We can probably all agree that a new build home definitely offers a blank canvas; but this can be a double edged sword. Without traditional features, you have a clear reign in terms of style, but for those who want a more traditional interior, how do you go about it?
This balance of new and traditional is something that homeowner and Hudson Home customer. Arthty Ragupathy has achieved with aplomb. Her Hampshire new build is a beautifully chic space with nods to heritage design, rustic details and a rural elegance whilst also benefiting from minimalist styling and Arthty’s keen eye for balance and proportion.
We spoke with her about how she achieved the perfect hybrid of styles in her Hampshire home, her design inspiration and which projects in the house she is planning on tackling next…
Introduce yourself and what you do
My name is Arthty Ragupathy, an Account Manager at a global IT Software Company. It’s more exciting than it sounds, I promise!
Is this what you always saw yourself doing?
Not at all actually, I have a degree in Health Management from Canada. However, my path changed when I moved to the UK 3 years ago & I wouldn’t change a thing.
You’re a keen interiors lover, how would you describe your design style?
Modern Traditional. I love spaces that pass the test of time with a balance of new & old to create a sense of calm.
Has your design style changed over the years?
I have always loved timeless design, so I’d say my style has remained consistent.
How have you brought life and your own style into your Hampshire new build?
A few of my favorite additions to our new build include fireplaces, paint & paneling. Our house was very much a blank canvas when we moved in, so these changes played a vital role in turning this house into a home. The fireplaces serve as a focal point in both our lounge & sitting room, while the paneling & paint have brought interest to otherwise bland areas. These changes are complimented by a mix of new pieces & thrifted finds, to create the welcoming atmosphere that we set out to achieve. As a Canadian, it wasn’t an easy task to inject my North American style into my Hampshire home, but I’m extremely pleased with the progress we’ve made in just a year, with the help of homeware brands such as Hudson Home.
What are your biggest interior style principles?
Textures & patterns. I’m by no means a professional, but over the years I’ve seen the difference it can make when patterns are mixed with a variety of textures. It brings a room to life!
Where do you find your inspiration?
Mainly Pinterest, but since creating my home Instagram account, I’ve been blown away by the endless amount of inspiration on this app. My saved section on Instagram is far more organised than my life at the moment ha!
What’s your trend prediction for interiors over the next year?
I believe rustic, wooden furniture, earthy tones & aged brass will continue to conquer.
What are your favourite/most treasured interiors pieces?
I can’t possibly narrow it down to just a few, but what I can say is that all the pieces I own from small businesses have a special place in my heart. I always try to shop small & those that follow me on Instagram, know that my home is full of small business treasures!
What is your go-to podcast?
True Crime. But more importantly, my friend runs her own podcast called “The Future Is Black” which centres the experiences & voices of Black people. Through discourse, she creates a safe place for healing, reasoning, shared resources, debate & disagreement but most importantly, the aim remains the same: to understand one another, learn from those within the Black community & to understand the importance of allyship & working together as humans to create more unity, love & awareness. As a woman of color, I am so inspired by the way she opens doors to much needed conversations.
What current Hudson Home product do you love?
Name 3 Hudson Home products you would feature in an upcoming project.
Botan Mirror, Black Metal Side Table & Antique Brass Task Floor Lamp
What can’t you live without (completely non interiors related!)
Coffee! I’m a much more pleasant person after caffeine enters my system (or so my husband says)
What's next for you?
To continue balancing my full-time job with my passion for interiors, whilst growing my little Instagram community. I would also love to delve deeper into my love for photography, a hobby that has quickly turned into a form of escapism when life gets busy. We have multiple house projects in the pipeline, including a guest bedroom transformation, WC renovation & everything in between. Excited to see what path this passion leads me to!