When artist Shital Kothari and her husband Satyen bought the dilapidated, dark and dingy bungalow at more than the market rate, their friends were appalled. However, the sunny, colour-drenched transformation makes the couple’s move from San Francisco to Mumbai well worth the trouble.
Some of the internal walls were knocked down to open up the space; false ceilings and lofts stripped out, leaving exposed beams and free-standing columns; small windows were opened up into large French and picture windows to let in light.
Common, low-maintenance local materials make a warm home minus the splurge. Pillars clad in Jaisalmer stone and bright yellow walls are echoed in lines of the sandstone demarcating spaces across the open-plan ground floor: foyer, living room, dining area and Shital’s studio. Upstairs, the same stone lines the master bath and dressing area. Dark wood furniture provides a warm contrast, along with the bright hues of textiles and accessories.
Vivid tints unite as well as distinguish the various living spaces in this home.
Text: Priya Madhavdas
Photographs: Pradnaya Gulwani
Location: Juhu-Tara Road, Mumbai
Area: 1,600 sq. ft (living space) + 1,500 sq. ft (outdoor space, including terrace and garden)
Owners: Shital and Satyen Kothari
Duration: Nine months
Materials: Marbonite floor tiles; yellow or cream paint on walls and brown on some beams; Jaisalmer stone on columns and cladding for wet areas
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