A traditional cottage in the hills of Ooty gets a space planning and decor refresh.
Designed and decorated by its owner, Navaneetha, it is a fine balance of modern architecture and traditional aesthetically appealing decor in its new avatar.
When I saw this image of solid wood chairs, the glistening Tanjore painting in the backdrop on the dark-hued staircase landing, the ornamental staircase balustrade, and a treasure trove of brass finery on a carved wooden chest, I knew that dil would maange more.
I was aching to see the rest of the home, and Navaneetha threw open the doors to her lovely home in the hills of Ooty – what was once a cottage.
Who lives here: Navaneetha, her husband Thiyagu, daughter Poorvi and mother-in-law.
Size: 1,800 sq.ft
Type: Owned, independent house
Years lived in: Since 2006
Design aesthetic: a balance of traditional and modern design
Having a home in the hills or by the beach side is what we all dream of to retreat to when we hang up our boots. So, to actually see one in reality, upped the thrill quotient for me.
The house spanning 1800 sq.ft is spread over two floors. Navaneetha is an interior designer, decorating and styling consultant, while her husband Thiyagu is into tea plantation and vegetable cultivation.
We have been living in this house since 12 years. This present house was a small cottage earlier when we bought it in the year 2006 and then renovated it . The first floor has been newly constructed.
I love traditional style of decorating with a hint of modern touch, that’s what I am and my home reflects my personality. My husband has an equal hand in decorating the home. Both of us are very like minded.
Gallery Wall of Mirrors
I always wanted a wall of frames in my home. Initially the idea was to frame the pictures of the family members at different age and occasions etc. But we couldn’t get the quality pictures and the sizes thus the idea was ruled out.Then I came across these frames which were trending on social media and it caught my eye. But those were all empty frames. I always want some reflection so I added mirrors to them. This is the story of the wall of mirrors :) . And it did go very well with our sofa.”