Mikel Welch is a interior designer that has risen professionally in his industry. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mikel honed his talents across the country, starting in Atlanta, GA. then in NYC.
We’ve got to ask the renowned, tv star interior designer a few questions about his career and personal grooming tips, because look at him – he’s flawless!
1Where are you from?
I am originally from Southfield, MI. A small suburb of Detroit.
2Did you always have dreams of being a designer?
No, it honestly was something that I found out that I had an interest for after college. I was frustrated after college and didn’t know what I was going to do career wise. I had a talk with my mother and she suggested that I “find my passion” and that it would be something that I’d be willing to do for free. Shortly after I had my Oprah “ah ha moment.”
3 Tell us about your 1st design job?
My first job was found on Craigslist. I applied for a position as a design assistant and work for an Atlanta based interior designer for a year before going on to start my own firm. I would offer one free room design on Craigslist in order to build my portfolio.
4What 1 piece of advice would you give to young designers today?
Find a mentor and learn the ropes of the design business. Design is 70% business and 30% design. Work with a firm learn as much as you can about project management.
5What is your grooming routine a.m and p.m?
I typically use a light cleanser and moisturize daily in the morning and evening.
6For someone always on the go how do you stay youthful and camera ready?
The key is sleep and a lot of water!
7Do get facials.. pedicures… if so how often?
I get pedicure every two weeks and facials 3-4x per year.
8How would you describe your fashion style?
I’m a traditional guy. I am a fan of suits, blazers and vest. I like the 1950 Crooner look. At times I think I may have been born in the wrong era.
9Does your fashion style have anything to do with your design style?
My fashion and design style are similar in a since that I like a clean and timeless design pallet. In design I typically stick to neutral and layer with texture and antiques.
10Describe your experience on the Strahan show and being in Times Square sharing your designs to millions?
This was a childhood dream come true! I have always wanted to do a segment on Good Morning America and this was my shot. As with all tv shows, it happened so quickly but I did take a moment to take it all in while I was on set. I’m still riding on cloud nine.
11How was your experience working with Steve Harvey, Sharee Whitfield and many others.
Working with celebs is always fun. Steve Harvey changed my life and I am forever grateful. The exposure on his show gave me a springboard to numerous tv opportunities. The Real Housewives Of Atlanta was challenging and a lot of fun at the same time. I had to design a 5000 sqft . basement in a short amount of time, but we got it done!
12There used to one famous black designer you used to look up to. I forget his name now…but is he still your inspiration
I was and still am a huge fan of Preston Bailey. He is an amazing Event Planner. When I first moved to NYC, I had aspirations of dabbling in Events but quickly hung that idea up after working with a Bridezilla.