You Are The Reason We Do What We Do
How you helped Design Pretty become a reality…
We are so happy that everyone who purchases our home decor products knows that they are getting an authentic Design Pretty product worthy of the finest homes.
Oneka Benn Schwartz
I’m Oneka a wife and mom of three beautiful children. I make a line of table linens and home décor out of my home studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I was born in Georgetown Guyana and immigrated to New Jersey when I was 5 years old. My family and I brought our suitcases, a few photo albums and not much more. As I grew up and acclimated to life in the U.S., I was always drawn to fashion and interior design. I’d love to watch shows about style and it always struck me when people would mention things that were handed down in their families. “ This was my grandmothers wedding dress” or “My great Aunt gave me this chest”. Having left our home with a few suitcases my family had no air looms. We had memories and family pride in spades but no tangible legacy pieces. As I grew up in a working class family it became clear the cost of quality was slightly outside of what we could afford. That never sat well with me. It became my goal to create quality products that were affordable to everyday folks. My grandmother was a seamstress in Guyana and taught me how to sew. The first thing I ever sewed on my own was a set of sheets and a duvet cover. I threw myself into making bed linens because I loved them so much, and they were so expensive to buy. At 21 I started my own business making custom linens and window treatments and I’ve been creating ever since. It is slightly more difficult now as I have three children. Gilding and polishing minerals takes place before the kids get up in the morning and cutting and sewing in the basement happens in the evening once they go to bed. I fill orders during the day and wrap things up by dinnertime. Both my family and my work are labors of love and I wouldn’t trade either of them for the world.
My product line has evolved since its inception, from sewing linens to creating a tabletop collection out of quartz, I feel great about where I am today. As long as there is a need for the products I create I will gladly continue to make them.