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Romeoville High School grad now a successful author, television host

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:01 a.m. CDT

ROMEOVILLE – Romeoville High School graduate Kelly Edwards always dreamed of working on a home design show. Little did she know that her dream would lead to a career as a successful author and television show host.

Edwards, co-host and design coordinator for HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” and STYLE Network’s “Tacky House,” just published her first book “The Design Cookbook—Recipes for a Stylish Home.”

"Kelly has always had a good eye for design,” said her mom, Cherie Edwards, who is the school nurse at Wood View Elementary School in Bolingbrook.  “When she was in high school, she convinced her brother to help her garbage-pick a large living room table that had been formed out of a large tree. She still has the table to this day and it is worth over $5,000.”

Crowned Miss Romeoville 1994 – the year she graduated high school – Edwards moved to Los Angeles after she received her business degree from the University of St. Francis. 

While In L.A., she watched design shows and sent her resume to production companies listed on the credits of some of the shows. Her professional design career was born when she received a call from a production company representatives, who asked, “Are you the one who’s been sending everybody your resume?"

Since then, Edwards has appeared on the Tyra Banks Show, the Rachael Ray Show, multiple segments on ABC 7 Chicago and infomercials for Oreck and Circuit. Additionally, she has published articles in Cosmopolitan, Life & Style and Midwest Living, and has been a spokesperson for Clorox, Ebay, Waterpik and Lazy Boy.

Edwards admits that the key to her success is constantly challenging herself.

She keeps a bucket list that is continually tailored – growing longer with every added goal. Although she can now cross "publishing a book" off of her list Edwards tries to remain humble and motivated.

“Even if no one ever buys the book at least I can say that did it,” she said.

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