Cradled up in the hills—This holiday home in Mussoorie by Aditi Sharma offers design lessons in modern-minimalism
JUN 27, 2022 | By Pratishtha Rana
Cradled quietly but with a resounding appeal is this home high up in the mountains that makes a strong case for living in proximity to the nature. Composed by Aditi Sharma of her eponymous firm Aditi Sharma Design Studio, the home engulfs a 1,200 sq ft area in the lush mountainous scape of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.
As she informs, the home was in a dilapidated state and overturning it into a frame-worthy canvas is the story of the hour we’re engrossed in!
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The curious brief
Getting a slice of leisure away from the city’s clamour was the most crucial ask for the homeowners—a space that could collectively embrace equal parts living and work from home.
Aditi elaborates on how she finally pinned down on maximising the space, “By breaking away from the design of a stereotypical hill cottage and making this small space seem bigger and equipped with modern, minimal and functional design.”
Tour every turn of the home
Exemplary of an ideally idyllic holiday home, the overall demeanour of this house echoes a minimalistic style, allowing the dweller to connect with the outside splendour of the hills instead of being overpowered by the interiors.
Sauntering indoors, a soft gush of sunrays streams through the windows, welcoming to the room that hosts a sitting area, dining zone along with a bar. A door next to the kitchen also opens up to the backyard accessed via the living area.
The same ground level encompasses the parent’s bedroom that revels in one of the best views of the outdoors. Ascending to the first floor, a balcony on the right sits poised with loungers adoring the routine arrivals of sunrise and sunsets.
Turn left, and a corridor guides one to the second bedroom, augmented with pop colours and a stone wall, while the primary bedroom draws in the energy of the perfect boudoir with a work zone arranged in one corner.
Ideas to bookmark – colours and materials
Aditi muses on the conspicuous splashes of minimalism coalesced with the glory of nature seen in this Mussoorie home. “Japandi theme has been incorporated to accent the simplicity here.” Bringing out a muted but modern palette, materials such as wood, stone and soft textural fabrics took the centre stage.
She reveals, “Rooms being small, a light colour palette makes the space visually lighter. This helped to achieve clean lines, decluttered and a low maintenance holiday home to be experienced often.”
What the designer Aditi Sharma fell in love with…
Where there is nature, one doesn’t need to do much. This is precisely what underscores the precis of this home by Aditi Sharma.
The space she personally had a delight working on was the living room and of course, the scenic study. While the panoramic views comfort you from within, the interiors and design story inside fulfil the functionality of daily living–and that’s the modern, hillside story the dweller of today is probably on the hunt for!