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 poring over her library of design books. My love for interior design led me to Circa Interiors & Antiques in Charlotte, North Carolina where I worked for Jane Schwab, co-author of the well-known interior design book The Welcoming House. This followed with the formation of Jane Schwab Interiors and my role as Jane's Senior Design Assistant. Throughout my five years working alongside Jane Schwab, 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 clients 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. I grew up in a family of artists and at the age of three, with the encouragement of my talented grandmother, I had a paintbrush in my hand. I continued to paint through college, and Studio Art became one of my two degrees. Today, I explore color and texture not only through interior design, but also in my paintings and mixed media works. Click on ARTWORK to see more.

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