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Treat yourself today to an Indian home in Chicago replete with before-after pictures.  Home to Nitin and Shilpi Chaturvedi, the house has gone through an ingenious transformation over the past few months. I waited patiently for months for Shilpi to weave her magic as she unveiled the amazing makeover layer by layer, one room at a time. And then, I couldn’t wait more. Read on and you’ll see why.  I can also see a career in interior styling waiting to take off for Shilpi.  *wink* *wink* Who lives here: Nitin & Shilpi Chaturvedi with their four-year old twins, Snehi and Achintya…

Every mediocre space gets pinned these days. But, there were times, when a space had to be up there on a visual quotient to go viral on Pinterest; the one that subconsciously made your fingers hit the Pin It icon ~ to be saved for posterity.  This colorful Mumbai apartment is Pin-worthy in the real sense for all its rooms — from the balcony to the patio. Designed by Studio s w a + p for a family with two young kids, the 2,500 sq.ft apartment has everything the heart desires — from an incredible sea view to lush greenery  and a…

Most Mumbai apartments come in two variations: ones with modest square footage or sprawling ones with a spectacular view.  This apartment of 1050 sq. ft housing a family of four falls under the first category. Designers have to be at their creative best to make a small space work in order to accommodate storage needs and make it  visually appealing. It was a blessing in disguise for this family as the designers – Bhumika and Chintan of Limited Edition Design Studio – were immediate family. Many things with respect to choices and lifestyle go unsaid when you are family. Aptly…

Stone-crete plastered surfaces.  Brick cladding. Cement flooring. Solid wood. Open spaces. No tiles. This penthouse belongs to Amit Sanghvi, an industrialist, who returned after spending several years in the US. He wanted his home to mimic the rawness and openness of the exposed industrial design that he took a liking to from his years of living in New York. Harsh Boghani of The Crossboundaries gave shape to Amit’s vision by transforming this concrete shell (literally) into a beautiful industrial apartment dressed in natural materials. Personally, for me, it was amazing to see this less-traveled path of appreciating raw concrete. The design…

This Ahmedabad apartment designed by Projects 3.14 is a fine example of flexible architecture, of fluid spaces; one where internally walls are not cast in stone permanently to delineate functions and spaces. It’s not often you come across a project of limited square footage like this that comfortably squeezes in as much as this one does. About the project: Who lives here: a young couple with their 7 year old son Location: Ahmedabad Year built: 2016 Size: 1050 sq ft Type: apartment with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms Designed by:  Noopur Shah, Project Head, Projects3.14 Noopur expands on the brief…

Imagine.  A 4,000 sq.ft apartment in Mumbai with views of the Arabian Sea and Marine Drive. Filled with envy? I don’t blame you. There’s a catch though. The plan of the house was so outdated that it didn’t resonate with what’s a given for today’s lifestyle. For instance, when was the last time you saw a house with no attached baths. So, what do you do? Renovate, of course. This apartment has stayed in the family for six decades. Primarily residents of Vadodara, the family uses the Mumbai home as a weekend home when they are in the city.  Mitual Shah…

This colourful mansion in Dahod, Guajarat designed by DA Architects belongs to a family of Dawoodi Bohras, a small trading community within the Ismaili branch of Shia Muslim.  It’s a first-of-its kind home tour featured here; a home whose design is deeply rooted in the cultural beliefs of the family and the architectural legacy of a community. Expect to see liberal use of solid teak wood, Moroccan patterned tiles, carved jaali doors, tinted glasses and arches reminiscent of the Mughal era. About the project: Who lives here: A Dawoodi Bohra community family of 5 members. Murtuza & Zehra along with their…

A young couple with their children live in this expansive 4-BHK apartment in Mumbai that offers sweeping views of greenery from the balcony.  Designed by Amritha Karnakar, the home celebrates the innate quirkiness of its occupants where each room conforms to a theme. The living spaces bathe in sunlight pouring through the floor to ceiling windows. Something young, fun and casual was what the client wanted, and Amritha may have given them just that. Step in and explore. About the project Who lives here: a young couple with their two kids, and their relative, who is a make-up artist Location:…

Bindu Joseph’s home in Thrissur, Kerala is a colorful and tastefully curated home.  She lives with her husband and three teenage kids in this expansive home that I call a tropical paradise. Her Insta feed is as colorful as the vibrant bougainvilleas that  dot her garden. Whenever she posted a picture of her home, I lusted the trimmings of flowers from her garden adorning the vases and blue pottery, or that prim and proper kitchen where even the sink belies signs of usage and ageing.  But, it was before months before I broached the idea of featuring her home here.…