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Last week, when I posted these pictures of brass lamps on my Instagram stories, I was overwhelmed by the queries from you all as to where these shops were.  This post is a celebration and curation of several similar ones I found online. Brass. Bronze. Bell metal. Copper. We identify with these. After ooh-aahing over the glittering candles and shining lanterns, our hearts finally find solace only in shining those antique brass and bronze lamps for the festive season, or floating marigolds in copper vessels with flowers.; that’s our identity, so why shy away from it. Last week, I was visiting…

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…

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…

Umm..let’s be honest. Shopping online from the comforts of our couch is a blessing, and bane; it’s a blessing when you don’t have to brave the snaking traffic. And bane, because let’s be honest, it take tremendous self-restraint not to key in the credit card numbers and shop what you just saw on an Instagram account. Gosh! these Instagram accounts are so addictive. According to a recent study, Instagram influences almost 75% of user purchase decisions. So, it’s little wonder that when an Instagrammer with even a few thousand followers tags products, one is tempted to buy. More often than…

Accent walls will never go out of style. Trends, of course, will change with time as to how you make a wall stand out – textured painting, wallpaper, murals, exposed bricks being some of them. In this post, I give you an easy eco-friendly alternative – 3D wall panels for accent walls that can be used anywhere from foyer to bathrooms. I had written about the 3D wall panels last year but had no idea how popular they were. My current obsession is with the way Brazilian homes are designed – the right mix of contemporary design and pops of color.…

We had someone over for breakfast yesterday morning. We got talking about homes, the challenges of finding a new apartment within a modest budget in a great location, and the lack of availability. After exchanging notes about the travails of living in a home with mosaic flooring and underneath of sink home to generations of roaches, we wondered what takes precedence: location or floor plan? It is a well-known fact across the world that homes are often decades old in the heart of any city or well-developed neighborhoods. In this case, the home had both the factors, location and floor…

I ran a poll on our Facebook page a few weeks ago asking what you would like to see: a post on balcony garden or accent walls? An overwhelming majority of you voted in favor of balcony garden. Understandably so, given that we all live in concrete jungles, but have fond childhood memories of growing up amid greenery. Garden space is a luxury for most urban apartment dwellers. I’m using 18 beautiful balcony gardens designed by Livspace to illustrate how you can create a green haven for yourself irrespective of how little space you have with this guide. I have dissected…

I have been a long time admirer of the clean, minimal look. And, I can only blame this fondness for a pared-down house on two things: one, it takes less time, effort, and money to maintain a minimal home, and two, there is no constant compulsion or confusion over what to buy to keep up with the trends and neighbors. In short, I have discovered over the years, that a minimal home is the secret to our stress-free lives, and the most preferred place to just be. In recent months, fewer knick-knacks has also helped me in combating dust mites and…

Doors ~ more than an entrance to a home. It’s a style statement that sets the stage and expectations for what lies inside. Yes, it’s a reflection of a home. You spot a stylish front door, and you can’t wait to step in and see the rest of the home. Front doors are like the cover of a book. But, the adage does not hold good for a home. You can judge the style and interiors of a home by its entryway where the best is often on display. I spent a good part of my growing up years at…