Sukanya Majumdar invites us into her stunning home in Kolkata, one that is thoughtfully accentuated around the family’s love for travel, art and history.
The location a person grows up in has an equally profound impact on them as the people they grew up around. It was the same for us, too. My husband and I have always lived in Salt Lake in Kolkata and we knew that this is the place we would always want to be rooted in.
Sukanya’s spacious living room, decorated with one-of-a-kind furniture from local markets and treasures from the family’s travels. The arrangement on the center table came together after a lot of trial and error.
I didn’t want to compromise on the furniture and I found that sourcing this locally was a much better option as opposed to ordering online.
Bringing a bit of history to her home. Sukanya believes that furniture sourced from local markets adds a touch of old-school charm and more often than not, is cheaper than branded pieces.
The dining area is a focal point of a home, and a set of furniture one is likely to buy only once. Sukanya’s set features a sturdy, well-crafted table and floral cushioned chairs. The intricately embroidered rug adds a soft touch, making the space more comfortable.
My favourite spot is the garden and you’ll find me unwinding on the swing therein every evening, listening to some soulful music. The garden outside our home is low-maintenance, yet it is replete with pretty plants that add pops of colour. But we didn’t stop with just plants – we also placed wrought iron chairs that look like the timeless, classic ones in Paris. And whenever we organize a garden party, we brighten up the space beautifully with lanterns.
We want our home to have a warm, timeless ambience that makes visitors feel good when they visit, especially when they come from high-rise apartments. At the end of the day, no matter how posh a space you are in, you’d always love returning to a homely abode, wouldn’t you?
For someone who’d like to do up their own home and has no idea how to get started, I’d like to share a few tips that I’ve learnt along the way.
Lastly, your home is your intimate space. Let every element be a reflection of your family’s style and interests.