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In 2008, she created a decorating-focused blog, called So Haute, as a creative outlet while trying to upgrade her own space, and then requests to help friends and family redecorate came flooding in, and a design star was born. As the daughter of two entrepreneurs, Gibbons was exposed to the grit and hustle of starting your own business from a young age. The designer and founder/CEO of paint start-up, Clare, has been making waves in the design industry since she started her decorating blog in 2008. Gibbons faced challenges like any other business owner, from learning about paint chemistry and how to manufacture quality products to working on raising venture capital. As she was the go-to source for friends, family, and clients struggling with choosing paint colors, she wanted to give the same level of expertise and curation to the average consumer. [4] In June 2008 Nicole established Nicole Gibbons Interiors, LLC, as a part-time design business focusing on small scale decorating projects in Manhattan.[2]. [2], Although she never intended to pursue a career as a designer, Gibbons always maintained an interest in interior design. "I just hope that the industry and whatever they're working on in terms of their guidance, diversity initiatives, I just hope that that is backed up with real action," Gibbons says. "I think that's really the problem when you have these people who are scouting for the talent to be featured in the magazines, and they're just not in an inner circle where their world is diverse enough to consider other types of people," Gibbons says. In 2013, Gibbons joined the cast of the third season of Home Made Simple, a reality TV show hosted by the Oprah Winfrey Network, where she appears as a design expert. "You're just so much more empowered when it's your own thing.". Gibbons is not thinking small when it comes to the future of her company. Nicole Gibbons needs no introduction. Clare was born in 2018, selling high-quality, zero VOC paint and paint supplies directly to the consumer, with colors curated by her as a design expert. "Our goal is to be the next Sherwin-Williams or the new dominant paint company for a younger generation of people who love their homes," Gibbons explains. "Most people will still prefer lighter like neutrals or shades of white because I think it's just the most universal and easy for most people to figure out how to make it work, but I do see more people embracing bolder colors than ever before," Gibbons explains. "I wasn't going to go from running my own design firm to working for someone else's paint company," Gibbons explains. Stellar designer Nicole Gibbons. "I think people just need to be a little bit more aware and a little bit more thoughtful. "I love it when folks are not afraid of using color," Gibbons says. Decorating with bolder colors makes an instant impact on the space. [7] She has also collaborated on special projects with top home and lifestyle brands including Target, One Kings Lane, and Pier 1 Imports. In January 2008, she launched her decorating and lifestyle blog, So Haute, as a creative outlet. It's not that I wasn't passionate about it.". "For example, right now we only sell gallons, so we know that there's a market for different types of paint.". "Number one is that the average person who didn't have the fortune and benefit of working with the designer really struggled to choose paint colors," Gibbons says. "[1] She likes to combine trends and styles in unexpected ways to create unique, dynamic spaces. 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