When Home Becomes Everything
Since the pandemic, the family has naturally been spending all their time at home and every room has become more adaptable to their needs. The living room, the formal part of the house, where the family would usually entertain guests, has become Priyanka’s private retreat. It gets the most sunlight in the day and she spends her mornings and afternoons here, reading, meditating, and working. In her bedroom, which has almost no furniture apart from the bed, she has put up a lean work desk, which has turned out to be very useful in these months.
On the other side of the lobby is the lounge that leads into the bedrooms and kitchen. The space was created so that the family could spend time together and not just be locked in their rooms. In this room, they get together every evening to take their meals, play board games, and read. The room is sparsely decorated, there are three oil paintings by artist Vijay Sharma that add a splash of colour and a touch of eclecticism. It is modern yet firmly Indian, something that Priyanka found would fit in with her house.
The children’s room unlike other homes is decluttered and done in neutral shades. The one painting in the room, a lion’s face in many colours stands out. Since online schooling has started, the children bring their homework here and have been demanding a television set. This brings us back to the bare wall. “I might give in to their demand, I haven’t decided yet,” she said with a smile.