Interior designer Julie Khuu uses her minor in psychology to help her communicate with clients when she's designing everything from hospitality design to home consultation.
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Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
Julie, the youngest of five siblings, was raised in an environment where excellence was expected. Although her parents wanted her to become a doctor or lawyer, she wanted to follow her dream to become a designer. With a bachelor’s degree in interior design from The Art Institute of California, this self-described overachiever and socialite says that her favorite projects involve designing spaces for nightclubs. Julie, who says her design style reflects a “modern global glamour,” loves to work hard and play hard. Because of her looks and petite frame, Julie believes that she is often underestimated and must be “bossy and direct” in order for people to take her seriously. She says she’s not afraid to speak her mind and hopes that winning HGTV Design Star will prove to her family that she is a legitimate designer.