My terrace garden with its lily pond, colourful fish, and lawn.
The wall between the living and dining area was demolished, to make the living room a little more spacious, and I converted one of the bedrooms into a dining area. I also transformed the space provided for the closets into an area where my seven year-old daughter's tribal art series could be showcased - she is a budding artist! The gallery was the ideal place to display my mask collection. The niches were created to add some spice with brightly coloured bottles. I hate clutter but at the same time I do not advocate the cold minimal look.
'A side column in the master bedroom posed a bit of challenge
and so I came up with a corner of
shelves that would showcase all the mementos that we have picked up from travels around the world.
They are close to my heart so they need to be close to me. This also made the wall look fuller and provided an interesting feature. The other wall had the greenery behind so glass windows were fitted there to make the room look fresh and green always.
The guest bedroom had a column (a major beam) in the original plan of the house. I designed an artificial column to add symmetry to the place and also create a feeling that the bed is framed. The false ceiling and design above were made to go with the shape of the room. All the bedrooms have concealed lights, which create a surreal, dreamy ambience.
Finally I wanted a home which my kids would love to come back to, plonk wherever they feel like, run around and have fun. So the basic design philosophy was a child-friendly, easy on maintenance, liveable house.
When I wake up in the 'morning and gaze out of the huge bay window at the abundant greenery, I have to pinch myself to remember that this is not a vacation, and there are daily chores that need .to be looked into.