My name is Malia and I'm the creative behind Graced Designs. My path to design was not one of the ordinary. I had made up my mind in grade school that I would follow in my father's footsteps and go into the world of dentistry. Near the end of my second year of college I realized I had a need to be creative and dentistry wasn't going to cut it. That's when I stumbled upon the career of my dreams, interior design.
The year I decided to change my career I also got married and moved to what seemed a world away from my family. At the time my husband, who was a drywall contractor, had recently become unemployed during the recession we all came to know a decade ago. He had recently obtained his contractor's license and just two months after getting married we decided to start his own business, Affinity Drywall. During Thanksgiving, Christmas, and summer breaks from the design program, I would be on the job helping my husband as his assistant. It was my first taste at construction and I was hooked. I watched how my husband's life had changed from working for someone to being self employed and while it was no walk in the park, I knew I wanted to one day start my own business. A degree later, a babe in arms, and six months after working for another designer, I decided to start Graced Designs.