Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Julie Hawkins

Beginning with designing dollhouses as a child, and evolving to curating spaces in actual homes, you could say Julie Hawkins’ love and aspiration for design has always been apparent. Hawkins Interiors’ design ranges from bespoke homes to high-end residencies, and intimate wineries and renowned restaurants, all of which are unique and sophisticated in their own right. Always placing her client’s lifestyle first, she has been able to create collaborative spaces by designing custom furnishings and selecting timeless accessories throughout the home. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Julie Hawkins.

The fluidity of this outdoor-indoor space feels inviting and intimate. The tall ceilings and large windows allow for ample air and light. Architecture by Backen & Gillam Architects. Photography by John Merkl.

The fluidity of this outdoor-indoor space feels inviting and intimate. The tall ceilings and large windows allow for ample air and light. Architecture by Backen & Gillam Architects. Photography by John Merkl.

Andrew Joseph: What is the last book you read?
Julie Hawkins: Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker.

Andrew: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Julie: The Full House house!

Andrew: What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Julie: Every Monday, we snack on donuts throughout the day at the office.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Julie: Perfumer.

Andrew: What are three words to describe where you live?
Julie: My family and I live in a tiny cottage that’s set back from the street, so I’d say “small, hidden, and secret garden.”

A cozy nook designed by Hawkins is a perfect spot to sip your morning coffee and enjoy the views. Architecture by Backen & Gillam Architects. Photography by John Merkl.

A cozy nook designed by Hawkins is a perfect spot to sip your morning coffee and enjoy the views. Architecture by Backen & Gillam Architects. Photography by John Merkl.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Julie: My style is casual, light, and ever-changing.

Andrew: Must have clothing items everyone should have?
Julie: A comfy pair of sweatpants.

Andrew: Favorite tea to decompress, and in what mug?
Julie: Sleepy tea in my Heath Ceramics mug.

Andrew: What is your favorite COVID story that you will tell until your final breath?
Julie: I just got my first COVID vaccine, and I cried tears of joy the whole time.

Andrew: Embarrassing quarantine habit?
Julie: Wine, wine, and more wine.

This tranquil family room features various gorgeous textures and materials and countless breathtaking views of the neighboring foliage. Photography by George Barberis.

This tranquil family room features various gorgeous textures and materials and countless breathtaking views of the neighboring foliage. Photography by George Barberis.

Andrew: When you do decide to shower, what is your skin regimen?
Julie: I still shower every day! My skin is really sensitive, so on my face I use Linné SCRUB Exfoliating Face Mask, Ayuna Cream II, and Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen Moisturizer.

Andrew: Are you the type to get fully dressed for a day of remote working, or the type to wear sweats?
Julie: I get fully dressed but skip makeup.

Andrew: Style (or design) icon?
Julie: My style icon is Coco Chanel. She paved the way for women wearing pants!


About The Designer | Hawkins Interiors exists to create beautiful, functional spaces that inspire and foster connection. Founded on our love for design, we take pride in listening to our clients’ vision and incorporating their living style to create an inspiring space filled with layers of texture, comfort, and elegance. Whether we are furnishing an entire home, designing custom light fixtures, or selecting accessories, our approach is always a collaborative one.

Julie Hawkins, the Founder, has always been an interior designer at heart. Her interest began at an early age when she selected a miniature farmhouse to furnish and decorate. After receiving her B.A. from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Julie joined the acclaimed Backen Gillam Architects. For 10 years Julie worked in the Interiors Department, eventually going on to lead the department and become an Associate within the firm. She worked on projects ranging from high-end residences to wineries and restaurants in Napa, Aspen, Oregon, Long Island, Nebraska, and Korea.


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