Livin’ the country life—farmhouse aesthetics get a voguish makeover in this house by Alkove-Design
OCT 22, 2021 | By Kashish Kaushal
Wood and white come together to work wonders in this home crafted by the Alkove-Design. Rendering this space with a warm and comforting farmhouse aesthetic, principal architects Ninada B Kashyap and Komal Mittal celebrate all things natural.
Incorporating creamy ivory, dusky pink and soft grey-blue into the palette, this duplex three-BHK in Pune creates a cosy and familiar space that fosters productivity and growth. The brief involved in the project made it imperative for the designers to plan a space with the least dependency on the outside world.
“Imagine a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a winter day, an afternoon spent curled up in a reading corner, afternoon tea in old-fashioned china teacups accompanied by big slices of homemade lemon cake. The Rohan Mithila house was designed to evoke this imagery—a symphony in wood, brick and soft pastel colours, made to create a sense of comfort and joy in a multifunctional space,” shares Kashyap.
A multi-faceted space in which the inhabitants could live, work, exercise, eat, spend their leisure time, and host small social gatherings, became the core idea behind the design brief.
Forming a great first impression, the main wall of the entrance lobby displays a curated collection of vintage English plates in shades of blue and white. The passage leads into the lower floor of the apartment, which houses the living room, kitchen, terrace bar, and reading room.
The living room opens into a large terrace space with a designated seating area. As part of the client’s special request, an old-fashioned manor house-style bar graces the terrace.
Done entirely in white, with brick tiling along the counter walls to suggest a cottagelike interior, the kitchen island, with vintage hanging lamps over it, demarcates the dining area from the rest of the living space.
A quaint hooded chimney in true farmhouse style and a feature wall mounted with a quirky art installation completes this friendly and functional kitchen.
The last room on the lower floor is a guest bedroom and library, decorated in shades of black and white. One section of the room contains a bed and serves as a guest bedroom. A chandelier hanging above the reading corner finishes this unique and multifunctional room.
A staircase with wooden balusters, running beside a white wall papered with light golden stripes, leads to the upper floor. The upper floor in the original structure only housed two bedrooms. However, the double-height space adjacent to the bedrooms was judiciously used by team Alkove to extend the upper floor.
This extra space was used to incorporate a fully equipped mirror-lined gym and a dedicated office space. “The thrum of activity and productive energy is concentrated in this one space and does not spill over into the peace and restfulness of the rest of the house, making a work-life balance possible even while working from home,” further divulges Mittal.
Soothing white and olive green hues adorn the primary bedroom, which can be accessed through the gym through sliding louvre doors. However, the kid’s bedroom emerges as the clear winner in terms of visual appeal. The highlight in her room is a ballet barre with a mirror backdrop for her to practice ballet at home and have the necessary space and arrangements for online ballet classes, thus keeping in accordance with utility.
“Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong”, these lyrics from John Denver’s legendary song fit beautifully with the aesthetics of this home.
If you like this quaint yet stunning abode, make sure you check out this neo-traditional modern home in Bengaluru by Vedanth Design Studio!