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how we work.

  1. Getting to know you. Working with Design Nest starts with a complimentary meeting with Deanna and Julie in the space that will be edited. At this meeting, goals, budget, project scope, and timeline will be established.

  2. A plan. Deanna and Julie will create a style concept for you based on the initial meeting. Measurements will be taken, floor plans drafted, and moodboards created. These will be presented to you for feedback and approval.

  3. Make it happen. Once we have your approval, Deanna and Julie will complete the full design by finalizing options for finishes, fixtures, and furniture. We can work with your preferred contractor or bring in our own team for any build work necessary.

  4. Time to Zhuzz. This is part everyone gets excited about: putting it all together! Sometimes this may take just a day, or it may need a longer stretch of time. Every project is different and will require its own path.

  5. Follow Up. We will check back in and see how you are doing. Does your space need a tweak? We want you to love it!

about Julie & Deanna, your design therapists.

Design Nest was born in 2019, when cousins Deanna and Julie teamed up to bring an 1850s country cottage to its full potential. The result was a delightful and Instagrammable airbnb,and a referral business, built on happy client after happy client. Making spaces the best version of themselves, and making clients happy is what Design Nest is all about.

Deanna and Julie are gifted at interpreting style through texture and color, creating layered looks that are bohemian yet modern at the same time. And while they have their signature design identities, their goal is to help you define your own. 

about deanna

Deanna Ebner has spent thirty years in the restaurant industry, both as a restauranteur, and as a restaurant designer. Now with Design Nest, she's putting her passion in design first.

Born in California in the 70's, Deanna always feels the influence of those hip yet laid-back trends. She loves rattan, and bringing nature indoors, but most of all, she loves incorporating retro vibes into the now. As a beach-dweller, environmentalism and sustainable living are paramount to Deanna.

"I believe you should feel cozy at home, no matter what your style is. If you feel cozy in the environment I help you create, I feel like my job is done," says Deanna.

about julie

Julie splits her time between Philadelphia and Cape May County. Living in historic Philadelphia has given her a love of older buildings and restored interiors. "I have walked the streets of Philadelphia for years and always, something new, some piece of history, catches my eye and I am moved."

Julie loves mixing old and new, purpose and heritage, artisanal and cultural influences. 

In addition to founding Philadelphia's first organic hair salon, juju salon & organics, Julie is the creator of Red Letter Day, an organic hair and body product line. Sustainability, design and commitment to her clients are her driving forces.