Designer Q&A: Estela Lugo

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By Nicole K.

Our designer Q&As continue! I recently conducted a short interview with Estela Lugo, best known as the creator of our ONE decor line of functional wall decals. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ONE decor line combines two sizes of shelves with wall decals to create playful and truly functional storage and wall decor solutions. Here’s what Estela had to tell me about her inspiration for the line, her favorite colors, and more.

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What led you to start designing?

Probably my first box of crayons; I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t in love with art and design.

What inspires you to create?

Anything and everything. I used to try and seek out design inspiration from magazines and products. Now I find that it comes to me more organically from experiences, traveling, and just living life.

How did you find RoomMates?

I stumbled upon RoomMates while sourcing retailers for my first decal line. I’m so grateful that I did. The RoomMates team has been nothing but supportive, professional, and kind to me over the past five years.

What inspired the ONE decor line? What was your ultimate goal in creating it?

The line was inspired by my own experience as a mother of two and my search for children’s storage. The goal was to add function and dimension to wall decals while encouraging reading with a fun book display.

ONE decor at the ABC Kids Show

What are your favorite colors and patterns?

I usually gravitate towards bold and bright colors; Kelly green, peacock blues, and bright pinks are some of my top picks. I love patterns that combine soft freehand work with technical lines and graphics (best of both worlds).

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy time with my family, friends, and my yoga mat.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with young designers?

Practice patience, patience, and more patience. Try not to become discouraged by the “no”s. Take each “failure” as an opportunity to learn and improve your design. Allow for flexibility in your ideas. Focus on your strengths, but also be aware of your weaknesses. Find passionate people who can help you and who believe in what you are doing!

Thanks so much to Estela for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us! Remember to check out ONE decor if you haven’t yet, or visit our Featured Collections & Designers page to see more of our special wall decal collections by popular designers.

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