We had the good fortune of connecting with Kia Melvin-Gueh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
From as far back as I can remember, I have always had aspirations of starting my own business. I absolutely love the arts and the concept behind creating something that is uniquely constructed. I also really enjoy decorating homes and constantly mixing colors, fabrics and designs when the seasons change.
Due to this, there were several occasions when I went into stores to source items and not been able to find the color I was looking for or pattern that would complete a design concept I was working on. I wondered to myself “could I start my own pillow cover line?” While I always enjoyed the arts and the creative process, I was nervous to pursue a career that was dependent upon sales.
When I decided to actually start my decor line it came following a day of watching HGTV and social media scrolling, capturing the very essence of entrepreneurship. It was that same day that I finally said to myself “why not you” and decided to follow my dreams of creating decorative pillows covers and decor without allowing fear to get in the way of pursuing my craft. With the support of my family, I began writing down my business goals and KG Design Elements, LLC was created. It has truly been a labor of love, one of the best decisions that I have made for myself and I am excited to see what the future holds for KG Design Elements.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would say one thing that sets me apart is my passion in all that I do. Besides being the CEO of my company, I am proud to say that I am also the creative force behind the ideas and designs that I create. This company was built from scratch with an idea to enhance the aesthetics of client’s homes. It has not always been easy and there have been many late nights of creating and recreating design ideas. However, with perseverance, dedication, faith, and support I have been able to continuously accomplish the goals set forth for the company.
I feel very proud that my decorative pillows are in the homes of my clients and it is an honor that they chose my designs. I have learned that it takes time to build a business and success is not always overnight. I know that as long as I continue stay true to my craft and operate with integrity, the possibilities are endless.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting from out of town there would be multiple places for us to explore. I would start off with a little rest and relaxation day the day as we toured Château Elan for wine tasting and then the spa. Then we could go to Roc South for brunch and later head to the city for some shopping or Ponce City Market. Perhaps we could listen to some music at Monticello before going to Chops or STK for dinner and The Garden Room for drinks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like dedicate my shoutout to my amazing husband, Bobby. He has motivated me continuously, been the sounding board for all of my creative ideas and encouraged me along the way. I am truly thankful for him and my children.
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