Stephanie Owens

INTERIOR DESIGNER / BRAND DESIGNER - PAPER MOON INTERIORS / MS. PAPER MOON / THE DECORETTES

Stephanie Owens is the founder of Paper Moon Interiors, where she creates glamorously whimsical spaces for the gal-about-town with her online interior design services. After launching her own unique take on brand design, she expanded the Paper Mooniverse, and launched Ms. Paper Moon, where she helps others create beyond basic branding and cosmic content for their online businesses. She also is the cohostess of The Decorettes, a weekly web show that helps fellow creatives create bewitching branding and swanky systems so they can get their business noticed and organized.

What are you best known for?

From interiors to brand design, my aesthetic is fun, playful, and detail-oriented. I love adding a bit of vintage flair no matter what the project. It could be a take on James Bond, a nod to Audrey Hepburn, or full-on Mid Century Modern madness. I take my job very seriously, but I don't think design should be so serious. Oh- and one of my website is entirely space themed. I do love space!

What or who has influenced your design aesthetic the most?

The first creative that really inspired me was the artist Shag. He was condemned as being kitsch when I was in school, but now he's an empire. I always dug his retro vibe and the joy that his pieces brought to his fans. Now his work is everywhere in my house. His command of color is beyond anyone else I've ever known and his paintings are just so much fun.

What inspired you to become a designer?

I was always creative, but in 2005 my mom became ill. I pretty much gave it all up and focused on providing for myself and taking care of her as much as I could. In 2010 she passed away, right after I bought my first house. The only thing that made me feel better was decorating my home, because it always brought her so much joy. It made me feel closer to her. After that, I decided to go back to school and get a second degree in interior design. I wanted to create a business that served all kinds of lifestyles and all kinds of budgets. School actually disgusted me- things like, "I only take a job if the sofa budget is 30k" was just not something I could get behind. So I created a brand that appealed to the types of client that most interior designers didn't appeal to. From there, other designers wanted my to design their brands, so the Paper Mooniverse grew. I hope to continue making design of all kinds accessible to all walks of life.