Julie Holmes, Principal Designer
Julie Holmes was drawn to the field of interior design from a young age. Her skill and passion for the industry was cultivated early on in her life when she began working for her mother, who was also an interior designer.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Holmes eventually attended Aquinas College to earn a degree in the Fine Arts to complement her self-taught upbringing and hands-on experience with interior design. Holmes has had experience in commercial design in the Chicago market, spent time in Cincinnati, and become an award-winning interior designer.
Holmes has partnered with Visbeen Architects as an independent interior designer on a number of residential projects, which led to an official partnership nearly two years ago. Holmes now manages Vision Interiors, which is an independent interior design studio and an affiliate of Visbeen Architects.
In this role, Holmes not only meets with clients and walks them through the entire process, but also works in conjunction with the staff at Visbeen Architects to develop the interior design project. She believes in using her expertise to the best of her ability to create spaces with character that align with clients’ personal style and strives to surpass their expectations.
Holmes’ work has been recognized at the national level with awards, such as the American Residential Design Awards and the Best in American Living Awards. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband Ted Gerrard and three-year-old, and they have a small farm in Cincinnati. In her spare time, Holmes loves to cook, and redesign her own home.
Larry Holmes, Business Manager
Larry Holmes joined the team at Vision Interiors in 2015 to serve as the Business Manager of the Grand Rapids-based firm. In this position, Holmes oversees a variety of managerial responsibilities such as accounting, expediting, purchase orders, and bookkeeping.
Viewed as a dream job, Holmes’ favorite part of his role at the Grand Rapids firm is the working atmosphere and the people he interacts with on a daily basis.
Holmes lives in Grand Rapids and has an academic background in accounting and business management from Central Michigan University. Throughout his career Holmes spent several years also working as a carpenter and nearly 20 years in a business management role for Interiors by Debbie Holmes, an interior design company.
A sport enthusiast at heart, Holmes can often be found at the racket ball court two or three times a week, the tennis court, or on the golf course. He also enjoys woodworking and built his own kitchen.
Katie O'Connell, IIDA
Katie O’Connell, IIDA, is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design, where she received an Interior Design Excellence Award while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design and minor in furniture design.
O’Connell recently joined the team at Vision Interiors—the in-house interior design studio at Visbeen Architects—and serves as an Interior Designer working alongside Principal Designer Julie Holmes. As a Vision Interiors team member, she works with clients to help identify design selections throughout the entire process, from hardware and plumbing to furniture and interior finishes.
O’Connell has experience interning in both the commercial and residential field, and found herself gravitated toward residential space due to the personal interaction and relationships with clients and the ability to create spaces that reflect clients’ personality, design style, and aspirations. She enjoys working with clients throughout the different phases of the design process and seeing the project come together in its entirety.
O’Connell is originally from Frankenmuth, Michigan and moved to Grand Rapids while attending KCAD to be a part of the design environment in the greater metropolitan area. She is a member of the International Interior Design Association, and has a passion for running, yoga, hiking, and being active outdoors. O’Connell also likes to draw and has a fondness for using acrylic paints.
Jenelle Baker, Interior Architecture Specialist
Initially hired as a Project Designer at Visbeen Architects in 2014, Jenelle Baker now serves as the Interior Architecture Specialist for Vision Interiors. Baker has more than 10 years of experience in the design of custom luxury homes, six years of which were spent working in Vero Beach, Florida on oceanfront residences along the Atlantic Coast. As an Interior Architecture Specialist, Baker uses innovative 3D architectural software to model built-in interior elements such as bunk beds, libraries, closet shelving, bathroom tile layouts, wood flooring layouts and trim.
Baker’s life-long passion for architecture led her to Ferris State University where she earned an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology and then to Kendall College of Art and Design where she studied Interior Design. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ferris State University.
Baker is actively involved with the Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Zeta, where she serves as president; and is on the alumnae advisory board for the FSU collegiate chapter of the sorority. As an environmentalist and an avid recycler, she is involved with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and often volunteers with community park cleanup events.
She currently lives in Grand Rapids with her husband Randy and two young children. Baker enjoys tennis, golf and traveling. Baker relaxes by color coordinating her closet in what she believes to be the ideal rainbow, which starts with black and ends with white. She flourishes in the value of authenticity and in being true to thine own self and has fully embraced her perfectionist identity.