Humanitarian Non-profit GoodWeave Quotes Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design, LLC in 2011 Annual Report

Designer’s Story also featured in Journey of a GoodWeave Rug Campaign

Los Angeles, CA— April 30, 2013 … GoodWeave® ( www.GoodWeave.org ), a non-profit organization devoted to ending child labor in the carpet industry and to offering educational opportunities to children in Nepal, India and Afghanistan, has released their 2011 Annual Report. The report details GoodWeave USA accomplishments from 2011 in a compelling photojournalistic spread with accompanying quotes.

Kristi Nelson, Managing Partner/Principal Designer of KMNelson Design, LLC, was asked for her perspectives on GoodWeave and their plight against child labor. She is quoted on page three of this annual report alongside an internationally acclaimed novelist, renowned humanitarian and top executives from the rug industry.

Nelson is also participating in the organization’s current Journey of a GoodWeave Rug awareness campaign ( http://www.goodweave.org/index.php?pid=9423 ), a program that details the real life journey of a GoodWeave certified rug from designer concept through end-user placement within a home or commercial project.

For Nelson, helping to support GoodWeave’s initiatives is an invaluable opportunity. In addition to her personal desire to support the organization’s goal of ending child labor in the rug industry in the next decade, the designer recognizes the monumental impact the design community can have on children’s lives and global communities by simply sourcing GoodWeave certified rugs.

When asked about participating in Journey of a GoodWeave Rug , Nelson, who is adamantly against child labor, said she is honored to share her experience in order to generate awareness for GoodWeave’s rehabilitation and education programs. Proceeds from sales of GoodWeave certified rugs not only keep children away from looms, they support education programs and other community initiatives for former child weavers and their families.

“Using child labor in the production of luxury goods such as high-end, hand-loomed carpets is unacceptable to me as an interior designer and a mother,” says Nelson. “Thanks to organizations like GoodWeave, designers can specify products that are socially and ethically responsible.”

The interactive Journey of a GoodWeave Rug online includes Kristi Nelson and a residential project designed by KMND, LLC with a certified GoodWeave rug sourced at Atelier Lapchi. The feature is user interactive (with the ability to scan across, zoom, and click to links containing additional content) and intended to spotlight all of the components of the work GoodWeave does in a simple visual.

KMNelson Design, LLC’s general practice is to source from conscientious companies like Atelier Lapchi, who proudly partner with GoodWeave and display the GoodWeave label on their carpets as assurance they do not use child weavers. Nelson says she and her design firm rely on the GoodWeave label to ensure they are not only adding beauty to a home using these luxury goods, but also helping a child to a better life too.

To schedule an interview with Kristi Nelson, contact Shaun Thompson, Shaun Thompson PR: (310) 838-0444 or email: shaun@shaunthompsonpr.com . For design and source information contact Kristi Nelson, KMNelson Design, LLC. 320 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90024. Phone: (310) 441.0026. Email: info@kmnelsondesign.com .

About Kristi Nelson, Managing Director, KMNelson Design, LLC
Kristi is recognized in the world of design for creating inviting and visually compelling spaces with timeless style. Each project reflects her sensitive integration of interior architecture, proportion, scale, and color. A trained artist, Kristi brings her passion for color, Classicism, architecture and decorative arts to her design practice. Living in Europe and travelling around the globe informs her eye and sensibilities, while her background in corporate business provides the disciplined approach to running her company and its projects. Whether working in contemporary or traditional styles, her interiors are always an artful expression of the people who live and work in them.  Clients tout her discerning eye, broad knowledge, and receptiveness, as key ingredients to her talent for creating truly, and refreshingly, "bespoke" designs.

She is a go-to design resource for TV and Radio features including HGTV’s "Beautiful Homes" series, ABC's "Beautiful Homes and Great Estates," NBC/LX TV's "Open House" and "Home Wizards" on KFWB/CBS talk radio. Her work is also covered extensively in print and web media including Traditional Home, Luxe, Dwell, and Angeleno Interiors, California Home + Design, Design Happens and Splendid Sass to name a few.

Kristi received her Masters degree in both Studio Art and Art History from theParisAmericanAcademy, as well as undergraduate degrees in the same curriculum fromIndianaUniversity.

About KMNelson Design, LLC

KMNelson Design, LLC (KMND) is a full-service design firm providing residential and commercial services from conception through project management and final installation. KMND specializes in Inspired Design & Timeless Style for interior and exterior environments. Pairing design excellence with customer satisfaction is central to our mission. Having a vision is one thing, making it happen with minimal pain and maximum results requires talent, experience, and planning.

Taking care to meet each client’s individual needs separates KMND from the rest. Kristi Nelson and KMND approach each project with a fresh perspective, guiding every step with an intuitive grasp of the client’s vision. Creating timeless yet distinctive designs highlighted by an extraordinary eye for color is the foundation of KMND’s success.

KMND brings value to the client; simplifying the design process with proactive communication and disciplined project and budget management. Along with our vetted set of subcontractors and vendors, we anticipate what’s around every corner, responding to each and every phase with a variety of options to cut through the process.

About GoodWeave

GoodWeave® is an international nonprofit organization working to end child labor in the rug industry by inspecting weaving looms in India, Nepaland Afghanistanand providing rehabilitation and education for former child weavers. Since 1995, 11 million child-labor-free carpets bearing the GoodWeave label have been sold worldwide, and market demand has contributed to reducing the number of “carpet kids” worldwide from 1 million to 250,000. The sale of GoodWeave certified rugs helps provide education and other life-changing opportunities to nearly 11,000 children in weaving communities, in addition to vital services for adult weavers such as child care and health care. The GoodWeave certification label on the back of a rug is the best assurance that no child was exploited to make that rug. www.goodweave.org

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