"I believe in order to be a good designer you need to have a sense of design details and how it will affect the lifestyle of the people living in that space “

Odalys Hernandez founder and principal of House of Odalys is creating residential interiors in Miami, and internationally. With her desire to show how change is good for yourself and for your home, she will create a design that meets all your home life needs, and is also pleasing to the most discerning eye.

Born in Matanzas, Cuba to a mother that was a master seamstress, and an entrepreneur father. They fled Cuba in the early 1960’s to seek refuge in Miami, Florida from all the political chaos. Growing up, Odalys was influenced by the Tropical Art Deco buildings in South Beach, Miami Modern buildings in Miami Beach, the overall bohemian style of Coconut Grove, the Spanish style homes, and buildings in Coral Gables. Most of all she was influenced by the willpower and devotion her parents had to recreate their lives in Miami, and give their children the best possible life.

She went to college with the intent of becoming a fashion designer, but after one class of art and furniture history, she was hooked! she then changed her major to interior design. Her career choice gave her the chance to dabble in many different aspects of this field of design. After working a couple of years in commercial interiors, she opened an antique store, giving her the chance travel while purchasing antiques, something she had always dreamt of doing.

When the trends began to lean to a more contemporary style, naturally, Odalys felt she had to reinvent herself. She went to work for a furniture showroom as a design manager. She was also in charge of drapery, and wall coverings. After six years, again, she felt the need to branch out. Her path led her to furniture design, and manufacturing. Here she learned everything about wood working machinery, working versus decorative hardware, types of woods, veneers, finishes, metals, and all the details required to design and produce a beautiful piece of furniture. Fast forward fifteen years, Odalys decided to embrace the major changes occurring in her life, and go back to her roots in interior design, which was always her true passion. Her style? Eclectic is her favorite.

As a member of Design Force Miami, Odalys brings her "super power" to the group. Check it out here to find out what it is! Watch the first DFM episode here and get to know our designers. For more info on all of the members, please go to www.designforcemiami.com.