The Long House by Anushka Shetty is peppered with neutral textures and chic interiors

FEB 18, 2021 | By Vedika Nair
The expansive living room is cloaked in neutral tones and a wooden palette. A vibrant armchair by Anushka Shetty Architecture adds pop to the space; Photographs by Isha Shah
The dining area uses a bespoke console and dining chairs (with fabric from Atmosphere), Defurn dining table and vases, gold artefacts from Address Home and pieces from Indu Art Gallery; Photographs by Isha Shah
The master suite features an Anushka Shetty Architecture bed and side tables with Marshalls wallpaper and artefacts from Tresorie; Photographs by Isha Shah
A Marshalls wallpaper and bird figurines from Defurn make up the outdoor seating lounge; Photographs by Isha Shah
The live wooden bench is accentuated by the homeowners' artefacts, a Marshalls wallpaper and Bianco Oro marble flooring; Photographs by Isha Shah

The Long House is simply named for the fact that it’s a combination of two homes to make one. Having worked with the homeowners before, Mumbai-based Anushka Shetty has conceptualised the residence with one thing in mind—the manipulation and reflection of sunlight, especially considering it is cocooned by trees.

“The apartment lies on the first floor of an old building in Mumbai. It didn’t come with high ceilings or large windows, so we based our entire design on filtering ample sunlight into the home,” explains Shetty.

To create more space, the home is redesigned to have three bedrooms and an expansive living room, where an adjoining bar and dining area is accommodated. The designer’s raison d’etre was to avoid visual clutter because of the narrow site. 

View of the bar and seating unit by Anushka Shetty Architecture from the living room; Photographs by Isha Shah

The mood-based home is light and airy. It boasts a unified design language that’s infused with a play of subtle colours and textures. Bold forms and clean lines are seen throughout with a neutral-toned material palette of oak wood, textured stone walls, grey and white marble, linen wallpapers and more. A pop is added through colours such as dusty rose, cyan, olive and rust seen on handpicked art and artefacts.

A KERF sofa is paired with vases and furry cushions from Defurn, an Anushka Shetty Architecture coffee table, sheer curtains from D’Decor and a Jaipur Rugs piece; Photographs by Isha Shah

An arresting arched wall separates the living and bar areas. Oakwood panelling conceals the room’s storage spaces and an abstract painting is mounted on the centre-most panel. A bespoke ribbed console divides the dining from the living, which is an expansive space featuring a large sectional sofa and a concealed TV unit in black glass.

An arched opening leads us to the bar by Anushka Shetty Architecture; Photographs by Isha Shah

The living room lies at the heart of the house and a long passageway runs on either side. The kitchen and master suite lie on the right of the hearth, while on the left are the powder bathroom, daughters’ and guest rooms. The kitchen is done up in glass and lacquer in white and taupe, paired with cement tiles from Bharat Floorings and a handmade subway taupe dado tile. 

Pendant lights from Terra Lighting illuminate the master bedroom; Photographs by Isha Shah

The custom-designed master bed is a cyan quilted, softly winged element that breaks the monotony of the neutral colours seen in the rest of the house. It greets us with an entry to the walk-in closet. Nearby is an oakwood panel that conceals the ensuite facility.

Cushions from The Golden Triangle accentuate the lounge; Photographs by Isha Shah

Shetty says the master bedroom “was fun to create because of its many clever design interventions such as the plug-in bench seating and the outdoor lounge space, which I really loved designing especially because such features make a space more exciting to the user and are perfect for downtime.”

The bold powder room uses Kohler fittings and sanitaryware from Toto; Photographs by Isha Shah

The powder room is bold with chevron-patterned flooring in black Marquina and white Bianco Oro marble. Next in the hallway is the daughters’ bedroom, which features a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, dusty pink bathroom, which is nothing if not chic! 

Kohler fittings accentuate the Picollo mosaic tiles and terrazzo stone by CMC; Photographs by Isha Shah

The daughters’ room also features a bed back with a ribbed panel. This acts as an indirect source of light washing the rose coloured stucco wall. Balancing this is a balcony-turned-study nook, which brings natural light in.

The daughters’ room features a bespoke bed and side tables by Anushka Shetty Architecture along with pendant lights from Terra Lighting; Photographs by Isha Shah

The last door on the left passage is the guest room, which is rather quaint in comparison with the others. It is washed in muted tones that align with the theme of the house.

The guest room showcases custom bed and side table by Anushka Shetty Architecture, Defurn bird and vase, and a Fabindia bedcover; Photographs by Isha Shah

“My design philosophy is to avoid visual clutter and unnecessarily or over-complicated detailing. I like to practice restraint while designing such that only a few masterstrokes speak volumes and eventually result in understated elegance,” concludes Shetty.