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This home tour has been in the making for several months. But, it was worth the wait as I imagine you will be scrolling up and down in excitement, making notes of the sources for furniture, rugs, cushions, and well, a whole lot. Asha and Sudhir’s serene home in Bangalore is a showcase of the couple’s impeccable taste in natural materials – from wood to bamboo — sourced from all over the world.

A large Buddha sculpture over a wooden cabinet in the courtyard of a home.
Inside the beautiful Bangalore home of Asha and Sudhir. A mini courtyard with a skylight originally intended to house a Tulsi plant. But Asha found it to be the perfect place for our Buddha.
Inside the simple and colourful living room with earthy furniture like cane modas, banana fibre chairs, wooden chakki table and a wood and bamboo floor lamp. The hand painted decorative wall plates are inspired by Australian aboriginal art.
Living room details. Simple and colourful earthy furniture like cane modas, banana fibre chairs, wooden chakki table and a wood and bamboo floor lamp defines this space. The hand painted decorative wall plates are inspired by Australian aboriginal art. The woven planters are from Wild Ideas, a community based project run by Maithreyi, Asha’s landlord, to help disadvantaged women in rural Tiruvanamalai.
A chakki table doubles as the coffee table. Asha styles it using a necklace with a large pendant. The round wooden planter is an old jewellery box.
Featured here is a chakki table that doubles as the coffee table. Asha styles it using a necklace with a large pendant. The round wooden planter is an old jewellery box.
Inside another corner of the living room is a poster framed in an abstract design. It is flanked by old wooden spoon holders from Kerala. The bowl on the console table is from Thailand.
Inside another corner of the living room is a poster framed in an abstract design. It is flanked by old wooden spoon holders from Kerala. The bowl on the console table is from Thailand.
The blue cabinet is a repurposed door from Gujarat bought at Jew street in Kochi. The jewellery box is an antique from Kerala.
The blue cabinet, the show stealer of the dining room, is a re-purposed door from Gujarat bought at Jew street in Kochi. The jewelry box is an antique from Kerala.

A closer look at the dining area and a sneak pek of that repurposed blue cabinet.

An old wooden cradle used as a display table for their collectibles - metal musicians. Athangudi tiles bought during a memorable trip to Karaikudi serves as the base.
An old wooden cradle used as a display table for their collectibles – metal musicians. Athangudi tiles bought during a memorable trip to Karaikudi serves as the base for the table.
A tiny bar corner. The artwork above the boat bar is a patchwork of yokes of kurtas that has been framed. The mirror work runner under the lamp is actually an old skirt that Asha'a dad bought for her from Ahmedabad many moons ago.
The boat shaped bar in distressed finish is from Pepperfry  that serves as the bar. The artwork above the boat bar is a framed patchwork of yokes of kurtas. The mirror work runner under the lamp has a touch of nostalgia and history behind it —  it is an old skirt Asha’s dad bought for her from Ahmedabad many moons ago.
A casual seating area in sunken courtyard space between the living and dining area. The wooden artefacts on the charpai are old serveware from Kerala.
A casual lounging spot in the sunken courtyard space between the living and dining area. The wooden artefacts on the charpai are old serveware from Kerala. Seen above is the family room: the coffee table is from Pepperfry.
The master bedroom basks in natural light, light, terracotta flooring and the tiled ceiling. The quirky caps on the poster bed are souvenirs from Ladakh and Thailand
The master bedroom basks in natural light, light, terracotta flooring and the tiled ceiling. The rug is from FabIndia while the bamboo blinds came with the house. The quirky caps on the poster bed are souvenirs from Ladakh and Thailand
Warm, earthen, and rustic colours define the son's room
Warm, earthen, and rustic colours define the son’s room. The rug is from Yamini at The Home Dream. The banana fibre rocking chair is an Ikea find.

Who lives here: Asha, Sudhir and their son
Location: Whitefield, Bangalore
Size: ~4,500 sq.ft
Type: Villa, rented
Design aesthetic: earthy, warm and rustic

Originally from Kerala and raised in Mumbai, the couple lived in Singapore for several years before moving to Bangalore two and half years ago.

Asha and Sudhir moved into this bungalow in Whitefield that is enveloped by tropical bougainvilleas and an enviable view of thick outgrowth and aged trees from the untouched landscape next door. One of the first planned properties of this scale in the neighborhood, it set a benchmark and a lofty ambition for others for years to come. The view is enviable because the greenery in this part of Bangalore is depleting fast.

The finesse and care with which the home is decorated left me in disbelief that the house was rented because every piece of furniture and artifact fits like a hand in glove.

She is a natural when it comes to decorating and not one who fills up the canvas when an opportunity in the form of such a beautiful house presented itself. It helped that all the furniture and handcrafted products the couple has collected on their travels and stays globally over the years blends with the open architecture and earthiness of the house. As Asha says,

We were lucky to rent a house that matches our aesthetics and design sensibilities and it’s a perfect canvas for our furniture and artefacts.

Our home has evolved with us and everything has been lovingly sourced over the years. It is an eclectic mix of all the things we love and is an extension of our personality and interests.

The villa is spread over two floors. The main door opens into the living room followed by the courtyard and then the dining area. The mini courtyard with the Buddha is between the kitchen and prayer room. The guest bedroom is downstairs. The master bedroom, son’s room, family room and a small terrace are in the first floor.

Thanks to the large windows encased in wood and the red flooring, the distinction between the outside and the inside are blurring. As you can see, the windows in every room open up to a view of the garden below or surrounding greenery.

Rustic, earthy materials monopolizes the design of the home giving it an authentic feel. The devil is in the details. If you look closely, you will see how Asha has deftly used kilim cushions, handwoven rugs, and block printed sheets for layering and warmth. The same when it goes to furniture, baskets and artifacts.

Would the effect be the same if there was a leather sofa, synthetic fabric, clean line furniture, or abstract painting interspersed in the current mix? No.

There is a homey feeling, a sense of nostalgia, the comfort of warmth and belonging that this home evokes. So, go on, dig in again! Asha posts pictures of her home often on Instagram and her handle is rightly called global_indian.

Image courtesy: Asha

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4 Comments

  1. Asha Raj

    Thank you so much for the lovely post Lakshmi! So kind of you. You have woven magic with your words! You have made our home look so good! Really appreciate it!

  2. Lakshmi

    Thank you for opening the doors to your home, Asha. It was my pleasure.

  3. Neha Batra

    It is such a beautiful house, I am short of words. I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to read towards the end that this is a rented home. So inspiring, and your words weave magic. Thankyou so much for bringing us such unique and beautiful homes Lakshmi :)

  4. Lakshmi

    Thank you for your kind words, Neha. Happy and reassuring to know that you enjoy the home tours.

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