House tour: Residence with a Kerala touch

Residence with a Kerala touch

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Kerala, God’s own country during my vacation to Wayanad. The lush green hills, never ending tea estates, the lakes and waterfalls were enough to make me go green wondering why HE chose Kerala to put in all the elements of paradise and not Bangalore!

Residence with a Kerala touch

When Swetha of Vistaar Associates sent me the pictures of her project with a Kerala flavor, I knew I had to post this. In this project, Swetha attempts to bring in elements of Kerala, the roots of the owners…. Harish and Sharada. The design has tried to optimize space and leave enough setbacks and spaces for green for the house to breathe on all sides. The use of rustic tiles for the flooring and hardware picked from Kerala makes the project all the more ethnic. The double height in the drawing room was to give the space a sense of scale and reduce heat in the room.

The traditional lock called manichitrathazu and hardware on the main door, handpicked from Kochi
The traditional lock called manichitrathazu and
hardware on the main door, handpicked from Kochi.

 

The rustic tiles for the flooring and red bricks add warmth to the decor
The rustic tiles for the flooring and
red bricks add warmth to the decor.

 

The brass artifacts and traditional furniture bring in the Indian touch
The brass artifacts and traditional
furniture bring in the Indian touch.

 

A niche in the wall adds to the visual appeal
A niche in the wall adds to the visual appeal

 

Handmade terracotta tiles in the sit out ordered from an NGO from Nilambur, Kerala
Handmade terracotta tiles in the sit out ordered
from an NGO from Nilambur, Kerala.

 

the lush green garden to enjoy a cup of coffee or a leisurely stroll
Finally, the lush green garden to enjoy a cup
of coffee or a leisurely stroll.

 
This project looks completely ethnic, a refreshing change from the contemporary decor. What do you think of Swetha’s project? What’s you favorite pic of the post?

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Oh.. wow!! Nice~~ Love the window seats.. so impressive! Also the bells.. and chimes!!

     
  2. umm awesome pics,..:-)loved all of them,..

     
  3. Shashi, I loved the woven mats, the bells and the big lock 🙂 and the setbacks though they are a new word to me, they are suddenly my most favorite architectural feature!

    Sharon

     
  4. I love how bright and airy it looks and the window seat!!! That's a keeper. And the bust of Buddha outside – fab piece. Nice post!

     
  5. LOL! Rekha, that's the reason why I didn't tell anybody! I knew every blogger in Bangalore would want to meet and I had only limited time to visit my childhood friends and family. Every day I would ride the auto for atleast 3-4hrs to go here and there, may be that's why I felt so tired and sucked up plenty of vehicle smoke! ;D

    Have a great Summer, see you in Fall. Must be nice now there with rain and all. I came there at the wrong time too!

     
  6. The entrance is clean and colorful, all at the same place. Reminds me a bit of European design. Thanks for sharing!

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com

     
  7. Hi ,
    I like what you said about Kerala .. I am a Keralite , born and brought up there .. and was lucky enough to spend some of my childhood years in our ancestral home there… a hundred year old house, mango trees, endless paddy-fields , a favorite swing on one of the trees and much more !

    Thanks for visiting my blog . I just strarted following yours. Will be back to read more 🙂
    -Aswathy

     
  8. The lock and the bells outside are lovely!

     

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