Edmond interior designer Kellie Clements calls herself an “encourager.”
“I like to push people to go a little further than what they think they're comfortable with,” she said.
She adores bright pops of color and bold designs. She knows how to mix patterns with panache and can turn a boring room into a spectacular showroom.
She strutted her impressive design skills during two recent stints on HGTV's Season Six “Design Star” and this summer's “Design Star All Stars.”
Now, Clements is moving her career away from reality TV competition and setting her sights on new endeavors — writing books and creating her own line of window coverings. And she's dipped her toe into the realm of furniture design. All this in addition to caring for her two children and husband.
“I've got a lot on my plate,” Clements admits.
Clements, 34, placed fourth in season six of “Design Star,” an accomplishment she said proved to herself that she could keep up with top-notch designers from big cities.
“To compete with 11 other designers at that level, and do as well as I did, it was very reassuring,” she said. “I can hang with people no matter if they're from New York or California or Chicago. So I felt good coming home knowing that I am giving my clients something of true value.”
She proved that to the HGTV viewers, too. Their votes made her the season's Fan Favorite and landed her a series of Internet videos.
In the videos, she gives viewers tutorials on creating a mini mudroom, choosing patterns that work together, creating a desk for two and creative ways to display photos on walls.
You can watch the series on HGTV.com.
This year, she again heard from HGTV. They wanted her to compete in a new reality show: “Design Star All Stars.”
For this competition, six designers from past seasons of “Design Star” came together to compete for the All Star title.
Clements was eliminated on the first episode, which aired July 22.
Leslie Ezelle, of Dallas, won “Design Star All stars.” Ezelle competed against Clements in Season Six of “Design Star.”
That's all water under the bridge for Clements. Now, she's hard at work choosing colors, fabrics and designs for her new line of window treatments, Simply Chic by Kellie Clements, which will soon be available online at blindsgalore.com.
“The neat thing about this company and the way they do things is they have a patented technology where they can print the window coverings on demand,” Clements said. “So everything is custom.”
The designer is also scheduled to write three books for Oklahoma publisher, Buzz Books. The first will focus on business strategies and tips Clements has learned during her career as an interior designer. It's like a handbook for business owners, she said.
She thinks the second book will be all about design. The third, she said, likely will detail the audition and filming processes she experienced on the HGTV shows.
From the confidence she gained through her reality design competition experiences, Clements said she learned to be even bolder in her designs.
“When you're doing something outside the box, you kind of have to step back and say ‘Am I cuckoo or is this really awesome?'” she said.
Clements is using her bolder attitude in her foray into furniture design. It features eye-popping versions of traditional styles. For instance, side chairs are reupholstered with bright contrasting fabrics such as vibrant orange, slate and lime stripes paired with a graphic floral pattern.
“You don't have a choice. You cannot be timid when you're in a competition like that,” she said. “The bolder, bigger designs are what get noticed.”
You cannot be timid when you're in a competition like that. The bolder, bigger designs are what get noticed.”