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The Story Behind Flow Designs, a Design Studio, Boutique and Event Space in Reno

You may know the saying, “Reno loves Reno” – and if you don’t, it’s tried and true here in Northern Nevada. Nevada Moms loves supporting local businesses especially those ran by local mamas, like Flow Designs!

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with two local mamas, sisters, and owners of Flow Designs, Kristen and Katie to talk about how their backgrounds (in interior design and hospitality) led them to opening Flow Designs and they shared the multiple services they offer and bring to our community!

The Backstory

Kristen and Katie are sisters who grew up in Truckee, CA.  They both now live in Reno with their families and love working together.

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After college and traveling the world, Kristen settled down with her family in Reno.  Kristen had always dreamed of opening up a design studio.  A lot of her passion comes from her mother who passed away while she was in college.


After high school, Katie lived in NY and worked in the spa industry as a massage therapist and manager for over 17 years.  You will often see Katie behind the scenes managing the business operations and helping with designs.

Flow Designs

In 2019, the two sisters opened up Flow Designs Studio. The Studio is located at 129 Bell Street in Reno Nevada in an old Victorian home.

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The house has been updated to serve as the design studio, home boutique, and event space they call The Backyard (you may have seen in showcased in our birthday giveaway last year).

At Flow Designs, both the design studio and boutique focus on goods that are sustainable, functional, and purposeful.  One main goal they have is to promote and carry environmentally friendly goods.

Flow Designs – Boutique

You can visit their boutique Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm.

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Take one look inside the stunning studio and boutique and you’ll wonder how you didn’t visit sooner.  The shoppable studio is truly a hidden gem with carefully selected pieces that bring joy and purpose to your home.

They carry a variety of items for the home including furniture, rugs, kitchen, home decor, kids decor and so much more.

Bonus: In their furniture line, they offer nursery furniture!  They can custom order furniture including cribs, dresses, and more in a variety of colors!

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In the boutique, they have the cutest room dedicated to kids/baby decor items and gifts!

The Backyard

In the past year, they completely renovated their backyard to create an intimate outdoor event space called The Backyard!

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The Backyard can be rented for private events that can accommodate up to 50 people. This is the perfect event space for a baby shower, bridal shower, intimate settings, birthdays, etc.

When you rent out The Backyard it includes access to space, seating, some backyard games, and access to the kitchen and restroom.

Sip and Shop

They love to partner with fellow business owners to host Sip and Shops.  These events are hosted in The Backyard.  It’s a fun way to get out and shop from your favorite local vendors!

I went to their last sip and shop and loved having a glass of champagne while checking out the other vendor booths, including some I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet. I left with goodies from Flow Designs and a few other vendors!

Their next Sip and Shop is April 24th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm! You can take a look at upcoming Sip and Shops here.

Giving Back to the Community

As I mentioned above, Flow Designs is in a Victorian home built in 1924.  The home still had its original door and knob when they purchased the building.  The door was donated and the golden knob remained.

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The sisters knew they wanted to give back to the community, but didn’t know exactly how until this knob kept showing up around the studio. Thus the idea of “The Golden Knob” came to life. An idea based around showing up and touching people’s lives.

The Golden Knob

The Golden Knob is a give-back program they started to help people in our community who may need some “flow in their life”.  People have nominated individuals who have been impacted by events or circumstances.

They have been able to help families who have lost a loved one, single parents with minimal home furnishings, and other individuals. Learn more about The Golden Knob here.

Supporting our Local Businesses

I had a great time sitting down with Kristen and Katie.  Their passion behind Flow Designs truly shines and you can see how much they enjoy being a part of the local community.

If you haven’t been to Flow Designs yet, we encourage you to go check it out or consider the event space for her next event!

We love to support small businesses especially those who continually give back to our local community.


Thank you to Flow Designs for sponsoring this post on The Story Behind Flow Designs, a Design Studio, Boutique and Event Space in Reno. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. Read our disclosure.


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!

Leanna Carson is an expecting mama via IVF and a serial entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves sharing all things family-friendly as well as local spots most don’t even know about! She co-founded Nevada Moms in 2018 and it has become the #1 Family Guide to Nevada experiences, activities, happenings, and more.

Connect with her on social media or IRL @mrsleannacarson on Instagram.