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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…

Luxurious bathrooms don’t have to be spacious, expensive or branded. For a touch of opulence and a spa-like ambience, all you need is a combination of perfectly chosen design elements. Instead of spending a fortune, you can introduce details that will capture the essence of luxury, pieces that will create a feeling of cosiness and décor statements that will dominate your bathroom. CLEAN AND DECLUTTER First things first, hygiene is of the utmost importance in any bathroom, so this is the first step you need to take. Having a sparkling bathroom will prevent unpleasant smells, mould, grout and other problems…

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…

AD is a treasure trove of homes that excel in design. I was floored by the renovation of this 600-sq. ft apartment in Mahim belonging to Nikhil and Rima Bhende. Before-after pictures alongside would have accentuated the breathtaking transformation. Location: Mahim Area: 600 sq. ft No. of rooms: Living, 2 bed rooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and a loft space above a bed room. Type: Renovation No. of residents: 5 Time taken to complete: 6 months and 10 days A striking balance between functionality, aesthetics, and space utilization is best put to test when space is a constraint. With its brilliant…

Hope you had a blast yesterday for Holi. Make a guess: how much can you fit in a 320 sq. foot space? Living and dining at the maximum, or perhaps living and a modest kitchen? This enchanting, little 320-square foot cottage caught my eyes this morning, and I thought I must immediately share it with you all. Bigger isn’t always better, right? This theory is more relevant for us as we are debating if we should move into a bigger house, or what we should look for in a new property. As a minimalist, big is not necessarily on my…

Take a 675 sq.ft apartment in Mumbai, make an interior designer its owner and, this is what you get: a small, functional abode that looks double its size as spaces flow fluidly into one another. Owner Kaizad Dinshaw, who designed the apartment himself, is the man behind residential and commercial design firm – Nitido design.

This month’s BBC Good Homes features the 675 sq.ft one-bedroom apartment of Kaizad Dinshaw. To say, I was floored by the design would be an understatement. I live in a 1460 sq.ft home like so many others I know in similar or much larger spaces. But the eternal complaint is: the space is small and we are always looking for a bigger space. Wouldn’t you agree? Being space starved, I think Mumbai residents have it inherently in them to make efficient use of every inch.

But Kaizad’s home is an inspiration that space can never a problem if designed well. And no, not at the cost of aesthetics. Just a lil more thought and little less clutter to transform that mundane house into your dream home. As Kaizad says in the article, the apartment building itself is nothing great to talk about  – superficially and architecturally. But that didn’t deter him from making a home he would like to come to. What did it take: breaking down a few walls and cans and cans of white paint. Literally. See the pictures and next time you are up for renovation, there’s something in here for all of us to take tips from.


This apartment reaffirmed my faith in white. White walls, ceilings, floor blend, and furniture blend beautifully with soft furnishings and portraits in colors. And, there’s nothing to beat this look. You don’t get tired of the color soon as it’s simple to change the look.