Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet Our New Interior Designer, Bellamarie!

After receiving 1,514 amazing contest entries, we couldn't be more excited to announce our Polyvore HQ Redo winner. A HUGE congrats to bellamarie, who will be heading out to our offices in Mountain View, California this fall to redo our space!

We loved all the sets our community members created and, trust us, judging the contest was no easy task. Seeing bellamarie's design process first hand is going to be a blast. Let's get to know more about her.


Give us a quick introduction of yourself:
My name is bellamarie (real name Angela). I'm a Graphic Communications student. My hobbies are Polyvore, drawing, dancing, languages (currently learning my sixth), reading, watching Arrested Development and silly cat videos.

Do you have a background in interior design?
No background in interior design, unless watching HGTV counts.

How did you start creating home decor sets?
I simply wanted to try something new, and haven't been able to stop ever since.

Do you have a favorite interior designer?
I don't know many but I'd have to go with Karin Meyn. Her taste and design aesthetic is impeccable.


Polyvore HQ Redo Contest Entry - Lounge

Polyvore HQ Redo Contest Entry - Lounge by bellamarie featuring a round side table

Where do you get your interior design inspiration? 
Usually I get inspired by a piece of furniture or decor item that catches my eye and I work around that. Pinterest and Instagram are also good sources for inspiration.

What was the inspiration behind your contest entries?
In this contest, I wanted to create a young, modern area that still ties in with the rest of the office, color and style wise. I tend to use muted colors a lot and it was fun experimenting with more bright, contrasting ones. 

Which design trends will you bring to the Polyvore office?
The chalkboard wall and furniture with geometric shapes are some of the design trends that I will be bringing.

What're you most excited for now that you've won?
What I'm most excited about is meeting the Polyvore team, seeing California for the first time, and hopefully creating a little area the staff and future guests can enjoy.


Polyvore HQ Redo Contest Entry - Lounge

Polyvore HQ Redo Contest Entry - Lounge by bellamarie featuring an ivory area rug

We cannot wait to host bellamarie here at HQ. Stay tuned for more as we prepare for the redo!

Popular on Polyvore: Taylor Swift Style and Guitar Décor

Polyvore members are the ultimate arbiters of style. Regardless of their fashion backgrounds or zip codes, they can easily identify the trends that are about to take off and, even better, they know how to style them. From Taylor Swift Style to guitar décor to Beyoncé's edgy looks, here are the of-the-moment goods that stole their attention – and their cash money! – this week.

+ Click through to see the items that are trending, then sound off in the comments and let us know what your favorite item is.

Steal Her Style: Taylor Swift
No one has rocked street style this summer quite like Taylor Swift. Every time she has been photographed wearing a dress, handbag or hat, it immediately sells out! She loves designer fashion but can also be found rocking inexpensive looks from H&M. Which outfit was your fave?


I'm With the Band: Guitar Décor
I love rock 'n' roll! Display your passion for music with these guitar home decorations. Foodies will love the wooden cheeseboard (complete with tools!), while the furniture aficionado will clamor over Fornasetti's black and white cutout chair. Which piece is your fave?


Rock This Look: Beyoncé
If you love Beyonce, then you know she has some fashion faves that she goes back to again and again. Cutoffs, crop tops and leather motorcycle jackets are some of her faves. How would you make them your own?


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Popular on Polyvore: Back to School Essentials

Polyvore members are the ultimate arbiters of style. Regardless of their fashion backgrounds or zip codes, they can easily identify the trends that are about to take off and, even better, they know how to style them. From floral backpacks to cheery laundry bags to cropped sweaters, here are the of-the-moment goods that stole their attention – and their cash money! – this week.

+ Click through to see the items that are trending, then sound off in the comments and let us know what your favorite item is.

Flower Power: Floral Backpacks
You can't start a new school year without a new backpack, right? Pack up your supplies in style with one of these floral backpacks.


Dorm Room Essentials: Laundry Bags
Dorm room life calls for bathroom essentials! Make laundry time a little more easy and fun with these cool drawstring bags, starting at $6.


Climate Control: Cropped Sweaters
When the weather gets a bit colder, you'll want to cozy on up to one of these cropped sweaters. Wear a blouse or tank top underneath and style it with a great pair of perfectly fitted trousers.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Clipping on Pinterest Is Back

Dear Polyvore Community,

You did it! Thanks for showing us your love and reaching out to Pinterest. You can now go back to clipping beautiful images from Pinterest. We'd really appreciate it if you could send Pinterest a big THANK YOU for listening to you and helping us resolve this issue so quickly. We’re sure they would be excited to hear from our community. Shoot them a thank you tweet or email so they can feel the love! We can't wait to see how you style your renewed source of images.

Clipping on Pinterest Is Back


What's the clipper tool? If you haven't heard, you can easily import items from websites onto Polyvore. It's just a browser bookmark that helps you add images to Polyvore with a few clicks. Download it here. Happy clipping!

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Did You Know There Are Keyboard Shortcuts To Help You Create Like a Pro?

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Did you know we have some ridiculously handy keyboard tricks that'll make creating sets easier, faster, and allow you to be more precise? Here are some to try on your next set (use "command" on a Mac and "ctrl" on a PC):
  • arrow keys  =  nudge items by a tiny amount
  • shift  +  arrow keys  =  nudge items by a larger amount
  • tab  =  cycle through items, based on depth
  • shift  +  tab  =  reverse cycle through items, based on depth
  • command (ctrl)  +  click  =  add item in set to selection
  • click on blank area  +  drag  =  multi-selection
  • shift  +  rotate  =  rotation locked at 45 degree increments 
  • command-z (ctrl-z) / command-y (ctrl-y)  =  undo / redo
  • command-s (ctrl-s)  =  save set
  • c  =  center entire set
  • command-a (ctrl-a)  =  select all

Put those to use and you'll be a set-maker extraordinaire in no time! What'll you be creating next?