Sitara by Anita Lal embodies the timeless luxury of her brand, Good Earth

Sitara by Anita Lal embodies the timeless luxury of her brand, Good Earth

Obtaining a sloping meadow behind the family home, Anita worked with “more than one architect” to conjure the grand hill house that seemed to crown the valley below and oversaw every detail with her well-tuned eye for both the practical and the poetic. “I had already engaged Manali architect, Sri Dhoni Chand, who understood on an instinctive level what was needed in this area; it was a learning process that seeking local voices and talent was worth 20 imported names. Over the past decades, the designer has developed a deep respect for the language The mountain vernacular of these parts and he imbued Sitara with a single mind in the spirit of the place he was set in. “We had to build huge stone walls and level the ground, which was an achievement in itself. The garden is credited to the amazing landscape designer Taera Chowna, who envisioned it as the seasons changed and planted it so that every month the garden changes to new colors. I brought most of the seeds from London and we had a lot of fun at the Chelsea Flower Show looking for inspiration. She smiles as we walk through the stone doorway into the central arched drawing room, filled with views across the peaks.

In this sky-blue yoga shala, the stunning views are framed as a therapeutic panorama for the eyes. Anita originally commissioned the cut-glass daybed for the drawing room, but settled on the peaceful Eagle’s Nest where morning yoga is a daily practice among other health and wellness techniques.

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After lighting a wood-burning fire, using an old yonka to keep it from smoking, and designed by a “talented New Zealander in Pondicherry,” Anita points to the double sofa in front of the stone fireplace, topped with stone lions by Sanjay Garg. She talks about it being inspired by a visit to a country house in the Cotswolds. “I covered it with silk printed with a Himalayan floral design inspired by an antique sherwani I discovered.” The sense of layering is evident across the walls with a dazzling brass panel by Vikram Goyal in front of chairs covered in a vibrant pattern taken from an old Russian print, inspired by Indian cotton fabric. “There was a lack of symmetry in this room, which I addressed by hanging this set of chandeliers that I found in the Netherlands. I love the delicacy of it,” Anita says, looking up. “Thanks to Covid, I had the time and space to sit in rooms and think.” Deeply into the shapes of where things should be placed. This is the culmination of two years of reflection and accidental learning. And it ends with laughter.

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(tags for translation) Indian Architecture

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