The outdoor poolside seating area is decked with teak wood furniture imagined by Cathy and Roberto’s CRN Design Studio, and vintage cushions purchased from Marrakech. In the background, the arched gateway opens into the haveli grounds. Photography: Amit Mehra

The living room for guests houses tribal pieces collected by the Nieddus for over 20 years – from carved wooden boxes and miniature paintings, to old embroidered cholis and mirrored caps. They created special teak and iron shelving that will not “distract from the beauty of each piece”. CRN Design Studio also designed the chairs upholstered in silk and cotton, propped with cushions from Via Jodhpur. While the Jaisalmer stone bowl on the Thakat table is another CRN Design Studio piece, the Gujarat horse in the foreground was sourced locally

In the recently renovated master bedroom, the distressed grey teak bed is covered with linen custom made by Rasa Jaipur. The natural teak wood cupboards complete with private bar, are panelled with mirrors. While the gun metal grey linen curtains were sourced from Synergy, Mumbai, the antique carpet is from Marrakech

Partial view of the mansion’s back facade, with intricate carvings

Set against a large champa tree, teak bed with yellow cotton covered mattresses by CRN Design Studio and classic wood carved daybed bask in the sun

In the past, this grand room hosted musicians and dancers who entertained guests, the double-storeyed ceiling aiding perfect acoustics. Cathy and Roberto continue this tradition even today. Crafted by CRN Design Studio, the Ring chair has a modern jali to echo the old stone frameworks above the pillars. In the centre of the circa 1900 Thakat table sourced from a local dealer, rest antique brass candlestands from South India in a wooden Nagaland trough. While the Persian carpet was picked up from Europe, the baby grand piano was a gift from Chano Dominguez, a renowned Spanish flamenco pianist

Section of an old carved teak beam from Bikaner with traditional lacquer moulding

Flanked by chairs upholstered in kantha cloth by CRN Design Studio, the 15 ft long colonial wooden unit enjoys pride of place in the bar. The wall shelves behind the bar, made with a carved stone panel, have wooden tops to stash glassware. While the mirror and crystal lighting is also from CRN Design Studio, the vintage brass candlesticks were bought from down South

Tea table near the entrance of the haveli: The white linen, which belonged to Cathy’s grandmother and runner made from old silk saris complement the Royal Doulton china teacups, vintage sterling silver tea set, Moroccan glasses from Good Earth, horse bust sourced locally and iron candlestand from CRN Design Studio

This intimate area for entertaining guests features furniture by CRN Design Studio and combination of vintage Indian and Turkish cushions. On the wall is an old Chinese painting of a Maharaja from Gujarat, circa 1900

The dining space is set against a wall of artefacts, including an old Burmese Buddha, wooden sculpture from Madhya Pradesh, some intriguing brass, ceramic pieces and carved dolls. The Royal Doulton china plates, antique Canadian pressed water glasses and Georgian Plain sterling silverware complete the section along with the indigo block printed tablecloth, table and chairs, all creations by CRN Design Studio

The bath in the same boudoir is flooded in natural light. Black stone counter tops are juxtaposed by whitewashed wooden cabinets and soft taupe walls. Rusted iron lights hang from the high ceilings above custom made marble sinks, which reflect in a large mirror frame, all by CRN Design Studio

Designer Cathy and Roberto Nieddu's 18th century stunning Jodhpur home is an evocative play of textures

by Cathy Nieddu Jan 09, 2019 The first time we drove into Sukh Sagar haveli, a Rajasthani style structure with lush verdure around, my husband Roberto and I knew it was destined to be ours. Dating back to the middle of the 18th century, it is situated near a lake and was primarily used as a hunting lodge for family and distinguished guests. The building had been vacant for 40 years and the two-acre land around it was being farmed by the loyal caretakers. As designers, this was the perfect project for us to create a modern, comfortable living environment, in keeping with the mansion’s traditional style.

ORGANIC DIVISIONS
Roberto and I renovated the stable area first, so we could live on the property till it was time to give the place its new life. In this phase, we planned the master boudoir, our daughter Bianca’s room,
a living/dining space and an expansive kitchen for my Italian husband who loves to cook. The pool area was created outside the bedroom where the water well used to be – we wanted to ensure we could live outside whenever possible and enjoy the gardens. Keeping with the Mughal architecture, the family wing is on the other side of the main entrance, where we designed three guest suites and a few more living spaces. For the entryway, stone carvers worked on site on the intricate sandstone pillars and arches, for eight months. It took about 80 people to install the heavy 21 ft iron and recycled teak doors. Behind the visitor wing, the vegetable garden gives us fresh produce throughout winter.

SELF EXTENSIONS
At the time of building, there was not much available in Jodhpur, which forced us to be creative and make everything ourselves. For the interiors, all the furniture was done by our company CRN Design Studio. We have been collecting antiques in this city for over 20 years and have created the perfect place to display them. Every living corner is sprinkled with something old as well as new...I guess you could say this is our signature style. Our home has become a wonderful way to demonstrate our aesthetic and showcase our architectural and interior design expertise.

Partial view of the mansion’s back facade, with intricate carvings

Set against a large champa tree, teak bed with yellow cotton covered mattresses by CRN Design Studio and classic wood carved daybed bask in the sun

In the past, this grand room hosted musicians and dancers who entertained guests, the double-storeyed ceiling aiding perfect acoustics. Cathy and Roberto continue this tradition even today. Crafted by CRN Design Studio, the Ring chair has a modern jali to echo the old stone frameworks above the pillars. In the centre of the circa 1900 Thakat table sourced from a local dealer, rest antique brass candlestands from South India in a wooden Nagaland trough. While the Persian carpet was picked up from Europe, the baby grand piano was a gift from Chano Dominguez, a renowned Spanish flamenco pianist

Section of an old carved teak beam from Bikaner with traditional lacquer moulding

Flanked by chairs upholstered in kantha cloth by CRN Design Studio, the 15 ft long colonial wooden unit enjoys pride of place in the bar. The wall shelves behind the bar, made with a carved stone panel, have wooden tops to stash glassware. While the mirror and crystal lighting is also from CRN Design Studio, the vintage brass candlesticks were bought from down South

Tea table near the entrance of the haveli: The white linen, which belonged to Cathy’s grandmother and runner made from old silk saris complement the Royal Doulton china teacups, vintage sterling silver tea set, Moroccan glasses from Good Earth, horse bust sourced locally and iron candlestand from CRN Design Studio

This intimate area for entertaining guests features furniture by CRN Design Studio and combination of vintage Indian and Turkish cushions. On the wall is an old Chinese painting of a Maharaja from Gujarat, circa 1900

The dining space is set against a wall of artefacts, including an old Burmese Buddha, wooden sculpture from Madhya Pradesh, some intriguing brass, ceramic pieces and carved dolls. The Royal Doulton china plates, antique Canadian pressed water glasses and Georgian Plain sterling silverware complete the section along with the indigo block printed tablecloth, table and chairs, all creations by CRN Design Studio

The bath in the same boudoir is flooded in natural light. Black stone counter tops are juxtaposed by whitewashed wooden cabinets and soft taupe walls. Rusted iron lights hang from the high ceilings above custom made marble sinks, which reflect in a large mirror frame, all by CRN Design Studio

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