Isprava offers seven-star rentals, exquisite interiors and unique experiences
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS WITH ISPRAVA
Isprava’s holiday homes come fully furnished and ready to move in to. Although not all of us may have the luxury of owning a second home, we want to offer everyone the chance to get a taste of the Isprava experience, if only for a weekend! Christmas and New Years are Goa’s busiest time with hotel rates going up exponentially and everything becoming extremely crowded. The best thing about Isprava’s holiday homes is that they are secluded and private while still being in the heart of all the action. Our homes are available for rent for groups and families of up to 10 to 20 people all through the year. You can enjoy your private pool in complete peace and quiet while our excellent staff whip you up scrumptious meals.
Each of our homes is spacious, full of natural light and close to the best restaurants, bars and beaches of Goa. What more could you need for a relaxing, intimate weekend in the sunny state?
A PIECE OF ENGLISH CHARM IN THE NILGIRIS
Located in the verdant green hills of Coonoor, tucked away in the Nilgiris, Albany Cottage is a charming three-bedroom home. Spread out across 780 sqm, the home will have a built-up area of approximately 3,000 sqft. Albany Cottage will feature terraces, balconies, verandas, a private garden, outdoor dining areas and a private sit out for you and your family to enjoy the stunning vistas that surround you.
The Nilgiris are one of India’s premier holiday destinations renowned for spectacular weather, lush tea plantations, great golfing and crisp mountain air. This home is perfect for those who enjoy spending time close to nature without having to compromise on any of the luxuries of a five-star home. The home will be fully furnished with antiques and artefacts sourced from various palaces and havelis along with handcrafted tiles, teak wood flooring, panelling and wainscoting. Specially commissioned carpets from Kashmir will enhance the naturally treated leather chairs and sofas and hand woven European fabrics. As with every Isprava home, our journey with our homeowners does not end after you move in. We continue to provide property management services so you don’t have to ever lift a finger.
BESPOKE INTERIORS BY ISPRAVA
The Isprava difference lies in our signature aesthetics. One that showcases traditional techniques with a contemporary outlook. Since Isprava’s inception, we have had a team that only focuses on this. They go out and look for old artefacts and antique furniture to furnish our homes. They work with craftspeople and durbars directly to procure extremely rare and beautiful pieces from its original source. Many of our doors, windows, accents, statues and furniture come directly to us from old havelis, palaces and homes across India and the world. In addition, we also have agents in different parts of the country who approach us whenever an old building, haveli or palace comes up for sale or demolition. This is how we are able to find and use the most incredible pieces in our homes, making every home truly unique.
We also decorate our homes with paintings and works by well-known and reputed artists. We select certain pieces based on the tastes of our homeowners and choose pieces that they will enjoy. For example, one of our homeowners is a horse racing enthusiast so we placed beautiful paintings of horses in his home and also used antique horse sculptures that we found in Europe to decorate his space.
IN CONVERSATION WITH ARCHANA WALAWALKAR
As part of our guest columnist this month we catch up with Archana Walawalkar, co-founder of the online styling platform StyleCracker.
Tell us a bit about your journey and what led you to start StyleCracker?
My journey started with L’Officiel and Vogue magazines and today, I’ve been in the business for about 12 years. Over this time, I’ve worked with the most incredible talent, have styled a long list of celebrities as well as movies. I wanted to impact the way people feel about themselves through the skills and talent I’ve developed over these years and so StyleCracker was born with the intent to build a trusted place for everyone to come and get curated, personalised fashion. There’s something for everyone.
Did you always know you wanted to be in fashion?
I grew up surrounded by costumes and fabrics. My grandfather used to own a circus and there were always people bustling in and out of our house with the most stunning materials and designs. At school, I loved art and illustrating but there were no formal styling courses in India at the time. I did a course in jewellery design and apparel manufacturing where styling was a part of just one semester, and that’s all it took for me to fall in love with it. So, to answer the question, no, I hadn’t always know I wanted to be in fashion, it was fate.
Tell us about a few seminal milestone moments you've experienced thus far in your life? Your biggest achievements?
Designing and creating looks for the biggest names in Bollywood like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor. At Vogue, I had the chance to style the one and only, Gisele Bundchen. Most recently, my co-founder Dhimaan and I were featured in Grazia’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in India.
What do you enjoy the most about being an entrepreneur in the start-up space? What are the most difficult aspects of this?
The best part about being an entrepreneur is meeting new people. They’re inspiring and hearing their stories and ideas always manages to motivate you. The challenging bit is finding like-minded individuals to build a team with a united vision.
As a female entrepreneur, what is that one advice you would like to give all the girls reading this?
Very few people get the opportunity to pursue their dreams, it’s a privilege. I always say, your talent isn’t only yours, it has to be shared to truly make a difference.
You have worked closely with Isprava on various occasions, what is that one thing about this company that you admire?
I love the team spirit at Isprava. The culture, the vibe and the people. Everyone is super hardworking, and passionate about what they do.
Who do you look to for inspiration?
Elon Musk - his ideas are radical but aim at the betterment of the human race.
Maya Angelou – for her piercingly motivational writing
Where do you see StyleCracker in 5 years?
To be the go-to stylist for every Indian, and the world