Friday, October 17, 2014


There are homes we admire from a distance and then there are homes where we feel we are right at home. They have natural cohesiveness that invites us in, no matter what their particular style is.

Niharika Jilla and Pooja Shah have designed a weekend home in Pune. After the last post at sajavat about these talented architects, you must be now familiar with them.

We will now let the duo speak for themselves.

"The clients were open minded and involved at every stage of designing which gave us a free reign in exploring the space and following our sensibilities with regards to the space.

Space being a privilege in Pune the vacation home has been spread over an area of 1300sqft in Baner locality amongst green peaceful serene view and residential buildings.

The house welcomes you to a geometric contemporary designed grey grill door. The space invites you to a warm feel with random patterned tiled wall. The continuity of the tiled wall is further broken with the veneered wooden door with its brass handle sourced and made from Chorbazzar. The Casa grey marble bench with its teak wood legs invites a person to the take a seat in the space. The highlight of the space is the black Moroccan lamp sourced from Chor Bazaar which adds a different sense and feeling to the entire space creating a spectrum of patterns on the ceiling in the late evening hours.

                                                               (ENTRANCE AREA)


The main door leads to a large living room cum dining space with its open kitchen surrounded by the other rooms. The idea was to make the house look different from the other flats in the building. The most obvious difference is the ethnic orange MDF jalli partition that breaks the living area from the entrance thus giving it its privacy and also breaking the monotony of the teak brown that lingers and creates the dominant colour in the space. This ethnic partition rests on a contemporary design dual purpose unit, the shoe unit with its panelled facade on one side and the plain yet straight lined storage unit from the living area side.
On entering the space one is welcomed not only by the partition but a contemporary console accessorized with an Indian theme with a back splash of subtle wallpaper.
The living area with it’s a minimum seating and orange furnishings in combination with wood creates a very warm and a cosy space.
Experts say that light green is a subtle reminder of nature and it makes you feel healthy and happy thus making it an ideal pick for the room.
With a splash of green in the form of greenery and a cosy seating overlooking the terrace with its mountain view adds a different feel to the corner space.
The TV unit is kept simple with its shelving unit and veneered panelled look thus not making it too heavy and crowded.
The dining area being a part of the same space with its wooden look green furnishings and a modern yet contemporary splash of wallpaper adds the yellowness to the space.

                                               (LIVING, DINING & PASSAGE)


The open kitchen setup in the space was refurbished in terms of its aesthetic look. The veneer matching to the rest of the space in the house and glass cabinets with its warm lighting add the necessary break in the space.
Going deeper into the house the passage way leads to the Guest cum entertainment room, daughter’s bedroom, master bedroom and the guest bathroom.


We live in blue jeans, white button – downs and navy jackets. The look is modern yet raw and it translates from fashion to interiors successfully.

If there is any room that can reflect your taste and personality, it’s most definitely going to be the bedroom. But there is no end to what is available in the market to style the space or the room which renders all that decision making incredibly tricky.

Evoking the sea and the skies with a few perfect clouds a blue and white palette brings comfort and style that’s cool, calm and collected. Soothing white walls and blue accessories in combination with brass hangings and lights take centre stage in this particular room of the vacation home.

The daughters’ bedroom has been designed keeping in mind her liking and tastes towards modern Victorian furniture with Mediterranean colours.

White has been used in the form of distressed whites thus adding the rawness to the space.
The room consists of basic furniture needed in a vacation home which was finished in the distressed white in contrast to the soothing white of the wall and the ceiling colours. The daughter was inclined in having a four poster bed which was designed and added to the look of the room. The posters where designed with mouldings on the top thus adding more characteristics to the bed. The posters on one side where accompanied by mirchi lights sourced locally which gives the entire space a chic look.
The white distressed on the panelled wardrobe and the side tables was further broken with hand painted floral wooden handles which have been added in the form of cushion on the bed which was sourced from a restaurant in Bombay. These floral elements also added the chic look in the room.
The carved mirror placed as a standalone added the distinct look to the room which was sourced from a local carving person from the streets of Mahim.
Thus with simple accessories, magical mirrors and twinkling lights, the space will surely give you a peace of mind. The result was a bedroom that was inviting and invigorating.


The daughter’s bathroom has a very chick look. The colour palette is white and purple along with hues of purple bisazza. The ledge, niche and bisazza cubes add a different dimension to the bathroom with a free standing basin.


The guest bedroom which also acts like the entertainment room was designed by creating a number of mood boards and sketches. A very cheerful look was given to the space with its wooden day beds with a distressed tile cladding in the front thus breaking the monotony of the woody look which runs across the entire room.

The cantilevered TV unit with its MDF jalli shutters adds an unusual character to the space.
Further a splash of wallpaper on the back wall has been designed in 2 equal panels thus leaving the centre space empty which gives the clients an opportunity to add an element of personalisation.
This was done in order to create a different dimension to wallpapering rather than doing up an entire niche in a clinched type.


The guest bathroom which acts as a powder bathroom flows with the colours and look of the whole house. The yellow Jaisalmer stone used as cladding on the front wall broken with accent tiles gives the sense of warmth and grandeur with the adjacent wall as an accent wall with pretty yellow flowers etched on a black tile


The master bedroom was designed keeping in mind a very matured look to the space. With its old traditional Indian beds and wooden wardrobes with fabric sandwiched glass adds the warm earthy look to the space which the couple tend to imbibe.
The room is kept very simple, subtle and sober just the way the clients are.


The Master bathroom has been designed in a very contemporary way breaking the flow from the room to the bedroom. The accent wall and show stealer of the bathroom is the casa grey marble used, which has been complimented with white flooring and dado tiles with a hint of grey in them. Another piece that adds character to the space is the rough stone finished wash basin which adds a charm to the grey Italian marble.

The apartment has a fresh, cheerful, serine and warm vibe which is achieved with a keen understanding of space, balance of colours and design aesthetics. While it is devoid of extravagant furniture pieces or expensive art, a comfortable and inviting ambiance lingers in the house..."


To design a warm and welcoming vacation home in Pune, while keeping it fun and colourful.


Matt finished walls, stone finished tiles, pattern tiles, MDF jalli, Vitrified Tiles, Casa grey Italian marble, Jaislamer stone


Project Name: Weekend Home
Location: Pune
Area: 1300sqft
Principal Designers: Niharika Jilla and Pooja Shah
Project Duration: 4 months

Here are the Contact details of the architects, Niharika Jilla & Pooja Shah.You can contact them for any assistance in Interior designing and planning.

 E:              m: 9833742522
 E:          m:9920171046

It was a delight to feature the aesthetically planned and beautifully designed, weekend home by Pooja Shah and Niharika Jilla. All the very best for all your future endeavors.


Anonymous said...

Simple yet stylish.. liked the detailing that has been done.

niharika jilla said...

Thank you so much!!

Vasudha Somayaji said...

Liked every part especially the distressed white. It gives the old rustic look..

Pooja Shah said...

Thank you ...

the creative axis said...

really nice bed room designs. its need and clean . you can see some of my works at

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