Creativity is a huge field, with ‘creatives’ work in all sorts of pursuits. So far in our Working Creatives series we’ve met designer and photographer Clint Sutherland and radio personality Carly Portch.
This week we’re featuring marketer turned entrepreneur Stephanie Doyle. Stephanie has taken an idea, turned it a key product, designed it stylishly, manufactured locally and now it’s found in the most personal of spaces across Australia: bedrooms.
Meet…bedroom design entrepreneur Stephanie Doyle
Stephanie Doyle was a career marketer of more than 20 years. A little over a year ago she decided it was time to shake things up. She took a chance and moved in a different direction to start her own ‘bespoke bedroom design’ business, Tuft and Buttons.
Whilst her background is marketing communications, at the beginning of her career she also studied product design.
She is inspired by a passion for beautiful bedroom furniture and was disappointed by the mass market imports that have flooded the market. So she decided to fill this gap by creating Tuft and Buttons. She started with a bang too, with one of her bedheads featured on the huge home renovation show, The Block.
One year on, her goal remains the same – to design and manufacture exceptional furniture that is locally made.
Everyone should own… a beautiful, comfortable bed that is your sanctuary.
Happiness is… spending time with loved ones and listening to the happy laughter of shared memories and new adventures that are being planned.
I collect books about… travel destinations. Planning my next adventure is always exciting and turning the pages of a glossy picture book is so much more inspiring than browsing online.
I feel most creative when… I’m relaxed and spending time with my friends. I love bouncing ideas around and bringing a concept to life.
My cheap thrill is… having crispy bacon when I’m out for breakfast. This doesn’t make me a very good vegetarian, but I can’t help it. I just love it and it puts a smile on my face!
My next adventure is… to France and Italy, to explore the country-side and be inspired by traditional manufacturing methods.
Right now, I’m inspired by…. Jeffrey Alan Marks. An established, US-based interior designer, I love the way his style is fresh and contemporary yet timeless. Each project is entirely different and clearly demonstrates the personality of the client
The best gift I’ve ever given was… last week – it was a booklet of 70 love notes to my mother on her 70th birthday. Each note was handwritten and designed by different members of our family and we recounted all the quirks and traits we love about mum. She loved this gift of precious memories.
The best money I’ve ever spent was… my ticket home to Melbourne. After living in London for five years I was ready to come home and be enveloped by all my favourite things and places. It marked a defining moment in my life and the start of my next chapter as a business owner.
The best way to make a statement is... to be confident and articulate. Know yourself and back yourself – you won’t regret it!