My Article In The Times Of India-Forget Recycle Think Upcycle Says This City Homemaker


This is my article published today in the Vijayawada Times. I am blessed that I get access to such wonderful homes and meet such awesomely creative unsung artists amidst us.I am glad I captured these pics.Unconventional handmade accessories and wonderful accents are a testimony to the couture embroidery skills and interiors of Chittaluri Rani’s exotic abode. Colorful and realistic mythological characters bring the natural theme into modern interiors.Chittaluri Rani is an exemplary homemaker who has honed her sewing, quilting, decoupage, painting and beading to skillfully do up the interiors of her artistic duplex home, with the proud and approving demeanor of her husband, Chittaluri Nagendra. Her home is warm and welcoming with an Haute bohemian touch. Beautiful embroidery, bright colors and fascinating details turn the artworks into designer interiors.


The quilted bedcover is made by Rani’s mom and the panels on the wood are handembroidered by Rani

Her mother, who is still sewing quilts, was a traditional housewife and passed on her passion of sewing to her and now she has passed it on as a legacy to her daughter, Neelima and daughter-in-law, Puja. Expressing her artistic inclinations by experimenting on the interiors of her home, Rani has created a creative haven._DSC5116

Plaster of paris used to make this shelf so stunning

The furniture and the wardrobes have been custom made and she has incorporated different textures and art forms. Tablecloths to curtains and bedcovers are all up cycled fabric from old clothes and saris. These quilts are vibrant with rich hues and they add a bolt of colour to the soft tones of the walnut wood work.Rani says,” To make a quilt from recycled clothing, first decide what type of quilt you want to make. Stockpile clothing of like thickness and fabric type. Cut out as many pieces as you want from the fabric and choose a quilt pattern. Then you are ready to make a quilt!”


Her forte is all kinds of hand embroidery, traditional styles as well as contemporary techniques – wall panels layered with hand-cut fabric, carved room dividers with canvas panels painted with Bapu’s illustration of Rama and Sita in vibrant fabric paints and paintings encrusted with recycled neckpieces, hair bands, toe rings and bracelets.

Silk quilted bed linen to straw hanging lights, Rani showcases how to successfully incorporate embroidery into any interiors project. Her elaborate embroidery craftsmanship is truly an art form.


A wall hanging made with chunky bead necklaces, bracelts and toe rings

Embroidered upholstery, beading, cushions, interior embroidery with silk thread work, has to be seen to be believed. She elaborates by saying, “I used to sit with the carpenter and design every bit of the furniture and after I finished embroidering he would encase it in the wood and cover it with glass. One wardrobe I really enjoyed making is a caricature of all us, five sisters.”


A mirror on the stairs is transformed into a real eye-catcher by embellishing it with mirrors, fabric and tiny brass bells.

As Rani tells, “Textured embellishments infuse glamour and drama into any interior, and it’s these decorative, finishing touches that I love to introduce in my interiors.”  A cupboard in the study has doors painted on plaster of Paris, another texture on her hat while the treasure chests she has painted with Rangoli designs.


Paper art!

Every wall hanging in the house has its own story to tell. “Using laminated paper from imported newspapers, Neelima, my daughter has created wall frames with Paper Filigree  or Quilling art, that involves the  rolling, looping, twisting together to create decorative designs,” states Rani, proudly.

“The puja idols and other wall frames are made with tiny crystals, gold foil and precious stones. Finishing touches with such embellishments add glamour to my home,” is how Rani puts it.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sumanjit Kaur Tripathy says:

    SUPERB !!! Really in awe… Love it …


    1. Thank u Sumanjit 🙂 That lady was awesome and so was her family.


  2. Kalpana says:

    It’s like a treasure trove Harjeet! Mind boggling!! A work of art at every turn in the house….feel as rich as strolling through Salar Jung Museum 🙂 What an heirloom to pass on to the next generation….your write up was excellent !! Jealous of you actually ….I hope to see that house someday:)


  3. Actually, the artifacts start from the outside wall itself which is painted in a rangoli pattern. I really felt like I was in Aladdin’s cave. Thank you for your vociferous comments….I just bloat up :p And why jealous??


    1. Kalpana says:

      Jealous in a nice way :)) not the negative emotion!!:D . Art and craft is something that I’m very very interested in! Love to watch a potter at his wheel or a smith at his smithy…there is something so transformational happening !! When you took me through that house in your blog I could just imagine myself in your place. I would have had a meal of houseflies that day as i would have been open mouthed the whole time……hahahahahaha!!!!


  4. Lol…Love the way u express urself. Same here…I also love any art as u can see it unfolding in front of ur eyes.Houseflies! Such a nut u r…adorable though. What about starting your own blog??


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