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Sunayana Malhotra: From the canvas to the interiorsBy Nikita Lall
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Tearing across a promenade of buildings lying somewhere in the center of west Punjabi Bagh, we landed straight across a three storied white building with black wrought iron gates at the front. No sooner were we ushered to the second floor, than the domestic helper opened the front door. He led us indoors into an enormous space dotted with enticing stuff from around the world. The living room painted in a white backdrop embraced eclectic accents that revealed the fine taste of an artist who values tradition and culture.
The wall adjacent to the door featured a full-of-life abstract art depicting intriguing phases of power struggle between a man and a woman. The L-shaped beige sofa adorned with colorful cushions lay against the wall featuring the painting.
The opposite wall housed the fireplace that was beautifully crowned with an enormous wrought iron wall accent with intricate detailing. While standing at the center of the room, I could glance sideways to get a vivid picture of the balcony.
And the wall facing the enormous window was the most exotic thing I had seen - A glass case partition that detached the living room from the dining room. The glass partition was no ordinary. Encased in it was a mixed family of decorative plants dotted all along the case.Take a break and have a look at these awesome products:
It hadn't been five minutes since I had started soaking in my surroundings, that the vivacious artist arrived. Dressed in red jumper and black trousers with an ethnic shawl clad around, Sunayana looked down-to-earth, yet extremely gorgeous. There was an air of liveliness about her that was apparent in the way she talked.
When asked about what inspired her as an artist, she gleefully said she had admired art from the childhood and loved to make sketches even back then. But the dormant artist in her finally found expression once her children had grown up. She began painting and with the passage of time, women became her central theme and she began weaving most of her paintings around them. Few years later, she organized her first art exhibition in Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi and got rave reviews even from the international community.
When provided the option to choose between contemporary, modern and traditional decor styles, Sunayana prefers contemporary decor with an Indian accent. She loves mixing and matching things which was quite evident from her decor - the paintings from South India, wall accents from Turkey, artworks from New York and some ethnic art pieces from Delhi.
According to Sunayana, the initial consideration was to build a contemporary home. But soon, the space became more of an eclectic as she and her husband picked up stuff from around the world that expressed their persona, interests and passion. Sunayana is a great believer of preserving old furniture which, she says, can be creatively used to compliment new decor styles.
Every home design has a thought process associated with it. Sunayana Malhotra envisaged a warm and friendly home where she would invite friends over. She firmly believes that the interior ambience must be good enough to uplift the moods of guests as well as family members.
Not one to go by rules set by others, she thinks there can be no thumb rule for interior decor and that we shouldn't follow trends blindly unless we personally identify with them. She feels since people are going overboard about modern decor theme, it's time now we inculcate the traditional theme in our decor.
Sunayana graciously offered to show us around the home and that gave us an opportunity to check out the other side of her creativity in interior design. Every space in her home has an identity of its own. Every room took up a theme as per the functionality. She led us into her bedroom via a narrow hallway that was flanked by the glass casing (similar to that of the living room) on one side and the kitchen on the other side.
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