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Most of the home tours you see featured here are born out of one picture; one picture that tugged a heart string. This time it was this beautiful bedroom, and boy, was I eager to see more. Welcome to the home of Wendy, who delights us with squares of her home on Instagram at @thekwendyhome. The Instagram handle is an amalgamation of Wendy and her husband’s name.  Wendy is a flight attendant by profession. Location: Toronto, Canada Size:1770 sq ft Years lived in: Less than six month Design aesthetic: a combination of eclectic, bohemian, and mid-century  There are two things…

Look at the picture of the entrance above and take a guess what the railing reminds you of. The answer is hidden somewhere in the rest of the post. The interior designer for this project named this house: “Evocative Domesticity”. Does it sound intriguing? Well, it did for me. But, then, trust The Company of Design, the folks who designed this apartment to give every project they design  — an identity of its own, symbolic of its occupants and the design. In simple words, evocative domesticity means ” memories of home or family life.” As you scroll through the images…

What makes a home tour endearing to watch for you? The deciding factor for me is often one picture, I would have got  a fleeting glance of, on some medium.  And, more often than not, I will delightfully discover this picture was just the tip of the iceberg as more goodness lies buried underneath in layers all over the house. It’s the little details that sets apart a thoughtfully conceived one from one put together hastily. You will pleasantly unearth many such details in this renovated apartment designed by Studio M Design. About the home: Type: 3 BHK apartment for…

In this follow up series featuring Xanadu Organic Gardens, there are more landscaping and garden design ideas for your home. Over the weekend, I saw first hand the ease of maintaining an artificial grass lawn. Needless to say, the bed looks lush green throughout the year. This got me thinking into turning a part of our terrace into a tropical retreat lush with grass and Frangipani trees. Featured below is a large garden installation for a client around the house from picket fencing to several green nooks around the house. In an independent house or villa, you will often see…

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the festivals we look forward to the most at home, after Diwali. I can’t remember when it started or how. But, for as long as I can remember, we have always brought home a clay Ganesha to be immersed a few days later — it varies year after year when you immerse. During the few years we were in Pune, it was all the more fun. Over the past decade, of course, the way we celebrate has also changed drastically – being more environment conscious now. The colored Ganesha you see below is from over…

This morning, I was reading an article on New York Times about Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, the founder of Apartment Therapy. He says,” the house itself is by far the least important thing. What really matters is creating a place where you can get out of your brain and into your body.” For city-dwellers, the place that helps you detach from the mind is nature.   Plants make life in the big city bearable, the air breathable, worries distant, and have a calming effect like no other. And, I write this post from the green oasis we have created for ourselves. The focus is…

I very strongly believe if you go back to your roots, if you mine that inner territory, you can bring out something that is incredibly you and authentic – like your thumbprint. It’s going to have your style because there is no one like you. – Joyce Tenneson This home was all about going back to roots, for its owners Sai and Anusha. The 2,500 sq.ft style Chettinad style apartment in Bangalore has been designed by Jyothika Baleri of Destination Designs. This post is going to be a little different because instead of me Jyothika will narrate the journey of…

Théorie is the brainchild of Unnati Pingle. It is a pop-up exhibition of bespoke pieces of furniture and art, the first of which was held over two days in October last year in Hyderabad. The event was a culmination of sorts of what Unnati had been working on for over a year. What is Théorie all about? When I asked Unnati what was Théorie about, this is what she had to say: Théorie was transpired of the uncharted. It is curating bespoke pieces of furniture and art. What makes the brand special is that each piece is unique and exquisite, with no attempt…

Many of you e-mail me requesting quotation for your interior projects. I do not design or execute interiors.  The conversation then takes a natural turn asking if I could recommend someone in your city. I choose to feature only those designers or projects here that align with my design aesthetics. I must also point out that I have not done the due diligence of the ease of working with these designers. Interior design is a tricky, human-centric business. Pictures are one thing (the destination), but the journey will always be a mystery until you have experienced it yourself. One, where…

Raise your hand if you do not dread that dark area under the kitchen sink, and you have my admiration. When I had just begun to work years ago, I once rented a 25-year old home. What was I thinking? Affordable rent. Every night was a nightmare. The minute I would switch on the light, all I could see on the floor were generations of roaches that came from under the sink. Maybe because: 1) the kitchen was dark 2) the pipes leading to the gutter underneath were ill-fitted 3) it was hard to access for cleaning, and 4) the…