Globetrotting with The Keybunch: An Indian home in Texas

The Austin, Texas home of Subasri Pillai is a delight to the eyes. The home successfully blends Indian accessories and other finds from different parts of the world into its predominantly western, open longhorn architecture.

It’s inhabitants – Subasri and her husband, and their 2 lovely daughters have all contributed towards the decor. Most of the art work has been done by Subasri and her younger daughter. While her husband’s contributions include installing terracotta tiles at the entry way, track lights in the kitchen and painting custom wall colors. Her older daughter creates handmade pottery and her work – bowls and vases, adorn the corners of this lovely home. With a wonderful mix of traditional and ethnic collections ranging from Mexican pottery to Moroccan lamp shades, the Pillais’ style is very personal and simple.

A wicker chest is used as a coffee table at the living room
The living room is predominantly Indian. A wicker chest is used as a coffee table for storing all the family board games. Some of the antiques are family heirlooms and some are travel finds.

 

This terracotta pot has seen 16 coats of paint
This terracotta pot has seen 16 coats of paint to get the right hue.

 

the mural painting from Kerala adorns the fire place
An original mural painting from Kerala adorns the fire place mantel along with South American dancing beauties. The planter seen in the picture was used in Subasri’s grandfather’s house for measuring paddy.

 

A closeup of the Kerala mural
A closeup of the Kerala mural

 

Morocan lamp in the dining room corner
Morocan lamp in the dining room corner

 

An antique Indian horn in the living room corner
An antique Indian horn in the living room corner

 

A corner of Sri's kitchen
A corner of Sri’s kitchen – the painting is her latest art project.

 

This onion and garlic holder in the kitchen from Mexico
This onion and garlic holder in the kitchen was picked up during a holiday in Mexico.

 

the flowers and the arch at the kitchen room
Another view from the kitchen (I simply love the flowers and the arch)

 

A corner in one of the bedrooms
A corner in one of the bedrooms

 

Akshara's bedroom
Older daughter Akshara’s bedroom (It’s so well co-ordinated!)

 

A niche near the stairway
A niche near the stairway has been utilized well.

 

The striking contrast of an old world dining table
The striking contrast of an old world dining table against Ralph Lauren’s “hatak yellow” wall color.

 

the younger daughter's room
“Princess” the younger daughter’s room.
That’s a pretty reading nook with a detachable canopy, created by Sri.

 

The curtains were made using rolls of fabric, and hand embellished by Sri
The curtains were made using rolls of fabric, and hand embellished by Sri

 

A lovely space to practice the Violin
A lovely space to practice the Violin

 

a beautiful seat by the window
….and finally, a beautiful seat by the window, to relax with a cuppa and just watch the world go by.

 

And oh, before I go – I just wanted to let you know that we have enabled our “Followers” feature. But it looks so silly there saying “zero followers”. Won’t you add your name to it, and brighten up my our day? 🙂

 

14 Comments

  1. Hey,

    This is a great post.what a beautiful house!! Its truly a ‘HOME’.
    Keep up the good work.
    Sangitha
    http://www.sajavat.blogspot.com

     
  2. A lovely home! love the onion and garlic pots !

     
  3. Beautiful House…enjoyed watching it….Good job.

     
  4. Lovely home, Love the co-ordinated colors esp in the girls rooms. Nice post Sharon.

     
  5. Thank you Sangitha. I agree! The Pillais’ have taken care to keep the place warm and personal – just as a home should be!

    Pea, I loved them too! Now, I want to change my plain old garlic and onion stands to something as charming as these!

    Deepa and Rekha, Thank you!:)

     
  6. I think this is one of the most beautiful indian decor homes i have seen so far….Subasri has got good artistic talent!Their kids room are so adorable!!

     
  7. How tasteful and beautiful.

     
  8. I love all the little touches that create warmth and a feeling of home. The cushion cover in the last shot is so beautiful.

     
  9. Thank you Ammini, Yoli and Shalini 🙂 I totally agree!

    Sharon

     
  10. A good feature – I liked the last picture of the chair the most!

     
  11. Lovely home..I loved the colors of children room..looks so vibrant and it just made me feel good..

     
  12. Sharon, I have just been lost in your blog and I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying it.

    It is different than any site I have visited.

    I love it.

    Renee xoxoxo

     
  13. wow….really Awesome. I just happen to see this link….Must say it was worh it….every pic had a story to tell….beautiful house….Thank you for sharing such a beautiful & warm nest with us….keep it up…grt post.

     
  14. Hi Loved the mantleplace decor and the dining table and chairs.Its a nicely done home.Thanks for this feature.

     

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