A mix of vintage artefacts, painstakingly curated art and bespoke furniture dot this tastefully done up home in Pune
It’s our favourite kind of hello; the one that involves a couple of ginger furballs darting across the living room. Sonali Pingale, co-owner of Sanskriti Lifestyle, lives in this expansive Pune home with her husband and three cats. Once the distraction settles, it’s hard not to notice the beautifully curated home. The entryway is peppered with little curios on a console next to a staircase that leads to the bedrooms upstairs.
The living room is a large expansive space with different sets of seating. “We entertain a lot, and this kind of arrangement gives us flexibility to host people,” says Sonali. Scattered yet grouped seating is a great option for large spaces, it is versatile enough to host intimate and large groups at the same time.
Classic furniture gets a makeover in this home with contemporary upholstery to fit in with the rest of the pieces in the home. We especially love the pink, French canopy armchair that sits at one end of the living room. Sonali kept her walls white so that her art would shine. Colourful canvases, wooden painted sculptures and embroidered cushions add splashes of colour in the living room. A long vintage, wooden table holds some of her most prized possessions including vintage brass armory. A brass urli replaces a conventional vase to hold fresh rajnigandhas, which are preferred flowers. “They turn fragrant in the evenings just in time when the guests arrive,” she shares.
The cats run around freely, chasing each other to their favourite spots in the house. “Most of my art or artefacts on the floor are pretty heavy so the frenzy doesn’t cause too much heartburn,” she adds laughing.
The stairwell is painted a bright yellow with masks dotting the walls. The master bedroom on the upper floor has a plush four-poster bed replete with curtains. On one side is an easel where Sonali paints ever so often. The TV and lounge area is an open courtyard like space, which allows the family members to come together. It also allows an unhindered view of the living areas downstairs.
It’s not too often that we walk into a home that has so much art and a mix of different furniture styles in different finishes that look like they were meant to be together. Much like Sonali and her husband who live here with three fiercely individualistic cats.