LIVE IN: Northfield (Sabia, left) and Northbrook (Scharoff). AGES: 45. CLAIMS TO FAME: Though each runs her own design firm — Patina Home Design and Anne Scharoff Designs — they recently combined Scharoff’s expertise in architecture and Sabia’s interior skills to open The WorkRoom studio in Wheeling (971 N. Milwaukee; Theworkroomchicago.com). It’s both a space where industry pros and DIYers alike can collaborate on design projects, and a shop teeming with unique finds. SHARED VISION: “We didn’t just want a store; we wanted a place to pull up a chair, roll up your sleeves and create,” Sabia says. An inspiring setting gets the creative juices flowing: The studio is tucked into an 1835 schoolhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places. SIGNATURE STYLE: “We’re drawn to spaces and pieces that have a soul and story, and in some way tie back to nature,” Scharoff says. Think handcrafted and eclectic antiques, from African beaded pillows to handmade Guatemalan throws. ROAD TRIPPIN’: The duo, who have been friends nearly a decade, make an annual pilgrimage to Round Top, Texas, a remote town of less than 100 people that, once a year, turns 28 miles of country road into a design market with hundreds of vendors. “We go and fill a truck,” Scharoff says of the haul they bring back to The WorkRoom to showcase and sell. FAVORITE PROJECT: Sabia and Scharoff designed a custom barn and had it built from Oregon timber in Sabia’s backyard. “Our kids have grown up hanging out there together. It has a pingpong and pool table and, in the winter, we make a skating rink in the backyard and use it as a warming hut.” ON TREND: This season, Sabia and Scharoff love trims and embellishments on classic fabric and furniture, plus natural accents like petrified wood tables, horns, hides and shells.
Photos by Evelina Snell Photography