native of North Carolina, Betsy Drake attended East Carolina University
on scholarship and graduated in three years with a BS degree in interior
design and went on the complete her Masters. For nearly twenty years,
she owned and operated one of the largest independent high-end furniture
and interior design businesses in eastern NC. She taught interior design
at local community colleges for over eight years. Betsy
and her husband, fellow artist R.B. Hamilton, live in eastern North
Carolina. They commute on weekends to their art studio on the Inner
Coastal Waterway where they get inspiration for their unique and exclusive
products -- Betsy's and R.B.’s original art printed on Betsy’s
custom designed pillows, wall art, pplacemats, tablecloths, coasters,
guest towels, and even furniture.
the idea for her products when she retired (temporarily) and closed
her showroom. The remaining inventory of designer drapery fabric contained
colors and prints that looked like they would coordinate well with
her paintings. After designing several prototype pillows, she began
offering them wholesale to local retail outlets. The rest is history.
Betsy's and her husband's products now can be seen in numerous of
gift shops and home accessory stores.