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

Gretchen Ferrao-Walker

When advertising professional Joan Travasso is not designing for clients, she’s making art for her home. The DIY-enthusiast sets time aside to create something handmade almost every weekend. Leftover pieces of wood-finished vinyl floor and cardboard are turned into wall art. An old crochet collection is thoughtfully arranged and sewn into a table runner. Even the fridge is given a vibrant floral makeover. “In lockdown, I have been making the best of leftover material available around the house,” elaborates Joan who runs a media agency in Mumbai. 

While the furniture selection reveals a love for a Mid-century Modern aesthetic, the home channels Joan’s grandmillenial style. Chinoiserie prints on cushions and crockery, crochet and lace accents, vintage-inspired picture frames and needlepoint art. “We renovated the home interiors ourselves, right from purchasing the raw material to executing the layout and accessorizing,” she says. 

In lockdown, she misses the freedom to meet the people closest to her – and visiting the beauty salon, she adds. “The initial phase of the lockdown was a blessing with more family time. We still enjoy listening to music daily, trying new recipes and home decor DIY’s over the weekend,” she smiles.

(Joan Travasso is an advertising professional who lives with her husband and four-year-old daughter in Mumbai. Find her on Instagram @joaneugene9. Images: Courtesy the homeowner.)

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Episode 1: 'Our home revolves around our cats'

Episode 2: ‘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'

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Yahoo Lifestyle India wants to help brighten up some of the gloom surrounding COVID-19 and the lockdown in India. As we spend more time at home, and put more effort into cleaning, fixing, rearranging and organising your home space, we ask our readers to share pictures of their beautiful home with us, in a new series called #MyHomeMyStyle.