HomeTour – Bhavna’s Contemporary Art Filled Indian Home!

Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on February 18, 2017

On the other end of the spectrum of our tours our home tour this time is of a beautiful home that showcases contemporary Indian style! With victorian influences and a nod to Calcutta’s british colonial past there’s plenty to feast your eye on 🙂

Bhavna and Uddhav the homeowners have a keen eye for décor and art. Not surprising given that Bhavna is an erstwhile interior designer who now owns ‘Giftistree’ India’s first online gift registry service and Uddhav’s keen sense of aesthetic and love for a well curated home!

Bright colors, victorian inspired chandeliers that bring in old world charm, artefacts from around the world and Art and more Art 🙂

From a gallery wall of modern black and whites to a Paresh Maity in bold colors to a wall covered in traditional Tanjore paintings, this home has beautiful art!

The library is anchored by a rug in varying shades of earthy reds and an antique Egyptian desk. A tufted leather chair in deep burgundy completes the look!

This home is vibrant, collected and full of character! I hope you enjoy the tour as much as I did 🙂


Here’s more about Bhavna and Uddhav’s decorating style and their influences….

Style – Traditional but quirky.

Inspiration – Traditional, local elements we find on our travels tend to inspire our decor.

Favorite piece/element/item – The pista green cabinet in the living room! I saw it at a closing sale and fell in love with it. It wasn’t that expensive but was one of the first furniture pieces on which I made a solo decision to buy!

First big purchase/biggest splurge – Our Egyptian desk in the library that we saw in an antique store in Cairo and just had to buy. The whole library was then conceptualized around it!

Influence of your family on your style -Our home has always been a blend of traditional and modern, and a lot more about comfort than pure aesthetic. That is what drives most of our design decisions, along with a keen sense of incorporating elements from all over the world, and from various eras.

Dream buys – A Raja Ravi Verma painting

Weestyled – How to style your entryway?

Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on February 4, 2017

Weestyled is our series of style tips on the many little things in your home that come together to create a stylish functional and unique space. What better spot to start with than the entryway!

The entryway is your home’s first impression! And its the first spot you set foot in! So its only logical that it needs to be both stylish and functional!

Stylish enough to create that first impression and functional enough to hold all the important things that you need when you rush out the door or dump when you get in 🙂

Here are our 5 simple steps to create an entryway thats functions as well as it looks…..

1. Statement Art/ Mirror

A large piece of art or a beautiful mirror can be a key piece in anchoring the look of your entryway! This is what is going to create that ‘wow’ first impression…..so go bold or go home! Pick art that reflects you, pulls in the colors of your home and speaks to you. If you choose to go with a mirror think unique….a brass framed simple striking mirror, a tiled mirror with bold color on the frame or a sunburst mirror!


2. Shoe Storage

The next step is storage. Storage for your shoes as well as other small items like keys, bags, hats etc. Here we have a wooden shoe rack that doubles up as a surface to hold a catchall for the little things!


3. Seating

A small spot to sit where you can put on your shoes, a place for your visitors to wait or a spot to dump your jacket when you walk in! However you use it seating is an important element in the entryway if you have the space for it. Here we have used a wooden bench with iron carving in the back which in itself makes for an interesting look. However a stool, chair, open bench etc will all work just fine depending on your space!


4. Rug

Throw in a rug for visual interest and to define the area. Being a high traffic area, you want to pick something that can stand the wear and tear like jute/cotton rugs, dhurries and such.


5. Add finishing touches

Lastly add the little finishing touches that bring it all together. A catchall for your keys, a set of hooks for hats and bags or a standing rack and a few knick knacks for visual interest!


And Voila…you have a stylish and functional entryway ready 🙂

Hope these style tips will help you create your own stylish entryway!

Stay tuned for more xx