This morning, I was reading an article on New York Times about Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, the founder of Apartment Therapy. He says,” the house itself is by far the least important thing. What really matters is creating a place where you can get out of your brain and into your body.” For city-dwellers, the place that helps you detach from the mind is nature.   Plants make life in the big city bearable, the air breathable, worries distant, and have a calming effect like no other. And, I write this post from the green oasis we have created for ourselves. The focus is…

Many of you e-mail me requesting quotation for your interior projects. I do not design or execute interiors.  The conversation then takes a natural turn asking if I could recommend someone in your city. I choose to feature only those designers or projects here that align with my design aesthetics. I must also point out that I have not done the due diligence of the ease of working with these designers. Interior design is a tricky, human-centric business. Pictures are one thing (the destination), but the journey will always be a mystery until you have experienced it yourself. One, where…

Accent walls will never go out of style. Trends, of course, will change with time as to how you make a wall stand out – textured painting, wallpaper, murals, exposed bricks being some of them. In this post, I give you an easy eco-friendly alternative – 3D wall panels for accent walls that can be used anywhere from foyer to bathrooms. I had written about the 3D wall panels last year but had no idea how popular they were. My current obsession is with the way Brazilian homes are designed – the right mix of contemporary design and pops of color.…

I ran a poll on our Facebook page a few weeks ago asking what you would like to see: a post on balcony garden or accent walls? An overwhelming majority of you voted in favor of balcony garden. Understandably so, given that we all live in concrete jungles, but have fond childhood memories of growing up amid greenery. Garden space is a luxury for most urban apartment dwellers. I’m using 18 beautiful balcony gardens designed by Livspace to illustrate how you can create a green haven for yourself irrespective of how little space you have with this guide. I have dissected…