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Desi By Nature

Unapologetically colourful. Unabashedly kitschy. And unreservedly lovely. Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present to you the boho-licious home of our resident diva, Mamta Sharma Das. There are so many adjectives I can use right now to describe her, but I think the best thing would be to compare her to the spiciest, crunchiest Jhalmuri, I have ever had (sorry M! :P). She is every bit as zesty, fun, vibrant and happiness-inducing as that! Her home, which she shares with her husband, Shamik and daughter Saadhvi (the cuddliest four-month old you ever did see) is all that and more!

This self professed Frieda Kahlo fan thrives on color, clutter and sunlight. She shifted to Pune, less than a year ago and promptly fell in love with this apartment because of the abundant sunlight and breeze that it offers, perfect for savoring the soothing weather of the city.

Every nook and cranny of the house has been lovingly decorated with many treasures collected over the years from auction sales, flea markets, or craft bazaars. Even though she calls herself a compulsive shopper, Mamta has an uncanny knack for sniffing out great deals and buying stuff without parting with too much moolah. A trait that induces great envy in an impatient shopper like me!

Her favourite trick in making her home anything but run of the mill is to play with textures. She says she dislikes the whole matching-matching trend where everything looks like it was all bought in a day. Not afraid to mix up patterns and textures, nothing in her home is too matchy-matchy, the curtains, the rugs, or the cushions, but everything comes together beautifully making the place look absolutely inviting!

Always rearranging, repurposing or creating something new, her home is her creative canvas. As the season changes, she likes making small changes around the house to keep it warm and cozy in the winters- with thick woolen fabrics on her couch and windows, and soft, breezy fabrics in the summers. A few things though, never change- a beautiful Tanjore Ganesha is the pride of the place and ever present. A cherished family heirloom, it was originally gifted to her mom on the eve of her wedding by her mom.

For some reason, this home reminds me of those carefree summer vacations one spent gamboling in a favourite uncle’s home. Where afternoons were meant for siestas and evenings, for bike rides and ice-creams. There is just something about this couple’s home that draws you in and makes you want to stay for a very, very long summer vacation. Don’t you think so?