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Dyer firm designing hotels in Virginia

In 2017, Patti Tritschler, center, President of IIG Interior Image Group, consults with her team, from left, Andrea Quintero, Jillian Schuck, Pat Tritschler and Katie Spain as they prepare for a renovation project for the Hilton Garden Inn in Indianapolis.

John J. Watkins, The Times

Dyer-based Interior Image Group has been designing new hotels in Virginia and Indianapolis.

Interior Image Group, or IIG, is working on the boutique Sessions Hotel in Bristol, Virginia, a new Hilton Tapestry hotel near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a new boutique hotel in a 1920s-era building in St. Paul, Virginia.

“This small coal mining town has been trying to revitalize their Main Street and we were awarded an historic boutique hotel project,” IIG president and owner Patti Tritschler said. “The story is incredible as I got to experience first hand the employees' appreciation of this business coming into town, adding jobs and opportunities.”

The Western Front Hotel in southeast Virginia features 30 rooms, an event space, a gift shop, a bar that features purse hooks made of nails from railroad ties, a fire pit, and a farm-to-table restaurant by Chef Travis Milton, who has been featured in Eater, the Washington Post, Southern Living Magazine and Garden and Gun.

“I want Northwest Indiana to know that a woman-owned business in Dyer, Indiana, is making a national splash and the local employees from our highly recognized universities are working and staying here in Northwest Indiana,” Tritschler said.

The company specializes in full-service luxury and boutique hotels, designing interiors like guest rooms, lobbies, public spaces and restaurants. Its team of a dozen or so young professionals at a Dyer studio have done projects nationwide, including in Florida, California, New York and New Jersey.

Locally, it designed the Embassy Suites in Schaumberg.

Hotel Management Magazine, a trade publication, named it one of its Top Design Firms in 2016.

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