The Mood Board Interview Series
The Mood Board Interview Series
Angela Belt
Conversations with tastemakers about the intersection of race, culture, and interior design.
Meg Young, Founder of Cailini Coastal
Cailini Coastal was founded by Meg Young, a former PR pro and lifelong design aficionado who sought to offer only the best quality pieces that  you couldn’t find everywhere.  Cailini Coastal specializes in the coastal finishing touches that make a  room feel complete and turn a house into a home. On this Labor Day I want to learn from Meg how can we keep those coastal vibes going year round, and why is Cailini Coastal focused on helping those that are at risk for homelessness? Check out the shoppable mood board around our interview at 
Sep 6
48 min
Brad Bruckner, CMO at Homethreads
This week I'm excited to be talking with the co-founder and CMO of Homethreads, Brad Bruckner. Homethreads delivers some of the most sought after furniture, rugs, window treatments, bedding and pillows in the online home decor marketplace. Thanks to years of experience from Brad and his partner Neil Marcus, they have cultivated a wide network of partners and suppliers that enable them to provide only the highest quality products designed for comfort, durability and style at factory-direct prices.  Use the discount code Angela5 at Homethreads and save 5% on your next order. Also, check out the shoppable mood board this week at around my dream dining room space for the holiday season, all of my picks are from  
Aug 23
33 min
Ariel Okin, Founder of Ariel Okin Interiors
This week I’m back with my summer interview series all about home renovations. This is also the show's 50th EPISODE!!!!! So I am asking all listeners to DM me on instagram @_angelabelt their renovation whoas and one lucky listener will come on the show to get some design help---STAT!  Ariel Okin is the Founder of her eponymous firm, Ariel Okin Interiors,  a New York-based, full-service interior design firm specializing in  luxury residential, commercial,  and hospitality projects across the  country.  Ariel’s signature style can be interpreted as “Traditional  with a twist” – warm, livable and elegant spaces with an edited,   contemporary and practical approach.  I want to share Ariel's renovation story as a first time home buyer  who recently relocated from NYC to the suburbs of Westchester, NY.  Don't forget to check out the shoppable mood board around our conversation at 
Jul 26
27 min
Monique Valeris, Senior Editor at Good Housekeeping
This week I’m excited to be talking with Monique Valeris, the Senior Home Editor at Good Housekeeping magazine.  Monique is a highly experienced writer and editor who has covered lifestyle topics ranging from beauty to home decorating. During our interview Monique and I talk about how to be successful in the interior design industry as a Black woman, and getting comfortable as the only one in the room.  We also discuss what's trending this summer for Good Housekeeping, and what are some tips and tricks you can get right now as a first time home buyer.  Be sure to check out the shoppable mood board of our conversation at
Jul 12
23 min
Whitney Jones, Owner of Whitney J. Decor
This July 4th weekend I will be talking with Whitney Jones, New Orleans' based interior designer and owner of the shop, Whitney J. Decor.  I know Americans love celebrating July 4th, and we also love to shop, so this is the perfect opportunity to support a Black-owned business at the same time.  This week we will also be playing the Interior design game, Love It or Hate It, and Whitney will share what spring/summer home decor trends she is loving right now. Don't forget to check out the shoppable mood board at to shop the convo. 
Jul 5
28 min
Keyanna Bowen & Malcolm A. Simmons, Reno Series
I’m excited to come back this week with my first two person interview with interiors photographer & design blogger Keyanna Bowen, and interior designer of Mas Means More, Malcolm A. Simmons. I will be  continuing this week with my spring/summer series digging into home reno stories and sharing the ups and downs of these design challenges during our new normal. Malcolm is also a contributor for Emily Henderson designs, and Keyanna is the first mentee for the Emily Henderson design team. Be sure to check out the shoppable mood board of this podcast at 
Jun 28
39 min
David Quarles IV, Lifestyle Brand
This week I will be continuing my spring/summer interview series all about home renovations. I want to share a renovation story from 28 Black tastemaker David Quarles IV around his home gym that he designed during the pandemic.  David will share with us all of the ups and downs of sourcing products during the new normal, and how he had to think outside of the box to get this project done. Check out the shoppable mood board to re-create David's home gym at 
May 31
32 min
This week my interview is going to be a little different because I am starting a spring/summer interview series all about home renovations.  I am currently working on an exclusive home tour with Better Homes & Gardens magazine for 2022, and I want to share renovation stories from  tastemakers like Dabito around renovation stories in rental properties as well as homes. I also wanted to dig into what was it like to be an interior stylist for the third book with Justina Blakeney, Jungalow Decorate Wild.  Check out the shoppable mood board this week that shows you how to recreate Dabito's breakfast nook in your own home.
May 24
30 min
Davina Ogilvie, Founder of Wovn Home
I’m back with new episodes of The Mood Board podcast, and I’m excited to kick off our spring/summer season with Davina Ogilvie the founder of Wovn Home.  Right now lots of people of doing home renovations due to downsizing, buying there first home, or they’re simply tired of looking at the same old things day in and day out being hunkered down at home all the time.  I decided to talk with Davina about her business Wovn Home, and learn why she decided to jump into the custom window treatment business. I also wanted to get Davina’s opinions on some window treament questions readers asked me on Instagram; so many people wanted to know the dos and don’ts of window treatments.  Don't forget to check out the shoppable mood board around this conversation at 
May 17
24 min
Mikel Welch, Celebrity Interior Designer REPLAY EPISODE
This week I wanted to share my interview I did last year with celebrity interior designer and 28 Black Tastemaker Mikel Welch.  In this humorous interview you will learn from Mikel it doens't matter where you started, it's just important to focus on where you want to be. Mikel Welch runs a New York based interior design business, Mikel Welch Designs.  Mikel is a former on-air personality of TLC’s Trading Spaces, and his designs have been featured on HGTV, The Real Housewives Of Atlanta and Good Morning America. He has recently been featured on The Drew Barrymore Show for multiple episodes showing viewers how to transform spaces on budget with high style.  His work has also been featured in Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, Elle Decor, People, The New York Times and several other shelter magazines.  
May 3
41 min
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