Home Tour: An Urban Retreat in the Heart of Mumbai That Will Take your Breath Away

Ethnic foyer with a wooden swing

 

If only looks could kill, I’d be dead right now.



Pottery Lane: a non-descript street where hands are at work shaping lumps of clay into kulhads and tandoors

pottery town

Every once in a while I hail a cab to take me to a part of the city I haven’t been to before.

This mini-adventure is refreshing to the soul and the mind.

Unfamiliar sights. Fresh scents. Some familiar cacophony. Different perspectives.

Every old neighborhood of Bangalore has a strong…



Riva Carpets

riva carpet

As soft as a feather,

As smooth as a glider,

As warm as the sun,

As firm as a rock,

As pleasant as smile,

As beautiful as you.

Inspired and adapted from Lenka’s Everything at once – one of my all time favorites.

carpet

These words also describe…



5 ways to make your home smell heavenly all the time (and good sleep/mood is a bonus!)

air freshener

 

OK. I have a confession (make that two!) to make.

I’m sleep-deprived most days, because I can’t sleep through the night.

And, I’m obsessed with mild, natural scents.

Ever wondered why spas make you feel good from the moment you step in? Do you have a distinct memory of a…



Baskets from the Baba Tree Basket Company

handwoven fruit basket

Pinterest is smart.

It is aware of the things I love and adore.

Baskets being one of them. Brownies being the other.

Pin recommendations have been full of drool-worthy brownies.

But, it’s not often that you stop scrolling to drool and obsess over one pin because its pixels are oozing with…



Best of 2016: You’ll Love These 5 Jaw-Dropping Homes from Architectural Digest

Sometimes you take a liking to a particular magazine, website, tune that you keep flipping/playing it over and over again. There is no formula to decipher this fondness; it just clicks and stays in the head space for days, sometimes weeks. That’s how it is with AD for me now.

I’ve compiled five of the most…



Review: My experience with the Siemens dishwasher and is it useful for Indian dishes?

This post is in response to a reader’s request for reviewing the Siemens dishwasher.

As I mentioned earlier,  buying kitchen appliances in India is a nightmare as most electronic showrooms do not sell/display all brands, especially Siemens, Faber, Kaff and Bosch. One needs to visit each of their exclusive showrooms. When I visited showrooms around Marathahalli,…



Furdo: review

I have been reviewing every service provider that we have worked with over the course of moving into our new home. This one has been long pending.

Circa 2015.

One lazy Sunday afternoon in July.

Someone sent me the link to Furdo. First reactions: the concept was novel; the theme names were catchy; designs interesting, and cost reasonable.

Pricing…



DIY: A Door Makeover in Less Than 10 Minutes

Walls.

Walls.

Walls.

When it comes to dressing up a home, walls take precedence over everything else.  The possibilities are endless for wall as a canvas: a fresh coat of paint with the color of the season, a wall paper, a collage, an over-sized art work, graffiti, doodling on the wall, decal or color blocking.

Doors have always fascinated…



Friday Finds: 7+ Places to Buy Beds Online (Under Rs.40,000)

Someone recently asked me to recommend a place to buy a queen size bed. It’s been a while since I have bought furniture from a brick-and-mortar store. All the furniture for our new home came were bought online: some great experiences and some we will regret forever.

What makes all the difference

It’s not just the designs,…

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