We had the good fortune of connecting with SHELIA HAIL and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi SHELIA, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The world of design and decorating has always threaded (itself) through my life in some capacity. It just took moving to Texas and my mother in law with the great suggestion of putting the ask out on Social Media to provide my services for Holiday decorating that I really jump started my business. I’ve always loved hosting, and providing tactile hands on items to create a welcoming and interactive atmosphere for friends when they come to my home for a party, bible study, or just coffee. So it became evident with the suggestion from my Mother In law, to my normal day to day life and involvement with designing events that it made sense to step into the waters of interior design. Once I put my feelers out there to start my first interior design project, my design journey began to unfold and grow. In short, it seems like this business and life fell into my lap, (yet) in actuality its always been present, I just didn’t realize it. So now my thought process behind starting my own business is to use my gifting to tell the stories of peoples lives through their homes, offices, and commercial properties. All in the end with the hope that each client I encounter knows they’re loved, prayed for and that his or her story is told.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Growing up I didn’t have many opportunities in school to express much creativity. By the end of junior high all of our music and arts were removed due to lack of funding. Due to this lack of opportunity, minus my amazingly supportive art teacher in high school (only art offered was “art” in high school, no other creative practices) what was left to do with my extra time was play sports. Which I loved. I loved playing basketball and volleyball, and though I missed the creative elements of extra curricular activities I would find a way to express my heart. Singing, playing the piano, writing songs in my room, and decorating my locker and moving furniture around in my parents house were my forms of creative expression. Fast forward to college I became surrounded more and more by the arts, music, and creative people. I loved this environment, but did not deem myself as a creative. Most likely at that time because I wasn’t creating “art pieces” as a fine art major – I was still just the social girl who use to play sports. Years later my Husband and I moved to Arizona and a team of women at our church took me under their wings and recruited me to plan events. This belief in me to create and allowing me the keys to this “Disneyland” of sorts – in that if I could dream it, then I could create it, and they believed I could and supported me in every idea. I was encouraged and empowered. This was the time where I started to believe I might be creative. After this chapter of our life ended and we moved to Texas and I jumped into interior design after more years of event design and other creative streams of work, I started to see I was a creative person and could imagine and make design dreams reality. However this mental mentality has not been the easiest to fully believe. There are many times I ask myself the questions, “am I really good at this,” “do i really know what I’m doing,” am I really creative,” “are they going to figure out I really don’t know what I’m talking about?” All of these questions swarm my mind, because I question my creativity and artistry because I wasn’t that “artsy kid” in school and because I wasn’t a design major in college. With all this being said this history of being this “closet creative” and coming into my artistry later in life somehow helps remind me to stay humble and to keep me in the student mentality, of continuing to learn, in order to grow and stretch into a better designer than I was the project before.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh boy, whelp we are still learning Houston, so lets see ha! Especially cause we are the extra cool kids living in the burbs! haha!

A couple of our favorite places to go to eat though are

Whiskey Cake (great happy hour & charcuterie board)

Flower Child

In & out (being from nor cal this is a must)

Freddys Burgers (we go almost every Sunday with our kiddos)

Bella Green at City Center – we take our kiddos to eat there, play at the green way and then grab a gelato around the corner.

Fav mexican in Pearland – Emmas – get the queso!

We love the museum district – visiting the fine arts museum is so encouraging to us and inspiring for us.
Such a great deal for the year membership!

Our heart is really to just spend time with people, and we host a lot at our home – or look up the newest yelp craze! We love trying new things and suggestions from our younger hipper friends! ha!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have encouraged me in this journey! From my biggest champion, my husband Matthew Hail, to all my family, the talented people I work with, my contractor Juan Hernandez & his team Dream Home tile, and for every friend and mentor who has spoken life into me, Each person pushing me to do better, teaching me, advising and counseling me spiritually, emotionally, mentally, business wise, and keeping me in check. Each person has always been in my corner cheering even when I don’t want to cheer for myself. It takes a village, truly to make things happen & I’m so very thankful for my village – you know who you ARE.

Website: oliviahaildesigns.com@gmail.com

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Linkedin: sheliahail512@gmail.com

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Image Credits
Mallory Crawford Photography: everything minus the boho office pics Elizabeth Brooke Photography: boho office Please let me know which ones you will use so I can specifically credit any art work etc.

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