A Textile Designer's Layered, India-Inspired Home

A Textile Designer's Layered, India-Inspired Home

Heather Keeling
Dec 12, 2017

Name: Deepali and Naveen Kalia, Annika, 8 and Akhil, 2
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 12 years, owned

Deepali and Naveen began their life together in a traditionally Indian way — through an arranged marriage. She had just finished studying fashion design in India at NIFT, and moved to Oregon to join Naveen who works at Intel. She didn't know anyone and wasn't working, so she started making things: "I was dying of boredom, I had to do something...I was making artwork and upholstering furniture pieces. I had some friends in the silk business, and I got silk samples from them, and started making pillows and curtains. One thing led to another, and then I opened my shop."

Deepali's shop, Filling Spaces, has grown into a thriving business that she now manages with her sister. She designs the textiles and manages wholesale distribution, and her sister oversees the production at the factory they work with in India.

As Deepali's business thrived, so did her marriage with Naveen ("Our parents decided we would be a perfect match for each other, and it turned out we were.") Eight years later, the couple had their first child, around the same time Deepali opened her Portland housewares store.

The family's suburban home is layered in the gorgeous textiles she's designed, like the curtains, rugs, pillows, poufs and upholstery fabrics. But this is no showroom; it's a comfortable and active family home. Deepali and Naveen's best advice: "Design what works for you; invite friends, have cozy dinner nights and enjoy your home!"

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Boho, Modern, Eclectic

Inspiration: Traveling the world and collecting memories.

Favorite Element: My favorite space in my house is my living area, lots happens here from play dates, to cozy family get-togethers and movie nights. I needed enough comfortable seating for everyone — the sectional, sofa, poufs, floor cushions and even layered rugs in front of the fireplace just make me dive in right after a long day of work.

Biggest Challenge: My love for textiles and keeping it flowing in the home with all my new finds and collections that we launch at Filling Spaces. It's a tiny space and I just want to show all my indigos and over-dyed layered textiles!

What Friends Say: They love the coziness and the flow in the house; everyone feels like they are pretty, comfortable surroundings.

Biggest Embarrassment: My daughter is eight years old and she is collector too of her own artwork — I still need to work on getting all her artwork framed and displayed! I haven't done much in her room.

Proudest DIY: Artwork and pottery in our home.

Biggest Indulgence: Our sectional was custom built to fit right in our space!

Best Advice: Design what works for you; invite friends, have cozy dinner nights and enjoy your home!

Dream Sources: We are very lucky to shop at filling spaces ;)


Benjamin Moore "Absolute White"

Sectional — Sofa Works
Pillows /poufs/throws /rug — Filling Spaces
Bench/coffee table — Craiglist upholstered in Filling Spaces fabric
Peacock Painting — One King's Lane
Artwork above fire place —DIY

Dining table and chairs — Craigslist (chairs reupholstered in Filling Spaces fabric)

Pillows and Bedding — Filling Spaces
Mirror — Finds at Filling Spaces

Crib — Amazon
Mobile — Pher design
Rug — Filling Spaces

Thanks, Deepali and Naveen!

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