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Truly appreciated words from some of our satisfied clients:


“I had previously built a new house and remodeled one in the past, and have been in construction over 25 years.  Although I thought I had done a great job every time with design and construction there was always something not 100%.  When it came to building my dream home in 2012, I decided to do something different in order to get my 100%.  After interviewing five Interior Designers I hired Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design which proved to be the BEST decision I could have made.  Wendy is experienced, collaborative, open, honest, and driven to do the BEST for her clients. I now have the most beautiful home I have ever owned and certainly within several blocks of my neighborhood. It is now an icon for a beautiful home and a landmark in downtown Lake Oswego.  This is not just my opinion but the opinion of the entire neighborhood and community of Lake Oswego.  Why is it so beautiful? Because every element and piece was designed with intent and then, selections were done accordingly….And I mean everything.  Every product’s style, texture, color, usage, looks, compatibility, as well as the types of feeling and emotions it would draw from were considered before the selection and installation.  I now have a home where everything in it flows together, perfectly-coordinated, is warm and just PERFECT even when it was empty and nothing was yet hung on the walls…it is the house that draws you in and makes you feel at home.  EVERY SINGLE day that I leave work I want to go home and be absorbed by it.  Wendy brought my thoughts and visions to life and made my dreams come true…and THAT is what separates her from any of her colleagues.”

~ Ali Afghan, Lake Oswego, OR / 2,700 sq. ft. / Mediterranean


“We hired Wendy to help with our kitchen remodel, she knocked it out of the park for us! Wendy is easy to work with and very professional. On her first meeting with my husband and I, she asked us our vision of the kitchen and we gave her a few key words and samples. When she selected the materials, she listened to each one of the key words and created a kitchen that I dreamed about. Wendy was very accommodating to our work schedules, and met with us after work and on the weekends. During one of our meetings, Wendy brought in many samples to select materials from and we were able to pick out exactly what we were looking for. I would have never have been able to do this one my own, she has a fantastic eye for design and can see the big picture.”

~ Jill Klemens, West Linn, OR / 400 sq. ft. Kitchen/Transitional

Michael Payne, HGTV (Judge for Serving Up Style Competition)

“Your dining room is amazing…it is almost unreal…a magnificent display! It is absolutely fantastic in every meaning of that word. I commend you and congratulate you. It’s fabulous!”

  • Judges Choice Award Winner – Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design
  • People’s Choice Award Winner – Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design

~ Michael Payne, HGTV’s Designing for the Sexes

Interactive Design Associates

“Wendy designed our Interactive Agency in the heart of the Pearl district in downtown Portland. We asked for an impossible “modern” yet “retro” 1950’s detective agency look and feel and WOW did she ever hit the mark. Everyone that comes into our space can’t comment enough on the unique hip vibe we have going. THANKS WENDY!”

~ Tom Hansen, Interactive Design Associates (IDA) – Downtown Portland Oregon


“We spent two years building the house from the ground up and longer than that dreaming about it. And we’re not disappointed with a single thing. Wendy took charge of the entire project from the beginning and not only designed the home of our dreams, but helped manage the entire construction process saving us tons of aggravation and money. Wendy is a Godsend!”

~ Samantha McGinnis / West Linn, Oregon / 6,500 sq. ft. Ultra-Modern


“Wendy is a true professional in dealing with a client. She is prompt and prepared for every meeting. She presents creative, but realistic solutions to design problems carefully considering the client’s taste and budget. I especially appreciated that my own creative ideas were given respect and consideration. I was very pleased with the results of Wendy’s design for our kitchen remodel. I also had an opportunity to see another of Wendy’s projects, which I think was equally well-designed.”

~ Andrea Weber, Oregon City, OR/ 345 sq. ft. Kitchen/Contemporary Craftsman


“We hired Wendy to redesign our master bathroom. The main goals were to:

  • Make both the water closet & vanity areas feel bigger, even though we decided not to change the floor plan due to cost.
  • Update the materials to make it feel more “upscale” and modern. We already had basic idea of how to fix a mold problem in the shower.

 Wendy really came through on both goals! The bathroom feels bigger through a variety of techniques. The materials are modern and all work well together. Also, we were kind of wishy-washy customers and Wendy showed a lot of patience working with us on developing alternate floor plan ideas, material choices, budget changes, unusual schedule, and discussing all our reasonable and unreasonable ideas. Had we done the design ourselves, the whole space would have ended up mismatched and without a “flow.” I think she was able to really bring everything together and give us the result we wanted.”

~ Avi Tevet, Beaverton, OR / 117 sq. ft. Master Bathroom/Modern


“I had my first color consult today for my home with Wendy O’Brien. Wendy selected the paint colors for my entire house. She’s a genius in color amongst other design things. I trust her completely….even a designer needs help now and then!….”

~ Cecelia Don – Cedar Hills, Oregon

Why Hire?Sorensen

“Last year, Wendy designed our entryway and living room from a completely bare starting point.  She took an empty room and transformed it with new paint colors, drapery, furniture and artwork.  She did such a wonderful job that we asked her back to design and oversee the partial remodel of our powder room and to redesign our cherry wood entertainment center to be more functional and child-friendly.

Wendy is wonderful to work with.  She was able to get a sense of our style and truly bring it to life in such a functional way.  The finished rooms are beautiful, but still very liveable which was important for us as we have two small children.  She is very professional and conscientious of our time and budget.  I was initially dreading the remodel of our powder room because we have had such poor home renovation experiences in the past, but Wendy supervised everything, and the contractor and subs she works with are excellent.  It was all accomplished on time and with minimal inconvenience to our family, and the end result is gorgeous.”

~ Theresa Sorensen / Happy Valley, Oregon / 4,900 sq. ft. Traditional


“Wendy O’Brien provided design services for a kitchen remodel I had done. She re-designed the layout, including moving a wall, selected materials (flooring, countertops, backsplash, cabinets, lighting and appliances). She even chose some amazing hardware to set it off. Her work is impeccable and at a level far above the other designers I interviewed. My kitchen looks like it’s out of a magazine! Her design background is with celebrities in LA and it shows. Beyond her design vision, her work ethic is faultless. She is always on time and thinks ahead to save everyone time – and money! I recommend her without reservation.

Wendy is a pro – always on time, anticipating issues before they became problems, a pleasure to work with. She kept delays from impacting the overall schedule and had substitute materials which were as nice as the original choices when those weren’t available. A kitchen remodel isn’t an easy process to endure, but she made it a great experience and well worthwhile!”

~ Elizabeth Miller – Lake Oswego, Oregon


“We hired Wendy to help us select colors for the exterior of our home.  She was extremely helpful, and professional.  We had an idea in our head of what we wanted.  She listened to what it was we were looking for, and came up with some excellent ideas for colors.  She saved us from spending a lot of money to have our home painted and not getting the results we were looking for.  The colors she came up were fabulous.  I am sure hiring her will have made all the difference in getting the results we are looking for.  She even helped us choose some colors for some interior rooms that we have yet to have painted.  Again, she was right on the money.

We had Wendy come back again in late July to look at our deck to give us some color ideas.  She picked out a great color, and she once again was spot on.”

~ Angela Jones – Oregon City, Oregon


“We wanted window treatments installed in our main floor and our master bedroom.  We were also looking for a media solution for two entertainment areas.  Ms. O’Brien provided consultation and design services, handling all the details from the hardware, style/look and feel, fabric options, as well as creative options for our media issues.

We feel extremely fortunate to have contracted services with Ms. O’Brien.  From our initial contact, I knew we were in good hands.  She listened to our needs, made sure she understood our tastes and budget restrictions, and was very professional.  She is a good communicator and very reliable and responsive.  She provided stylish options and never rushed us into a decision or an inflated price point.  She clearly communicated the timeline, and delivered as agreed.  The installers she contracted where careful and polite and did an amazing job.  She also is extremely creative in problem solving and had two cabinets constructed for our TV/Media areas.  Clear invoices with no surprises and the finished look is exactly what I was hoping for.  What more can you ask for?”

~ Scott & Doneene Lockwood – Tigard (Bull Mountain), Oregon


“Wendy O’Brien has got a great eye for detail.  I had the basics in my living room and she walked in and saw the potential.  We went shopping for great pillows and draperies…now everything just pops!  I love it!  I appreciate her attention to details while still keeping my taste in the design.  She came back and created a new floor plan for my bathroom remodel, and I can’t wait to rip out the walls!  HIRE HER!”

~ Kelly Russell – Portland, Oregon

Strategic Home Staging Clients


“It looks fabulous!  I walked around with my mouth open… The staging really shows off the house.  It is so different from how the Hamptons had it furnished, which just goes to show that there are options.

I love the colors and the accessorizing.  Nicely done.”

~ Vicki Shaylor, Seller


“I showed the color story to my designer husband who is classically trained to be critical when it comes to design. He had one question…”When do we start!” Great job! I think you two nailed it. I have one question of my own…why didn’t I hire you sooner!  Thank you so much.”

~ DeNeice Worthington, Seller of Sundeleaf home and paint consultation client

Realty Trust Group

“I want to let you know that Jones’ home sold for well over full price in 3 days with 4 offers! They are very happy and appreciative of your help.”

~ Kathy McNaughton, listing agent

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