#MyHomeMyStyle: 'Lockdown was best housewarming gift ever!'

Gretchen Ferrao-Walker
·3-min read

As an artist, Sharmila Patil is constantly in search of two things: the right light and all things handmade. Her Pune home is testament to this; every corner a well-curated spot of sunshine. “My husband and I were pretty sure of how we wanted to go about the home. Right from designing the electrical layout to the last cushion, it’s all done by us. Every mistake is our own and ones that we cherish with great pride,” says the lifestyle photographer and blogger.

Sharmila and her family of four moved into the Pune duplex a little over a year ago. Since then, the home’s evolving minimalist farmhouse aesthetic has grown to define her Instagram grid. Its neutral shell is complemented with warm, straight-lined wooden furniture. Furthermore, the space is layered in naked, natural textures seen in wickerwork, embroidered linen, terracotta décor and a restrained use of floral arrangements.

“[The lockdown] was some of the best days I have spent with my boys. We enjoyed every corner of the home together as a family. It was indeed the best housewarming ever,” she concludes.

(Sharmila Patil is an artist and photographer who lives in Pune with her husband, son and their dog Bruno. Find her on Instagram @sincerestoryteller)

“Right from designing the electrical layout to the last cushion, [my husband and I] did everything. Every mistake is our own and ones that we cherish with great pride,” says artist Sharmila Patil.

Image: Sharmila Patil
Image: Sharmila Patil

The Pune duplex was conceptualised as a minimalist farmhouse-style home.

Image: Sharmila Patil
Image: Sharmila Patil

Clean-lined wooden furniture and natural textures layer the home’s neutral palette with warmth.

Image: Sharmila Patil
Image: Sharmila Patil


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'

Episode 17: 'I go with natural instinct; I prefer artistic, economical home decor'


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