Stylish Arranging: Dana Malinski

By Leslie Moore

Stylish Arranging: Dana Malinski

Dana Malinski, Currents Home & Design

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m originally from Roanoke, Virginia, but have lived in Pawleys Island for 21 years. My husband, Jeff, was transferred from Charleston, to Pawleys Island while working for Sodexo Corporation. We have three daughters; Spencer is 23, Carly is 20 and Eden is 13.

When we first moved here, I worked in real estate, and I began helping clients stage their homes before putting them on the market. After the home was sold, buyers began hiring me to help decorate their new home. From there my business has grown by leaps and bounds. While freelancing interior design services, I noticed a substantial need for other resources and gradually found I needed my own shop. I have always loved interior design – as a child I was always redecorating my room and playroom. I guess I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I’d go to the local convenience store and buy candy to bring home and sell on my front porch!

What are your July 4th plans? Tell us your favorite memory/tradition of this patriotic holiday.

The 4th is a big holiday in Pawleys Island – the entire community is buzzing with excitement. My girls and their dad like to get up at 5 am and go set up a tent on the beach for a big cookout after the parade. Last year, we rented a house on the island, and it was wonderful. We had tables of food on the porch and served Mimosas and Bloody Marys while we watched the parade.

Growing up, we would go to Victory Stadium and watch fireworks after having a big cookout in the back yard. My dad always made sure we had plenty of sparklers!

What’s the best trip you’ve ever taken? Any travel plans in the works?

Hands down the best trip I’ve ever taken was two years ago when we went to Saint Martin. We stayed in a fabulous penthouse overlooking the ocean, and one day we took a day trip and sailed to Anguilla – it was the best day – we had a catered lunch on the beach, the scenery was stunning – I’d go back right now if I could!

We don’t have any vacation plans this year, but we’ll be taking our daughter to Los Angeles where she’s moving for her new job. Spencer just graduated from SCAD, and designs handbags, shoes, prints her own fabric – she’s amazingly creative and talented.

What’s new and exciting at Currents Home & Design?

We’re having a huge July 4th sale – there will be great deals on everything in the store. The design part of my business has exploded and I’m adding lighting, art, unique accessories, and I’m also working on a custom furniture line. I’m fortunate to have my daughter, Carly, running the shop while I’m out and about.

I opened Currents at my first location in 2004 and am still loving every minute. It’s fun to go out and find unique, different items that can’t be found everywhere. One of my favorite things is to take my client’s existing furniture and décor and make the most of it by properly arranging and adding new pieces to enhance the look. It’s so gratifying to be able to create an atmosphere that brings happiness to a family’s home that will last for many years.

Currents is located at 10185 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, in the Shops at Sweetgrass. Dana is open Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Contact her at 843-235-0456, visit, or find Currents Home & Design on Facebook.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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