Our home is not something you would expect featured in a magazine- neat, prim and proper and beautified. It is a space that works with assortment of knick-knacks, vibrant colours, lots of plants and things that are easy to handle and non-precious in the monetary sense of the term. We have house guests very often and one thing I didnt want my house to be was “unapproachable” ( if you know what I mean). I have friends who have huge spaces they call home and very very expensive furniture and upholstery. But what makes it a home is the fact that there too all we need to do is just put up our feet and prop ourselves on some cushions and the warmth of the place just takes over. That is what we wanted for our house. Everything that this house has today has been sourced by us over the years, some hand me downs, some because we couldn’t afford any better. But all in all its a space we love coming back to every day.
When we got married we had no money and therefore no furniture we could call our own. While in Kolkata, my mum in law very graciously offered us pieces of her furniture that we could make do with, till the time we could afford our own. When we moved to Delhi in 2006, we came with 2 rope chairs ( that belonged to M’s parents’ larger sofa set), 2 mattresses ( 1 double, 1 single) and 1 gas oven. That’s it. And it is only over the years that we have managed to build this space together. There is a lot more that we want to do with it but we believe that its best to atleast make do with what we have currently and keep adding things, as and when. So here’s a small glimpse of the space we call home.
1. I love, love, love lights and candles. Leave me in a shop which sells lights and I could be your slave forever. But I must also mention that I hate shopping in big fancy shops. Small quirky markets is my calling.
2. We also have a fascination for masks and animals of different kinds. My carpenter finds this very weird and thinks it’s something to do with obsession with dead people and animals. It’s nice to freak him out once in a while
3. My little patch of green- that’s what I like to call my verandah which hardly has any place to stand. While I wish I had a huge sprawling place for my plants, I knew I had to do the best I could with what I had. I have inherited this love for plants from my dad and having plants around me all the time somehow also remind me of him.
So here it is people- a glimpse into our home. I didn’t ever think I would do a house post but then the madmomma had her way and forced me to sit and put this down on paper. Now I am glad I did.