A home design like this seamlessly transports the dwellers to destinations around the world
If you looked at the décor, you might think this penthouse is located in Santorini in Greece. Surprisingly, it is in Pune, though the owners drew inspiration from a memorable trip to the volcanic island a few years ago. The blue and white holiday home evokes the romance and cornucopia of Greece. “Since the space was to be used as a weekend getaway, we wanted it to be fun, laid-back and vibrant. The inspiration was the owner Vishal Jain’s travels to Greece. So we went with the idea of a white space with splashes of yellow and blue interspersed with various patterns and textures,” explains designer Natasha Shah of Between Walls
Shah worked alongside her team to create an atmospheric abode using locally sourced materials and sustainable means. The 2,000-square-feet penthouse holds a spacious living room, two bedrooms and a sun soaked terrace ideal for parties during the nippy Pune weather.
The client after visiting Greece decided to have a home that reminded him of his unforgettable vacation
The all white living room combines boldness, simplicity and convenience. A yellow door creates a dramatic entryway. “We believe that even if a house is a reflection of the owner’s personal taste, the living room being a public space in the house ought to be neutral and welcoming to all. It should make everyone feel welcome. So we added warmth with the help of cosy nooks,” says Shah. A television wall effectively divides the open plan living from the snug dining space highlighted with yellow chairs. Shah’s choice of warm, earthy palette of browns and creams for the upholstery and décor pieces recalls the warmth of sand at the seashore. The handcrafted jute carpet, clay pots and cane wall art continue the seaside theme.
The balcony adjoining the living room draws from the relaxed feel of the Greek islands. A rocking chair placed here invites the dwellers to relax and unwind. Lush green indoor plants bring a splash of vibrancy and organic form to the subdued surroundings. A thoughtfully placed bamboo ceiling creates a playful dance of light and shadow while also shielding the space from the harsh afternoon sun.
The master bedroom designed in an aquatic palette echoes the beaches of the Greek Islands. White stucco walls, jute carpet, floor cushions and bamboo wall art inject personality to the room. The blue ceiling brings unexpected colour to the sun-drenched room. The canopy over the bed creates an intimate space that feels cozy. “One could spend hours here pouring over a book with a cup of coffee for company,” says Shah.
The guest bedroom is simple but unquestionably chic. Ropes dangling from the ceiling down to the corners of the bed add ranch style rustic vibe to the Mediterranean cool of the room. Blue and white upholstery and curtains bring a sense of calm. The furniture relies on clean lines and neutral tones for the main pieces with a few pops of colour in the art. Walk-in wardrobes in both the bedrooms as well as storage below the stairs meet the requirements of the family.
A sculptural staircase encrusted with mosaic tiles leads to a sparkling, sunlit terrace. A stunning yellow door framed with a tiled wall provides a focal point in this white space littered with a bounty of intricate detailing and romantic touches. The piece de résistance here is the bar that overlooks the sunset. Concrete steps flowing from the bar lead to theatre style seating. A white picket fence adds a dash of playfulness to the space. A raised wooden platform is reserved for meals or board games without disturbing the rest of the space. A vertical garden shields the duct area while radiating beauty through imperfections. “It helps to bring the outdoor inside and gives the monotonous flooring a break. It also feels very soothing and refreshing,” says Shah. A recycled blue window dresses up a plain wall while adding a dreamy note to the terrace.
Shah and her team were mindful of the environment while creating this abode. Leftover materials from construction were reused and upcycled back into the home. “The discarded kota was used as the terrace flooring to create a pattern akin to the old streets of Greece. All the beds and seating have been carved in civil and finished with IPS. The staircase railings were fashioned from bamboo as it’s a fast growing plant,” reveals Shah.