Meet Nikki Klugh, Founder and Principal Designer at Nikki Klugh Design Group, Inc. (nikkiklughdesign.com)
Tell us a little about your business. – I have always been interested in science. As a matter of fact, my first career path was going to be engineering. The combination of science and creativity allows me to provide a whole new perspective on interior design.
Nikki Klugh Design Group transforms ordinary spaces into Sacred Spaces. By integrating the science behind our senses and color theory to create spaces, I create spaces that are the perfect jumping off point for my clients to start their day or relax after a long day.
I have trademarked “Designing to the Senses,” which tunes in to the senses my clients favor most and allows me to add design elements based on that information. On top of that I am a color theory expert, which allows me to use color to evoke certain feelings in my client’s spaces.
How did you get started in the business? – I have been designing since I was a little girl. My mom needed a creative outlet after working her full-time job, so we became Weekend Warriors. Every weekend we would try to transform pieces of our home and make them beautiful.
The only thing is, I didn’t realize that designing was a profession. When I was growing up, I didn’t see a lot of interior designers period, let alone ones that looked like me. This made me choose another path, until I realized after the birth of my second son that design is a career option.
With my husband being a doctor in the Navy, we were constantly on the move, and I found myself having to redesign every home that we moved, manage being a mother of four sons, and meet new people in every new city. It made me realize that I can design a variety of different homes, manage projects, and people, and gain new clientele in a variety of cities. That’s when Nikki Klugh Design Group was born!
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – In 2016, I set a goal to gross a million dollars in annual revenue and in 2022 I achieved that goal! This goal was not just for myself or my company. I set this goal to create jobs, build an enterprise, build up my community and give myself the opportunity to donate to charities that mean something to me.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I am a daredevil. I absolutely love adventure!
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “We shape our buildings and afterward our buildings shape us.” – Winston Churchill.
What is your favorite local Omaha restaurant? – V. Mertz is my favorite restaurant because the cuisine is consistently delicious, the service is excellent and the environment is intimate and upscale.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – If I could have dinner with one famous person I would dine with Angela Bassett. She is such a classy lady and I’d love to hear her wisdom and life experiences.