Cool and Calm Amid Chennai Chaos

Cool and calm. That’s what I hope to achieve in the India pied-à-terre, because it sits amid a busy and sweltering Southern India city neighborhood. Here are images that capture the cool feeling of escape that I’m aiming for (from a Pinterest Board – India Apartment Decorating Inspiration) …

Via Elle Decor:

A chair from Matter that looks like a chair in my husband’s family photo in Southern India when he was a little boy. But the cost of this one chair probably could have housed, clothed and fed their whole neighborhood back then:

From the New York Observer, Madeline Weinrib’s studio. A good balance of interesting and calm:

From the Shangri-La collection, some lace-like jali pattern:

I like this mix of neutral calm and color, modern and ancient style in the Hospes Hotel Cordoba in Spain:

Plus textured fabrics, like Donghia Angelina created in the tradition of Indian couture embroidery:

This is in Cher’s “Indian Fantasy” Hollywood home, designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard:

I love the shapes of these side tables shown at Traditional Home:

Another room designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Cher, and featured by Rizzoli shows the feeling I want:

This stool from Husk in Australia has what I like: simple but exotic:

Yet another room by Martyn Lawrence Bullard that’s inspiring me. This is really getting quite ridiculous. I should just call him to do my apartment. Like, ha!

Something shimmering is surely needed, such as these Seesha pillows from John Robshaw:

This image from Vogue Living is featured in nearly all my posts about India apartment decorating inspiration, because it’s such an influential image for the decor of the place:

Lovin’ this table from Serena and Lily:

And designs like this Taj silk fabric from Quadrille:

This, like this! But I haven’t located original source of this image — if anyone knows, please comment:

Now, I just need to get to Chennai and get to work …

(EDITED: Oh my, just found Martyn Lawrence Bullard is on Pinterest. Following!)

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