A modern take on Mediterranean decorating! That's what you realise as you step inside the house designed by two design stalwarts — Neeta Kumar, Founder of Inhabit,..
In her lavish four floor home in Hyderabad, designer Neeta Kumar uses colour, clever ideas and craft to give it a personal yet stylish touch..
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Full of life, artistic and intelligent design makes Neeta Kumar's home a mesmerizing composition.
Under the spell of mermaiden shades found deep within the ocean.
Homes are an extension of the people who live in them.
Add life to your living room with 'The Mitra Collection' an exquisite range of trunks.
Console by Inhabit
Add a fresh and unique look to your home with the new range of furniture pieces from Inhabit.
Trunks are not only great from storage, but also apt for adding a decor element to your home.
Metallics are a hot ticket item in decor and with good reason too.
The mesmerizing collection of lanterns and t-light holders from Inhabit are pretty decorative accessories.
Glittering, gleaming and glamorous, a great mirror lends personality to any room.
All it takes is one statement piece to really make your decor stand out.
Break the monopoly and bring about a vibrant look by adding decor..
A modern take on Mediterranean decorating! That's what you realise as you step inside the house designed by two design stalwarts — Neeta Kumar, Founder of Inhabit, Hyderabad and Karen Vidal of Design Vidal, Los Angeles. Located on the outskirts of Hyderabad, the house is spread across 4,500 sqft. Exhibiting an interesting play of colours, the house is well-planned out with natural elements like light, air and warmth. Gushing about the space, Neeta says, "A well-designed home should start with functional aesthetics. We have ensured that the functionality of every area is well-defined keeping in mind the life and style of each individual staying in the house. The space highlights the successful marriage of modern classic interior design and a highly individual choice of furniture." Good design has been employed to maximise the scale of each room. Of many great details to be found here, the stairway corridor is one of our favourite design features. Fitted with industrial design lighting, it has a beautiful view of the garden. Soft colours, clean lines and modern pieces define the sophisttated and soothing master bedroom space. Inhabit customised most of the decor and furniture with bespoke designs. "We have coordinated an eye-catching colour scheme that runs through the house to create a cosy atmosphere," says Neeta. "It took us almost 10 months to complete the project. The biggest challenge we faced was the reclaimed teakwood flooring of the entire house. Arches have been introduced to visually increase the height of the ceiling. Vintage ceiling beams and wooden doors add to the contemporary effect with rustic elements," she adds. IBM
What do natural grey, eggshell, ivory, cosmic latte, vanilla, honeydew, glitter, mint cream, pearl and snow have in common? They are all variants of white. The names may sound exotic and the colour evokes a sense of purity, but when it comes to design, white can make a home look lacklustre, dull and prosaic. Moreover, the clinical and minimal look (though popular in western parts of the world) is at odds with Indian design sensibilities. We revel in colour, be it bold and passionate or pastel and restful.
The key, however, lies in knowing, which hues are right for your home and which colour combinations work best; and in no time the interiors go from staid to stunning. Finding the perfect shades (a mix of teal, blues and green) for her home in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad is Neeta Kumar, owner and designer of a decor store called Inhabit. Much like her showroom, in this space too you can find classic designs sitting pretty in a contemporary layout. Kumar's motto has always been, "Who says homes have to be a basic space filled with necessities of daily life? It's much more fun to run riot with colour, and materials; and give your inner artist a free hand." It is advice she has followed to the tee in her four-floor bungalow.
The 13,000 sq ft property has six bedrooms, three living rooms, two dining spaces, one formal drawing and two kitchens (one kitchen is for used everyday mostly by the help and other, an open kitchen is used only by family members). "The layout of the home is simple," says Kumar, adding, "The foyer opens into living and dining space with an open kitchen. The living room opens into a verandah with spiral stairs that lead to an entertainment area. There's even a small private internal lift that connects the foyer with bar, informal living room and the garden." Essentially, the ground floor has the formal living room and two guest rooms. "The guest rooms are meant for extended family and friends. The first floor, formal cum family area is for guests and house dinners, while the third floor is a more private space, used only by the family," says Kumar. That said, the key highlights of the home happen to be the entertainment area with the bar, internal dumb waiter lift and the home theatre part of the master bedroom.
"I have used MS (mild steel) partitions, leather flooring in master bedroom, art and interesting collectibles, hand done stucco finish on walls, stencil with gold leafing on walls to give the home not only style, but also character," says Kumar, whose biggest challenge was to connect and integrate all the floors internally through various lifts and stairs. No wonder, it took her two years to complete the mammoth project. "The idea was to create a personal space, which reflects our personalities and at the same time does not compromise on the comfort factor," she adds.
"On the walls you will find Aziz's paintings of horses on canvas and water colours sketch, an artwork of the viraat swaroop of Krishna, which is almost 200 years-old, nirbhaya art piece, painting by Pranay Gosawani, a blend of contemporary and ethnic Krishnas with parrots, old silverware dating back to a 100 years with family names engraved and pichvais of Ramayana and Mahabharata, which are almost 300 years old," explains Kumar. But that's not all, she also has textile pieces, some of which are from the era when nizams ruled. Another interesting item is an old pictotal diagram depicting Kumar's family tree and history.
"I love the entertainment area as its good blend of comfort and drama. The outdoor space is as good as indoor, its compact and large at the same time, covered with an awning with jaisalmer stone on top," says Kumar, who has placed an indoor bar next to it. Clearly, for Kumar, decor, design and drama go hand in hand.
In the midst of a city that boasts of spectacular lakes, interior and furniture designer Neeta Kumar's abode in Hyderabad's posh Banjara Hills feels like a an ocean in itself - shimmering in blues and greens and decked with a lush plant cover. Neeta, 40, is the brain behind the home decor brand, Inhabit, which is known for it's eclectic furniture designs. Hailing from a family of furniture lovers, Neeta completed her Masters in Britain from the Central St. Martins and Chelsea College of Art and Design and came back to Indian where she took her passion forward to establish her brand in 2004. She explains, "Since childhood, I have always had that burning desire to create something out of nothing and work on beautifying empty spaces". Neeta attributes her designs to her varied "life experiences, daily life, childhood, observations and thoughts".
In her small oasis of heaven, Neeta has poured all of her design sensibilities to form a space that's global in appeal and Indian in soul. The spacious 15,000 sq.ft. family house in which she resides with her husband Chaitania, the president of the Hyderabad Polo and Riding Club, daughter Tia, 9, has been exclusively designed by Neeta. It took het two years to give the striking abode it's distinct character. Every nook and cranny reflects her thought and touch - yes, even the smallest of flower arrangement.
Like it's owner, house doesn't seem to follow any set pattern of design. Every room looks different and yet comes together to give it an illusion of continuity. Neeta places the onus on her unconventional policies: "I dont follow any design philosophy. I never work on designs thinking that they should fall into a particular genre like contemporary, traditional, classic, etc. My code is simple - I visualise how the space will look after I am finished with it, while also keeping in mind the basic functionality of the room."
Neeta's home is interspersed with blues and greens, a colour palette that she works with in almost every room. The hues create a soothing effect for the eyes while playing host to many other shades. "I feel that they add quite a bit of drama to the space and create various moods". Also, these shades are versatile and can be easily paired with other colours as well", she says. Interestingly, the house has a lot of iconic architectural motifs that have, in the past, been used in heritage buildings around the world.
However the motifs in Neeta's home have been adapted in various ways - while some adorn the walls, others have become contemporary jaali portions. Another striking element is how Neeta has mixed a lot of different patterns in a single space. Even though it's a tricky combination, Neeta has made it work beautifully.. "Well, you have to balance it just right. Remember, one of the cardinal rule is to mix geometric patterns with floral and bold colors. There should be one key pattern in the room and the rest should complement it. For example, if you choose stripes as the chief guest, flower motifs go beautifuly with it. Play with contrast in the room and you are bound to make a statement. Look at the floors and ceiling as your main art work area. Think beyond conventional rugs and cushion to add patterns. Stick to the colour palette offered by your pattern - Everything else will fall into place," Neeta gifts us with these pearls of wisdom.
Neeta faced some architectural issues when she was designing the open spaces. Since natural light and green areas were a priority, she had to create many openings and windows that became a challenging task. the result, though, is stunning. The garden and patio get a lush green covering with the help of a turquoise-hued paints and faux grass( on the garden chairs), juxtaposed with bright coloured flowering creepers and wonderful creatures.
The latest collection of mirrors and consoles by Inhabit are great for a decor update to your home. Furniture and Interior designer, Neeta Kumar puts forth an amalgamation of different collections available at Inhabit - mnamely Neo Classical, Haute, Ellen, Studio, Paloma, Dalmia and Mughal.
Neeta Kumar launches her signature line - Vivanta.
Created to do creative justice to the word “Creation” itself - vivanta is an inspired, individualistic Home decor gallery which breathes personality into each of its displayed piece.
The designs are a concoction Indian sensibilities with trends and a liberated expression of the imprisoned human mind. Neeta's signature line reaches out to all those who have a dire desire to express.
“A sign, a stamp or mark impressed, as by a seal.. a thumb impression perhaps.. a thought, a word, an idea, a philosophy emerging out of strong likes.. or a recurring dream-unearthing, unmasking the sub conscience.. strong passion.. a mood.. ever changing.. forever evolving.. forever you.”
An MBA with Furniture Design & Product Design from St. Martin's London, Neeta Kumar hails from a family that has been passionately in love with furniture for over six decades. She furthered this Passion with Inhabit, launched in 2004, which now has five outlets in the city.
Now with her signature line-vivanta,she successfully showcases a spirited fusion of different styles that blend in harmoniously into a single piece of art.
Connoisseurs can select from a vibrant range of sofas, dining sets, accent chairs, exquisite mirror or gold an silver leaf furniture, consoles, expressive wall art, chandeliers, glassware, accessories, vases color coordinated with charger plates and many more in a Spectrum of materials which include stainless steel, corian, wood, laser cut ms, mirrors and more, expressed with historical, traditional or floral motifs or anything else that the mind chooses.
Vivanta also undertakes interior designing projects rendering a strong character to all the furniture and empowering them to transform your living space into a creative canvas seldom seen. It redefines emotive art by making it your own.
If you are looking for a fresh feel for your interiors then Inhabit's new furniture range. The Mitra collection, is worth a look. Featured here is Chota Bada Sandook from the colection. It is a trunk wrapped with kilim style fabric with interesting accents.
Full of life, artistic and intelligent design makes Neeta Kumar's home a mesmerizing composition.
This four storey house will make one retire into their own little world, away from the hustle bustle of the city. It is divided into a formal living room, an informal living area, bedrooms, an open kitchen and an entertainment room."Privacy was a very important factor while designing the house. I didn't want people in the house to feel restricted or get disturbed by guests. I also wanted it to have a warm vibe and a personal touch. All the furniture is handmade, the décor pieces are from my travels and all of them have a story.I've implemented basic Vasstu and Feng Shui concepts like water bodies at the entrance, mirrors and chimes to bring warmth", says Neeta Kumar, owner of Inhabit.
The house exudes warmth and opulence at the same time. Most of the open areas are enriched with plants and bring natural light into the house. “Plants make a space seem more open and brighter", says Neeta. There are several sit-outs in the house with highly distinctive furniture pieces.
Spatial planning, application of different textures and surface materials breaks the space into different rooms.Multiple lighting options can every room transformable to host different moods. The hall has a contemporary chandelier, spotlights, skylights and a pedestal spot light. By toggling their inten sities, different atmospheres can be created, making the room perfectly fitting for different occasions.
There isn't an empty corner in the house. Every corner has an art piece with a story. Though the pieces are from different parts of the world, she works carefully with them so that they all look harmonious. “Since there are a lot of art pieces in the room, it's important to balance things out. In the living room, as the coffee table has a lot of small pieces, the smaller table on the side has only one large lamp on it. Also minor de tails like the leather finish on the coffee table as well as on the couch make all the pieces sync with each other,“ says Neeta.
The different colours running throughout the house bring it alive. The stenciled walls, antique silver and bronze curios, embroidered cushions, exotic carpets from Turkey, family heirlooms, memorabilia and portraits, all work together to make the house feel warm.Purple, green, pink every wall is a different shade which doesn't allow the space to get monotonous at all. Neeta states that she doesn't have an office at t home since she doesn't like to bring work home. She has a small work space though where she can lose herself in the beauty of art.
The entertainment room is an explosion of vibrant colours and is like a breath of fresh air. All the doors are made of glass to create a l sense of openness and an illusion of space. The focal point of the entertainment room is an emerald green wall with distress finish and golden motifs. All the furniture in the room have a bit of this shade which puts everything in sync while keeping them independently alluring at the same time. “Using colour can be challenging.The room has many different shades of red, green, blue, yellow and more. Emerald green won Pantone Colour of the Year award in 2013. I have added the colour onto different parts like the finishing on chains. It's important to maintain balance. I chose one basic colour and all the other colours in the room compliment that colour and tone. I have had some of my best moments in this room,“ says Neeta. It has a teak wood ceiling so that it remains cool. It makes for a good choice as it is weatherproof, durable, easy to clean and is naturally resistant to insects and termites. She points out that regular dusting, vacuuming and polishing of metal is vital for the upkeep of the house and skilled staff is hard to find.
The most valuable art piece she states is the winning polo trophy from the Hyderabad Polo and Riding Club. Aziz Mirza, Pranay Gosawmi and Thangkas from Nepal are some of the priceless art pieces that adorn the walls of the house. FAST FACT MULTIPLE LIGHTING OPTIONS MAKE EVERY ROOM TRANSFORMABLE TO A HOST DIFFERENT MOODS.
Homes are an extension of the people who live in them.Some like to keep their homes minimalistic while others like their abode to reflect their ostentatious and luxurious tastes. With a little help from experts your dream home can materialise.And when it comes to professional interior designers, who bring to life each room the way you envision, Neeta C Kumar, is one of the much celebrated interiors and furniture designer. Neeta's outstanding portfolio is a testimony to this. She can bring to life a range of home needs: from bright, family-friendly spaces to chic yet comfortable spaces and furniture.
Neeta has been the go-to interior designer for city folk since she opened up her own brand, INHABIT, in 2004.INHABIT has turned into a one-stop destination for a shopper looking for home accents and furniture.Attention to detail, quality , and design are the USP of the brand which Neeta believes is her success mantra.
Her furniture reflects modern sustainability as its design philosophy . The focus of the brand is on reclaimed wood furniture as it can be sustainable, modern, well designed and oozes sophistication. If you are more of the laidback type then shabby chic (French-style) items for every room in your home including shabby chic bedroom dressers, living room cabinets, coffee tables, slip covered furniture, and more are available at INHABIT.
Neeta works with Mood Boards for every client. Her team captures every idea, requirement and thought of the client, who is also presented with swatches, catalogues and sample look books for further inspiration. Once all these aspects come together the journey into designing your home begins.
Add life to your living room with 'The Mitra Collection' an exquisite range of trunks that has been designed by Inhabit. These decorative trunks are available in both vintage and modern style to cater to the taste of the individual. The attic designer leather trunks, Chota Bada Sandook, Kilim trunk, Nomad kilim leather trunkexclude charm that are unquestionable. The collection is a visual treat and is a must have this christmas to add grace and vitlity to your living room.
Add a fresh and unique look to your home with the new range of furniture pieces from Inhabit, named as the Mitra collection. Available in unique designs, these petite furniture pieces are ideal way to turn your house intoa dream world and create a relaxing ambience.
Trunks are not only great from storage, but also apt for adding a decor element to your home. Inhabit's new Mitra collection of trunks can make any room look neater in a stylish way. The decorative trunks are available in modern and vintage designs in premium leather that serves as a magnificent piece of adornment. Additional decorative details like clean clasps, easy drawer rollers, convenient handles and rounded edges with studs give the trunks a sophisticated appeal.
The mesmerizing collection of lanterns and t-light holders from Inhabit are pretty decorative accessories. The collection has been designed as a simple yet effective addition to your home. Add a row to your dining table or use it as a low key lighting or to glam up your outdoor spaces.
The mitra collection of furniture is vintage indian in inspiration and includes the Chota Bada Sandook, Ring Bell, Bell Hop, Mid Century Chota Minar and NoMad Trunk. The Chota Bada Sandook trunks are available in two sized and feature beige kilim style fabric with red, green and ivory accents while the hand finished Bell Hop Bar Cart is reminiscent of a vintage factory trolley on brass caster wheels. The trays are carved out of sturdy wood and are an arresting Pueblo blue. The minar inspired ottoman is made from solid wood with a jasper green finish.
Glittering, gleaming and glamorous, a great mirror lends personality to any room. Take a look at the new collection by Inhabit. We are particularly smitten by the Grid mirrorfinished in natural trak wood tones and accent painted with white distress antique finish.
Succumb to metallic magic - the crude, gold colour has the subtle ability to instantly transform staid spaces. Pictured "Lotus Table" from Inhabit
Precious tones convene for a refined auro - occupy corners with a mix of ornate and delicate accessories. Thal table gets its name from the big round brass plate placed on top of a wooden base. The metal has a oxidised, tarnish resist lacquer finish.
All it takes is one statement piece to really make your decor stand out. And the search for the perfect one ends right here. Head to inhabit and take your pick from their festive range of trays, lanterns, candlesticks and more. Mix'n'match for a cohesive look.
Break the monopoly and bring about a vibrant look by adding decor items on consoles against the wall. In addition, add small pieces such as different kinds of metal table/wood tables on trunks in corners as well as a seat/behind the sofa back in the aztec prints. Neeta Kumar, owner and designer of Inhabit say,"One can redo the living roomby identifying and accentuating the accent walls. Make it look different by giving it a shabby look, or just expose to brick wall. Adding cushion covers, changing the upholstery of a single chair will give a new look to your room."