Interior Design Business Coaching & Consulting
Our goal is to provide substantial consultati
Grow your business with a 20 year veteran of interior design, retail and a successful firm!
I partner with designers who want to understand their business, attract their ideal client and want a creative, no nonsense coach who will care enough about your success to be honest and direct.
We do not play around.
No "woo woo" -just actionable steps to take to become the owner of your firm and not the lowest paid employee.
"I went from an ok business with a sh*tty partner to totally owning the business I started, making more money, managing my costs, tracking my profits and margins to make the most out of every dollar. I now have a team of 5, a full calendar and opening a second shop.
I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU!!
Read that again..."
Christie Van Blake
"I went from an ok business with a sh*tty partner to totally owning the business I started, making more money, managing my costs, tracking my profits and margins to make the most out of every dollar. I now have a team of 5, a full calendar and opening a second shop. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU!! Read that again..."
An interior design business coach who has successfully managed a design firm and retail showroom for 21 years non stop. No part time work- this is full time, full steam ahead! Previous to design, Cheryl was the local sales manager for a Fortune 500 company that owned the radio stations where she was in management.
Who better to share savvy strategies than a working interior designer for the past 20 years engaged in the day to day running of a well published design firm as well as a retail business?
The Business of design from a different perspective, style and mind set and through the lens of avowed irreverent challenger of the status quo, Cheryl Kees Clendenon.
Get clear and direct talk on growing your interior design business- from an interior design business coach who’s right there with you in the trenches.
I am doing it. Every day. All day.
Our team face the same challenges and issues as you do but our approach is often not the same as the typical business coach might preach.
Challenge the status quo.
I know what works- because I am in the field- and am passionate about working with other creatives to build their business.
I am the interior design business coach for you if you want honest and actionable direction.
How to work with us
The first step after booking your program is an in depth questionnaire to get to know you a little before we meet for the first time. I find this is hugely important to hit the ground running and be able to dig in to the topics at hand.
Honesty and clarity about your billing process and financials is often essential to be able to assess what is working and what might need tweaking.
We can review your website messaging and make sure it is on brand for the clients you want to work with most–and that it represents your brand promise.
We will work on actionable items for your specific business needs as outlined by your needs in the questionnaire.
Philosophies and all the woo woo is great to read about and listen to from others- but when you want to move the needle, call me.
I knew she was the perfect coach for me. She is full of ideas, quick to the point, very honest, and really cares about helping people. Initially I thought I only needed her to help me with my business processes, which she did, but what I didn’t know was how she would help me get over my own personal insecurities and limiting beliefs.
I doubted my own value and pricing, and had no strong sense of my talent. Cheryl gave me a fresh perspective and even sent me a journal reminding me that “I Totally Got This.” Although our recent conversations have moved slightly away from interior design to another form of my business, she has been eager to explore this other avenue and give feedback and insight from her perspective. It’s been wonderful to have her share in my experience as a designer and push me to become a better business person and creative. "
At one point she told us "your value is not your time", and after that discussion I immediately went home and switched to flat fees. With no pushback from clients! I appreciate her direct, honest approach, and after working with her on a one on one coaching session, I have a lot of actionable steps to help move my business forward.
She is out there doing the work and practicing what she preaches, every day. I strive to be as organized as she is and run my projects with her level of creativity and precision. ( and to charge for it as she does!) Cheryl is like your smart and cool big sister who can be a little hard on you at times because she wants you to be the best version of yourself. From the biggest of big picture planning to the smallest nuts and bolts details , Cheryl's advice and commentary on Small Business Think Big is inspiring, invaluable, challenging---and 100% spot on.
I found myself mumbling "genius..." after a few sessions.
The cherry on top is her delivery. She is approachable, direct and fearless. We were able to apply much of our new knowledge towards measurable goals.
After meeting Cheryl, I knew she would be able to help answer them. As an experienced owner of a successful design business, Cheryl is knowledgeable in all aspects of running a design business. From sales, to hiring to finance, operations, pretty much every aspect of the business of design, she’s got the answers.
The information Cheryl provided could not have been more helpful and timely. We were able to come home with a plan for how to move forward with our physical space, potential vendor arrangements and most importantly a clear vision of how to make our new venture profitable.
Cheryl listened to our queries and asked great clarifying questions. Her down to earth “tell it like it is” style really allowed us to cut to the chase and get to the information we needed. Cheryl was open and generous with her time and made us feel comfortable and relaxed in her beautiful space. Thank you Cheryl!
Today she was Johnny on the spot and helped me through getting my selling verbiage on the right track but most importantly she cheered me on while I was feeling insecure and doubtful.
Thank you Cheryl for helping me with such a caring heart. It is hard to come by people that are confident enough to feel joy when their fellow colleagues succeed! You have already mentored me with practical and human traits that I will keep close and hopefully one day pass it on. Thank you -a very big one!
I got so much out of our time together.
I cant wait to implement some of the ideas we spoke about, and then get back with you to discuss more exciting topics that are all things business and design!
You're welcome to use my statement on your reviews Looking forward to the next round!
This is Cheryl's gift- she sees all sides and knows how to activate.
Ckc infuses depth and emotion (read as : soul) into every part of her business. Her knack for defining soul quality is what breathes life into her projects, builds confidence in her clients and sets her apart as a thought-leader in the design industry.
Summed up- She gets it and her work speaks for itself.