Today we’d like to introduce you to Myra Pross and Keychunté Hudson-Riley.
Hi Myra and Keychunté, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Thank you so much for having us! We both had parents that worked in the construction industry growing up. Myra’s dad in masonry and Key’s dad in electrical. We often would spend days at job sites with our father’s and loved seeing spaces come to life from start to finish. This played a role in developing our love for the architecture and design field and a big reason why we do what we do today. As far as getting started in the field ourselves, both of us transferred over from local community colleges to San Diego State University’s Interior Design program. That is where we met and initially bonded over our love of music and our hearts for God. During our time in the program, we discovered how compatible we were when working together and how each of us had traits that complemented the other’s. If a project required partners, we always made sure we ended up together. In our Interior Design II class, we had a project where we were required to come up with a pretend business entity. That is where we came up with the name My Key Designs; a play on words that nod to our names but also “My Key” as in for your home or space, and “My Key” as in “principal” or “essential”. At the time, it was just a temporary, pretend idea, but we always spoke about one day working together in the real world. After working in the field for some time post-graduation, we decided to finally make the business a reality and that is how My Key Interiors was officially started.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As much as we would love to say the road has been smooth, we know that in order to grow a business from scratch, you’ve got to go through some trial and error before figuring out the best flow. Our initial obstacle was starting a brand new company at the height of the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Key moving back to San Diego, from the east coast we decided to finally make our dreams reality. We spent a lot of time beforehand prepping for things to take off once Key was officially settled in. Little did we know everything would shut down just weeks before the big move. Although it was discouraging, we didn’t let that stop us from pushing forward and we’d even say it helped us get established and gave us the drive to make our dream a reality. In addition to starting a business mid-pandemic, our biggest obstacle was getting clients to trust us enough without us having any prior clientele or projects to show what we were capable of. In order to get clients we needed projects to show, but in order to have projects to show we needed clients. We started with family, friends, then friend of friends, and even some beautiful souls that decided to just take a chance on us. For all of them we are supremely grateful. We’ve had to take some losses and learned many lessons but through it all we’ve seen God’s faithfulness in our business despite the obstacles put before us. We have been able to make great connections and build relationships with people both in and out of the industry, and although we are a newer company, we are eager and excited to see how our company will continue to grow in the upcoming years.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about My Key Interiors?
We are a faith-founded, minority woman-owned commercial and residential interior design company. We offer a wide range of services to best fit each client’s individual needs, such as but not limited to; advising on changes to improve existing interiors, staging homes to promote for selling, designing and managing the implementation of proposed renovations and new construction from start to finish, and providing detailed drawings and product specifications for construction documents and permitting.
We specialize in providing clients with unique and comprehensive designs that focus on architecture, functional spatial planning, & aesthetically pleasing design selections to overall enhance day to day experiences.
We are able to design towards any style preference in order to make the client’s design vision a reality. By working across different disciplines, we re-envision the places in which a client lives or works in order to manifest personalized concepts and aspirations. We as designers passionately believe that everyone should have thoughtfully designed environments that not only reflects but sustains, nourishes and elevates a client’s lifestyle.
As you can see, we are responsible for much more than just picking out décor, a common misconception when people hear “interior designer,” and we would love for people to know the scope of work we can do. We pride ourselves in coming up with unique designs and hope to one day find a client or project allowing us to have full creative freedom.
Any big plans?
Our biggest plan is to continue to build our clientele and create designs that inspire others. In the upcoming year, we plan to also hire on other team members in order to expand our impact. More specifically, we would love to be able to hire on other women as the architecture and construction field is predominantly male. We are currently in the process of expanding our company’s reach to the Phoenix, AZ area and ultimately want to expand to Atlanta, GA as well. We have even considered the possibility of expanding to additional locations later down the line. We would love to be able to leave our creative mark and make a difference in as many places as possible. In the meantime, we hope to soon have; a brick and mortar, a warehouse or storage space to keep inventory, and would love to one day expand into designing our own furnishings, fixtures, textiles and finishes.
- Initial In-Person Design Consultation: $250 for up to 2hrs, if additional hours needed, charged at $150/hr
- Commercial In-Person Design Consultation: $375 for up to 2hrs, if additional hours needed, charged at $275/hr
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- Website: http://www.MyKeyInteriors.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MyKeyInteriors/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyKeyInteriors/
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