Located along the scenic White River, Julie and Eric planned on running a small, unique design boutique for guests to shop and gain inspiration. But with guests traveling from all over to visit the store, the demand for their products and services quickly grew. 

Today Open Gate is a top-notch team of interior designers with a fully furnished 6500 sq/ft studio delivering the best services, finishes and products available to homeowners and design professionals. Our mission is to create spaces clients love while also providing a one-stop studio workspace for fellow interior designers. 

Over a decade ago, co-founder Julie Ricker hired designer Eric Scott to complete numerous projects for her and her family. With a shared love for all things design, Julie and Eric became fast friends and soon joined business hands to launch Open Gate Design & Decor. 

IT ALL STARTED WITH FRIENDSHIP.

OUR STORY

Open Gate focuses exclusively on design services and Pro Studio Membership

We expand our interior design services and team yet again

Our design team grows to meet customer demands

Magnolia Line now carried at the studio

Showroom grows to 4400 sq/ft

Open Gate opens for business with small boutique (Oct 1st)

2021

2020

2017

2016

2016

2015

Years in the making

our journey

Warehouse Manager

mario Gallegos

Warehouse Manager

travis wise

Warehouse Manager

jeff patterson

warehouse

Studio Co-Manager

lesley henning

Studio Co-Manager

greg cole

studio

Business Development

miranda heinold

Co-Founder & CEO

julie ricker

operations

Design Assistant

michelle shank

Associate Designer, Window Treatment Specialist

Tanya Richardson

Associate Designer, Lighting Specialist

luda ranahan

Lead Designer, Cabinet Specialist

nick smith

Lead Designer

michael hansen

Co-Founder & Lead Designer

eric j scott

creative

Dedicated, creative and original—we’re the design pros you want in your corner.

MEET THE TEAM

Heirloom Library Table

SW - Peppercorn

Unique & Eclectic

Relatable and understanding. Loves to mix old and new pieces to create a one-of-a-kind space.

CO-FOUNDER & lead designer

ERIC J. SCOTT

White and Blue Artwork 

Farrow and Ball - Conforth

Traditional Modern

Sees functionality in surprising spaces. Appreciates out-of-the box thinking and creativity.

lead designer

MICHAEL HANSEN

Dresser & nightstand built with my daughter

SW - Tricorn Black

rustic / Industrial

Skilled at carpentry. Relishes a client’s smile when their “dream” project comes true.

Lead Designer

NICK SMITH

mirror

SW - Agreeable Gray

Trendy

Organized and detailed. Loves the joy of going above and beyond expectations to wow clients.

Associate Designer

LUDA Ranahan

Chair

SW - Peppercorn / Revere - Pewter

Classic and Traditional

Special knack for window coverings. Enjoys using her great eye for color to bring client visions to life. 

Associate Designer

tanya richardson

Family DIY Barn Door 

SW - Repose Gray

transitional

Creative and analytical thinker. Treasures the staff’s dedicated vision, mission and camaraderie.

DESIGN ASSISTANT

MICHELLE SHANK

Master Bathroom Vanity

SW - Agreeable Gray

timeless & Classic

Sees challenges as opportunities. Loves problem-solving solutions and putting people first for the best possible outcome imaginable. 

Co-Founder & CEO 

JULIE RICKER

Front Porch Swing

SW - Krypton

Timeless

Creative problem solver. Excited to innovate business ideas and execute project timelines.

business development

miranda heinold

Vintage Wine Cabinet

sW - Peppercorn

Modern Meets Traditional

Positive and upbeat. Cherishes the staff “family” bond and satisfied repeat clients.

studio co-manager

greg cole

Heirloom Dining Table 

sW - Oyster Bay

Functional and Classic

Master at multitasking. Loves turning ideas into reality and capturing a client’s perfect style.

studio co-manager

Lesley henning

Heirloom Dining Table 

sW - Oyster Bay

Functional and Classic

Master at multitasking. Loves turning ideas into reality and capturing a client’s perfect style.

studio co-manager

Lesley henning

PIECE IN HOME

paint swatch

design style

favorites

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Behind the scenes of every great business is a team of hard-working people getting the job done right. Open Gate is no exception. Our warehouse crew not only does the heavy lifting (literally), but they help make all of our design ideas go from dream to reality.

meet the warehouse team