Meet member @szaboesz, an interior consultant from Budapest. She loves mid-century modern and all things Scandinavian. Read on to find out her favorite designers and shows.
Tell us your name, age, profession, location and anything else you’d like to share about yourself.
My profile name derives from my real name, which is Szabó Eszter, but in Hungary the family name comes before your Christian name, so in English I introduce myself as Eszter (Esther) Szabó. I was born in 1981, and I live in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. I work as an interior consultant at a high-end furniture store. Apart from interior design, which takes up quite a lot of my spare time, too, my hobbies include drawing/painting and reading. I am interested in Scandinavian culture and my all-time favourite pop group is the Swedish ABBA. My childhood dream came true when I met all four members of the band! (It took me four trips to Sweden and lots of luck.) I am fascinated by the ‘60s and ‘70s, so needless to say, I am a huge fan of Mad Men. I am also a fan of Game of Thrones, if we’re speaking of TV series.
Where do you get your interior design inspiration?
There is inspiration everywhere around me: people, places, objects, architecture and art. I can translate this inspiration the best into the language of interior design. Anything can set the creative side of my brain to work. Somehow the urge to create mood has been my companion since my early childhood — I remember moving around furniture in my room when I was eight; I spent countless summer afternoons leafing through interior magazines; and I kept reading the descriptions of Sara Crewe's attic room in F.H. Burnett's novel, “A Little Princess,” over and over again.
What are your favorite design trends?
Naturally, I love retro and interiors with just a bit of a retro touch. I am fascinated with lofts and, last winter, I just could not get enough of (fake) furs. A bit of contrast is always welcome — soft with rough, warm and cold, rustic with modern. An interior cannot be cozy enough without the warmth of beautiful textiles; however, as an interior decorator I must be able to work with every style. Polyvore has helped me to discover new trends.
What’s your creative process on Polyvore? How do you begin creating a set?
It depends if the set is for a contest or not. If the time frame is tight, I tend to work with arrangements I’ve already tried. When I have time on my hands, I love playing around with layouts and frames. If I find a photo of an interior space suitable for the set, it usually leads to a moodboard-style arrangement, while an iconic piece of furniture calls for being a focal point. I use accent colours to lead the eyes through the set. I have a huge inventory, yet sometimes I find myself searching for hours for the last item. For example, I seek something black, but somehow light, that fills the space but does not overwhelm it, and that matches the mood. I aim to be different every time. It is not easy!
Are there any interior design professionals you are a fan of?
Yes, definitely. More than ten years ago, I watched the hit TV show “Designer Guys” (and later “Design Rivals”) hosted by Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman. That pair simply rocks! I recorded every show (too bad the last season of “Design Rivals” was not aired in my country). The guys inspired me to enroll in an interior design school! Apart from them, I am simply in love, love, love with the Danish brand BoConcept and, through Polyvore, I recently discovered the lovely world of Muuto. Charles and Ray Eames and Arne Jacobsen are geniuses I cannot praise enough.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I want to be a good interior decorator with a practice of my own.
How has Polyvore affected your life?
It changed my life for the better. Like many people here, I now spend most of my Internet time “Polyvoring.” Polyvore is an easy and effective way to show my ideas relatively quickly. It has made me more creative and more open to new ideas. I have so much positive feedback, I cannot be thankful enough to everyone. It makes me so happy! Thank you so much for likes, comments and follows, and to the Polyvore team for spotlighting me and my work. I also want to thank my creative and talented friend @judaya for introducing this site to me!
What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
The Create section. From the first moment. It wasn’t until my first Top Set that I realized there was a Top Set feature.