By Thembelani Mkhize
Home is where the heart is, right? So why not give your heart a beautiful space to call home.
We all love creating a cosy, comfortable place for our families and this all-male team from Mpophomeni is here to do just that.
Xpert Interior Designs is run by Lebohang Khena (Lebo) and Mqondisi Ndlovu (Mqo), a young duo from the township near Howick with an unusual skill. As evidenced by the pics in this blog, they can turn a simple home into an artistic masterpiece.
Xpert Interior does modern ceilings, complete with neon lights and exquisite designs, they also do home renovations, build furniture and built-in furniture, but face one challenge. Because of their relatively young age, some potential clients don’t think they are capable of such a high standard of creative work.
On the plus-side, being so close to Howick, Hilton and the Midlands opens up a large market for them to tap into, and offers their young energy, design aesthetic and skills to potential clients in the area.
Mqo and Lebo are self-taught interior designers. They started their work back in 2019 when they discovered they could find YouTube videos on their field of interest and start practising what they loved doing. Practice makes perfect, or certainly much better, and their talents are now truly blossoming.
“Having no formal education in interior design did not hinder us from starting this business,” says Mqo. “We believe in our craft and those who have trusted us with their homes were left amazed at what two young ‘hustlers’ could do,” he added. Mqo and Lebo both graduated from Mpophomeni High School, Mqo in 2014 and Lebo in 2016.
The boys also plan on expanding their business to building furniture out of wood. “Our creativity is limitless,” says Lebo. “If we can see it, we can build it. If we can think it, we can create it,” he boasted.
They say a passion for business is what got them motivated to start Xpert Interior. In their own words, they just couldn’t work for anyone else but themselves.
Their challenges stem from people not trusting their abilities and also the lack of support from local clients. “People will usually call us for a quote and then when we come for the job, they expect to see an older person,” said the duo. They try their best to impress whenever they get a client so that he/she can recommend them to their friends.
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To assist them with this issue, we at BlackPage Media Group suggested we make them branded uniforms, to give them a more professional look to go with their top-notch work.
To fund this transformation the guys also craft personalised beaded wrist watches. They make them for R150, if you bring your own watch, and R250 if they have to get you one.
Help us grow their business by ordering your watch or, even better, by choosing to renovate your house with Xpert Interior Designs.
To get hold of the team, give them a call: Cell: 067 754 9402; WhatsApp: (+27)67 033 3585.