Truly appreciated words from some of our satisfied clients:
“We were utterly confused when we started selecting options for our new home. Kitchen Slab, backsplash, flooring, paint, …. too many variables and it was very stressful. Fortunately we were able to find Wendy, what a relief! Wendy took our inputs – the look and feel we were after for our future home. Wendy helped us narrow down cabinet choices, picked fabulous slab and backsplash, gave vote of confidence for the wood floor and wall color we gravitated towards. Wendy pulled together all the options of our home considering our inputs and this put us at ease. Wendy was very supportive during the building process, promptly responded our questions. Our house turned out stunning with choices Wendy put together. Wendy is very detailed oriented and talented in picking the right colors to pull in everything together. With Wendy, there won’t be any confusion as she clearly suggests what would be the best choice out of several options, which would turn out amazing at the end.”
“I highly recommend working with Wendy O’Brien for your next renovation and design project. Wendy worked with us through every stage of a complete gut and renovation of our mid-century modern. Most of which we were navigating from a different state. Wendy not only provided design and planning services, she and her team also helped manage the project with both architects and builders to ensure even the smallest details were thoughtfully addressed. What resulted was a seamless flow that reflects our personal aesthetic and feels wonderful. With Wendy’s help we were able to bring the best of the mid-century openness, light, and linear architecture, together with more contemporary warm and functional finishes and furnishings. There are subtle playful nods to the home’s history in lighting and wall treatments, without resorting to atomic era kitsch. Instead our home feels like a meditative sanctuary with rich natural finishes and lovely textures. I especially appreciate Wendy’s use of proper scale in furnishings and treatments. Because of this, our home feels peaceful and approachable, not cold and large. She also has an excellent network of local craftsmen and tradespeople that are happy to work with her, which speaks volumes in this industry. As a homeowner new to the area, these connections made the whole project go smoothly, and her willingness to share with our whole build team helped everyone. She managed the design process with the same care she would put to her own home – even to identifying two critical errors in HVAC and electrical that nobody else caught. (Thank you Wendy!) I would be delighted to work with Wendy again.”
“I had the pleasure of working with Wendy on multiple projects. She brings great benefit to the team. Her recommendations on design and finishes are on target, because she listens! I would recommend this firm any day.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Wendy designed a major kitchen and family room remodel for our home that included a total kitchen gut and replacement of the fireplace wall in the family room. She spent the time to talk to us about our needs and gave us several options that she thought would work for us. We’re really happy with the final layout and the color and material choices were exactly what we were looking for. Wendy worked with us every step of the way, and she worked closely with our contractor, Joshua Farrand of Eight Inch Nails Construction, to make sure that the project followed her vision. Our project turned out great! Thanks to Wendy and her team!”
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
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!”
“I hate to sound stereotypical, but I am a guy and I found the idea of doing an extensive add-on/kitchen remodel to be daunting, at the very least. My wife and I had talked about this undertaking for many, many years. I knew I was going to have to be involved. Hiring Wendy O’Brien was the catalyst that got us started, and kept us focused. From the first “field trip” to look at appliances and in subsequent visits to tile and flooring showrooms, it was very evident that Wendy had truly listened to us, expertly narrowing the choices in order to allow us to make comfortable decisions without feeling overwhelmed by the myriad of possibilities. Another benefit were the many suggestions Wendy made to enhance our project without pressuring us in any direction. Wendy was very good at keeping us informed, being on site to assure her vision as needed, and communicating effectively with contractors. Wendy is a definitely a worthwhile investment to get the results you’re dreaming of.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!….”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
Scott & Doneene Lockwood
“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?”
“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!”