Game of Doors—Zoya Merchant of Mazo casts a spell in this Mumbai home

OCT 1, 2021 | By Kashish Kaushal
Faux Tan leather panelling cabinet interior greet the Nicobar Cushions and the wall light from Pole Star International Lighting, in the guest bedroom, with elegance; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Gripping the Nicobar planter, stands with pride the Fiddle Fig plant on laminated wood flooring by Pergo, alongside Impex Art cushion via Amazon and wall light from Polestar International Lighting in the master bedroom; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Next to Board & Batten wall panelling, lies black and white personal photos frames in silver frames, enhancing the beauty of Corep India floor lamp as well as the banana plant in this living room; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Sourced from Amazon, both the Impex Art striped cushions and the Homitecture throw adds suaveness in the primary bedroom, in company with the prominent paper mâché goats from Nicobar; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
White Volakas Marble coffee table atop the rug from Kaati Carpets graces the living room; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Wall panelling by Board & Batten and upholstery fabrics from Drape Shoppe stow the living room with coherence, alongside custom made sofa, chairs, coffee table and side table; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Engulfed in an organic and contemporary European aesthetic, this home designed by Zoya Merchant, founder and principal designer of Mazo is full of remarkable elements that will leave you awe-struck. Spread across 1,250 sq ft and located in Khar, the space beats the quintessential Mumbai home sizes and bears the hallmarks of a spacious home. 

Like any Delhi-ite, the client had her inhibitions about moving into a smaller space and hence, for Merchant, it became imperative to give her a feeling of volume. The brief involved developing a space that is peaceful, expresses joy, comfort and an innate sense of home. 

“We stayed away from following any trend and were conscious of keeping the design timeless. A luxury element that we did add however was automation. The house is fully automated and has a top of the line AV and projector system,” shares Merchant

Horse Décor Accent from Freedom Tree on oak wood base console with Dalamata Marble top brim the lift lobby with poise, accentuated by Richa Kashelkar art, Pendant Light from The Kaleido Store and wood lanterns from the client’s personal collection; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Diverse patterns and textures in muted shades find prominence in the interiors, imparting a plush appeal. Of special interest here is the wainscoting in the panelled doors as well as the living and dining room. 

Adorning the living room, the coffee table from White Volakas Marble, the Corep India floor lamp and the Kaati Carpets rug overlook a pleasing view, with grey chaise fabric from Warwick Fabrics (Slate Grey) and Drape Shoppe Upholstery Fabrics complementing the greenery; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


Linen mix drapes and the mini library intertwines peace with pleasure in this living room mock balcony area; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The pièce de résistance in this #happyhouse however, is the faux balcony in the living room. Shrewdly putting her design antics to use, Merchant planned the living room layout in such a way that it ends right before the column and demarcated it with dramatic sheer drapes.

Dining table, made with Dalamata Marble top and rose gold metal base heightens the chicness of this space, alongside the vintage horse painting received as a gift from family; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


The dining table next to Rapis Palm plant exudes urbanity, alongside Kaati Carpets rug and Drape Shoppe upholstery fabrics; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

And guess what? The fun doesn’t stop here! A game of hide and seek also awaits the visitors…

BoConcept front cushion and Homitecture throw via Amazon complement each other with nuance in this primary bedroom; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The house comprises a bar—a place frequented by the couple’s friends, fitted with a wine cooler on the inside. The powder bathroom is tucked away behind the bar. Channeling her inner child, Merchant has hidden the door by panelling it the same way as the walls, resulting in delighted visitors. 

White panelled door with French mouldings embellish this main entrance door entering into the living room, with Frangipani plant and Large Evil Eye accent from the client’s personal collection, exuding serenity; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


The wallpaper from Mordani Interiors, paired with black and white Sardegna marble, brings magnificence to the powder bathroom; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

As one enters the bathroom, a black sardegna Italian marble on the walls upto a short height is finished with a white swiss marble moulding. Above that is a monkey wallpaper. The basin was customised at site with the same marble from the walls. Since there’s a window behind the basin, a ceiling suspended mirror was planned. Accessing the tap behind the mirror was a bit uncomfortable so a foot pedal tap was introduced, garnering more funny stories and happy memories of surprised and confused friends. 

On white Volakas marble rests the brown candle from The Faraway Tree by Dimple Kapadia, adding tranquility in the primary bathroom, alongside light from Pole Star International Lighting; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Since the client is well travelled and likes collecting mementos and memorabilia, a lot of importance has been placed on shelving units in the living room and bedrooms. The primary bedroom has an extra-large daybed and a lot of wardrobe space. 

Dominating the living room are the White Volakas Marble coffee table, Corep India floor lamp,Kaati Carpets rug and Board & Batten wall panelling; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Exercise caution here too, as Merchant manages to hide another bathroom door! The left side louvered door leads to the bathroom while the right one is the shoe storage. The storage below the shelves seems like a fixed panelled box but the panelled part is actually a shutter that works on a basic and simple push to open magnet fitting.

Richa Kashelkar art and upholstery fabrics from Drape Shoppe adorn this subtle living room; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The guest bedroom was executed keeping in mind that someday in the future it will become the kids bedroom. A storage unit clad with faux tan leather on the interior and panelled glass shutters stores books, decor and some utility for now but can transition into the kids toy and book cabinet.

Ornamenting the primary bedroom are shelf accessories like vase from Red Blue and Yellow as well as a Nicobar elephant, in company with Impex Art striped cushion via Amazon and light from Pole Star International Lighting; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Timeless design with great aesthetics—a philosophy that Merchant lives by has been accomplished in this home. “With every project a little of the previous client’s personality gets added to my personal aesthetic and I absolutely love this journey of the organic growth of my aesthetic,” concludes Merchant

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