About Haven

Our Mission

Haven Design Studio strives to create timeless, innovative, and practical design solutions for our clients. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a comprehensive package of design services, while remaining flexible to the unique technical and architectural issues each project presents. Our client-focused approach to interior design and merchandising enables us to provide an unparalleled level of customer service and to develop outstanding products that accommodate our clients’ needs and reflect the image and lifestyle our clients seek to promote.

Our Background

Lorye & Joanna enjoying Vail after completing a project in Colorado

Haven Design Studio is the collaboration of Lorye Brown Vandiver, RID, and Joanna O'Brian, who together have more than 30 years of design experience and expertise.

Lorye and Joanna's partnership was born when they worked together at an award-winning and nationally recognized interior design and merchandising firm. Eight years later, Lorye and Joanna were recruited to help launch a new design company that specialized in multi-family design. After four years of working with developers such as Greystar, Trammel Crow Residential, Judwin Properties, and The Morgan Group, Lorye and Joanna decided to combine their years of experience and individual talents and establish their own design firm: Haven Design Studio.

Drawing on Lorye and Joanna's extensive experience and specialization in commercial design, Haven Design Studio focuses on multi-family residential, commercial, and hospitality properties. Together, Lorye and Joanna have completed a wide variety of projects across the nation, including more than 65 clubhouses and amenity centers, more than 110 model units, and more than 70 single-family model homes, as well as numerous residential and vacation homes, both domestic and international.

Recently, Lorye and Joanna expanded their portfolios into hospitality and medical design, including a Dunn Brothers coffee shop in Greenway Plaza, the Conroe Country Club in Conroe, Tx, and the Clear Lake Emergency Room in Clear Lake, Tx.

Our Designers

Lorye Brown Vandiver, RID

Lorye brings more than 15 years of award-winning design and project management experience to Haven Design Studio and is licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners as a Registered Interior Designer. She has worked nationwide in commercial design and internationally in high-end residential design.

Lorye attended Texas Tech University and the Art Institute of Houston, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and graduating with honors. During her education, she was awarded the David Peysen Memorial Fund Scholarship and multiple Academic Excellence Awards.

Lorye began her career by developing exquisite designs and turn-key installations for multi-million dollar vacation homes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She later transitioned to commercial design with a nationally recognized interior design and merchandising firm, where she rapidly advanced in the single-family division to Senior Project Manager and worked with well-known builders such as David Weekly Homes, Darling Homes, and Pinnacle Homes.

Lorye was then promoted to Senior Project Manager / Lead Designer of the multi-family division, where she worked with high-profile developers, including Martin Fein Interests and The Hanover Company.

  • Lorye's projects have won numerous awards, including:
  • 3 Prism Awards for Interior Design of the Year
  • 2 Max Awards for Best Interior Merchandising
  • A McSam Award for Best Interior Merchandising
  • The 2007 Annual Apartment and Condominium Industry Award for Excellence
  • The 2007 Best of Philadelphia Award
  • A 2008 IIDA Gold Award
  • A 2008 Pillar of Industry Award

Joanna O'Brian

Joanna has more than 15 years of award-winning interior design and merchandising experience and has worked nationally in both commercial and high-end residential design. She attended Stephen F. Austin University and then completed her education overseas, graduating from London's prestigious KLC School of Interior Design in an accelerated program that accepts only 30 students per year.

Upon returning to the United States, Joanna began her career at a nationally-recognized interior design and merchandising firm, where she was promoted to Senior Project Manager and Lead Designer in the multi-family division. In this position, she worked with high-profile developers, including The Hanover Company, Koontz McCombs, AG Spanos, and Martin Fein Interests. She became a specialist in high-rise and mid-rise properties and has completed numerous projects across the nation.

  • Joanna's award-winning projects include:
  • 2 Pillars of Industry Awards
  • 6 Gold Nugget Awards
  • 6 Best in American Living Awards

Haven Design Studio has locations in San Antonio and Houston, and serves clients nationwide. Contact us to request more information about our services.