In Shilpa's words," I like my house to be neat, but feel lived in. I tend to favour traditional over modern design elements, and like to use mostly natural materials. With most of our furniture, it has been love at first sight. Most pieces are made of solid Indian rosewood or teak wood and lend a warm quality to our house. I like furniture with some history behind it. The swing set is fashioned from rosewood rescued from an old Chettinadu style bed. The teak cupboard that we currently use as a crockery cabinet is about 50 years old. The sofa was a garage sale find here in Singapore and spotted by my husband. I was told it originally belonged to a Peranakan grandmother. The moment we saw it, I knew I wanted it in our house. Some polish and vibrant upholstery later, it is my favourite place to relax."
I can sense a lot of warmth and love in this home. I am drooling over this gorgeous chair.......
Shilpa's beautiful green corner. Her talents as a photographer is clearly visible here.
Shilpa is also an artist, and the owl here is made by her. Shilpa says," most decor items are handmade treasures from family members. I like waking up and looking at them as it reminds me of the people who made it for us. It makes us feel surrounded by their love and that, I feel, brings positive energy into our home.
Precious things collected on treks - the horseshoes are especially special. My love for animals and birds is reflected in collection I have of them in brass, wood and fabric - some are flea markets finds, some from our travels and some handmade."
Here are some family heirlooms, like this lovely silver passed down from her husband's family.
Her lovely living room.......the furniture is gorgeous.
A finger painted cushion cover and lamp shade by Shilpa.
This image makes me very nostalgic. Growing up in India, I was addicted to Amar Chitra Kathas. These are story books about folk tales, fairy tales and mythology. This is Shilpa's husband's collection from his childhood. Makes me wish that I had kept mine.....
This is too cute...perfect for the kitchen:-)
A fun afternoon at home, where Shilpa uses wooden printing blocks to print cotton drawstring vegetable bags, from leftover cotton diaper material!
Images via: Shilpa