The In­side Story

THESE HOMES IN THE CITY ARE A VIS­UAL DE­LIGHT AND A WHOLE LOT OF IN­SPI­RA­TION FOR THOSE LOOK­ING TO RE­VAMP THEIR IN­TE­RI­ORS.

India Today - - INSIDE - by priyadarshini chat­ter­jee

Homes in the city that are a vis­ual de­light and a whole lot of in­spi­ra­tion for those look­ing to re­vamp their in­te­ri­ors.

Strong State­ment PA­TRI­CIA FER­NAN­DEZ

Span­ish ex­pat and lux­ury fur­ni­ture de­signer Pa­tri­cia Fer­nan­dez’s sprawl­ing Ali­pore home oc­cu­pies the ground floor of an old, colo­nial-style bun­ga­low with high ceil­ings, large French win­dows and retroesque black-and-white chess­board floor. The dra­matic in­te­ri­ors—moody, mys­te­ri­ous and bold, bril­liantly show­case Fer­nan­dez’s cre­ations for her brand Sibarita, while clev­erly com­bin­ing them with col­lec­tor’s pieces from around the world—a vin­tage Ti­mothy Oul­ton chair, a wood-and-lac­quer Mon­go­lian cab­i­net picked up in Sin­ga­pore and a mir­rored ma­hogany side­board re­vived from a crum­bling North Kolkata man­sion. The space is speck­led with bold, state­ment pieces like an enor­mous wood-carved statue of an anony­mous king from Sri­lanka that stands near the bar, an 18th cen­tury pa­pier mache Bud­dha from Burma, and a gi­ant, ar­chi­tec­tural bird-cage (a Sibarita sig­na­ture piece) imag­i­na­tively used as a can­dle holder.

Star Spot

Done pre­dom­i­nantly in black and white, the size­able bed­room with its lac­quered wood Art Deco four-poster bed from lux­ury fur­ni­ture house JC Pas­sion, a black Louis XV side­board with gold trim­mings, a burly, dark wood study ta­ble and plush black leather ch­ester­field is de­cid­edly Parisian with a touch of Goth. On the wall be­hind the bed hangs a par­tic­u­larly strik­ing piece, a black-and-white ab­stract nude on can­vas. “On one of our trips to Brazil, my hus­band and I spot­ted a lo­cal artist adding fin­ish­ing touches to this paint­ing, in­side a small art gallery tucked in an ob­scure lane in Sal­vador de Bahia and I sim­ply couldn't re­sist it," says Fer­nan­dez, 38.

Quirky Ad­di­tions

The house is a trea­sure trove of ec­cen­tric ac­ces­sories rang­ing from dra­matic Vene­tian Mardi Gras dolls and an­thro­po­mor­phic rab­bit dolls to flam­boy­ant hats, a rein­deer hide rug from Fin­land, smil­ing hu­man skulls (thank­fully, an im­i­ta­tion) and a spray­painted door lifted out of Fer­nan­dez’s pre­vi­ous apart­ment. A se­ries of artist Bakula Nayak’s quirky and en­dear­ing doo­dles on vin­tage pa­pers rang­ing from old le­gal doc­u­ments and store re­ceipts to love let­ters adorn the walls in the stun­ning bar-cum-lounge.

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