Julia Miller's Unexpected Path to Interior Design


We can all appreciate well-curated, minimalistic spaces that still have a coziness and warmth to them. Minneapolis based interior designer Julia Miller has perfected this in her own home and we are here for it. We sat down with the self-taught designer to discuss how she got to where she is in her career, her favorite part of the design process, and what she is loving for fall trends

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You own and operate J.Miller interiors. Tell us a little about how you got to where you are today in your career. 

It has all been a process, my education and training is in clinical social work, believe it or not! In my clinical work, I have always been drawn to home and community-based settings, there is something about being in someone’s home or environment that can tell you volumes. A sense of home has a big impact on all the other aspects of life. My interest in home-based work parallels my interest in creating a home for my family and others that feels comfortable and restorative. After a big renovation of our personal home, learning that I loved the process of all the nitty-gritty details of renovation and after a lot of long talks with important people in my life, I decided that it was time for me to give interior design a go. Creating spaces where people feel at ease and welcome is in my DNA and collaborating with interior design clients on their homes as been a dream come true. 

When designing your own home or a client’s home, what are the first details you always consider?

I always, always consider the architectural elements of the space and how the client hopes to use the space. I think that without a full understanding of how people want to live in their spaces, it’s hard to design! I love walking through the process of discovering how space is currently working vs. how they imagine it to work. Material selections rely heavily on the use of the space, so figuring that out first is critical for me to deliver a design that considers their lifestyle.