Thursday, March 19, 2009

A beautiful duplex home in Bangalore

This is one house I never thought I'd get to see much less cover here on my blog. I had heard through Chitra that Tasneem's mom's home is a beautiful one. A chance shoot in Bangalore with Tasneem who is a Creative Director with Lowe gave me just the opportunity & after the shoot we happened to go over to her place. I HAD to cover it! It was so elegantly and artistically put together. Not surprising considering I know Tasneem who is a creative powerhouse & from what I'd heard, her mom was a hugely talented person herself. And then to see this beautiful home, it all falls in place. Your home says so much about who you are and where you come from.
Outside the home is a sign that announces the home of 'Ahmedali & Amina'. Calligraphy that Tasneem got done in Turkey outside a mosque.
Antique chinaware at the entrance
A set of colourful glass jars from Africa
The elegantly appointed living room
I was amazed by Amina Aunty's plants, for instance I'd never seen anything like is arrangement.
Family photographs sit pretty on a set of matching wooden stools
Silverware on a marble top and a detail of the armrest of a diwan
Loved this antique wooden shelf
The simple but elegant dining area- thats my tea on the table, while I was running around taking pictures
This has to be my fav colour on gods earth. Do check the log slice clock,
Carved wall piece above the staircase
framed fabric art on the stairway
The stairs lead you to this is the well stocked library. The easy chair beckons you to curl on it with a book.
Amina Aunty's amazing elephant collection. There are various elephants from across the world that dot the house, one in the garden, some among the books, and all the little guys are on this shelf dedicated to them :)
You will find them in all materials- stone, ceramic, glass, wood, metal & crystal
Now comes the interesting part- I was told Amina Aunty was talented, but nothing prepared me for her well stocked work corner, with applique/patchwork studies pinned neatly on her softboard. Just check out the 2 little girls with their large hats walking down the countryside. Do click on the image & you will see the detailing & lace on their frocks, the different printed materials used- kickass.
I told you her work space was well stocked. All that goes behind those pretty (precision) pieces she puts together.
This is another piece done by Amina Aunty- Emerald embroidered silk & patchwork
Now for the stunner, the piece de resistance- This is a quilt that brings together a 100 different types of printed material to make this beautiful work of art.
My poor photography is really killing this, this picture is not a patch on the real thing, each leaf and every petal is a differently printed fabric. It speaks much about the person who made this- taste, detailing, patience, art.
And here is another beautiful aspect of this home. The library opens to this lush & green terrace garden.
There is an abundance of flowers and foliage....
...of every sort, in planters of different shapes & sizes.
rare plants fourish amidst smiling turtles
An old fish curry vessel in a brand new avtar- it now holds & nourishes different plants & becomes a piece of art in the bargain

I told you there were elephants in the garden
I looked up at the sunshade arbitrarily & was rewarded with this sight
As always, I've saved the best for the last. Outside Amina aunty's living room is a beautiful balcony which has this beautiful terraruim with a frog in it. And do look beyond, this is a home where no corner is ignored & nothing is boring.
And just when I was done with the shoot, I turned & saw this angle. There was no way I could have not shot this.


bhumika said...

i feel like getting out of my office right now and accompany you to all the places you've been visiting these days :)

to say that this house is stunning from every nook and corner would be an understatement!

sharon said...

Vineeta, that mini altar below the wall slice clock on the lovely wall - I have been looking high and low for a piece like that. It's a relic of the colonial times, and lots of old homes have it, but I can't seem to get my hands on one, in the antique shops I visit.

Lovely post, and I would love for the house to be mine:)

- Sharon

The Ketchup Girl said...

this is so beatiful. so perfect. each corner done impeccably. And the chair in the library was soo inviting..sigh! lovely Vinita!

Arch at Rang said...

What a stunning home:-)

You sure managed to visit two very beautiful homes in Bangalore:-)

The succulents in various colours are lovely!

bastille said...

Lovely and peacful, these are the qualities that I want when I make a home of my home.

Felicia, This Time Now

Shalini said...

What an elegant home! Her fabric art is simply amazing and you're so right, every corner of her home has been given a loving touch. Thanks for sharing.

Patricia Torres said...

Just amazing!! Amina aunty is indeed a very talented person!! I love her work!!! More than anything.. I love the elephant collection... Its lovely...

Each corner of her home is filled with character and attitude.. Thanks for sharing this one!!

pink dogwood said...

I just have one word to say - wow!!

Rekha Rao said...

Can't stop drooling over this beautiful house.I am so impressed with the decor..esp the wood carving above the staircase and the lovely terrace garden with bright beautiful flowers.I am missing Blr even more after going thru ur blog!! :)

radhika said...

For me this is the first visit inside Tasneem's Bangalore home though I am just back after being with her in her freshly air conditioned Bandra apartment around 20 minutes ago, where we discussed Amina Aunty's beautiful maroon quilt and her legendary Biryani, which Tas has promised to get back for me this time. :)

To me Amina Aunty is a Legend. An Icon. A Rockstar. Someone about whom you hear from everyone, whose pictures you have seen, one whom you admire for her talent, want to learn from, and just be around because of her star value, but alas never meet!

So to visit her house through these pictures is a treat for me :) and I can only hope that one day soon, I will meet her in person in her house and savour her wonderful hospitality that she is so famous for and I have been hearing about for years! ;)

A fan of the star... and hopefully to met her in her house soon...


Lakshmi -Celebrations of Life said...

Thanks vineeta for sharing this beautiful,well kept home.Its nice to see how they have kept their homes and we could also imbibe their spirits and work towards it.

nisha said...

The house is lovely and the garden is amazing...Thanks for giving us a peek into such beautiful homes!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Vineeta,you've made my home look more lovely than I ever thought it was.

anusha said...

WoW, Amina Auntie is so talented. I loved her antique traditional style rooms and her garden is beautiful.

Evita said...

Hey vinee this write up was fantastic.. more over the house is so cool..only wish u could have taken a pic of tasneem's mom!!..

pRiyA said...

Gorgeous home! Loved every photograph especially the one of the library!

Siva said...

I can find a classical art in all the furnitures & rooms. Everybody will like to own a house like this.. Me tooo.. If I have a house like this, It is enough for my entire peaceful life.. Awesome...

Ianny said...

It is evident you enjoy art pieces. If you are still shopping for your home, there are beautiful art prints you can choose from online.

vaishnavi reeves said...

hi vinita,this is vaishnavi from bangalore.i loved this duplex apartment in bangalore,pics are lovely.
iam an artist and an art dealer of affordable art,i belong to an artists family, my father artist m.krishnan,uncle artist m.sivanesan and brother artist k.balamurali to name a few.if possible i would love to show my art collection to ms.ameena.
warm regards,
vaishnavi reeves