April 12, 2024
A 2,500-square-foot family home in Chennai swears by the Danish concept of Hygge

The living leads to a centrally-positioned dining and den drenched in natural light courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling French doors. A thoughtful reconfiguration of the original builder layout led to the conversion of the balcony into a charming coffee nook and den, while the introduction of booth-style dining amplified the apartment’s openness.

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The primary seating in the den is a sculptural beige curved sofa with an integrated teak console by Design Source.

Yash R. Jain

The den is marked by a terracotta brick tile feature, accented by a bottle green portal. On the opposite end is a birch ply and metal open-shelf storage unit inspired by Scandinavian design. A multi-coloured recycled silk carpet catches the light beautifully and complements the muted tones of the cabinet and curved sofa. Light fabrics, a view of a terrace shrouded in greenery, and comfortable furniture make the den the couple’s favourite spot in their home in Chennai.

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White makrana marble backsplash, Caesarstone engineered quartz countertop, and oak overhead shelves in the kitchen contrast the olive green shaker style shutters designed by Sleek. Brass handles from Studio Made.

Yash R. Jain

The kitchen, utility, en-suite bedrooms, and generously sized study branch out from the central dining pocket. Multi-functional in usage, the study accommodates excess storage, a custom-designed desk-cum-Puja, and a soft-pull-out nook when guests arrive.

Shreya addressed the challenges posed by the compact dimensions of the kitchen by eschewing bulky, closed storage in favour of open shelves and deploying a light olive green, oak, and white palette. Bathed in natural light, the kitchen has direct views of the private terrace and treetops.

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Resting against a panelled white wall is a teakwood bed with cane in-fill, paired with teakwood nightstands.

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An antique armoire is a statement piece in the master bedroom.

Yash R. Jain

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This built-in cement oxide-finished concrete planter-cum-seating runs the entire edge of the private terrace and encloses a secret garden-esque space.

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