#MyHomeMyStyle: 'I go with natural instinct; I prefer artistic, economical home decor'

Gretchen Ferrao-Walker
·3-min read

Mani Sharma’s 3BHK rental apartment in Whitefield, Bengaluru, enjoys a stunning lake view. One that offers her a connection to the outdoors and in some ways, has influenced the home’s laid-back interiors. Mani, a Himachali, has always been inspired by the natural world and this is evident in her home’s interior design. The space is a curation of objects and art that she has either picked up on travels or made herself.

“I have a masters in zoology but I am an artist at heart. I love to use organic and handmade things in my décor,” says Mani who describes her personal style as bohemian. In recent months, she has been decluttering, holding on to only what brings her joy. “I go with natural instinct, rather than following Pinterest and décor magazines; I prefer artistic, constantly changing, economical home décor,” she says.

(Mani Sharma is an artist and homemaker who lives with her husband and toddler in Bengaluru. Find her on Instagram @inam18.home. Images: Courtesy the homeowner.)

A view of the expansive living area with its lake-facing view at Whitefield, Bengaluru.

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@inam18.home #MyHomeMyStyle

A shelving unit visually demarcates the living area from the study nook.

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@inam18.home #MyHomeMyStyle

“The living room, lake-facing balcony is my happy place. I’ve filled it with lovely things that bring charm and positive vibes to the space,” says Mani.

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@inam18.home #MyHomeMyStyle

“My husband and I love to travel. Our decor is from various places in India and the world. Whenever time permits, I paint or make crafts from waste material,” says Mani.

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@inam18.home #MyHomeMyStyle

The dining area is where the family gathers, in pictures and in person.

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#MyHomeMyStyle

With its bright colours and natural material palette, the guest bedroom exudes a cosy boho vibe.

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#MyHomeMyStyle

The earthy tones of the master bedroom complement its gorgeous lake view.

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Episode 1: #MyHomeMyStyle: 'Our home revolves around our cats'

Episode 2: #MyHomeMyStyle: ‘Where our friends and family can feel at home’

Episode 3: 'Someday my own home will have a huge balcony where I can grow vegetables'

Episode 4: 'From a small village in Jharkhand to big city life in Mumbai'

Episode 5: ‘When home meets nature, it is anything but boring!’

Episode 6: 'My balcony garden is where we are spending most of our time.'

Episode 7: 'We weren't looking for a pretty apartment. We were looking for an empty canvas to paint.'

Episode 8: ‘The lockdown let us spend a lot of time at our small place, which is made with love and positive vibes’

Episode 9: 'My typical day during lockdown is quite engaging. I have started to revisit many of my old hobbies'

Episode 10: 'One thing you can’t miss is our love for the colour blue in right doses and our love for plants.'

Episode 11: 'Lived around the world; but there's no place like home!'

Episode 12: 'I enjoy mixing and matching & introducing a sudden pop of colour.'

Episode 13: 'We tend to change things up quite often so the layout is different every month'

Episode 14: 'I have created a minimalist country style with ethnic influences'

Episode 15: 'A home is never truly complete. There is so much that inspires me to create new spaces'

Episode 16: 'We renovated the home interiors ourselves. In lockdown, I have been making the best of leftover material.'

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Yahoo Lifestyle India wants to help brighten up some of the gloom surrounding COVID-19 and the lockdown in India. As we spend more time at home, and put more effort into cleaning, fixing, rearranging and organising your home space, we ask our readers to share pictures of their beautiful home with us, in a new series called #MyHomeMyStyle.