FOX13 celebrates local interior designer, HGTV winner Carmeon Hamilton

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Your home is where you relax, cook, entertain and create long-lasting memories.

Most of us want our home to feel inviting, but we often struggle when it comes to decor fitting our style and taste.

West Memphian Carmeon Hamilton said it’s about color, comfort, and a little greenery when designing a room.

For Black History month, FOX13 introduced us to the winner of HGTV’s next-generation interior designer.

In a grueling six-week competition, the best and brightest in design go head-to-head.

An industry where only 2% of interior designers are African American.

She beat out eight incredible, artistic designers to recreate several unique spaces in southern California.

She brought her own sense of fashion, color, and m-town flair to the competition.

Carmeon Hamilton is HGTV’s newest design star.

In fact, for 15 years Hamilton has honed her skills to create comfort zones.

“I start my design process, whether I am working for myself or redecorating my home, working with a client, the first question I ask is how do I want this place to feel,” said Hamilton.

Living in Memphis, Hamilton said when deciding to design her own home, she started with a clean slate. She incorporated rich colors, culture, and pieces to fit her budget.

“The designer can dictate where your items can come from no matter what your budget is. If we’re going to Target, we can work on a Target budget. If you have the budget for custom, we can work on a custom budget,” said Carmeon.

She considers herself a creative person by nature, energized by a city rich in history, art, and cultural sights.

She said this community was the foundation of her success.

“Whether they’re contractors, painter or welders or artists, investing my time in creating those relationships with other Memphians has fueled the business that I have built that has gotten so much recognition,” said Hamilton.

In fact, as the winner of HGTV’s Next Generation designer, Hamilton now has her own show called, ‘Reno my Rental’.

As a designer, Carmeon is known for incorporating plants into a room as a personal touch.

As the host of a national design show with ties to Memphis, Hamilton said when questioned if she plans to move away and takes her talents elsewhere:

“There is so much growth here and we haven’t seen even the cusp of what I know Memphis can be and I want to be a part of that growth,” said Hamilton.

“Reno my Rental” airs Friday nights on Discovery Plus.