What we do
We solve problems
What is luxury if not easy and enjoyable? Julie O’Brien Design Group is knowledgeable and, very likely, experienced with just about anything you could want. End-to-end service with no gaps? Not a worry. Fix something that just isn’t working? They do it all day. Or maybe you just need someone, an expert, to give you some positive feedback.
As principal interior designer, Julie directs every project. The firm has developed a process that begins early at initial discussions and keeps you informed thru to the completed end—wherever that may be. The staff is comprised of a group of talented professionals. Designers and expeditors trained to support and defend your project.
Julie O’Brien Design Group undertakes projects of all sizes and complexity—comprehensive interior design and interior architectural planning; simple updates or consulting on color schemes for your home or business. They do it all and everything in between. One-stop is a luxury in itself.
Designer or Decorator?
The practice of interior design is often confused with interior decorating.
“I’m a designer but I have been introduced as a ‘decorator’ many times and that’s okay. Neither term bothers me, nor is either one necessarily wrong." But if you are looking for a designer, notes Julie O’Brien, “it could help to understand the difference.”
First. Interior DESIGNERS require professional training and legal certification. They must pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam and, agree to follow professional standards set by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
“An interior designer is frequently involved with a design project from the beginning. Good ones listen well. Designers tend to be well-versed in building codes and structural considerations and often work alongside the architect.”
It is the DESIGNER’S job to help create a safe, functional interior space. They match an understanding of how each room will be used to the owner’s preferences, aesthetic and budget. The designer can develop construction documents if needed. She will “manage the trades” meaning, she works with and coordinates other professional tradesman services including mechanical, electrical and plumbing, masonry, carpentry, and finishing.
An interior DECORATOR is largely focused on color, furnishings, drapery and room décor. They typically work with their clients to update, beautify or stylize an existing living space. Both designers and decorators offer style, design, and aesthetics.
“Whatever term you choose to describe what [we do], interior designer or interior decorator ... the work I do for my clients is my true calling. I absolutely love what I do!” —Julie O’Brien