We think it’s safe to say that we get most of our inspiration from feeds of creative and beautiful images on social media. So naturally, we find most of our inspirational LUXE interviewees on one of our fave social media platforms, Instagram! After months of following Splendor Styling, we finally had the opportunity to connect with the mastermind behind the chic business and blog. Mariella Cruzado, is a well-known interior designer based in DC and originally from Lima, Peru. Her projects has been featured on The Huffington Post, ELLE Decor, Better Homes & Gardens and more. Mariella is an incredible and dedicated womanprenuer with an eye for all things glam and chic. As you can tell by some of her work on here, that it’s pretty luxe and in line with what love to share with our readers. So sit back, read on and enjoy!
If you go through my site you will see the early stages of Splendor Styling and how much it’s changed throughout the years. This is still part of my personal journey as a decorator and as a stylist, but most importantly, as a female entrepreneur.
How would you describe your brand and how did you come up with Splendor Styling?
Splendor Styling means chic glam inspiration and services for a fabulous lifestyle! I’ve always believed that every day should be celebrated, and that everyone deserves a bit of glamour in their homes. Splendor Styling is the result of my passion for interior design and decoration. I started the blog to document and share my home projects, and it took me only six months to realize there was an interesting demand for my decor services. I launched Splendor Styling Design Studio in 2014 and I couldn’t be happier doing what I love!
Who shaped and created the direction of your brand/company?
As an entrepreneur you are responsible for absolutely every single detail of your company. I built my brand as a reflection of my personal style and experience. If you go through my site you will see the early stages of Splendor Styling and how much it’s changed throughout the years. This is still part of my personal journey as a decorator and as a stylist, but most importantly, as a female entrepreneur.
I’ve had the pleasure of coming across wonderfully strong and inspiring women who have shared their experiences with me. I’ve learned from each of them and I’m extremely grateful.
How does branding and creativity inspire your business?
I’m constantly looking for inspiration to enhance my creativity. Many people think interior decorators only put furniture together or select paint chips, but there’s a huge creative process in the design of a room. It involves practicality, personalities, feelings, dreams, and of course a budget. My brand is all about providing a chic glam lifestyle. My goal is to reflect that in my projects, and help my clients enjoy a home they truly love!
Who is your interior design icon & who do you see Splendor Styling collaborating with in the future?
I am a huge fan of Kelly Wearstler. Her designs are bold and brave and fabulous! All gold, all the time.
I’m always open to new partnerships. There’s always something great to learn from other brands and companies. I’m looking forward to more collaborations with glamorous furniture makers and bold stylish artists.
How would you describe your lifestyle & do you incorporate branding in your personal life?
Everyday glam. I like surrounding myself with things I find beautiful. Use the elegant china regularly, light up the nice candles, wear the fancy shoes. Life is happening now and we should celebrate it!
I am my brand. When you hire a designer you hire a style, and I have to live it to be able to sell it. Then, I’m always trying to be true to myself and give my clients an honest approach to a chic glam lifestyle.
Do you have any interior design tips you’d like to share?
I always tell my clients: If you fall in love with a piece, buy it! We’ll find a way to incorporate it in the decor. Some people are afraid of buying just one piece without taking into account the rest of the house, however I believe you should surround yourself with things your truly love. The style of a room can always be inspired by that single piece if it makes you happy.
If you fall in love with a piece, buy it!
Our favorite tip! Especially, if you’re buying pieces from places like Home Goods as these pieces go very, very fast! Splendor Styling Design Studio not only creates a home you truly love, but it offers services for a fabulous lifestyle. Who wouldn’t want that? We definitely do! This interview was a splendid experience to learn more about Mariella and all of her pursuits, including our collaboration (yep, cat’s out of the bag). So stay tuned for that one, but for now head on over to Splendor Styling for more design tips, inspiration and possibly a home makeover.