Meet member @annmaira, a researcher from the Philippines who is moving to the Bronx, New York to get married. Read on to find out her favorite home decor styles and designers.
Tell us your name, age, profession, location and anything else you’d like to share about yourself.
I'm a 31-year-old researcher for a US non-profit in the Philippines that deals with spreadsheets and statistics. I have a master’s degree in finance. But I'm moving to the Bronx, New York, in a few months to be married to my fiancé after more than 5 years of being together.
Where do you get your interior design inspiration?
I'm constantly inspired by the massive amount of interior design and architecture photos found here, as well as the sets of fellow members. If I see a photo I like, for example, of a fabulous bed or sofa, I save it into a collection to be organized for future use. I tend to create sets around very strong photos or an element in a photo that I find inspiring.
What are your favorite design trends?
I like the Hollywood Regency look because it’s such a fantasy to create it on Polyvore. I also like masculine looks, so that means a lot clean lines, grays and blacks. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I also like Nordic or Scandinavian design, which has a lot of white.
What’s your creative process on Polyvore? How do you begin creating a set?
I start out with a photo I like and add the elements from there. So if I want to make a bedroom, I ask myself, what do you want to put here? There's usually a side table or a dressing table, there could be a window or a balcony. I select pieces according to what seems like a good fit for a photo in terms of a cohesive design style, the angle of the furniture, and even the subtle differences in photo quality. You could have a great looking bed and a nice dressing table, but if the angles don't work, it won't make an impressive set visually. And then once I'm done with putting them all together, I add shadows and lighting effects.
A lot of people have asked me how I do my sets and I've made a couple of tutorial sets and refer them here. But essentially, you have to practice, as in all things.
Are there any interior design professionals you are a fan of?
Thanks to Polyvore, I've discovered Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Jean-Louis Deniot, Nina Campbell, Barclay Butera, Celerie Kemble and Tobi Fairley. I also like Ana Maria Vieira Santos.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
In a few months, I'm going to begin a new slate in a different country and adjust to married life. So right now, I feel like I'm just going to take opportunities as I find them. But I do like working on spreadsheets as a practical skill set, in order to make a living. At the same time, I really find myself being engaged in designing spaces on Polyvore as a hobby. Maybe someday, I could merge these two interests together.
How has Polyvore affected your life?
On a personal note, I feel like I've gained a lot of good friends from the Home community, which I think will be valuable as I transition in a few months. I think I will need help and advice about building my home life in the US. There's so much I don't know. How do I operate a dishwasher, for example? What are good brands for laundry detergent? What dinner recipes are easy to make after you come home from work? I feel like Polyvore has definitely given me a network of friends of whom I can probably ask these questions and whom I won't be embarrassed to approach.
What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
It’s when I search for items based on keywords or from a specific website. I love spending time looking at the thousands of items that people clip that I find useful for my sets. I feel like I'm shopping or finding something unique at a flea market.