Conventional and comfortable—this Chennai home by Sunita Yogesh Studio blends functionality with allure

AUG 5, 2022 | By Shriya Goyal
Armchairs from Gulmohar Lane, coffee table from Claymint and a custom made sofa beset the carpet from Jaipur Rugs and complement the terracotta jali from Nuvocotto in the living space; Photographs by Phosart Studio
With a custom made bed, the main bedroom features a table light from Orange Tree, bed linens from Saphed and carpet from Jaipur Rugs; Photographs by Phosart Studio

When it comes to decor, a traditional style is comfortable and often predictable. Some may say conventional is outdated, but there’s a reason the style is still popular—for its warmth, comfort and familiarity. Home to a family with similar beliefs, Sunita Yogesh Studio crafts an oasis of calm with functionality and an old-school appeal.

A 2800 sq ft 3 BHK apartment in a residential complex in Chennai, is home to an elderly couple and their two daughters. Designed by Sunita Yogesh, Founder of her namesake practice, this simple snug space is ideal to carry out individual and family activities comfortably. 

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A narrow foyer with a wooden shoe cabinet opens up to the living spaces; Photographs by Phosart Studio


In the family lounge, a customised white sofa with an artwork from Etsy, Gulmohar Lane side tables and stools from Savana Living are placed on the carpet from Jaipur Rugs; Photographs by Phosart Studio

The curious brief

In this era of contemporary designs, understanding the conventional needs of the homeowner’s took Sunita time. Combining the requirements of each member, the brief focused on a homely space where the owners could find a sense of serenity from the buzz and stress of city life.

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A bi-fold window opens the kitchen to the dining area with a breakfast counter; Photographs by Phosart Studio

Tour every turn of the traditional home

Stepping foot through the narrow foyer, an open floor plan with living room, dining and family lounge greet inside the home. A coalition of white, grey and blush upholstery with wooden furniture pieces deck all three areas.

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Custom made dining table with vases from H&M HOME, a pendant light from Atelier Lumys and artwork from Etsy furnish the dining room; Photographs by Phosart Studio


The green backsplash tiles complement the white cabinetry of the kitchen; Photographs by Phosart Studio

The family lounge leads to the main, first daughter’s and guest bedrooms. A palette of beige and browns flow through the main bedroom, whereas grey hues invade the first daughter’s bedroom. Solid wooden accents pervade the second daughter’s bedroom and a subtle blue tone renders the guest bedroom.

Ideas to bookmark—simple colours and minimal materials 

With the overall tonality of mid-century modern influences, sleek and clean furniture pieces are scattered around the house. Furnishing a minimal material palette, green Kota stone for the flooring and white walls became the perfect canvas for teak wood furniture and cabinetry. 

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A setting of a customised sofa bed, carpet from Jaipur Rugs and pouffes from The Rug Republic makes the guest bedroom multifunctional; Photographs by Phosart Studio


Following the colours of the room, the guest washroom is decked in a subtle shade of blue; Photographs by Phosart Studio

The simplistic apartment allows the inhabitants freedom of relaxed and comfortable living. Easy on the eye materials craft clutter-free, carefree and airy spaces where each object carries a purpose.

The first daughter’s bedroom displays custom furniture, table and wall lights from Orange Tree and bed linens from Saphed; Photographs by Phosart Studio

What Sunita fell in love with…

Discussing her pick of her best-liked and challenging spaces, Sunita says, “My favourite room has to be the second daughter’s bedroom. It houses a platform bed with a wooden headboard and brass inserts, suspended glass pendant lights, a large desk with open shelves for storage and a quaint little reading corner along the window. The most challenging room was the family room. Maintaining the owners’ privacy, a white geometric terracotta jali served as a partition screen and added an architectural element without blocking natural light. They also wanted the space to double up as a lounge, a reading corner, and ample storage for their books, so we custom-built the large bookshelf to cater to their needs and opted for a comfortable sectional sofa to complete its appeal.”

Solid wooden accents pervade the second daughter’s bedroom with carpet from Jaipur Rugs, ceiling light from The White Teak Company, bed linens from Saphed and artwork from Etsy; Photographs by Phosart Studio


The second daughter’s bedroom is designed with a large desk, open shelves, a chair from Gulmohar Lane and a quaint reading corner; Photographs by Phosart Studio

It is rightly stated, a home is a reflection of its inhabitants! This straightforward Jade home may not be a drama waiting to unfold, though its modest and amiable vibe brings into existence the intimacy and high spirits of the family.

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