A peek into the Light and Shadows villa by Namrata Datt in Kasauli’s Seclude comple

DEC 20, 2019 | By Aneesha Bhadri
CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT Meerkat figurines from Africa; Soft pastel interiors and a wooden headboard add charm to the Fireglow room; A 100 year old Naga wood dining table placed under iron dolchi pendants; Traditional brick moulds turned into an installation

Bathed in a lovely terracotta hue and topped with a green roof, the facade of Light and Shadows villa merges with its environs—the blanket of reddish pine needles covering the earth and verdant treetops swaying in the cold mountain breeze. Even as you walk into the abode, you feel the serene presence of nature all around you, owing to organic textures, soft colours, basketry and wooden furnishings seen throughout.

Close to a pine reserve in Kasauli and within the gated community of Seclude by hotelier and entrepreneur Rohit Sethi, the villa is designed by Namrata Datt, Creative Head, Maison 15. It features four bedrooms, each with its own characteristic design inspired by the locale. “We’ve created bespoke furniture in sync with our belief that no two things in nature are identical, bringing in a wabi sabi appeal,” says Datt.

In particular, the Shadow Dancing room is defined by a monotonal aesthetic, while the Fireglow room features a raw palette and a djembe for music lovers. A century old Naga wood table is the piece de resistance of the dining area.