Tucked away amidst six acres of lush greenery, this 30-year-old property was renovated and expanded into a holiday home for a family with roots in Jaipur. Since Beyond Designs had worked on the family’s Delhi residence, the firm was the natural choice for their holiday home too.
Principal designers Sachin and Neha Gupta have seamlessly merged the house’s traditional structure with contemporary interiors, creating a timeless fusion. “Our clients’ sensibilities veer towards understated luxury. That’s why you see a restrained play of flamboyance as compared to our signature maximalist style,” says Sachin. The clients’ love for art and architecture, particularly the work of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, has been meticulously transferred to their expansive seven-bedroom residence, resulting in a tranquil oasis that combines art, glamour and quiet luxury.
The home’s main residence is spread over two floors, housing the formal and informal living rooms and the seven en suite bedrooms. An adjacent structure by the pool features the bar and library. The exterior façade is inspired by Bawa’s favoured signature of tiled roofs, louvred doors and wide verandahs. The interiors strike a fine balance between the classic and the modern. A range of wood tones (from rich natural to distressed, sparkling crystal to gleaming brass), an array of printed wallpaper, and lush textiles, create an aesthetic symphony through their diverse mediums.
A passage from the entrance leads to the living room. Its double-height, and a verandah running along its length, ensures this space is airy and full of natural light. Two unique sets of printed couches on either ends of the room are complemented by statement lights, plush carpets, scaled-up artwork and custom-made classic-contemporary furniture. Neha elaborates, “We have used white backdrops in the common areas and fresh pastels for bedrooms. They work as a muted canvas for the vast collection of artworks and exquisite details of the wall panelings, furniture pieces, lights, and décor accessories to truly stand out.”
The dining room is adjacent to the living room, sharing the same verandah and pool view. Gothic wooden panels form the background for crystal and brass chandeliers that crown the dining table. The table, showcasing intricate paisley inlay work on a natural stone top, is flanked by vintage style chairs designed with a distressed finish.
The ground floor has three bedrooms, a powder room and puja room. A staircase with a lift beside it takes one to the first floor, where the remaining bedrooms are located. A wide verandah running along the front façade is enclosed with wooden pillars and tiled roofs, reminiscent of authentic Sri Lankan architecture.
To the right, a second building houses the bar and library. The bar merges tones of deep red, rich wooden elements and dramatic decor seamlessly. A stone-topped bar counter sitting on a bold red base, leather chairs with their old-style glamour, and pendant chandelier, add drama and warmth to the space.
The library room is a carefully curated selection of wall treatments and artwork. The sloping wood-panelled ceiling and leather and cane sofas create a vintage-inspired ambience that is reminiscent of colonial hill station drawing rooms.
In Sachin’s words, “The home is an eclectic fusion of materials and styles; yet the distinctly maximalist aesthetic is full of character with a homely vibe of its own.”
Story by Vinita Kunnath