This beautiful family home steers away from bold colour to focus on carefully curated pieces instead
As we made our way through the dusty lanes of Faridabad, little did we know that we were about to discover a home, which if we could, we would just pack and bring back with us. Ruth Philips and Asit Sharma’s charming home tells a beautiful story of contemporary design. Swathed in white, and spotlessly at that, which is quite a feat considering they have two young kids, eight year old Nikita and five year old Myra, the space is as soothing as it is stunning. The home is a reflection of who Ruth and Asit are as a couple, easy going, charming, contrasting personalities yet complementing each other, and might we add – wonderful hosts to boot. Now, whether it is to do with Asit’s background in the hospitality business or Ruth’s infectious energy, we can’t seem to be able to put a finger on it.
The couple enlisted the help of their close friend and interior designer, Moon Agarwal of Inner I design. The only caveat was no white, and the one thing Moon was insistent on was an all white space with bursts of colour. And boy, are we thrilled that Moon had her way! What’s more, done on a strict budget, the home came together bit by bit, and yet looks like a cohesive whole. “Much like their varied cultural backgrounds, the home is also a mix of the modern and the traditional, the old and the new,” says Moon.
You can spot many fabulous pieces in the space – be it the imposing, antique, 100 year old entry door, the chest converted into a coffee table, the console or the plush armchairs. But even the most beautiful pieces need to find their space in the scheme almost organically, and this was something Moon recognised instinctively. While Ruth needed a bit of convincing to invest in newer pieces, Moon ensured that some of the older ones were revitalised, painted and reused to make a good mix of the old and the new.
We have always believed a home well put together is often a result of the intuitive understanding between the client and the designer. And in this case, it couldn’t be truer.