Musskan Agarwaal says she has two passions in life: her family (her parents Mohit and Mohini, grandmother Krishna and brother Vinayak Agarwaal); and designing jewellery (under her label, Kiwi). But one look at her vintage style home—which includes Tanjore oil paintings, porcelain showpieces and classic artefacts —suggests that home design must be a close runner-up. You & I takes you in tour of the Agarwaals’ duplex in Sainik Farms, Delhi.
A perfect merger of simple and classic elements with modern motifs, jewellery designer Musskan Agarwaal’s Delhi villa brings on a sigh of contentment. At just over 6,000 square feet, plus a garden outside, the main floor encompasses the open-plan drawing, living, and dining rooms, in addition to the kitchen, a pooja room and a master bedroom suite. On the second floor, there are three additional bedrooms; the villa is functional for a large family but still cosy and inviting. “The layout is ideal for a big get-together, with the expansive foyer leading into the drawing, living, and bedrooms,” says Musskan. “With comfort and refinement, we made sure our interior has a sense of time and history,” she adds.
Throughout the two-storey house, the Agarwaals’ have combined classic and vintage pieces while emphasising the property’s simple and modern space to avoid clutter. “I believe there’s a unifying thread, whether a house is contemporary or traditional,” Musskan explains. The family had very definite opinions. For starters, they were not keen on colours. “Contemporary colours like white, ivory, and brown, as well as some pastels were basically it,” she says. “When it comes to colours, I can say we are drawn to the unique use of pale colours – they created a space that is peaceful and elegant,” she adds. Floors are predominantly Italian marble and granite, sometimes topped by neutral rugs.
It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that Musskan and her family have bridged styles, centuries and continents to create a space that respects the past in modern ways. For instance, in their approach to the décor, the Agarwaals’ have cleverly mixed vintage furnishings with modern, practical pieces such as the console table and a mirror with an antique frame. In one corner of the living room, a vintage couch cohabits with a coffee table; in another corner, a Tanjore painting hangs beside a customised brown leather sofa. “The custom-made route is a true expression of our creativity,” says the designer. “We prefer to think about what we want to design and then create it. Which is why we thoughtfully picked out these pieces that are unique and which go well in each corner,” she says.
Throughout the house, the fusion of artwork – ranging from ancient to modern – played a vital role. “From Tanjore paintings in the living room to porcelain artefacts, our art collection was selected sparingly,” she notes. “Our main objective was to pick timeless artwork rather than trendy, and to bridge the gap between the vintage designs in the contemporary space.”
In all the bedrooms, we made sure comfort was first and foremost. “I wanted to sleep in a bed that feels like heaven,” Musskan comments. The jewellery designer thinks of her room as a workstation where she often shifts art, and adds rich colour here or there to the neutral set. “I like to subtly tweak things out,” she explains.
Surrounded by personal treasures in a comfortable but vintage-feel home, the Agarwaal’s are happy with their cocoon. “I love this space. And I think we accomplished what we wanted from the décor,” Musskan concludes. - Anisha