Designer Spotlight - Stephanie Larrowe of Totem Salvaged

The Gypsy Wagon is privileged to work with many inspiring independent designers. Stephanie Larrowe of Totem Salvaged is one of our very favorites. Stephanie has such a unique design point of view. Her collection of bags and furnishings is powerful and always surprising. We wanted to share a little more with all of you about just what inspires Stephanie and her special brand.

Where do you call home?

I live in California but I call any open space with horses and farm animals home.

How was Totem Salvaged born?

Totem salvaged was born out of my love of vintage textiles collected over the years. Wanting to create unique one of a kind pieces made in the U.S.

I bet your house is amazing. How would you describe your design style?

My design style is eclectic, lots of patterns and colors. I love mixing vintage Native American with vintage Americana. I especially love my custom furniture.

Stephanie's eclectic living room, with her own Totem Salvaged custom furniture. Photo courtesy of Salvage Secrets.

Stephanie's eclectic living room, with her own Totem Salvaged custom furniture. Photo courtesy of Salvage Secrets.

Where do you find inspiration?

The Totem Salvaged studio and workspace. Photo courtesy of Salvage Secrets.

The Totem Salvaged studio and workspace. Photo courtesy of Salvage Secrets.

I find inspiration in vintage textiles especially Navajo and Mexican weavings...I love rural America and hunting for vintage pieces I can give a new life.

What are you working on right now that you are most excited about?

I am most excited to be working on some outwear pieces for next fall.

Describe a perfect day in Stephanie-land.

A perfect day in Stephanie is a long horseback ride through the park, then a nice garden lunch at my house with friends.

What song is your soundtrack for this winter?

A new L.A band called Night Things. The song is called Dark Moon.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I embrace all cultures and love textiles from all over the world: Morocco, Japan, France, India, Africa, on and on....and I love horses so much I am often brought to tears by their beauty...I also love the smell of barns!

Stephanie's beautiful home and studio are highlighted in Salvage Secrets, by Joanne Palmisano. You may enjoy taking a peek if you love giving vintage pieces new life in your own home.

The Gypsy Wagon is thrilled to have a broad collection of Totem Salvaged bags in our stores and online. Click here to see how Stephanie incorporates her love of vintage textiles, southwestern influences and a touch of her own spin on California Cool.

- Meg

Posted on January 27, 2015 .