We had the good fortune of connecting with Delinda Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delinda, what should our readers know about your business? We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Delinda Davis Designs is a boutique design firm and cabinet dealer specializing in cabinetry for kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, laundry rooms, etc. We also provide custom furniture designs for bedrooms and offices and we have an online home store. Founded in 2018, we offer trendy and functional design solutions for residential and commercial spaces and we pride ourselves on delivering quality service from start to finish. From the CEO – When I was a little girl, I absolutely loved the furniture in our home; I loved changing the rooms around and creating new designs with the furniture we had. At one point, my mother even told me that she once considered attending school for interior design as well. I started college several times and majored in the subjects that were most suggested, such as economics, business, etc. However, I would always get bored and impatient; and that is when I realized that traditional training was not for me. So I switched to an art school.
At first, I was skeptical about how things would go. But, after that third class on the first day, I literally shouted out loud. I was so happy that I had found my true calling. My first job was at a custom cabinet company in NYC as a drafter, shortly after that I went on to work in the Donghia showroom at the Designer’s and Decorator’s Building. I eventually relocated to High Point, North Carolina, the furniture capital, where I continued to work in showrooms with clients from around the globe. In 2004 my daughter started school at Clark Atlanta University and it was then that Atlanta piqued my interest, and two years later I took a leap of faith and uprooted my life from North Carolina to Atlanta. Once settled, I asked myself if I wanted to stay in the design industry and the answer was “Yes, Yes and Yes.” But! I wanted to do more than decorating, I wanted to do space design and remodeling. I decided to further my education at a two-year, non-traditional school that provided the training that I was seeking, such as 3D Max and Revit. I am a problem solver and I use 3D modeling to design spaces. I worked for a few companies after completing college but I really had a desire to start my own business. So I did.
In 2018, Delinda Davis Designs was born and started providing design solutions for home owners, builders, flippers, general contractors, architects and interior designers. The experiences that I’ve had from the beginning of my career until now is learning who my clients are and knowing their desires and that ranges from designing a restaurant kitchen in Ghana to working with contractors on single-family renovations. Colleagues have told me many times that I hold my clients hands and I say yes to that. My goal is a happy client. Now, I definitely didn’t get to this point personally or professionally by taking the “easy” route. Running a business requires flexibility. It is like doing kung fu or being in a boxing ring navigating punches – bobbing and weaving around situations while still standing and that takes true courage, but it is worth it and I absolutely love it.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far, is that it’s okay to be unique and stand up for your business beliefs without compromising integrity. If there was one thing we’d like the world to know – our firm is about individuality, particularly for our homeowner projects. I love a client that is an out of the box thinker, bring it on. I encourage you to be uniquely you. I often say, “Express yourself” and “Dare to be you.” When your family and friends visit to see the newly designed spaces, leave them in awe. You don’t need the same cabinet door styles and colors that you see in everyone’s home. However, if that is what you are aiming for, that is just fine and I will remain a passionate supporter of your vision. I will be right there with you, creating the spaces that express the uniqueness of you and your family. Simplicity is the key, and less is more is the answer. We find satisfaction in knowing that at the end of every project, our clients have a space that represents them and their unique personalities. Call us and lets create something just for you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The good thing about someone visiting, is that Atlanta has a whole slew of places to hang out and enjoy yourself. As a melting pot of varied customs and cultures, you can literally find substance in just about every one of Atlanta’s over 200 neighborhoods. Personally, I thoroughly enjoy the arts and spending time outdoors. Therefore, if someone were to visit me – I’d start with lunch at Slutty Vegan, followed by a lively walk up Kennesaw Mountain. If they’re staying the week, at some point we’d have to get tickets to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra or stop by the Fox Theatre for a play. I absolutely love dancing, so grabbing some tickets off Groupon for ballroom dancing would be nice, followed by dinner at Herban Fix-Vegan Kitchen. I’ve been here since 2006 and there are still items I need to scratch off my “Best in Atlanta” list, but zip lining at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and walking the Roswell Riverwalk Boardwalk are among my favorite things to do on sunny days! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ronai Streater and Kerron Streater , My daughter and son. My absolute greatest accomplishment in life. I have given society two functioning and responsible adults; 2 caring and loving individuals. They put the “F” in family and I love the love that we share. We laugh and accept each one for whom they are. We are so blessed to have each one. My greatest gift has been watching them grow from adorable infants to responsible adult. They have given me so much support with this business and it has grown from my idea to a family business.
jPhotographer: Markeon Edwards and for instagram @markeoneproductions Makeup: Subrena Miller