I have a huge passion for making people's homes beautiful and creating a jaw breaking ambience for events - Creative director Tiwi's Place Of Décor

By Kemi Mobuse - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I have learnt that having a genuine passion for what you do and not being afraid to follow what you love is usually very fulfilling. 

Despite, having a demanding 9 -5 Job, it didn't stop, Mrs Tiwalola Ogungbe, the CEO and Creative director of Tiwi's Place Of Décor from pursuing all her passion, wherever they pull her. And she is really great at all she does.

In her brief interview with KMB, she talked about her brand journey, the challenges experienced and her future plan among others. read excerpts below;

Kemi Mobuse: Can we meet you? What do you do?
Tiwi's Place Of Décor: My name is Tiwalola Ogungbe. Creative director at Tiwi's Place Of Décor (Homes & Events). Married to Taiwo Ogungbe. Blessed with two adorable boys. I studied B.A. Mass Communication at Olabisi Onabanjo University and MSc International Marketing Management at the University of East London.
Kemi Mobuse: What is Tiwi's place of decor about?
Tiwi's Place Of Décor: Tiwi's Place Of Décor (Homes & Events) is a decor outfit for both homes and events. We are committed to excellent products and service delivery. Customer satisfaction is our core value. We pay attention to every little detail. All these have made our existing customers to remain with us and in the same way, we attract new customers.
We are affordable; we work with all level of budgets. And we do not compromise quality and excellence. Our goal is to make Tiwi's Place of Décor a household name. We are not limited by borders, we deliver outside the country. Currently, our products and services have reached the US, U.K., Ghana.

Kemi Mobuse: What term do you use to describe what you do, interior designer or decorator?
Tiwi's Place Of Décor: Home stylist
Kemi Mobuse: What determined your passion for design? Can you pinpoint the moment when you decided, that; this is the way to go?
Tiwi's Place Of Décor: I have always loved to arrange and put things together in the house.
I started off with home decor items, but I knew I could do more. The passion for designing, decorating and making spaces look beautiful have always been in me. It's just natural. I am 100% drawn to all things beautifully put together. Then I expanded into events décor.

Kemi Mobuse: Wow, nice one! can you remember your first design project? Describe it a bit, whether it was something you made as a kid for yourself or sold on a large scale?
Tiwi's Place Of Decor: My first design project was gifts wrapping. Lol. When I started, while trying to build my customer base, a client asked me if I could wrap some gifts (eru Iyawo). I gladly said yes! Even though, I had not done it before. So I ventured into it and it was beautifully done.
Kemi Mobuse: Given a chance to carve a niche for yourself in a design field, which would it be and why?
Tiwi's Place Of Decor: Hmmm. Good niches don't just come by strolling in.. They really have to be carefully carved. The industry is outrageously competitive. Even the top gamers can relate. For me, I would keep my existing clients. Make them do a repeat purchase and or repeat service as the case maybe. With this I'll automatically get new clients; a satisfied existing customer will give referrals.

Kemi Mobuse: How old is your brand now, what major challenges have you had to deal with since inception, how did you sort it out, more importantly what can you say those challenges taught you?
Tiwi's Place Of Decor: Tiwi's place of décor started officially August 2012. So we are about 4years now
At first, building client base was a major challenge. But as time went by, we learnt how to retain our existing clients and also source for potential clients; networking. At the moment, the market is really competitive. We cannot pretend as if the competitors are not there. They are very much around and we need to always be on our toes to emphasize our Unique selling proposition to people, so we can have as many clients as possible on our side.
This taught me to make customer satisfaction a priority. So I don't joke with how I relate with my clients. I make them part of the family. I leverage on the relationships we have.

Kemi Mobuse: What inspires you?
Tiwi's Place Of Decor: Passion inspires me. It keeps me going even when challenges come and things get really overwhelming. I have a huge passion for making people's homes beautiful, creating a jaw breaking ambience for events. I believe every home should have its own personality.
Also there are some people in the industry that motivate and inspire me. I stalk them most of the time. Lol
Kemi Mobuse: Lol! @Stalk. What can you say is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer/stylist and the most rewarding?
Tiwi's Place Of Decor: My best reward is when clients are extremely happy with our delivery. This means more than $1m. As a result of this, we go the extra mile in paying attention to every little detail. Decor/designing/styling is all about details. If melts my heart when guests walk into a well styled venue and are really wowed.
Kemi Mobuse: Share something you will like the world to know about you?
Tiwi's Place Of Decor: I love having fun. I’m such a jolly good fellow. Never a dull moment with me. And lastly, I have a 9-5 job with a reputable media house. A lot of people don't know that.
Kemi Mobuse:Words you live?

Tiwi's Place Of Decor: God, consistency, passion, excellent Product/service delivery, attention to details, tenacity

Kemi Mobuse: Nice one 😀😀😀😀. Any advice for upcoming entrepreneurs?
Tiwa's Place Of Decor: My advice to young people who might want to venture in entrepreneurship: consistency. Never stop being relevant. Be consistent in whatever you do. Also, excellence, finesse. Excellence is key. Have passion for what you do. It's not always about the money. Let the passion come first. And most importantly, always involve God.
Kemi Mobuse: Lastly, how can you be contacted?
Tiwa's Place Of Decor: My numbers are 08189313003/07053628903
Instagram: @tiwisplaceofdecor
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tiwisdecor

  • Share:

You Might Also Like


  1. Nice one... Really Inspiring!

  2. Well composed and straight forward interview there. Awesome job u do too,nice

  3. i know Kemi F will be hustling to get interviewed too cuz her 'bestie' got featured#busybodywoman

    1. Lmao who are you pls??? i cant stop laughing at this

  4. Pls Ms Tiwa, do you train??

    1. Tiwi's Place Of Decor11:11 am, July 21, 2016

      At the moment, we are not offering that service. However, we can work together on the field if you are really interested. You should be able to learn one or two things from that.

  5. Tiwa Ogungbe, am so proud of you. Greater opportunities ahead of you in Jesus name. Your services are excellent and unique. Am a living witness.

    1. Tiwi's Place Of Decor11:12 am, July 21, 2016

      Amen! Thank you Ma'am. And God bless you xx