Home is Where the Art Is
The Gir home is filled with custom-made artisan treasures from around the world.
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For the dining room table, the Girs desired an old European marquetry look, but after shopping around for quite some time without finding the “one,” they decided to build what they wanted. It took seven months to acquire the perfect 5-foot by 13-foot solid mahogany piece needed for the table top. Once the wood was selected, the Girs sought out skilled artists to do the marquetry work. They found them in Bandung, a city on the Indonesian island of Java; the table took nearly a year to design and construct. The finished product is a thing of beauty, featuring carved veneer organic patterns inlaid into the table’s top and sides. The final wood finishing was done here in Memphis by Furniture Medics.
Another of the many attractive artisan features of the home is an abalone shell sink in one of the bathrooms. Ruta, who designs jewelry for her own local boutique (The Gir Collection) in The Peabody, often works with abalone, and sought out a magnificent, pearlescent shell to use as the basin. The abalone was purchased in New Zealand and transported to Bali, where an artist spent two months creating this unique, light-catching sink.
The Gir home features two kitchens: a spice kitchen in which Ruta prepares her exotic, fragrant Indian cuisine, and a second for dining and entertaining. The European-style cabinetry here was also hand-carved and crafted in Bali and is coated with a light ivory marble finish. The countertops are beautiful Brazilian granite, purchased locally from Natural Stone Distributors. Local handymen Bill and John Rush installed the cabinetry, did the trim work, and put finishing touches on several other projects in the home. And the Girs have another enterprise in the works: designing what will become an eighteenth-century sitting area, like those found in traditional Indian homes, as an addition to the kitchen.
The Girs prove that with aspiration, patience pays off. “You can have ideas, but if you are not able to execute the ideas, they are just on the paper,” Srikant says. “You have to find the right artisans to do quality work, and there are a lot of people all over the world who have contributed to this project.” Now for the Girs, home is truly where the art is.