Meet Design Duo, our artist of the week...though, we should be saying ARTISTS of the week! Design Duo is the collaborative effort of Christine Karas and Heather Carney who design and make a collection of home goods blending function with design. The pieces are simple and fun to use alone or together in any decor. They started Design Duo about a year ago though have crafted together for many years, for all of the friendship really! When their kids were really little they would get together for craft nights as a way to recharge their batteries and have some time to themselves. Now with the kids a little older and their schedules a little crazier(!), they look forward to getting together to catch up and talk as well as work on their business.What inspired you to start creating your art work & how did you turn it into a business?
We both enjoy our day jobs designing Commercial and Healthcare interior spaces, but wanted a different outlet for our creativity that didn't relate to the "business" side of our lives. We would get together and craft and would make things for our homes. As we did this, people would come to our houses and ask where we got them and it grew from there. We have always had this dream of having our own business and decided to take the plunge about a year ago. We still have our day jobs, but who knows what will happen in the future! We are taking it one day at a time.What do you love most about the creative process?
We have a great time sitting together and coming up with ideas. Often it is something that we want for our home but can't find. We are in a creative field in our day jobs so the creative process is something that we both live day in and day out! Taking a blank 'canvas' or a napkin sketch or even just a paint swatch of a color we like and turning it into something fun and inspiring is exciting!What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
Heather: I like to spend time with my family either going to a Tigers game together or just hanging out. I am an avid reader and have kept lists of all the books I read each year! I also love to go to flea markets or antique shops to poke around for interesting pieces to either use in my house or turn into something for our business.
Christine: I enjoy spending family time with my husband and boys as well as my extended family. I have a large extended family and whenver we get together, it is always fun! I also love to shop! Even just window shopping satisfies my retail therapy. I do like to get good deal wherever I go.Quotes you love or live by:
Heather: I have this quote by my front door and I think it is a good reminder for us as we head out the door everyday..."Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" - Minor Myers Jr.
Christine: There are so many! One that I like is "Good things come to those who believe. Better things come to those who are patient. The best things come to those who never give up."What makes your art work unique or distinctive?
We like to incorporate what we are seeing as trends in the Interior Design world. We like to blend function with design to make pieces we would want to use in our own homes. In fact that is how Design Duo started. We both have lots of the pieces that we sell in our own homes.
What do your remember wanting to be when you grew up?
Heather: I always wanted to be an architect or interior designer. I moved around a lot growing up and whenever we moved to a new house the first think I did was draw the floorplan of the house!
Christine: I remember drawing house plans when I was younger and making paper people and furniture that I could move around on my plan. I guess I didn't know then that interior design was in my future, but after starting college and realizing that accounting was not my dream, I got into ID program and loved it!You can find lots of Heather & Christine's crafty creations at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about the Design Duo girls all week!
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