Breaking away from its maximalist identity, Beyond Designs fashions a relatively pared down Goa abode inspired by Mediterranean hues and style

MAY 7, 2021 | By Neha Gupta and Sachin Gupta
Seen on the mezzanine is furniture that’s customised by Beyond Designs and a rug from The Carpet Cellar; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
A bedroom dressed in shades of white, blue and beige opens up to the serene vistas of the beach and lush greens; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
A soothing shade of blue offsets the antique gold finished poster bed and headboard, The Carpet Cellar floor covering and wooden mirror frames; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
he master bathroom uses an ornate mirror frame with antique gold finish and striped patterned flooring tiles in local pink and white stones; ; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
The uppermost level boasts a wooden deck with an infinity pool; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
The bar lounge is decked with the Felix coffee table and chairs—all of which feature brass detailing. Also seen here is a floor covering from The Carpet Cellar and a leather bar cabinet from Trunks Company; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

We are proud maximalists and rarely think in terms of spare and minimal. But for this 8,000 sq ft beach house in Goa, we chose to let the expansive feeling of the sea take over, without veering excessively from our signature style. We’ve worked with the owners Richa and Anuj Malhan from Delhi before, so we were on the same page vis à vis the design scheme for this abode.

The serene Coco beach, which the bungalow faces, was our inspiration for the residence’s pared-down tone that ideally matches its geographical context. It led to clean and tranquil spaces, reminiscent of the Mediterranean style with whites and blues, dotted with subtle classic details, textural interests and vibrant artworks.

This four-storeyed villa was initially planned like a typical city home, which we changed a little bit but redesigned entirely to give it a more Goan Portuguese flavour.

The living room is cosy and serene with a peek at the lush outdoors; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

It took nine months to finish and it proved to be one of the hardest because of the constant rain and heavy moisture in the air. Of course, it was all worth it as the Malhans loved the ethereal interiors.

Customised furniture pieces by Beyond Designs are placed in the dining nook; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Interestingly, the bungalow stands on stilts, so we used half of the stilt area to carve out a dining room, lounge and courtyard. Surrounded by greenery and furnished with classic contemporary furniture, the bar lounge is a relaxed space with a leather bar cabinet from Trunks Company. Most of the other furniture, accessories and lights are seen across the home are custom made by us at Beyond Designs, while the carpets are sourced from The Carpet Cellar.

Overlooking the verdant landscape and pristine beach is this double-height living room. Here, accent chairs with printed upholstery and brass rivets are placed near a bespoke mosaic stone coffee table and a carved wooden panelled feature wall; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

The overall decor is an amalgamation of exquisitely crafted furniture, unique prints on fabrics and European refinement. Even though white is the base, the property boasts abundant textural air and an authentic, intimate vibe, owing to the use of natural materials such as marble, wood and local stones.

The living room is embellished in a carved wooden panel that transitions into a feature wall, The Carpet Cellar’s floor covering, a mosaic topped coffee table and a TV cabinet in matte finish with cane detail; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

The home is laid out such that it takes advantage of the blue expanse of the sea. On the lowest level, we’ve planned two sea-facing, white and blue bedrooms with balconies.

An ornate wood framed mirror in antique gold finish offers a peek of the main bedroom; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Even the ensuite facilities open out to a balcony of their own, which have been fitted with a charming outdoor bathtub and shrouded in privacy with the help of a canopy of tree branches and a green patch around them.

The passage in mustard orange is highlighted with wall artworks and a mild steel chandelier in rustic gold finish; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

A voluminous, double-height formal living room is conceptualised on the floor above. Boldness and elegance converge here as a large, carved wood panel forms a gorgeous feature wall. Meanwhile, furnishings in a light shade and a mosaic stone coffee table in blue and white add a nautical freshness. On the other end of this space is an all-timber mezzanine that serves as a play area for the kids, who make the most of the spiral staircase too.

A wooden spiral staircase leads to the timber mezzanine that doubles up as a kid’s play area; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Nearby is the homeowners’ suite, painted in a soothing blue hue and furnished with a four-poster bed. Ornate wooden framed mirrors are paired with modern nightstands in white in typical Beyond Designs style. A key highlight in the ensuite bathroom is the striped patterned flooring we created using local pink and white stones.

Customised wall artworks are seen across this beach house; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

A bedroom with a cosy lounge area and a bathroom with an attached balcony reveals itself one level up. Meanwhile, the uppermost floor accommodates a wooden deck to soak in sea views and an infinity pool that seems to merge with the blue waters.

The master bedroom is accessed from the mustard orange-hued stairway; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Connecting all the four storeys is a zesty mustard orange stairway. Another aspect that’s evidently seen throughout is the plethora of family photographs and artworks that adorn the many sections of the home, some customised by us, others picked by the owners during their travels abroad