The studio is where the bunglo magic happens! Shay spends her days creating original works of art, designing new projects and creating unique photoshoots to share the bunglo story. Based in Austin, Texas - bunglo offices out of The Refinery space downtown.
Meet the Founder
Hi! My name is Shay, founder and designer for bunglo. I began my entrepreneurship journey at the age of 5 by selling my coloring book pages on the playground for a quarter. In third grade, I turned my hemp necklace hobby into a side hustle and started a photography business at the age of 18. I have a passion for creative business and living life like art!
"The idea that we can create a sacred space for ourselves to feel free, create and find happiness is my mission for bunglo."
Painting Rainbows Since 1993
" I started with puffy paint sweatshirts, animal drawings and doodling all over everything."
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I received a BFA from the University of Michigan and shortly after graduating, moved to southern Spain to teach english. I spent my 20's traveling as a documentary photographer and artist.
It All Started...
With my love for home decor, I began experimenting with pattern design and learned how to sew my first pillow from watching a DIY tutorial on youtube at the age of 25! (Yes, this is why I started with pillows!) I sent my first few samples to Anthropologie, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus and received orders that grew bunglo almost overnight!
When I was little, I would rearrange my room constantly. I'd create new floor plans with to-scale drawings of my furniture and spend days trying to find the perfect bedding in my parents mail order catalog stacks.
"I'm a big believer in what we surround ourselves in is what we become. I combine the principles of feng shui and color therapy into all of my patterns and believe colors can change our moods. I'm a personal fan of neutral furniture, white walls and adobe everything. I love mid century modern classic pieces, mixing vintage and global finds, mix-matching bedding to create a cozy sleep and changing pillows for the seasons."
There's something special about using cloth napkins, filling your walls with inspirational art and choosing to stay in on a Friday to be present rather than staying out late. I find inspiration in the small things and hope my work makes your home feel beautiful, just like you!
xx Shay Spaniola