2682-A Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731


The Design Gallery

Our Philosophy

Living Design

Surround yourself with the things you love!  It is easy because The Design Gallery is your complete local interior design resource. Conveniently located in Flat Rock, NC, we offer full design services for your project. Whether it's simple like needing blinds or updating your furniture, or complex like building a new home, we offer our clients a superb design experience by working with you to ensure the end result is just what you had in mind.

Born from Experience

With over fifty years of extensive interior design experience, our team has worked on projects world-wide, including exquisite mountain residences, country clubs, restaurants and commercial spaces.

Quality and customer service are the heart of our success. Our process always starts with a discussion - this is where your dreams are expressed. We would love to be your design team and help make your dreams a reality.

Dawn Driskill

Dawn Driskill, Owner and Founder of The Design Gallery, brings more than twenty-five years’ experience in award-winning custom interior design and color consulting to the homes and vacation cottages of Western North Carolina. She adds a California touch of lush color combinations and clean lines to the comfortable styling characteristic of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her award-winning work has been featured in both local and national magazines. 

A consistent commitment to quality and personalized service is apparent in all of Dawn’s design work, as recognized by her clientele list of legal and health professionals, CEOs, and professional athletes and entertainers.

Dawn draws on a nationwide network of suppliers. In Western North Carolina, Dawn has built a network of reliable tradesmen and women who are plumbers, electricians, architects, and contractors who specialize in kitchen and bath installations, outdoor living spaces, room additions and complete remodeling.

Dawn is an experienced project manager who personally supervises all aspects of bringing a home from its traditional past into the stunning present. Current projects include: a design/build custom home in Brevard, NC; design and complete remodel of a mid-century mountain Deck home; full kitchen and bath remodels in Hendersonville, Asheville and Flat Rock; complete renovation of a warehouse to a modern office building.

Betsy Edwards

Betsy’s love of creating living spaces was apparent since youth. Working through the puzzles of finding the best solutions of form and function can make such a difference in how people enjoy their day to day lives, families, celebrations and work.

She takes an Anthropological approach to her work- here is an excerpt from a Carolina Home + Garden article December 2015. “I really try to find out about the client’s history — where they’re from, if they’re a couple, a bit about their kids, and what they’re drawn to. I ask about favorite colors, books, and activities — vacations will tell you a lot about a family. I also plan for the client’s future needs, whether aging, additional children in the future, or other considerations. Then I let the space speak to me. I can pretty much see a space fully designed when I’m walking through it.”

Betsy’s years as an award-winning interior architectural designer include almost two decades in the Atlanta design community working on national and international hospitality and residential projects. There were Country Clubs and Disney Projects with Design Continuum, Inc.-  International Hyatt Hotels with Hirsch-Bedner and Associates- Many of Atlanta’s finest restaurants with The Johnson Studio- and hospitality and residential projects with her own firm, BennettEdwards Interior Design. While in Santa Barbara, California she spent seven years working on projects of her own as well as for The Warner Group Architects with clients throughout the country- including Country Clubs and residential projects.

Since returning to the North Carolina Mountains Betsy Edwards Design has worked on 2 total renovations- the first a vacation home in the Champion Hills area, the second, a third generation family farmhouse on Asheville’s Beaver Dam Road.

Projects have included two new construction homes on the ocean in Gulf Stream, Florida. She developed the initial layouts and managed the projects coordination with the contractor. Millwork and detailing, lighting and electrical plans, plumbing and hardware as well as kitchen and bathroom layouts and cabinetry were designed. Finishes, systems, furnishings and window treatments were specified.

Current projects include- updating a home in Cliff’s Valley- Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina. Transforming a Craftsman bungalow in The Ramble, Biltmore Forest. The design of an 1800 square foot addition for an Orchard Home- including a new Kitchen, Family, Dining and Sunroom. 

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Mae Hight

Born & raised in Montgomery, Alabama I was inspired throughout my childhood & early adult years by my father who built beautiful custom homes in stately southern settings. In following his work & spending summers visiting job sites with him I was exposed to countless outstanding projects which featured classic southern charm & timeless design. These foundations have carried over into my own design aesthetic & continue to inspire me daily. 

As a graduate of Auburn University’s Interior Design program in 2010, I followed my heart to Telluride, Colorado, where I was mentored & worked under Bruce & Jodie Wright of One Architects, Inc. Our projects focused on mountain contemporary style with a restrained rustic edge that were both one of a kind & completely ageless. A stark contrast from my Southern roots, but none the less, great design is fully transcendent of style & time. When a home has been thoughtfully conceived and carefully executed it is known in the heart & carried in the spirit. There is no place quite like home, & I suppose a little piece of me will always remain deep in the heart of the San Juan Mountains.

As life happened & brought us back to Alabama in 2014 I continued my work in Interior Design under both architects & designers until once again our hearts brought us to the high country & we made our home right here in the Western North Carolina Mountains. As a mother of two boys & wife to one amazing fella, I work to be inspired for them. Thankful to the core for the opportunity to follow my dreams & own my very own interior design business I look forward to combining 10+ years experience into one incredible vision – Restrained Rustic Elegance with Whimsical Southern Charm. It is truly a blessing to curate environments where families create memories & shelter life, love, & all things dear to the heart. After all, it is the tiny details of our lives that make us who we are & so, it is the tiny details of our homes that make them a home! What an amazing gift to be given the opportunity to create such a special place in the lives of my clients! What joy it brings this little ole heart of mine!

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Cindi Stringer

Cindi earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University. She retired from Nursing in 2010 and took this opportunity to pursue her love of Design and Real Estate by opening an award-winning home staging company, Showhomes Western NC. She earned her Home Staging Certification from the Decorating and Staging Academy and her Certificate of Interior Design through the New York Art Institute. She is passionate about connecting with her clients and helping them sell their homes quicker and for more money and helping them create spaces in their new homes they love to come home to. While not staging and designing, Cindi works with her husband, Fitz, in their Real Estate business at Keller Williams and enjoys spending time with her 16 grandchildren.  

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