Celebrity Homes

A house is never complete, it’s an ongoing process

A look at the cozy Sethi family home in Ahmedabad, with its blend of earthiness and vibrancy

Geet Sethi, the well-known Indian world billiard champion and wife Kiran Bir Sethi, a designer, educationist and social entrepreneur, have done up their Ahmedabad home remarkably well.

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Kiran comes from a family of designers and even holds a degree in visual communication from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. She began her career designing restaurants, and later started writing for newspapers. She had the flair to decorate and design from early on, so their home is a stunning visual of both elegance and bold taste.

The design of their home is like an ongoing process and it looks like a work of art, a canvas on which Kiran keeps painting. This is what makes it very dynamic and different. It is not static.

The colours are her choice and she loves subtle ones, so the mushroom white with the right blend of bright colours like blue and yellow add up to the spark in the house. The different shades compliment the interiors and give a serene effect on the overall environment of the house.

The Sethi’s home was built in 1997 by Geet and his father, who worked as an air traffic controller. He was transferred to Ahmedabad when Geet was eight. He was always keen in sports. The Sethis have two children Raag, a musical prodigy, and Jazz who’s into dancing and choreography.

Their home is sober and has a very rustic and organic feel to it. “We didn’t want a very glamorous or shiny house with too many artefacts,” they say. “We were always inclined towards bamboo and wooden furniture. We like to decorate the house with small stunning or carved artefacts and this we keep adding, as time passes.”

Elaborating about the decoration and designing of the house Kiran adds: “If I like something, I put it up. We keep adding things as we believe ‘a house is never complete’ it is an ongoing process.”

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Kiran is also the founder of The Riverside School in Ahmedabad and Design for Change. The couple moved into the house in 2005, once the school building was ready. The school is an extension of their house.

Being a billiards champion we noticed that they didn’t have a pool table in the house. “It was a conscious choice not to have the billiards table/room at home,” remarks Kiran. “Firstly because I didn’t want to mix work and home and second it is very difficult to maintain it professionally as it requires a certain quality of lighting and temperature along with typical humidity levels. So it is best to play at the club.”

The house is climate-controlled with large windows and openings that overlook the porch along with the school’s football ground, great for cross ventilation. Kiran has used warm lighting to give a cozy feeling to the house.

“The large windows give a lot of natural light to the house,” she says. “I have used bamboo and wooden furniture to further enhance the feeling of my house being earthy and cozy.” The living area had a corner wall which was done up with pictures, giving it an artistic and bright feel.

There was a swing with a couple of chairs and music which added perfection to the design of the house. “I sometimes sit here all by myself and enjoy a cup of coffee in solitude or with friends or family listening to music,” adds Jazz. That area can double up as party space when required.

Her room was a birthday gift her parents gave on her 18th birthday. As she loves white table, ornate wallpaper and chandeliers, Kiran made sure to incorporate all these elements in her room.

The kitchen is functional and has also been done up by Kiran. It is open and well lit with natural light. It has a large central aisle that doubles up as work space or accommodates the breakfast table.

They have an in-house library which was a natural choice for all four members of the family who are avid readers. The library has a comfort chair where one can sit and read comfortably. “The library had a huge collection of books earlier but some were given to the school,” adds Jazz.