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“My husband and I remodeled my in-laws’ two bedroom home after we moved back to India from the US in 2006.
We wanted to keep the footprint the same without extending into the garden which my mother-in-law loved and had nurtured over 25 years. We were also sensitive to the fact that my in-laws had stayed there, so we didn’t want to change things so completely it would seem unfamiliar to them.
I designed the remodel myself, and we hired a local contractor to get the rest done. Our mantra was – keep it simple – and bring in interest by means of color, accessories, old antique family items, things we love and artwork. All flooring is ceramic tile – I was totally against marble – but we had to use that for the stairs much against my desire.
I am a firm believer in Wabi Sabi – that old used things have value…not monetary value of course, but nostalgia and memories attached to them. I have filled my house with items handed down to me – wooden trunks which I have repainted, brass cookware and earthenware belonging to my grandmother, black and white family pictures, old furniture….they all have a story to tell. When I use my brass coffee filter it thrills me to know my great grandmother used the very same one in her kitchen 70 odd years ago. If I can make something instead of buying it, then I will do so. Most of the artwork you see is done by me. Anything you see that is painted was most likely my doing – the painted wooden trunk in the family room, the red kitchen shelf, the round iron bowl at the entrance were all weekend DIY projects. I like clean lines, no clutter, baskets for storage, lots of textures and a lot of color especially orange!
So my house has a little bit of everything…..the very old and the new, the traditional and the modern, the East and the West.”