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5: Malene Barnett Boldly Creates Success

Malene Barnett is the president and design director of Malene B. Carpets, a company specializing in creating handcrafted custom carpets for prestigious residential and commercial environments. Working together with Interior Designers and Architects, Malene creates timeless masterpieces that enrich any setting.

Her brand philosophy:  Be worldly; live boldly!

Where does she find inspiration?

  • From traveling and the people around her.  She loves to tell the story of places she’s been….

Her product development process:

  • Get inspiration from photographs
  • Create a vision for new product
  • Develop sketches and create artwork
  • Create samples (strikeoffs)
  • Launch!

Her moment of clarity: 

Stick with what you have been developing as a brand and what people are expecting from you.

What does being Queen Bee mean to her?

You are one who’s not afraid to take any chances.  You’re a risk taker.  You’re strong.  There will be doubts but a Queen Bee listens and allows herself to move through all of the fears knowing that she will be supported with whatever decision that she makes.


Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs:

  • Do the research.  Really know all the players in your industry.
  • Just start your business; don’t be afraid to start!

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