Design Diva Show by House of Ritika
Nestled in the quaint neighbourhood of Bandra, Diva Dhawan’s New home is the perfect fit for her lifestyle.
Diva who searched long and hard for an apartment with some great light and ventilation, high ceilings and large windows found her Zen Space in her new abode.
“As soon as I stepped in, I said ‘this is what I want,’” recalls Diva, a model,anchor and an entrepreneur who shuttles between NYC and Mumbai.“It needed extensive work, but I fell in love with the apartment and the neighbourhood.”
Diva was ready to renovate immediately after moving into the house—but discovered it was in worse shape than she’d thought. “The house was semi-furnished and the only good thing was the dining table” relates Diva. “The sofa was uncomfortable and it didn't have a TV unit, a coffee table or a shoe rack- these are the basics” She did not want anything very expensive or long lasting.
Diva decided to design the space to her liking and make the apartment a home she loves. She tapped architect Ritika Kothari to spearhead the project, requesting a modern apartment that would suit her lifestyle and her global choices. Ritika conceived a chic apartment with quirky accents and a huge outdoor seating area to enhance the beautiful garden space.
However, the design was limited by a couple of factors. “The previous owner had left some furniture behind that we chose to incorporate,” Ritika explains. “The apartment did not allow structural changes hence interior styling to bring out the perfect emotion was a challenge.” Diva has a very vibrant personality,but her taste is very elegant and classic. Growing up in New York her sense of style is very modern and minimal.
In fact, the major focus of the living room was the Sofa. “Diva wanted a space where her friends could come and chill,and a large table for her books,coffee,wine and candles” Ritika explains. “We had two focal points: the garden and the living room that extends into the garden area.”
Throughout the design process, Ritika collaborated with Diva and the brands to streamline the mood board and interior plants. She selected finishes and furnishings in neutral palettes that would accentuate rather than compete with the zen garden space. Royal Blue Sofa,monochromatic furnishings,and a dark wood coffee table, complemented the clean-lined furniture to impart a chic aesthetic. “Diva embraced the idea of easy living,” Ritika explains. “Nothing’s fussy, but it’s nicely done. It’s kind of a classic style, but feels more modern and is reflective of the clients’ personality.”
Well-versed in Sofa designing, Sunrich Meraki suggested treated fabrics on all furniture. While attracted to minimalism, Diva also embraced the popular Danish concept of 'Hygge', which translates to a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being. When Ode & Cleo furnishings joined the team to help with the cushions,curtains and rugs, Diva asked them to meld monochromatic tones and straight lines with warmth and coziness. “I call it soft modern as opposed to stark modern,” Ritika says. “Neutral Colors, warm woods, not a lot of cold surfaces.”
The designer selected a soft, blue-and-cream palette. She commissioned the custom made live edge coffee table to Solli Concepts,a design studio dedicated to the creation of hand-crafted, timeless furniture showcasing the innate beauty and authenticity of wood. They made the perfect eucalyptus wood table,weathered for all occasions and all seasons. “The coffee table is a conversation starter in my space,all my guests love the wooden grains and the sturdy carpentry” says Diva.
The Sofa was designed in a L- Shape unit and placed parallel to the porch to extend the living-area into the garden. The garden was Diva’s zen space to practice pilates and yoga. “We chose a simple outdoor sofa set,as we did not want to disturb the sanctity of the space by adding clutter” says Ritika.
Another important nook was the wall next to the entrance “I wanted it to be focal, but not in your face,” Ritika says.We chose to add a simple dark wood custom shoe rack from Casa Quirky and put a statement wall mirror from Studio Trataka to complete the look. “The space looks elegant,with maximum utility that the rack provides”.
A mix of new and existing furniture in serenely neutral tones is sleek yet comfortable. Ritika collaborated with iHeartHomez for their quirky decor accessories to add that pop of color to Diva’s Home. For Dhawan,the process of styling the home was easier than she had expected—largely because of the team she assembled. “I feel like my apartment became a home with love and friendship, and that is wonderful.” says Diva.
Diva then came up with the concept of a celebrity home makeover show that brings out the process of styling modern homes. The pilot episode was her own home makeover,now available on Youtube. The show is called Design Diva Show,produced by House of Ritika.
The first episode is due for release this May with Jim Sarbh and Anjali Mody.
BRAND PARTNERS :
Ode & Cleo Furnishings
Heena Bhatt & Poonam Lalwani
Sohel Contractor & Zahabia Abid
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