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This colourful mansion in Dahod, Guajarat designed by DA Architects belongs to a family of Dawoodi Bohras, a small trading community within the Ismaili branch of Shia Muslim.  It’s a first-of-its kind home tour featured here; a home whose design is deeply rooted in the cultural beliefs of the family and the architectural legacy of a community. Expect to see liberal use of solid teak wood, Moroccan patterned tiles, carved jaali doors, tinted glasses and arches reminiscent of the Mughal era. About the project: Who lives here: A Dawoodi Bohra community family of 5 members. Murtuza & Zehra along with their…

A young couple with their children live in this expansive 4-BHK apartment in Mumbai that offers sweeping views of greenery from the balcony.  Designed by Amritha Karnakar, the home celebrates the innate quirkiness of its occupants where each room conforms to a theme. The living spaces bathe in sunlight pouring through the floor to ceiling windows. Something young, fun and casual was what the client wanted, and Amritha may have given them just that. Step in and explore. About the project Who lives here: a young couple with their two kids, and their relative, who is a make-up artist Location:…

Bindu Joseph’s home in Thrissur, Kerala is a colorful and tastefully curated home.  She lives with her husband and three teenage kids in this expansive home that I call a tropical paradise. Her Insta feed is as colorful as the vibrant bougainvilleas that  dot her garden. Whenever she posted a picture of her home, I lusted the trimmings of flowers from her garden adorning the vases and blue pottery, or that prim and proper kitchen where even the sink belies signs of usage and ageing.  But, it was before months before I broached the idea of featuring her home here.…

Amritha Karnakar is a practicing architect in Mumbai. I saw a few images of beautiful sculptures and intricately carved wooden artifacts adding grace to this home. Little did I know then it was the family home of Amritha that was decorated with love by her mother Vrinda and late father Dr. Sachin Karnakar. The home is a tribute to their collective passion for gardening, travels, and an eye to get back a treasured piece of where they’ve been to.  The well-traveled family brings back souvenirs from their travels to deck up a corner of the home. It’s just that unlike traditional…

A huge artwork graces the wall in the long foyer leading up to the living room. When you look closer at the pastel modern artwork, it adds further depth and dimension to the space so much so that my eyes were fixated on the piece and not looking at what lies beyond. Step into this sophisticated 1,775 sq.ft apartment off Mumbai, designed by Gaurav Kharkhar associates for the Nanesha family. About the project Who lives here: Naneshas Type: Apartment Size: 1,775 sq.ft; 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms Location: Lalbaug Lived in: Since 2018 Designed by:  Gaurav Kharkar (Principal Architect) &…

This is a luxurious, contemporary home for businessman designed by P & D Associates. Often, we see a mix of design styles in a home like traditional + contemporary, or traditional + modern, or ethnic + modern. But, this is contemporary in every aspect from furniture to walls and colours. About the project Who lives here: a businessman and his family Size: 2647 sq.ft Location: Surat Designed by: P & D associates Design Aesthetic: Contemporary The house sticks to the colour palette of blue, grey, and black. Artifacts and furniture pieces in saturated hues like red and deep blue make…

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…

Workshop Inc. designed this show apartment in Bangalore for Arvind Skylands. It has an unmistakable comfortable, lived-in vibe unlike the ostentatious, over-the-top interiors you see at model apartments. There is often a gaping gap between the sample apartment you see and the house you move in after interiors. The interior designers have bridged this gap by designing it as a space potential residents could visualize as being their home, rather than a glamorous, unattainable display house. About the project: Who lives here: Show apartment at Arvind Skylands Location: Yelahanka, Bangalore Size: 950 sq.ft Type: 3 BHK Apartment Completed in: 2017 Duration: 4…

This is a glimpse into a sample house designed by VPA in Gandhinagar. The design is a beautiful amalgamation of traditional + modern styles. Some corners like the pooja room with the lotus motifs and temple bells feel so personal and welcoming that it is difficult to stamp it as a show house. The sample apartment is an end-to-end marketing tool in itself to lure prospective buyers showcasing the potential of the space beyond the obvious. Do watch out for the lotus theme in the apartment from artwork to artifacts. About the project Who lives here: Sample House Location: Gandhinagar…