This Fashionably Modern Curated Home in Bangalore Boasts of Distressed Furniture and Quirky Art

Distressed accent storage? Check.

Artwork curated online? Check.

A fine balance between functional and standout furniture? Check.

Living room

This 3-BHK home in Bangalore has all the points covered that makes a home fashionably modern with the bonus of not running around town to do up the home. This beautiful home with a touch of the vintage look was curated from the comforts of home; yes, shopping online. Of course, the woodwork, storage, kitchen, and the functional aspects of the home were done on location by a team of carpenters. Would you believe if I told you the homeowners, the location of the home, and the designer were all in different cities when this home was being done?

Presenting to you today yet another signature home from one my favorite designers, deCoDe architecture.

About the project:

Type: A 3-BHK apartment for a family of three on the ninth floor.

Location, Whitefield, Bangalore

Area: 1,400 sq.ft

Meghna of deCode answers a few questions:

1. What was the brief for the project, location and a few words about the client?
This project, our first interior project in Bangalore (Whitefield), did not have any specific brief or requirement. The client is a young couple in their late 20’s and their 2-year old daughter. So that was pretty much the brief. We had to make sure that the house was child-safe and maintenance free. Both parents work full-time, so once the designing was done we selected all accessories, artwork and loose furniture along with the client, ensuring that when they moved in, it would feel like moving into a home rather than a designed apartment. Also, the clients were relocating from Hyderabad to Bangalore and we wanted them to have a comfortable place in a new setting which would make their adjustment process easier.
2. A few words about the accessories.

As I mentioned before, all the accessories shopping was a collaborative effort between us and the client. Some of it online, some of it from brick-and-mortar stores. But there was a lot of emailing & messaging involved. If the client saw something they liked, we would get a photograph of it and vice-versa. Luckily for us, the client had similar taste in artwork and accessories. She is very interested in history (which is reflected in the wall plates & LR artwork) and loves collecting curios. So all the small stuff that is to be displayed was bought by them. A lot of it isn’t on display as yet, because of the 2-year old.

 

3. The color scheme is a departure from earthen tones seen in your earlier projects. This is predominantly pastel..what influenced this color scheme.

I don’t think we use any particular color scheme intentionally. It all depends on the quality of light in the project and what we feel will enhance the spatial quality. Also, colors are very inter-dependent on the finishes of the furniture and fixtures. We approach every project holistically. There aren’t any preset conditions or ideas. Else the project won’t grow and evolve. Like the English Grey of the Living, Room wall wasn’t a planned thing. Once it was all in place, we felt like something was missing, so we got that painted. The client wasn’t really sure in this case, but we were. So we painted it and the client loved it. Also, in the baby’s room – our youngest client yet – we used bright colors since the 2-year old didn’t have an opinion on that, as yet :). So we took the plunge and gave her a chalkboard wall to draw on and balanced it out with bright red & lime green accent colors.
Let’s tour the home now. The tour follows a natural progression of living, dining, the hallways, and the bedrooms.

Living room

Living room

Dining room

Dining room

Entryway to bedrooms

Bedroom - 1

Bedroom - 2

Bedroom - 3

One final question on executing a long distance project: You have proved that it is possible to execute a project from a distance where location, designer, and client are at different locations? How did you pull off and any challenges in the project?

For this project, we had our contractor’s team relocate to Bangalore for the duration of the project, and hence our visits there didn’t need to be as frequent as for a local project. But in these kinds of projects, clients need to be a little more trusting of the architect, which was what made the process a lot easier for us for this Bangalore residence.

Before any project, we get to know the clients and understand the way they occupy and use a space. That process is independent of the location of the project brief or client location. Once we understand each other, the process becomes much easier and challenges disappear. I don’t feel we faced any different challenges for a long-distance project than a local project. Sometimes, language may be a barrier, but overall this project didn’t feel particularly different. But since the site, the client and we (architects) were in physically different locations, we did quite a bit of online shopping. The challenge lay in trying to stay away from the usual websites.

Image courtesy: deCoDe architecture

 

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