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The designer touch

Seetu and Nitin Kohli have given Manoj and Usha Gupta?s home a distinctive designer appeal.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2003 14:40 IST

All the spaces in Manoj and Usha Gupta’s house in Punjabi Bagh (East) sport a different look. While the living room, the dining room and the master bedroom on the ground floor have a classical appeal, the TV lounge (on the ground floor) is in the art deco style and the two bedrooms on the first floor sport contemporary décor. Even the four attached glass bathrooms have a designer appeal about them. Making the Seetu and Nitin Kohli designed home a cut above the rest.

The distinctive character of the Gupta residence is evident as you drive upto the home. The elegant façade, the well-designed iron-gate, the yellow onyx nameplate as well as the brass door sporting a photo etching of a wooden veneer — all display the designer touch, giving the visitor a glimpse of the various interior styles within.

The lobby includes a console with a mirror above it, two chic chairs and paintings. While the flooring is in beige Italian marble and lavante (an Italian marble in maroon with white streaks), a green and maroon chik adds a dash of colour to the whole area. The lobby opens into a large space that includes the dining table, a seating area and a large winding staircase leading up to the first floor.

The dining table is a glass top, eight-seater with chairs upholstered in a multi-coloured print. While flowers decorate its top, an oil painting forms the perfect backdrop. The small seating area next to it ? and below the staircase ? includes four large chairs in the same print as the dining chairs. Two planters placed next to the chairs with mashaals add that quintessential touch of the exotic.

Stained glass doors lead into the formal living room that includes two large four-seaters in a sawdust shade, two chairs in mustard and gold, a centre table in a crackled finish, a couch and two wooden side tables replete with photoframes. A red jamawar coupled with green and magenta velvet cushions adds a dash of colour to the four-seaters. Bolsters and cushions sporting a unique design also add their own unique flavour. A large wooden console showcases a figure of the Buddha and vases in silver and gold. Green and gold chiks and curtains further complete the picture.

As you enter the TV lounge next door, you receive a style ‘shock’. It looks entirely different from the classic style of the living room. With one wall hued in rust, the room has a brown couch, two wooden side tables, a wood and steel centre table, two chic chairs and a TV unit.

However, it is the staircase in the hall outside that takes pride of place in the Gupta home. Sporting a brass railing, the wall along the stairs is outfitted in Dholpur stone and has two big niches. The niches, clad in white Italian marble, showcase glass vases ? lending a very up-market look to the entire space. A dome above the staircase in coloured stained glass completes the picture.

The two bedrooms (that of the Gupta’s daughter, Madhur, and son, Shantanu) have a very contemporary feel about their décor. Madhur’s room incorporates an elegant low bed in wood and steel with a beige leather headrest, modern lights, a working area and a beige couch. Maroon and mustard scatter cushions add a dash of colour to the room. However, it is the two chairs ? to the right of the bed — in maroon and mustard that take pride of place in the bedroom. With high backs, the modern design of the chairs is the centre of attraction in the room.

Shantanu’s room, on the other hand, is a story in black and white. While the bed is in black with a wood and steel headrest, a round zebra design on the floor lends the room a matter-of-fact style. Two chairs with a chik in the same print add to the similarity.

Maintaining distinct styles!

First Published: Oct 31, 2003 11:36 IST