Feet on the ground and dreaming of the sky—Tejal Mathur weaves a timeless narrative through this family home in Juhu
OCT 12, 2021 | By Pratishtha Rana
A home that brings alive the personality of its dwellers without compromising on superlative touches of decor and interiors is always bound to catch the eye. Interior designer Tejal Mathur of her practice Tejal Mathur Design deftly translated this secret recipe of success in this Juhu home designed for a family of three.
Dubbed Neev and The Monsoon Terrace that spans 3,500 sq ft, this home is built across two floors. The first level houses the family home, while the second level generously accommodates an indoor entertainment zone and a breezy, open terrace with arresting views of the Arabian Sea that skirts maximum city from three sides.
The family’s brief was simple, innocently underlined with the only demand to build their own identity through this home. The young couple with a three-year-old daughter entrusted Mathur to concoct their homely dreams dominated by the warmth of teak woods, the modernity of cement walls and the eccentricity of pattern floors with splashes of Indian karigari. And, so she did.
The home fashions a renewed energy as the structures here have been rejigged to synchronise the space with the outdoor vantage views. What was initially a narrow foyer was remodelled into soft archways to subtly contour the walls.
Playing hide and seek with your sights, the space opens up to an inner foyer to your right, finally leading to the living room, which is fringed with accordion-style charcoal screens that veils the optionally open kitchen area. Embracing a tonal palette dominated with grey, black, white in the living area, the space brings a slice of nostalgic monsoon indoors.
The stream of textural overlaps inundates the many corners of the home with a playful variation. But, the balance is such that it never overpowers the basic essence and mood of the space, which can aptly be described as slow paced yet modernly upbeat.
Most of the decor elements at Neev and The Monsoon Terrace scream the beauty of made-in-India crafts. The bedroom is dressed up with an attractive interplay of lustrous wood punched on the walls, hints of linen and jute, a metallic dresser from Dotto: Objects of Curiosity and an alluring artwork from Calcuttan. The eyes also catch the clever integration of different styles of door flaps—in copper, teakwood and charcoal tones—one of the signature interior elements in Mathur’s works.
Not an afterthought or a complimentary zone, the monsoon terrace is conceived as a cardinal part of the home, speckled with black limestone floors and asphalt-hued walls that stand tall, come rain or shine (literally!) A staircase lined up with garden hares exposes a joyful string of dense foliage, champa flowers further elevate the beautifully laid out kerala-style sit out and the specially sourced pillars from Kerala.
A confluence of barefoot living and architectural dexterity, the Monsoon Terrace is an unrestricted, tropical world of its own, contrasted with an urban-themed recreational indoor zone with a long bar, large screens and furniture for poker and game buffs to revel in. A clever exchange of textures between the concrete walls and the wooden roof is further interrupted with the intersection of an exposed pipe above and a cement pattern floor below.
Descending back to the first level, Neev, alongside the master and daughter’s bedroom, there is a hidden door beyond a concrete mural of ‘hands that bind’ by Craft Beton that navigates to a scenic, windowed walkway along the guest and powder room.
When asked which part of the home she enjoyed designing the most, Mathur expressed, “I derived my mojo working on the 3-year old’s room. It was a complete challenge to understand how the narrow, long room could fit in a formal study, multitasking bench, house-shaped bookshelf, a bubble swing, a row of phased moon mirrors as a dresser and the Chicken Chair by The Big Piano.”
As she rightly outlines, “There was enough time spared to layer every corner with soul and conversation.” And if one pauses and ponders for a while, one will realise how the dual meaning of Neev, a Hindi word that translates to the foundation of a building or the basis of familial values and ideologies, fluently coalesces into Neev and The Monsoon Terrace, indeed.
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