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Ebony Staten is a chic geek (full time IT Systems Analyst by day), and an interior stylist & founder of The Vogue Room by night. The Vogue Room, which started in 2016 is an interior styling boutique providing high fashion living in Charlotte, North Carolina. The mission is to help you design a home that’s a direct reflection of your personal style, with a combination of high style, high fashion, and high design- The Vogue Room uniquely curate spaces designed just for you. Not only providing different services for your needs, The Vogue provide styling tips and inspiration to your everyday life through our blog. 

Ebony recently contributed to Casaza.com --The Property Brother’s new digital platform for the home, and Xonecole.com--lifestyle blog. When she’s not decorating, you can find her enjoying world travels and of course shopping!

As a child, the imagery of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X shaking hands despite their different views was powerful and represented to me that leadership is not a singular matter. If we take pride in our communities and provide opportunities, collaboration is inevitable.

As a child, the imagery of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X shaking hands despite their different views was powerful and represented to me that leadership is not a singular matter. If we take pride in our communities and provide opportunities, collaboration is inevitable.

What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?

This year Black history month has a significant meaning to me. Building my business network while working a remote full-time job can get a little hectic at times; but also reminds me that my passion is to acknowledge and focus on building a stronger community amongst my peers. I know that collaboration is far greater than competition.

We are truly better together, and community plays a vital role in the work that I create. This includes giving back in tangible ways. In the summer of 2018, I was thrilled to establish The Vogue Room Foundation, which is a scholarship program that awarded a first generation college woman with a fully furnished dormitory. Our goal was to alleviate the burden of expenses that come with furnishing a bare campus dwelling, on top of tuition fees and the cost of books. Moving forward the foundation’s focus is to assist, design and add personal style to those in need for dormitory spaces.

This month has allowed me to reflect on the relationships with designers and contributors that I’ve created, and has cultivated my affirmation of “Collaboration Over Competition”.

Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Create This Year?

I’m finding beauty and inspiration in everything that surrounds me. I’m constantly looking to be inspired by something or someone! Paris Couture Week recently wrapped up and the runway fashions totally inspired me. From Balmain to Valentino, the colors, fabrics, and textures of the garments, immediately my wheels start turning. Then, I challenge myself as to how I can translate these fashions into an interior space. 

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Traveling to different countries and cities inspires me as well. While traveling, I love to sightsee as much as I can. Visiting a museum or taking a journey on a tour to learn more about the culture of a country, seeing how people live-- totally inspires me.

Finally, my fellow design peers. There is nothing like having a great design tribe that totally inspire you daily. You can collaborate, bounce ideas off each other, and inspire each other is the perfect tribe!

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