Design by: Aradhana
Location: New Delhi, India
I'm back in Delhi, albeit temporarily, after riding the corporate hamster wheel for a little over 12 years. Over these years, I've divided my time between Delhi, Dubai and finally Singapore working in the maritime industry as an oil freight trader. I decided to take a year off last year; it coincided wonderfully with my sister's wedding and was an absolute treat being back home with family for an extended period of time.
I've always wanted a space, any space, a room, an entire apartment, a house, to be like a reflection of myself. A place I come back to after a long day; home.
I was obsessed with dark colored walls, I initially wanted black but settled on a very rich charcoal. My Mother would send me paint samples when I was in Singapore, it wasn't easy getting the right grey (it's a color not used often in India), some looked too blue and a few looked too green. I had to eventually fly down over a long weekend and together with the family painter we came up with what colors my walls right now.
I spent the last months in Singapore sourcing furniture, I didn't really have a plan in mind, however I did know that I didn't want to go the matchy-matchy hotel room-isque way.
My TV bench is from a store in Singapore called d-Bodhi, that specialises in furniture made from recycled boat wood.
The imposing white 'poem' bureau is from Marina in Delhi, a store I used to frequent in Dubai; I wanted a white element to bring out the grey of the walls.
The art on the wall above the bureau is by an Indian artist called Shishir Bhatt, framed to add the necessary pop of color.
My most recent acquisition are the ceramic whale bookends placed on the bureau by American pottery/furniture superstar Jonathan Adler.
The sofa, is from Bali and is colloquially known as a Chibutat. I am currently on the fence where the sofa is concerned. I moved it into my room under the window from the living-room downstairs and am not completely sold on the idea of it being there. I am looking for a large grandfather wing chair to take its place under the window, floor lamp, ottoman et al to complete the reading nook! :)
The painted stand flanking the sofa is from Tibet, I picked it up at an antiques store in Singapore.
The lamps are hand-painted Chinese ceramic, the yellow Buddha is from Cambodia.
The walls are adorned with:
Andy Warhol prints of his cat, Sam
Tribal Chinese work
Watercolors from Venice
'Whirling Dervishes' in oil from Damascus
'Tree of Life' mosaic from Madaba, Jordan
Tiles from Capri and Lisbon
Mario Miranda cartoon prints from Goa
The window dressing is a product of an over zealous me, when I chose a dusty solid pink in a hurry and the final product ended up overwhelming the room and my eyes! We had to salvage the situation of blinds-gone-ballastic by introducing a somber white & grey Moroccan jaal-ish into the fray. I didn't have the heart to throw out the entire lot of pink blinds, spanking new and all, so this was possibly the best way forward.
Oh and I share my space with my little cat, Snickers who has traveled with me from Dubai to Singapore to finally Delhi.
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(Image credits: Submitted by Aradhana)