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Celebrating the Outdoors: Serene Second Home Surrounded by Greenery

Call it a relaxing escape, a vacation retreat or just a getaway where friends and family can come together to have a good time – a second home definitely adds to your quality of life. Unlike your primary residence, the focus here is often on outdoor living, a serene ambiance and low-maintenance interior and décor which give you peace of mind! It is precisely these traits that one discovers at the Cest La Vie designed by Atelier Design N Domain in Alibag, Maharashtra, India. A lovely coastal town that is sheltered from the hustle and bustle of adjacent urban cities like Mumbai, this is the perfect setting for a tranquil holiday home.

Rooms of the second home in India with box within a box design

The lot on which Cest La Vie sits is surrounded by tall trees, giving those inside ample privacy while also offering a natural acoustic barrier. This cloak of green allows for the design of an open home where pavilion-style interiors flow into the fabulous courtyard, the expansive pool deck and the rejuvenating Jacuzzi outside. It is the living-dining pavilion area that is the heart of this exquisite home with a series of water bodies and a large pool providing a refreshing backdrop. It is above this outdoor dining area that the master bedroom sits while four guest bedrooms and additional spaces are placed in a separate wing.

Outdoor sunken seating, innovative kids’ bedrooms and a plunge pool that overlooks a natural ping in the distance are few of the many captivating features at this luxurious Indian home. Complete with comfy, modern décor and eco-friendly lighting, life at Cest La Vie feels like an absolute breeze! [Photography: Sebastian Zachariah]

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Relaxing outdoor decor for the patio at Cest La Vie
Arrangement of the modern bedrooms around the pool area
Arrangement of the modern bedrooms around the pool area
Private courtyard and pool area of the second home in Maharashtra
Stunning pool and al fresco dining at the stunning holiday home
Sunken seating with pool around it
Sculptural figure of a horse on the wall next to the Jacuzzi

Our design process is about creating moments…elemental and episodically unfolding. The circulation within the house and spaces between functions need to follow a sequence of actions. The volume of spaces is again defined by the function. The large open spaces, fluidity and transparency between spaces, the idea of natural landscape interspersed with built form are all metaphorical for the client’s nature.

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Pool area of the home with curved stone wall
Relaxing bedrooms flow into the landscape outside
Wall of green at the front of the house with a curved entry
Ground floor plan of Cest La Vie
First floor plan of Cest La Vie
Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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