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

Hi Symone, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?

I remember in the 9th grade, my mother allowed me to decorate my room and gave me complete control. At the time, my childhood friend and I were obsessed with Jamaican culture and Bob Marley, so of course I chose that as my theme. My mother hired a painter, and I chose the colors of the Jamaican flag: red, yellow, and green. My walls were painted green, the molding and baseboards were yellow, and my bedding and decor were red. I was so proud of my room, and this was the start of finding an interest in decorating.

Throughout my high school years, my mother allowed me to decorate the Christmas tree and simple Christmas decor around the house each year. When entering college, I remember being very excited about selecting new bedding and decor for my dorm room. I always enjoyed visiting home decor stores or completing DIY projects.

When moving to Houston in 2017, I tapped into my love of decorating. I moved into my first “big girl” apartment, living on my own. I remember being excited about shopping for furniture and decor. Once I made friends in Houston, I began inviting friends over and being the “hostess with the mostess.” When friends and family would visit my apartment, they always complimented me on how nicely decorated it was or how much they enjoyed the setup I had for our gathering, and often encouraged me to start a business or at least share my work.

In July of 2021, I finally dove into becoming a content creator, focusing on DIY, decor, and lifestyle. Being a content creator is so rewarding. Through my love of creating, I am now able to pursue my dream of inspiring others. My work has also created the opportunity to build a business around decorating for parties, homes, and other events. My future aspirations are to create my own brand of decor and open a store in Houston.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My natural love for creating has grown into something that I am now able to be compensated for. Growing up, I often participated in DIY projects that were in magazines, YouTube, etc. and also decorated for holidays for my family or around my mother’s home in general. Now that I have a platform as a content creator, my goal is to share ideas that others can recreate on their own or decor ideas that they can incorporate into their homes. The beauty of my field is that I create for others. When clients hire me to decorate, I am truly rewarded by making their ideas come to life or presenting ideas to them and exceeding their expectations. Before becoming a content creator, it seemed like all I had to do was post a pretty picture or video, and that was it. In reality, there is a lot more to it than that. I found what helped me was connecting with other creatives and having support with the behind-the-scenes details.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When I first moved to Houston, I explored the city as if I were a tourist (and still do). This is when I discovered my love for brunch. Before moving to Houston, I didn’t eat the popular shrimp and grits dish. I am not sure what it was about grits, but I just didn’t care for grits. After eating this dish at Grace’s, it is now one of my favorite brunch selections. Houston is so diverse and has a variety of things to do. There is always something to do throughout the week and weekend. Some of my favorite activities are: walking in the park, attending Houston sporting events and concerts, art exhibits, social events, and visiting popular Houston restaurants and lounges, to name a few. If a friend were visiting for the weekend, Friday would include eating at a restaurant and visiting a lounge afterwards, Saturday would include attending an event, and Sunday would, of course, include brunch and Sunday Funday! It is truly a blessing to live in the city of Houston, and it is the best move I have made.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I have to shoutout God for blessing me with the skills to create and have a platform. Next, I have to shoutout my family, especially my mother and grandmother. They are my number one supporters, no matter how big or small the achievement. My mother has always given me the freedom to pursue things I’ve been interested in. Since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed creating. I remember in 6th grade expressing to her that I wanted to take art lessons, and she and my grandmother found a private art class where I learned the foundations of painting and creating art. My mother never pressured me into doing anything. I think this truly allowed me to naturally explore my likes and dislikes and gave me the courage to try things. My grandmother has always been there for me in any capacity, whether it was dropping me off or picking me up from an activity or providing support monetarily. The support they have provided throughout my life is the type of support that gave me the space to really be able to explore my creativity. I am truly blessed to have them in my life. Lastly, I have to shoutout my friends who support me, especially my content creator friends, who understand the industry and what it entails.

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