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My love for modular kitchens and kitchen design is no secret. The more you see, the more you want. That’s the paradox of choice. From experience, seeking professional help to channel one’s requirements into a product is essential for a kitchen. The thin line between fancy wants and needs is blurred. Imagine my excitement on receiving an invite to the store opening event of Stosa Cucine, the latest to dot Bangalore’s modular kitchen landscape. GoodHomes magazine in collaboration with Mirius Interni opened the doors to the new Stosa Cucine showroom in Jayanagar, Bangalore. Mirius Interni in association with Stosa Cucine…

Walls. Walls. Walls. When it comes to dressing up a home, walls take precedence over everything else.  The possibilities are endless for wall as a canvas: a fresh coat of paint with the color of the season, a wall paper, a collage, an over-sized art work, graffiti, doodling on the wall, decal or color blocking. Doors have always fascinated me. I love doors that are painted yellow, blue – they are showstoppers like no other. I wanted to do something different for the entrance of my son’s room: on the door, of course. My inspiration for the door came from…

Someone recently asked me to recommend a place to buy a queen size bed. It’s been a while since I have bought furniture from a brick-and-mortar store. All the furniture for our new home came were bought online: some great experiences and some we will regret forever. What makes all the difference It’s not just the designs, quality, and price that make the difference; for me customer service experience has to be good. In that area, Urban Ladder wins hands down. Been a customer ever since they started. Pepperfry comes a distant second mainly because their delivery and assembling process…

There is nothing more indelible than spending time with our loved ones. In this fast paced world,working day in and out,the only time we get to relax and share a laughter is the dinner time,at  the dining table. Now that having a meal together has become the only chance of sharing your time ,everything about the time has to be special.The food of course will do its bit ,what about the ambience? Cosy and inviting ambience is not something we should look for only when dining at a restaurant or hotel,it is something you deserve at home as well. Talking…

Admit it.

The minute you saw the words “design”, “kitchen”, and “secret tips” in the title, you were tempted to click, weren’t you?

It’s not just you. For most of us, life revolves around the kitchen, and the kitchen is built around the family. The fragrance of freshly baked cookies or the sweet aroma of rice kheer envelops the house..and you know it from the smile of the family as they walk in through the door at the end of the day.  No other place in a home works as hard or brings as much joy.

Kitchen is also the most difficult part of the house to design. One area where it is a tough balance between aesthetics, functionality, and personality. I’ve included personality because the style of cooking and a family’s habits is individualistic, one that plays a critical role in a kitchen’s layout.

When it comes to kitchen design, everyone talks about the famous triangle linking the sink, stove/hob and the refrigerator. But, rarely does anyone talk about these secret tips that stem right from your dreams, your vision of your dream kitchen. So, let’s dive straight in as I share my secrets with you:

1. Focus on one element: Pick a  focal point. Each one of us dreams of how we want our home, especially kitchen, to look like. It could be anything. For me, it was a window in the center of the kitchen with sink beneath it and an east-facing kitchen to let the morning rays flood in. For you, it could be open shelves, color of the cabinets, placement based on Vaastu or Feng Shui principles, and just about anything. Identify that element close to your heart and work around it. Everything else in the kitchen should complement that element. What do you think is the focal point of the kitchen below?

red kitchen

Or, an exposed brick wall kitchen?

In my previous post, I spoke at length about how I designed the wardrobes for our home using Custom Furnish’s Design from Scratch tool. After months of frustration of not making a good headway with the design, I was finally HAPPY with how it turned out; my little moments of happiness. The design of every room was one small step at a time.

So, it came as a surprise when I heard from Chandra of Custom Furnish. to experience their new product/service range: buying curtains online after customizing it to your required dimensions. I was excited because out of the blue came an association and a name to relate to with this tool/website that I had been using for weeks. Over the next few weeks, we collaborated on making the design and buying experience of curtains better on Custom Furnish.

In this post, I will take you through my experience of how to select, buy and install curtains for a french window in the guest bed room.

Why Custom Furnish?

  • You can buy ready made curtains and blinds from a number of sites, but they are of standard sizes. The convenience of Custom Furnish is that the curtains are customized for your window sizes.
  • You can sample 15 pieces of fabric before purchasing the curtains for a refundable amount of Rs. 500.
  • The convenience of selecting the fabric, getting it delivered to your doorstep without multiple trips to multiple stores, and a fixed price. Believe me sometimes the biggest advantage is when you do not have a choice to negotiate.

Just when you think you have it all figured out, you are surprised by how confused you actually are by the color choices. And this is so true when it comes to building a home. We always thought we knew the colors we wanted for the wall in every room. I’ll be honest in admitting that I struggled with choosing the fabric for over two days. I was exhausted. So I just forgot about it for two days and then came the Eureka moment to adopt a methodical approach. This approach helped immensely and I made the choice within 10 minutes.

Here are my tips for choosing the right fabric:

  • Wall color: What is the color of your walls? If your accent wall has a dark color, then go with any neutral shade for curtains. Even otherwise, a neutral shade like beige/golden/silver/ivory gives you the flexibility and freedom to dress your walls differently anytime. For this bed room, we intend to give the room an extraordinary look by painting the accent wall in Indigo (yea, the Saif Ali Khan one on ‘Say no to nice’ from the Asian Paints ad). Given this bold color, I felt a silver or golden colored curtain would render the room a regal look. If you want a playful, cheerful look to the room, liven it up with a floral pattern such as Sharon. On the other hand, if there is too much drama happening in the room and you want to play it down a bit, go for a solid color.

how to choose the fabric for a curtain

  • Material: the choice is diverse from cotton, linen, polyester, silk and viscose to a blend of these basic materials. The price is as diverse as the material with polyester being the cheapest and silk being the most expensive of the lot. Cotton helps the curtain hold its form and pleats relative to pure polyester, while silk gives a rich look and can be exorbitant. You may choose the fabric depending on the room. I wanted a blend of polyester + linen + cotton and the one I chose fit the bill perfectly. It is stronger but cheaper than linen. Order a sample of every type of fabric to feel the material in the colors chosen in the previous step. this will help you make a decision.

samples

  • Lining or no lining: Unless it is a sheer curtain, lining is recommended for a curtain as it helps the curtains long last and retain its shape. There is enough information for each step along the way on the site to help you make a decision.
  • Type of lining: If you are someone who hates to wake up at the crack of dawn because of morning rays streaming in through the curtains, then go for the blackout lining by all means. Just like a hotel room :) But, at times, your fabric itself is thick enough that having a blackout lining may be an overkill. You cannot judge the thickness of the curtain online, so ordering the sample will help you decide the lining. In some cases, you may need two curtains for privacy: a sheer during the day and a main curtain for the night. The guest bedroom is on the ground floor and overlooks the neighboring villa so I went with a blackout lining.
  • Style: If you have narrow windows, it’s best to choose blinds but they do not have blinds as an option currently. Similarly, there are no double rods to choose from either.

“Your house is made by its own needs. Those others are made by the need to impress. The determining motive of your house is in the house. The determining motive of the other is in the audience.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Words of wisdom. It’s your home. Design it the way you have always dreamed of.

Double height ceiling living room culminating in the terrace. The living and dining with tall, wide windows. flanked on either side by garden. A flood of natural light fills up the house. Long walkway leading to the bedrooms on the first floor with double height living room on one end and staircase on the other.

That’s our home. It’s dramatic. We fell in love the first time we saw it.

Wish you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi…along with Diwali, it is one of the festivals all of us at home look forward to with eagerness. Here is a glimpse of the many forms in which pulayar has come home over the past decade.

ganesh chaturthi

This was in 2006, the last time ever we got home a colored Ganesha.

We connect with Indira Nagar like no other neighborhood of Bangalore. It is a good stress buster. So, after a long afternoon sifting through bolts of fabric for curtains got the better of us, we decided to take a break and drove to Indira Nagar. The son with his fancy ideas was in the mood for Cranberry tea at Infinitea. I devour my masala chai at home or at Tea Brew and nothing else is good enough for me. After the tea stop, we ambled through 12th Main when the signage on a board intrigued me. The husband and son were…

Every morning, for 50 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 7:20 a.m., my kitchen is a flurry of activity. Lunch boxes spread over the counter, tea on one burner, breakfast on another, and cooker on yet another. Pots and pans strewn around. But, this is an organized chaos that we all have got used to over the years. If there is one thing that upsets this schedule, it is not being able to find what you are looking for. And often, it is the lid of something, or a Nutella bottle that was accidentally kept in the fridge.