October 20, 2016

DRIS New Look

So much to catch you up on but let's first start with our new logo!  If you follow me on social media you've seen it already, but let me explain the reason for the change.
While attending the Black Interior Designers Conference, presenter Nikki Chu gave a presentation on branding.  She talked about product development from concept to marketplace and everything in between.  It was so thorough it got me thinking about my own image and branding.  How would my logo look on a line of bedding, or a line of paint?  I have big dreams you know!

Truth be told I wasn't all that happy with my old logo, but the studio opportunity came up so quick I didn't have time for a name change.  Back in July I celebrated 5 years in business (not in the studio) so it seemed like an appropriate milestone to revamp my logo.  It was also a good time to change my website from dressmyroominteriors.com to dressingroomsinteriorsstudio.com to make everything cohesive.  People get confused and think my business name is "DressMyRoom" but that is just my Instagram handle.  My full name has too many characters so "DressMyRoom"  has become my namesake.  I continued my branding through my shop sign, price tags and new e-commerce website: www.dressingroomsinteriorsstudio.com (my retired site will redirect you to the new one).

So why a crane?

Since I started selling vintage pieces I noticed that I gravitate to cranes.  They even started showing up in my clothing choices, so I declared them my spirit animal!  This Black Crown Crane aka East African crowned crane is a tall, majestic-looking bird that sports a sort of crown of tall, stiff, golden feathers. Throughout Asia, the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japan, the crane is one of the mystical or holy creatures that symbolizes good fortune, freedom and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years.  I love African and Asian pieces and with this Black Crown Crane naturally in the colors of my logo (I got rid of the blue) we were meant to be together.

And for all of you that have asked "do you have a gallery of your pieces" I do now!  I realize how hard it was for you to shop with me via social media or affiliated websites, so feel free to shop my site and use code FRIENDS&FAMILY for your special discount.

August 31, 2016

Charlotte Tastemaker Summit Review

Good times were had at The Black Southern Belle Tastemaker Summit last month.  Here are some highlights!

Swag bags with all kinds of local goodies

Program and Menu

Photo Booth Break

Summit was held at Tuft Furniture Store

Local wild flowers for our floral design session

Pure Leaf Tea was a sponsor


A special thank you to Michiel Perry for inviting me to be a panelist and for all her support of my shop.  I'm thankful to have been a part of her dream for Black Southern Belle!

August 25, 2016

Kitchen Inspiration with Bill Chill

The day we've moved into our house I wanted to paint the kitchen cabinets.  But since they were new I felt guilty painting something that was perfectly livable.  After 9 years, the topic of painting them has come up again and I'm trying to figure out the million dollar question - what color?  So when my peeps at Bill Chill asked me to design a kitchen around their retro appliances, I call that perfect timing! 

I love mixing colors and patterns and adding pops of color.  With red being my new favorite color, I built my design around their Cherry Red Retro Stove.

My design calls for layering ethnic patterns in black and white with navy kitchen cabinets.  The Snowy Ibiza quartz countertop allows the eye to rest, while the vintage Art Deco Stenciled Pendant picks up all the brass tones. The Cherry Red Retro Stove serves as the lipstick to complete look. 

To create this look, shop these sources below:

July 23, 2016

Tastemasker Summit

I just realized I didn't share this bit of new with you.  Let me say that I was as shocked to see my face on the announcement as you probably are right now!  I was relieved then I found out there are 4 different versions of this announcements with panelist featured - THANK GOD!  If you know me, you know I don't like pictures of myself, but I know they are necessary for my business and brand.  I am excited to be serving on the panel on the topic of Owning a Space – Adding a Storefront or Studio to your Lifestyle Brand, something I know a little about.

On July 27th 2016, the Black Southern Belle will host an invite-only Charlotte Tastemaker Summit. The event will feature artisans, entrepreneurs, top chefs, artists, brandmakers, interior designers, event planners, independent businesses, and industry-specific vendors in North Carolina.  Follow this link for other details and panelist.  

Hope to see some of you there!

July 7, 2016

The Knot Mixer Charlotte

So I was so excited to be asked to be a vendor by host Sarah Beth Thie from We Tie The Knot, to rent some of my vintage pieces for the mixer.  The Knot is the nation’s largest source for wedding news and inspiration (www.theknot.com).  They host these mixers in cities around the country in appreciation of the wedding professionals in the market.  It also serves as a great networking event.  Photographers, videographers, wedding planners, caterers and wedding planners attend.  The exact crowd I want to have in front of my vintage rentals - what an amazing opportunity!  

A major furniture rental company provided the bulk of the furniture (I'm still a small shop) but Sarah needed some one-of-a-kind pieces to complete the look.  The theme was Palm Beach and right up alley.

So here are some pictures of the event compliments of my iphone:

This bar was rented! 
My Vintage Brass + Glass Dining Table was used for the cake display
My Vintage Brass Bar Cart greeted guest with treats

My ensemble for the event.  Oh and my gold tray too!
Fooling around in the photo booth

This Vintage Palm Painting is from my home but looks amazing in this photo
Photo Credit: BlueSky by Cass Bradley

I made sure to sprinkle some marketing materials around too!

June 10, 2016

Blog Feature

Hello again, I do exist!  I have so much to catch you up on but in the meantime, check out my recent interview with Floor Coverings International.  A special thank you to Dayka Robinson for the recommendation. 

Read here

April 29, 2016

We are Moving!

The successful launch of the Studio has made this the fastest 6 months of my life! Having my own shop, where I feature an artistic collection of vintage home d├ęcor and one of a limited kind pieces, has allowed me the opportunity to expand my brand. And, with expansion also comes growth.

At the end of May, The Studio will be relocating to 1942 E. 8th Street, in collaboration with Kate & Kim of Deep Branch Studios. My new location brings better visibility to Dressing Rooms Interiors and affords my customers greater accessibility because of its central location. The new showroom is full of natural light and is gorgeous! 

I can't lie, I'm going to miss my coral doors, but when I saw that Kim & Kate painted their planters coral, it confirmed that we speak the same design language. They love vintage and picking as much as I do and our styles play so nice together they are BFFs!

You can expect my new location to feature the same vintage, curated vibe that you've grown to love from me. In the meanwhile, I will still be at my current location, 516 E. 16th Street, until May 18th.
Catch me at the Charlotte Tastemakers Summit on July 27th, 2016. Being named a 2016 Tastemaker is a complete honor. I am one of the Summit’s featured panelist and hope to see you there.

Moving onward and up! 

April 22, 2016

Girl Tribe Pop-Up

Thanks to everyone that came out to the pop-up shop last weekend!  I enjoyed meeting my insta-friends, awesome fellow vendors and new customers.  

If you follow me on social media you know how much of an ordeal it was to get the booth together. Let's just say it required my husband's torching things together at midnight.  But here's the product.

March 17, 2016

Offering Vintage Rentals

I'm happy to announce that we will be renting some of vintage pieces out to photographers, party planners and interior stylist!  The idea came from photographers and florists that have visited the studio asking whether I rented out my pieces.  I hadn't considered the idea but thought it was a good one to looking into.  After doing some research and contacting a few in the vintage rental business, we are ready to rent!  Visit our website for more information our Vintage_Rentals web page.

March 16, 2016

Pink Social | Girl Tribute Pop-Up Shop

It has definitely been way too long since my last post.  The studio had been keeping very, very, very busy.  Today I'm home for a bit (trying to get my home life in order) and working on my revamped website (coming soon).

The latest and greatest is that I'm participating in another pop-up shop with a tribe of over 75 talented women. If you are in the Charlotte area - SAVE THE DATE!  The studio will be closed on the day of the event, but you can shop with me here at the pop-up.

January 28, 2016

Black Southern Belle Feature

Hello, I've been such a stranger.  And I know I owe you several updates but I'm not ready to share yet.  So in the meantime, please enjoy this feature on me from Black Southern Belle. Michiel Perry and I have some other things planned this summer, so stay tuned.  Read here

photo by Donald Wilson

December 3, 2015

A Month in Review: Sweet November

Oh what a month!  It flew by and so much happened in its 30 days. 

First I opened Dressing Rooms Interiors - The Studio on November 5th!  A dream come true.  A vision realized.  I remember being tearful on my drive in, missing my mom at that very moment and wishing she was here to celebrate with me. There were signs all around me letting me know she is very much apart of the moment but still, she was missed in the flesh.

We were so busy getting the shop together that I didn't share many before/afters on social media.  I'm so thankful for a goal encouraging supportive husband.  He is my rock I tell you.  When I say we I mean "WE."  Now back to the before.  We hired painters to paint the inside and door.  There was so much to get in order with a 2 week opening that our time (energy, patience and sanity) was better spent elsewhere.  I needed business cards, a shop sign, new logo, update website, tag, price and enter inventory - you get the drill.  Everything seamlessly went as planned, which is always a good sign.

So here is a look back at all the work (2 weeks) in October brought us to today: BEFOREs

AFTER/////The Power of Paint

New logo

The Grand Opening (food and discounts) took place on November 14th.  I'm thankful to all my clients, friends, family and neighbors that showed up.  I was really overwhelmed because you don't know who is really going to show-up.  People here don't respond to RSVPs, they either show or don't show.  While I thought it was just a trend with me, other shops in the area have told me the same thing.  Nevertheless, it was a successful and profitable event.  I only have a few photos, which tells you two things, we were busy and my husband (aka my event photographer) was socializing - and I ain't mad!

Met this week with Michiel Perry from Black Southern Belle, about some exciting things she has plans for 2016 and how my shop can be involved.  Stay tuned for more on this later in 2016!

I was also asked to be Curator of the Month for MoveLoot.  Here are the products I selected from their inventory to design a home office:

Thanksgiving and so much to be thank for!

Consider yourself caught up!

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