A few months ago, I received a writing assignment that absolutely stoked me. I get excited over everything and everyone I write about, but this piece had me especially excited because it was my first decor-related piece for the paper. I was asked to interview a local furniture designer, Lacey Campbell.
As if meeting someone who created something I love wasn’t enough, during my research on her I discovered she was a contestant on a reality show. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure, although I have to limit my viewing to creative shows. Double win: she was a contestant on a furniture design reality show! Just like when I interviewed Maya from Project Runway: Junior, I was starstruck. But Lacey’s warm, friendliness quickly erased any anxiety I had over meeting a reality star.
Lacey originally applied for Ellen’s Design Show but didn’t get accepted. She then applied for the debut show Framework and became a contestant, making it all the way to fourth place. Unfortunately, the show didn’t end up being a big hit with viewers so I believe they’ve scrapped it, but the experience was valuable for her nonetheless. (You can still watch Framework online at Spike TV.)
She’s now doing furniture design on her own, still at home here in Toledo. You can find out more about her experience on Framework, what it’s like being a female designer in a male-dominated field, and more in my Toledo City Paper interview here.
You can check out more of Lacey’s work at her website, Lacey Campbell Designs.