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This family retreat in Coonoor has stone and wood interiors

Perched on a hill, the Coonoor House incorporates architectural elements in its interiors while still maintaining its quaint charm


If you thought using architectural elements in the interiors was a décor faux pas, the Coonoor House by New Delhi based practice Studio Lotus will definitely make you think again. The 10,000 sq ft space, cradled in the Nilgiris was built as a getaway for the family and is broken down into large spaces – master bedroom, rooms for the children and their families, entertaining spaces and library.

When planning your house, chalk out rooms basis the number of people who will be using it or the activities you plan on doing in the area.

the living room

The large living space has been neatly sectioned off into different areas with the help of rugs, creating several zones for interactions. You can try doing the same – by using different flooring in sections or using rugs. Image courtesy, Ravi Asrani for Studio Lotus

The interiors are straight forward and largely functional. Says Ankur Choksi, Founding Principal, Studio Lotus, “There is a strong individuality and warmth woven into the spaces...The house offers itself as a canvas for the clients to animate it with their choice of art, furniture and objects.”

To maximise sunlight and access better views in your own house, identify the spots which provide the best sunshine and carve out windows there. To block out views that you don’t like, simply wall them up.

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