Time to meet the next Design Star contestant: set designer Mikel Welch. (Meet him “in person” on Tuesday at 9/8c!) See his answers to everyone’s favorite game: seven questions with the season seven designers.
If you got to add one thing to the White House, it would be…nothing at all. Its historic and classic, leave it alone.
Lightning round! Yes or No…
Jaccuzi tubs: Yes, if it’s in your bathroom. Otherwise it can go really “1983 Poconos”…
Barcelona chairs: Yes,simply timeless Barcelona chairs
Wallpaper: Yes, its making a big comeback.
Dogs on the bed: I love my dog, but no. He has a bed of his own.
Mixing wood tones: Yes, but be careful.
What’s something no one knows about you? A hidden skill or talent?
My first job after graduating from college was a Probation Officer.
Crushes are so overrated! But if I could spend a day with the celeb of my choice, it would definitely be Beyonce.
What is the most trouble you’ve gone through to get a piece for yourself or a client?
I once had a very patient client who placed an order for a sofa. The store initially stated that the sofa lead time was 8-10 weeks. Well, 14 weeks later my understanding client began to grow a little impatient (as I would, too). To smooth things over, I allowed her to keep my personal sofa until her piece finally arrived 2 weeks later. I’ve got to keep the clients happy!
How particular are you about your home? What is the one spot in the home that is the messiest or least designed?
Well I must be honest, I am definitely not Susie Homemaker. I design wonderful spaces on a daily basis, but keeping my nest intact is an everyday struggle. My downfall is the chair in my bedroom that starts off with a few articles of clothes and grows into an enormous chair monster!
Is there something that you do in every space you design?
No, as a set designer my projects are so diverse. I try to tailor my designs to each clients’ specific taste.