#MyHomeMyStyle: 'I have created a minimalist country style with ethnic influences'

Never judge a house by its facade.

UK-based Gayathri Gopal’s residence is a case in point. Within this 19th-century English country home lies a rustic-chic, tropical jungle. “I have created a minimalist country style with [Indian] ethnic influences,” says Gayathri. Popularly known as Gaya, her feed is a treasure trove of DIY inspiration that ranges from traditional art to up-cycled furniture.

Mother to a 6-year-old (and hundreds of plant babies), Gaya turned the lockdown into a positive, creative experience. She has enjoyed bonding with her daughter; gardening, cooking and biking together. “We created beautiful spaces in her room, like a canopy for reading. As long as each activity was not seen as a chore, it definitely kept our spirits up,” she adds.

Gaya and her family are looking forward to getting back to playing host and socialising. For now, they’re enjoying the summer in their private paradise.

(Gayathri Gopal is a homemaker who lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and their six-year-old daughter. Find her on Instagram @gopalgaya)

Images: Courtesy the homeowner.

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'


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.

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