HOMEBODY with Stella Simona

The home of jewelry designer Stella Simona has filled her Los Angeles home with enviable decor and invaluable family heirlooms. Have a look inside.
HOMEBODY with Stella Simona

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 draw the most precious things closer--from our bras, community to linens. 

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Stella wears the Scoop and the Bikini in Slate.

Stella Simona knows good design. After all, the co-founder of Haati Chai jewelry--a line of gilded pieces inspired by the female form and a celebration of Simona’s familial roots--has made a career out of paying attention to the details and craftsmanship of a piece. So it should come as no surprise that her Los Angeles-based home is equally well-appointed and filled with where-did-you-get-that decor. Still, it is the family heirlooms that Simona keeps close that hold the most value for the designer; they pepper the polished landing pad she shares with her two children and husband. And while her home is centering, Simona maintains a solid connection to nature.

Take the grand tour below and learn how the CUUP muse starts each day, what signature scent fills her home, and the ways Simona has also managed to stay connected with the outside.

Stella wears the Scoop and the Bikini in Slate.

WHAT’S THE FIRST YOU DO IN THE MORNING?

“I turn on music and open the curtains to let the sunlight pour into my home.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAMILY HEIRLOOMS YOU CHERISH?

“Our family is really into photography and has been for a few generations. I keep my parents’ photos from the '70s and '80s close. There are images from their wedding, all their travels around the world, and life before they had kids. The fashion in the photos, as well as the composition of each capture, is so beautiful.”

FAVORITE CANDLE TO BURN AND WHY?

Maison Marie Louis No 4 Bois De Balincourt. It’s earthy and woodsy. I always wear this scent in perfume form while traveling. This fragrance takes me to that relaxing moment after a long, fulfilling day of adventure.”

Stella wears the Scoop in Espresso.

HAVE YOU PURCHASED ANYTHING FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS THIS YEAR THAT YOU LOVE?

“Every few weeks, I purchase olive oil from Brightland. Food is always a favorite part of my day. While spending more time at home these days, I've made it a point to indulge in rich ingredients that enhance my at-home dining experience.”

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY/WEEK TO GET YOU OUT OF THE HOUSE?

“I go for a long hike overlooking the Hollywood Hills. The fresh air, sun on my skin, and epic scenery are always soothing.”

Stella wears the Demi in Taupe.

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