Confidence Begins at Home
Pamela O’Brien, Principal Designer
I discovered my love for design at the age of 12. I came home from school one afternoon to find that my mother and her interior decorator transformed our family living room. I remember thinking, ‘Our house is beautiful!’ I grew to love architecture and décor. I was obsessed with European art and culture. By the age of 21, I’d completed the Grand Tour and lived in Italy and France. These life-changing experiences enriched my approach to design and made me eager to learn more. After training with a well-known Manhattan designer and author, studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and completing a home-building course, I followed my passion by opening my own interior design firm, Pamela Hope Designs, in 1999.
As the principal designer at Pamela Hope Designs, I provide creative solutions to a variety of residential and commercial clients. I’ve completed hundreds of projects throughout the Greater Houston Area as well as in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the Texas Hill Country. I’ve worked with clients coast to coast, from Kennebunkport, Maine, to Ketchikan, Alaska.
I live in Houston with my husband, Jon, in a new-construction home that we designed and built. We have a black cat, who answers occasionally to the name of Bartholomew. He is a self-professed textile aficionado who eagerly critiques any new pillows, linens, and rugs.
As a proponent for good design for all, I enjoy speaking on a variety of design-related topics, including renovating, decorating, color, and Feng Shui. When not designing or speaking about design, I enjoy yoga, travel, food, and wine.
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, our team believes in giving back to our city. Pamela currently serves on Devereux’ Texas Advisory Board. Pamela and her husband chaired the eighth annual Savor the Hope Gala for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Pamela was on the executive board of Crisis Intervention of Houston and chaired their community relations committee for several years. She served on the Houston Symphony Ball committee with one of her clients. 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 a love for 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.