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The home of Ajit Agarkar, former international cricketer and now a golfer, and his wife Fatema Agarkar, an educationist, is contemporary and simple. Clean lines, muted tones, sleek wooden furniture and soothing walls, create a harmonious ambience in their abode in Mumbai.
“Home is the place, where I can relax and unwind and spend time with my family and friends. It is my comfort zone and it totally uplifts my mood, no matter how tired I am. We have been living here for the past 10 years and Parel is well-connected and is in the heart of the city. Our extended families are in Dadar and Cuffe Parade and from Parel, it is easy to commute. All basic facilities are close by. We have plenty of options for dining and shopping, with Phoenix Mall and Kamala Mills in the vicinity,” says Agarkar.
The three-bedroom hall, 1,500-sq ft home has been designed by Sandesh Prabhu.
The home on the 19th floor, offers a 360-degree view of Mumbai’s skyline. The home is airy and has ample natural light streaming in.
“Our building, Ashok Tower, has plenty of open space, walkways, a club house, garden, gym and sports facilities. We wanted our son Raj, to grow up in an area where there is ample open space for him to play. This is why we bought this house, as it provides a holistic living experience,” explains Fatema.
Clutter-free and relaxing living area
The clutter-free living area has white walls and beautiful wooden rafters. The area comprises comfortable sofa sets, with stylish upholstery.
The living area is further bifurcated into formal and informal seating areas. Diffused lighting on the false ceiling, add a soft glow to the space.
Since the couple often entertain guests, they have opted for an eight-seater wooden dining table. Attractive rugs and carpets from Rajasthan and the middle-east, accentuate the space.
The brown and bluish-green wallpaper behind the sofa makes a bold impact. The Agarkars’ favourite place to relax together, is in front of the television, where they enjoy watching cricket and football matches. A wooden sliding door segregates this area from the informal living area. This space also doubles-up as a guest bedroom. Even the passage has artwork and a wooden console.
A bathroom like a spa
The master bedroom is a spacious and cosy, with a king-sized bed, wooden flooring and panelling and comfortable seating.
The room has a walk-in closet and a spa-like bathroom, which is accentuated with beautiful paintings and classy marble carvings. The master bedroom also has a spiritual corner, where there are various books of different religions.
Idols of Lord Ganesha and Saraswti and Buddha idols from Sri Lanka, Malaysia and China, adorn this space. Their 12-year-old son’s room is all blue and white.
“Raj’s room has ample floor space for him to play and features all the advanced gadgets like Xbox and others. One wall is the photo corner, where all his milestones are captured and framed,” Fatema explains.
Using knick-knacks to add a unique look
The basic colour theme used in the house, is brown and beige, with handpicked knick-knacks, lovely artifacts, paintings and soft furnishings, adding to the ambiance. “The process of setting up a home is never complete and I often keep experimenting the furnishings. Cushions and curtains in different colours, patterns and textures, give a refreshing new look to the décor.
“We like to pick up stuff like flower vases, fancy mugs and table linen for our house, when we travel abroad or from Apartment 9 and Oma. The huge yellow and green oil painting near the dining table, is by a visually-impaired artist from Rajasthan, while the black and white portrait is from an exhibition. We like to buy artwork of artists, through the charities that we support,” says Fatema.
A refreshing ambiance, with flowers and candles
The Agarkars’ home is also filled with fresh flowers and aromatic candles.
“Earlier, I had lot of green plants. However, as we travel a lot, it became difficult to take care of them. Now, I grow plants in our Lonavala home and in Mumbai, I simply opt for fresh floral arrangements. In the evenings, I always light aromatic candles, especially mogra, which I buy from Good Earth. It makes my home look ethereal and adds a positive vibe,” Fatema concludes.