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.
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