For many, homes also carry with them the history and legacy of the families that have lived in them. Jaipur based couple, Kanwar Pushpendra Singh Jhala and his wife Kanwarani Sneha Jhala recently renovated their bungalow. The designs reflect their belief in living life king-size and are heavily influenced by colonial houses and palaces.
Pushpendra, a Rajput nobleman, retired from the Tea Plantations in Darjeeling and Dooars and decided to move back to his ancestral home. His home reflects his keen interests as a naturalist, wild life lover and avid golfer. In addition, Sneha, from Manaswal, Punjab, has a natural gift for gardening and landscaping.
While describing his home, Pushpendra says: “I wanted my house to be a chic and a comfortable home where I could blend old with new. I like old furniture designs that match modern curtains and new age tile flooring that look like stone. I have used a lot of wood to give warmth to the place and glass to compliment it. Converting the outside parking areas into green lawns has uplifted the house, giving it an illusion of an oasis in the desert.”
The renovation of this home was complex; involving shifting walls and increasing the height of the space. Keeping their antique furniture, bright drapes and upholstery, the couple indulged mostly in wood and glass.
Inspired by travel and interior magazines, Pushpendra created furniture out of a full Ficus tree. Keeping the natural structure of the tree, the old part was removed using a chisel. The tree took six months to dry after which it was fashioned into chairs. “We started making our furniture twenty-five years ago. We have also collected local artefacts like Tankhas (Buddhist paintings) wooden frames, crockery and souvenirs from our travels.”
The home has a mix of natural, antique and contemporary styled furniture. The bar area, where the couple entertains friends, have stools made with saddle bag seatings. The living room features wicker sofas and in the veranda sits wrought iron furniture.
Pushpendra’s advice to Home Decor enthusiasts: Decoration should reflect you, your lifestyle, your daily living. Buying the most expensive thing may not be the best bet. Give your space a sense of wisdom and incorporate a piece with some patina and age to it. Collection of artefacts over the years will show your personality.
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