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Georgia Girls: Mimi Whelan

Name: Mimi Whelan

Family: Daughter of Dr. Edward and Grace (UGA Grad) Whelan; youngest of five siblings, three of which graduated from Lamar Dodd at UGA; Eddie Whelan (art X) and Daisy Whelan (textiles)

Hometown: Savannah, Georgia

Current Town: Charleston, South Carolina

What Years at UGA: 2013-2017

School/Degree: Lamar Dodd / BFA interior Design


Since college I have been working in Luxury Residential Interior Design. I spent five years in NYC with Michelle Gerosn Interiors where I worked on projects spanning from the Hamptons to Palm beach and everywhere in between. Michelle was a true mentor and allowed me true creative freedom. I was even able to have a hand in designing tile and lighting for collaborations. About a year ago, I moved to Charleston, South Carolina and began working for Amanda Lindroth. With Lindroth Design, I’ve expanded into designing boutique hotel and retail spaces. I am currently managing new boutique hotels in Kiawah River, The Dunlin an Auberge Resort Property and the new Hill House Home Boutique. I have always needed my own creative outlets from my work … so I always have a few side gigs going on in the background. I started drawing fashion illustration in college “meemz” and have continued to draw as an outlet and business. I also have a business with my two sisters where we combine our individual artistic training (interior, textile and graphic design) to design our own product and spaces and consult for small creative companies. Beach House Studio- creative ideas and problem solvers at your service!

Meemz illustration was just in the atlantian –  (1) (2)

Book: 5 Second Rule and Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Artist Behind an Iconic American Fashion Brand

Magazine: Feel Free Magazine, Cabana

Podcast: How’d She Do That, The Toast and Mel Robbins!

Blog: Lucy Williams, Ina Garten and Dr. Mark Hyman


@thefashionguitar @silshop 

@Rappapahnnock_Exchange and 


Brand: Clare V, Flamingo Estate, Paloma Barcelo

Fashion designer: Maria Cornejo, Cecilie Bahnsen, Amt Smilovic (TIBI), Proenza Schoueler

Interior designer: Tamsin Johnson (3) and Kelly Wearstler

Chef: Ina Garten (4)

Historical figure: Mother Teresa

Music: OLIVIA RODRIGO and Beaches


“Opportunity is missed by most people because its dressed up in overall and looks like work.” –

Thomas Edison

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak?” 

– Rachel Zoe

Describe Athens in five words or less: Southern oasis for artists and musicians

Restaurants and Bars: The National, Condor, Independent Bakery, Roof Top, World Famous and THE GRIT … RIP

Shops: Heery’s, Avid Books, R. Wood Pottery, Agora, Hawthorne House

Athens/campus landmark: North Campus lawn and Five Points

Memory while in school: My mom and her family are from Athens so I was very lucky to have her family property about 10 minutes from Downtown. Every October I would make a big batch of chili and have all my friends out to eat, carve pumpkins and hang. It was one of my favorite traditions!

Professor/class: Joseph Norman/ Painting

Gameday ritual/plan: Never had a set plan but loved getting up early blaring music and getting dressed with my girl friends!

Tailgate Recipe: Cowboy Caviar

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Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs. Constantly on the lookout for the newest talent in the South, Cheri has a passion for helping entrepreneurs create and share their brand storytelling through her endeavors - The Southern Coterie • guide2athens • Bulldawg Illustrated