When Mayuri of The Twisted Knob first moved to the US from India, she lived in a one-bedroom company-provided space. Over the years, she upgraded to a cozy rental, a two-bedroom apartment, and then a 3-bedroom townhouse.

Now, she lives in New Jersey, in her "forever home."

"It's been almost 17 years now in the US,  and despite being farther away, I've never felt more connected to my roots than I do now," she shares.

Join Marble Lotus as we interview Mayuri about her inspiration, heartfelt interior aesthetic, and journey to finding herself at home.



What inspired you to incorporate South Asian elements into your home?

"The longing for my culture is deeply rooted, which is why each piece is thoughtfully chosen to add a meaningful connection to any nook or corner," Mayuri says.

And whether it's a vintage-style tapestry, traditional carved wooden furniture, or piece of handcrafted pottery, each item in her space is curated to represent heritage, tradition, and belonging.


"As I walk through my home, I'm surrounded by echoes of my ancestors, reminders of the rich history and customs that have shaped who I am today."

"I love to incorporate little details of the past, creating small portals in my home that transport me back in time— these elements not only add beauty and warmth to my living space, but also serve as a constant reminder of where I come from, grounding me in a sense of identity and belonging, no matter where life may take me."

Your home is instantly recognizable, with its earthy, moody-meets vintage look. How did you curate your aesthetic?


"My home is a sanctuary where every element is carefully curated to evoke feelings of warmth, comfort, and serenity," Mayuri explains. "Every detail is chosen with intention, creating a space that feels like a gentle embrace after a long day."

"Each piece holds a story or a memory, weaving together to form a narrative of my life's journey. As I walk through the rooms, I feel a deep sense of nostalgia, peace, and belonging, reminding of the beauty that surrounds me both inside and out."


Mayuri's home truly speaks to the Marble Lotus ethos of finding yourself at home, and building connection with yourself through your home's design and decor.

"My home is not just a place to live, it's a reflection of who I am, where I've been, and where I'm going—a place where my heart feels truly at home."


What are some of your favorite DIYs you've created in your space?

"I've done three room makeovers so far, and I must say, all three are my absolute favorites," Mayuri confesses. "The amount of effort and love I've poured into each of these projects truly makes them each so special."


Her powder room features DIY'd textured walls, and vintage frames filled with meaningful pictures.

"One of my proudest DIY projects is the limestone stone sink I handcrafted—it's a labor of love that I'll never forget."


"Moving on to the media room, our lounge boasts an indoor night sky I created to set the perfect ambiance for weekend lounging with family. It's reminiscent of the nights spent sleeping under the stars on a charpai back in India."


The third makeover (and the one that first led us to following The Twisted Knob) is the dreamy guest bedroom, with DIY details at every turn.

"From the Mediterranean-style wall texture to the tiled closet archway and old shutter windows reminiscent of my grandparents' home, every detail adds to the cozy, welcoming atmosphere."

How do you curate your decor and artwork?

"I have a thing for antique gold frames and moody prints, which are a constant reminder of my passion for art."

"I also love to incorporate bust sculptures into my space. Their intricate details never fail to mesmerize me, as if they were living beings frozen in time. As an old soul, I cherish the past and embrace a slower pace of life, which is why surrounding myself with these treasures brings me a sense of peace."



"Recently, I stumbled upon a huge old wooden chappati board that adds a rustic charm to my home. I also acquired a mango wood riser that we affectionately call a "pa-ta," along with an antique tapestry depicting a scene of royals from bygone eras. This tapestry holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of an intricate embroidered painting my mum cross-stitched."

One of the most unique aspects of The Twisted Knob home is the blending of antique and vintage pieces with traditional South Asian patterns and elements, and a distinctly European touch.

"In addition to these unique finds, I also adore delicate embroidered curtains, block-print quilts, and brass dabbas and containers, which add a touch of elegance to my home. However, my true passion lies in natural dark wooden Mediterranean-style furniture and one-of-a-kind chandeliers that serve as statement pieces in each room."


Mayuri’s favorite finishing touch to use in her decor? Bouquets of dried florals scattered throughout the space.

"They evoke precious memories of days gone by, and infuse each space with a sense of nostalgia and warmth."

Which Marble Lotus items are currently on your wish list?

"I could envision incorporating several items into my space that resonate with my love for all things lotus," Mayuri says. "I have such an appreciation for the symbolism and grace of the lotus flower, making them ideal additions to my space."

"Specifically, the Marble Tray catches my eye with its fine curved stone petals, evoking a sense of beauty and tranquility. It would make a stunning centerpiece on my dining table or coffee table."

"The beautiful south Asian themed and patterned wallpaper and paintings are also on my list— especially the captivating, intricately fine Pichwai painting, featuring elephants with Lord Krishna."

"It draws me in every time I look at it, and incorporating this beautiful piece into my home would not only elevate the ambiance but also serve as a constant source of inspiration and beauty."

Nishaa Sharma