After graduating from Page High School, Elizabeth Wicker left Greensboro for NC State en route to earning a degree in apparel design.
The fashion world opened up for Elizabeth as she studied abroad in Spain and worked at a popular clothing boutique in Raleigh while taking all her design, sewing and textile classes. This led her to New York City where she worked with famed American fashion designer, Nanette Lepore.
After nearly six years in the big city, Elizabeth found her way back to her Greensboro roots. “Though NYC certainly has a piece of my heart, this is definitely home. I love living in Greensboro—my parents are here, I’ve got a great network of friends and it helps that I like my job.”
Not long after her return, Elizabeth met Bradshaw Orrell, owner of Bradshaw Orrell Interiors. Bradshaw, also a Greensboro native, made a name for himself by designing the Proximity Hotel, the first Platinum Green hotel in the country, and he continues to work with the Quaintance-Weaver Hotels & Restaurants group. Other projects include Biscuitville, Boulton Creative, Summerfield Farms and a line of furniture designed for Chelsea House.
Elizabeth has been working with Bradshaw for over seven years now. “Working for a small company allows me to see all sides of this industry. I naturally love the creative aspects of the job, but I have had to learn the business side as well.” Though Elizabeth has her hand in the commercial projects, she mainly works on all of their residential projects.
The relationships that they form with their clients are very important. “There is a certain level of trust that is made when you work with someone on their personal home or business. I really value all of those working relationships and many have turned into great friendships”
During Furniture Market in High Point, Elizabeth will be shopping for clients. “Furniture Market for me is fun and exciting. I really enjoy sourcing for items that we can use for our current or future projects.”
Outside of work, Elizabeth has been involved with many organizations like the Future Fund, Junior League and synerG. “I’ve met so many amazing people through my involvement with these organizations. It has really opened up my eyes to everything that Greensboro has to offer and it gives me a strong sense of community pride.”