There’s nothing more appealing than a home put together with a careful eye for antiques, beautiful finds, items from one’s past, as well as a shock element courtesy some contemporary furniture. Pune-based Sridharan and Vidya’s home is one such. Housed in an apartment, the limited space does nothing to dampen the couple’s creativity.
The Sridharans’ hail from Chennai, and their home carries a lot of design elements from the South.
|The drawing room with its baitak, swing, antique wall pieces,
while contemporary sofas provide the “shock” element
|A close up of the living room roof. It is adorned with wooden rafters.
Such a clever way to get the old world charm into a
modern home! Lights are concealed in the bossing.
|The Sridharans’ lovely antique mirror corner. The wall
around the mirror is exclusively dedicated to Krishna
|The traditional South Indian swing in the drawing room has a
colorful runner on it. A Ravi Varma painting and a beautiful brass pot
arrangement add to the charm of this corner.
I love this corner. Perhaps the charming ‘baitak’ has something to do with it?
|The puja room has a teak wood door with carvings and
a faux brick finish at the top.
The passage separating the bedrooms of the apartment (picture below) is another interesting corner. While the annapakshi lamp is quite a common possession these days, this particular one (next to an “elephant” stool) was picked up by Vidya at an antique store in Trivandrum. This lamp is very intricate, and the detailing of the carvings on it (not visible in the picture, though) is quite exquisite.
And finally, the balcony adjoining the living room, is quite a green haven. Like the rest of the home, it is not without its share of unusual furniture.
|The wooden sitting piece with a bamboo mesh on it, was picked up
from a friend who was relocating, and had no use for it. I love the pretty red tiles,
and the green contrast provided by the plants.
Vidya grew up in an old colonial-style home in Chennai, and attributes her tastes to this. Vidya is an artist, and her Tanjore paintings (another South Indian art) adorn her home, and blend into the decor quite well. She is an avid collector of Ravi Varma paintings, most of which she has picked up from an art gallery in Trivandrum.
Well, it takes courage to carry off several decor styles, and blend them together in one room, and the Sridharans’ seemed to have achieved this quite effortlessly.