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.”
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You cannot be timid when you're in a competition like that. The bolder, bigger designs are what get noticed.”