House Tour: The Sridharans’ home in Pune

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 and sofas
The drawing room with its baitak, swing, antique wall pieces,
while contemporary sofas provide the “shock” element

the living room roof is adorned with wooden rafters
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 antique mirror corner with wall dedicated to Krishna
The Sridharans’ lovely antique mirror corner. The wall
around the mirror is exclusively dedicated to Krishna

the old traditional swing in the drawing room
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 Ganapathy is made of Orissa sand stone
The Ganapathy in the niche is made of Orissa sand stone and weighs about 70-80 kgs.
The Baitak converted from an antique rose wood cradle belongedto Vidya as a baby (wow!).
The three Rajasthani musicians, the cushions and the two old storage boxes are quaint occupants of the baitak.

The puja room has a teak wood door with carvings and a faux brick at the top
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.

a beautiful focal point in the passage between the bedrooms
This is a beautiful focal point in the passage between the bedrooms.
The red paint enhances the beauty of the paintings, while the rafters and
door heads provide an element of old world charm.
The Annapakhi lamp takes center stage, next to the “elephant” stool.

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 at the terrace
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.


  1. What a beautiful house.I am so
    impressed with the antique artifacts..very tastefully decorated and maintained.Keep posting more such homes in your blog

  2. Love their apartment. What a great eclectic interior space. Love the “swing”, pooja room and the colorful decor.

  3. I loved the swing and the little baitak 🙂 A very beautiful house indeed.

  4. Beautiful…loved the way Vidya has done up her house.

  5. A house with a personality for sure!!! Amazing… attitude!! I just love the brass pots arrangement in the corner… and will replicate for sure!! 😉

    I also love the Baithak.. and the swing!! amazing!! I love Tanjore paintings… so please share some!!!

    Thanks for sharing this lovely home!!

  6. thnks for sharing such lovely pics,..specially love dthe swing n dthe bhaitak

  7. Beautiful home and treasures. I have always wanted that swing:):)

  8. Loved the bhaithak…and loved what they did with the ceiling…its beautiful…

    Where in Pune? Well its nice to have a home featured from ‘Mera Goan Mera Des’ 😉


  9. very nicely done up house this is! And I loved the baithak.

  10. love the rafters and the balcony. Gem of a place here.

  11. Thank you all for your comments. The rafters were a great idea, weren’t they? And yes, the baitak and the swing, I loved them too:)

    Kanchan, this home is located in Kalyaninagar.

    – Sharon

  12. Lovely home.Loved Baithak,Swing,the pooja room and balcony.

  13. Thanks to all for ur fantastic comments. It is wonderful reading them. I am very happy that so many of u like my taste and collection.

    We live in KalyaniNagar, Pune.

    The best thing I like about my home is the passage between the two bedrooms decorated with dance postures and the hut in the floor.

    – Vidya

  14. Beautifuuul! Awesome!!. Loved the swing, balcony, pooja room and…. well :)) the whole house. Very aesthetically done. Thank a ton, keybunch and Vidya for sharing the house.

  15. Hi Vidya
    U have a very nice home
    I m also from pune
    May I know from where u perchased this swing chain?
    Actually I m looking for it but didn’t get it in pune