By Katie Faulkner | Photography by Philip Slowiak
For Harshad and Ulka Shah, this is the home of their dreams. When they lived in the home next door, they dreamed of being able to design a home to fit their social lifestyle and large family. “When this lot went up for sale, we knew it was our chance. We drew the whole house together and were involved in every detail,” Harshad says. This thoughtfully designed custom home is rich in culture and filled with meaningful elements and photographs of their beautiful family. Harshad and Ulka, married for nearly 40 years now, have built a beautiful life together in this house.
From the Mediterranean exteriors to the heavy, iron-adorned arched French doors, this home feels established and purposeful. Inside the front doors, marble floors lead toward a stunning display of the Shah family’s culture. A rosewood statue of Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and health, imported from Southern India, blesses the foyer on a special pedestal. The tile of her pedestal is inlayed with the design of a candle, one of the traditional offerings for her blessings. The large mirror behind Laxmi reflects the intricate stairwell of the two-story foyer, the custom-made Schonbek chandelier, and wooden temple on the second-floor landing.