India Decor Blog : Vasudha Narasimhan : Cherishing Spaces
Vasudha’s home was a part of the stylish home contest, a while ago. Here, she talks about her love for design and all that inspires her.
Do check out her wonderful blog – Cherishing Spaces
I was born and brought up in Bangalore. I am a fun loving person with a great passion for the creative things in life. Even as a child, I was fascinated by interiors. Mixing and matching of colours, patterns and styles captivated me. Although I worked as a management professional, my heart was elsewhere.
My first experience in design was as a novice. I designed and decorated my apartment right from scratch. I realised that I was very happy and excited with what I was doing. People called up to say they wanted their homes designed by me.
That is when, I started learning the art of decorating homes. I pursued formal training in interior design and am now a freelancer in this field. I teach at various interior design institutes and conduct workshops on specific design concepts.Travel and cuisines are my other passions.
After I got married, we have been living in different houses with different ambiences. During our stay in my very own city- Bangalore, I wanted to give a local feel to the decor.
The time limit of my stay was known, so I decided to go in for a theme that would not require too much of an expense. When things are locally crafted, they not only cost less, but are easily available too.
My aim was to decorate my home with the least possible expenditure. For this, I decided to go in for furniture makeovers. I went through the attics in the homes of my parents and in-laws and brought down all that I could use.
The wardrobe stand is the most appreciated piece of furniture in my house. Traditional south Indian homes have this kind of a hanger which also doubles to be a partition sometimes. This belongs to my in-laws and must be about 70 years old. This is a classic clothes hanger made of rose wood and I just love the timeless elegance of the piece. I added extra hooks and used this to display my collectibles. While sometimes, this would have an African theme, on other occassions it would have a Diwali or a Christmas theme.
I have used the art of decoupaging to convert an old wooden chest to a beautiful low-lying table for my telephone and other accessories. This trunk is easily about 75 years old and was also odamaged. To restore this, I first painted this dark brown, the colour of chestnut itself. I used an oil based paint and generously applied two coats to achieve the right colour and finish. I let it dry for a few days and then applied artist’s gold colour which is also oil based medium. I then decoupaged this with prints of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings.