Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Get to know the team: Sarah Bagle

I mentioned this new series in my last post, but I'm excited to introduce a new bi-weekly feature on our blog. Every other week, we will interview a member of the Accent Decor team, giving you some fun insight into who we are and where we are coming from. We are firm believers that everyone can be creative and that everyone has lots to contribute to the process at Accent Decor, so you will be hearing from people in a wide range of positions in our company.

We are kicking things off with an interview with the lovely Sarah Bagle, who also happens to be my sister. She is the product manager here at Accent Decor, and her impeccable taste and sense for both business and design make her an invaluable member of our team. We are also proud to announce that she will be a panelist for the Flower Trend Summit in Dallas this January. Be sure to visit their website to learn more, and to sign up to attend.
Name – Sarah Bagle

Role at Accent Decor: My official title is "Product Manager," which means I design, select, and create products. I have to stay up with trends in fashion, home décor, and floral industries and decide how they might affect Accent Décor. I get to brainstorm with the creative team on photo shoots, showrooms, cover shots, and just about everything else. I am also responsible for inventory control. Yikes!

How long have you been a part of the Accent Décor team? I like to say that I am the world’s longest-running intern. The owners of Accent Décor, Frank and Margaret Hofland, are my parents, so I have been cleaning glass in the showroom for as long as I can remember. I have been working in the office and traveling full time for 3.5 years now.

Where do you look for inspiration? There are a lot of places that I pull inspiration from: beautiful photographs, high-end furniture stores, my travels, books. . .  More recently, Pinterest has been a huge inspiration for me. There are just so many ideas, products and amazing photos just waiting for you to sift through.

What are your 3 favorite pins from this week?
This photo makes me want to go be creative.
Picasso
I pinned this photo from the Accent Décor blog because I am in love with this design by Hitomi

Where is your dream vacation destination?
Greece…it looks so picturesque.

What is your current favorite Accent Décor product?
I’m really excited about the Emerald Vase, which we are adding to our collection in January. It's just lovely: somehow vintage and modern at the same time.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am actually pretty stellar at jumping rope. In elementary school, as a matter of fact, I was on the Jump Rope for Heart demonstration team that traveled to different schools to perform.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love that my job is different every single day. I also feel inspired to work hard and do my job well when I think back to everything my grandparents and parents had to do to get Accent Decor to where it is today. I love that I work at a family-owned and centered business where we get to give back to our employees, our customers, and our community, on a daily basis.

What is your favorite design trend right now?
I love vintage inspired products. I’m a very nostalgic person, so I think it’s awesome to take something with history and give it a new twist.

If you want more trend insight from Sarah, be sure to join her at the 2013 Flower Trend Summit in Dallas January 21st.

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