Taking it to the next level! If, when and how to grow your business from $100,000 to $1.5 Million

Ladies, don't miss this fabulous opportunity to hear from two design powerhouses, Ebony Snow Chafey and Suji Meswani who are happy to share their success stories with you.

Chicago based Ebony Snow Chafey of Snow and Graham www.snowandgraham.com and Philadelphia based Suji Meswani of Skeem Design www.skeemdesign.com will travel to Boston for an evening at one of our favorite meeting places, the luxurious Mohr and McPherson www.mohr-mcpherson.com. We will hear real life success stories about how these designers took their ideas, their talent and a (maybe?) a little bit of luck and grew it to what is now businesses with $1.5 M in sales. We hope it will inspire you to take it up a notch in your own design studios here in Boston!

Ebony Snow Chafey has been in business for 14 years and claims that "it is the relationships that I have developed with my customers and vendors that have allowed my company to be successful and to get through difficult economic times". Chafey says "I founded Snow and Graham straight out of art school (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) where my focus was on sculpture in the metals foundry". She goes on to say that "I dabbled in print making. I stumbled upon a letterpress print shop here in Chicago and fell in love with the process- it made me want to draw. Along the way, I learned how to get a product produced, distributed and sold"! "It was a lot of trial and error and a little luck", she says. "Now, S&G is headed into it's 14th year, but I say it is the last 2 that really count".

Suji Meswani, founder and co-owner of Skeem Design founded the company in 2004. Inspired by travels to exotic locales such as India, Costa Rica and New Zealand, Skeem design developed a perfect wax formulation along with gorgeous scents, colors and packaging. "Everything can be a source of inspiration, whether an exotic locale, a piece of music, a show at a museum, fashion or antique textiles", says Suji. "The name Skeem?" Meswani says "is a play on words and the founder's scheme to break free from the corporate world".

When: Wednesday, November 3rd
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Mohr and McPherson
460 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA

Please bring wine and/or snacks to share with the group

***Come early, M&M is open until 7:00 pm. You can start your evening off with some lovely inspiration shopping at the store before the meeting.

Limited to 40 people, so please respond early.


What the Tweet?

Welcome to Fall 2010

The sad news is... summer is SO over! But not to fret, Design Salon Boston is gearing up for another great season of hot topics that are sure to keep your creative juices heated up. So I say, "Bring on those dreary fall New England days. Mother Nature, give us the best that you've got! We'll design the hell out of those cold, drafty rooms... all we need is a little color, some interesting patterns, beautiful textiles, fabulous lighting AND a bottle of red wine...voila!"

Please join us at 12 Chairs for an earnest discussion from two Stylish Tweeters who are enjoying great success.

Stacy Kunstel http://www.stacystyle.wordpress.com/, stylist, editor, writer and producer will be back for her second annual discussion about Twitter, Twittering, Tweeting. She will detail "Why to Tweet, how she started, what it has done for her, what she looks for in other tweeters and what makes it effective." Come prepared for an interactive discussion. If you are not yet a tweeter, sign up, bring your twitter name and get prepared to get connected....it only takes a short while.

Stacy is a constant traveler, finding houses and locations for magazines, which she then styles to produce beautiful photo shoots with some of the top interior photographers. As Homes Editor for New England Home magazine, New England Home Cape and Islands and New England Home Connecticut, and as a regional editor for Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Coundry Living, and Renovation Style, she writes, makes television appearances and works with interior designers and architects photograph their own work for books and portfolios.

Also, we will hear from Julieanne Covino of Jace Interiors http://www.jaceinteriors.com/ whose style blog is named CreateGirl http://www.creategirl.blogspot.com/. The blogger and Design Salon member Holly Becker of the popular blog Decor8 wrote a piece about Julieanne after she appeared in Daily Candy http://decor8blog.com/2006/10/03/meet-julieanne-of-jace-interiors-boston-ma-/. Julieane Covino has a wonderful sense of style that she generously shares with her blog and twitter followers and through her work at Jace Interiors. She offers her clients an approachable attitude toward design. The idea that owning a beautiful space is available to anyone's budget. Fine Design need NOT be intimidating.

Perhaps the best reason to step out of your door on October 5th is to check out the FABULOUS new Fort Point boutique, 12 Chairs. "Twelve Chairs is a home furnishings shop and interior design studio located in Boston's up-and-coming Fort Point neighborhood. The shop provides a well-edited, thoughtful, and beautiful collection of items that surpass the company's standards of sustainability, good stewardship, and just plain good looks. Twelve Chairs promotes the idea that beautiful design and respect of the planet and its people do not have to be mutually exclusive. To learn more check out http://www.twelvechairsboston.com/."

12 Chairs has generously offered to host Design Salon in their brand new space! Please bring snacks and White Wine only- no red please!

When: Tuesday, October 5th
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: 12 Chairs
319 A Street
Boston, MA 02210


"Trend/Spotting" Night

"Trend/Spotting" Night with host expert Susan Battista, (principal of market research firm Topc101), at her fashionable home in the south end.

Tuesday June 15th
24 Rutland St. Boston

join Susan for a fun workshop where she will show us how to use market research tools to take our business to...
THE NEXT LEVEL! Susan has gotten great results using this same method with both big and small companies.
She promises we will not only have fun, but we will also learn:
*to reposition our brand
*to create smarter marketing plans
*to attract new customers
* to do something GOOD for our businesses

Attendance is limited to 15.

Please rsvp directly to susan at susan@topic101.com

The June 15 session will be held in the South End from 7 - 9pm
please bring snacks and wine to share with the group


Blogger's Ball II

It was so great the first time that we have decided to do it again! Please join us for our second annual Blogger's Ball, happening on May 18th in the Fabulous Mitchell Gold Showroom.

Our fashionable headliners for the evening are the young style mavens and trend experts; Erin Gates, Liana Peterson and Jessica Sutton.

Erin Gates, founder of Elements of Style (http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/) will speak candidly about her style blog, fashion, culture and the scene inside and outside of Boston. Her career as a blogger is skyrocketing right now, and Erin will tell us how and why.

Liana Peterson, founder of the blog New Brahmin (http://www.newbrahmin.com/) stays on top of the fashion scene as the founder and Executive Editor of her blog, New Brahmin. She, along with a host of rocket-hot guest writers have made New Brahmin a regular read for (the new breed of ) Bostonian.

Jessica Sutton of JS Graphic Design, (www.jessicasutton.com/daucuscarota) formerly a web designer of Fresh, is piping hot as a solo act! She will speak with us about why one should and should NOT blog or become a blogger. She is keenly interested in Fashion, Culture and all things in between.

When: May 18th
Time: 7:00
Where: Mitchell Gold Showroom
142 Berkeley Street
South End, Boston
Please bring questions, snacks and wine to share with the group!


Getting Buzzworthy

An Evening with Marni Katz

Marni Katz, City Editor for NBC and the writer for the blog Style Carrot (http://www.stylecarrot.com/) will will share her expertise with The Salon. The candid discussion will cover Public Relations and Marni's tips on the who, what, why and how of getting and keeping your work in front of the press!

This is a very limited engagement for the first 20 people to RSVP!

When: Tuesday, April 27th

Where: Mohr and McPherson
480 Harrison Avenue
South End
Time: 7:00
Please bring snacks and wine to share with the group!

Check out this upcoming class at MassArt

When: Wednesday, April 28th
Where: MassArt Tower Building, 11th Floor, Trustees room
Part 1: Contracts
What are contracts and why do you need them? What should you make sure to put into your next contract? We'll be learning about these important documents with the Graphic Artists Guild's Advocacy Chairperson, Lisa Shaftel and how to create a proper agreement without a lawyer and with one hand behind your back.
Part 2: What is Licensing?
Licensing is big business, presenting tremendous opportunities for graphic artists of all disciplines to generate revenue in new markets. However, far too many artists don't recognize that licensing can be a hugely profitable segment of their business. Get the information you need to get started!
cost: before April 20:
Sutdents w/ valid ID: $2.00
Guild Members and MassArt Alumni: $5.00
Non-Members: $10.00
Cost After April 20 and at door:
Students with valid ID: $5.00
Guild Members and MassArt Alumni: $8.00
Non-members: $15.00
For more info and to register, please visit the online community.


Networking News.....

Ahhhhhh, spring. Time to come out to play.

Stuck inside your design room? Need to get away from the computer? Hiding from a cranky buyer? Fear opening the mail? It sounds like you need to spend some time with fellow designers or creative women who are doing the same thing.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 30th at 7:00 for a social night with fellow salonistas. We want to see your creative selves especially if you are thinking about attending but feeling shy, moody, intimidated, uninspired or just downright sick and tired of the business of business.

Salon networking night is a good opportunity to chat with the talented New England designers and that drive New England's creative scene. Be prepared to exchange ideas, promote your line and chat about yourself and your work. If you are new to Design Salon, come check us out. If you haven't checked in for awhile, now is the time.....

We will gather in Jill Rosenwald's fabulous studio space in Fort Point. Please bring wine and/or snacks to share with the group.


When: Tuesday, March 30
Time: 7:00 pm
Jill Rosenwald's Studio Space
369 Congress Street, Fort Point
2nd Floor
R.S.V.P: Jill.palese@gmail.com


Vessel Lecture Series

Michele Yeeles, founder of Bob's Your Uncle www.bobsyouruncle.com , will be presenting tonight, February 18th. Our favorite (and only) male honorary members of Design Salon, Stephan Barbeau and Duane Smith are hosting a lecture series at their super fab shop...Vessel www.vessel.com . Hope to see you there!

Where: Vessel
Time: 6-8 pm
125 Kingston Street (Chinatown)


Design Salon takes on the World

February the month of love and passion! But, for the women of the Design Salon Boston, it is our chance to share our love and passion for design and entrepreneurship and networks with women from 22 countries. WorldBoston http://www.worldboston.org/ has invited Design Salon to participate in the World Affairs Council's project focusing on women and entrepreneurship programs organized by the Department of State. Women in leadership roles from Afghanistan to Venezuela, Lithuania to Mozambique will meet in Pinkcomma gallelry http://www.pinkcomma.com/ to discuss best practices for innovation and business development.

Jill Rosenwald, Jennifer Hill, Kelly Smith, Kristen Gaughan and Jill Palese will join the senior authorities from 20 countries to discuss "The Salon". Members of Design Salon are encouraged to join us from 11:30 to 1:00 to meet with these women who have travelled here to meet Boston-area women entrepreneurs.

When: Tuesday, February 16th

Time: 11:30-1:00

Location: 81 B Wareham Street (near corner of Albany, under big pink sign)

R.S.V.P. Jill.palese@gmail.com . We have limited space for this event. Please r.s.v.p. as soon as possible to insure your space!

We are planning on sharing a light bite with our foreign friends. Please bring a small drink or snack for the table.



Doing It All. How do we "raise two babies"?

Tina Cassidy, Author, Journalist, Executive and Mother will lead the open forum discussion on the reality of "having it all".

Please join us at Lekker (http://www.lekkerhome.com/) on January 19th at 7:00 for a candid discussion with Tina.

Tina Cassidy is an award-winning former journalist, an author working on her second book, and a vice president at the Boston public relations firm SolomonMcCown, where she oversees the real estate practice. She and her husband have three sons and live in South Boston. During her 15 years as a reporter and editor at the Boston Globe, she covered politics, fashion and business. Her first book, Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, was published in 2006. Her next book is on one transformative year in the life of Jacqueline Onassis. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, the Boston Business Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times (London), the Express (London) and the Sunday Herald (Glasgow), as well as various other magazines and newspapers. Tina is a member of New England Women in Real Estate, The Urban Land Institute and the marketing committee for the Advent School in Boston. She holds a bachelor of arts from Northeastern University.

When: January 19th
Where: Lekker 1317 Washington Street, Boston
Please bring a bottle of wine or snacks to share with the group
R.S.V.P: Jill.Palese@gmail.com