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Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole is a lively conversation about the latest trends, travels to industry events, current design projects, do’s and don’ts, product recommendations and more. Hosted by Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole, two nationally published Atlanta Interior Designers with a wealth of information to share and stories to tell about the interior design world. Just a warning - this is going to be fun and not too serious! After all, they do still have an interior design business running at full speed. 

May 20, 2022

We are so excited to have Kelli Lamb join us today. Kelli is the Editorial Director and Co-Principal of RUE, a print and multimedia interior design resource. Kelli regularly moderates panels and is a guest speaker at top design events around the country, like Design Camp in Los Angeles, High Point Market in North Carolina, and Design Week in Las Vegas. Kelli is here to talk about her unconventional start in design and her first book, Home with Rue, that comes out in May 2022. Join us as we dive into the evolution of RUE, Kelli’s personal design inspiration, and her writing experience and thoughts about being a published author.


  • [02:50] Kelli’s unconventional start in the interior design world.
  • [05:50] Rue Daily and where to find it.
  • [10:18] Home with Rue: Where did the idea for the book start and the goal of it.
  • [17:13] Kelli’s favorite part of the book and the writing journey.
  • [22:30] Home is a feeling: inspiration from Kelli’s grandmother.
  • [26:00] Closing thoughts and quotes.


  • It doesn’t matter where you start in a career – even if you start at the very bottom, just keep putting yourself out there and you’ll inevitably grow and move forward. 
  • So many design books push the narrative that people have to change their homes or constantly follow new trends. Home With Rue highlights design choices from all different styles and affirms that design is about telling your story and the story of the people that live in your home. 
  • Home is a feeling and the interiors of a home are meant to soothe and give peace and happiness.


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