Let’s start off another week of blogging with a visit to a colonial chic apartment in Bengaluru, India. Seethu Kurian and her family live in the vibrant and bustling south Indian city of Bengaluru, and their home is the epitome of colonial chic. Now that’s not as common a term as boho chic! Colonial chic is a very distinctive style that is characterized, in my opinion, by these features
- Antique, wooden furniture with classic lines that transcend the trendy-today/gone-tomorrow styles. From inherited treasures to flea and furniture market finds, these anchor the room and provide an immediate depth, solidity and feeling of permanence.
- The second hallmark of colonial chic is an austere elegance- an air of luxury minus the clutter of objects competing for your attention. If we read too much into it (and we are definitely doing that right now!), it’s almost as if the house makes a statement of ‘I am enough’. I used to think this perfect for warmer climates but after Kurt and Lydia’s home tour last week, feel it can be adapted to homes in all climes.
- Lastly, colonial chic is a fusion of colonial influences with contemporary and local styles meaning that it is open to individual, stylistic interpretation. There is one basic element and then you add your personality and the result is unique to you. Doesn’t that sound lovely?! In Seethu’s home, colonial elegance mixes happily with local, cultural influences, mid-century modern elements and a ‘jungalow’ – like love for plants! Without further ado, take a tour of Seethu’s apartment (there are 2 parts) and read what the home means to her and her family.
“My husband and I both hail from the south Indian state of Kerala, fondly known as ‘God’s own country’. We started our journey 5 years back. Our little Yohan joined us two years down the line. I always had a love for color while my husband had a liking for shades of white and brown and eventually, I found love in those. Though diverse in that respect we found a meeting ground in our love for antiques a number of which adorn our home. This is our first home perched on the topmost floor of our building in Bangalore . When we moved into our house, our priority was to furnish it with adequate and comfortable items of furniture. Thereafter our collective interest for antiques saw us picking up odds and ends whenever we found something really interesting. What brings life into these items of antiquity is that we picked even the smallest of the items for our home together, keeping in mind the place it’s going to adorn. We have attempted to keep our house and its adornments most simple so that every element gets attention.” -Seethu Kurian
Go brew that cup of chai and stay tuned for Part 2 of Seethu’s home tour and if you’d like to visit and follow, Seethu can be found on Instagram here.
All images credit/copyright: Seethu Kurian