Hayley Hunter

Bohemian Visionary

Like most pretty girls in this city, Hayley Hunter did her time in the service industry. And while the money was great, it ultimately left her bohemian soul unfulfilled. After closing the door on nightclubs, she opened a new one, with the recent launch of Creative Space, a design consultation boutique. And despite a tough economic climate, her business has grown without any advertising or marketing. In fact, she’s about to launch a downtown showroom.

“I had just been dabbling in design and, through word-of-mouth, I was able to work on some large-scale projects,” says Hunter, 32, whose jobs included Rick’s Cabaret Rock Star Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel and a penthouse at The W Residences in Hollywood, Calif. “I started realizing that I can make a living at this and do what I love.”

The native Las Vegan is fond of tracking down funky stuff, and when she falls short, she works some magic with a little nip, tuck. “You could put me in a junkyard and I would find the coolest things,” she says. “I’m like, ‘I know what I’m going to do with this.’” She has the ingenuity to turn odd found objects into design magic; show her an unforgettable hat and she’ll figure out a way to decorate a room with it.

“I don’t feel like you’re going to be seeing a lot of the same designs elsewhere,” says Hunter, whose aesthetic is plush—think tufted and studded headboards, rich velvets, brocades and a hint of mid-mod thrown in for fun.

Hunter’s showroom, set to open by spring, is a 1,200-square-foot warehouse filled with furniture she’s about to “re-do and make crazy-cool,” along with new pieces from her product line, staged into vignettes. It will be set up for her clients to become fully immersed in the world of Hunter.

But first you have to find her, as the location of her Creative Space—South Main Street and Imperial Avenue—is a bit obscure. “My space is on a street covered in graffiti, a very industrial area,” she says. “I want people to not even know it’s there and then all of a sudden you open the door and it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t even expect this … but I kind of like it.’”