Style Profile: Bria Hammel Interiors

Written by Natalie Aldridge.

Meet Bria Hammel, the dynamic force donning the hats of Creative Director and CEO at her eponymous firm, Bria Hammel Interiors and sister-company and home décor line, Brooke & Lou. Based in Minnesota, Bria leads an effervescent team of talented women dedicated to crafting stunning, welcoming homes for cherished clients. Bria has illuminated the pages of esteemed publications like Traditional Home, Forbes, Oprah Daily, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Martha Stewart Living, just to name a few, upending the design industry not just in the midwest but across the nation.

In a recent burst of triumph, Bria’s star soared to dazzling new heights as she secured her spot in the coveted list of Traditional Home’s 2022 Rising Stars of Design. This honor stands as a grand celebration not only of Bria herself but also of the spirited team that propels her ventures forward. Bria was also selected as a 2018 Style Spotter for High Point Market Authority, and awarded “Fresh Faces of Design” award in 2015 and 2018 from HGTV for her traditional yet crisp interiors.

Let’s delve into her remarkable portfolio and gain insight into her career and inspiration!

Welcome, Bria!


Q: When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in interior design?

A: Could you share some insights into your career journey? During my upbringing, I spent a considerable amount of time in furniture and wallpaper stores. My mother had a strong passion for interior design and dedicated much of her free time to redesigning homes (we moved 8 times while I was in elementary school!). Nevertheless, I didn’t recognize interior design as my career path until nearing the end of my college experience. As a result, I swiftly adjusted my degrees and never looked back!

I initiated Bria Hammel Interiors in 2012 when I was 9 months pregnant with my first child. I was determined to have control over my schedule and life. While this didn’t necessarily translate to working fewer hours (in fact, I ended up working more than ever after starting my own business), it did allow me the flexibility to decide when and where I needed to be.

Q: How would you describe your design style?

A: I would define my style as casual, fresh, and classic.

Q: Who are your top five favorite interior designers, whether from the past or present?

  1. Mark Sikes
  2. Bunny Williams
  3. Salvesen Graham
  4. Suzanne Kasler
  5. Victoria Hagan

Q: Could you share some of your preferred go-to paints, wallpapers, linens, artists, etc.?

A: I’m shamelessly biased, but I absolutely love our exclusive Brooke & Lou fabric and wallpaper. Who wouldn’t enjoy designing their own patterns and incorporating them into their projects? When I sense a gap in our collection, I collaborate with our artist to craft a new one!

Q: What advice would you give to women considering launching their own business?

A: Never impose limits on yourself. If you desire something, you can always find a way to make it a reality.

Q: Which Instagram accounts are your favorites to follow?

  1. @David_Austin_Roses
  2. @SteveCordony
  3. @Goodnews_movement
  4. @Halfbakedharvest
  5. @theexpert

Q: Could you identify one foolproof design element that every room should incorporate?

A: Rattan or wicker. Irrespective of the space’s style – be it modern or traditional – this organic material infuses a sense of livability. We integrate it into accessories, furniture, cabinetry, and more. Even a small touch goes a long way!

Q: Are there any interesting facts about you that people might not be aware of?

A: I have a deep love for gardening and landscaping. I invest my free time in researching plants and what can thrive in our challenging planting zone of 4b. It feels akin to designing the interior of a home. Experimenting with colors and textures in my garden, understanding growth patterns, and creating a stunning landscape throughout the summer brings me immense joy.


Q: Could you recommend a favorite design or coffee table book?

A: I have to mention either of Mark Sikes’ books – Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless Style or More Beautiful: All American Decoration. I’m truly enamored by his style!

Q: What projects are you currently working on that we can anticipate in the upcoming months?

A: Amidst my travels, collaborations with brands, and the exciting design projects on my plate, I’ve recently introduced “The BHI Journal,” a bi-monthly digital diary that provides an exclusive peek into the world of Bria Hammel Interiors.

For additional information, please visit Bria Hammel Interiors and follow @briahammelinteriors. Instagram for a closer look at her beautiful work and ongoing inspiration!

Shop our favorite Brooke & Lou pieces!

x Natalie

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