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Celebrating Diwali in a new home: Find out how a south Delhi couple are finally settling in

Pawan and Tanu Abbott have just moved into their park-facing 5,000 sq ft apartment in south Delhi, which has a mix of neutral hues and colourful accent pieces of furniture

real estate Updated: Oct 29, 2016 18:26 IST
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Entrepreneur Pawan Abbott and his wife Tanu celebrating Diwali at their new house in South Delhi.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

As Dussehra and Diwali are considered to be “auspicious” for big-ticket purchases, most people prefer to move into their new homes during the festive season. Meet one such lucky couple, Pawan and Tanu Abbott. They moved into their beautiful 5,000 sq ft apartment in South Delhi recently. While they bought the house almost five months ago, doing up the interiors took a long time. HT Estates caught up with them to share their happiness.

Their house is interesting because the basement, the stilt area (now turned into an inviting foyer) and the ground floor have been integrated into a single unit. Since the house faces a park, the green element is reflected in almost every room – even in something which is usually uninteresting and drab – hold your breath, the shaft. The shaft has a patch of artificial green grass and lots of plants.

Subdued neutral hues run across the house with furniture adding a splash of colour. There’s a tan colour chair in the recreational area in the basement and deep blue chairs set against an Ikat-patterned sofa in the foyer area. Shades of green are omnipresent in the formal living area, reflecting the greenery of the park.

The apartment’s interiors have been done by Amarjeet Syali, design head at Locus Design Arbeit and executed by Captain Sumit Gupta of Aaone Developers Pvt Ltd. “Since the project had to do with filling spaces in an apartment located on a 500 sq yard plot, there had to be both informal and formal spaces. The basement was transformed into a casual, recreational area with a card table, pool table and a theatre thrown in and the formal area was restricted to the ground floor,” says Syali. If spaces are not visually connected and the feeling of oneness is missing, then a house is incomplete.

Colour tones have been kept soft and neutral with accent pieces thrown in to add colour to the rooms, including the balcony with orange accents in the seating arrangement. “The idea all along was that since you cannot change the upholstery, the colour or the wall paper on the walls, only the cushions and accent pieces, artefacts can be changed from time to time to introduce the change element,” says Tanu, who has painstakingly chosen the colour scheme and the furnishings.

“I was looking for somebody to help choose furniture and do up the interiors. Just to agree with what the vision would be took us about a month. As our discussions progressed everything changed. I also ended increasing my budget,” says Pawan, an entrepreneur who manufactures mechanical engineering products.

Tanu saw to the art work, selected fabrics and lights – all sourced from local vendors that included furniture from Wild Ochre by Anju Choudhury, lights by Luminaries by Honey Handa and furnishing by Nirmal Handlooms. The interesting side piece in the foyer area, the round tables in the living area and the dining table have all been sourced from vendors in MG Road, Khan Market and Kirti Nagar.

For more pictures of the Abbotts’ new house, click here.

First Published: Oct 29, 2016 18:26 IST