In the lap of the outdoors — Houseof9Design concocts a modern Bengaluru home nostalgic of the tropical Kerala
AUG 8, 2022 | By Pratishtha Rana
Wouldn’t it be adventurous and rhapsodic if the space that you call home transports you to a mood of zen and nostalgia right when you set your foot in?
A glance at this Bengaluru home crafted by Nain Belliappa, Founder-Creative Director of Houseof9Design spills the secrets of concocting precisely that kind of a dwelling…modern in visuals with a traditional soul.
The curious brief
Crafted with execution partners at Creative Geometry, the duplex sprawling a capacious 6,000 sq ft area, dubbed ‘Windmills of your Mind’ stands in the heart of Whitefield. A Total Environment flagship project, the four-bedroom home, as Nain describes, “We wanted the home to feel transportive in nature to their hometown Kerala and imbibe the vibe of modern city-style living.”
The grand duplex opens up to a birds-eye view of a lake and lawn-roof villas with a sprucely curated landscape design guided by Navneet from Plants of the Shade.
Tour every turn of the home
Ambling into the foyer, rather spacious, the sight in focus is that of a beautiful Ganapati sculpture sitting with poise on the client’s old trunk delineated with an artwork on the wall by Ganapati Hegde. Marking an enrapturing entry, a mirror reflects the living area and garden deck. Nain says, “We sourced an old door through Studio Red Door and converted it into a large 6.6 feet mirror.”
Delicately but dramatically struck with natural light, the double-height living room exemplifies volume in the most design-centric ways. Dripping warmth and a textured appeal, the white brick-clad wall romances with an array of colours seen on artworks, furnishings and the unmissable view of the green outdoors! Nain adds, “The custom-painted art piece by HR Das is the showstopper of the living room.”
Next, an open plan dining and kitchen area await with a custom six-seater dining table, preceded by a traditionally chic Nandi bull installation by White Domus on the wall. Awash in minimal tones of white, grey and black, the space presents a finely balanced modern narrative. The culinary zone was executed by Amber Kitchens in HSR—the 10ft long island also leads to the outdoor deck, while making statement with Roy John painting trickling the glory of Kerala at every glance. Nain informs, “We worked on all the art in the home closely with IartGalleria where she spoke to each artist and curated artworks for the home.”
The cosy, petite powder room translates into a moody environ with a delightful peony print wallpaper and a green vanity with a black stone sink and sleek gold fittings.
Navigating further, the main bedroom is definitely not one to miss! Consuming spectacular views every second with access to the outdoor deck, the room models a subtle elegance. A custom teak and cane kind bed, nightstands and a carved study outline the space, while the oleographs of Raja Ravi Verma, Pichwai art by Artisera add a certain pull here.
Reuse and redesign form the nexus of the many areas in the home, be it the old objects, floors, closet doors and so on. Nain divulges, “We re-used the floors given by the builder in the guest and master bedroom, the color didn’t match our aesthetic so we re-polished the floor to a darker stain and now it looks fabulous!”
The master bathroom was reimagined, too, bringing true indulgence home in form of a jacuzzi-like bathtub and a black metal French glass shower cubicle.
Entering the primary bedroom, one would want to repose and sink into the design moodboard instantly, while enchanted with the views of the lake and villas outside. A Ventura Gallery bed in a cool oatmeal shade sits with plush bedding from Oma Home and artwork by Praveen Kumar, sourced from iartgalleria.
Nain elaborates on the look of the 7-year old daughter’s bedroom, “The floral wallpaper adds a bit of charm to her room. We kept the space white and bright and re-painted the wardrobes to a shade of white, too.”
Carving out a functional study room with finesse, Nain and her team embraced a moody, dark palette. The wall behind the custom study is panelled with fluted panels with open shelving designed in wood and metal.
Ideas to bookmark – colours and materials
Astutely curating an apt material library for this home then, Nain says, “The material palette is natural. We used a lot of teak wood, brick and rattan weave.”
Eclectic yet very pronounced in its details. This Bengaluru duplex symbolises design that serves statement visuals and brings out the functions of every room equally well, too. Not to mention, the indoors paint a restful escape, trickling enjoyably to the outdoors and the scenic outdoors find a way back indoors just as seamlessly.
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