Decorate your home your way
Decorating your home doesn’t need a fortune; all it takes to create a haven is a little bit of love and a little bit of you
There is no better way to add warmth and brightness to your home than putting your soul into it. We met four couples across different cities to reiterate the fact that to create a dream space in your home, DIY (do-it-yourself) touches are essential. To add to the fun element, we have Shivani Ajmera and Disha Bhavsar of Quirk Studio giving quirky makeover tips.
Couple: Isha And Chander Shekhar
Location: Gurgaon, Haryana
Sustainable architecture and minimum technical parade is what Chander Shekhar had in mind while constructing this house. “The dream took three years to materialise,” smiles Shekhar. He studied the movement of the sun for a week before installing the three glass windows of his front wall. Ventilators on the opposite walls of the house make sure there is enough natural light all through the day. There is a flat dip of five-six degrees in the inside temperature—all without air conditioners. Instead of new-age flooring, Shekhar opted for porous marble that absorbs heat. The low-on-columns and low-on-iron theory used while building the house also help to keep it cool.
★Expert tip: Since the table is made out of old tyres and recycled glass, paint the tyres in fun, graphic prints or solid colours, add fairy lights in the hollow section under the round glass top to create an illuminated table. Ensure the glass tops are bigger than the tyres for a larger surface area.
MEMOIRS OF THE PAST
Couple: Shivani and Sarat Chopra
Location: Aralias, Gurgaon, Haryana
THE EARLY morning rays of the sun makes Shivani and Sarat Chopra’s luxe home look divine. While the passion to make the most of every corner is evident all over, the most striking part of the house is a passage that can be aptly called a ‘passage of memoirs’. Pictures of the family, parents, extended family, children, portraits, candid shots, close-ups—all adorn this memory lane. The centre of the house is the warm and cushy chalet-like lounge. It’s an interesting room housing a cozy sitting area and an antique harmonium that once belonged to Shivani’s grandmother. Family frames, two majestic chairs in white and gold on either sides of the room complete the eclectic look. “If it is your home, it should reflect you,” says Shivani, with obvious pride.
★ Expert tip: Instead of doing anything to the walls, apply a subtle wallpaper on the ceiling of the hallway. Also, add interesting light fittings and Afghani runners to make the space eclectic.
CREATIVITY AT ITS BEST
Couple: Lanil Sequeira and Zenobia Pereira
Location: Borivali, Mumbai
Lanil knew he had to design his house uniquely, when he and his wife Zenobia moved into their new home. “I am the one with artistic hands and I didn’t want to take the regular route to do up my house. So, every corner of the house has been done up by me, including a lot of bottle lamps, which I have hand painted and designed myself.” Be it the country plates on their kitchen wall or the country magnet board, the entire house exhibits the couple’s passion for travel. “Whichever country we go to, we get a plate and hang it on the kitchen wall. The country magnet board says ‘Lan & Zen have landed till now’, which basically means that whichever country we go, we pick up a magnet and put it on the board. We also have a Starbucks country mug wall, which features cups from all the Starbucks outlets from the countries we have visited.”
★ Expert tip: Create a dedicated wall in the house (can be painted in a different colour) and display all these artefacts. This could be complete with shelves, photographs, magnets, frames, etc, making it a focal point of the room. The couple can also add an enlarged map of the world on the same wall, marking all the places they have visited so far, and ones they are still to visit.
AN ARTISTIC CELEBRATION
Couple: Sibabrata and Keya Ray
Location: Thane, Maharashtra
Right from the beautifully landscaped garden to the passageway adorned with hand-drawn paintings, the couple has converted an erstwhile art gallery into a living area with beautiful paintings on all walls. The most striking part about the décor is the picturesque backyard that Keya has designed. “The entire area earlier was a wild garden, which we dug up, tiled, plastered and created a small pool out of. The tiny bridge, which leads to the pool is reminiscent of English bridges, and makes for a lovely spot to relax.”
★ Expert tip: Wrap and tie the metal bar of the bridge with jute rope to give it an earthy feel. Also, painting the umbrella in a bright colour will uplift the space. You can also consider adding some fun and quirky outdoor furniture pieces to give an exciting look to the area.