We had the good fortune of connecting with Tishelle Ogunfiditimi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tishelle, what is the most important factor behind your success?
My network has been and continues to be the most important factor behind my success. Without strong relationships it’s incredibly difficult to be successful as an entrepreneur. Personal relationships and even acquaintances have led to clients, collaborations, industry level access, and new vendors; which are all important to run a successful business. So it’s become my own personal charge to not only serve my clients, but everyone that I encounter, because people are truly the most valuable investment you can make into your business.
What should our readers know about your business?
Haute & Polished Designs is a full service interior design firm based in the District of Columbia that focuses on sleek modern design and are obsessed with making our clients fall in love with their homes. It is our mission is to make curated and luxury design attainable to our community. We are most that H&P Designs makes a positive social impact by creating several job opportunities for staff with competitive wages. We are committed to supporting small businesses in our immediate and extended communities at every opportunity. We also partner with non-profit organizations such as A Wider Circle to help families transition out of homelessness or fleeing domestic violence circumstances into their own homes, through the donation of consultation services and new and used home furnishings. We are true believers that design can heal, creating beautiful spaces can be transformative in a person’s life.
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.
The first place we are heading is down the DC Waterfront! There are a ton of amazing restaurants to indulge in. I would make time to visit as many of the many Smithsonian museums. And last but certainly not least visit one of the areas spas for a day of pampering.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost I must shoutout my INCREDIBLE team: Tem, Rashad, Michelle, LaTaira, Teiko and Karen. They are the force behind Haute & Polished Designs. There is no project, request or challenge that will make them shrink back from getting the job done and I’m so grateful to have them. I’d like to also recognize the Black Interior Designer Network (BIDN). This community of designers has the most incredible creators that support, educate, and encourage designers at all phases of their careers. The BIDN was critical for the upleveling that took place in my business, it’s because of the designers I met there I had the courage to take things up a notch.