Blissful Home : Karthik’s home in Bangalore
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My flat is part of a small building in a quaint neighbourhood in Bangalore called Cooke town. The flat had an old world charm to it which I wanted to retain.
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I come from Chettinad, a region in Tamil Nadu that is a consortium of around 74 villages. Our ancestors were known for their financial acumen which took them to many countries around the world – Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, and Europe. And they brought in their influences from these regions into their palatial mansions in Chettinad. I have always been fascinated by the vibrant colours and kitsch mix of traditional south Indian, eastern & European influences at my grandfather’s and grand-uncles homes in Chettinad. So I wanted to bring some of it to my own place. I was also very keen to try and restore furniture to reduce the amount of fresh wood being consumed.
The 7ft feet burmese turquoise windows are over 80 years old and were saved from a building that was getting demolished. The pillars have been picked up locally. The flooring is traditional ‘Athangudi flooring’ of Chettinad. The tile table has been hand-made from antique tiles found in Chettinad homes. Most of the furnishings for my home have been made from saris and traditional materials. My house for me is a trip down memory lane and an attempt to make more people aware about Chettinad and its inherent rich heritage.