Dashing Favs … Jamie Meares

Posted by on August 29, 2013

When I committed to writing this blog, I really wanted to bring you stories that were engaging and riveting.    Jamie Meares of Furbish Studio and  i suwannee encompasses both of these adjectives.  
Her unique sense of expression through design and style shines through in each blog post and every interior design project completed.  She is a lifestyle star on the rise, with no end in sight.

image via The Glitter Guide 

After following Jamie’s blog for a year, I was surprised to find out she is from Winston-Salem.  She went to Southwest Elementary, Kennedy Middle School, West Forsyth High School and then onto UNC.  I asked her friend Anna Sebastian to give me a little insider info. She said, “Jamie and I have been besties since Mrs. Robinson’s 1st Grade class at Southwest Elementary.  She has always had her own unique style, reinventing herself over the years, and is a true ORIGINAL.  Those qualities combined with her sharp intellect and fearless attitude have led her to the success of Furbish today.”  

image via Anna Sebastian
Anna says of this photo ,   “my 7th birthday party….love it because everyone else is singing happy birthday and Jamie’s working it for the camera  🙂  with a sequined leotard as well!”

If you haven’t been to her store Furbish Studio ( in Raleigh) you need to plan a day trip ASAP.  There is nothing like it anywhere else in the state, probably the country.  Her unique curated style is showcased in the store and there are uncommon items for your home and gifts.  She has been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, HGTV, Lonny Magazine, and  many others. All this being said, she definitely is too busy to answer my questions for this blog, but has kindly agreed to do so.

Jamie Meares via Chinoiserie Chic

D: Many people are in the process of replacing their “hand me down” furniture and replacing with their own choices, what do you think would be the best piece to start with?

JM: A sofa is the first investment piece I would make.  A classic shape on a well made sofa should last up to 20 years, maybe even more with reupholstery.  At our age, we should start thinking about making artwork purchases – things that really speak to us.  Get rid of anything held over from the dorm room.  No more ikea.  Not much target.  These things don’t hold up well, and can be a real downer in a room.  No more small picture frames of friends or family clustered on the wall.  They look dinky and tired.  Personal photos should be put in pretty frames on consoles or desks, or tucked into mirrors for a bit of quirk.  Invest in pretty vintage rugs that add age and interest to a room.  Get rid of any furniture with oversized arms.  No 1 and 1/2 chairs.  No more posters (unless they are awesome and you invest in a great frame job), no more Van Goghs or Monets.  No futons.  No office chairs that look like they came from staples.  No plastic storage containers.  No Pier 1 style rice paper lamps.
  
Start investing in special pieces like custom bedskirts, window panels, table skirts.  These are the special things that pack a lot of punch.  You can also start reupholstering classic pieces that just need an updated fabric.

D: What is the easiest thing you can do to style your home before a party to make it look fresh and current?

JM: Fresh flowers.  Clean!  Clean windows and make things sparkly, cuttings from the yard, a great smelling candle burning, plenty of seating, making sure no areas are too precious that your guests are scared to sit and visit, a pair of new pillows can always shake things up and make you feel new.

D:  What has been your favorite outfit this summer?

JM : Cut-offs, a white distressed tee by velvet, black blazer and rag and bone boots

D: Do you have a favorite place in Winston-Salem to find a unique piece for your home ??  or a favorite spot to shop for clothing?  ( I have no idea if you come back to Winston often so you might not have any answers for this question)

JM: I haven’t been back in a long time — so i’m afraid i don’t know!  I always did enjoy the consignment shop in advance – classic consignments – on  US HWY 158
D: Who is some your favorite Design and Fashion Icons?

image via Elle Decor
    
image via Peter Dunham


Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson of the blog They All Hate Us
image via They All Hate Us

Jane Aldridge of the blog Sea of Shoes

image via Sea of Shoes

Jamie is so unique through and through. I love reading i suwannee daily to see what it is she and the Furbish gals are thinking about.  Her style is exceptional and engaging, I’m always wondering what is going to pop into my inbox each day. Many Many Thanks to Jamie. Also, Muchas Gracias to Anna for giving Dashing readers special insight into Jamie’s natural talent. You both have been so gracious with your time!

Dashing – xoxo
Jamie Meares via isuwannee 

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