Award-winning kitchen and bath designer starts her own firm

April 2, 2019

She vaulted to national recognition in her industry in her early 20s and now has started a firm in Sioux Falls.

Chelsey Preuss, owner of Chelsey Home, is this week’s Up-and-Comer.

At 22, she was named to the 30 under 30 list by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and a year later she won two grand prize awards for her kitchen designs from Crystal Cabinets, a Minnesota manufacturer sold throughout North America.

Name: Chelsey Preuss

Age: 26

Hometown: Adrian, Minn.

What brought you to Sioux Falls?

I came here because I like the community being a little smaller, and it’s also nice being closer to home. I want to bring something new here.

How did you get connected to your industry?

I was 15 and started my first job, and it was at a hardware store. They had me accessorize with home decor, and people started telling me I should go into interior design. I looked into it, and I was super interested. It’s the mathematical side mixed with the artistic side of it.

What made you start your own business, and how’s it going?

I am a person who likes the freedom to do my own thing, and I just thought I could bring quality and good design to people at a reasonable price doing it on my own.

I’m surprised at how well it’s been going. The second I got here, people were so supportive. People ask, “Why Sioux Falls? Why not do this in Minneapolis?” But I like the size of Sioux Falls. My niche is in European and modern design, and it’s not offered a lot here. I’m very inspired by travel, European because of how minimalistic and simple it is, and the modern design you use.

You just started your business last year. What made it take off?

I just met a couple people through marketing online and met a builder, and it just took off with referrals and people finding me online. I now have clients from Bonesteel, S.D., to a project I’m working on in Palm Springs. I like to do as much local business as possible, and while I mostly do residential, I will take on small commercial projects.

Where do you see your business in five years?

I am really pushing the envelope to get people to do modern design, and I’m getting more into feng shui, and I want to offer interior design with the ability to transform a person’s home and really feel good and bring success to their life. I want to be focused here but able to design all over the United States.

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Award-winning kitchen and bath designer starts her own firm

She vaulted to national recognition in her industry in her early 20s and now has started a firm in Sioux Falls. Meet Chelsey Preuss, this week’s Up-and-Comer.

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