Pictured L to R above:
Istiak Ahmed, Erika Tanacs, Kelly Keyes Miller
KeyVision Interiors is a full-service interior design firm owned by interior designer and general contractor Kelly Keyes Miller, who has more than 25 years of experience in the home design industry. Her team includes design manager Istiak Ahmed, design assistant Erika Tanacs and office manager Tiffany Sefton.
“I bring my vision, personality, background, travel, memories and dreams to each project.”
What sets your business apart?
“KeyVision has recently developed our state-of-the-art, 3-D virtual interiors program where we can show clients exactly what their space will look like. We give you the opportunity to visualize colors, fabric, furniture and design—before your project begins—by creating highly detailed renderings that, once approved, become your artfully designed home. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation. Once all the design decisions have been made, we can complete the job and build it. Check it out at KVI360.com”
Who’s your team?
“Istiak Ahmed, our design manager, is the extraordinary talent behind our 3-D photorealistic renderings. It’s difficult for clients to discern if they are looking at an actual photograph or his rendering. He’s that talented. Erika Tanacs, our assistant interior designer, brings her own virtual design understanding to our firm plus years of extensive knowledge of interior design and materials. Tiffany Sefton, our office manager, is another reason our office runs so smoothly.”
What would you like our readers to know?
“Our firm celebrates the way our clients live—emphasizing that nothing you really like is ever out of style. I am fascinated with finding creative ways to dovetail clients’ own pieces into new designs. It’s a lot like curating a beautiful puzzle. I believe that our living spaces should reflect the way we live our lives.”
What word do you most want associated with your business?
“Vision. Specifically ‘KeyVision.’”
What is the secret to your success?
“I bring my vision, personality, background, travel, memories and dreams to each project. In addition to understanding the principles of great design, these are the keys to my success.”
What was the best piece of advice you received in your career?
“A great designer friend told me once, ‘A successfully designed house just feels right,’ which means that all of the details have come together cohesively and beautifully—allowing your eye to sweep the room in its entirety, never being jolted to a stop by something that is wrong or out of place. It has a natural flow. It takes a lot of skill to make it a room look beautiful.”
What’s your process?
“When I enter a room, I instinctively sense what can be enhanced or what is missing and create ways to best design the space. What you don’t put in a room is often as important as what you do put in it.”
What motivates you?
“Very simply: the love of making things beautiful.”
How would your clients describe you?
“Enthusiastic, highly motivated and creative.”
Who influenced your career the most?
“My mother. She and I worked together in Ireland, restoring and ennobling a 1730s Georgian manor. After two years of renovation, it opened in 1999—heralded as one of Ireland’s hotel gems. She is still an outstanding designer.”
In your designs, do you utilize your clients’ family heirlooms?
“I cannot tell you how many times I’ve spoken with clients who say, ‘I just cannot give that away; it was my grandmother’s.’ If you love it, keep it. If you don’t, sell it.”
Are you a believer in trusting your instincts?
“Yes. My experience of many years allows me to confidently rely on my abilities and inner voice.”
What is the biggest mistake you’ve made professionally?
“When I first started out, I purchased an armoire for a client and found when it was delivered to her condo, the service elevator was not big enough and the stairs were too tight. So I called my carpenter, and we cut it in half and reassembled it in her room. It worked perfectly.”
What is your favorite thing about life in the South Bay?
“The South Bay is a true gem! The ocean breezes, beautiful environment and wonderful people—it all adds up to a wonderful life in Palos Verdes. Originally from Minnesota, I thank my lucky stars that I don’t have to endure those unbearable winters anymore!”
How do you unwind?
“We have a ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude. My husband, Ken, and I love to travel. We are passionate about adventure and equally passionate about our careers.”