Name: Sameera & Ashish
Location: Historic Houston Heights — Houston, Texas
My husband and I have a strong connection to India and have enjoyed seeing unique spaces on our travels — especially in Bali. We tried to recreate such a space in Houston, 3 miles from the City Center in our century old home. We have enjoyed doing it, despite the mosquitos and 100 degree afternoons! (Our two young boys and yellow lab seem unaffected by weather or mosquitos.)
The home is a hundred year old stucco structure based on a Sears home plan. The house is 2,200 square feet plus a basement, but the real beauty is the numerous balconies and porches overlooking what we think of as our Asian oasis in a hot steamy city. We think the house is timeless and it reminded us of the concrete structures in India. The flow of the house conformed with a lot of the principles outlined in the Vastu Shastra, an ancient Indian treatise that prescribes architectural and design elements for a positive result. We have lived here a year, but in this cool neighborhood for almost a decade.
The pictures are of the swinging bed on our back porch that we imported from India. Note the cool brass links which were forged in Rajasthan. We hung mosquito curtains — not particularly effective but they look lovely!
We redid the tin ceilings, added cabinetry and storage space, and removed columns and walls to open up the home. A lot of the artwork and the laquered furnishings are from India and have been in our family.
We have also placed various items found on our journeys throughout the garden: a brass temple bell, elephants figurines from our collection and a large marble Shiva statue. We also love IKEA — the furniture and lanterns on our four porches are mostly from IKEA.
Thanks Sameera & Ashish!
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