Plot Twist Design Business Podcast is hosted by Kelly R. Collier-Clark, Founder of Plot Twist Design and Plot Decor Boutique. Kelly is also a Home & Lifestyle Influencer. She shares on the business side of interior design and lifestyle topics from a professional & personal perspectives with her guests, as well as their journeys. “Together we will continue to build, learn, and grow on this journey for all things home and lifestyle”!!—xx, Kelly
ME SEASON Series: Niki Mcneill Brown
Niki McNeill Brown is Founder & Principal Interior Designer of McNeill Brown Interior Design. Niki is sharing her journey in how she found her love for interior design after some soul searching as a pre-med student.
Now having a BS degree in Psychology, as well as Interior Design Niki has been immersed in interior design for over a decade. She spent the first five years of her design career in Atlanta, GA. There she started as an intern for a residential design firm and moved into working as a production assistant for HGTV. There she learned how to produce interior design content for TV. In 2011, she put her knowledge to the test as a featured designer on HGTV’s “Design Wars,” then, in 2013, she joined the design team for the Emmy award-winning show, “Elbow Room.” She now runs her firm in Raleigh, NC and enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughter.
Niki’s ME Season: For Niki, ME season is about putting her self first more by adding herself back to the priority list and giving herself grace. The first step to this in 2022 was taking time out to attend the Meridian Experience Conference!
ME SEASON Series: Amber Guyton
Amber Guyton is Owner of Blessed Little Bungalow (BLB), an interior design firm in Atlanta, GA. Amber started blogging and sharing her own home six years ago and has since become a well known nationally recognized brand. She’s a passionate champion for personal finance. She believes that interior design should not be a luxury reserved for the privileged few and is committed to democratizing the industry one home at a time. Amber has served dozens of clients across the country designing colorful, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing residential and commercial projects. In 2021, she left her fintech marketing career in San Francisco, California to pursue this dream and take BLB full-time.
Amber’s ME SEASON 2022
This year Amber attended the Meridian Experience Conference, High Point Market for the first time, and she decided to invest in a business coaching program. All of these commitments and more are defining, pivotal moments as shared with us by Amber.
ME SEASON, Special Series: Kelly Collier-Clark
Kelly Collier-Clark is Owner and Principal Interior Designer of Plot Twist Design and Home & Lifestyle Influencer in Philadelphia, PA. Her firm was established February 2019, currently located in Blue Bell, PA. She’s also Owner of Plot Decor Boutique (an E-commerce shop), Realtor®️, and Host of Plot Twist Design Business Podcast. Kelly believes dwelling well is essential. Her childhood home, education, and love for textiles & fashion attribute to her design aesthetic today; modern contemporary mixed with globally inspired decor. Kelly has been featured in major design industry publications such as Apartment Therapy, Architectural Digest AD Pro, Business of Home, Curated Quarters Magazine, Designer’s Today Magazine, and more.
July is the 2yr anniversary month for the podcast. In this episode Kelly is kicking off the season with a brief prelude, reflecting on her “why” behind the podcast, what Me Season means to her, and a special thank you message to the interior design podcast community. Season VI, Me Season is dedicated to the Meridian Experience Conference (ME Conference). The inaugural ME Conference took place in Seattle WA, June 2022. The conference was created by Albie Buabeng (aka Albie Knows), Home & Lifestyle Content Creator. All guests in this series will share about their individual journeys, what Me Season means to them, their conference experience, and more. Stay tuned and enjoy!
Women’s History Month Series VOL II: Chanae Richards
Chanae Richards, CEO & Principal Designer of ọlọrọ interiors is sharing her journey with us today. Her firm is based in Philadelphia with a second location in New York. Chanae walks us through how her journey began, her experience with starting her business with family members, and the importance of having the right people in positions where they fit best. She shares insight on why and how multiple streams of income are important to her and the value in having a team to support each separately. We talk about her personal aesthetic style and the way it reflects who she is as a minimalist, how she niches her clients, and her ideal clients. Aside from interior and set design; Chanae also serves as the Managing Director of Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Entrepreneurial Resource Center, a groundbreaking initiative providing residents with free business resources and support for community innovation. Her curated spaces and design expertise have been featured in major magazines such as Elle Decor and Business of Home, Apartment Therapy, and major syndicates like MSNBC, National Geographic, and more. Chanae is an insightful business woman blazing her own trails in the industry and beyond. Tune in!
Women’s History Month VOL II Series: Marie Cloud
Marie Cloud, Principal of Indigo Pruitt Design Studio is sharing her journey with us today. Her firm is located in Charlotte, NC. Among numerous features, Marie has been recently been featured on TV via the local news on Spectrum News 1 and on their website showing her home and discussing the growth in business since the pandemic began. She was also appointed the first Diversity and Inclusion Officer for High Point By Design (HPxD) before 2021 ended. HPxD is an organization committed to making High Point an all year around hub for interior designers. Marie shares why she embraces the position, yet voices that increasing equity isn’t just resting on her shoulders alone. Rewinding the tape we talked about her educational path that let her to an earlier career in management with Sherwin Williams. Marie quickly realized her love for the creative side was best for her. As a wife and mother who enjoys her family immensely, she shares how important it is to maintain a healthy balance of time for herself; as well as her favorite ways to decompress. Marie walks us through her design style at home, how client’s interiors should reflect who they are, and much more. Tune in!
Women’s History Month VOL II Series: Claudia Steer
Claudia Steer is an amazing serial entrepreneur located in Brooklyn, NY and sharing her journey with us today. Claudia is Owner and Principal Designer of NW10 Interiors and Founder & CEO of Rentid, a tech-enabled home design platform for renters that transforms interior design into an amenity that benefits both sides of the market. And she also has a strategic consultancy, Steer Strategies, delivering brand and creative strategy to brands such as P&G and American Express. As a self titled ‘rebel renter’, Claudia walks us through her story of breaking rules to design her home and her beliefs that everyone ought to see themselves reflected in their spaces in order to create a greater sense of belonging, whether they own a space or not. She shares her design aesthetic values, the inspiring story behind designing Issa Rae’s Airbnb in L.A. at the top of this year her views on social media. We also took a deep dive into social media and design industry behaviors that many will find very relatable.
With over a decade’s experience in brand and experiential strategy and seven plus years as an interior designer, Claudia has studied both the art and science of design and its impact on people. She incorporates a lot of the psychological benefits of design into her work, and has created both commercial and residential projects that speak to her ethos on belonging in design. This packed conversation is filled with great insight, transparency, and good laughs. Tune in!
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Just what I was looking for, real expert advice and how to’s on how to be a value adding member of the interior design community. Great for beginners and those interested in how to get started in interior design.
I just listened to your interview with Carmeon Hamilton and you did a great job! I’ve been a long time follower of Carmeon and I stumbled on your podcast recently and figured I’d listen. So worth it! Keep up the awesome work.