The vision of HSID is to empower the creativity of aspiring designers and creative professionals with a quality, hands-on education to achieve personal growth and professional success in the interior design industry. Our interior design courses provide accelerated, application based instruction, which prepares designers for a variety of roles in the design industry. After over 25 years in the industry, HSID has a proven track record of successful designers working in the communities we serve.
We have locations in Portland, Seattle, Denver and a Virtual Program. We are looking for owners/partners in multiple locations.
The HSID Proven Success Model
Successful graduates and a sustainable business model
86% job placement rate post graduation
96% retention rate
Proven success partnering with local design communities in multiple markets
Systemized, high quality educational materials supported by a technology infrastructure
Successfully licensed through multiple state boards of education
Comprehensive, documented and proven training methods
Comprehensive corporate training, marketing and technology infrastructure
High inbound demand with referrals and organic search
Expansion Goals. One City at a Time. Is Yours Next?
HSID Owner/Partner Qualifications
Passion for design and experience in the design industry
Entrepreneurial and positive mindset
Passion for improving the lives of others
Proven leadership and management skills and a drive for success
Active and involved owner – no absentee ownership!
Must have sufficient liquid capital and dedicated time to invest to build the foundation for growth
Inside Our Classroom
CEO Shares Her Vision
Stephanie Thornton Plymale is the owner and CEO of Heritage School of Interior Design. Heritage is headquartered in Portland, OR, and also operates in Denver, CO and Seattle, WA and now offers an entirely Virtual Program. Heritage School of Interior Design is an intensive program designed to fully equip students for a career in interior design by combining a hands-on education with a full complement of technical courses.
Stephanie owned an independent design firm for eighteen years, serving hundreds of residential and commercial clients, prior to taking over Heritage School of Interior Design. Stephanie is also a mother of three and has been married for thirty years to her high school sweetheart. In addition to her career with Heritage, Stephanie is the best-selling author of American Daughter, her memoir, and recently founded theHeritage Home Foundation, which serves our foster youth and homeless community.
Stephanie’s greatest joy in owning and operating Heritage is fostering and promoting the success of its students. Heritage graduates over 100 students each year and these students have gone on to win prestigious awards and start wildly successful businesses and careers. A key reason for our success is the broader community support we’ve received for Heritage and its students.
Stephanie recently joined the Board of Directors for Humble Design and is the Decor Stylist for Link2Us Magazine.
It’s long been Stephanie’s dream to broaden the reach and impact of HSID, creating opportunities for more students in new locations. That desire has led her to create an opportunity for new owners to join the HSID team and share in the joy of changing lives and empowering the success of others with our proven methodology and the support of a team dedicated to your success.
Rhonda Larson, Alumni & Owner and Executive Director of HSID Denver, Colorado
Rhonda had always been a maker, finder and curator of beautiful things, an artist in jewelry and metalsmithing, mixed media painting, bookarts, collage and assemblage, and a natural designer. Her life took an exciting turn when she decided to turn her lifelong passion for design into her career and discovered Heritage School of Interior Design. At the time she enrolled she had no idea that she would become a vital piece of the school’s expansion to Denver. While in Portland, Rhonda became an independent interior designer as “RL Design Studio” and shop owner of “Velvet and Burlap Home”. Stephanie and Rhonda grew close throughout Rhonda’s creative journey which is when it became apparent that Rhonda was a perfect fit for an Executive Director role at Heritage’s first new location. Rhonda had been looking for excuses to move back to Denver so this couldn’t have been a better opportunity! Learn more about Rhonda here.
Award Winning Designer, Kim Bailey, Launches HSID Dallas, Texas!
Kim is an award-winning interior designer and since founding her own firm in 2004, she has won the Interior Design Society’s prestigious national Designer of the Year (DOTY) awards nine times. Combining creativity with her passion for interiors, Kim offers innovative solutions to enhance clients’ everyday lives, reflecting their personalities, and maximizing each home’s value. She guides the firm’s work across the North Texas region, proudly serving the communities of North Dallas, Frisco, Allen, Fairview, Prosper, and Plano, among others. Kim is a highly sought-after interior designer who is known for creating beautiful and workable spaces for her clients, tailoring each design to the way they live—both now and in the future. With strong visualization skills and an eye for the details, Kim effortlessly balances style, function, and accessible design standards in her projects, often surpassing clients’ expectations. Learn more about Kim here.