Home decorating

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2:54 PM

I must be in a home decorating kind of mood these days, so here we go for another post about homes, or rather the bedrooms.
For me the bedroom is the MOST important room of all, it has to reflect my personality, has to be absolutely clutter free, and if possible with the biggest amount of natural light and a nice view. In all our relocations we had some bedrooms qualifying as good bedrooms, great bedrooms and crappy ones. I didn’t have a digital cameras in the earlier days but here are all my desi sleeping quarters detailed.
The first one was in Bangalore, I was renting a room back then, there was an old wooden bed for which I had to buy a cotton mat (futon style) the room was big, all there was was a single bed, a godrej wardrobe and a desk, I was new to India this was a temporary solution, and it was nice not to have to furnish the place, the room had a decently sized window giving on a balcony, I stayed there 3 months, but the room was far bigger than my whole studio apartment in Geneva with far far much natural light coming in, I wouldn’t have minded such a room back in my singleton days in Geneva, the room had potential.

Then we shifted to Mumbai together, lived in a furnished 1BHK that I hated with passion, though the area was really not bad, the fact this flat was craptacular and I was new to India made me hate the city big time. The whole flat was dark, with tiny windows, no sun coming in, shabby tacky furniture, horrible bathroom and a bedroom with a bed taking practically all the space, it was one of these mammoth beds made of wood and laminate you find in cheap furniturewallah shops, and once in the room there was 2 feet between the bed and the wardrobe, 2 feet between the bed and the window, and 5 feet between the head board and the door, because yes they installed the bed in there with the footboard against the wall and the head board facing the door, the mattresses were greasy, lumpy, there was no air coming in this room, it felt rather claustrophobic, we used to pay 8k a months back in the days, we live in the same area right now, a 1BHK of that standard would now go for around 16-20k! That was the worst bedroom I had in my entire life, by far! We stayed there 2 months though.
Then came Chennai, while the bedroom was probably not the best, it was decent, it was the flat in which we owned our first “furniture” namely plastic patio chairs, a plastic coffee table and laminate computer desk, the bedroom was furnished with two thick coir mattresses and we slept on these 2 years before upgrading our sleeping arrangement, the room was big, but a bit dark, I remember we had the TV in there, which was the least ideal situation, if you want to spend your life in bed, that’s exactly what you need to do, and since we didn’t have a dinning table and enjoyed eating in front of the idiot box, it meant food ended up in bed too…ewww , we stayed in this flat 7 months, we loved the flat overall, it was bigger than our Mumbai one and far cheaper, the bedroom was the gloomiest room in the whole place and compared to the Mumbai one it was heaven.
Then we came back to Bangalore, the place was a temporary solution as we were subletting, but the bedroom was bright, with 2 corner windows, the rest of the flat was ok, but that bedroom was really neat. 6 Months later we had to find a new place though, and that is how we ended up in the BEST place ever, the place I still miss today. The whole flat wasn’t big, 600 square feet of carpet area, but we had a huge rooftop terrace right outside our main door, and all rooms were bright and airy, our bedroom ended up looking like this :

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I say ended up looking like this because when we first moved in we still had just our plastic chairs and mattresses on the floor, the bed came in 2006 when I got some cash wedding gifts from my family in Switzerland. The window acts as a head board, meaning we always had fresh air right on our face, in this picture it is closed though as it was a rainy day and the downside was that during a rain spell it would soak our pillows if left open, there was a tree outside that window too but not too close as to block the sunlight. The room was small so all we had in there were the bed and the bedside tables. We lived in this flat for 5 years! The longest time ever spent in one place, so by the time we left it we had lots of furniture, and a nice decor going on in there.
And now for the last 3 shifts in the past year shall we? In July 2010 we were kissing our good old home goodbye and embracing the new in Navi Mumbai. Now while the whole area was crappy, the flat looked good (it only looked the part, if you are regular reader you would remember that the place was brand new but already falling apart), the bedroom looked like this:


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All things considered and in spite of all the hate I have for Navi Mumbai and the NRI complex, this bedroom was the BEST, huge, bright, and with a nice view, the first place I could get my bookshelves in the bedroom, for the bookworm I am this is big, the windows were tall and there were two big ones, and the view, well it was facing the sea (the Thane creek)…sweet. The only issue was the humidity, what came in from the window stayed in, there was no good ventilation as there was a tiny hallway leading to the bedroom door as this master bedroom looked more like a little suite with the bathroom right after the entry door. If I could have grafted that room on our previous beloved old flat in Bangalore it would have been ideal.
Last February we were back in the Garden city in our biggest flat so far, but the whole place was dark, thanks to ugly salmon pink walls, and the bedroom was a bit gloomy during the day:
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square feet wise it was almost as big as the Navi Mumbai one, but for some reason not as easily furnishable so all we had there was the bed and the bedside tables, The flat was in the North-West corner so there wasn’t much light coming in except during late afternoon, the room only really looked cosy at night. I still miss the place, this flat was the one with the best location by far, and the friendliest playground for Ishi.

Last but not least, the place we are living in right now, smaller than our 2 previous living quarter, but bigger than the place we lived in for 5 years and loved, the whole flat has wall to wall and almost up to ceiling sliding windows/door opening on very narrow balconies in every rooms, by far the airiest, brightest rooms we ever had, which considering the highly urban setting is just what you need to not feel claustrophobic, our bedroom looks like this:

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Again nothing else but the bed and the bedside table, and DH’s puja shrine on the wall opposite the bed, since that picture was taken we bought new curtains as ours were to narrow and too short to cover the whole window, and this is the first place we actually have an AC which is part of the fixture coming with the flat itself, at least in the master bedroom.
The view isn’t much to look at, it’s a jungle of high rise building ahead of us, but as I said, thanks to the bay windows, it is far less suffocating than it would be otherwise. And of all the rooms, the bedroom is the one I absolutely need not to feel trapped in, otherwise I don’t sleep well at all, I also do not tolerate any mess in there, so just because a bedroom has space in doesn’t mean it is an excuse to cram more stuff in there, no way.

2 comments

  1. Anonymous12:40 PM

    OK I was looking for some reviews of flats in Mumbai and I really like the way you'be described them unlike all those reviews on their websites. One of my friends live in borivali. The locality is very posh and the apartment complex has its own garden and playground too. They live in a 1BHK and paying around 18k. Is this normal? I mean in Bangalore or Hyd you could easily get a semi furnished 2BHK flat or rental house.
    P.S. I love the third PIC of your girl playing with some blue thing and the dog looking on. Its too cute

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Yep those are the prices in Mumbai :-( and that usually gets you a shoebox sized flat. In my area 1BHK unfurnished are 20+k a month, the further you go in the suburb the more affordable it gets. But it is still steep, the cost of life in Mumbai is very high, we are at a point no mere mortal can even dream of buying a flat without sacrificing their pension and quality of life after retirement, it is or you are super rich and you can have both, or you are middle class and must decide it owning a house is worth barely surviving in your senior years. It's that crazy.

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