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This family home blends the classic Victorian townhouse aesthetic with contemporary styling
A couple—Nandish and Nandita Patil reached out to Vinithra Amarnathan, Principal Designer and Founder of Weespaces to conceptualise the interiors of their 3,500-square-foot bungalow in Bengaluru. Located in the Basaveshnagar neighbourhood, the home’s interior design is a modern interpretation of a traditional Victorian townhouse. The bungalow is Nandish’s family home where he grew up. A few years ago, his parents moved back to their ancestral home and Nandish and his immediate family settled down in this bungalow. It was at this stage that they sought Amarnathan to redesign the home in a way that retained its character, but also worked functionally for their modern day lives.
The Bengaluru bungalow showcases the design aesthetic of an age-old Victorian townhouse. “One of our challenges as well as design inspiration came from the need to retain the old-world charm and character of the home while marrying it with functionality, freshness and personality for the new generation of inhabitants. We wanted to build without erasing, create with sensitivity, and retain the feel of a generational home. We tried to bring in a charming Victorian townhouse vibe and married old with new to bring in a fresh feel to the home. The structure of the bungalow, with its narrow stairways, large windows and spacious terrace were very similar to that of Victorian townhouses, and we found an instant fit with the vibe and aesthetic,” says Amarnathan.
This sprawling Bengaluru home’s first floor features the living, dining and kitchen area, along with three bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Past the entrance, guests are greeted with a majestic white staircase that offers a glimpse of the design aesthetic of the rest of the home. “We opened up the wall at the entrance and created a large picture window to bring in much needed natural light. The staircase was entirely remodelled with wall panelling that brought in a beautiful detail. Along the wall, we added a gallery wall of vintage landscapes that sets the tone for the aesthetic of the rest of the home,” Vinithra adds.
The living room features a teal velvet couch set against the window that brings in ample natural light, and is flanked by large English roll arm striped chairs on either side. An oval brass coffee table sits in the centre below a modern branch chandelier suspended from a medallion to create the perfect balance of old and new. The adjoining dining space sits in front of the puja room, which has hand carved teak doors. A large Pichwai print sits on the far end and hones in on the old meets new vibe.
“The ceiling has a moulded cornice detail inspired by Victorian homes. This also cleverly tricks the eye away from the beams we encountered while taking down the wall between the living room and the once powder bathroom and utility room,” says Amarnathan.
The living and dining room lead to the kitchen in an open layout, making it an ideal space for hosting. The kitchen was entirely remodelled into a contemporary space with state-of-the-art appliances. Since the kitchen was small, the designer brought in a preparation cart with wheels, which can be used as an additional work surface. Metal and glass sliding doors were added to close the kitchen when needed.
The second floor of the Bengaluru bungalow houses the master bedroom and a family room, which opens into a terrace. “The second floor was designed as a family lounge for Nandish, Nandita and their son. We redesigned the space to house an intimate family room with a TV area and a library space for their collection of books. The library opens into an adjoining terrace where we created a small pergola area for seating and highlighted it with patterned tiles and a Victorian vibe,” adds Vinithra.
The bungalow’s master bedroom showcases a similar modern Victorian townhouse aesthetic as the rest of the home. It is decked in tones of blush, grey and elegant wall-to-wall walnut veneer clad wardrobes. Here, a panelled wall forms the perfect backdrop for a blush velvet upholstered wingback bed.
For the guest bedroom, the designer incorporated a few family heirloom furniture pieces. “The guest bedroom includes the client's antique rosewood bed. An heirloom armoire and a set of curved back chairs add functionality. Moving on, a space has been created that’s perfect for a 5-year-old boy. We clad the wall behind a simple teakwood bed in a world map wallpaper and carried through the rest of the space in blues, greys and whites. A built-in desk adds function and a window seat makes for a reading nook,” says Vinithra.
This home is a celebration of the residents’ past while also housing all the modern day comforts. Furthermore, as the young family loves to cook and entertain, the living, dining and kitchen area takes centre stage in the home.
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