Confidence Begins at Home

Pamela O’Brien, Principal Designer

Pamela’s love for design started at an early age. When she was twelve, Pamela came home from school to find that her mother and an interior decorator had transformed the family living room. When she saw the new draperies, she remembers thinking was, “our house is beautiful!” Through years filled with Sunday drives to look at homes and youthful adventures in Europe, Pamela grew to love architecture and décor. By the age of 21, she’d live in Italy and France — life-changing experiences that enriched her approach to her craft. After a successful career as a public and congressional affairs officer for a large government agency, Pamela followed her passion by opening her own design company in 1999. She trained with a well-known Manhattan designer and author, studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and completed a home building course.

Pamela provides highly creative solutions to a variety of residential clients. With projects from coast to coast, Pamela and her team have also completed commercial work for Bellows Corporation, Jones Oil Company, Tradition (now Prosperity Bank), Allergy and Asthma Associates, Cricket Communications, Dean & Draper Insurance Agency and Jansen International, LLC. Tradition Bank Plaza, the adaptive reuse of the former Plaza Hotel, won a good brick award from Preservation Houston. Her work for Manske Wealth Management earned a PaperCity Design Award for historic preservation.

As an award-winning designer on both national and local levels, Pamela’s work has been featured in many publications including House Beautiful, the Houston Chronicle, The Chicago Tribuneand Modern Luxury Interiors magazine. Pamela is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Greater Houston Builders Association and the National Speaker’s Association. She lives in Houston with her husband, Jon, and a black cat who answers occasionally to the name of Bartholomew. When not designing, Pamela enjoys yoga, food, wine and travel. 

Danna Smith, Managing Designer

Design has always been an important part of my life. By the age of 10, my Barbie dolls were less interested in their wardrobes and instead enjoyed newly designed spaces every week. A deck of cards became an ottoman, a paper towel made the perfect area rug, and upside-down Tupperware containers stood in for tables.

After taking Interior Design 101 in college, I was hooked! I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design and now have more than 25 years of experience in the design industry. I’ve had the opportunity to be a buyer and merchandise manager at four custom luxury showrooms in Houston as well as two in Dallas. I also worked as the lead salesperson for the Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils Showroom in the Decorative Center of Houston. Since joining Pamela Hope Designs in 2015, I’ve had the pleasure of working on some of my most beautiful and innovative projects.

When I’m not hard at work with Pamela, I’m either relaxing at home with my twin daughters, Taylor and Mia, cooking a great meal, shopping with my girls, or taking my two dogs, Sunny and Jack, on walks.


As leading members of the Houston interior design community, we believe in giving back to our city. Pamela and her husband Jon chaired the Eighth Annual Savor the Hope Gala for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Pamela currently serves on Devereux’ Texas Advisory Board.  Pamela was on the executive board of Crisis Intervention of Houston and chaired their community relations committee for several years. She served with one of her clients on the Houston Symphony Ball committee. Pamela was a member of the University of Houston Honors College Advisory Board and decorating chair for their award-winning fundraiser, the Great Conversation. Pamela is an active alumna of Phi Mu Fraternity and assists with their many philanthropic activities.

With her love of architecture and historic preservation, Pamela has enjoyed being involved with the Houston Heights Association as a committee member, speaker, and docent. She also served as the decorating consultant for the Woodland Heights Home Tour. Our team has done several historic renovations for adaptive reuse for commercial space and is always delighted to work with clients living or working in historical buildings.

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