Julie founded The Design Mill (design firm) in 1999. Then, due to clients referring to Julie rather than The Design Mill, Julie decided to get a little more personal and re-brand as Julie Ann Canal in 2018.
Julie has an innate ability to connect with her clients, understand their needs, wants and wishes and translate this into the design. Julie's clients have been known to say "I'm sure you can see inside my head!". Design is Julie's passion, building rapport and understanding clients are her gift
Julie Ann Canal
Challenge your thinking
Julie will often challenge her clients in terms of looking at alternative ideas and options as after all isn't that why you have hired a designer?
"If your designer draws exactly what 'you want' them to design with no feedback or alternative ideas...please for the love of design, your lifestyle and the final result....run for the hills!"
Julie will always give open and honest advice if something doesn't work in terms of flow, aesthetics or layout (even if you love it), she will tell you. Hence it is extremely important to trust your designer and build a relationship of mutual respect and approachability. Designing your dream home is such a rewarding and personal experience so choose wisely. If something does not 'feel' right, trust your instincts.
The Design Mill was born in 1999 because Julie was frustrated working for others as she knew she could authentically care for her clients and create the design they NEED, not what they are coerced into, to suit profits or convenience. Julie was fully aware that Design is the crucial element in a building project, it's 'the' area that's extremely difficult and costly to rectify. Great design enhances the lifestyle and health of the occupants.
Julie's mission is to aid busy professionals to design and build their dream home by managing their project creatively and passionately whilst building authentic relationships.
The outcome of the mission:
A process in which clients have enjoyed the journey and love the final result.
Julie also lectures and is part of the curriculum writing team at North Metropolitan TAFE in Building Design. She also sits on several boards: FAPS Training Council and North Metropolitan TAFE academic board. Julie is an active board member of the Australian Institute of Building. You can rest assured that you are in very experienced hands.
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