Thursday, August 25, 2011

Avni Varma's Home, my decor assignment - I

Last year after quitting my advertising career, I did many things for the 1st time. And interior decor consultancy was one of them. 7 years back, when I did up my home, I had wished fervently that I could do this for a living. And as soon as I quit, I was amazed and grateful when friends and perfect strangers contacted me to decorate their homes. Through the year I worked on multiple projects, some are complete and some not. This is one of the 1st assignments that got complete, atleast the 1st phase. We are working on the rest and I will share it as and when its ready. Working with Avni Varma was interesting because I didn't know her, where she came from aesthetically or personally. It was an interesting and fulfilling journey of experiment, co-operation, the joy of seeing something beautiful coming together and finally a journey of trust.
Avni and her husband Vicky were clear that they wanted a luxe feel, she wanted it to be a place that would be a relaxing place for her friends to hang out in.
I suggested a mirror to reflect the Buddha painting she had already commissioned Kunal Naik to do. We went saw the painting in progress & in a way we worked the design to set off the painting.
She told me she would love a spa feel with the use of sleeper wood & metal. I immediately knew Rare Thought were the people to contact. I had been seeing their work at many exhibitions across the city. And sure enough they made the perfect mirror for Avni. Reflected in the mirror is the stunning Buddha painting by Kunal Naik.
The wall holding the large painting is painted in Metallic gold which shimmers subtly
The buddha heads are painted into 'Kadai's' and there is a candle holder in the centre in the middle of the mantra 'Om Mane Padme Hum' written in Tibetan.
The door handle is in decorative brass to go with the mirror and the rest of the furniture in the room.
Avni wanted a mini Dining set that could be easily moved about in the room as is required.
Rare Thought incorporated the metal & wood feel to it to continue the theme.
The gold and the painting reflect in the mirror and form a great backdrop to the Buddha statue.
The Varma's love entertaining in this room & its been a great experience for me to step back and give them something that really reflects their style, so that the home is a true reflection of the owners tastes. It helped largely that Avni was very clear about what she wanted and had a strong aesthetic sense herself.
There is one more home that is waiting for the right wall pieces before I can photograph it . Coming soon, stay tuned, and do let me know what you think of this space.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Vinita, gorgeous, I am an avid follower of your blog and work - and am absl. floored withh the colours here and the mirror - absl. gorgeous.
Shyamala

Nayana said...

So beautiful, warm, inviting space. Dining table is an eye candy and mirror..ahh so gorgeous.love everything.

SensitiveCreations.. said...

Very Gorgeous Vineetha

Gunjan Pai said...

hey vin, visiting ur blog in long and its so rewarding :) the home looks beautiful and warm - the mirror and dining are gorgeous - but for me, the colours and ethnic details nail it :)

Amrita Tripathy said...

just like Vineeta... beautiful, bold and striking , yet elegant and gorgeous..! I saw it yesterday (but was at workplace), couldn't compliment it ...!Nevertheless, I love the cushion and the buddhas the most...! :)

Neha@ Allthingsbeautiful said...

Stunning work, Vineeta!
I love all that wood in the room. The warm tones and the gold add to the glamour. Nicely put together!

Pzes said...

I think this is absolutely Gorgeous. I often wonder how I'd do up my place, and this is probably how I'd like it. Cozy, warm and beautiful!

Sunita said...

Love what you've achieved here, Vineeta. Are the walls painted yellow ochre or is it just the lighting which makes it look so(first pic) ?

Julie said...

I love your combination of earthy natural materials and beautifully crafted furnishings and arts.

Chandan said...

A Decorator too?!! and how many colours does Vineeta have?!! The space has gorgeousness written all over it. You go girl!

vineeta said...

Shyamala, Nayana, Sensitive creations, Gunjan, Amritha, Thank you so much for the appreciation, I'd like to say that the credit for this space goes as much to Avni, whose house it is as it does to me. She had already briefed and commissioned the artist who did the painting before I even came into the picture. The sleeper wood was also decided on. I just put the rest together.

Chandan, coming from you I take it as a serious compliment. I love what you do with your home.

Anonymous said...

absolutely inspiring.....it feels so effortless yet rich!! Lovely.
missy from the bayou

Preethi Vaidya (Woodooz) said...

You have a very very beautiful home vineeta.. Love the amount of wood you have used in your interiors..:)

niarcane said...

hey,
your blog is really good, but i have some other question. how do you caption your fonts in dramatic way.

Charmi said...

Hey Vineeta Congrats on your feature in the Somerset magazine !! As soon as I picked it out from the rack I saw your name on the cover and excitedly opened the mag to read your article !! Loved it !! :)

vineeta said...

Preethi, Its a beautiful home, but it isn't mine :) But my client Avni Varma's. I just helped decorate it.

Niarcane,
I do the fonts & the labelling on photoshop.

Charmi, Thank you for telling me, I didn't know that it got published this month. Then I cross checked on Christine Mason Millers blog & it is true :) Can I ask a HUGE favour? Will you be able to photograph it & mail it to me on vineetanair2222@gmail.com? It you cant I can understand :)

quaintkal said...

stunning! each and every lit bit of detailing :)

jyotsna wase said...

The ceiling, the colours, budhha, the wood..+1

jyotsna wase said...

Oh and the font! :)

niarcane said...

your effort is very well noticed

Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie said...

Soooo lovely!!!

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Purple Passion; Fuschia Fun said...

love the generous usage of sleeper wood...specially the sit out.....i myself love doingup my home n this one is super dramatic....loved it...:)

Preethi said...

Gorgeous work Vineetha...i loved the wood used for the mirror and the steps. by teh way what is sleeper wood and where can we find it in Bangalore?