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Tucked away in a quiet lane in a busy Bangalore neighborhood, is the home of Tristha Ramamurthy and Tushar Vashisht. Tristha is Director of Ekya Schools and Tushar is the Founder of HealthifyMe, a healthcare startup.
The home of this young couple is elegant, understated, and showcases some eclectic décor combinations to great effect. We were greeted into their home by the couple’s dog, a ball of energy called Tashi.
(Tristha and Tushar's adorable dog - Tashi)
As we comfortably settled into the gorgeous silver-grey velveteen sofa in the formal living area, Tristha began by telling us how the couple built the home together from scratch.
(The silver-grey sofa, silver carpet and dull gold centre table complement each other in the formal living area)
For many months, there was just a couch and a cot, before Tristha decided it was time to make the home more personal. Today, pieces collected during travels, gifts from relatives, and personal photographs are displayed throughout the house, as the couple loves “decorating with memories.”
At one end of this formal living area, is a simple, long, wooden dining table, which stands proud in its craftsmanship. Handmade by Tristha’s cousin Muralidhar Reddy, the table has no nails holding it together at the joints. Tushar is an amazing cook, and Tristha loves to bake, so the dining table is perfect for the lavish spreads they put out when entertaining guests.
(A Beautifully Crafted Wooden Dining Table)
There are many pieces of art on display, most of which were gifted to the couple. “My aunt didn’t know what to get me for my wedding and decided that paintings would be the best,” says Tristha. “Both my mother and aunt gift me art on special occasions as it has a lasting memory and is also a good investment.”
(Wooden Box painted by renowned artist Ramesh Gorjala, that was gifted to Tristha by her aunt)
(Wooden Lord Ganesha made by and gifted to Tristha by her cousin brother)
Now, Tristha wants to start investing in art herself. She likes Indian art, but with a slightly modern feel, not a completely traditional look. In fact, she has just bought her first piece from Artisera – a signed, limited edition S.H. Raza print.
(Limited Edition Print of Renowned Artist S.H. Raza's 'Bhartiya Samaroh', available on Artisera)
As soon as we walked into the second informal living room, we were left admiring the wallpaper adorning all four walls in the space. It is busy, with spurts of bright colour and many images, but somehow, it still looks muted. You still notice the paintings and photographs mounted against it.
(The painting by Sachin Jaltare stands out despite being placed on a busy wallpaper)
The whole look of the informal area, with the sofa, coffee table, blinds and the carpet, just works. “The wallpaper wouldn’t have been my natural choice, but my interior designer convinced me it would look good. Plus, Tushar loved it because the pattern has musical notes, and he is a musician,” says Tristha.
(The Informal Living Area)
(Alternate View of the Informal Living Area)
On one end of this informal area is the bar. As an avid collector of different types of spirits, Tushar was very particular about the home bar. And one can see the love and thought that has gone into creating this beautiful, solid wood bar cabinet, custom built by Tristha’s cousin.
(A Solid Wood Bar Cabinet Custom Made to Suit the Couple's Requirements)
To the side of the bar cabinet is a stunning floral print deer head that pops out at you from the wall. “I always wanted a deer head because the shape of antlers just appeals to me,” says Tristha. “I found this ornamental wood deer head in London which was so unique and had so many colours.”
(Wooden Deer Head)
The informal living and bar opens into a beautiful balcony done up in white and blue. Tristha has recently taken to kitchen gardening, so the sills and walls are dotted with pretty pots, which she has hand painted so that they are all a uniform colour.
(Bright blue pots adorn the railing on the private balcony)
“Tushar and I spend most of our time together, or with friends, in the informal living room and balcony,” says Tristha. “I like lazing on the couch in front of the TV, while he loves the balcony more.”
(Cosy balcony with ample seating and standing space)
The house is still work in progress and Tristha says that designing the home has helped the couple learn about each other. She says, “We are discovering each other’s likes, dislikes and what each of us holds dear, through this process. The home will keep evolving, but it has all the things that we love and want to grow old with.”
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