Category: REVIEW

Objective reviews of products and services

These Two Design Elements Are Your Secrets to a Timeless Home

The theme for World Interiors Day (IFI WID) 2018 is “Design Without Borders”. IFI WID is an annual event hosted by The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers May every year.

In IFI’s words, “Borders may provide structure, but they do not define us. Borders…

No AC, No Problem. This is All You Need to Stay Cool This Summer.

woke up in the wee hours this morning to the distant wailing of a baby. The clock read 4:23 a.m. The subconscious mind told the body to go back to sleep for another hour when the alarm was set to go off. The peace didn’t long last before I woke up again to a clearly uncomfortable baby.

I pulled myself out…

8 Clever Cleaning Products You Can Buy Online Now

This post is born out of my cleaning regimen. I spent the first half of this past Saturday cleaning part of the house: this included dusting, washing, squeegee-ing, and wiping down with clean microfiber cloth ceiling-to-floor glass windows, throwing out expired items from the refrigerator and kitchen pantry, and wiping down bathroom counters. I still have so many items to cross off the list like…

Riva Carpets

riva carpet

As soft as a feather,

As smooth as a glider,

As warm as the sun,

As firm as a rock,

As pleasant as smile,

As beautiful as you.

Inspired and adapted from Lenka’s Everything at once – one of my all time favorites.


These words also describe…

Siemens Dishwasher Review: Is it useful for Indian dishes?

This post is in response to a reader’s request for reviewing the Siemens dishwasher.

As I mentioned earlier,  buying kitchen appliances in India is a nightmare as most electronic showrooms do not sell/display all brands, especially Siemens, Faber, Kaff and Bosch. One needs to visit each of their exclusive showrooms. When I visited showrooms around Marathahalli, almost all of them were hard selling LG. Unti la…

Furdo: review

I have been reviewing every service provider that we have worked with over the course of moving into our new home. This one has been long pending.

Circa 2015.

One lazy Sunday afternoon in July.

Someone sent me the link to Furdo. First reactions: the concept was novel; the theme names were catchy; designs interesting, and cost reasonable.

Pricing and when did I avail their service?

July 2015: One thing…

Oasis Tiles India: How to choose tiles for your home

vitrified tiles

One of the often asked questions/email queries from the readers of the blog is on tiles. You may wonder why a common topic such as tiles would pique the interest of so many people. Often, the seemingly simple ones are the ones that take up…

Creating a statement piece of furniture with Asian Paints’ Wood Tech Studio

We finally moved into the new house. It’s been two weeks. This was the first weekend in months when we had some time (a few hours) on our hands with nothing to do. That was a strange feeling. After you’ve been running around tirelessly for months for everything from hinges and laminates to painting and furniture, there is a sudden vacuum. Oh, we are not…

Goldilocks: the classic fairy tale retold

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

– Albert Einstein

The title of the post is intriguing, isn’t it?

What do you reckon this is about? Take a guess.

Of course, it’s a story with a twist. Fairy tale to modern day.

One wonderful thing about becoming a parent is you get an…

Pergo: How Much Does Laminated Wooden Flooring Cost?

I write this post on a Saturday morning while waiting for the wooden flooring installation guys from Pergo to turn up. It is 12:53 p.m. They were supposed to commence work at 11:00 a.m. as communicated and agreed upon. But, we will get to that later.

In this post, I will talk about our experience in getting a laminated wooden flooring. Specifically, I will…