Meet Michael Betlock, Principal Director at Neo Interior Design Studio


Owner of Neo Interior Design Studio in Fargo, Michael Betlock loves layering patterns and textures for a truly one-of-a-kind end product. His motto has always been “more is more!”

Originally a native to the suburbs of Minneapolis, Michael made a four-year pit-stop in Phoenix, AZ, before settling in Fargo six years ago. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Art Institutes International in Minneapolis. Prior to the birth of Neo IDS, he designed for multiple national brands including PetSmart, Target and Scheels.

Michael specializes in commercial interior design including retail, office space, hospitality, sporting facilities, financial institutions and multi-family/mixed-use. He also provides a “one-stop-shop” solution for all types of projects as he has close partnerships with various local architects, engineers and construction management firms.

Michael’s approach to interior design is always putting the function and experience of the end-user first. His team’s creative problem-solving at Neo allows them to value engineer any project to fit a client’s budget. They are also more than willing to work out flexible pricing with each individual contract based on the client’s needs

Additionally, Neo utilizes rendering and modeling technology to help clients visualize the project from start to finish. They use space planning and research-based design to create a functional and cohesive project solution. They bring the furniture, finishes, and lighting together to fully communicate the overall aesthetic and vision of each client.

“The trends I am excited about are utilizing elements of sustainability”

Inspiration, Colors & Trends

Michael’s motto at Neo is “design without limits.” To his team, this means encouraging clients to push design boundaries and helping them consider the unexpected. Rather than using ultra-trendy finishes and colors, his team his designs in a way that personalizes a project for each client ‘s vision in unexpected ways. “The trends we are excited about are utilizing elements of sustainability, incorporating multi-use spaces as people return to the office, and unique ways of creating classic spaces,” said Michael.

From classical to EDM, Michael has always been creatively inspired by all kinds of music. While designing, he always likes to ask a client what they listen to and plays that music while he works, which he believes helps him creatively tap into an individual’s certain vibes and expectations.

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