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No nails. No paint. No wallpaper. If you are a renter, you must be familiar with these rules. Yet the desire to make our temporary homes look good motivates us to be creative. Here’s one solution to cover up that ugly wall. And it won’t pinch your pocket.   This morning, someone asked me a question, “What’s the best way to cover an ugly wall without paint or wallpaper?” This is a conundrum that renters face more often than not where your options for covering eyesores are limited or next to none. When the paint is peeling off, as an owner,…

A collection of carefully chosen 8 before & after furniture makeover projects from around the world to inspire you before you stash that old cabinet. Go repaint. The genesis of this post is a wooden cabinet/dresser lying outside in my garage. This was among the first purchases for our first home. It goes without saying that the cabinet has withstood several moves across cities. With the best times behind it, I wanted to sell the cabinet when we were moving in to this new place. And I did sell it two times on Quikr. Each time they returned it due…

Long weekend? Get out of town. There were a bunch of places we were to eager to drive to last week. From Sakleshpur to Pondicherry, all these places are well within the 350-Km radius from Bangalore. And it is a comfortable six-hour drive that doesn’t exhaust you to crave for a vacation-at-the-end-of-vacation.   The only glitch? Most places were sold out.   Of late, this is a story that pans out every long weekend and we find ourselves holed in within the confines and familiarity of our home. I’m not complaining for the community on most days feels like a resort…

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport. Agree? I tend to. Imagine a wall in your home sporting a outline of the world map that is punctuated with several markers. That’s exactly what a well-traveled couple in Portland, Oregon did when they made a garage their home; now, it doesn’t require imagination to guess where the conversations steer towards when they have guests over. Faraway places are intriguing, and if you have been adventurous to have traveled to the lesser known and lived in the wild, the stories you…

When designing the interiors of a new home, two spaces that take up due time and consideration are the pooja room /mandir and the kitchen. These often come with the constraints of space and spatial orientation (vasstu). Today, I have Bangalore-based interior designer Jyothika Baleri of Destination Designs sharing over 10 pooja room designs executed in her projects. Over to Jyothika now: Pooja spaces are an essential part of a home in today’s apartment plans. No separate provisions are made for a pooja space. We need to be innovative about where and how to fit in this unit, also keeping the budget…

The holiday season is upon us. If you haven’t had the time to plan to deck your home, do not fret. You can rustle up things found around your home to dress it up beautifully in no time. Here are few ideas all shot at various corners of my home in no time: Dress up with pretty flowers and candles: Gather a bunch of candles and light it up on a cake stand with flowers strewn around for color effect. The white and red place mat completes the festive picture. Shop the look: Colored glass bottles  Fresh linen and flowers:…

Take a pick. What is that one thing if you change in a room will alter its look beyond recognition? Wall color? May be. But can you change it every week? Artifacts? Possibly. Rugs? Umm. But, for maximum impact, invest in good quality fabrics. Think cushion covers, slip covers for sofa, curtains, mats, table runners, bed covers. I’ll show you some examples of how to harness the power of textiles by changing the slip cover or a sofa and cushion covers changes the look of a room. In this post, I’m illustrating this makeover tip by changing the textiles of…

A certain metal clock with Roman numerals is the rage now. You’ll see many recently designed homes flaunting it with aplomb. These clocks are almost like an anchor, the center of attraction because of their size and character; your eyes are naturally drawn towards them.  If you are the one who loves decorating by trends, then this is a piece that is certainly in vogue. And, if you ask me, this is timeless irrespective of the design theme; it works well in a rustic environment as in a modern setting. Where do they look best: Looks great on a…

Juggling style and comfort is akin to the Vrikshasana pose in yoga. You focus on a point and you get the balance right. The posture in itself is beautiful. Let the focus waver and you find yourself dancing from one side to the other. We like the comfort of the fabric sofas, but decide to wait a few years until the kids have grown up so that one doesn’t have to worry about the stains. Similarly, as much as I like the sleek lines and minimalism of modern style, I find it cold sometimes as if it lacks personality and warmth. Can…

I was thrilled when Better Homes and Gardens approached me to be a part of their Diwali issue. Seeing your name in print gives the thrills that few other things match up to; it’s one of those things that makes you drive across town to pick up a copy and flaunt it on the coffee table. I’m a huge fan of decor and interior magazines and can’t wait for the new issues to arrive by mail the first week every month. Despite the incessant eye-candy on Instagram from varied sources, nothing really lives to the feeling of flipping through a…