When one looks at this bungalow located in Jalgaon, it emits a sense of warmth that is subtly laced with elegance and luxury. This residence demonstrates a sense of openness right at the first glance, wherein the pristine white exteriors give way to tastefully done interiors.
Architect Sachin Khatpe, Partner at Dinesh Shah and Associates and Bushra Ansari, Senior Interior Designer came together as a team to create this classic mansion.Beautiful stairs clad in marble lead to the front door, which reveals a wonderfully done up space within.
The first thing that catches anyone’s eye is the Irish-brown Italian marble staircase that seems to wrap around a long and magnificent chandelier hanging from the topmost floor. “The staircase is visually located in the centre of the house. We wanted to create a common grand feature for the entrance lobby which is flanked by the living and dining areas, with the help of this statement making element positioned against the champagne gold leaf wall backdrop,” say the architects.
The staircase has the living room on one side and the dining area on the other. Both these areas are brushed with a beige palette and when combined with the beautiful and elegant accessories present go on to create an air of quiet sophistication.
The French windows in the living area provide a clear view of the manicured lawns, opening up the interior-exterior lines. A little outdoor space is attached to the dining room as well. However, right in the middle of these two areas is an onyx ledge surrounding the water feature; this is a personal favourite of the architects. “It provides a beautiful seating space with the added charm of the soothing sound of running water” they say.
The look continues into the home theatre area which is also an open space. Here, the designers have used dark engineered wooden flooring in contrast to the light glossy vitrified tiles. A patterned rug on the wooden floor, dark coloured furniture and upholstery, use of high gloss steel and coloured glass accessories and the floor lamp (a statement piece in itself) – all work together to create a cosy and warm ambience punctuated with splashes of colour and clever design touches.
Along with the over-all décor, the accessories in this room, a floor lamp that resembles studio lights, music themed wall-art, red wine glasses, sculptures and dancing statuettes, come together to create a certain drama that goes well with the intended purpose of this space.
As we move on to the kitchen, we notice that it also retains a kind of openness that is so intrinsic to the house. “The client desired that from the kitchen one should be able to view the dining area, entrance lobby, staircase and the formal living areas,” say the architects. Hence, they’ve used subtle partitions like the Corian jaali and clear glass to maintain the continuity in space.
The bungalow has four bedrooms, all tastefully yet differently treated. However, the most unique bedroom is the one that belongs to the teenager of the house which has a cubicle-like design.
Dwelling on the design, the architects explain, “We wanted to impart a futuristic feel to this room, using the same minimal yet luxurious design elements and maintaining the same colour palette.”
Here, form follows function making it a multipurpose space. It’s a bedroom, gaming zone and a lounge. The bold cube has a ceiling high window which is finished in Corian and acts as an entrance to the spacious den which is accentuated with a grey-yellow wall paper.
The most challenging aspect of this house, according to the architects was to create a simple and earthy space despite the luxurious elements that surround it. Since the concept of the bungalow design was to merge the beautiful exteriors with the interiors, all the spaces flow into one-another. They have maintained a warm and earthy colour palette as well. The objets d’art in the house merge rather than distract. All this adds to a special kind of look, just what they were looking for.
“A home is a personal space. We derive our concepts from the client’s needs and wants. They wanted a simple, yet elegant space and by using subtle design elements we gave them precisely that!” conclude the architects.
Text By Dhanishta Shah
Photographs Prashant Bhatt