Earthy colours, an elegant finesse to the decor, and pure serenity will greet you as you enter this beautiful apartment. This 2BHK house is perfect for your trip to Goa with friends or family and to spend some quality time with them.
Walking into this house, you’ll notice a traditional Indian touch in a modern apartment. “The idea was to create a space which is Indian but has a contemporary feel to it,” Harjot, the designer of this apartment, says. “I kept all the elements and the layout simple and clean. That’s also why I chose earthy, soothing colours with highlights of blue.”
The furniture in the living room was carefully chosen to be a part of the decor but, at the same time, each piece has its own story and individuality. The tables in the living room are antique pieces, and the sofa set is a replica of an antique.
“I chose the floral print on the sofa to add a pop of colour to the living area,” Harjot says. “It adds life to the space without making a sharp contrast and connects to the ethnic theme.”
Adding to the individuality of the house, the masks on the wall and the suspended wooden lamp draw you in and make you want to know more about their origins.
“The masks and the carved panels on the walls are antique artefacts from Nepal,” Harjot explains. “They have such a unique personality and each one adds to the story of the house. I used the carved panels to make the frame for a large mirror as well.”
“I made the suspended wooden lamp out of small channapatna lamps and toys,” Harjot says. “All the other lamps in the house are made out of terracotta, and the wall mounted ones are made out of terracotta bells.”
The wall art too is unique in this house and, according to Harjot, was quite easy to do.
“I created the wall art by using an old metal and wood printing block,” she says. “The coves and brick walls are painted in the terracotta colour, and over it, I used white paint and made block print patterns. Later, I used the same block to create a ledge under the plug point to keep electronics.”
The sunlit, welcoming balcony is about more than just the view. While you can see the swimming pool from here, there is something in the balcony that will catch your attention first.
“The table in the balcony was a lucky find in an antique shop,” Harjot says, reminiscing. “After hours of exploring, I found this gem in a small shop. It’s made out of an old milk can and reclaimed wood. The balcony stools too are special. They’re made of cane and are quite delicate, something which shows in their design.”
Moving back indoors, you’ll see that the dining table is like a picnic table instead of a formal one. It has enough seating for four people and will instantly bring the holiday spirit into your meals. The dining table also has unique table mats which tell you a little bit about Goa’s culinary history. Explore the origins of Bebinca, Feni, and other Goan favourites while enjoying a scrumptious meal.
The bedrooms have a spacious, ethnic vibe which is an instant mood lifter. Both rooms have open wardrobes which adds to the unrestrained, easy design flow of the house.
Decorated in shades of blue, the first bedroom represents the sea which is an integral part of the Goan experience. The lighting and the furniture, including the wardrobe rods, bring in the typically Indian twist to the design.
The view from the balcony here is also spectacular. Till as far as the eye can see, you’ll see greenery. While the blackout curtains will keep the sun out for as long as you want, we suggest throwing the curtains wide open and letting the gorgeous Goan sun warm your soul in the morning.
The second bedroom, with its own play of colours, has a bright, sunny feeling even when the curtains are closed. With similar lighting and furniture as the first bedroom, you don’t have to worry about anyone fighting over their choice of room. However, this bedroom does have something special which you will notice as soon as you see the open wardrobe.
The artwork in the open wardrobe here is unique and unexpected. And it was also created in a unique manner.
“To create this artwork in the wardrobe, I used the back of glass bottles and cotton balls,” Harjot says. “It created a different texture for block printing in the wardrobe cove which came off looking really nice.”
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This property is located in Siolim near the Chapora river which makes for interesting views on your drive here. It’s away from the noise and crowds of north Goa but still close enough to some typically Goan spots to keep you entertained.
When you’re on your way here, you’ll see some of the most beautiful, untouched spots of Goa. Driving along the river, you’ll cross a number of small villages which seem like a mirage in a place that attracts thousands of tourists every year.
While you’re here, you’ll have the chance to discover some local gems in Siolim. Manila Bar & Restaurant is only 210 metres away, so a good meal and drink is just a few steps away. Amancio, known for its authentic Goan food, is about 1.4 kilometres away.
One of the best beaches in Goa — Morjim — is about 20 minutes away by car. The serenity of this beach and the dreamy view of the sea make the drive completely worth it. Another beautiful place that you must visit is the Sunset Uddo Beach, about 12 minutes away by car, which offers the best view of a Goan sunset.
Come to Goa and stay in this beautiful, elegant, gem of an OYO Home in Siolim.
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