Client kudos


Julie is the best! We used her services in 2007 on our first home renovation and again in 2016 on our second. Julie is professional; knowledgeable; talented; organized; a great listener and communicator; creative and observant with an excellent eye for detail in color/style/ambiance/quality in material/quality of work done by subcontractors; focused on follow through and deadline oriented; respectful of budgets; engaging and supportive of our ideas; creative in combining existing furnishings with new ideas; and very important to us: personable, gracious, patient, calm and positive in problem solving while finding quick and doable solutions relieving us of stress.

- dan and elizabeth meyer


We have just wrapped up an extensive remodel of our bedroom wing, involving totally gutting and reworking two bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Julie was with us every step of the way with great design ideas, excellent knowledge of how materials would work together, and a wonderful rapport with the crew. Julie met with us frequently, was always available on the phone, and kept very detailed organized notes of all the design details. She carefully reviewed all materials we ordered for quality, and made sure they all came in on time. She truly listened to and addressed all our concerns, and we are thrilled with the result. She also is just a fun, down to earth person to be around. She now feels like a member of the family to us, and we will definitely call on her for our next project!

- j.h. (San Antonio)

Working with The Inside Story Design professionals has been a delight! Julie is professional, attentive, responsive and a "saving grace". She has responded promptly to answer any questions we had or to address any issue which came up. She has been great at learning our style preferences and at finding things within our preferences. She has been very good at making recommendations which balance good design with value. She has a wealth of knowledge of resources and is willing to research and make contacts until you are satisfied with the products. Her design knowledge and recommendations have been right on target. I have especially appreciated the fact that she also has a wealth of knowledge of craftsmen and supervises their work if you'd like. This fact has saved us a lot of headache and worry. We look forward to working with The Inside Story Design firm again on future projects.

- k. davis


I contacted Julie to assist us with a long overdue kitchen remodel. Everything in our house was builders grade and tacky, right down to the duck wall paper. Julie met us at our house and began the process of interviewing and determining the scope of the project, comically equating it to plastic surgery (i.e. face-lift, tummy tuck or full body work). After our interview we were confident Julie was the right choice. Once the project started, Julie met us several times at our convenience around town to pick out materials and discuss designs. Julie was able to provide us with workable samples that allowed us to visualize the remodel results. Since my wife and I both work, Julie managed the contractors entering and leaving the premises and provided daily updates via email. The contractors Julie used were extremely professional, talented and reasonably priced. The end result of our remodel was so fantastic we asked her to do a quick assist for the house entryway to the kitchen. The overall project was on-time, within scope, and on budget. We even had some savings through painting and adding hardware to the cabinetry vs complete replace (my favorite). I could not give a more glowing recommendation of work performed by Julie and her team!

l. dobie


Julie is a true pro.  From the first minute we contacted her with our request for proposal back in 2009 when we were moving from London back to Texas, she handled everything and I mean everything!  We trusted her completely and let her go! Her taste is amazing, and she has connections to anything you might need.  Whatever it is, she has the connections. Our home in the Candy Factory lofts downtown was so gorgeous that the San Antonio Express News did a story on our unique space.

a. allega


Julie Risman helped me with the interior design selections for our new home while under construction. From the beginning, it was clear that Julie has wonderful taste and an artistic eye. She gets to know each client and makes it a point to listen to them and understand their vision. She then works diligently to achieve that vision. She is fluent in all styles, from traditional to contemporary, and seems to enjoy each. It is clear that she has had much experience in construction. She communicates well with builders and trades, and suggested changes that made a tremendous difference. It was clear in working with her that she is well-respected. Julie is a dedicated professional. She is also a dear person, and that makes working with her a pleasure.

m. greiff

I got lucky when I found Julie!  She is an extremely professional and a talented designer.  In the beginning I was needing correct measurements and some unique ideas for a few missing furniture pieces in a new home we had just purchased.  Julie helped me find great furniture pieces, light fixtures, and paint colors that make my house unique.  She has a way of making rooms flow and furniture "talk" to each other in subtle ways.  I loved that she was able to work with many pieces of furniture I already had as well.  Julie goes above and beyond to find the look you are searching for.

k. fay


Julie creates an exquisite design for each clients' individual style.  She doesn't push one style on everyone.  Her end result feels like the home has evolved over time.  Julie is focused on details and is organized and she keeps her clients organized mentally as well.  If she catches you veering, she pulls you in!  She listens to your wants and needs.  She adds a peace of mind to any design plan, no matter what stage you may be in at the time of her entering the project.  Julie is like a breath of fresh air.

m. starr


Julie was such a pleasure to work with, her insightful knowledge was invaluable and tremendously appreciated. Her ability to listen to our vision, understand our sense of style, and combine this to change our condo into our home, is something we will forever appreciate. In a short period of time Julie has transformed an empty space into a picture perfect home and transformed a working relationship into a true friendship.

nicholas kjos

KBK to the Trade has had the pleasure of working with Inside Story Design for over 5 years. Our showroom has supplied her creative vision with furniture and fabric from great vendors like Wesley Hall, Kravet, Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert. Julie is very organized, detail oriented and will not quit till she finds the perfect decorative products for her client. We look forward to growing with Julie and wish her continued success.

KBK to the Trade


I have known Julie for many years, and work as a subcontractor for The Inside Story Design. I can honestly say that Julie Risman conducts her business with the highest level of honesty and integrity. She treats her clients as if they were family and their home as if it were her own. She pays great attention to each detail of her client’s home and wants each room or space to reflect the homeowner's personality and style of living. She cares deeply about her customers and her work. Because of this, she has a loyal client base and a steady flow of referrals. Julie is responsive and a great collaborator, so her subcontractors are always eager to work with her.  

d. pringle, Abacus and Scout, LLC

Julie Risman of the Inside Story is a real find. She's knowledgeable, thorough, has wonderful solutions for any design situation and is incredibly creative. We've worked with her on several projects and we love seeing how much care and attention she gives her clients. One of the best!

Paper Moon Painting


I am a Custom Home Builder who had the privilege to work with Julie Risman of The Inside Story Design on on beautiful custom home this past year. Julie did an amazing job on all the selections and helped make our clients home turn out better than they even dreamed. Julie was great to work with and always available when needed. I would highly recommend The Inside Story Design for any design needs you may have and look forward to working with them some more in the future.

- josh maas, Dynamic Custom Homes


Julie Risman and her team from the Inside Story Design helped my husband and me sort through years of accumulated "stuff" in an effort to downsize and simplify, yet retain those items that are truly meaningful. Julie offered a fresh (and neutral) perspective to "telling the blended story of our lives" through the way in which she helped us display pictures, cluster family collectibles, and our children's pictures, art, etc. She also has an excellent eye for color....and helped us pull together our family "theme" through fabric choices, and small details - like kitchen knobs, etc. This business is not just about "interior" decorating - the process (if you're willing) will help you have a home that showcases your very own, special story.

toni riester wood

This was the first remodel for me and my husband on our 20+ year old house. We remodeled the kitchen. I appreciated the professionalism that Julie Risman exhibited throughout the project. She had wonderful ideas, although there were 1-3 ideas that I didn't agree to because of the cost. She was willing and able to provide comparable alternatives that were less costly and just as nice. I appreciated her timeliness, availability and most of all her wonderful creativity. The group of contractors she provided for the work were wonderful to work with as well. I would definitely recommend her.

laura kiel


The Inside Story Design came highly recommended to me by several friends and colleagues , so I knew I would be in good hands with Julie and her team. My own experience with Julie was even better than I anticipated.  Her selections for our home were spot on. She managed our project (including all the subcontractors) seamlessly. Best of all, Julie is a joy to work with - we were almost sad to see our project come to an end!  Julie's years of experience, in-depth knowledge of design, and access to many resources all came together to produce a beautiful home that our family enjoys every day. 


Julie at The Inside Story Design does a fantastic job of understanding what her clients want and then provides excellent recommendations and guidance that aligns to her clients' wishes and budgets. I've used Julie several times and will continue to use her services in the future. I definitely recommend her to others.

c. thetford

Julie is a phenomenal designer. She goes to great lengths to understand what her clients want, and goes above and beyond in providing whatever they need to create a beautiful, well-designed, functional home. Her dedication and taste are both fabulous. I've recommended her many times!!

lisa moon,  San Antonio Murals


Julie is super detail oriented which adds so much to her amazing design work. She can take a space and turn it into a dream. Leave her a key and be amazed when you see the final result.

s. cromer