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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 and boundaries play an important role in determining how we understand the world and our place within it. Literal and symbolic borders guide our thoughts and inform our actions.” WHAT “DESIGN WITHOUT BORDERS” MEANS TO ME:  The concept “Design Without Borders” requires applause as the whole idea is to encourage creative professionals transcend barriers that limit…

I 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 of bed. A few hours later, my new neighbor walked in a sleep-deprived, disheveled avatar. She wondered if we had an air cooler to spare. You see, they moved in a few days back and were unprepared for this heat onslaught. I wasn’t…

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 the monthly organizing of wardrobes, cleaning the ceiling fan, scrubbing kitchen floor..well, the list goes on. Followed by cooking an elaborate three-course lunch. And boy, was it exhausting! I am sure if you are as obsessed…

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 this beauty that arrived in the mail today. Our home is a slowly evolving one with each piece lovingly added over time. That way there is always something to cherish and look forward to; it keeps the freshness intact. As much as an online person I am, when it comes to certain things…

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 few years ago, I was loyalist of LG appliances. Everything from washing machine to TV at home was from LG.  But, I’ve had nagging issues over the past four years with their washing machine.…

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 led to another, we decided on the theme and signed up for their design at a cost of Rs.11,400 including service tax by that evening. The team got in touch with us…

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 the most time when you are building a home. The questions I get range from the obvious such as how to choose tiles for a bathroom to how much would it cost to redo the flooring of a room. You may recall my hunt for the perfect aqua blue tiles for my kitchen. It took six…

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 all done. There are still many, many pending items to be crossed off from the list. But, this momentary break is essential. In the meantime, Asian Paints got me excited about something I have been…

“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 opportunity to relive your childhood with your child; see the world through their eyes; believe in Cinderella and Rapunzel as you read to them every night; conclude that dragons exist and can…

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 discuss the vendors, their engagement level, the brands available and the overall experience.

Here is a brief of our requirement for the wooden flooring project:

Space: Kids bed room

Area: 188 sq. ft

Type of wooden flooring: Laminated either AC3 or AC4.

Brand: We were not fixated on any brand such as Square Foot, Pergo so long we liked the colors.

Vendors:

We met with Mobel, Home Town, Pergo, and Square Foot.

  • The level of engagement was mediocre in Mobel and the choices limited.
  • Home Town had seven choices, and the level of engagement after a it of prodding was better.
  • We saw Square Foot in a tile showroom. The choices in Square Foot were good, but again when you are a tile dealer dealing in wooden flooring, the interest level is only so much.

Of the lot, we liked Pergo and Square Foot and decided to go with Pergo. Their show room is in Koramangla.