It is often rare to find a friendship that transcends decades of life’s milestones …that shares common aspirations and passions…and forges such a strong bond, that two people seem like parts of the same whole. It is one such friendship that led me to this Home Tour! The story of the friendship of Rashmi and Sushma.
Rashmi wrote to me from Hong Kong one day - “Suppi..the Aalayam feature on Sridevi’s house was awesome! That gave me an idea..I have a friend in Texas, who has just bought and done up her house beautifully…painstakingly collected pieces. I was wondering if her home could be featured on your blog?”.
And my answer to Rashmi was a resounding Yes!!! Not only was I humbled at her feedback about Aalayam, I considered it a privilege to bring to our readers a poignant story about two friends who have grown up together, and are sharing their everyday lives with such zing, color and passion, even though separated by tens of thousands of miles!
Rashmi even wrote a blurb about Sushma’s home –
"Madhurageethe" in Austin, Texas, is a beautiful home named after Ramesh's and Sushma's loving mothers respectively. It is a haven built in 2012. Sushma likes to keep things simple, elegant, functional and Indian. The living/family room is their favorite place to hang out in their home. A touch of easy-to -maintain greenery sprinkled around the home keeps Sushma’s green thumb satisfied and adds a live energy to every room. Warm and vibrant colors are her type and she loves to keep moving things around in her home, cushion covers change to brighten up the room according to the season. These pictures were taken in Fall of last year, as you can probably see from the light streaming into her rooms!”
Thank you Rashmi, for introducing Aalayam to Madhurageethe. Maybe we can tempt you to share pictures of the corners from your home on Aalayam sometime. That is what Aalayam is all about, sharing glimpses of real people, their spaces and their inspirations. And this story touched our heart.
Let’s hear from the home owners themselves..about how they have brought INDIA home!
We (Ramesh and Sushma) are basically hard core 'Bangaloreans'-Simple and Cosmopolitan. Yet we are very 'Indian' in whatever we do-be it our way of life, the food we eat and the home we live in :)
We moved to Austin in 2007 and lived in an apartment till 2011. We eventually fell in love with the City and wanted to buy our home here, simply because it was so culturally close to the Bangalore we LOVE. Then began our home search…we looked for about 6 months to find the right kind of a house, not too big, not too small and not “over the top”. After a couple of compromises, we eventually settled for this one. We were lucky to have at least a couple of things the 'Karnataka' way-we did a traditional 'Bhoomi Puje' or the ground breaking ceremony, and then when the house was built and ready, we did our own private 'Gruhapravesha' :). Private because, the 'Muhurtha' fell on a working day when all of our dear friends were at work !! The priest doubled as our photographer :) which was actually interesting because he was clicking pictures from our mobile phone as and when he was saying the 'mantras'- amusing nevertheless!!
Beautiful and warm house Sushma and Ramesh..and Thanks Supriya for the tour.love love that Buddha painting..ReplyDelete
Nayana, me too! All things Buddha! I was absolutely floored by this home myself. This was such a wonderful confluence of colors and cultures. Truly an Aalayam home! Thank you Sushma and Ramesh!! and of course Rashmi.ReplyDelete
What a lovely home! Esp love the sunny yellow room! I wish I could be that bold and do up a room in that color! Sigh!ReplyDelete
Reshma, I agree. I have painted a wall in our home a golden yellow which lends a glowy texture to the walls, in addition to doing wonders in the evening light! What colors are your walls? Off-whites and pearlies also work great to showcase vibrant colors of the Indian artifacts right?ReplyDelete
Wonderful blog post. I, personally knowing Sushma and Ramesh can say that their beautiful and cozy house reflects their hospitality,warmth and kindness.ReplyDelete
This house is put together with so much love.. I was smiling while reading the entire post.... how beautiful :)...good job guys!!ReplyDelete
Suranumi, Thank you!! We value your insider's perspective :) Please do join the Aalayam family. We would love to have you. We have an exciting line up of design, cuisine and cultural topics in the pipeline!!ReplyDelete
Shaz..this home touched our hearts too! Thank you for stopping by!!ReplyDelete
What a lovely home Sushma and Ramesh! Thank you for sharing it with us and the readers of Aalayam - it takes a keen eye for detail to cohesively put together a gorgeous home like this and you guys have done an amazing job! Rashmi thanks for bringing this home to our attention!ReplyDelete
I can proudly say I have been in Sushma and Ramesh's home and the pictures don't do enough justice! The decor is minimalist, yet tasteful, uncluttered, yet cozy. Congratulations Sushma & Ramesh!ReplyDelete
I agree Deepa! This home is indeed a delight for our readers! Dear Aalayam family, coming up next is a very interested design feature by Deepa that I am sure you will love!ReplyDelete
Vyshali! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Sushma and Ramesh's home. Welcome to the Aalayam family! We hope you come back and visit us again. Your design view points are refreshing :)ReplyDelete
Thank you all for the lovely comments! We are really very humbled :)ReplyDelete
Thanks a bunch Supriya and Deepa for featuring our home.
Sushma and Ramesh
We have known Sushma and Ramesh for many years and we can only say that the house and interiors truly reflect their personality - Beautiful, Warm, Vibrant, Colorful and Pleasing to say the least! Absolutely Lovely Home!!! We are soooo happy to see Sushma & Ramesh's new home "Madhurageethe" featured on this platform! Thanks Rashmi & Supriya! Your site is very impressive! We are now part of the tribe :)ReplyDelete
Keep up the wonderful work!!
- Raaji & Srikanth
Thanks Raji and Sriki :) A bigg thank you to each one of you for such nice comments and a BIGG thank you to Rashmi, Supriya and Deepa :) This has been an awesome experience!!!Delete
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Aparna Rao: Really nice home!! Enjoyed the whole post, loved the Buddha and the yellow room..
Archana Ganesan: Beautiful home...nicely featured. Well done Aalayam and Madhurageethe!
Mallika Vinayak: Beautiful home! Really enjoyed the photos and the blog!
Rashmi Srinivas Thanks Suppi, for featuring my buddy's lovely home in your creative space! Sushma and Ramesh Murthy have lovingly put together every twig in this nest with so much eye for detail, balance of colours and oodles of warmth. I'm thrilled that "Madhurageethe" is having a virtual "gruhapravesham" worldwide through your fantastic blog!
Thank you all for your support and for your feedback. This means the world to us!!
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Very nice home! great post. Thanks for stopping by Deepa.ReplyDelete
Valuable information ..I am delighted to read this article..thank you for giving us this useful information. Great walk-through. I value this post.ReplyDelete
very nice.thanks for stopping by celebrations decorReplyDelete
Beautiful.. n very peaceful...ReplyDelete
stunning house...from using Buddha painting to living room to dinning room, all look awesome and so perfect. Being an interior designer I really appreciate this work. Painting are really beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this useful information. Keep sharing this kind of informationReplyDelete
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