Meet member @slpayne, a teacher, mom and aspiring writer/designer. Read on to find out who her secret designer boyfriend is!
Tell us your name, age, profession, location and anything else you’d like to share about yourself.
I am Stephanie, a 31-year-old Seattle native who is a science nerd, teacher, mother of two boys and an aspiring writer/designer. I have a biology degree from UPS, which is the University of Puget Sound, as opposed to the postal service. But rather than use my science degree in a practical way, I teach third grade, so basically the most science I do consists of 23 eight- and nine-year-olds learning about the salmon life cycle by way of a tank in the hall. When I am not teaching children about salmon or other things third grade, I am home raising two little boys and attempting to renovate my 1980s house with my husband. My oldest is three-and-a-half and the younger rascal is one, so most of my spare time is spent wrangling them in and preventing any serious damage from happening. Oh, and I started a new blog which I am kind of obsessed with, so I spend time on that when I am not on Polyvore.
Where do you get your interior design inspiration?
I am inspired by nature, people, the seasons, fun and funky accessories, and art.
What are your favorite design trends?
In my own home, I really love the classic look so I try not to dive too much into trends. This is ultimately good for my marriage; my husband doesn’t have to renovate the house every year for the rest of our lives. It is also good for my teacher’s budget; I don't have to buy more furniture constantly. But I want to anyway.
What’s your creative process on Polyvore? How do you begin creating a set?
To be honest, when I create a set, I just goof around on the website until I see something I like and then I tune the world out, put on Sesame Street for my boys and build a set. (I must be quick and do it under an hour because that is how long Elmo lasts). It is fair to say that Bert, Ernie and Big Bird have inspired some of my creativity. Sometimes I think of ideas when I am out and about, but most of the time I sit down and play and have fun.
Are there any interior design professionals you are a fan of?
My favorite designer is Michael Penney. Michael Penney is my secret designer boyfriend in Canada, but I am fairly sure he doesn’t know I exist. I love his website (Michael Penney Style) and stalk it regularly because he finds the perfect balance of East Coast/Maine style and quirky vintage finds from Goodwill and estate sales. One day I hope to meet him.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I would love to find a job that allows me to be creative, have fun and be at home with my boys more. Perhaps a blogger or Polyvore Goddess job would be a good fit for me. Are there any openings in that field? Then I could go on adventures and write about them, design rooms and outfits, and actually get paid for it. Best job ever!
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has affected my life over the past three months in drastic ways; it has become the best procrastination tool I have ever stumbled upon in my life. Now I make sets instead of grading papers, sweeping the floor, doing the dishes, completing assignments, you name it. My mantra: I have better things to do than actually work; I am making sets on Polyvore. Honestly, though, Polyvore has helped me find soul and creativity within myself. I am happy to find a new outlet in which to dream.