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Inside the Design Studio | Carla Russell

This week, I'm thrilled to have a mom who's become very special to us over the past year Inside the Design Studio. You're going to be seeing a whole lot more of her around the boutique (well, as soon as Corona lets us) because Carla is coming on board our team to help us with all things brides, mothers, and debs! 

If you don't know Carla or have had the pleasure of working with her, she's one of the kindest souls. She's got the best energy and I couldn't be more excited to have her join us!

Carla knows our design process inside and out because not only did we do her gown for her son's wedding, but we were just about to do her final fitting for her daughter's wedding that was to be in April! Obviously, things didn't go quite according to plan due to the global situation, but we're excited to see her wear it this fall!

Carla Russell in a custom green velvet mother of the groom / bride gown at her son's wedding in Austin, Texas.

 Once we are past the pandemic, and it's safe to have a party, we'll have a proper welcome in person, but for now, get to know Carla and see why we this she's so special and a welcome addition to the team!

Tell us about yourself!

I have always loved fashion and being on the forefront of new trends with clothes. From the latest work out gear to the best cocktail  dress or evening gown. I love to help friends personal shop for every day or a special event. After staying home raising kids and volunteering in several programs, I took  the plunge and went back to work part-time in bridal. I love brides, mothers of the brides and all things about weddings. It’s such a special season for families and it’s so exciting to assist mothers and daughters as they plan for their dream wedding! I’m excited to jump in this spring with David to see the brides and mothers of brides and grooms that we can help create the perfect gown for their events.  


Carla Russell David Peck Custom Gowns


What are you looking forward to? 

I’m excited about spending time at Lake Travis with my family for Mother’s Day. We will spend the day golfing and maybe some boating and  a good grilled dinner with wine to round out the day!


Carla Russell Houston Texas David Peck


Tell us what you've been up to during quarantine? 

 Some of the things that I have enjoyed the most about this pandemic time is being able to spend this much time with our grown children. Their our friends now and watching them navigate their careers from home has been fascinating. I feel like we’ve supported them with yummy meals and we’ve had great time  to converse with them about their questions and concerns of this strange time we’re all experiencing. Who would think that we would be able to spend this much time with our oldest son and his darling bride that were married in January. Another huge  blessing about this time we were given just slow down is that it’s springtime and the weather has been incredible. I have found a few other interest that I normally wouldn’t sit down and enjoy including water color painting, coloring my own hair and 1000 piece puzzles!  

Carla Russell David Peck Blog


5 fast facts:

1. We love The Voice and all themini-series on TV! Ozark is also crazy! 

2. I love to cook and create presentation meals!  

3. I’m crazy about Elton John songs!  

4. I love fresh flowers!  

5. I have the best husband on the planet!   


Carla Russell Fast Facts


What's your best advice right now? 

Strive to be the best version of yourself during, and after, this pandemic!  


What was the worst haircut you ever had?

My worst haircut was my two favorite older cousins cut my hair and plucked my eyebrows when I was twelve!  



Who is your celebrity crush?

I love Blake Shelton!  




What’s the most embarrassing fashion trend you used to rock?

My most embarrassing fashionfaux pas were the denim maternity short overalls that I wore for almost four straight years because I had three kids in  four years!  Mark wanted to burn those after I had our third child. 


You have your own late-night talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

I’d like to invite Grace Kelly!   



You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick? 

I love karaoke, we’ve been doing this on Friday nights. I’m terrible but I still love it. I aspire to sing like Stevie Nicks. 


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I’ve ever been given is "Love the Lord first, others second, and  yourself third."


When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?

 I’d like to be remembered for how I cared for others! 


 What would the title of your autobiography be?

The title of my autobiography would be “Still Learning How to Sit Still."



What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve traveled that feels like home and is not where you currently live?

Two of my favorite places that feel like home are Vail and Carmel Colorado. We spend a lot of time there. Keeping it in America for now but my all time favorite is Amalfi coast!  

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What’s one thing we don’t know about you?

Something you may not know about me is we had to postpone our beautiful  daughters wedding because of this pandemic. We are moving it to the fall!  


What's your favorite dessert? 

Anything chocolate, but chocolate molten cakes rule!  


What is your favorite curse word?

My best curse word is "spit fire"!


What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I would really love to be able to play the piano a lot better but I also enjoy painting in my spare time. 

Carla Russell David Peck Blog Houston Texas  

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1 Response

Rebecca Oswald

Rebecca Oswald

May 27, 2020

I could write so many wonderful things, that “my sunshine, as I call her) would be too modest to say. Besides from being my prayer warrior for almost 30 yrs., Carla was the angel to bring scared mama, several precious, comfortable outfits, straight from the cleaners, to Children’s Hospital when my son was there for 3 weeks. This was many years ago, but, she knew, besides her prayers, that his was exactly what I needed.
ADORE Carla Russell…
Her friend forever,
Becky Oswald

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