Traditional Indian Decor : Lakshmi Arvind : Celebrations Decor
You may have seen Lakshmi’s home earlier as a part of the stylish home contest, a while ago. In this interview, she talks about her her world of decor and being inspired by Kerala and its traditions.
Do check out her wonderful blog – Celebrations Decor
I live in a duplex apartment in Alaknanda, a residential area in South Delhi. It is a 1200 square feet apartment with a balcony and terrace area. Being a rented house, there was nothing we could do about the structure of the building, so it was a challenge to create a personal space within the limitations we had.Nevertheless, we have tried our best to create a space that reflects our taste and cultural heritage. All walls are painted in muted yellow. The colours are simple and lend themselves to the clean geometric lay out.
A love for tradition runs in the family. All little experiences come to mind these days, while living in Delhi, far away from our home in Kerala. I create nuggets of memory to make my home vibrant. My interest in interior design dates back to my childhood days, when we, as kids, were encouraged to look at arts and culture. This avid interest was fuelled by the lovely interiors of our ancestral homes. Raindrops splashing on the Mangalore tiled roofs, the wedge of light streaming in through the courtyard, the vibrant Kathakali performances that my granddad used to take us to, all find their way into the decor of my home.
The play of light and shadow is the one feature of the house that brings depth and tranquility. My simple aesthetic instincts have already transformed the place into a harmonious, very natural, warm, friendly and inviting ambience. My spaces do paint a picture of my personality, my interests and passions, whilst being welcoming and warm.
The centre table is from Westside’s branch in Lajpat Nagar, South Delhi. We selected a coffee table style that fits our space, needs and lifestyle. The function and how it will be used was kept in mind before buying this. Determining the use of the coffee table needs will point you in the right direction on what to select and how to accessorise it!
Having spent my formative years in Kerala, my avid interest in nature is obvious. Flowers have been my best friends since childhood. My mom’s carefully tended garden has been my playground. My educational background in horticulture adds to the inspiration. To energise my space and I bring in splashes of color by adding flowers to the décor. In every manner possible.
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