Tall ceilings, local architectural features, antique elements and an understated elegance define the interiors of Villa Milana designed by Ritu Nanda
Nestled in one of the quieter parts of Goa, Villa Milana is every inch the dream vacation home with its cobblestone driveway, manicured lawns and a swimming pool enveloping the living areas. The charming, duck-egg blue door with its oversized antique tower bolt reflects the understated elegance that one has come to associate with a Ritu Nanda design.
Developed as a luxury home by her son, Buddhadev Mangaldas in partnership with his cricketing buddy, KL Rahul, the home celebrates local craftsmanship while introducing modern flourishes. The home channels a tropical chic vibe with its white walls, natural materials like wood and stone and lush greens. A veranda snakes around the living areas on the lower level and is covered with a stone roof, which is also painted white adding to the expanse of the space.
The living room pays homage to Goa’s old, traditional Portuguese influenced architecture with its high ceilings and tiled roofs. This is where much of the family lives and entertains. The rustic, outdoor dining overlooking the pool is the hub of most activities during barbeque nights while the informal living with its plush sofas in white linen slip covers makes for unending conversations on long nights. A set of antique wooden pillars defines the archway that separates and frames the living from the dining area. As with the rest of the home, swathes of whites are punctuated with bursts of colour including art by Leeza Mangaldas. “Some of the doors are robin-egg blue for example, and each of the four bedrooms are accented with unique colour pairings: think pistachio and amethyst, salmon and grey, or mustard and cobalt,” says Buddhadev.
Signature vignettes are peppered around the many corners in the house. While soft greys and blues dominate the cluster with an angel figurine, glass vase and marble holder in the living room, beige, whites and pops of pink welcome you at the landing of the staircase.
The bedrooms are done up in a vintage chic style in shades of soft peach, bright coral, lush lilac and pistachio green. The delicate colours are made more robust by introducing them in stripes, which also accentuate the height of the space. “Details were deliberated on for every corner of the house, literally down to the last tea spoon. From furniture and art, to textiles and objects, every piece has been carefully curated, and many things custom-made including bespoke bed linen and specially commissioned art,” elaborates Buddhadev. Little wonder then that the country’s most loved actor, Amitabh Bachchan, made a dash to experience the property, “he flew in on a private plane one morning just to see the villa, even though it was already sold. That was more than I could ever have dreamed of,” reminisces Buddhadev.