From Architect to Chef: Babo's South Asian Haven in Berkeley Hills
In the tranquil Berkeley hills of the Bay Area, nestled amidst the rolling landscape and lush greenery, lies a vibrant and eclectic home that embodies the fusion of cultures, passions, and creativity. This home belongs to none other than Babo, a Pakistani-American woman who once pursued a career in architecture but decided to follow her culinary dreams and establish "Babo's Concept Kitchen." This October, we'll take you on a virtual tour of her remarkable home, showcasing how her South Asian heritage is lovingly woven into every nook and cranny, with bold and captivating colors that reflect her vibrant spirit.
The Berkeley Hills Oasis:
Babo's home is perched on a hill, offering breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay on a clear day. The expansive windows and skylights invite plenty of natural light and the outdoor seating areas invite the stunning surroundings into her home.
South Asian Fusion:
As we step inside Babo's abode, the first thing that strikes you is the harmonious blend of South Asian influences with contemporary design. Babo's background in architecture is evident in her meticulous attention to detail, and she has used this knowledge to create a space that reflects her cultural roots while maintaining a modern aesthetic. From the entrance door to the handmade artisanal products, including our very own marble Lotus Trays, she has support many South Asian brands by buying directly from small businesses.
Bold and Captivating Colors:
One of the most striking features of Babo's home is her fearless use of bold colors. The walls of her living spaces are adorned with rich, jewel-toned hues that transport you to the vibrant streets of Lahore or Karachi. Deep blues, fiery reds, and earthy greens combine to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that resonates with the flavors she creates in her kitchen.
A Culinary Haven:
Babo's passion for cooking is palpable in every corner of her home. The kitchen, the heart of her house, is an extension of her personality. Here, you'll find an array of spices, herbs, and exotic ingredients from both South Asian and Californian cuisine. Babo's Concept Kitchen is where she experiments, creates, and shares her culinary art with the world. The dining area, adorned with hand-painted ceramic plates from her travels, is where friends and family gather to savor her delectable creations.
Art and Decor:
Throughout her home, Babo has carefully curated an eclectic collection of artwork and decor that tells the story of her life journey. Her favorite artwork is from a Pakistani artist Mahoor Jamal. And she loves her collection of masks from all over her travels!
Babo's journey from an architect to a chef, and the transformation of her home into a South Asian-inspired haven in the Berkeley hills, is a testament to the power of following one's passions and embracing one's heritage. Her love for bold colors, culinary artistry, and cultural fusion has created a unique space that not only nourishes the body but also the soul. Babo's Concept Kitchen isn't just about food; it's a celebration of life, culture, and creativity, all integral to the Marble Lotus vision.