It brings me so much joy to walk into a room and see how pillows, upholstery, and furniture can be moved around to better the feeling of a space. I grew up in Virginia Beach and spent much of my childhood learning this from my mother— following her to flea markets and pouring over her library of design books. This love for all things interior design led me to Charlotte, North Carolina where I spent five wonderful years working alongside Jane Schwab, co-author of The Welcoming House and owner of Jane Schwab Interiors. While there, I assisted in designing homes all over the country from Jackson Hole to Atlanta.
In December 2017, I married a Navy pilot and moved back to Virginia Beach to plant my roots and form Julia Hetzel Interiors. I am thrilled to bring my experience and passion for the industry to my home town.
Every room in a home should be a comfortable, welcoming space that reflects the taste and the heart of its owner. My favorite interiors combine antique and architectural pieces with modern and casual style while incorporating unique fabric, color, and texture. I work closely with my client to listen to their vision and bring their home's personality to life, knowing that each room carries with it the opportunity to appeal to the need of its user—a peaceful retreat, a place to entertain, or a corner for a quiet cup of coffee.
Interior design is not my only love, though it is right up there. I grew up in a family of artists and at the age of three, with the encouragement of my talented grandmother, I had a paint brush in my hand. I continued to paint through college, and studio art became one of my two degrees. After taking a break to get my interior design business up and running, I am thrilled to be putting brush to canvas once again!