In this follow up series featuring Xanadu Organic Gardens, there are more landscaping and garden design ideas for your home. Over the weekend, I saw first hand the ease of maintaining an artificial grass lawn. Needless to say, the bed looks lush green throughout the year. This got me thinking into turning a part of our terrace into a tropical retreat lush with grass and Frangipani trees. Featured below is a large garden installation for a client around the house from picket fencing to several green nooks around the house. In an independent house or villa, you will often see…

I very strongly believe if you go back to your roots, if you mine that inner territory, you can bring out something that is incredibly you and authentic – like your thumbprint. It’s going to have your style because there is no one like you. – Joyce Tenneson This home was all about going back to roots, for its owners Sai and Anusha. The 2,500 sq.ft style Chettinad style apartment in Bangalore has been designed by Jyothika Baleri of Destination Designs. This post is going to be a little different because instead of me Jyothika will narrate the journey of…

Raise your hand if you do not dread that dark area under the kitchen sink, and you have my admiration. When I had just begun to work years ago, I once rented a 25-year old home. What was I thinking? Affordable rent. Every night was a nightmare. The minute I would switch on the light, all I could see on the floor were generations of roaches that came from under the sink. Maybe because: 1) the kitchen was dark 2) the pipes leading to the gutter underneath were ill-fitted 3) it was hard to access for cleaning, and 4) the…

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…