Our Team

Paola

Owner & Principal Designer

Home is a place to make memories and messes. It should be a place that family and friends love to visit and never seem to want to leave…

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children. As a mom, I have quickly learned that a home has to work for those who live in it. Function is of first and foremost importance when you have children and dogs (I have two of those furry children as well). Living with (all my) children has helped me understand that a home is more than just a place to hang your hat. It should be a place where all members of the family feel safe, comfortable and happy. Home is a place to make memories and messes. It should be a place that all members of the family love and want to be in most of the time.

I often get asked about the name Olamar. It came about during our rebrand in 2013 and reflects who I am as a designer and who we are as a design studio.  The name was derived from my first name and my given last name (PaOLA MARtinez).  Changing the company name for me reflects how much of myself I put into my work, my business and my clients.  It also represents my culture and heritage (I was born in the Dominican Republic, as well as my connection to and love of the sea (in Spanish Ola means wave and Mar means ocean).  The intertwined nature of the new logo represents the give and take relationship we strive to achieve with each and every client.  The new name represents the evolution of myself as a designer and of our studio in the last ten years.

Meet our team

Jamie McNeill

Jamie McNeill

Office Manager

Jamie moved to the Northern Virginia area in 1995 from Oklahoma City. She attended the University of Oklahoma and studied Marketing and Accounting. She has spent her career providing top-notch customer service in the human resources, office management and marketing fields. She is very passionate about her family, which includes her two beautiful daughters and five grandchildren. In her spare time you can find her enjoying, playing and coaching both softball and volleyball.

Caitlin McDermott

Caitlin McDermott

Design Assistant

When she was a child, Caitlin would always skip play dates to go to construction sites with her dad. As a result, she can lay tile, pour concrete, and operate power tools. She also always found herself sketching layouts and coming up with ideas for her family home.   After two trees fell on the home, creating a need for major renovations, she found her first opportunity to put all of those skills and ideas to good use. Her parents allowed her to incorporate many of her design ideas and to be very involved in the process and she loved every minute of it. She learned so much from the experience. Since then, her family and friends often invite her into their homes to help rearrange furniture to make their spaces fit their families’ life style. She pursued her dream and received her Associates of Science in Interior Design from Northern Virginia Community College.

“My passion for Design and helping others with their design needs has greatly evolved and continues to, each and every day.”

Whitney McNeill

Whitney McNeill

Administrative Assistant

Whitney lives with her family in central Virginia   She has an inner spark and grace that positively impacts everyone she’s around. She is the proud mother of two children and is very involved in their activities. She has experience in the modeling and customer service industries.

Tucker Martinez

Tucker Martinez

Writer and Official Ball of Energy

Tucker was born in West Virginia and made his way to the Northern Virginia area as a puppy of 10 weeks, in search of a forever home. I found him through a non-profit rescue and was able to bring him home at 12 weeks, and I thank my lucky stars every day. You know that saying, “who saved who”? You may have seen it on dog rescue bumper stickers. Well it sums up my feelings about the joy that this “perpetual puppy” brings into my life.

Bruno Martinez

Bruno Martinez

Director of Community Support and Official Cuddler

Bruno came to me by chance. While peeking through Facebook one day, a post came up about this “shelter favorite” who was at risk of being euthanized if he didn’t find his forever home. Something inside me said that this dog was supposed to be mine. Without hesitation (or too much forethought) I sprung into action and volunteered to foster him, in order to see how he would respond to Tucker and the children. As soon as he arrived he made himself at home cuddling next to us on the couch. His demeanor has completely changed from a shy, submissive dog to a happy go lucky, extremely cuddly pup. He’s an amazing dog and a testament to the merits of dog rescue.

To begin our intake process, please contact us at 571-239-8845 or inquiry@olamarinteriors.com or complete our survey!