Asha Bhatnagar Turns Junk Into Fantastic Home Décor
- IWB Post
- May 12, 2015
You know the beautiful Asha Bhatnagar, right? We spoke about her few months back in our campaign ‘Aid to Maid’. After seeing her home that day, we decided to write a blog on her classic taste. She can bring together vibes of different cultures under one roof.
Her home is a mini Tribal India. Wife of a ‘fauji’, as she describes herself, says she collected most of the house-items during the innumerable transfers of her army husband. In this blog, Asha honestly tells how one can beautify a home in low expenses:
You can see the how different each chair is from the other one. However, these tribal chairs are my favorite. They are very old but I have kept them. I love old things. I bought them from an art professor who teaches in Banasthali Vidhyapith, Newai. The cushions are later made according to their unique shapes.
This wall was made artistic using old tiles that were used under an old bathtub. Yes, I even saved the old tiles because I knew I could use them effectively somewhere. Some of the idols kept on them are from childhood or are gifts.
Space Outside Bedroom
Very Italian feel, yea? Thanks to these locally available window glasses and the sunlight falling on them. The paintings hanging on the side walls are actually decades old from the City Palace archives.
That lampshade up there, can you see it? It is so delicate that I don’t touch it for even dusting. The horses are from my Mother-in-law. And the beautiful ‘Thaal’ was the jewelry-thaal at my daughter’s marriage.
One of my favorite places. Meet my dear Saroj, she is the house-help I got featured with in JWB. So the sofa she is sitting at is something I inherited from my Daughter-in-law. Yes, you read it right. When she was throwing them away, they caught my eyes.
The ceiling is done using brown roof-tiles. On the boundary wall, you can see all the junk being placed very decoratively. As I told you, I don’t throw away anything. Moreover, I don’t let the neighbors throw anything! This junk includes everything from old broken idols to clay work to old rusted coffee machine to a rotten sewing machine. All this makes my garden a retro spot to sip a cup of tea.
Photographer: Shashank K Tyagi