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I saw Anita’s home first on ‘gram and loved how she nailed the not-so-often seen dark decor. Anita Mackenzie nee Kumar is the founder of Plum Chutney, an online home decor store inspired by India, set up in 2010. Plum Chutney is a very personal attempt to celebrate my love for Indian colour, patterns and imagery. We sell cushions, throws, table linen, gifts and art. Vibrant and beautifully crafted each piece tells a colourful story for your home. Anita takes us through the journey of decorating her home, her styling tips, and where she finds inspiration. Over to Anita: I am…

This post is about a simple makeover project I did last week in my son’s room that took all of 30 minutes and costed less than Rs. 2,000. It went on to become a huge hit among ‘grammers. The funny thing is all the materials for the project lay buried deep in the closet but never saw the light of the day. Last week, I came out of the decorating slumber to do this makeover project. I wonder what was the inertia for over three years because this project was intended to be done before we moved in. The son…

Years ago, I had this beautiful yellow dress adorned with mirror work that my mom bought in Bangalore enroute our home town. Mirror art work on dresses was common place then. You know how it is — when ends meet means, when things one owned were far and few and only 2-3 occasions in  a year were worthy of getting a new dress, each one was special and you remembered them for a lifetime. Now, umm. I wonder if we would remember what we bought last year for Diwali. This living room is a head turner and the reason for that…

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…

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…

This bedroom stood out from hundred others on my Insta feed. I don’t know what is more captivating: the beautiful B&W furnishing or the laid back style of the bedroom that makes you want to jump in. Most of all, it looks lived in and decorated with love. Today we are touring Izzy’s townhouse. She lives with her family in a 3-bed townhouse in Oxfordshire, UK. They have lived in the house for six years now. When I asked Izzy to describe her decorating style, she said” I would say my decorating style is heavily influenced by Scandi and mid…

Pillars? Check. Tussar paneled wardrobes? Check Pattachitra painting? Check. Is this a house or a museum? You’ll see. I call Jyothika Baleri of Destination Designs the queen of ethnic design; and, with good reason. I’ve featured many of her projects here over the years. It’s time for a home tour again where handicrafts and art collected from all over India takes center stage. If you are an art aficionado who loves to visit exhibitions and craft fairs, it is fair to assume that you would have accumulated paintings, sculptures, and exquisite hand-looms over the years. Are you at a loss…

Let us take a break from our minimal, modern interiors for some visual indulgence in this apartment in Vadodara. Designed by Studio 7 designs, it would be unfair to categorize the aesthetic of this sprawling apartment as traditional or contemporary; for, it checks all the boxes and does it effortlessly. About the project: Location: Oakwood Residences, Vadodara Type: A 4 BHK apartment converted into 3 bedrooms and 1 study If the gilded and brown tones impart the traditional character, the furniture reinforce it. But, the contemporary artwork gives the living room a stamp of modernity. The architect says about…