We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Antley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kim, every day, we learn about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
By day, I am a marketing/communications/public relations professional and at the end of 2013, I was looking for a way to earn extra income. My mom had made a few wreaths when I was younger so I thought this might be a good option. I never dreamed that I would be where I am today, selling to neighbors, friends and the world through Etsy!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I love creating unique and one-of-a kind designs that you won’t find just anywhere. I love combining colors, textures and patterns that might seem unexpected, and I continue to hone my craft every single day by learning new styles and techniques from industry leaders.

Creating always has been more of a side gig and I only recently decided to open an Etsy shop and begin to pursue it as more of a viable business.

You might be asking, “Why Red Lip Designs?” Well … I thought Kim’s Designs was a little boring (to be honest!). If you ask anyone who knows me how they might describe me, I’m willing to bet the first thing they say is “she always wears red lipstick!” It’s kind of my signature … So I thought, why not? Six plus years later and the name stuck!

Let’s say your best friend is visiting the area and you want to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week-long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow! As a native Houstonian, I probably should have a better answer to this question! My best friend grew up in Houston and when he comes to town, we visit friends and do a lot of hanging out with talks into the wee hours of the morning! A couple of our standard spots from back in the day are Chuy’s and Pappasito’s. I also like to visit neighborhood spots like Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro, Crisp and Mytiburger. We also might visit my artist friends who have studios at The Silos or take in the latest exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Believe it or not, there is a thriving community of makers in the wreathing community. What I love about this group of people is they practice community over competition. The philosophy is that if one person is doing well, we all do well. Sharing knowledge and techniques is paramount and it’s very refreshing to be part of a community that isn’t cut-throat and looks after its own. There are two people in particular who I consider mentors and they are Julie Siomacco of Southern Charm Wreaths and Damon Oates of Deco Exchange.

Website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RedLipDesigns

Instagram: @RedLipDesigns

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/kimberlyantley

Facebook: @RedLipDesigns

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