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#MyHomeMyStyle: ‘The lockdown was an opportunity to do small home makeovers’

Gretchen Ferrao-Walker
·4-min read

Ankita Rai has always been mad about home décor and interior design. However, it was motherhood that encouraged her to showcase her decorating skills on social. “I started documenting my passion two years back, when I created my son’s nursery,” says the self-taught home stylist whose residence has been featured by decor brands and design publications alike.

Based in Lucknow, the sprawling 35-year-old bungalow has been home to Ankita since she married 12 years ago. “I did all the styling myself and my husband supported me wherever he could. Usually, I visualise the whole setup and note down what I need. I then divide it in to what I can do myself and needs to be outsourced. Until the whole look is finalised, I don’t buy stuff,” she explains.

When asked to define her home interiors style, Ankita says, it’s a continuously evolving one. She enjoys DIY projects, more so when it's with her toddler. They recently decorated a candle together. Last year, she made the most of her time indoors. “The lockdown was an opportunity to do small home makeovers,” she says. The results show on her Instagram grid that’s filled with vibrant ideas for just about every nook and corner of the home.

(Ankita Rai is a homemaker and home stylist who lives in Lucknow with her husband, their toddler and her in-laws. Find her on Instagram @ankita.s.rai)

Drawn to sustainable, earthy design, Ankita chose cane as the primary material for the living room furniture. "I love the warmth it brings into the space," she says. The home is peppered with tablescapes and gallery walls, often featuring DIY décor by the home stylist herself.

Image: Ankita Rai
Image: Ankita Rai

"I got this wall painted to create fun set-ups and break the monotony every now and then. This seating arrangement was perfect as a reading nook for some me-time," she says.

Image: Ankita Rai
Image: Ankita Rai

A plant mom to hundreds of green babies, Ankita loves the outdoors. (Right) "During the lockdown, I created this sit-out under my madhumalti (Rangoon creeper) to enjoy the breeze and sip my morning teas," she says. (Centre) The gallery wall along the stairway is anchored around a nautical theme, inspired by Ankita's husband who is in the merchant navy.

Image: Ankita Rai
Image: Ankita Rai

Ankita's favourite space is her bedroom. The poster bed, which takes centrestage here, is a childhood dream come true. The entrance is marked by customised, embroidered art, set against a Mediterranean blue wall.

Image: Ankita Rai
Image: Ankita Rai

The kid's room is decorated in neutral tones of grey and white with cheery pops of yellow.

Image: Ankita Rai
Image: Ankita Rai

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Episode 1: #MyHomeMyStyle: 'Our home revolves around our cats'

Episode 2: #MyHomeMyStyle: ‘Where our friends and family can feel at home’

Episode 3: 'Someday my own home will have a huge balcony where I can grow vegetables'

Episode 4: 'From a small village in Jharkhand to big city life in Mumbai'

Episode 5: ‘When home meets nature, it is anything but boring!’

Episode 6: 'My balcony garden is where we are spending most of our time.'

Episode 7: 'We weren't looking for a pretty apartment. We were looking for an empty canvas to paint.'

Episode 8: ‘The lockdown let us spend a lot of time at our small place, which is made with love and positive vibes’

Episode 9: 'My typical day during lockdown is quite engaging. I have started to revisit many of my old hobbies'

Episode 10: 'One thing you can’t miss is our love for the colour blue in right doses and our love for plants.'

Episode 11: 'Lived around the world; but there's no place like home!'

Episode 12: 'I enjoy mixing and matching & introducing a sudden pop of colour.'

Episode 13: 'We tend to change things up quite often so the layout is different every month'

Episode 14: 'I have created a minimalist country style with ethnic influences'

Episode 15: 'A home is never truly complete. There is so much that inspires me to create new spaces'

Episode 16: 'We renovated the home interiors ourselves. In lockdown, I have been making the best of leftover material'

Episode 17: 'I go with natural instinct; I prefer artistic, economical home decor'

Episode 19: 'Traditional or modern?': Charming Chennai flat mixes old and new styles

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Yahoo Lifestyle India wants to help brighten up some of the gloom surrounding COVID. As we spend more time at home, and put more effort into cleaning, fixing, rearranging and organising our home space, we ask our readers to share pictures of their beautiful home with us, in a new series called #MyHomeMyStyle.