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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…

Five vegetables you can grow in pots all around the year is one of the most viewed posts on the blog. And, another often searched item is ” how to grow tomatoes in pots at home”. I’m not surprised because the price of tomatoes varies substantially all through the years. Sometimes, they are available at throwaway prices and sometimes they are priced like gold. Nevertheless, becoming self sufficient for tomatoes, chillies has been a gardening goal for us. We have not bought papayas, pomegranates, lemons, basil, curry leaves and chilly from the market for the past year. I would like…

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…

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…

I’m not a trained interior designer.   Wondering why this disclosure? Because I learnt the nuances while designing our house, as I’m sure many of us have. How? Didn’t we have a designer? It makes for an interesting story that I will tell in another post. Every room took days, but the ones that took up maximum time were kitchen, pooja and the foyer bench.    In this post, I’m going to answer all the queries about designing an Indian kitchen using the ones designed by Livspace to illustrate each point. My son and I cracked the kitchen design…

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…

Imagine the vibe you get sitting on that pretty swing in the living room, dressed in soothing blues, overlooking the mill lands. I can feel the sand on my toes, the sound of the ocean, and gentle wind blowing through my hair caressing the face. This 1,500 sq.ft, 3 BHK apartment in Central Mumbai belongs to a family of four avid trekker-travelers; their heart lies in the hills, but the home is infused with breezy colors and patterns giving the feeling one is on an extended coastal vacation. It is a fine example of how one’s wanderlust can influence a home’s interiors.…

This post is a compilation of 11 pooja room designs in wood and glass for small spaces and apartments.  “Good art inspires; Good design motivates” – Otl Aicher This quote sums up the idea behind this post. Wouldn’t it be nice to escape for a few minutes to be with yourself, to rejuvenate the body and mind, and retreat from the humdrum of everyday life? There’s so much focus on emotional well being now; I like to believe the traditional pooja and meditation rooms were stress-busters that served the purpose to connect with a higher power and keep the mind…