A house exudes the warmth of a home, only when it looks lived-in,” says Shobha Deepak Singh, perched elegantly on the sofa in the living room of her spacious, three tiered house on Sardar Patel Marg.
From the creamy yellow walls and the artwork adorning them, to the soft floral fragrance that embraces you as soon as you enter — the mansion is a perfect mix of modern class and traditional sobriety. “We have lived here for almost 25 years, and my favourite, and the most unique part of the house is the Gaja Lakshmi glass installation on the entry door. When the light hits it, it looks beautiful,” says 69-year-old Singh, director of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.
Of lilies and roses
The Singh family’s love for flowers is evident with tall stemmed carnations, deep hued lilies, pink roses and an impressive display of other exotic varieties adding a bold dash of colour to the rooms. “In our house, you will always find a lot of flowers, but I don’t like the fake, plastic kind. About every two weeks, I get all the flowers changed and I do the arrangements myself. We get them fresh from the market, never from a store.”
Apart from these colourful residents, the silver decoratives also add to all the elegance — comprising carved silver strawberries, candelabra, tea cups, coasters and more. “I get the polish from London and all my silver is then treated with it. Apart from the sheen, I am a big fan of candles and diyas. My husband’s name is Deepak, so that shouldn’t come as a surprise!” gushes Shobha, flanked by the dewy light that enters from the glass wall which gives a view of the patio outside.