Hilari Younger auditioned for Design Star after moving to Dallas from Washington, D.C. There, she worked as a self-employed designer and new mom and her husband attended SMU Law School.
When Hilari graduated from Howard University where she studied fashion merchandising and public relations, she couldn’t afford luxurious design, not even Haverty’s! She received lots of hands-on design training at retail establishments, restaurants, home stores and real estate firms, until she eventually found her way to commercial and residential design.
Fast forward to present day, Hilari’s design business, Ufunkshen is completely booked with projects until October. Her personal style is a fusion of ethnic modern and ornate glamour. She feels that the most important part of design is the process, which she describes as education and therapy. With the strong belief that one cannot buy a room, but has to grow it, nor can one manufacture character or charm, her number one tip is: Start with a conversation piece collective.
Years ago, Hilari created a conversation piece, a treasure her friends named Liberace, which she still owns. Don’t you just love it when an expert uses their own advice? As I further perused her portfolio, I noted that she is greatly inspired by fashion and classic movies. Talk about serious skills. I cannot wait to pick her brain to add more swankiness to my nest!