Design Stories- Jill Muckleroy Ornelas from Ambiance

Ambiance Design
Today we’re featuring Jill Muckleroy Ornelas from Ambiance. She first got her feet wet in the design industry in 1986 and hear her story of how she made her way to new home construction. Follow and learn more about Jill from Ambiance on her websiteInstagramFacebook and Pinterest.


When and how did you get in to the interior design industry? 1986, Many moons ago.  I was interested in interior design for years but held back because someone scared me about it.  They made me think it was beyond my abilities.  So I got my first degree in psychology.  After graduating with that degree I did not know what I was going to do with it.  I happened to live in a town with a great interior design college nearby.  I decided to take some classes and give it a shot. I started working for a commercial designer while in school and for awhile after graduating. Then I began my own business when I lived in Nashville TN.

Tell us more about Ambiance?

After moving back to my hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas, I opened a high-end interiors retail store carrying Century furniture and lamps and art…I closed the store when life brought some distractions and doing it all was a bit much. Now my business is a services mainly focused business with procurement options.  Business is good and I stay busy. I do a lot of (and my favorite) new construction projects where I help clients through the entire process from construction to complete furnishing.

My favorite projects are those I become part of the families for at least a year.  I’ve met and worked with fabulous people in that process.

What does the future have in-store for Ambiance?  

As I have been in this business for so many years and am thinking towards retirement in a few years (not right away). Blogging is relatively new to me and I enjoy it.  I’d like to continue doing that and make a healthy income from it.

If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life what would it be?

Cheese, dark chocolate, birthday cake (only on my birthday).


How has Mydoma Studio helped Ambience? 

Immensely!  Being a solo-preneur, I don’t have employees or assistants.  When I get busy, Mydoma helps me keep track of all of my projects.  Everything is in one place and I can refer to it and make sure I’m on track with all of my clients.

What is one business tip you can share to your peers?

The client comes first!