Seema's Global Eclectic Rowhouse

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Name: Seema, Nanda and Mira Krish
Location: South End, Boston, Massachusetts
Size: 2,500 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years; Owned

Some time elapsed between the time I first connected with Seema and when I arrived to photograph her gorgeous South End townhome. Chairs were at the upholsterer, and we agreed to wait for their arrival. Seema's a textile designer, and her globally-inspired work appears as curtains and cushions throughout the three-level space. But when I saw the chairs, freshly covered in purple and in a pattern that instantly became my favorite of Seema's designs, I knew they were worth waiting for. 

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On a self-assigned treasure hunt for Seema's textiles, I collected the gems as I traveled through the space. An eclectic mix of mid century designs, fresh hues, global finds, and Seema's bold patterns, the Krish home is welcoming and inspiring, well lived in and well loved, easy and open. The East meets West combo of traditional items and modern design makes it personal and playful. 

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic, Global and Contemporary. 

Inspiration: Our life of living between two cultures, East and West. Between India and the US.

Favorite Element: The main level, our Living and Dining room floor, is my favorite because of the light and its feeling of expansiveness and loftiness. It’s also unexpected and atypical of Boston brownstones that tend to have multiple smaller rooms.

Biggest Challenge: Dividing the space and creating a cozy environment in our large open Living and Dining room. It took two years of living in the space to make this room feel warm and comfortable.

What Friends Say: They say that our house looks gorgeous and well put together and is a welcoming and comfortable home.

Biggest Embarrassment: I love all parts of our home and feel no embarrassment! Although I wish we had more outdoor space, other than the roof deck.

Proudest DIY: The painted walls between our bedroom and family room.

Biggest Indulgence: The custom Roman shades throughout the house, and our mid century furniture pieces, including our Womb chair and Egg chair.

Best Advice:  If possible, live in a space for a while before decorating. It helps to understand how you use and interact with the space and make it your own.

Dream Sources: 1st Dibs, Christian Liagre furniture, Serge Mouille Lighting

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Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

  • Living/dining: Farrow & Ball- Pale Hound, Benjamin Moore- Pale Avocado as highlight color
  • Kitchen cabinets: Benjamin Moore- Dove white
  • Master bedroom: Benjamin Moore- Crown Point Sand
  • Family room: Benjamin Moore- Squire Hill Buff mixed with Linen White, Highlight color- Benjamin Moore- Roasted Coffee Beans
  • Guest room: Benjamin Moore- Beacon Hill Damask

ENTRY

  • Console and mirror- from Asian antique store in Hong Kong

LIVING ROOM

  • Couch- Italian Design, Boston 
  • Daybed- Machine Age- Boston 
  • Lighting- Conran shop, NYC 
  • Table lamp- Hudson, Boston 
  • Saarinen coffee table- DWR 
  • Custom Roman shades fabric- Worli by seemakrish 
  • Painting over fireplace- Yashwant Shirwadkar 
  • Custom Cabinet- John DelGreco, Boston 
  • Carpeting- FLOR 
  • Painting by JMS Mani 
  • Old teak wood pillars converted to candle holders by Maram, Bangalore

DINING ROOM

  • Saarinen Dining table- DWR
  • Louis Ghost & LouLou Ghost chairs- Kartell
  • Kids table and chairs- Ikea 
  • Painting- commissioned for space by Fernando DeOliveira
  • Custom window seat/ toybox- built by John DelGreco. Fabric by Schumacher
  • Custom Roman shades- Malabar Hill fabric by seemakrish
  • Tord Boontje light and Door shade
  • Painting by JMS Mani

KITCHEN

  • Barstools by Italian Design

SECOND FLOOR HALLWAYS

  • Bed by Flou 
  • Dressers and sideboards- Canadian 
  • Lighting- vintage store in NYC, Shades fabric- seemakrish 
  • Custom Roman shades- Mahalaxmi fabric by seemakrish 
  • Art by Seema 
  • Dhurrie rug by Shyam Ahuja

FAMILY ROOM

  • 2 benches- Brimfield fair covered in seemakrish Juhu 
  • Antique colonial loveseat- from Maram, Bangalore 
  • Antique colonial writing desk- Maram, Bangalore 
  • Antique colonial coffee tables with tile tops- Maram, Bangalore 
  • Bookshelf- west elm 
  • Saarinen womb chair- vintage from Machine Age, Boston 
  • White damask covered couch- Drexel Heritage 
  • Saarinen task chairs- covered in seemakrish Bandra fabric by Chairloom 
  • Rug- vintage from the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul 
  • Rug- silk hand knotted rug from India 
  • Art- 2 paintings by Seema 
  • Art- 1 painting of the three kings brought back from Puerto Rico by a good friend
  • Art- Indian beadwork wall hanging
  • Art- a 24 screen silk scarf by Royal Copenhagen framed
  • Art- family picture wall

MIRA'S BEDROOM

  • Bed- Pottery Barn kids 
  • End table- West Elm 
  • Egg Chair- DWR 
  • Storage drawers- ikea 
  • Art by Mira

GUEST BEDROOM

  • Bed by Boconcept 
  • End table by Kartell 
  • Dresser- vintage from Brimfield 
  • Lamps by Restoration Hardware 
  • Dhurrie- from FabIndia with grasscloth trim

STUDY

  • Desk by Crate and Barrel 
  • Chair- Eames chair 
  • Cabinetry by John DelGreco

THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY

  • Art by Mira 
  • Art- Indian Tribal art 
  • Art- Framed Marimekko print fabric 
  • Art- family photo wall
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Thanks, Seema!

(Images: Tara Bellucci)

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