Going with the flow

Anurag and Krishna Aroop?s farmhouse is like a picture postcard ? replete with lush green lawns, a dream house and even a gurgling stream.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2004 17:59 IST

Anurag and Krishna Aroop’s farmhouse is like a picture postcard — replete with lush green lawns, a dream house and even a gurgling stream.

They refer to it as a three-acre painting — a canvas that depicts a house set amidst the greens and built ‘over’ a gurgling stream. Where the inside merges with the outside environment. Welcome to Anurag and Krishna Aroop’s (of L’affaire fame) green nest on Osho Drive in Sultanpur. Sans boundaries (as the couple don’t believe in confining themselves to any particular style), the farmhouse incorporates three styles in interior designing — Japanese, Indian and the European. The basic premise being — to bring “plants and music” into the design of the house. “While plants have been incorporated by way of greenery, the sound of flowing water from the stream beneath and around the house makes way for music,” says Aroop.

The stream flows in a circle — it emerges from beneath the house, flows past the front and finally empties into a pond. However, this is not the only water body on the estate — there is a waterfall to the right of the house and a very large pond complete with fountains and an island. The entrance to the house is through a corridor. Designed in an Oriental manner, the corridor has a thatched roof, Jaisalmer flooring into which are embedded leaves cast in brass and a jhoola.

As you enter the house, you come across a decorative area to your left, which includes a big pot, a Ganesha, some planters and a fountain. While stairs lead up to the first floor, an etched glass wall gives you a glimpse of the stream flowing outside.

A corridor leads to the dining room as well as to the living quarters. The left wall of the corridor (built on a raised portion as the stream flows beneath it) is entirely made of glass and overlooks the patch of green around the stream. The corridor sports a low seating area in green, a small two-seater wrought-iron breakfast table, a console displaying lots of artefacts and frames showcasing woven calligraphy.

The living room has two main seating areas. The first has a three-seater in beige with colourful cushions, a large one-seater, an antique couch and a wooden centre table. While the wall behind the three-seater is made of bricks, the one adjacent to it showcases a Jamawar. The second seating area has a three-seater and a two-seater in beige. A one-seater in a corner against a glass wall makes for a pretty picture. All the rooms have glass doors opening onto the green lawns, in sync with “letting the outside come in” theory.

The dining room is totally Japanese — it has a 10-seater low (in green) dining table with a glass top placed on a wooden base. While the room sports wooden flooring, there is an old-fashioned wall-to-wall storage cabinet (for books on Osho) with white curtains. Other items in the room include an Indonesian cane chair, a console displaying photographs of Osho and a piece of calligraphy on the wall. A glass corner wall (a feature that exists in every room) looks out onto the greens beyond.

The couple’s spacious bedroom has a wooden bed in beige, two low chairs in a blue and white print, beige and green curtains and the proverbial corner wall in glass, overlooking a waterfall. A Jamawar in silk on the wall completes the picture. A framed silk magenta fabric in the corridor lends colour to the whole space. The guestroom, on the other hand, also has a bed in beige, a rocking chair in wood and a comfortable Indonesian cane chair. A framed weave in brocade and peacock feathers completes the picture.

Maintaining the flow!

First Published: Jan 09, 2004 17:15 IST