Now here’s a home full of stories – decorated with a keen eye for design and a love for art. Neeti Chaudhry lives in a 3-bedroom apartment on Palace Road, Bangalore, with her husband Vashisht and daughter Aadya, that she did up from scratch.
What hit us straight away, was a stunning parquet floor, installed everywhere but the kitchen. A parquet is a wooden floor with a difference – the small panels of wood are arranged in geometric patterns to create a texture in addition to the wood itself. The one in this home is subtle and simple, giving the whole house a warmth that we just loved.
The living room couches were originally leather pieces that Neeti had reupholstered. When asked how she chose the fabric, she said candidly, “I just liked it!” The subtle grey, textured fabric on the two sofas is brightened up with floral chair cushions. An armchair and ottoman sit a little distance away, upholstered in a beautiful striped fabric in an earthy brown and teal.
Large windows and balconies make for ample light in this third floor apartment, complimented by long, flowy curtains and old-fashioned wooden pelmets. In addition, what we loved even more was the lighting all through the flat. Sourced from Home Trotter – a unique home décor store in Pondicherry – Neeti bought beautiful light fixtures and lamps. The wall fixtures are textured such that patterns emerge as silhouettes when the lights are on. One tall lamp sits in a corner of the dining room with a large cylindrical lampshade and a stunning hibiscus pattern. Added to these are little paper flowers from Good Earth with fairy lights in between for some mood lighting in the guest bedroom!
The kitchen is a long one, and you reach it through glass doors from the dining area. The least lit of the rooms in the house, this one is made bright and cheerful with yellow tiles, matching paint and one wall entirely of handmade glass tiles. On a trip to Auroville, a series of coloured triangular incense holders caught Neeti’s eye. She asked the artisan to make them for her without the holes and used them to create a pattern on her kitchen wall!
Right by the living area is a small study room; just big enough for a couch, a bean bag and a TV. But the real eye catcher in this cozy little haven is the wall bookshelf. Immediately giving depth to an otherwise tiny space, it houses books of all kinds, beautiful pictures frames carrying memories and tit-bits from travels around the world. What makes this feature particularly beautiful is that the wall behind each section of the shelf is painted a different colour, suddenly brightening up the room. On the opposite wall is a quirky zig-zag bookshelf with a few more books, just complimenting the much bigger one on the other side.
An artist and photographer herself, Neeti has displayed a lot of her own artwork on the walls of her home. Paintings, photographs, even an art piece carrying shells collected on a trip to Goa, all displayed beautifully in frames on various walls. Swearing by the beauty of the right kind of frame, Neeti goes only to one framing shop in Tipassandra in Bangalore and creates unique frames for every piece – playing with margins, colours, patterns and even box frames. We were told that the art on the walls changes quite often. “I’m impatient”, she says. “When I get sick of these ones, I’ll change them and put something else up.” It’s a constant work in progress, proved further still by a regal looking wooden easel in the corner, bought from Chor Bazaar.
Visiting this home and finding out about the way it was put together was an afternoon well spent. We found ourselves surrounded by beautiful things and great stories. What more does one need to make up a beautiful home?
Places that Neeti loves to shop from:
Urban Ladder, Home Trotter, FabIndia, Mother Earth, Good Earth, eBay
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