Colours of Goa: Where Every Hue Tells a Story

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Reimagining a tapestry of eclectic-modern aspirations, this vibrant home invites you into a realm where dreams take on vivid hues, distressed textures tell stories and prints and patterns dance in harmony. A neo-eclectic masterpiece, this residence designed by the Bangalore-based firm By the Riverside is a reflection of the family's contemporary lifestyle, seamlessly intertwined with the rich tapestry of their heritage and heart. As the family navigates between memories and aspirations, this neo-eclectic haven stands as a tribute to their evolving story. It's a celebration of the extraordinary in the ordinary, a testament to the power of design to transcend time and geography, reframing a house into a home that mirrors the soul of a family.

 

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Crafted for a couple originally from Goa, now calling Bangalore home, the residence is a testament to the art of reframing. It gracefully blends the cultural threads of their past with the dynamic rhythm of their present. The result is a living space that not only mirrors their unique journey but also serves as a canvas for their 10-year-old son's youthful spirit.

 

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In this home, every corner is a dialogue between tradition and modernity. The vivid colors echo the vibrant streets of Goa, while distressed textures whisper tales of resilience and time. The eclectic patterns and prints pay homage to the cultural mosaic that shapes the family's identity. Each design choice is a deliberate stroke, reframing the conventional to create a narrative that resonates with the contemporary ethos.

 

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Divya is not just a homeowner but an artist whose heart beats to the rhythm of vibrant strokes and vivid hues. Much like her love for painting on canvas, she envisioned her Bangalore abode as a living masterpiece, a canvas waiting to burst with colours and characters that mirror her boundless creativity. In this artistic haven, each room is a chapter in her visual narrative. The walls are not merely boundaries but expansive canvases waiting to be brought to life. The palette she has chosen is a symphony of colours, echoing the spectrum of her emotions and the diverse facets of her artistic soul. 

 

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From warm, earthy tones to bold, electrifying hues, every shade tells a story, creating a dynamic tapestry that resonates with her creative personality. The home is not just a living space; it's a gallery where each piece of furniture, every decor item, is carefully curated to harmonize with the artist's vision. Distinctive textures and patterns, reminiscent of brushstrokes on a canvas, adorn the space, creating a tactile and visual feast for anyone who steps into her world. As you navigate through the rooms, you're not just traversing physical space; you're embarking on a visual journey crafted by an artist's hand. Divya's home is a testament to the belief that a home is not just a structure; it's a living, breathing artwork that evolves with the artist's soul. It's a sanctuary where colours collide, patterns dance, and creativity knows no bounds—a true reflection of Divya's passionate pursuit of turning a house into a vibrant, living masterpiece.

 

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In a graceful homage to their Goan roots, the family room is cocooned in the warmth of an exposed brick wall, infusing the space with a sense of history and substance. This design choice serves as a visual narrative, transporting the family to the sun-kissed streets of Goa, where time seems to echo through the aged bricks. Adding a touch of bespoke craftsmanship, the lounge chair and ottoman are not just pieces of furniture; they are a testament to the talent of local artisans. Crafted with precision and adorned with custom prints, they seamlessly marry tradition with modern comfort. This corner, bathed in the glow of authenticity, becomes more than just a seating arrangement—it transforms into a sanctuary where the family can unwind and share intimate moments.

 

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As the sun begins its descent, the patio beckons and this corner becomes the perfect stage to savour a stunning sunset. The lounge chair and ottoman, positioned strategically, invite you to immerse yourself in the kaleidoscope of colours painting the sky. It's not just a seating arrangement; it's a front-row seat to nature's daily masterpiece. In this space, time slows down, and the family finds solace in the fusion of heritage and contemporary living. The exposed brick wall stands as a silent narrator, whispering tales of tradition, while the bespoke furniture is a living testament to the vibrant craftsmanship of the local community. Together, they create a corner where memories are woven into the very fabric of the home—a space where Goan heritage and modern comfort coalesce in perfect harmony.

 

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Contrast becomes the heartbeat of the household when you meet Suraj, the pragmatic counterbalance to Divya's artistic soul. Together, they form a dynamic duo, much like the dramatic media room they've curated. This dark-toned den, with its strategic mirror showcase, emerges as a haven for family leisure and indulgence—a space where differing personalities converge in harmonious unity.

 

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Suraj, with his pragmatic outlook, has left an indelible mark on this room. The dark tones exude a sense of sophistication and grounded practicality. It becomes a space where the family can retreat, unwind, and indulge in moments of collective leisure. The room is not just a physical space but an embodiment of Suraj's belief in functionality seamlessly merging with style. The strategic mirror showcase serves as both an aesthetic and functional choice. It amplifies the room's dimensions, creating an illusion of space and adding an element of depth. This deliberate design move reflects Suraj's penchant for thoughtful, purposeful elements that enhance the overall experience.

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In this space, the energetic combination of Suraj and Divya finds a meeting point. It's a room where family bonds are strengthened through shared entertainment, where practicality and creativity coalesce. The media room becomes a canvas where the family story unfolds on the screen, surrounded by the comforting embrace of dark tones and the reflective allure of the strategic mirror showcase—a testament to the harmonious balance of contrasting personalities in the tapestry of their home.

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All three bedrooms flaunt distinct visual languages with a binding denominator - the wooden flooring. Tucked away from the maximalist home, the main bedroom is doused in whites and sage greens offering a rejuvenating refuge to the vivacious couple.

 

This home stands out in design due to its unique approach. The designer and muse collaborated on the design narrative, incorporating Divya's artworks and an ancestral trunk with embroidered cushions and antique artefacts. The home is now an artist's abode, with every piece seamlessly integrated into the fabric. The design journey transformed into a celebration of Divya's creative spirit, reflecting the firm's capabilities and a harmonious fusion of the designer's expertise with Divya's soulful energy. The home is a reflection of the homeowner's essence.

 

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Specifications 

 

Firm Name: By The Riverside
Project Name: Colours of Goa
Project Location:  Bangalore, India
Built up - Area: 3800 Sq Ft 
Principal Designer: Swati Seeran
Photo Credits: Nayan Soni

 

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