b'Filling Up theSpaces andMaking It a HomeAn interior design firm helps city folkstransform their SOMA spacesBY SARA COURTNEYVictoria Bailey-Adamson and Hollie Velten of SPACES. Photos by Julia Maloof Verderosa.Hollie Velten and Victoria Bailey-Adamson, who run SPACES, the warm, inviting interior design studio on Prospect Street, off Springfield Avenue in Maplewood, the process often begins with a glimpse into the past: an object of nostalgia, a family heirloom, to ground the design work in authenticity.SPACES, the quaint studio brimming with ideas, has quickly become a staple of interior design. Velten H ow does a house become a home? How does a newly trans- delighted by the results. and Bailey-Adamson aim to create rooms that inspire and reflect the personality and preferences of home-owners, and the local clients who work with them are planted couple arriving from the city to Maplewood or South Orange transform the rooms they will inhabit in aVelten, who is from California, has a background studying dance and bal-way that truly reflects them? let at UC Santa Barbara. Bailey-Adamson is from England and worked for re-Scrolling social media endlessly for design inspirationspected furniture maker Christopher Howe before turning to corporate advertis-can lead one astray from ones own aesthetic, yet coming uping for many years. Velten focused on choreography before moving on to other with ideas to fill out the sudden expansion of square footagecreative pursuits, such as launching a clothing and jewelry line. I was always a that comes from leaving a packed apartment in the city to a home in the suburbscreative maker, she says. Her mother had studied interior design and her father can be a huge challenge. Many homeowners go on a buying spree and layer moreworked in real estate, so she had an appreciation from a very young age for the and more furniture and decorative pillows in the hopes it will look right. But forway design could transform rooms.24/ matters magazine / hearth + home 2023'