This International Women’s Day we celebrate six of our incredibly talented and passionate interior designers who have shared glimpses of their favourite projects at Design Cafe.
“Where there is a woman there is magic.”- Ntozake Shange
Women’s Day marks the celebration of all brave, inspiring, and amazing women world over. It’s a day to remember how women have shaped the whole world and especially our homes. Be it a mother, sister, wife, or daughter a woman makes a house a home. And that’s why in interior design women’s choices have always mattered. They have an inherent ability to understand domestic design sensibilities is something we have witnessed in our women clients and designers. So, this year for the International Women’s Day celebrations, we thought of highlighting some of Design Cafe’s most loved projects led by 5 of our incredible women designers.
Let’s take a tour of these 5 fantastic home designs innovated and created by our women designers.
Megha Kathuria’s Minimal Marvel Home Design
“This project is one of my favourites because I got to play around with a minimalistic style of interior design and several luxury elements. The house reflects the perfect balance of elegance and subtlety, which is in alignment with my personal style,” says Megha.
Megha, our Design Team’s Assistant Studio Manager, believes in designing home’s for her clients that reflect the personality of the family. Her goal is to design homes with distinctive appeal and fulfil the occupants’ requirements. We asked Megha about favourite project and she instantly spoke about an elegant 4BHK home interior for Jeya Kumar at SNN Clermont, Bengaluru. This home echoes a minimalist style of design that uses clean design lines and subtle interior choices. The home is owned by a family that have migrated back to India from Switzerland. Hence, they wanted their house in India to be of a similar sensibilities and that is why Megha chose high quality materials and colour schemes that align with the family’s taste. The living room highlights the family’s classy lifestyle with a pop of browns and beige across the space and in the luxurious furniture choices. The master bedroom is an interplay of elegant and soothing interior design schemes with some chic furniture that completes the look. The uncluttered dining room is dominated by a white colour scheme that keeps this home’s elegance consistent. The dining area has an open kitchen counter to make passing of food between the spaces easy. Since the entire home’s interiors are subtle and minimal, Megha has used an intermix of veneer finishes, glossy finishes and luxurious lightings to keep this space vibrant.
Ashika Nambiar’s Chic, Creatively Challenging Home Interior Project
“I loved how this project made me explore a design thinking process that was entirely different and new. I put myself in my clients shoes and understand the home through his eyes. This was both exciting and challenging,” says Ashika.
Ashika, a Senior Designer at Design Cafe, is known for her passionately driven design ideas that can be vividly seen across her work. She’s someone who is intensely in love with the art of designing homes. Meeting new people and exploring new facets of interior design drives her to give it her all. And, when we asked her about the one favourite project she chose one that has also been challenging for her.
And as she designed affluent interiors for this home, Ashika knew that she had to think out of the box. The client Srikanth wanted their 3BHK home at Prestige Royale Garden, Bengaluru, to be unique, peppy with all the nooks and corners nicely filled in without making the interiors look bulky.
Ashika, a believer of subtle design, had to go beyond her personal preferences and understand the home from the client’s point of view. Therefore, she went through several sprints and thorough research about the client’s profession and social interests to include the family’s characteristic traits in the interiors.
The project’s main highlights are the peppy living room with two accent wall designs, a compact TV unit, a pooja unit, and a swing partition that keeps the space busy without overpowering the space. The kitchen is another great looking area in the house designed thoughtfully and has been kept naturally well lit. The master bedroom also features an accent wall at the entrance of the room and a modular study unit with an attached dresser. This room displays a combination of subtle and bold colours. Overall, the home mirrors a rich-looking interior setup equipped with a smart combination of materials, finishes and colours coupled with cutting edge furniture choices, a USP of Design Cafe. The complete project was executed using premium finishes like acrylic, veneer and Duco to keep up the lavish feels.
Nikita’s Classy Home Interiors With Rich Colours And Unconventional Patterns
“Being a woman, I feel we understand a home’s requirements more deeply that helps us get into client’s shoes as we design their dream homes. I also try to put myself in the home I design to create interior solutions from a user’s perspective,”- says Nikita.
Nikita Chotrani, a Senior Designer at Design Cafe, loves designing homes. A qualified architect, Nikita knew her heart lied in the intricate details of interior design. So, she followed her heart and has been on a journey of creating dream homes for Design Cafe’s clients. And when we approached her to share her projects she chose to talk about one that is classy, luxurious, and a great example of trending design ideas. Nikita had to design this wonderful 3BHK for Irfan’s family of six. The apartment is in the Kolte-Patil Mirabilis Gated Society, Bengaluru.
The challenge was obviously to create a place that resembled each of its family members. The family wanted their home to echo a sense of classy and luxurious interiors with a touch of traditional design elements. They wanted the house to be unique, with rooms of different styles yet overall having the same homely feeling. Therefore, Nikita chose to experiment with different design themes and elements to bring a vibrant look to the place.
She chose sophisticated colour schemes coupled with elegant, laminate-finished furniture and regalia wallpaper to exude a high-end, classy interior setup with a royal touch. The living room is the heart of the house that echoes a mature but peppy interiors with an exciting twist of wooden furniture sets. The dining area was compact and was designed with a crockery unit. So, Nikita added a glamorous mirror panelling, beadings and a frame finished in Duco that made the space look elegant and luxurious.
The master bedroom has a Moroccan design theme with pastel mints and ornamental carved headboard painting. The room exhibits a luxurious design theme with cutting edge modern storage facilities to keep the place neat and uncluttered. The kitchen is designed to be fully functional with easy to access storage solutions. The kitchen is designed with a lot of top storage to prevent elder folk from bending to access any bottom cabinets. Overall, the house reflects a rich set of interiors designed keeping in mind the family’s lifestyle.
Sudeshna’s Luxurious And Elegant Home Interior Solution
“As a woman, I understand the power of being organised, self-discipline, determined and confident. I understand emotions, love creating a perfect balance between professional and personal space, and these influence my designs as well,” says Sudeshna.
Sudeshna, an Associate Studio Manager of Design Cafe, firmly believes a good interior design has the power to enhance life experiences and create some unforgettable memories. Her passion for painting made her choose this career of being an interior designer but soon she realised interior design is much more than illustration and design. The power to transform a lifetime dream into a reality with her creative skills, professional abilities, and design sensibility motivates her to take up new challenges, learn new software and give her best to every project she lays her hands on. She is always ready to accept challenges.
When asked about her favourite project, she spoke about luxurious home design and decor with an open family area, a big library and pooja room design with oxy fixing and beautiful lighting effect. The client Pankaj Saxena was keen to have maximum storage space in his 4 BHK house at Azven Breathe Apartment Sarjapur, Bangalore without compromising aesthetics. The family was also very particular about the vibe of the home.
“It should look like a luxurious home but not a 5-star hotel,” said Mr. Saxena.
So she designed an open family area with closed storage and a giant wall to wall library. To lend a touch of grandeur to the master bedroom she added a customised leather bed with a high black headboard. She also designed the window seating of the master bedroom with a black Marquina Italian finish and threw in a few leather cushions. This cosy little spot was made for the couple to spend some quality time together.
She chose a blend of gold and wooden textured laminate for the living area to strike a perfect balance of sparkle and elegance. To match up to the design of the entire house she chose onyx fixtures with beautiful lighting. The aspiration to lend a personal touch in every nook and corner of a space, her problem-solving nature and eye for detail helped Sudeshna create a beautiful home for Pankaj that is a perfect blend of function and elegance.
Dhanushri’s Rustic, Sophisticated And Modern Home Design With An Indoor Garden
“Empathising with client’s emotions, breaking down complex problems and concepts, understanding personas and helping every client make a property their dream home is what inspires me the most as a designer,” says Dhanushri.
Dhanushri is an Associate Studio Designer at Design Cafe. She is relentless in understanding every client’s need to transform the property, reflect their personality and curate the space as per the client’s specification, budget, and preference. Her knack for design, eagerness to design rooms and arrange furniture at an early age led her to pursue interior design.
When we asked her to share details about one of her favourite projects, she chose a modern, rustic and elegant project. The client a couple Balaji and Shilpa was very particular about the space’s aesthetics and wanted a simple design for their 4 BHK Villa at NVT Villa, Bangalore, one that resonated with their personality.
For the kitchen, she chose a rustic style with a marble backsplash to break the monotony. To create a perfect harmony of modern and traditional elements she chose a beautiful combination of veined marble and rich wood grain for the master bedroom. For some natural and unrefined elements in the living room she opted for wooden grain and polished wooden rafters. But the highlight point was designing the kid’s room and an indoor garden area. It helped bring out the playful side of Dhanushri, motivated her to make the space joyful, break her boundaries and bring out the best in her.
Anisha Nizampuram’s Upbeat, Modular Home Interior Solution
“The best part of the design process in this project was to know and interact with the clients who were entirely supportive. I got a chance to comprehend their point of view that guided me in the project as well as helped me understand the beauty of designing a home that has its family as the epicentre,” says Anisha.
Anisha is a Senior Designer at Design Cafe. She is an imaginative designer who is always excited to translate her ideas into real designs to help people build their dream houses. For Women’s Day special blog she chose to share one of her projects that beautifully highlights Design Cafe’s USP – space maximisation storage solutions and better spatial planning. This 3BHK home is located in Hallmark Vicinia, Nanakramguda in Hyderabad. The interior design project led Anisha to explore the various facets of contemporary interior solutions to provide a home to clients, Prakash and Srujana, that doesn’t just look good but also meets the need of their lifestyle. Anisha shared that she had to go through research on the client’s lifestyle to design this home’s interiors that align with the family’s identity. This home reflects modern minimalist style of interiors that come with neat and organised design arrangements. The living room is a spacious abode with functional furniture where the family can gather and have a gala time together. The dining area exhibits a clean and uncluttered design that mirrors the family’s love for subtlety. The master bedroom is kept simple and elegant to align with the rest of the home’s interiors. Anisha used a modular, simple kitchen for the family to complete the minimalist style setup. Overall, the place represents a modern-day minimal home with an interplay of acrylic, laminates and classy colour schemes.
This was our small tribute to the women designers of Design Cafe. Hope you liked our Women’s Day special blog. Do celebrate Women’s Day with the lovely women in your life, be it your sister, mother, wife or lover and for more such inspiring blogs, check our blog section.
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