A mix of contemporary furniture sits alongside heirloom pieces in this sprawling three bedroom apartment in Koregaon Park
Soft light fills this 9th floor apartment enveloped by a beautifully curated balcony. Shalaka, (co-owner of Sanskriti Lifestyle), shares this home with her “four boys”, as she calls them – her husband Shantanoo, sons Arjan and Vardhin, and their Labrador, Shadow.
If you thought living with kids and pets means you cannot have prized art or precious artefacts dotting your home, then you need to take cues from Shalaka’s home. Restricting pieces to above the table, she has ensured that her home is a delight not just for its inhabitants but also visually. Her advice to first time decorators is, “Don’t think of a space and buy a piece for it, instead if you like something, buy it and find a place for it in your home.” This way you will always surround yourself with pieces that bring you joy.
With an enviable collection at her disposal, thanks to her access to what is one of the most coveted places for buying contemporary art and décor for the home in Pune – Sanskriti Lifestyle – Shalaka had her work cut out. She started with deciding on the furniture layout, and then moved to picking out accessories to complete the look.
Though it’s easy to get carried away while working with vintage pieces, remember that they are not only beautiful to look at but also carry with them stories of generations they belonged to. So, we suggest digging deep into your grandmother’s store room to find something that not only resonates with you, but also has a shared history. For example, Shalaka refused to part with a teapoy table and wall mirror with a drawer that belonged to her grandmother because of its sentimental value. Likewise, for an old wall mirror and a rosewood sofa set she purchased when she moved into her first house. Pro tip: Always buy pieces that you will love for years.
There’s so much to learn with how she approaches decorating her home. Every once in a while, she moves things around to create an almost new space with the same pieces. It’s like the joy of something new with the comfort of familiarity.