This is how show/model homes are done. Tastefully.

swing, blue and golden

You fell in love with the swing/oonjal, didn’t you? Ready to take a tour?

This post has rested in my drafts folder for over 10 months now. It’s time for it to see the light of day, don’t you think. the last few pages of BBC Good Home often have interesting hotels, snippets on gardening, online shops, or getaways being featured. This one was different: a show home from Sobha called Sobha Lifestyle Legacy Villas was featured in the July issue of 2014.

I was sold on seeing the swing. We would have been to more than two dozen model villas over the past year of all prize ranges, but never have we seen an oonjal. That shows some taste and deserves applause for the designer who executed it.

Simple details such as hard wood furniture with aqua blue and golden curtains add to the richness of the room.

Poster bed

I definitely like the poster bed and the cobalt blue wall color. In my personal opinion, the wall cladding, the wooden flooring, lighting and choice of accessories could have been better here.


The property has the picturesque Nandi hills in its backdrop. Just so you know, this was not an advertorial. You may either pick up the July 2014 issue or visit the property to know more. Know of any more show homes with an ethnic touch, please leave a comment or write to me.

Are you looking for off-beat wall tiles for your home?

Staircase risers

In my last post on my quest for aqua blue wall tiles, I expressed my disappointment at none of the leading brands having a shade even remotely closer to this one.

Since then, we have visited numerous shops in Banaswadi, Marathahalli, Indira Nagar and Shivaji Nagar.  Who knew tiles such as this blue can be a exemplary, but least sought after one in the Indian market. I was told, time and again, by all the dealers that beige and brown were the preferred choices and often, the only choice. The rest simply never got sold. One exception was Nitco that has shades of dark green, brown and blue in matt finish. And, I actually liked them for the rustic look. The rugged surface tiles are actually floor tiles that can be used on walls as well. This is one thing you can keep in mind: floor tiles can be used for wall tiles, but not vice versa. But, I was sure that  I didn’t want  a matt finish with uneven surface as cleaning is tough, especially in a kitchen.

Red kitchen wall tiles Bangalore

A few readers were sweet and kind enough to point me in the right direction: custom handmade tiles. You know who you are; a heartfelt thank you for sharing the resources. So, here is the list if you are looking for off-beat tiles like I was; I just love each one of them because they are unique, classy, and have either the not-seen-before or ordinary-but-elusive thing about them:

1. Piccolo Mosaic available at Sandeep Ceramics, Banaswadi.

Piccolo handmade tiles

2. Keramos Tiles available at Vishnu Marketing, 100 feet Road, Indira Nagar. This place is worth a visit to look at the Keramos tiles and other glass tiles on display.

Mosaic tiles

3. Bharat Flooring

4. Elegant

Keramos tiles

I’m yet to visit the Stonarts.D showroom in Bangalore.

If you know of any more custom handmade tile companies in India and how to procure them in Bangalore, please do leave a comment.

Image courtesy:

1,5 – Keramos

2, 3 – Piccolo tiles.

4: BBC Good Homes June 2015 Issue

Home Tour: A Bandra Residence Designed by Arbaysis Ashley

I’ve featured a few designers in the past whose work we loved and appealed to our design sensibilities: decode, Kaizad Dinshaw, Ayaz Basrai. Today, let us tour a high-rise residence in Mumbai designed by yet another talented duo: the Ashleys. How often have you looked at a picture and wondered: is it paint or wallpaper, what material is that? This home tour is different because it describes in great detail the materials used: be it for the partition, the head board, the wall cladding etc.

The 800 sq feet space spread on the 16th floor at Bandra, Mumbai; is a 2BHK apartment that breaks open to the alluring vastness of the sea. The first meeting with this client was elated when they spelt out the brief saying “We want to design our house as the Company’s Signature Style.”  The sea, as we know, gives an Impression of vastness, meditative, yet so energetic. Our project design too speaks a similar style through its detailing in simplicity.


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