Project Super Built-Up Area: 2194 sqft
Project location: Bangalore
Year of completion: 2022
Interior Design Firm: STUDIO ipsa , Bangalore (https://www.instagram.com/uandidesigns/)
Principal Designers: Sonal Mutha (https://www.instagram.com/sonalrmutha/) and Aniketh Bafna (https://www.instagram.com/anikethbafna/)
Project Photography: Nayan Soni (https://www.instagram.com/nayansoni21/)
Living Room & Master Bedroom Rug: Jaipur Rugs (https://www.instagram.com/jaipurrugs/)
Dining Table and Chairs: Aykha (https://www.instagram.com/aykha.india/)
Master Bedroom Wallpaper (Headboard Wall): Home Stories (https://www.instagram.com/homestoriesblr/)
The reason behind calling this home The House of PB is a one that is very close to our heart.
PB is an acronym of what we very fondly call the lady of this home. This home is synonymous to her undying faith in us to build her a dream home. When the entire extended family was keen on getting the home designed by bigger names in the industry, she stood by her preference and approached us for the same. In order to convince the rest of the family, we pitched in by designing the master bedroom and voila…. we closed the deal. Now, with the home handed over to them, we couldn’t be happier to see the entire family loving the outcome – the labour of our love.
This home however, also has a very special story to tell – a story of its journey, the shackles of the pandemic, the design evolution and the steadfastness of everyone onboard with this project.
We started the project a couple months before the COVID pandemic and hence this home has had a real long journey due to factors which weren’t under our control.
However, today when we handover this gorgeous home, the design language effortlessly retains its relevance in the present-day scenario and has an inherent attribute of timelessness, that looks fresh as new.
This newly constructed apartment was given to us as a bare shell, with every detail left to us to design – from tiling to styling. An unassumingly simple couple and their teenage daughter were whom we were designing this home for. We had tons of inputs and Pinterest references from the daughter which were inclining towards Nordic-Scandinavian sensibilities, but conversations with the couple however revealed their longing for a home that is practical, underlined by functionality and perennial.
Our design journey hence started with these 2 references – to build a home that is timeless and comforting.
Upon entering the home, one steps directly into the living which is in the heart of the apartment. A large space with superfluous natural light streaming in from the other side, where an entire wall is replaced with French doors leading into the balcony. With no dedicated foyer prelude in this home, we planned the space in a way that the area right opposite the main door acted as an entry aisle and the stretch to the right of it continued into the living arrangement. We treated this ‘entryway’ wall in a classic chequered composition which highlighted this area so subtly, silhouetting the perfect backdrop for our masterpiece – the green console. We envisaged this console to not only serve functionally but introduce a conspicuous feature in this space – bang opposite the main door. In the neutral palette of the living, this pop of green was as intentional choice – infusing an energising accent into the space. The whole combination of green and teak worked like magic. We designed the top with rattan in a glass encasement and this weaved cane got in the exquisite detail. To add to the wispiness, the legs were carved out to look slender and sensual, giving the entire console a delicate sublimity.
At the other side of the living, we planned the seating arrangement in a way that would maximise the seating capacity and facilitate unrestrained conversations. We planned for two 3-seater loungers sitting opposite each other and a pair of cushy armchairs bridging the gap. Choosing upholstery in the softest tones of beiges and blushes, we succeeded in bringing a pleasant balance to the space. For the coffee table we commissioned a nested piece where we contrasted this duo, which put together is a stunner. As for the media unit, with a large wall at out disposal, we designed a sightly open-close storage at one end and kept the other end simple – adorned with a veneer panel and brass inlays, amping up the glamour quotient.
The dining zone is a gratifying corner that induces contentment to the mind and senses. Designed with a super simple aesthetic in mind, we commissioned a teak wood dining table with delicate flutes at the base and an immaculate white countertop. The chairs too were designed with clean lined forms – adding to the beauty of the space. To enhance the openness of the space, we designed a mirrored wall panel, detailed with bevel edges, making even this simple panel look opulent. Flanked by classy wall lights on either side, this wall turned out to be a picture-perfect composition. For the rear end of this space, we designed a beautiful blush toned sideboard which was made to look delicate with its dainty curves and shaker cabinet details. All looking so fine in this space.
Right opposite the dining space is the large sized kitchen where we could happily accommodate a fab island cum breakfast counter. In continuation of the simplicity of the dining area, we wanted the kitchen to carry through this aesthetic as well. Hence, keeping it elementary and effortless, we created a mood with the combination of greys, whites and black with wooden textured accents. Unpretentious grey cabinetry, white brick tiles for the backsplash and super easy on maintenance black countertop defines this kitchen. Right in the middle of the space, we have an island done with crisp clean lines for which we customised teak breakfast chairs with back support for added comfort. High on functionality and on point with its minimal aesthetic, this kitchen is a delightful one.
The vanity area outside the kitchen is a partially concealed space which is separated from view by brass coated metal partition with fluted glass. We were looking to design this area with a splash of colour yet befitting among the other spaces. So, we went ahead and shortlisted a deep teal colour for the tile backdrop in a half-and-half wall treatment with the terrazzo stone. The mirror was suspended from the ceiling to elevate the look and bulbous pendant lights completed this frame. This space boasts a character of its own and that’s perky at its best.
The common bathroom which sat right beside the vanity space has a similar vibe going on.
We wanted to induce a sense of freshness, away from stereotyped boring bathrooms and came up with a colour palette comprising of teal and yellow. The striped yellow tiles in a hexagonal shape bring in an interesting pattern while the ribbed teal tiles add an edginess that’s riveting.
The guest bedroom is a compact space where we had to tick all the functional requirements, yet keep the space from looking heavy – for which we decided to do up this space with soft pastel tones. We envisioned one focal point in the room, where everything around it was meant to complement this highlight. So, we picked a gorgeous flora-fauna print fabric for the headboard, that had a dark base with deep tones of blush and green. With this feature central to out colour palette, we designed the closet in blush with details so subtle that they left a lasting impression without being overdone. We added similar linear details at the backdrop of our headboard and study. At the study side, an unsightly column protrusion was masked in the form of a niche to make the prettiest alcove for our slender study console. Sober and fluid.
The master bedroom is dominated by a contrast of mature greys and fun florals. The idea was to have a room that is luxurious without looking monotonous. Hence, we incorporated patterns and textures that are stimulating and buoyant. We worked with grey as the base tone of the room and upholstery, bringing in a teak veneer to add the warmth and chromatic florals infusing life. Behind the headboard we framed a lush, bold wallpaper, offset to the bed, in a manner that’s mystic. With everything surrounding this frame looking staid, this wallpaper highlight did wonders to the vibe. At one end we had a minimalist chest of drawers to serve them functionally, while the other end was decked up with a bay window seating and an accentuated corner which was illuminated with a stately pendant light. The other side of the room had doorways leading to the walk-in wardrobe and the bathroom which we smartly concealed with camouflage doors finished in the texture that adorned the rest of the wall.
The master bath was again punctuated with stunning floral tiles in interesting hexagonal shapes. Instead of opting for the boring highlighter wall and base walls concept, we accommodated the hexagonal tiles cutting through the base tiles in a randomised pattern, ironically bringing in an orderliness. With lead grey fittings in place, this bathroom put together looked more than perfect.
The daughter’s room is pastel perfect and as picturesque as a room off the Scandi-Boho Pinterest grid. We wanted the room to be soft toned in every sense and decided to go ahead with the woof family of Oak – that invoked serenity in the space. Oak floors, furniture done in a combination of Oak and whites, rattan accents, bare walls – these really made up the character of the room. We chose to do an unconventional wall hung headboard, suspended by leather belts, adding the right amount of quirk. Beside the headboard, on one side, we chose a gorgeous planter pendant light getting in the greens into the room. To the other side, a beautifully customised oak study console sat purposefully and we provided a really simple storage cabinet with open spaces for wicker baskets, amping up the whole boho feel. Leading into the closet, we carved out an arch entryway, lined it up with the gorgeous oak veneer and this added to the whimsy. We wanted the space to have an edginess and we resorted to crisp, clean lined furniture with sharp black accents.
The same vibe was continued into the bathroom where we conceptualised pinks on whites and blacks. With monochrome patterned floor setting the tone for this bath, we introduced the prettiest blush hue to offset the entire look. Adding black accessories and fittings, we took this look a notch higher. The outcome is chic, casual and hip – exactly the way we all had envisioned it.