Eclectic Bungalow

From a distinctive setting to carefully chosen pieces, our homes are what make us who we are—and we love being a part of that. The Welcome Home series is our chance to speak to people that inspire us and learn what makes their house feel like a home.

Hema Persad has quickly become known for her eclectic spaces that incorporate cultures from around the globe. Less than two years after founding her design firm, Sagrada Studio, she has a client list full of celebrities and is one of Architectural Digest’s emerging stars. But she became an interior designer by accident.

“I was an attorney for seven years before I moved to LA to become a celebrity fashion stylist,” she says. “I did that for another seven years until the pandemic, when one of my styling clients asked me to help her redecorate her new home.” That project led to many more and, before long, a career switch.

What’s your favourite time of day at home? 

In the mornings when we come back from dropping the kids off at school! The house is quickly tidied, it's quiet, and I make my second cup of coffee and get ready for the day. 

How do you relax?

When I have the time—which is rare—I like to find a recipe in one of our cookbooks and give it a try. I don't like daily cooking because I never have time to do it properly. If I have time (like, hours), I find it very relaxing.

What do you love about interior design?

It's the hardest job I've ever done but also the most satisfying when you put your blood sweat and tears (literally) into something, and it comes out exactly the way you envisioned it. 

What are the best pieces of furniture to invest in? 

Sofas, mattresses, and dining tables because they get used the most. 

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