Indian Home Design: Shubashree Balakumar’s slice of India in Connecticut
We brought you Shubashree’s home as a part of the stylish home contest, a while ago. Here, we share her story on designing and decorating her home in Connecticut, USA.
As you will see, she has created a wonderful home with much love and care. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did !
I am a Kamilian ( Tam Bram born and brought up in namma Bengalooru.Part-time architect by profession and a full time mom . I have been in Connecticut for the last 12 years and 10 years in our home. We have a ranch-style home around 2000 square feet. The house is around 40 years old .
I have been collecting stuff since childhood. I am very possessive about all my collections. Some are from my grandmother, great-grandmother and a lot was picked up when Appa travelled. The brass collection is from a Sunday market in Bangalore and some of the pawn shops in Kumbakonam. I also go around in our village asking for old utensils during my trips to India.
The house was in a move-in condition but there was this wow factor that was missing. It lacked storage space , the walls had wallpaper, and the kitchen was in a bad shape.
I had to make it into a place that appealed to me and hence all the renovations were done over the last couple of years. My schooling and profession taught me to be very methodical. I always start by sketching my ideas to put my thoughts in order, do my research about materials and then implement my work.
I am a typical girl who loves to shop, shop and shop. Just kidding! I am not that spoilt. But shopping is definitely only of my hobbies. I love dogs but have none. I only baby-sit them when people ask me.
I call myself very handy….I can do pergo wooden floors, tile floors, run a saw, use a nail-gun, frame walls and sheetrock and tape them too pretty decent.I can paint walls and on canvas too.
I love to cook and I find that it is the best way for me to de-stress. If you are looking for south Indian snacks like muruku, thatte, sheede, ompudi, nadapakodam my kitchen is the best place. My son calls me the best cook ever.
Ideally, I would have loved to bring in furniture from India, from Karaikudi to be precise, because I feel that suits my personality. But I am also attracted to clean modern lines. All my furniture is from IKEA…I love that store. When we bought our house I had everything to decorate it but no furniture, so Ikea was the best solution.