Jill Metzler-Wiese, Owner & Head Creative
Just Jill! was born and raised in New York. Her mother was constantly redecorating their house into whatever the design trend of the day was. And there was Jill: right there, giving her opinion, unsolicited or not. How else can you explain the white and purple paneling in her childhood room?
Jill left THAT purple and went off to another purple: East Carolina University. Even though she majored in English, she spent a great deal of time rearranging the furniture and painting her dorm room. She always seemed to materialize at the doorway of any fellow Pirate who uttered the words “I am so sick of this room!”
Jill spent many years in the sales and marketing arena of some of the most respected pharmaceutical companies in the world. Even though her days were spent with patients, doctors, and medication, her spare time was spent decorating not only her home but the homes of her friends and customers as well. After some time, her hobby was more time-consuming than her paying job.
That’s when Jill decided to do what she had always loved and had always had the talent for—she became an Interior Designer. People are usually surprised to hear about Jill’s background but are impressed when she shows enthusiasm and knowledge of interior design.
Jill has spoken to several women’s groups in the area as well as been a featured speaker at several local home shows. She’s been asked to participate in the Designer Showcase at the Southern Ideal Home Show. Jill has participated in the Wake Forest Parade of Homes and has taught classes at Meredith College and Durham and Wake Technical Colleges. She’s been a member of Wake County Home Builders Association, Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties, and National Association of Women Business Owners. Jill has been invited to participate in the Junior League of Durham and Orange County Designer Show Houses. She’s been interviewed by HGTV. She’s written monthly columns for the Wakefield Plantation and North Ridge Homeowners Associations on Interior Design, as well as been a member of the News & Observer’s “Ask the Design Expert” panel. Jill’s also rated Houzz Best in Service as well as Best in Design several times as well as Top 3 Interior Designers in Durham.
But it’s not the accolades that keep Jill loving what she’s been doing for 16 years: it’s her clients’ faces when they walk into one of her spaces for the first time that keeps her motivated.
Jill lives in Durham with her small family, which includes rescue dog Kizer.
Kizer, Design Dog
Kizer is also on staff at Just Jill! His job description involves saying hello to our clients and vendors, barking at our poor UPS and FedEx drivers, and helping Jill figure out which fabrics are washable and which are not.