Seek Squad: Meet Vicky, our Purveyor of Home Finds

by Japs Medina August 09, 2019

Meet the life of the STU party Vicky Marchadesch

Smart, witty, and sharp as a tack, Vicky Marchadesch is a force to reckon with in the STU team. She is one of those people who immediately demand your attention despite being in a sea of faces. This is not just because of Vicky’s unique style but also because she’s a bright ball of fun, warm energy – the addictive kind.

Far from being an extroverted mess, Vicky has her moments of creative quiet. A quick look at her organizer would show that she is someone who does not settle for the mundane, dressing up her notes the only way she knows how: in a maximalist manner.

Get to know our purveyor of home finds Vicky, and the creative process that takes place behind her colorful world.

What is your position at Seek the Uniq?

Retail Consultant and Purveyor of Home Finds.

Use three words to describe your style.

Eclectic, vintage (but not granny!) and I do love a bit of kitsch!

If your style had a soundtrack, what would it be?

I haven’t really thought of my style soundtrack. It would probably something from the ’70s because it’s my favorite decade fashion-wise. But my life soundtrack is definitely Madonna.

Big patterns and even bigger accessories define Vicky's everyday uniform

What do you love about your job?

It’s only been in the last few years that I have truly developed my own sense of style for the home. Seeking and curating home pieces is so new to me. So, to be given the trust to do this for STU is absolute love and gratitude.

Which style icon (dead or alive) would you want to have lunch with and why?

I have many style icons but one favorite comes to mind: Iris Apfel. She’s 97-years-old now, so there’s a bit of urgency. I want to meet her… and soon! I want to be her when I grow up.

At home, which room do you spend the most time in and why?

Which room do you spend the least time in? We just moved homes a few months ago, after living in one village for almost 20 years. It’s a smaller place than our past home so I spend a lot of time now in our living/dining area where I work and do a lot of decorating.

I spend the least time in the kitchen. My domestic goddess-ness lies mostly in decorating, entertaining and styling. Much to my boys’ dismay ☹

Skulls and wildlife are constants in Vicky's curations

What are the things you consider when picking out home items for STU?

Nothing in my world matches. Everything in my world clashes. So that’s how I choose items for STU. I certainly choose a mismatch collection of things and yet, somehow, it all works. (Or at least, I hope it does.)

What makes a house a home?

The people who live it.

The STU home honcho wears a beautiful wax print skirt sought lovingly from South Africa

If you could take only three items from the STU site, what would they be and why?

• Any handmade home item (hand painted, hand embroidered, etc.) - Because love, creativity, and dedication are what goes into handmade.

• Caftans from India – because these are specially designed and crafted for STU; once sold out, you won't’ see it again because we hardly repeat designs!

• Mixed print ceramic dinnerware – they are so hard to find. When you see it online, BUY!

If weren’t in a job that had anything to do with home and interiors, what would you be doing instead?

I would probably be running my own quaint little B&B in Baguio.

What do you usually do outside of work hours?

I love junking (that’s Ukay Ukay hunting in upscale lingo)… haha!

In Vicky's world, everything clashes (in a good way)

What are some of your biggest fashion regrets?

Maybe skinny jeans? Any body-con is SO NOT ME. Oh, and acid wash jeans.

Styling pet peeve?

I would never choose a matchy-matchy look. I prefer a layered and collected mix style. This goes for fashion and most especially, my home.

If you could impart styling advice to our Seekers, what would it be?

I really believe in the concept of the more you layer, the better. Needless to say, I'm a maximalist. It’s not for everyone but it’s important to collect things over time— things that you love and have meaning to you. Then let your home gradually evolve. The home should be a true reflection of you.

Japs Medina
Japs Medina


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