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6 THINGS WITH JULIA MILLER

6 Things with Julia Miller Founder of Yond Interiors

Based in Minneapolis, Julia Miller is the founder of Yond Interiors and her story of a career transition from social work to interior design is an inspiration in and of itself. Julia loves that interior design can change the way people interact and feel. As a former social worker, she learned the value of a home space that works for the person living in it. Yond Interiors design philosophy is anchored in the belief that interacting and engaging with intentional design enhances our well-being.

1. What started it all for you?

My story is a bit unconventional in that I didn't set out to be an interior designer. I worked as a clinical social worker for the first decade and a half of my working life and as I followed my passion, I came to understand that interior design is where I needed and wanted to be. Briefly, I embarked on a renovation of my personal home in 2017 that kicked off all of this. I realized through that process that I loved interior design and had the opportunity to step into a new career. 2018-2019 were the years of 'yes' for me, I took on all projects of all sizes and scales, I learned so much about what I wanted to be doing and so much about what I didn't want to be doing. It was a great few years of building a business and learning how to navigate this completely new world. While our business has grown quickly, we've been intentional with our growth and remain true to our core commitments of creating spaces that have feeling and partnering with small and local tradespeople.

2. What drives your creative spark?

Honestly, what keeps me going every day are the relationships I've built in the industry. Seeing our cabinetry maker, painter, furniture builder etc lights up my day and encourages me to keep pushing myself creatively knowing that I have the support systems to make it happen. I also love our Yond Interiors team. We've hired strategically and being able to watch what we create collectively has given me immense joy. We push ourselves together and it's exciting to watch what we create together.

3. Most treasured home decor item?

Scent and routine is really important to me and helps keep everything in balance. We have a little shop in Minneapolis Senti and they carry the best candles. I'm super in love with the Calming Park black edition candle. It ends my day and lighting it signifies a day well lived.

4. What’s the best advice you've ever received?

The best advice that I've received is all about taking calculated risks. For better or worse, I have so many ideas and dreams but it can be overwhelming to figure out how to make them all happen but with intentional planning (not my strong suit) and reaching out for help, so much more is possible. We recently hired a project director and studio manager, which has provided so much framework and containers for my creative endeavors. I've learned that most risks are worth it but they do take planning and thought.

5. It's 5 o'clock at home. What would you be pouring?

Oh I have so many favorite beverages but my old and faithful is just a nice glass of red wine. I have been into biodynamic and natural wines - so anything from my fave local wine shop Zipps will do!

6. What are your favorite 6 accounts that you follow for inspiration?

@waynepate
@_clementt_
@avery_a_gregory
@plainenglishdesign
@arentpykestudio
@yung_pueblo

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"My story is a bit unconventional in that I didn't set out to be an interior designer. I worked as a clinical social worker for the first decade and a half of my working life and as I followed my passion, I came to understand that interior design is where I needed and wanted to be." -Julia Miller

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