If the past year has taught us anything here at CUUP, the quest for the perfect bra is by and large no different than the quest for the perfect couch. Go with us here… As foundational pieces, they both provide something soft, pleasurable, and inviting to lean into--the kind of addition that will offer any space support and ease, as much as it does style. In essence, these are two pieces that really pull the place together. And with so many of us retreating inside this past year in the wake of health, racial, and political pandemics, the connection between underpinnings and interiors has only grown stronger.
The sensorial impact we have missed from touch has instead been transferred to our surroundings. The quest for a well-appointed credenza, mid-century coffee table, or the best linen sheets is not just a distraction from *gesticulates at the status of the world* but a fixation on creating a space of serenity and self-expression that life indoors has largely stifled. Turning our home into our world, we have become much more intentional about the things we begin placing inside--and the lives lived within.
Hence, why with our new series, HOMEBODY, we are gaining a peek inside the interiors--and interior lives--of CUUP’s biggest muses. Besides design tips, you’ll learn how others are drawing the most precious things closer--from our bras, community to linens.
Nowadays, our homes have to play so many roles: office, dwelling, gym, restaurant, entertainment center, and for artist and design maven Kristen Giorgi, a creative sanctuary. Our second HOMEBODY feature has managed to etch out not only a landing pad for her and her daughter but also a hub that inspires innovation and focus. While painting one of her expressionist abstract or figurative works half-dressed (as in CUUP bra on top, pants on the bottom), the Atlanta-based creative, one-half of NGCollective with her sister, Laura Naples, is at once at leisure and in work mode.
Take the grand tour of her art-filled digs below, and learn more about how Giorgi has continued to fill her home with intention and meaningful decor this year, what provides her support, and what gets her out of the house every day.
KRISTEN WEARS THE BALCONETTE AND THE BIKINI IN SALT.
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING?“The first thing I do in the morning (if she’s with me) is wake up my daughter, Vivienne, 8. It’s usually a struggle, so the second thing I need immediately is coffee! Straight to the kitchen I go!”
WHAT’S ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?“Currently, on my bedside table, I have my glasses, iPad, lip balm, and a book of poems titled ‘Where Do You Go Alone’ by Pavana Reddy. They’re so beautifully written and nice to calm you if you can’t sleep.”
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE?
“My favorite room in the house is my living room. It’s so cozy and probably the most finished room in my home, making me feel more accomplished than others (haha). It has a huge window that blankets the entire apartment in the most brilliant light at certain times of the day.”
KRISTEN WEARS THE BALCONETTE IN SALT AND THE THONG IN TAUPE.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAMILY HEIRLOOMS THAT YOU CHERISH?
“One of my most cherished family heirlooms is a diamond ring that was passed down to me when my grandmother died. It’s pretty spectacular, and I feel so honored to have it to remember her.”
FAVORITE WORK OF ART?
“My favorite work of art in my home is this little painting of a flower that Vivienne painted for me when she was about three. It hangs on the windowsill in my kitchen, so I stare at it every time I go to the sink. It makes me smile every time.”
FAVORITE CANDLE TO BURN?
“I always have a different candle burning in my home, but currently my favorite is the Othonial Rosa candle by Diptyque. It has a peppery rose and votives scent that is so sexy.”
KRISTEN WEARS THE BALCONETTE IN SALT.
FAVORITE PIECE YOU’VE PURCHASED IN QUARANTINE?
“My favorite thing I’ve purchased in quarantine is my LED color-changing lights. I have one in every room, and they’re really fun to put on at night. My apartment sort of feels like a swanky lounge in Paris.”
HAVE YOU PURCHASED ANYTHING FROM A LOCAL/SMALL BUSINESS THIS YEAR THAT YOU LOVE?
“The best thing I have purchased from a local business is natural wines. Elemental Spirits in Atlanta is my favorite, and they deliver so fast!”
“Currently reading ‘The Heroine Paint’: After Frankenthaler’ by the Gagosian Gallery. She’s my favorite painter of all time”.
WHAT BOOKS MAKE UP YOUR STACK THIS MONTH?
KRISTEN WEARS THE PLUNGE IN ESPRESSO.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR HALF-DRESSED AT HOME UNIFORM (BESIDES A CUUP BRA)?
“My half-dressed look at home usually consists of baggy jeans and a white button-down or a pair of sweats with holes and paint stains all over them with a cropped sweatshirt to keep it sexy (lol). Also, right now, always, always comfy socks.”
WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY/WEEK TO GET YOU OUT OF THE HOUSE?
“A daily ritual of mine to get out of the house is going to Pilates class. Pilates has changed my life. There is nothing that makes me feel mentally stronger. Almost more important to me than being physically strong.”
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL SECURE AND HELD AT HOME?
“I have spent years curating my space to make it my safe haven. Every room has a strong level of comfort. Mostly my bed--it’s so comfy and impossible to get out of in the morning!”
KRISTEN WEARS THE PLUNGE IN ESPRESSO.
HAS THE IDEA OF HOME CHANGED FOR YOU THIS YEAR? IF SO, IN WHAT WAY?
“I used to try to find every reason in the world to leave the house. I just always felt like I had to be ‘out’ doing something to feel productive. Now all I want is to be home. Even when I go out of town for fun, I always cant wait to be right back on my sofa curled up in a ball, snuggling my little one.”
KRISTEN WEARS THE PLUNGE AND THE BIKINI IN ESPRESSO.