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Meet Cody Elderkin of KIN Home Staging and Design in Atwater Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cody Elderkin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Cody. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always loved design. I was always DIYing things or coming up with creative ideas that were mostly home related. Probably because when I was a kid, my parents bought the scariest house on the block and made it the most beautiful. I was 8, and wanted to be involved in every design decision. But, I had so many interests; I had a hard time nailing down which design-y thing to focus on (I’m a little ADD). In my early 20’s, I ended up working in jewelry, as a lead designer for a line. I loved the work and I loved being creative but my thoughts would always wonder back to homes and home design. I decided to pursue that dream and I have been designing homes ever since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has never been a smooth road, and hopefully never will. A smooth road to me, means that you aren’t challenging yourself. I heard somewhere that there are tiers and goals you should want to meet along the way, and while it’s important to celebrate the accomplishments when getting to those places, it also means that now you’re at the very beginning of another challenge and goal. When I look back on some of the early homes I did, I think “what was I thinking!?” but it has been those experiences that have made me the designer I am today.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with KIN Home Staging and Design – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in interior design and home staging. I also do color consultations, home re-styles and e-design. I think when people think of interior design they think of just simply making a home look good, but my goal in every project that I work on is to make the space the most functional and beautiful it can be. Design is making living spaces have an ease about them. Everything should work. The marriage between design and function are so important. What I love most about my job, is getting to know the clients and figuring out how to make their dreams come true. It’s like getting to know a new friend.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The future looks bright! This year we are working on more private homes, on more flips, and with more developers than ever before. It’s an exciting time!

Who else deserves credit – have you had mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, advocates, clients or teammates that have played a big role in your success or the success of the business? If so – who are they and what role did they plan / how did they help.
It is impossible to be an entrepreneur and not have people help along the way. The woman who gave me my first real job I will be forever in debt to. She let me learn on her house and that education is priceless. I have also been so lucky to have clients come back over and over and amazing contractors who held my hand through the beginnings.

Where do you see your industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc?
e-design has really made some huge jumps. However, I don’t see the industry going completely in that direction. I think right now it’s a novelty. The apps that are out now aren’t person to person, they just simply put nice things together but they don’t capture everything you want, need or feel in a space. As we get into a more technological age I ultimately think that interior design will be much more personal in the upcoming years. You just get a better result.

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Jeff Galfer/ Instagram: @jeffgalfer

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