When Neelima and Raj were on the lookout for interior designers to plan their four-bedroom home in Legend Chimes, Gandipet, they had only one thing in mind: a home that not only looked eclectic and beautiful, but was also easy to maintain considering their hectic lifestyles. The couple live here with their young boys, Vikram and Aditya.
Meeting design duo Mitali Aharam and Supriya Lolayekar of Crafted Spaces was a stroke of luck. Roped in to plan and design the house from scratch, in just one year the young interior designer shave in their portfolio a number of residential projects, as well as some prominent ones in the hospitality industry. Other notable projects include Gallery Café in Banjara Hills, Deli 9 Bistro in Gachibowli, Rayalaseema Ruchulu in Hyderabad and Bangalore, Food Story in Pune, Dental Studios in Goa, and a number of private residences in Hyderabad.
The spacious house is spread across an area of 4,500 square feet, over three floors. In their first brief, the designers were asked to keep the house uncluttered with materials sourced mainly domestically. “The clients wanted neutral palettes with hints of red, which is Neelima's favourite colour,” says Mitali. She adds, “What was refreshing about the brief was the fact that they wanted to use their favourite pieces of furniture along with new ones, and source most of the stuff from within the country. This made it possible to complete the home in a short span of six months.”
While driving up to the house you are immediately struck by the well-landscaped surroundings. As you enter through the main door you cannot help but notice the custom, vintage-finish handle. Walk into the foyer and you find a very contemporary, Indian ambience. The high ceiling and the sunroof make the place airy and spacious. The door handles on the shoe cabinet in the shape of slippers lend some quirky humour, while the lone goose statue is another playful touch that completes the decor.
The couple opted for tiles throughout their home to make it easy to maintain. The living area tiles were sourced from Italy while the others are from in and around Hyderabad. A fun play on the flooring details makes for an interesting pattern around the house. The chandeliers, floor lamps and wall lights were all sourced from Khan Market and Sultanpur in New Delhi.
As you walk into the formal drawing room, your attention will be grabbed by the mural. Custom-made lily sofas and winged chairs form the crux of the seating in this space. A trio of floor lamps made in fabric and leather lends a warm glow to the room. A screen with an eclectic mix of curios separates the formal drawing room from the informal seating area, which has plenty of light coming in through the sunroof. The dining area is highlighted by a beautiful hanging light and a side console with an array of artefacts.
The kitchen is designed in a very practical and functional manner, with a dash of yellow added to make the space warm and lively. The black and white guest bedroom and an unconventional puja room make up the rest of the ground floor.
Moving up to the first floor, a well-polished upright piano catches the eye, and this is complemented by an L-shaped reclining sofa and red swivel chairs in addition to a studio light. All in all, it’s a cosy area for the family to relax in and unwind. Family memories are framed on the walls, as is some original artwork by the boys. A huge vintage clock keeps time and grabs eyeballs at the same time.
Apart from the guest bedroom, all the bedrooms are on this floor. The boys wanted their rooms to follow the theme of their favourite games – basketball and soccer. Vikram's room is full of basketball paraphernalia, with a basketball hoop serving as the focal point. Across the corridor, which is lined by a well-stocked bookshelf, lies Aditya's room. The ceiling – with a soccer pitch painted on it (!) –will take your breath away. Soccer-themed wall lights and bean bags complete the look of this room. “The master bedroom is where the couple wanted to retain their furniture,” Mitali and Supriya add, “so we revamped it to look fresh and threw in pops of red with a beautifully textured grey wall, setting a beautiful tone to retire in.”
Step up to the second floor and a mini-popcorn machine sitting on a cheery red chest of drawers greets you, as you make your way into the home theatre section. Spread across three levels to give you a dynamic view of the screen, the plush black recliners, black panelled walls and vintage wooden flooring are perfect for Raj – he’s an ardent movie buff. At the back, the DVD shelf houses the films he has passionately collected. The rest of the floor is dedicated to Raj's office and utility areas. The terraces feature beautiful moss-lined lamps and outdoor bar and seating. And on a clear night you can turn you gaze skywards with a telescope perched here for prime viewing.
All in all a cosy abode, it is the reflections of the family throughout the home that gives it a unique character. -as told to Niharika