We meet two residents whose abodes are a reflection of contemporary minimalism.
The homes of the Oberais and the Mohans at The Magnolias in DLF5 have a touch of contemporary design and shades of art. While the house gave Sheetal Oberai the freedom to decide how she wanted her rooms and also how many of them, Sonali Mohan maintains her family has been able to spend more time together since they moved into their new abode.
Prem raj & Sheetal Oberai
Prem Raj and Sheetal Oberai’s house is a reflection of their personality – simplicity with a touch of contemporary design and art. As soon as you enter the Oberai abode, you find yourself in a spacious open hall comprising of the dining area on the left, sitting and bar area in the front and the gorgeous living room on the right. Once you make yourself comfortable on the cosy sofas in the living room, the enchanting view of the Aravali forests makes the apartment look all the more beautiful and lends it a serene touch. In fact, the Oberais say they don’t miss the environs of the tea gardens from where they shifted to The Magnolias in October last year.
It was their daughter-in-law, Jaya Oberai, who did the interiors and made every corner of the house and the walls speak for themselves. Also, Sanjay Dhawan from YMK Impex left no stone unturned to assist them in finishing the house interiors. The house looks even more spacious because of the way it has been done up. For example, the wall racks help create space to move around freely.
“When we bought this apartment, we had already sold our Beverly Park house and decided to stay in service apartments in Delhi till the interiors of this residence were done. But then we decided against it and moved in,” says Sheetal. In fact, the Oberai family was among the first few residents who moved in The Magnolias and witnessed the community grow and flourish before their eyes.
“As the apartment was given in a bare shell format at the time of purchase, it gave us the freedom to decide on how we would want our rooms and how many of them,” shares Sheetal. The walls of the Oberai residence are painted off-white except for the bar and the sitting area but what makes each wall stand out is the broad canvas paintings in pinks, oranges, reds with a rectangular metal artpiece cutting through the centre in the shape of a leaf.
The hall has no doors or curtains to separate the dining room from the living and the sitting areas, making it the ideal representation of open architecture. However, the main highlight of the Oberai residence is the stretch of glass wall separating the verandah from the hall. Also, the tall wooden sculptures placed in the corner of this stretch lend a classy feel to the Oberai abode.
On asking if they have a favourite corner in their house, the Oberais are quick to reply that each and every corner is their favourite for they have put equal amount of heart and soul in designing it. At the same time, they don’t miss to mention that the sitting area is the place where they spend most of their time watching television so they like it a bit more than the rest. The wall of the sitting area has grey blocks made of cement which from a distance lend it a velvety look. The bar is done up in dark undertones with a unique manner of storing wine bottles.
The mention of golf brings an instant smile on the faces of the Oberais. “I played golf earlier but now our grandson, who is just 14, has developed interest in the game so it will be great for him to enjoy it nearer home whenever he visits us during vacations from the US,” shares Prem Raj, adding that the Magnolias customer service team has extended all possible support wherever they needed. “They have been helpful and cooperative. I feel blessed to have purchased this house and hope DLF5 becomes a great place in the coming years.”
Sonali & Nikhil Mohan
Nikhil and Sonali Mohan bought their apartment in The Magnolias eight years back but hadn’t planned at the time to move in. However, they finally decided to shift here three months back from their ancestral bungalow in Civil Lines, Delhi and at present, their house is in its final phase of renovation. But even at this stage, it is a reflection of class and elegance.
One thing they were clear, however, before moving in was the colour scheme they wanted for their new home — black and white. No sooner do you enter the Mohan adobe, the Mukul Goyal installation in gold and silver catches your attention, leaving you spellbound. Not-to-be missed are the lotus flowers near the entrance in silver and the water in different shades of blue and gold. The main door leads to an aisle and you notice one of the white walls have been turned into a trip down the memory lane, with black and white photos of the Mohans. Placed against the wall is a black table on top of which is placed a beautiful horn shell. However, what makes the house come alive is the linen in bright colours which reflect on the wall and brighten up the house.
The living room wears an uncluttered look minus bulky sofas and the ones placed are classy and in dark undertones. Just behind it is a huge painting created by Mohans’ younger daughter, Tulika. And not here alone, her paintings adorn many other walls of the house. This is the only room with wooden flooring. “The reason why I chose to place our television in the living area is because I wanted the family spends quality time together,” shares Sonali. She adds that they have not had too many family dinners in all these years but have been able to spend more time together since they moved to this plush DLF5 property.
The dining table is unconventional and unique. “I wanted to have a log table in the dining area so our interior designer re-created my idea by painting the legs of the black table as it gives you an illusion of being in the middle of a forest. As dining chairs would have had hid the beauty and the concept of the table, I requested the interior designer to place two benches instead,” says Sonali.
Next to the dining table is a mini bar with a round table and three bar chairs. Sonali adds the basic idea to have the mini bar was to allow Nikhil his share of private moments while overlooking the Aravalis and the upcoming Gary Player Golf Course over the verandah. Sonali was also clear about the furniture she wanted for her new home.
The family has also created space for a prayer (puja) that has been done up with utmost simplicity minus cluttering of idols. The guest room, on the other hand, has brass and metal as its theme. Mohan’s elder daughter’s room has a bird cage hanging right in the middle of the room with abrasion look furniture. The younger daughter has painted the walls of her room. The master bedroom has black and white flooring. “I didn’t want a huge room so I chose to create a separate closet and lent one feet space to the living room,” puts in Sonali who has a fondness for organic products that can be witnessed in her abode. The verandah houses plants some of which she has carried from her Civil Lines home while others have been brought down from Assam. Today, the Mohan residence can be summed up in two apt words – minimalist elegance!