Cuyana cofounder Karla Gallardo describes her SF home as "warm, minimalist, functional." (Photography by Erin Kunkel for Lonny)

Inside the Homes of Cuyana Founders Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah

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At some point, we've all felt the anxiety brought on by too much stuff— the clutter in your closet or the cramped furniture arrangement in your studio-sized apartment. Excess is a real struggle.

Which is why we subscribe to the philosophy of Cuyana—the brand that offers elegant, streamlined basics for the modern woman touts the ethos of "fewer, better things."


The thought behind the pared-down statement isn't just evidenced in the products, but extends to the cofounders' personal spaces as well. Working with designer Lauren Nelson, founders Shilpa Shah and Karla Gallardo created their own unique spaces that feel calm, personal, and above all, like an extension of the cult-followed, thoughtful brand they've built together.

Take a look.

A Peek at Karla Gallardo's San Francisco Home

(Photography by Erin Kunkel)

Karla freshens up some florals on her custom credenza by Lauren Nelson Design.

When asked about collaborating with Lauren Nelson on the home, Karla tells Lonny, "Lauren designs through the lens of how to make a space feel comfortable and inviting—while still representing the person."

"We worked together to design the entire space from scratch, with most of the pieces made custom by local artisans. The space was built around a juxtaposition of marble, brass, and light oak for a bright and airy feeling," Karla says.

Inside Shilpa Shah's Oakland Home

(Photography by Erin Kunkel)

Cuyana co-founder Shilpa Shah in her breakfast nook, which was also designed by Lauren Nelson. When asked about working with Lauren on parts of her home, she tells Lonny, "Lauren is a true collaborator and has the amazing ability to find locally sourced pieces that look and feel like you."

This article was written by Angela Tafoya and styled by Leah Harmatz by Lonny. Click over for the complete slideshow and more stylish home and design stories.

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