Usha Bora and her partner Claudio Cambon are two hardworking people — she owns the textile and home accessories brand, Jamini Design, and he is a photographer and translator — so they appreciate the buzz and pace of Paris, France. But they also were craving a place in which they could slow down a bit, to balance that busy energy with peaceful moments, and spend quality time together and with Usha’s two daughters, 15-year-old Deeya and 11-year-old Elisa. So when Usha and Claudio found a 100-year-old longère-style home, typical of Normandy, in the countryside a year and a half ago, it felt meant to be.
“We fell in love with the house we eventually bought because it’s on a plateau with stunning valleys surrounding us — we often see deer on our morning runs, and the house itself is simply beautiful,” Usha shares. “When we visited the house for the first time, I fell in love with the exposed beams and the beautiful terracotta tiles from Provence. It really was love at first sight.”
Apart from the aesthetic trance the home cast over the couple, the decision to spend half their time in this country home melded so much together of what makes each Usha and Claudio who they are. “I am Franco Indian and founded the home accessories brand Jamini in Paris. I love textiles and everything that is French vintage. I travel frequently to India for work and try to pick up things for my home. Claudio is Italo American from Connecticut. He loves documentary photography and is a gourmet cook. We are growing organic fruit and vegetables in our 1,500-square-foot garden.”
The home, with its white walls, pitched roofline and raw, exposed beams both informs Usha’s brand and serves as an effortless backdrop to her pieces; a line of accessories that evoke an Indian spirit through a Parisian lens. This same ethos is seen throughout the home: a decidedly restrained decorative approach that marries various textures, echoing similar color themes, and encouraging a melange of pattern play. A wisp of modernity weaves its way through the home through clean lines or Usha’s pared-back decor styling. Rustic materials and laid-back areas for relaxation serve up the French countryside feel, while family photos and bright textiles provide the Indian flair. In essence, this homestead in the Normandy countryside is a living, breathing iteration of Usha’s interpretation of the Indian spirit at play in France, and the result is breathtaking.
But at the end of the day, the design of their home is the icing on the cake of a place where family and togetherness is paramount. “Our home allows us to spend time with people we love,” Usha shares. “Paris is a busy city and apartments are small and friends are not easy to get [a] hold of. Our home in Normandy is the perfect place to invite friends and their kids, go for long walks, cook the most delicious gourmet meals and drink incredible wine until the wee hours of the morning. It’s a blessing to be able to share moments like these and Claudio, the children and I look forward to sharing our space (and our wine cellar!) with friends and family from all over the world.” —Kelli
Image above: The dining room on the ground floor of the home. Usha says, “Our textiles come from India — some are vintage pieces that I have collected over the years and others are pieces from my brand Jamini. We wanted our home to tell a story — and each object has been curated carefully and meaningfully. A lot of our furniture comes from Jodhpur, in India, a city with strong art deco influence. We just love mixing objects from different cultures to create a very special and unique space.”
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