I am super delighted to start my home tour series with this beautiful home shared by Alvin & Shoma and their teenage daughter, Aloma!!
In times where most suburban houses look boringly similar or are a gaudy display of pomp, this subtle home exudes simplicity, warmth and uniqueness.
Shoma, a self confessed home decor enthusiast and a flea market scourer, has an uncanny knack of sourcing stuff for her home without burning a hole in her pocket!!
You will not find a single piece of furniture that is typical or artifacts that are factory made or anything that is too matchy -matchy!!!
Like for instance, the place below the t.v., where one would expect a standard storage unit , she has used 'chira' or laterite stone commonly found in the Konkan belt of Maharashtra, that not only serves as a place to keep her t.v. peripherals but also gives it a fire-place-ish look!!
Or the wall above the dining with beautiful Kutchi 'lipan' art, which she got customized from an artist visiting Mumbai for a workshop.
More of 'lipan' art...
Every object in her home has a story to tell.
The wooden almirah (**covet, covet) from one of her many travels, serves as her crockery/bar unit and she tweaked it a bit by doing away with the wooden doors!!
Or the octogenarian tribal lamp guy in her living room which she got all the way from Indonesia during one of her visits.
Little green things add to the earthiness of the home...
The open plan kitchen with a colorful back-splash must be taking away all the boredom from her everyday cooking because not only is she a great cook but a very innovative one too!!!
This pretty coffee table from Gujarat was actually a 'chakki' - a mill- whose top she replaced with glass!!
The teenage daughter's room is lively with little pops of colour!
Simple and functional.
The master bedroom has an earth red wall colour with an unusual reed head board.
And a chair sourced from a local exhibition years ago!
Warm Christmassy glow ...
Shoma's home is like an ever changing canvas where she constantly keeps moving, adding or changing little details here and there- be it through her collection of masks, plants and planters or simply bottles!!
Isn't it an atypical home in every sense??
How did you like it?
Let me know!
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