Project Reveal – The California Casual Home
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on January 16, 2023
Set in a verdant green expanse in small town Belgaum this home brings forth a warm, welcoming and relaxed California aesthetic! Our clients young professionals working in Bangalore after the initial days of the pandemic made the decision to move to a smaller city – Belgaum and embraced the slower pace of life, abundant green and the support of family!
We signed up to transform this almost 3500 Sq ft bare shell apartment into a home that’s young, fresh and modern with a distinct California casual vibe! Being our young home buyers first home this was a home designed with a fresh modern vibe and on a budget.
The home is light, bright and airy in a way that allows natural light to shine. It’s a large expansive open floor plan that brings with it seamless flow from one space to another and an aesthetic that is fresh and modern. The home is built around simple sustainable choices using natural materials like solid wood, jute, hemp and cotton fabrics to create a fuss free and organic space!
The apartment originally opened directly into the expansive living dining space. To create a visual separation and a foyer area we designed a floating wall that visually separates the foyer from the larger living spaces. This area is further defined by a patterned floor using the wood tile of the kitchen and the neutral marble tile of the rest of the living spaces to create an interesting detail that allows the foyer to stand out.
On one side of the foyer is a beautiful mudroom that provides ample storage for the family and on the other side is a seating area anchored by two upholstered chairs. A simple marble top console and a mirror sit against a floating wall.
The mudroom is accented with a simple wallpaper that carries through the same geometric detail of the flooring.
The living room is expansive, airy and beautifully sets the tone for rest of the home with its wood beams, white walls and an oversized rattan pendant. The flooring is a beautiful Italian tile in a seamless concrete inspired ceramic tile from Nexion’s Endless collection. Being a large space it’s ground by a 9X12 neutral flatwoven rug and ample seating with 2 sofas, 2 leather chairs and 2 ottomans. The symmetry in the seating is something we carefully complemented with varying colors, textures and layers!
Two floor to ceiling floating open shelves bring interest and are a clever way to allow for display away from the seating area and little kiddie hands 🙂
The dining room was designed to be a stylish yet functional space that could serve for the family everyday as well as accommodate extended family and friends. A long 9ft table in natural wood is complemented with sleek leather chairs and modern spindle back chairs in black for added contrast.
Two branch chandeliers in black and brass sit atop the table.
But everyone’s favorite has to be the beautiful niched in arch bar. Clad in neutral subway tile to create a textural backdrop and a clean organic look, the bar is one of my favorite elements in the living dining.
The kitchen was a labor of love! Swathed in a cool blue tone and expansive, its one of those instantly uplifting spaces in the home.
We started off opening up the wall facing the terrace to create a large 8 ft long window that brings in natural light and provides instant interface to the outdoors!
The counter under the window houses the sink and is flanked by the refrigerator and the appliance unit on either side. In the middle of the kitchen sits a large island that holds the hob and makes for an eat in kitchen with bar stools.
The wall to the left facing the island boasts of floor to ceiling storage in the form of a pantry on either side with a small puja tucked in. A beautiful oak tone arch door leads into the utility which has the laundry room and a small wet kitchen.
As you walk along the hallway, at the end of the corridor is the master bedroom on one end and the kids bedroom on the other.
The master bedroom is a large space with a king size upholstered bed and large bedside tables. The overall space is clean, light and modern with touches of natural materials like jute and rattan that keep it looking airy like rest of the home!
A woven rattan bench sits at the foot of the bed and a custom made simple striped rug anchors the space.
On the opposite side is a large mustard upholstered chair flanked by a full length leaning mirror that creates a beautiful reading nook.
The walk in closet area and the master bathroom are sectioned off with beautiful metal and glass sliding doors. The adjoining bathroom is a monochrome space with simple details that elevate it.
The family room is designed as a space where the family can spend time together. A long custom made work desk sits on one end of the room, which we extended to take in a balcony. This acts as the home office for the couple.
A sofa bed and a large ottoman make for a comfortable spot for watching TV. A vibrant geometric art print adds interest to the grey walls.
The powder room adjoining the family room is a simple yet striking space outfitted in a monochrome palette. A shibori inspired geometric black and white tile adorns the floor and simple matte black subway tiles are stacked up till half height of the walls.
A vibrant print adds a pop of color to the otherwise neutral space.
Simple earthy tones and patterns come together to create a warm space for guests. The adjoining bathroom is decked in olive subway tiles and a brass pendant.
We hope you enjoyed seeing more of this home.
All pics shot by Shamanth Patil Photography