Friday, July 22, 2016

Home Tour: Chandra Kargupta

Hello world!! 

I know I had disappeared from the blogland for a few weeks but don't worry, I am back again with a promised home tour of the month. Chandra and Siddhartha Kargupta, the proud owners of the home are allowing us to take a peek inside their home which is a true reflection of India in London.

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Let me first introduce Chandra to you. She is north Indian classical and semi-classical vocalist and she also manages Wimbledon Library in London. When she shared a link to her website with me and told me about her passion for music and home decor, I knew that I am getting to know an extraordinary person.
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I clicked the link she shared right away and would you believe that I listened to the Indian classical music for the first time and I am glad that I did. spent a good amount of time listening to Indian classical songs sung by Chandra. Among Dadra-Ghiri ghiri ayee, Bhairavi, Thumari and Pilu, Thumari has become my favorite. I could sense the presence of goddess Saraswati in Chandra's voice. If you dear readers wish to listen to the classical songs sung by Chandra then here is the link for you www.chandrachakraborty.info
Here is a tete-a-tete with Chandra as she shows us thoughtfully curated corner of her home and tells us the stories behind every object and a heart touching story of her marriage. 


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Describe your home in just a few words:
Chandra: "Home is where the art is."
I meditate and practice my music in the morning and you can smell the lovely incense as soon as you enter. Visitors always say that they feel very relaxed at my house. I travel a lot for my concerts and collect items directly from handicraft workers. Rino, Tom and Jerry’s unconditional love takes the whole day’s stress away as soon as we walk in through the door. We love our home. 


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Whether your house is an apartment or a villa:
Chandra: It is a detached house with 4 bedrooms.

Tell us about yourself, your family and location:
Chandra: We are originally from Kolkata. I was like an adopted daughter of great Indian Classical Music maestro Pt A Kanan and Smt. Malabika Kanan and was a research scholar at Kolkata Sangeet Research Academy since I was 12 years old. Guruma arranged my marriage at the early age of 18 with Siddhartha, who was also like their son. When we got married, Sid was only 23. However, Guruma Smt Malabika Kanan was in support of an early marriage and thought if I get married to someone else, then my music may be ruined but because Sid was also a music lover, sings extremely well and considered Guruji and Ma as his second parent, getting married to him would be ideal. I and Siddhartha basically grew up together and supported each other in every stage of life and I don’t regret getting married so early. There is an age difference of 19 years between me and my son so I enjoy being his mother (when required) and being his best friend. After marriage, I continued with my study as well as music and used to go to guruji’s house every morning and come back at night. We moved to Johannesburg in 1996 due to Sid’s work and I also started working there as the principle vocal teacher of the Indian Consulate and later joined Witwatersrand University as a lecturer of music. We moved to London in 2000 and currently British Citizen.  We live in Sutton, Surrey. 20 min drive from Wimbledon. Our son Srimanta has just completed his graduation from the University Of London. He is a British Champion in Kung Fu. We also have 3 four legged children- Rino (Labrador), Tom and Jerry (Cavalapso twins), two large cages of Canaries, budgies and finches, two Degus ( they are a mix of Guinea pigs and rats) and a tank full of gold fishes. Some of the birds are born in the house. They fly around us when we are at home and go back to their cage at night.


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What’s your decorating style:
Chandra: I love artwork and I am really passionate about handicrafts. Whenever I visit India, I travel to rural areas and collect decorative items for my house. I have collected so many items that I change the decoration every now and then and place different items every time. We never feel bored because after every few months the house looks completely different. 
The decorating style is also influenced by Feng Shui. I have been practicing this ancient Chinese Vastu for the last 20 years and according to the natal chart of the year, every year things need to move around from one side to another anyway.


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My house is decorated with inexpensive things, mostly handicrafts from rural parts of India and Africa. I try to find cheap things from the local market and decorate those with my own paintings to give a different look. As an example, the white lampshade in the corner of the dining room is from a local street market (only £4), then I painted Rajasthani style horses and elephants on it. Everyone keeps on asking where did I get that from and this is what my idea about home décor is- “home is where art is”!


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The entrance -  The golden Feng shui Laughing Budda, I collected this from a street market in Mozambique while I was touring for concerts. When we moved from Jo Burg to London, this Buddha was placed in a large cardboard box with several other home décor items. When the container arrived after a month by ship and I opened the boxes, I was actually shocked that the more hardy items placed in the same box were either a little bit broken here and there and some were completely smashed but the Buddha was intact without a single scratch!
This one shows the walls at the entrance hallway. I have done some warli painting and you can see the picture of our traditional Bengali wedding here.


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In the hallway - The picture of us getting married! It has been 25 years but it feels like yesterday! Also the white Ganesha on the wall. This marble Ganesh was presented to me after one of my concerts in Pakistan.


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In the living room- A wall and a table inside the living room with my Ganesha collection. 


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The coffee table is my most favourite. When we moved to Jo Burg, we didn’t have much money as that was a very early stage of our career! We were in a rented apartment and could only buy a small dinner table with a few minimum furniture. The legs of the table broke while shifting our stuff to London but my son loved this table so much that I couldn’t throw the glass top, thought I might use it one day! A year before last, I was visiting my grandparents' house that is far away from Kolkata in a rural area. While walking through the village, I saw a lady cooking rice in a clay pot. I had an idea and collected a few of those pots from a local street market. Placed those pots under the glass top to make my own little centre table. I also love my collection of Ganesha on the table as well as on the wall in this room.
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In the kitchen- Silver 'paan daan' set is my absolute favorite and I also love my wooden spoons from Africa. I love to paint on different materials. I painted Jamini Roy's horses on one of the kitchen walls.  


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This is my favourite spot where I have a brass spoon on the wall, my own painting of horses and a paper pulp Ganesha. While cooking, at times I sit here to relax.

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In the dining room- Love this corner next to the diwan. I make porcelain dolls and you can see one here, some family pictures and this is the place where I spend a lot of time when I am free on Sundays, reading and looking at the garden through the large glass wall. 

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Clay dolls from Bengal, Rajasthani dolls, another of my porcelain dolls, the corner table in the dining room- you can see a red sindoor daan here that is used in Bengal when we get married, my painting of a peacock on the wall and some more clay dolls from Bengal.


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Where do you get the inspiration from:
Chandra: My mother Manju Chakraborty loves to decorate the house. She has always been my inspiration. I also read a lot of books on home decoration and visit the blogs almost every day to get new ideas.


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Which is your favourite spot in your home and why:
Chandra: There are so many! But if I have to mention only one, then it is in front of the bronze Ganesha in the living room, next to the center table. I practice my music here.



What are your hobbies:
Chandra: Although I work full-time as a Manager of Wimbledon Library, my main profession is singing. I paint, make porcelain dolls and statues with marble stone powder too. My husband Dr. Siddhartha Kargupta is a computer scientist turned entrepreneur but he is also an excellent singer. He doesn’t do it professionally, though. Our Son Srimanta is a good painter and a photographer, plays guitar and he is also a good writer. He has won several awards including Mary McPherson award for fiction writing.

Please give your valuable advice to décor enthusiast 3D readers:
Chandra: Do read blogs and books on home décor to get ideas but while decorating your house, have one item in each room that is your own idea and not copied from somewhere else. You will always feel proud. 
Here is an image of Chandra's garden where she entertains guests and enjoys her time with family.

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Chandra's home is a treasure chest of all things Indian and truly reflects her vivacious personality. She had sent me lots of images and I thought I would make a beautiful video tour of her home but due to time constraint I would be doing that later. Thank you Chandra and Siddharth for sharing lovely images of your beautiful abode with 3D readers. We wish you love, luck & sunshine!!

Dear readers hope you all enjoyed this home. For more such lovely home tours click here.
One more home tour is lined up for this month so stay tuned!!



Friday, July 8, 2016

Monsoon Decor Ideas

Monsoon has arrived in my neck of the woods
and I am singing the song of the rain. How stunningly the poet Khalil Gibran has described the beauty of rains. All the fields, hills, trees and flowers feel rejuvenated. Like art washes away the dust of everyday life from the soul, rain washes away all the pain of yesterday and make us rejoice. The weather is so conducive to the feelings of rejuvenation and love that I am in a state of perpetual bliss. I love this season for one more reason, I become lively, active, energetic, happy and it doesn't bother me even if I over exert and do my work day in and day out. 

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Incessant rains have made the world around me look so beautiful and reinvigorated that I couldn't resist beautifying my space too. Here is how I decorated  my home for the monsoon to enjoy the every bit of this beautiful season. I brought the rain lilies indoors that were in full bloom in my balcony garden and the pot has taken the center stage in my living room. Bringing flowers and greens indoors add the charm and liveliness to the space. Either buy them from the florist or get them from your own garden or hunt them in your neighborhood area but you should incorporate flowers into home decor . Flowers can be paired with almost everything and they make the most beautiful vignette.

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Giving company to this beautiful bani-thani pot full of fresh blooms is a Moroccan lantern to create a perfect warm ambiance indoors when the weather outside is so cold. Lamps, lanters and candles never fail to create a warm and romantic aura so rummage through your cabinets or cupboards and bring your treasure of the lamps, lanterns and candles out. It is the right time when these lights create the most beautiful warm glow that is soothing to the eyes and soul.

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How mesmerizing the combination of flowers and the warm glow of light looks. To make the place look divine, I placed Ganesha idol surrounded with flowers and tealights.


My color palette consists of yellow, orange, pink and red this season. Red is powerful, bright and stimulates mind. It lends the touch of elegance hence I added a pop of red in my decor this monsoon.

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But I will advise you to use red in moderation as too much of red can cause aggression and agitation. It's better to tone it down with softer hues like honey, ochre, orange and green but still keeping the color palette warm. Keep some house plants around to highlight certain corners in the room or to create the focal point.

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Don't shy away from putting up some seashells and conch to bring in the monsoon vibes. Place some good books on coffee table to read and you are ready to put your feet up, curl up on the couch and pretend you are on the hills or at the beach :) 

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 Burn some aroma candles and tealights don't save them for a special occasion.  Feel the magic as aroma envelops you and relieves your stress.

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You don't always need urli  to float the flowers whatever you have is just enough to bring about the beauty. My coffee table is all decked up for the monsoon. 

Home Decor In Monsoon

I love my home office and I spend some good amount of time there so it should be like other rooms in my home, warm and soothing in cold weather. On my desk, I added Kerala mural painting that I painted recently. More about it some other day :) Warm colors here are creating the perfect atmosphere to boost the productivity. 

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View from my balcony becomes so picturesque in the monsoon that I gaze at it in awe and often I can be seen clicking lots of pictures of nature in its purest form. Here are a few such awe-inspiring views from my balcony garden. 


I love watching the sunset from my balcony especially in summers and in monsoon. Nature never ceases to amaze me with its infinite colors and enthralling forms.

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What's monsoon without some scrumptious Indian food on the platter. I have two gourmets at my home and I try my best to tantalize their taste buds. Some days it's lip-smacking baby samosas and pakode...

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and other days healthy soups to fill us up and are pleasure to have in rainy chilly weather. 

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Hungry?? Go make yourself some soup or pakodes and enjoy the weather.
This is all that I have for you this monsoon. Hope you like it. Stay tuned to take a tour of the home that reflects India. Until then check out my Instagram feed (click here). 
Happy Monsoon!!



Friday, July 1, 2016

Home Tour: Kapila Banerjee


am so glad to share that
3D readers across the globe are reaching out to me to showcase their one of a kind, reflection of their own personalities, filled with memories and stunning homes on my blog Design Decor & Disha. I already have four more home tours lined up for the next two months one from Canada, one from London, one from Mumbai and one from the city I am living in. And I have decided to feature two home tours in a month. Are you excited!! Here's what I have in my bag today. Enjoy!!

Today's home tour is special because it's from my hometown Indore, where I spent my youth and formative years of life. The city built by queen Ahilya Bai Holkar is known for its architectural splendours, mouth-watering culinary delights and also known as the birth land of vocal Gharana of Indian classical music, Indore Gharana. I can talk endlessly about Indore but then we have a beautiful home to talk about today, so just sit back and relax and enjoy this home tour.

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This beautiful abode is owned by Kapila and Sonal Banerjee, a couple who is equally enthusiastic about home decor as we are all here at 3D. Kapila is a multifaceted lady who not only has a keen interest in home decorating but also paints very well. Most of the paintings in her home are done by herself. Decor in this home is a beautiful collision of Indian and international cultures. Let's take a tour of this home as Kapila describes her style, talks about her passion and lot more.

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Describe your home in just a few words:
Kapila: Bright, vibrant, colourful with life’s nostalgic journey till date.
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Whether it's an apartment or an independent house:
Kapila: It’s an apartment having 2 floors

It's area:
Kapila: Our current house is a 1900 sqft having 3 rooms and an independent terrace to ourselves.

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Tell us about yourself, your family and location:
Kapila: Proud & blessed mother of twin daughters. Have lived my early childhood at Indore, back during the college days I had very passionate interest in trying my hands at interior designing which led me learning basic through the formal diploma in interior designing. While I could not pursue it as a profession but the interest continued right from the time when I did the décor of my parental house to my own house after marriage. Being happily married to Sonal for nearly 13 years and counting, we have been moving places due to work demands of Sonal from Indore at the start point or marriage and subsequently to Gwalior,Mumbai,and Kolkata within India before going on an overseas trip with livestock and baggage to Kenya, Africa for about 4 years. 

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Though I have returned back with kids to Indore where we have our own house, Sonal continued his overseas stint and works at Yangon, Myanmar. By the way, I worked for more than a decade in various corporate organisations before taking sabbatical due to motherhood taking precedence over work. I am a strong believer of a woman being independent and yet continue to be playing multiple roles as we have been doing for years. Motherhood has given a new meaning to me and which like everyone I have always cherished. 


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Both I and Sonal have always liked and cherished Indore as a city with middle-class values & vibrancy, weather and its ever changing development landscape. We shall eventually build our own house from the first brick to the décor and guess who shall be in command of our future project ……..

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Well, no prizes for guessing, we all know it already and we love how you decorate. Tells us about your decorating style:
Kapila: Playing with colours, artefacts in both vintage & contemporary style and furniture have been the central theme of all my décor. I love fresh plants and flowers all around. 

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I have also tried to carry reminiscence of key décor items from each city where I have lived since my marriage so that the décor also has a reflection of my journeys in life till date. 

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The Buddha in the above picture is from Yangon and peacocks from Bangkok street shopping. The wooden box is from Masai Mara Kenya.

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Where do you get the inspiration from:
Kapila: My biggest inspiration was in being self-creative in my parents’ house and with Sonal after marriage. Our marital life started with a bare minimum, almost an empty house having just a simple mattresses. Time never stopped since then and both of us have also not stopped our common passion for house collectibles. My daughters aged 8 have also developed a taste for décor of their own room in specific style and a sense of appreciation for any new décor or changes in the house. My close friend Hemal too has also been instrumental in inspiring me in my efforts. 

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Which is your favourite spot in your home and why:
Kapila: The family room where I spend most of my time with kids and my extended family. Day bed corner is the most comforting zone in the house with natural light and fresh air from the adjoining balcony.

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What are your hobbies:
Kapila: Home décor, painting, full-time rearing of my daughters, and finally to be a hopeful small time home décor entrepreneur in the time ahead. 

Please give your valuable advice to décor enthusiast 3D readers:
Kapila: Try new things with earthenware décor, be updated on trends, use fresh plants and flowers and finally it’s not about the size but about the space utility. 

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I loved each nook and corner of this tastefully done up home and I am inspired to make some changes in my home too. What about you dear readers, how do you find this home and which one is your favorite room/decor accessory. If you wish to see more of her home check out Kapila's Instagram feed and Pinterest account.
For more such beautiful home tours click here.

See you all soon with a blog on monsoon decor. Stay Tuned!!

P.S. All the images in this article are provided by Kapila Banerjee and subject to copyright. Please do not copy or use them without written permission from Kapila Banerjee. Thank you!

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