Meet Stephanie Pohlman from Stephanie Pohlman Designs.
Stephanie has helped me design my entire home. I love working with her because she designs for spaces that need to be, not only beautiful, but functional for my entire family. Having two boys doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice on style.
My name is Stephanie Pohlman, and I grew up in Saint Charles, MO! Ever since “Trading Spaces” and “While you were out” aired on TLC in 2000, I have been obsessed with interior design. I went to Mizzou to follow my passion to be a designer and graduated in 2012. I worked for another designer and a builder before having my baby girl in January of 2017, which led me to start my own business. After having my daughter, I realized I needed to have more flexibility and control my work hours. I am married to my best friend, Matt and we have one little girl, Rey who is 15 months old!
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Why/When did you start your Stephanie Pohlman Designs?
In 2016, I was working for a custom home builder part time and decided to start Stephanie Pohlman Designs on the side for some extra cash. After having my baby girl in January 2017, I decided it was the right time to start my business full time to allow for more flexibility with my work schedule. I gave it a shot in May of 2017, and it’s thrived ever since!
What are your favorite things about designing client homes?
I love to see their reaction when my vision comes to life. My favorite is when my clients let me design while they are gone for the day and come home to a finished product. Receiving a text saying how much they love it, makes all the hard work so worth it! I can easily say I never dread a day of work. I mean I get to shop for a living, it’s pretty much a dream!
What’s the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge is the very beginning of a job, trying to pinpoint my client’s style exactly. Everyone has something different they want for their own home, and it’s my job to figure that out!
Where do you get your inspiration?
I follow a lot of interior designers on Instagram and love to browse Pinterest. A lot of times, I will be walking through the aisles of Home Goods before I come up with my ideas.
Who are your favorite designers?
Ahh, this is a tough one! Of course, I love Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper. Who doesn’t? On Instagram, I am obsessed with Studio McGee. Her style is probably more modern than my own, but I love it!
How do you balance work and family?
I try to remove myself from work after 5 and on the weekends, but of course, that isn’t always easy with owning a business. Luckily, my clients are all very understanding and let me choose family first if anything ever comes up. Otherwise, I just make time in the evenings and weekends to spend time with her and my husband.
What are qualities you try and role model for your kids?
I want her to see that you can follow your dream and make a living doing what you truly love! I also try to live a healthy lifestyle by exercising and staying active.
What would you tell your younger self?
To take more business classes! Haha
Who inspires you?
My mom, she’s my biggest cheerleader!
The advice you’d give to other working moms?
To try to remove yourself from work while you are with your kiddos, even though I am guilty of this sometimes. We need to embrace every second with them because time flies!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Reality TV, especially Big Brother and the Bachelor/Bachelorette!
What do you put in your coffee?
Natural Vanilla Creamer.
Favorite beauty tip?
Drink lots of water. 😊
Favorite beauty product?
Anyone who really knows me, knows I am not very good with makeup or beauty products. So any advice here is welcome! Haha
What is one thing you cannot go to bed without doing?
Brushing my teeth and washing my face.
Best place in the world you have been? Bucket List travel spot?
Jamaica for my honeymoon was absolutely beautiful. Australia is on my bucket list!
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