Hello! I am excited to share with you a home tour from the city of Chennai in southern India. The home belongs to Sunita and Yogesh, and you are going to love it because it’s decorated in a cool, contemporary style that is a perfect sanctuary from the city. A house with good bones and abundant light, like this one, already has a lot going for it. If you then style the interiors with a crisp, neutral foundation, well, then you can build on that over a lifetime. Those are the best kind of homes, don’t you think? Neutrals allow you to add this, edit that, all without creating a crowded feeling. The pops of color to catch your eye come in small doses, from everything, from textiles to the greenery. Change those, and it’s as if it’s made new again! If I had to pick a favorite room, it would have to be the dining area with it’s warm wood tones contrasting with the lovely light. Read about the home in Sunita’s words and enjoy this lovely tour. – Priya
Name: Sunita and Yogesh(husband)
Location: Chennai, India
Size: 2000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, rented
“So, let me introduce myself. I’m Sunita, a textile designer, extremely passionate about home decor and styling. Yogesh and I got married 3 years ago and this is our first home together and it holds a really special place in our hearts. The space was like a blank canvas when we move in and it was quite intimidating to work on it as we had to start from scratch. But the whole process was so much fun!
Initially, it was a little difficult for my husband and I to agree on certain design decisions as we liked different things. He was more into bold colours and I like to work with neutral and subtle tones. So we had to bring a balance so that our home reflects both of our personalities. Hence most of our furniture is of a neutral tone, so that I can add pops of colours through accent pieces , cushions and throw blankets.
Home style and Inspiration:
I would say, my home has a midcentury – modern vibe with a bit of bohemian touch to it. My home changes with my mood, as I have no set playlist. I like experimenting with a lot of styles and keeping it simple, at the same time. I don’t buy things randomly to fill up my house. I put in a lot of thought before buying something, even if it’s the most tiniest of things. I don’t worry about the mistakes I make either, as I feel there’s always room to improvise and you can turn your mistakes into something really unique.
As a textile designer, there’s no surprise that I love playing around with cushions, throws and rugs. I find inspiration in all the colours, patterns and textures around me and wanted to fill my home with them. According to me, textiles are the easiest and cost effective way to give your home a makeover.
My favorite room has got to be my home-office. It’s the first room I started working on. I wanted a space that will ignite my creativity, and help me design in my own comfort. It’s definitely a dream-come-true kind of a workspace.
Then it has to be the living room. It’s a really cozy room with a lot of natural light, where my husband and I spend most of our time, sitting on the couch and binge watching Netflix for hours together on weekends.
I’m also a self-taught artist. Initially I used to work with oil medium on a lot of landscape paintings. Slowly my style evolved and now I make a lot abstract work and my home is filled with paintings which I’ve made over the years.
I love that the apartment gets a lot of natural light and it fills the home with this warm fuzzy feeling. I always feel positive and happy when I’m home. Even when our friends come home they always say that our home is really warm and welcoming and it instantly puts a smile on my face. This is not a typical indian home, but the desi-ness is subliminal, hidden between the bricks. Though is a rental home, the restriction makes decorating even more exciting.” – Sunita
Visit Sunita at her Instagram account (@houseofpatterns) here.
Image credits/courtesy of Sunita.