I’ve always been a very creative person with a love for design, and in looking back, I have done design in every aspect of it. It’s really no surprise that somehow they’ve all combined into what I do now, which is run a design studio named Hexagon with my husband Rich. At Hexagon, we work with various startups designing websites and apps, and on the side, I also blog about style and design at DesignComb.
I formally started designing when I majored in industrial design in college, and I later started designing jewelry after graduation. I needed to build a website in order to sell my jewelry, and I ended up getting really interested in both web and app design through that process. Then I started freelancing and ended up working for a startup as a designer. Last year, Rich and I decided there was more we could be doing creatively, so we pooled our talents into one place, which is how we started Hexagon.
ON MY PERSONAL STYLE AND WANELO
Having a blog really helped with finding my own personal style. I was able to step back and look at patterns and see what I’m naturally drawn to. When I’m blogging about different products or photos of my own outfits, I’m really visually weaving all the imagery together. Wanelo also really helps with that. On Wanelo, I’m able to see all of the things that I love in one spot, and I really start to pull the patterns of what I like. I also often surprisingly start to see things emerge that I would have never thought to put together.
On Wanelo, you’re really visually looking at all the things that represent your style in one space. I appreciate it because it’s an organized representation; whereas, in real life, everything is scattered. Everything is out of sight, but Wanelo pulls it all together to obtain this one cohesive view. It’s really powerful.
“I’ve always been a very creative person with a love for design, and in looking back, I have done design in every aspect of it.”
I believe style is an exterior representation of who you are. For me, it really isn’t just about what I wear. It’s also very much about my space and everything that surrounds me. Style is everything that’s woven into my life. I particularly get excited about home stuff. There’s something about seeing tangible objects and the personal attachment I have for these items in my home. It feels very different than the clothing you wear, which you only see when you first put it on or catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. For example, using a Heath mug in the morning just makes those moments more special.
Ultimately, style is how you present yourself, and your home is also a reflection of how you feel. Because of that, style is a window into who you are.
ON SPIRIT ANIMALS
My spirit animal is a bird. Whenever I am on a plane that takes off into the clouds and we’re moving through the air, I feel really at peace. Last year, when Rich and I went to Hawaii and went up in a helicopter for the first time, I just couldn’t stop smiling. It was so cool to be free and feel like you’re floating like that. It’s liberating.
ON WHAT SPEAKS TO ME
There’s this quote I love from Charles Eames, “The details are not the details. They make the design.”
I feel like that really applies to your personal style, your aesthetic at home, the food that you eat, the people you surround yourself with, and where you live. They are what make you who you are, so they’re all incredibly important elements.
“I love that I feel like I know people just because I can connect with their style and aesthetic through Wanelo, even if I know nothing else about them in real life.”
ON WANELO COLLECTIONS
I usually have a few design and style projects in mind, which is probably why I’m really literal with my collections. For instance, my “Bedroom” collection is me simply thinking that it’s time to redo my bedroom. So Wanelo is not just for inspiration; it allows me to create collections that actually help me work on different projects. It’s a means to an end. It also simplifies things when I’m working on something in particular because I can often draw from other collections and apply them elsewhere.
My Wanelo collections go beyond just a single aesthetic. I really like color, patterns, and shapes like triangles, circles, squares. You can really see this in my “Art” collection, but also in other collections like “Home”, and “My Style”. They’re a curation of eclectic pieces that speak to each collection.
ON SHOPPING AND DIY
I love using Wanelo to organize things, and I use it as a way to keep myself from forgetting about really cool products I find on other sites. I especially love finding independent boutiques and designers that I hadn’t heard of before. I’ve also used Wanelo as inspiration for some projects. I definitely buy things that I save, but what I save has also inspired me to make a few things. For example, there was a garment rack I found on Wanelo, It was so cool that I got inspired to try and make it. It’s a rack that leans against the wall in a way that becomes more sturdy when things are on it.
“I think it’s important to get outside of your comfort zone. It makes you discover new things that you weren’t interested in before but you might find that you love.”
It’s really important to me to experience different places. After being in the same location for so long, you get used to the same routine, people, and daily expectations of yourself. Throwing yourself into something completely different reawakens you. It makes you re-evaluate why you do certain things, why you have such a routine, and why you’re creating what you do on a regular basis. I think it’s important to get outside of your comfort zone. It makes you discover new things that you weren’t interested in before but you might find that you love.
That’s why few months ago, Rich and I decided to make a big change to move from San Francisco to New York. We rented a loft in Brooklyn, which has been so much fun. And in the spirit of trying new things in a new environment, we’ve also been trying a new aesthetic that’s more industrial. This only seems fitting because we’re now in New York, and I want to fully embrace it. I believe trying a new look and feel to your environment is what really enables you to authentically breathe everything in.
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ON WHO I FOLLOW
I follow people who post products I really like. It’s not as important that I know them, but it’s really fun if you know them and like what their posting. One of my favorite users is Tsingeli. Following people gives me such an authentic sense of their style and aesthetic - so much so that I can easily spot who posted what by taking a quick glance on My Feed. For example, before I even click onto a product from My Feed and see it’s from tsingeli, I can already tell it’s from her. I love that I feel like I know people just because I can connect with their style and aesthetic through Wanelo, even if I know nothing else about them in real life.
I feel like Wanelo has changed the way I discover things.
Music is a good analogy for this. A lot of the time I’ll hear something I like but I won’t know who the artist is. With style, I often know what I like but I don’t necessarily know who made it. But on Wanelo, I see what I like and discover the indie brands and designers behind the products more than ever before. It opens me up to a whole new world of what they’re creating, and I learn about the stories behind designers I may have otherwise never found.
Also, ever since moving to Brooklyn, I feel like I am finding parts of Wanelo in the real world just by walking around my neighborhood. I’m often finding cool shops selling products that I’ve saved to my Wanelo. For example, there’s this one watering can I saved on Wanelo, and then I found it in a store in Fort Green as well as a hanging planter that I also saved to my Wanelo. This particular store also just felt as if it was a physical representation of my Wanelo, which was so fun to realize upon walking in.