Member Spotlight: Annmaira

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.
 
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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.
 
http://www.polyvore.com/sets_interior_set_making_tutorials/collection?id=3625873
 
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.
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39 comments

momyrazzi
Wrote one month ago
Wowowee Kabayan @annmaira, thumbs up dear...iba ang Pinay, lol....

annmaira
Wrote two months ago
Thank you so much @luckied99 @dianefantasy ! :D Happy Weekend!

dianefantasy
Wrote two months ago
Congrats!!!!!!

luckied99
Wrote two months ago
YAhoo, congrats of on the spotlight @annmaira !

annmaira
Wrote two months ago
Thank you so much @efashiondiva7 @szaboesz @misslisa5472 ! :D I'm sorry for the delayed response. Work has been hectic lately. But getting asked for this feature was just awesome :) Almost Friday! :D * Hooray for Weekends *

misslisa5472
Wrote two months ago
Awesome and YAY on the member spotlight!

szaboesz
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations!! Lovely interview!

efashiondiva7
Wrote three months ago
Congrats sweetie:))
 
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annmaira
Wrote three months ago
thank you so much everyone for your kind wishes! It was such a great feeling to be approached for the interview. I finished it as quickly as i could before going to work. I'm really happy to share a part of my life. Its an especially big move for me and I'm anticipating a lot of adjustment. But I guess that's why we love who love. We do grand gestures and we make sacrifices-which for me, sums up to the process of uprooting. But at the same time, I look forward to the future. Its an incredible feeling knowing there's this one person who's equally shown the grand gesture of still choosing to love you everyday for more than 5 years. Thank you everyone for your friendship --even if we had never met in person--I hope we will be able to see other in a Polyvore meetup one of these days :) Stay creative and awesome!
 
@kusja @chloemsinger @mirary @riza-villareal @grapecrush @nantucketteabook @angiem @indy @girlieques @tijana-bgd @syavina @tiffanysblues

annmaira
Wrote three months ago
thank you so much everyone for your kind wishes! It was such a great feeling to be approached for the interview. I finished it as quickly as i could before going to work. I'm really happy to share a part of my life. Its an especially big move for me and I'm anticipating a lot of adjustment. But I guess that's why we love who love. We do grand gestures and we make sacrifices-which for me, sums up to the process of uprooting. But at the same time, I look forward to the future. Its an incredible feeling knowing there's this one person who's equally shown the grand gesture of still choosing to love you everyday for more than 5 years. Thank you everyone for your friendship --even if we had never met in person--I hope we will be able to see other in a Polyvore meetup one of these days :) Stay creative and awesome!
 
@gloriettequartet @jdmacpherson @fatal-poison-4-u @bulletsblues @helenevlacho @neicy-i @jennifersfashion @xdarkgothamx @xxrihannakxx @truthjc @kevykdesigns @hatsgaloore @reddotdaily @ollie-and-me @kurious @blackfury @shae-alana

gloriettequartet
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations on your member spotlight featured well deserved. All the very best with your upcoming wedding and move to the US. Your sets are always inspiring. It was lovely reading about you and getting to know you better. Much love to you :) xx

jdjmacpherson
Wrote three months ago
LOVE

fatal-poison-4-u
Wrote three months ago
I love your sets,... congrats dear,...

bulletblues
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations @annmaira! We love your sets!

helenevlacho
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations! All the best!!!

neicy-i
Wrote three months ago
How very nice! An excellent feature to share with the Polyvore community. All the best on your move, Annmaira, and your wedding . . . and continue to "wow" us with your lovely sets! Beautiful!

jennifersfashion
Wrote three months ago
Hi Cutie reading this!!!! Just came here to ask you a favor, will you please view,like, and follow me? I do it back! BTW this set is sooooo cute! Love it!

xdarkgothamx
Wrote three months ago
Congrats!

xxrhiannakxx
Wrote three months ago
please check out my sets & like and follow , thanks ❤️

truthjc
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations on the feature and congrats on your upcoming move to N.Y.!!!! Wonderful Spotlight!!!

snooty-pets
Wrote three months ago
Congrats and best to you in your new journey with the wedding and new location that is coming up! Great to know you a little bit more from this spotlight feature! ♥

hatsgaloore
Wrote three months ago
Congrats sweetie!!

reddotdaily
Wrote three months ago
@annmaira Congrats on the wonderful feature! Your designs are amazing and it was nice to learn more about you :)

ollie-and-me
Wrote three months ago
Congrats and best wishes for coming marriage :)

kurious
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations! @annmaira
 
You deserve this spotlight so much! It is really cool to learn more about you! It is also nice to learn that you are coming to the US!

blackfury
Wrote three months ago
Congrats! : )

shae-alana
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations on being in the spotlight and on your future marriage :) you are certainly one of my inspirations here on Polyvore, your sets always amaze ! xx

kusja
Wrote three months ago
many congrats!

chloemsinger
Wrote three months ago
Cute please follow me

mirary
Wrote three months ago
Lovely work !

riza-villareal
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations AnnMaira! ;) Amazing sets you have !

grapecrush
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations!! I've enjoyed your gorgeous sets for so long so it's nice to get to know you better. And congratulations on your upcoming marriage and move also, how exciting!!

nantucketteabook
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations!!:) Wishing you all the best as you prepare to get married and move! ~ Love your designs and creativity!

angiem
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations!!! @annmaira So nice to get to know you better!

indy
Wrote three months ago
Congratulations! This is quite an honor. I hope you'll be very happy as a New York wife!

girlieques
Wrote three months ago
Very nice! Congratulations!

tijana-bgd
Wrote three months ago
Congrats! Wonderful!!!!

syavina
Wrote three months ago
great collection.... congrats

tiffanysblues
Wrote three months ago
Gorgeous collection!! Congratulations on the Spotlight!

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