The aesthetic, contemporary Mumbai home of Mohamedi & Durriya Sham

The space: A 3 bedroom, 2100 sqft home that needed to be remodelled
Location: Mumbai
Client – Mohamedi and Durriya Sham
Architect: Sarah Sham, daughter of the client

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - The living hall area ceiling is decorated with wooden beams

A home renovation is way more challenging than doing up a new home. Because it’s like wiping out years of love and living, and starting over to build more memories. And for the architect, it is even more challenging when the home belongs to her parents. Those were my thoughts when I read Sarah’s instagram note about the reno project at her parents’!

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - Traveler palm plant decorated at the corner of the living room

But trust Sarah to do a fantastic job! The moment I saw the huge plant and the rather minimal, very tasteful space, I knew I wanted to feature it here. Thank you Sarah, for sending the pics across and taking the time out to give me the deets! Presenting images and the project explained by Sarah herself.

How do you showcase a whole lot of techniques using a contemporary and simple outlook? This problem is what we faced with when we had to design a home for antique dealer and furniture manufacturer who owned a 120-year-old company.

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - The dining table was used a mid-century design and a combination of Burma teak and glass.

The client had a whole bunch of techniques that he wanted to showcase in his home and also had a lot of artwork to display. The clients were keen to enclose their balcony and make the hall larger. Apart from that, the hall looked cramped and needed to look brighter and more open.

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - The living hall area ceiling is decorated with wooden beams

One of the first things we did was break open the ceiling, leaving the slab exposed. We then created false beams which run across the ceiling and housed indirect lighting within them so that the ceiling looked interesting and the volume of the space was not compromised.

We then enclosed the balcony but not completely and left some space outside where we would add a lot of greenery.

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - tall tropical plants for the outside balcony

We added custom made planters and selected lovely tall tropical plants for the outside, and travelers palm for the inside. We used actual cement on the walls to add texture and beveled mirror paneling on the wall opposite that.

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - Travelers Palm decorated at the living area

We custom made rugs using exactly the colors and textures we liked, actually picking each thread on each patch. We hung the client’s prized Jamini Roy paintings above the pink sofa and then custom-made mother of pearl and brass nesting coffee tables to complete the set. We also custom-made armchairs from teak and cane with brass tips. For the dining table we used a mid-century design and a combination of Burma teak and glass. The showcase units doubled up as a space to display curios and antiques from the client’s private collection as well as storage on the bottom.

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - Travelers Palm at the corner of the bedroom

This way we incorporated so many different materials and techniques- brass casting, mother of pearl inlay, intricate teak work, sofa making, cane weaving and a full display of all the required art and collectibles.

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - The beautiful collection items on the table
Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - Kitchen items

This way we incorporated so many different materials and techniques- brass casting, mother of pearl inlay, intricate teak work, sofa making, cane weaving and a full display of all the required art and collectibles.

Thank you Sarah, it’s lovely how you thought out of the box for this project. Beautiful collectors’ items in family homes seldom have the privilege of gracing such lovely and aesthetically finished modern styles!

Key takeaways from this tour

Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi & Durriya Sham's Aesthetic Mumbai Home - The living room colour palette
  1. The colour palette – I have extracted the living room colours (olive green is from the plant, so you can ignore it as a base colour) for you and I am literally gushing over the Scandinavian pallette, and even more happy that grey is so prominent!
  2. The faux concrete wall, is actually a concrete finish! How about that? I love the way its’ been done – and this is so much easier compared to buying expensive wall paper or doing exorbitantly priced lime finish walls.
  3. Over-sized greens – A huge fan of them myself, for me this was where the whole “I must have this home on my blog” itch began. So over here, the decor is aesthetic and minimal, and a muted elegance pervades, and then the green takes over and adds oomph! Brilliant!
  4. With respect to the civil work, we do not have a before picture, but enclosing the balcony has made a huge difference to the natural light coming into the home. I think without this civil alteration, the concrete wall wouldn’t be quite as stunning! The wooden beams add a lovely retro element too.
  5. The custom work – the cane and wood living room chairs with their brass tips have my heart – and they are both a thoughtful addition, and a great choice because wicker and wood are making a huge comeback!
Home Renovation Story | Mohamedi and Durriya Sham's Mumbai home
Mohamedi and Durriya Sham’s Mumbai home

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Looking for Diwali decor inspiration?

Stay tuned for new posts this month featuring different styles of decorating for Diwali, from minimal to very traditional. In the meanwhile, look up our old Diwali posts because there is lovely inspiration to be found there too!

The beautiful flower rangoli on water in a bowl

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