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Evolving Style: From Studio Space to Home Base

by Garrett Fleming

Evolving Style: From Studio Space to Home Base, Design*Sponge

Last fall, in our first Evolving Style feature, we took you inside the LA condo of new parents Stephanie Liu Hjelmeseth and her husband Kyle. Through a photo series showing off their previous and current homes, the pair walked us through each of the ways having a child had influenced their personal aesthetic. Overall, the evolution proved to be a masterclass on how to up the ante on practicality without losing your personal design identity.

In today’s installment, we’re revisiting a co-working space in Delhi, India. When we first peeked inside, Sarah Fotheringham and Maninder Singh, founders of textile brand Safomasi, shared the studio with three other companies whose styles and workflows varied greatly. While beautiful, the Delhi outpost held so many people that function often outshined form.

In the time since we first learned about the studio and the makers it held, all but Sarah and Maninder have moved on. Instead of doing the same, the pair has seized the opportunity, taken over the entire workshop and turned it into a combination live/work space. Seeing as they’re now inside these four walls every hour of every day, they’ve had to make simple – yet impactful – changes to make it work. No matter the tweak, though, each one was born from a simple purpose: Promote productivity from nine to five and relaxation from five to nine. Scroll down to see how they did it, and enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Kassia Karr and Sahil Sabharwal

Image above: The studio’s previous look was an eclectic representation of the four brands it housed. Now, it’s filled with textiles from its sole tenant: Safomasi.

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The goal of the redesign was to create a space the couple would be “happy and comfortable in,” throughout all 24 hours of the day. This meant revamping the kitchen, adding a shower to the bathroom and sprinkling soft textures about.

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Safomasi makes bedding, so their bedroom acts as a showroom during the day and a personal retreat after the pair clocks out.

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Sarah and Maninder used to lounge and laugh here with their studiomates while taking snack breaks.

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Window coverings were essential when the common area became a bedroom.

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The studio’s meeting room has been turned into a living area. All it took was the addition of a sofa decked out in Safomasi upholstery and a television to make the area feel more homey.

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Sarah and Maninder knew their decor changes were successful because switching off after a day at the office is now incredibly easy.

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When they shared the studio with other businesses, the space was much more minimal. With so many people shuffling about, maintaining a clean-and-tidy feel was imperative. Now, Sarah and Maninder have the freedom to layer in colors and patterns wherever they like. The pair says the change has made the space feel much cozier overall.

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The pair installed two large wardrobes to hold their clothes.

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The table runner is of Sarah and Maninder’s own design.

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This dining table previously acted as both an eating area and secondary workspace. Now that it’s just Sarah and Maninder here, the couple has made it smaller and positioned it closer to the kitchen.

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The kitchen used to feel impersonal and lacked a stylistic POV. Today, an eye-catching backsplash and accents make it much more true to Sarah and Maninder’s aesthetic.

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The process of switching up the look of this Delhi studio highlights the power of lighting. It proves how a few small changes to hues and wattage can have a huge impact on the overall vibe of a room.

SOURCE LIST

Bedroom

Rug on wall – “Big Cat Camo” rug in green by Safomasi
Rug on floor – “Evil Eye” dhurrie in lavender by Safomasi
Cushions, pillows, quilt on bed – Safomasi
Bean bag – “Belle Mare” woven bean bag in pink by Safomasi
Lamp bases – Fabindia
Lampshades – upholstered in Safomasi fabric
Throw on chair – “Goreme” knitted throw by Safomasi

Kitchen & Dining Room

White frame – Sarah’s grandmother
Prints – Sarah
Chairs – Amar Colony
Table runner – Safomasi
Prints near doors – Shweta Malhotra
Lampshades – upholstered in Safomasi fabric

Living Room

Sofa upholstery – “Peace Hands” in grey woven jacquard by Safomasi
Cushions on sofa – Safomasi, Leah Singh, No-mad 97% India, Sunny Todd
Swivel chair – salvaged
Rug – “Crane” dhurrie in green and pink by Safomasi
Cushions, quilts, throws on shelves – Safomasi

Desk Area

Bird prints, world map – Sarah
Fabric wall hangings – Safomasi
Framed prints behind desk – Hannah Waldron, Shweta Malhotra

All other furniture – local carpenter in Delhi

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