Meet Julia and Aiyana

The name BroenHaus is an amalgamation of the word Broen, which means bridge in Danish (and comes from Julia’s given name) and the German word for house (Haus). It is representative of Julia and Aiyana's relationship as mother and daughter and shared approach to design, spanning their European heritage and their chosen home on the West Coast.

Vancouver Interior Designer Julia

Julia O'Dwyer

I was born in Germany and spent my formative years in Europe, living in Germany and England. At the age of twenty-four, I emigrated with my husband and children to Canada and have since called Vancouver my home. I love travel and I am fascinated by the world’s great cities and how people use essentially the same materials, yet create living spaces which look and feel so distinctly different. I take much of my design inspiration from my European heritage and blend it with the more relaxed approach to living on the west coast of Canada. I intrinsically understand how your environment affects the way you feel and want to help my clients achieve the optimal feeling in their home.

I am a mother of 4 children and my dog August, who accompanies me almost everywhere. My very full and varied life helps me understand my clients’ needs and has made me an expert at creating homes that not only look and feel good but also stand the test of time and endure the demands of family and pet-rich living. I am drawn to natural materials and incorporate them in my design wherever applicable to create homes for my clients that can grow with them and their needs.

Aiyana O'Dwyer

I have lived on BC’s West Coast since the age of two, when I emigrated from Europe with my family. I grew up learning about interior design from my mother and developed my own passion for design early on. I studied interior design at BCIT where I developed my technical skills which allow me to bring our designs to life through drawings and 3-D renderings. This helps our clients envision our design for their home and helps them feel confident in each decision as it is made. I create detailed drawings for trades and city permitting, helping our clients' dreams for their homes come to fruition.

I embrace the West Coast lifestyle, spending much of my free time outdoors with my dog Stella. My designs aim to strike the same balance I find in Vancouver between the busy, modern city and the serene, relaxed forest and ocean surrounding it. I enjoy combining clean and contemporary elements with more relaxed, organic touches to create spaces that are highly functional, yet warm and inviting for our clients.

Vancouver Interior Designers Aiyana

Our team at BroenHaus can offer extensive design solutions for your home. We excel at managing trades and supplies to achieve an optimal outcome for our clients. We have formed industry connections that will give you access to our trusted team of tradespeople and suppliers and help you transform your space into a home to live your best life.

We acknowledge we live and work on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and are deeply grateful that they care for and watch over this land.

We support businesses and artisans in the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities and continuously strive to add artisans and vendors in those communities to our portfolio.