When you walk into Geetanjali Misra’s house in Delhi’s upscale Nizamuddin East area, there are two things that strike you immediately—one, the openness of the house, and second, the bohemian feel it exudes thanks to her medley of accessories.
“I did not do up the house with a pattern or image in mind. I just bought things as I liked them. The house has grown around me,” says Misra, who works with the UN in the human rights division. Her work takes her across the world, and this is reflected in her house. It is replete with little pieces of art and craft, accessories and furniture from different corners of the world—the US, Europe, West Asia, Africa, South-East Asia...everywhere. And incidentally, each item has managed to find a place. In the randomness of the house is a pattern that clearly says that it is a lived-in place, comfortable and beautiful at the same time.
Open house: (clockwise from left) A Madhubani artist painted this huge tree on a wall in Zoya’s room;the terrace is Misra’s favourite spot in the house; Misra with Zoya; and the main living area of the house gets a lot of sunlight and breeze—Misra got the furniture custom-made. Styled by Ragini Singh; Photographs courtesy Better Homes and Gardens
Part of the charm of the house comes from the terrace. Misra’s pad is on the second floor of the building and she has to constantly negotiate with the landlord not to cover the terrace to make more rooms. “I practically live on the terrace—have my morning tea there, spend lazy evenings, enjoy the winter sun—in fact, it was primarily for this that I rented this house,” she says. The terrace lets loads of sunlight and breeze into the house. With lightweight comfy furniture and lots of plants, it is a cheerful place. Overlooking a Nizamuddin park with abundant trees, and the horizon beyond, it all comes together as one lovely scene. Add to it the giggles of her two-year-old daughter Zoya, and it is picture-perfect.
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