While writing this blog post for M’s Photography Styling Challenge, I realised how décor trends and home trends have evolved over time. Bringing in the western décor/home layout, into the traditional Indian home has emerged as a great fusion of the ‘west meets the east’ and the transition is so seamless that it doesn’t seem western anymore.
Indian homes have this concept called, the ‘Drawing Room’, a formal or a designated seating area meant for guests and STRICTLY guests… a very colonial concept, still very prevalent in many Indian homes. I remember as children we were banned from entering this area (whether it was enclosed or an open one); and just the sheer restriction of entering this sacrosanct area meant for guests would make it the most appealing/inviting/enticing room in the entire house! The forbidden always seems the most tempting! Most of the homes still have this concept, including my parents & in-laws’ place (the place that serves as the Living Room is actually the Dining Room).
When we got married and set up our first home, my husband and I agreed that we don’t need a ‘Drawing Room’ instead we opted to have a place that we could use unabashedly/ freely, no boundaries, no knocking over stuff or breakables… with or without children… The Living Room… the most used room in our home, where ever we have been posted to. Although we did have a small formal area designated exclusively for ‘unofficially’ official discussions/meetings in my hubby’s study area (in the base homes) but no Drawing Room as such.
So when we were renovating the home where we live now, we did away with the Drawing Room completely, pulled down a wall to have a huge Living Room instead, where we come together as a family to watch TV, play games, entertain, work, laze, eat… the decor is hassle free and nothing really to worry about… yet inviting and comfortable.
Sometimes this area doubles as the ‘Nightover Room’ for my children’s sleepover parties, as our media unit is in this room (we consciously decided not to have TV in any of the Bedrooms).
Although it is a constant effort to keep the Living Room organised, comfortable and appealing but over the years we have learned how to… I have trained my children well! And they know the drill. I took these photos on Saturday when I made some lemonade for us, the temperatures are soaring here it has already crossed 36 degrees centigrade. I used the bottle and the glass that my daughter had as her share, as my props for styling.
To see the ‘after’ and ‘before’ of our Living Room Click Here. And to see what the other participants of this group have to show, click on the following links!
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