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Tell me more about yourself and your cats :)

After nine years in the maritime industry as an oil freight trader living in Dubai and then in Singapore, I decided to exit the corporate space to finally make a profession of what I have always loved – dressing a home.



Having happily advised many a friend on how to add that bit of ethnic charm, pattern or colour to the generic looking expatriate apartment, I kept ahead of design trends and probed my own aesthetic leanings while conceiving limón in the summer of 2015.



About the cats: 2 Siamese, a male called Toby (Tobias is his proper name) and his sister Tinkerbell. 1 Manx called Snickers who I adopted in Dubai and has moved with me from Dubai to Singapore and from Singapore now to Delhi.
 I adopted 2 indie Indian kittens last summer (Mother + rest of the litter had died on the streets), both male, Boots and Buttons.
 There is beautiful art all across the house , Tell me more about your favorites specially the Indian ones Ravi Varma or Tanjore … where do you buy the paintings from ?
Thank you! We (my Mother who I share the house with now) buy art from different places and have collected art through the years. I prefer the Ravi Verma’s to the Tanjore Art but my favourites are the 2 Thota Vaikuntam painting in the Drawing room.
 Love these Krishna Paintings
 One more of the Krishna’s
 ” Dogs have masters , Cats have staff “
Your favorite corner in the house
I have to say my room
 One side of the room is almost entirely windows and its wonderful how that lets all the sunshine get in the room and pops up the bright upholstery
 Whats not to love – the lamp, the bed linen, the cat , the planter and all the colors !!
Interior design tips for a novice
Don’t be scared of colour; layer textures and colours (start with the neutrals and work on the coloured layers)
There is so much color in the house yet it still doesn’t look overboard . How do you manage to do that ? 
I try and stick to a range of colours. For example, my room is essentially grey, white and black with green and rani pink layered over. I have used pops of turquoise and yellow but thats just what they are – scant pops. Another example is the dining room, apart from the wood feel the predominant colours are maroon and blue (navy and cobalt). I wouldn’t try to introduce say yellow or orange there in any form or fashion. The drawing room is pretty much jewel toned, therefore the range is wide and relatively forgiving.
Your favorite stores /artists for interior deco shopping
Jonathan Adler, Piero Fornasetti, Restoration Warehouse, Kelly Wearstler, Le Corbusier, Bethan Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, HAY, Hans Wegner, Philippe Starck, MENU, any and every thrift store + anywhere in Indonesia!
Your favorite place other than your home which is as aesthetically pleasing ?
The Imperial Hotel in Delhi











  1. I first saw Aradhna’s room on Apartment Therapy and it’s one of the all time bests on the site. It’s great to see the rest of your home as well. Aradhna, you have an extraordinary talent for using bold, contrarian colours and textures and making it work. And of course, a crazy eye for detail–love every bit of your bedroom. It looks like a real labour of love and what could have been a messy, muddled mess with someone less talented has turned into a very well composed and stunning room.

    Thanks for making bringing all these beautiful homes together, Ila, you’ve featured some seriously cool homes.

    • Ila Reply

      Thanks Kavita :) Glad you liked them . There some more eye candy being launched this week so stay tuned and have a wonderful week.

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