We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela O’Brien and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pamela, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was creative as a child, spending hours drawing every day and doing craft projects in my free time. As a working adult, I had less free time for creative pursuits and I missed them. Having an interior design firm allows me to spend most of my day creating beautiful things. I find that enormously satisfying.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
There are so many talented designers in Houston. I am honored to call them my friends and colleagues. I think one way Pamela Hope Designs is unique is that we believe design is a privilege and a pleasure and it should be an enjoyable experience from start to finish. Design can be complicated but it is gratifying and fun. We want our clients to feel that way too. Sure, there will be a construction issue every now and then or maybe a delay or two, but the results are worth it. At the end, we want you to be happy with your project, your designer and with every day we worked together.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d start the mornings with a brisk walk in the new Eastern Glades area of Memorial Park which is just steps from my studio or a lap around the Houstonian campus and a yoga class. After a latte and a pastry at a nearby coffee house, we’d spend the days visiting art museums, ogling the gem exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and visiting historic homes like Bayou Bend and Rienzi. Lunch would be in fun neighborhoods like the Heights, River Oaks and Eado. Afternoons could include shopping and gallery-hopping. After hours would be a combination of hip happy hours, casual outdoor dining and chic dinners at current hot spots. After dinner drinks at a hotel or on my patio would top off the nights!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas Gulf Coast Chapter has been an invaluable resource to me. In my early days of design, when I had a lot to learn, members mentored me and taught me a lot about the industry. Today, as a more experienced designer, I appreciate the support, the camaraderie and the excellent educational opportunities they provide.
Julie Soefer and Michael Hunter