Our experience with Julie and her talented design team in our recent kitchen remodel was absolutely wonderful! Julie took the time initially to understand our tastes and preferences, then offered a selection of potential design solutions. She earnestly listened and incorporated what was important to us, making adjustments as needed. Amanda provided fabulous computerized images that brought our ideas to life. During the process, Amanda also offered creative ideas, many of which we were happy to utilize. Julie made it easy for us, meeting us at our house at our convenience, and brought product samples so that we were able to make many selections in the comfort of our home. Julie scheduled and supervised all of the work that was done and her attention to detail ensured  the quality met and exceeded our expectations. Either Julie or Amanda was available to us at all times and we were kept informed every step of the way. Our final product is a kitchen that is not only beautiful, but functional as well, and we could not be more pleased! We feel lucky to have found in Julie not only an exceptionally talented designer but also a new friend! We will not hesitate to recommend and call on Julie and her team again for any future design needs.- c. hooper and j. shaffer

Julie is the best! We used her services in 2007 on our first home renovation and again in 2017 on our second. Julie is professional, knowledgeable, talented and organized. She is a great listener and communicator, creative and observant with an excellent eye for design detail and for quality of materials as well as quality of craftsmanship.  Julie was focused on follow through and was deadline-oriented, respectful of budgets, engaging and supportive of our ideas.  Very important to us was Julie's gracious, patient, calm and positive demeanor and her ability to problem-solve relieving us of stress! - dan and elizabeth meyer

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

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 contacted Julie to assist us with a long overdue kitchen remodel. Everything in our house was builder’s 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 reasonable. The end result of our remodel was absolutely fantastic. The overall project was on-time, within scope, and on budget. We even had some savings! I could not give a more glowing recommendation of work performed by Julie and her talented team. - l. dobie

I got lucky when I found Julie!  She is an extremely professional and a talented designer.  Julie and her amazing team 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 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

KBK to the Trade has had the pleasure of working with Inside Story Design for many 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

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 and her team have transformed an empty space into a picture perfect home and transformed a working relationship into a true friendship. - nicholas kjos

We have just wrapped up an extensive remodel of our bedroom wing, involving totally gutting and remodeling two bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Julie was with us every step of the way with great design ideas, excellent knowledge of materials, 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.hays

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 and her team on several projects and we love seeing how much care and attention she gives her clients.  Julie and TISD are simply one of the best! - Paper Moon Painting

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

Working with The Inside Story Design professionals was a delight! Julie is professional, attentive, responsive and was our saving grace. She responded promptly to answer any questions we had or to address any issue which came up. She was great at learning our style preferences and making amazing selections which reflected our style. She offered great choices that balanced good design with good 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 were right on target! We especially appreciated the fact that she also has a wealth of knowledge of craftsmen and supervises their work--this saved us a lot of headache and worry. We look forward to working with The Inside Story Design again on future projects! - k. davis

I am a custom home builder who had the privilege to work with Julie Risman of The Inside Story Design on a 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

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 and her team 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.  -l. lawlor