Nigara’s podcast, where Lord talks about her belief in collaboration versus competition in this industry.
Judd and Sallie Lord.
“I’m very much a fix-your-crown kind of girl,” Lord says. “My feeling is that if you’re trying to make it to the top but the top isn’t big enough for everyone, then redesign it.”
She believes in forging friendships in the industry and helping one another out, rather than being cutthroat.
“There’s plenty of work to go around,” she says.
Well-known for her cohesive design style, Lord specializes in creating a flow throughout a home, connecting each room visually while still giving each room its own story. And while she does monochromatic, she adores high-contrast.
“I like having that color pop and playing with colors, textures and materials,” she says. She has designed traditional to modern, and everything in between.
“No project looks the same because nobody is the same,” says Lord, who loves listening to her clients and learning about how they want to feel in their home. For instance, she’s currently working on the main level of a home where the client requested a light, bright feel. However, she also wants to transform one room into a modernized cigar lounge that offers a sexy, moody vibe.
“My job is to deepen all the colors, saturating the room so it feels like you’re walking into a visual hug,” Lord says. “How they want to feel in their space helps me figure out what color palette to use and how to use it.”