From rearranging his room to redesigning your home – The Dispatch

Cody Moore struck out on his own to open Babble House, an interior design service in West Point, in March 2021. He has always enjoyed changing a space and making it new, an obsession that began as a child.

Moore said he decided to open Babble House to start something new and his own, but also to give himself more time to travel and see the world, which he believes is a big part of his job.

“That’s a big part of being an interior designer,” Moore said. “It’s getting to see new spaces, getting to see new cities, getting to see new cultures, getting to see how people live and then figuring out how to make that into my own design brand in a way.”

As an interior designer, Moore focuses on residential projects. He works with homeowners to rethink their space and transform it into an extension of themselves, a home they could only think of with a sharp mind and warm heart.

His services range from picking out new furniture and home accessories for a client’s space, color schemes for the home and complete redesigns of an entire house. He also tries his best to make those services affordable to anyone who wants to do this.

“I wanted to come in and be a different design studio that’s more focused on anyone can afford it,” Moore said. “If it’s just a single room design, an entire home design, it is affordable and I really want to kind of push that on the front end of things. That’s sort of where it caught on was with people that didn’t expect that they could afford it.”

Moore began his passion for interior design as a child, constantly rearranging and rethinking his childhood bedroom in Clinton. He would always love to ask his grandmother for advice and seek her help to make the constant remodeling a reality in his room.

Cody Moore works on a new design project at his desk inside his home office in West Point. Moore began his career as an independent interior designer to spend more time with his fiance and himself to travel and see the world around him. Moore is also an LGBT advocate and hopes to provide young people with a strong example of a successful LGBT businessman. Grant McLaughlin/Dispatch Staff

When Moore went to Holmes Community College for nutrition science, his grandmother convinced him to rethink his path and head into interior design.

“My grandmother came to visit me and we were just talking and she was like, ‘You’ve always been interested in interior design, so why don’t you do it?’” Moore said. “She was the person that was the first in my family to be like, go do this, go try it out. If you love it so much, do it.”

Moore graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in interior design in 2018. From there, he moved to Atlanta to work for a hospitality management firm doing interior design for resorts and other commercial clients. He left Atlanta in 2020 when he was furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Obviously, the pandemic happened, and then hospitality just kind of went straight down,” Moore said. “They didn’t want to let me go but they were going to wait until the projects came back on. That’s sort of when I decided to do my own thing.”

After that, Moore moved to West Point with his fiancee Michael who he met in Starkville while still in school.

“We were long distance during that entire two years that I was in Atlanta,” Moore said. “That’s also what brought me back to West Point was living here with him where we could both work on each of our careers.”

Other than moving in together, Moore said he and his fiancee together again helps to inspire his work and provides a good feedback system.

“I definitely think both of us being creative and kind of fueling off of each other helps both of our careers,” he said. “If I’m working on something, I always feel comfortable enough to take something to him and ask how he feels about it.”

Now that Moore has been firmly planted in West Point, he plans to do more than just redesign houses. He also wants to help provide resources and an example to LGBT youth.

“Part of that was also moving here to be visible in the community as a gay man who owns their own business,” he said. “I think it’s important for young LGBT kids that are growing up to see that there are people like them in their community.”

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