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Meet Julie Van Daele of Well Received in Culver City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Van Daele.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I really fell into my groove when I moved to New York in 2009. I stepped outside of everything I knew, and the expectations that were put upon me, and began to come in to my own. With love for style and living in a city that adored him, I quickly became a Rick Owens fan, which was just the beginning of me exploring design, fashion, art and interjecting it into my life.

In addition, my career in PR/Marketing for ten+ years had also always managed to incorporate some element of fashion, art or design, which further fueled my interest and love for it all. Fast forward to 2016 when my husband and I were blessed with the opportunity to build our dream home and when I decided to leave the PR/Marketing industry. Through the design and building process, we incorporated everything we loved about art, design, furniture, and collecting, and I found a new passion… DESIGN.

My first interior design job came through Instagram in 2017. I can’t say thank you enough to that client for taking a risk on me and believing in what I could do! I now have completed three projects in New York, and am currently working on two projects here in Los Angeles. I am so grateful for every single opportunity that comes my way and so looking forward to continuing to grow!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
100% not smooth haha –
1. I had a three month only baby when I decided to take on my first interior design project.
2. I am still learning how to quote my fee, and I tend to always under quote (ugh!).
3. I recently had one of the sharpest and expensive learning lessons of my entire work-life.

Please tell us about Well Received.
Well Received is an interior design firm with a modern aesthetic and a lot of warmth. I always say “Modern doesn’t have to be mean.”

Most of the projects I take on tend to involve designing the space in terms of what furniture, art, lighting, accessories, and finishes to bring into the home. I would say I’m most well known for a black & white aesthetic

I’m super proud that I was willing to take the risk to leave a career I’d been in for ten+ years and believe that I could do something completely different.

It’s funny to answer this question as I have a hard time accepting compliments, but I think everyone would agree that what sets me apart is my approachability, sincerity, and ease with the design process.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Stopped doubting myself.

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Image Credit:
Monica Wang & Kelli Bolton

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