A little earthen bird welcomes me as I enter Richa Kulkarni’s home. A metal bell gives it merry company as it clangs softly in the wind at the doorstep. And at once, I know I’m in for a treat here.
Richa’s beautiful home is nestled in the small and saccharine town of Morrisville. She believes in simplicity and elegance in her home decor style. And that is evident as she gracefully combines memories of home with a folk art touch in her decor elements.
Decora India is happy to tour this impressive home which boasts of treasures collected over the years. Richa’s collection reflects her mother’s legacy in the form of a brocade wall hanging, handmade Banarasi sarees, Bastar art souvenirs, and several trinkets from various states of India. And I am proud to add, her latest additions are handmade treasures from Decora India.
Let’s take a look at her home.
The entryway greeted me with a calm statue of Buddha in meditation, flanked on each side by a Bastar art souvenir. The trumpet below this table (also a Bastar piece) is a gift from her mother who travelled across states in India to bring a little bit of tribal art into her daughter’s home. The opposite walls had another sleek modern art Buddha metal picture, looking as serene as the traditional one. I had a hunch this was inspired by her love of yoga, staying healthy, and making fitness a goal of her life. And true enough it was gift from her dear friend who is a Yoga teacher too.
The living room was decorated with treasures from the past. Richa cherishes most of the gifts received from her family and friends and has fused them in the decoration theme at her home. As she smiles and poses for a picture, she says her décor is influenced by the folk arts of India – Warli, Madhubani, Pattachitra, Dhokra, Bastar and many more. The key is not to over decorate, but to pick just the cherished pieces and arrange them to create an impact.
As I took in each piece around her riveting living room, my eyes wandered to a huge fan displayed on a wall. I thought it was a travel collection from China or Japan but was amazed when she said it was from Assam and handmade by an artisan who was inspired by the flowers of nature. The flower hanging beside it was also a handmade painting gifted by one of Richa’s friends and she blended these together to make them seem like a pair.
A quaint cycle stood on the side table in the corner, bringing back memories of the famous “rickshaws” from the place she calls home (Nagpur/Pune). Her coffee table had a Rajasthani touch with a diamond shaped handmade throwback cover and a tissue box holder. Richa’s seamless blend of purposeful furniture and artistic décor created a free flowing harmonious space in her living room.
On the other side of the wall, there were two colorful peacocks in a frame. A closer look revealed intricate Zardosi work where small beads were woven together, the specialty of artisans of Nagpur who are adept at this delicate embroidery. These were available as single pieces, so Richa brought them together, picked up an antique finish frame from Michaels and made them into a wall hanging. Right next to this was the the cozy dining space – a combination of historic and contemporary décor. The hanging wall lights added a layer of richness to this nook, reminding me of palaces and historic homes of India. The antique finish mirror with metal tealight holders on either side held its own place, while the handpainted pattachitra paintings on a silk cloth spoke volumes about the Mughal era. The Channapatna parrot tealight holder between these ancient paintings brought a little bit of playful contemporary folk into the picture.
Richa’s kitchen was a vibrant mix of colour. A bright red Warli handpainted clock welcomed me inside, and on the tidy kitchen island sat a charming air plant in a bulb and a metal chair. It is little knick-knacks like these that put a smile on the face as one rushes through the house. On the window sill, the tribal rustic face of Mr. Moustache (handpainted Warli) won me over. The Bastar art tortoise standing beside him projected a luxurious calmness that is often missing from a frenzied kitchen. Small plate hangers declared her love to her family, while her fridge featured all her favorite magnets from her travels in India.
Richa smiles and points to a wooden piece at the top – don’t miss the caffeine quote – saying that she just cannot start her day without it.
Richa is a corporate person, a mother, a yoga/fitness teacher, all at the same time. She has learnt the art of balance in everything – from her easy-going, caring attitude to balancing themes which are dear to her heart in her elegant home decor. And not to miss that she is one of the sweetest customers who has gone out of her way to offer suggestions, provide recommendations and encourages the handmade art market as much as she can.
Heartfelt thanks to Ms. Richa Kulkarni for her time and graciousness in opening her home to us! We enjoyed her precious treasure trove and are inspired to bring more decor straight from the artisans into loving homes like hers.
Decora India’s handcrafted products are featured in Richa’s beautiful home. If you are interested, check out our portfolio at Decora India.
Thank you. Hope you enjoyed this home hop with its Indian treasures. Stay tuned for more.
Please note: No reproductions/resharing allowed without the home owners consent.