Project Reveal – The Charming Cottage Home

Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on September 12, 2021

Welcome to a walkthrough of this cozy, charming and compact home we worked on last year. The apartment located in Central Bangalore is home to a young couple from Coorg and they bring with them the sense of charm, character and uniqueness this home beautifully embodies.

Karuna a corporate professional and Saj who works on the beautiful coffee plantations of Coorg approached us last year to create a simple yet charming home on a budget for their first owned home together.

I love that this project allowed us to explore a completely different design approach in combining functionality much needed in small spaces with uniqueness and character that we wanted to bring to the space. The home is characterized by a rustic charm akin to a cottage with modern day functionality!
The color palette comprises of cool blues and greys, distressed whites and warm earthy wood tones. The interplay of rich wood, distressed whites and blues and soft patterns all through creates a quaint cottage feel!

Living / Dining

The home directly opened into the Dining area overlooking the kitchen. The area being small on square footage we did not want to create partitions and wanted to retain an open feel.

Creating an archway into the kitchen was one of our first thoughts here and instantly creates the wow moment from the minute you open the door!

The archway to the kitchen also frames the dining area anchored by a beautiful white table. The round table is expandable to an oval and is such a functional addition in a small space!
The chairs are fashioned in a distressed gray wood tone and upholstered in a patterned floral fabric giving it a rustic whimsical charm.

The distressed turquoise pendant above the dining from Sunshine Boulevard rounds off the space.
Sitting next to the dining is a beautiful wood jaali window that our clients already owned and it brings interest to the large bare wall.

To the left of the dining space is the living room. The living room has a simple layout with a tufted back retro midcentury sofa placed in front of the TV and flanked by bold rust upholstered chairs.
We wanted to bring in bold colors to punch up this small space and the shibori art prints in Indigo along with the rust of the sofa do just that!

On the opposite end we have a cane media unit from Josmo studio that anchors the TV with a floating wood shelf on top. One of the most beautiful pieces here is the wood coffee table our clients already had and I love the character it brings to this small space.

The living room is grounded by a moroccan patterned rug in tones of gray and corals that ties the space together!


We extended the doorway into the kitchen to create an arch and mimicked the arch in the upper cabinets and this is one of my favorite details in this home. I love how it carries the arch detail into the kitchen in a pretty and unexpected way!

We also broke down the half wall separating the kitchen and utility to open out the space and bring in all that natural light from the large corner window and set the sink there. We used the right side of the kitchen to create a laundry area by stacking the washer and dryer and integrating it with the gray cabinetry in the kitchen instantly unifies the space!

The kitchen though small in square footage packs in everything from a double door refrigerator to all built in appliances making it super functional.

The tile was something Karuna fell in love with and bringing in the patterned tile above the cooktop area while keeping the rest of the areas white makes the space feel airy and light!

Primary Bedroom and Bathroom

Bathed in a muted sage and teak wood, this bedroom stemmed out of the feel of coffee plantations…..verdant and earthy!
The two tone sage took some selling to our clients who wanted it all light and bright…..we dived in saying ‘if it doesn’t work, we can always paint over;)’….ofcourse we never did 😉

The corner wardrobe is framed in teak wood with fluted glass inserts and packs in a spacious his and her closet. A full length mirror with a pullout brings in the convenience of a vanity!

You know my love for a seating area in the master and we were blessed with a sweet window niche here that we transformed into a window nook…..such an utterly pretty corner to pick a book and read. Packs in some extra storage below to stow away bed linens!
Function doesn’t come at the price of aesthetic 😉

The bathroom attached to this room was one of the last spaces we completed. We wanted to carry the rustic earthy vibe of the home into this space and the distressed patterned floor tile with the earthy brick tile does this beautifully. Brushed bronze fittings from Kohler are the perfect finishing touch!

Guest bedroom and bathroom

Last but never the least, the guest bedroom in this home is as detailed and thought through as the rest of the spaces. White and wood tones dominate the room with punches of distressed wood tones from the dresser and a grasscloth wallpaper added to the wardrobe shutters.

Simple cane sconce lights frame the art in tones of blues and gray and a quaint floor mirror sits on the opposite corner. The patterned bedding and curtains in tones of white, blue and gray tie the entire space together.

This is such a simple and chic room in how it uses a mix of elements to tie together a space effortlessly!

The bathroom here is kept light and bright with rustic wood tone tiles for the flooring and light greige wall tiles. We used a distressed blue square tile as an accent tile that highlights the vanity area and runs through the entire bathroom incorporating itself in a shower niche.

One of the things that brings in the charm in this home is our clients and their own aesthetic. From the beautiful pieces they owned, to being involved in the finer details and selections and adding to the space through the beautiful photographs in the hallway walls, to the little knobs in the house, I love how they have let their home beautifully reflect their personalities and we feel so good being able to champion that!

I love this sweet charming home….and I hope you’ll do too 🙂

Much love until I see you back here soon!

All pictures shot by Nayan Soni.