What/who inspired you to start your company? I wanted unique home decor that expressed my personal taste and thought that I wasn't looking hard enough. But I realized unique and/or personalized options found in fashion really isn't available in the home space. It's even harder to find guidance to help you understand your style preferences in home decor. I'm working to bridge the gap between inspiration, vision, and finding what best fits your style once you discover it. Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like? I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Sometimes I hate to admit it but I spend most of my time socializing with my friends at the movies or the mall until high school where I was heavily involved in extra-curricular's from dance, cross country, to speech team and doing all of my homework. If you could have any super power what would it be and why? I'd love to travel in an instant!! Great for traveling the world, I love experiencing cultures and broadening my horizons. It would also be great to visit family so I can be there for important and fun moments. Tell us a story/incident that happened while starting or running your company that may have made you feel defeated. Now tell us how you overcame that. I first decided to work on my business part-time, without a full-time job, because I had a promise of funding from a fellowship. It wasn't going to be a lot of money, but enough to get the company started. The funding and the fellowship didn't happen. I decided to start the company anyway and learned how to be creative with the resources I had (extra time, design services like Fivvr, etc.) to get the business in a position where I could start earning revenue and fund as much as I could on my own. What are your goals with the company? There's so much doubt and confusion when trying to make your space reflect your personal style. So many people tell me that they hesitate in making decisions because they might not like their decision later. Solace seeks to make creating a space your love easier and more inspiring than it is today by giving you the tools to play around and find what you love, confidently. Currently, we sell custom throw pillows, but we are working on building a platform that helps people discover what they like and find or create products that align with their personal style. ______________________________________________________________________________ Our Female Founders giveaway this Friday on Instagram will feature a custom Too Pretty throw pillow along with a Too Pretty item you can use for your "Pillow Fight"!