Delhi is known for the fact that it bridges two different worlds,
it is a quintessential blend of historical past and effervescent present. Today's guest on my blog hails from Delhi and it goes without saying that her home is a true reflection of this beautiful city, a home that encapsulates old and new in an incredible way. Parul Chaturvedi, a multifaceted person and fauji's wife takes pride in saying that "my home is a reflection of my creativity." I met this wonderful lady virtually and with our mutual love for all things design, decor & DIY we instantly became friends. In Parul's own words, "Having married to an Army Officer, I shift cities every two years and have been staying in different types of government houses. I’ve always been very passionate about my home and interiors. Shifting houses frequently though challenging but made me more creative by experimenting at new spaces."
Let's tour this urban desi home of Parul and Manish Chaturvedi and know some wonderful tips and tricks on giving your home an urban desi feel from Parul herself.
3D: What's your decorating style or a theme that you find yourself gravitate towards?
Parul: My decor style is Urban Desi which is an amalgamation of Modern styling with an ethnic. I keep my style simple and clutter free since I can’t change the basic structure of the house and the wall colour. I change the curtains,rugs and cushions to give a new feel to the place.
3D: You are a multi-talented lady. Please tell us something about the Ganesha painting collage that is now adorning your foyer.
Parul: I have always been a devout follower of Lord Ganesha. I am an avid collector of Lord Ganesha in all forms and he adorns all corners of my Home. I like to see him in all forms so I have painted singing and dancing Ganeshas.
3D: Where do you get the inspiration from.
Parul: My mother has been my inspiration. Right from childhood she inculcated in me and my sisters, a design sensibility and a habit of maintaining the home, be it a habit of gardening, painting or keeping the entire house decorated.
3D: You have a great sense of styling. Please share some tips with us.
Parul: My furniture is basically light as I have not invested in heavy furniture due to frequent shifting.My décor keeps changing though basic style remains the same, small items keep moving places. I am extremely fond of plants and maintain green space wherever possible.I truly believe that "Home is where the heart is". Your home reflects your personality.
Some tips that I follow are -
- Keep the stuff minimum and clutter free.
- Keep changing the runners, rugs, cushion covers, curtains as per the seasons and festivals to maintain the freshness.
- Keep changing coffee table decor and corners/pockets of your home to give a new look.
- Maintain greenery by keeping indoor plants. Fresh flowers are essential, they give an immediate face-lift to your home.
- Go in for monthly cleaning. Buy only what you can maintain.
3D: Paintings in your home are quite pleasing to the senses. How do you select them and is there any particular destination from where you get most of your delightful home accents.
Parul: There is no particular shop or place that I can mention here. Since I am a fauji's wife, we live a transient life. I keep collecting things from different parts of the country which I feel will gel well in my home decor. My décor pieces are the collection of various places we have stayed/visited across the country. I like traditional items with modern furnishings to keep the balance.
3D: Which is the favorite corner of your home where you love to hang out?
Parul: The balcony is my favorite corner. My hubby refers to it as our own private "Lovers Point", where we enjoy our daily morning tea as it makes us feel close to mother nature.
Now who wouldn't love to have daily morning tea with better half that too in a personal and such beautiful lovers point!!
3D: You have a cornucopia of artifacts. Be it brass, wood, silver or crystal, you have them all. What do you keep in mind when you pick them, bring them home and give them a place where they look the most enticing.
Parul: Mix and match is my decor style. I am a compulsive buyer and whenever I travel I am on the lookout for the traditional handicraft from that place which is eye catching. At times, I buy things first and then figure out where to place them in my home.
I have an obsession for metal, especially brass.
Take a look at her astonishing collection of brass......
an impressive collection of wooden figurines...
a breathtaking collection of crystal artifacts...
and stunning collection of glassware!!
3D: We loved having you here on 3D. Do you have something to say to my dear readers.
Parul: Creating a beautiful home is not about buying fancy items but it is about creating memories of every house we stayed. I am blessed to have a house with plenty of sunshine and space. I truly believe in the saying “Home is where the heart is”.
She has a keen eye for details and pockets of her home reflects the same. Who could have thought that ceramics, copper, wood and steel can create such a beautiful vignette.
An intricately carved wooden crockery cabinet in her dining is a show stealer. It can enhance the look of any space with great ease. Seen here are eye-pleasing tablescape and vignette created by Parul in below image.
I am sure that after taking a tour of Parul's heavenly adobe you are craving for more. No worries!! I have more for you. You haven't seen Parul's garden yet and I promise you wouldn't be disappointed as her garden is dreamlike and can be given a term of "fairy garden". For a dose of more such eye candy images of beautiful homes click here.
I hope you must have enjoyed this home tour and our conversation as well. Coming up next is an interview with rising star in the interior design industry. Stay tuned!!