• A Peaceful Home with a Laid-Back Take on Living | Sthetic Design Studio

    Spread across 1800 sq. ft., this peaceful home meets at the junction where traditional and modern design collide.

    The Elephant home in Pune is an embodiment of tradition and culture, blending in seamlessly into a minimalistic and peaceful home for its residents. Previously a congested apartment confined within rooms and walls, the 1825 sq. ft. home has been redesigned to open up into a bright, airy, and inviting space that embraces its residents’ simplicity, yet makes a statement with its design aesthetic that is rooted in the Indian heritage.

    A Peaceful Home with a Laid-Back Take on Living | Sthetic Design Studio

    Design conception

    A part of the Kasturkunj society, the apartment was originally a 4 BHK which was converted into a 3 BHK to suit the lifestyle of the four residents that needed more common areas as compared to private, seclusive spaces. The homeowners wanted a habitat that they could call their own, and were adamant on adding idiosyncratic touches throughout, moving away from the modern fad of the chic hotel/show-flat look. With an aim to minimize wastage, majority of the furniture from the old house was repurposed into the new design.


    The entrance was a narrow, tunnel-like passage, that was redesigned and opened up to the outside through vast arches that allow daylight and fresh air to wash in. An added element of verdant planters lined along the arches enhances the connection with the outdoors, and subtly introduces the visitor to the tranquil home beyond the little wooden door marking the end of the passage.

    Upon entering through the foyer, the visitor is greeted by the family room—previously a dingy bedroom enclosed within walls, that was converted into an open informal living area with a low Indian seating sofa. This sofa also functions as a day bed, and reinvigorates their ideologies of togetherness in daily activities like eating and entertaining.

    The older toilet was split up into a powder room and a storage area, and the once smaller window was broken down into a wider one, peppered with flower beds behind the sofa to ginger up the residents’ favorite space in their house. Smaller windows opening into the duct were transformed into niches for displaying art and curios.

    Dining area

    Adjoining the family room is the dining nook and a traditional swing juxtaposed between the two areas. The swing, anchored in elephant-shaped carvings and framed by the shear walls of the activity room on either sides, functions as a two-way seating between the dining and the former.

    Old furniture was repurposed into a round dining table with fresh upholstery and polish, with an intent to encourage conversations on occasions with guests. A lush carpet by Jaipur rugs complements the area with its subtle colours and textures.

    A colossal artwork wall—the backdrop to the living setup—becomes the showstopper element of the elephant home. Bedecked in Lipan art, a traditional artwork style from Kutch, this wall is the central part of the living area, untainted by a television or any extra accessory.

    Kitchen area

    Maitreyee Nilawar, the talented artist behind the masterpiece, has handcrafted it using pristine white with mirrors and elephant shapes—their most beloved design element that represents their family—to add a touch of personalization. On either sides behind this art wall is the entry to the kitchen. Ardent lovers of cooking, the clients wanted a bright and fun kitchen with a touch of Indian culture, which is brought in through the herringbone tile patterns in a vivid, turmeric colour that kindles one’s appetite.

    Master bedroom

    The master bedroom stands out from the conventional room with its unique functionality. The owners chose to replace the customary bed with a Tatami mat from Japan, converting the bedroom into an all-day Yoga and activity room, using only a thin mattress to sleep at night. A free-standing mirror repurposed from an old bed was used to conceal the large hooks on the wall that are required for the practice of Iyengar Yoga. Handwoven bamboo sheets soften the imposing volume of the cupboards, and three elegant niches in the wall enhance the items on display.

    Second bedroom

    The second bedroom belonging to the grandmother was mostly untouched with a basic revamp to change the overall look of the space. The cupboards were reworked on with new veneer, and a headboard was added to provide comfort, with wall lights to frame it on either sides. A sewing table fitted with a television on the side has been provided to cater to her daily interests, along with wooden flooring that softens the floor and provides a safety net incase the elderly lady slips.

    Children’s bedroom

    The children’s bedroom originally had a standard bed with a top open storage, which was converted into a princess bed for the ten year old little girl. The four-poster bed was designed with a turning radius for each leg to maximize safety and avoid sharp edges, and a small storage below the bed with a smaller width to conceal it visually.

    The room is fitted with a work desk, a small library behind the dressing and blackboards for daily use. Since the kid will soon be a teenager, the design aesthetic of the room was intentionally kept conventional, as opposed to a flashy one that is difficult to grow into.

    In conclusion

    The residence with three improvised living rooms and two bedrooms, is a place of joy and celebration of the everyday life for the family. The walls and furniture tell stories from different nooks around the country—some of the residents’ own, some that they liked and embraced as their own—bringing them together to the wonderful stage set by the Elephant home, with a promise of many more stories to join them over the years.

    Fact File

    Designed by: Sthetic Design Studio

    Project Type: Residential Interior Design

    Project Name: The Elephant Home

    Location: Pune

    Project Size: 1825 sq. ft.

    Principal Architect: Ar. Snehal Jajoo

    Photography Courtesy: Hemant Patil Photographer

    Text Credits: Ruchika Agarwal

    Architectural Videographer: Anup Baheti

    Firm’s Instagram Link: Sthetic Design Studio

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