The music den, where the couple often entertains their friends, is one of their favourite spaces in the house. The cheery yellow tone of prints by Paul Gauguin contrasts the muted grey walls. Numerous cushions from Sarita Handa decorate a tan leather Chesterfield sofa from the same brand as well as a wooden chair which is a Pierre Jeanneret reproduction

The music room features a mix of modern, mid-century furniture pieces, a display of assorted artworks and prints from the Picasso and Van Gogh Museums and a blue line painting called Floor Plans for Fore Clans by local artist Saurabh Narang. A wooden hand from the souvenir shop at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and numerous books are placed atop a sideboard that is an in-house production crafted using oak wood and stained in a walnut finish. Next to it is a folding chair from the Muji store in New Delhi

Left: This corner in the master bedroom hosts a custom-made desk and a black leather Cab chair, created by Mario Bellini for Cassina and bought from Poltrona Frau; Right: Kokeshi Japanese dolls from BoConcept sit atop the couple’s favourite design books in the central lounge

Left: Vibrant bursts of red introduce an element of fun in the tropical-themed nursery. An MDF cabinet with a PU finish and a scarlet rocking chair were made by the couple themselves. These are accompanied by a seagrass belly basket from IKEA and a patchwork Turkish kilim from Sarita Handa. The wall behind has a cuckoo clock from Muji, birch ply creation that is an Alexander Girard reproduction, mandala artwork made by the couple’s friend and a dog postcard from Shinola, New York; Right: One wall in the room features a botanical wallpaper from Cottons & Satins that creates a dramatic backdrop for a crib and a stand for the Moses basket that the designer duo fashioned using white ash wood

Left: The kitchen comprises vibrant turquoise tiles from Keramos and self-made kitchen cabinets accented with green knobs bought from a local market; Right: Walls of this intimate dining area showcase geometric prints brought from one of their travels. Beneath them is a bench made of recycled cork boards and MS legs that holds Kenyan Kikapu baskets used as planters. The Midsummer light envisioned by Tord Boon and sourced from MOMA New York illuminates a table created using recycled sleeper wood. Enhancing this assembly are the Dottie hone y pot and wooden cheese platter from Anthropologie and floral mugs from Osaba Emporium

Left: The sleeping chamber was inspired by their vacation in Bali and harbours a four-poster bed in pine wood finish, complete with sheer drapes. On the wall across, is another Alexander Girard replica. The quilted Botanical Spring bed linen from Sarita Handa highlights the tropical theme of the room. An amber crystal chandelier from Apartment 9 was spray painted in white to heighten the Bohemian vibe of the room; Right: A reading corner in the same room overlooks the garden below. A French chair and embroidered cushion from Sarita Handa sit on a round black and white carpet from BoConcept

This family often enjoys al fresco meals on the balcony outside the kitchen. The table, bench and planters are all in-house production made using recycled sleeper wood; Photographs by Amit Mehra; Produced by Sonia Dutt

This New Delhi home features artworks and prints from the Picasso and Van Gogh Museums

by Monalika Namchoom and Amith Chhabra Aug 20, 2018 We’ve always believed that a space should have soul – this is our design philosophy and so, when we finally had a chance to create our home together, it happened almost instinctively. While we didn’t go about decorating our abode with a specific theme or plan, all we knew was that it had to embody a lived-in, warm and eclectic feel. What attracted us to this 5,500 sq ft house when we moved in 10 years ago was not its great design potential, but the lush greenery and ample natural light.

While Amith’s parents inhabit the ground floor, we live on the first floor with two beagles and our newest housemate, our two-month-old daughter. Three rooms, a central lounge area, a cosy dining setup and a kitchen that overlooks the balcony, complete the house. A central lounge area, where we usually unwind, ties all the rooms together. An exposed, distressed white brick wall in this room forms a perfect backdrop to showcase assorted artwork. We love collecting prints when we travel and they are almost like souvenirs from our sojourns. Our favourite room is the grey music den that features a gallery wall with all types of framed art. 

Most of the furniture has been produced in-house and these have been placed alongside iconic pieces like the Eames lounge chair and Cassina tables. Additionally, various knick-knacks collected over the years create a diverse aesthetic that is a dominant theme running throughout the whole space. To ensure a feeling of cohesiveness within the residence, the wooden oak herringbone flooring continues from one room to the other.

We wanted our abode to make us feel like we are on a permanent vacation or rather, a staycation. This led us to fashion a bedroom that has been inspired by the breezy vibe of Bali and includes a four-poster bed and sheer drapes. The baby nursery with a tropical theme is the latest addition.

This family often enjoys al fresco meals on the balcony outside the kitchen. The table, bench and planters are all in-house production made using recycled sleeper wood; Photographs by Amit Mehra; Produced by Sonia Dutt

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