LAB Talks: Renovate To Rent: You Can’t Do It Alone

Moderated by Kelly Kegans (Mpls St. Paul Home + Design) with Heather and Brad Fox (Fox Homes), Mercedes Austin (Mercury Mosaics) and Elise Nicpon (Room & Board).

Kelly Kegans navigates a candid conversation on the power of collaboration with Heather and Brad Fox along with local design-forward businesses – Mercury Mosaics and Room and Board. They will share their insights and perspectives on the current trend of renovating to rent, the power of (local) collaboration and elevating each other – proving its better together.


Kelly Kegans

Mpls. St. Paul Home & Design | @kellykegans

  • Writer. Editor. Stylist. Story Scout.
  • Specializes in producing home and design content at the local, regional and national level.
  • Work featured in Mpls.St.Paul Home&Design, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living as well as Magnolia Journal, Traditional Home and Do It Yourself.
  • Her happy place is when work and home passions collide.

Heather and Brad Fox

Fox Homes | @foxhomesmn | @foxwellshoppe  

  • Realty. Renovation. Design. Retail.
  • Husband and wife duo with a strong eye for seeing potential in the fixer upper.
  • Passion for renovating and transforming their clients homes and investment properties – most recently, Eichler Palms in Palm Springs.
  • Stars of the HGTV show, “Stay or Sell” – helping families stay in the neighborhoods they love through renovation or remodeling.

Mercedes Austin

Mercury Mosaics | @mercurymosaics

  • Owner. Founder. Mover + Shaker. Dreamer of tile. Self-made Art-preneur.
  • Passionate about redefining your expectations of what tile is and how it can transform a space.
  • What started as a one-woman show has grown into a complete orchestration of dedicated cratfspeople creating artisan tiles for both residential and commercial commissions.
  • Her signature designs are featured in HGTV “Stay or Sell” and other Fox Homes properties including rental property, Eichler Palms in Palm Springs.

Elise Nicpon

Room & Board | @roomandboard

  • Years of retail, design and customer relationship experience – currently managing Business Interiors Outside Sales.
  • Passionate about being a part of a collaborative, progressive and socially-responsible company that helps customers create spaces they love.
  • Room and Board furniture and furnishings are featured throughout the Fox’s stunning rental property, Eichler Palms in Palm Springs.

LAB Talks is a free monthly event curated by LAB in partnership with Hennepin Made and Parallel Cafe. Currently a virtual affair designed to kickstart your day and get you fueled on inspiration and passion, LABTalks celebrates local connections and perspectives – simply, people doing great things. Candid inspiring conversation and good company are always guaranteed.