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Home to a family of three generations, an elegant silver gray rules the colour palette of this Ahmedabad bungalow designed by Urban Sense Architects. There are other striking aspects, too, such as brass inlays, larger-than-life art, and the master bed room designed on a deck of cards. Yes, it has art so big that your eyes will be fixated on it for a while trying to absorb what it is before letting your gaze wander again. Don’t believe me? Then, you’ve got to scroll down to see yourself. About the project: Who lives here: Mr. Dhaval Patel & his family,…

Brick walls are not uncommon; they come in many avatars from red to white, and wallpaper to natural. But, to have an entire apartment clad in red brick walls couple with exposed RCC for ceiling and natural stone flooring? That’s the real deal – a whole package for making others envious of your gorgeous home. This 2,290 sq.ft apartment in Ahmedabad designed by The Grid Architects fits the bill for owner’s pride, neighbor’s envy perfectly. It ticks the boxes for an industrial style apartment just as much as an old townhouse. About the project: Location: Ahmedabad Size: 2,290 sq.ft Type:…

When Meghna Venkatesh shared 2-3 pictures of her living room, I wanted to see the rest of her 2,200 sq.ft home in the Bay Area. Every inch of the living space is decked tastefully with wooden artifacts and chests, brass lamps, Tanjore paintings, and handwoven dhurries that reminded me of some treasured finds at Cauvery Emporium or Cottage Industries from the late ’90s. Meghna went on to confide that the living and staircase are decorated in the Indian ethnic theme while the rest of the home is predominantly modern functional. And, for a change, this home tour is narrated in…

Lighting can elevate your decor or push it into the shadows. I learned this the hard way by focusing all our efforts and money on furniture, wardrobe and furnishings, and not including lighting as part of a holistic design. Rookie mistake. Even if your interiors are mediocre, good lighting has the power to shine, literally, your home. So do allocate at least 15% of your interior costs for lighting. And yes, a single space will need different kinds such as spot lights, chandeliers, wall lamps because they are for different purposes. This post is a collection of 15 lighting ideas…

This 3-BHK apartment in the uber-luxurious World One project is home to a family comprising three generations. Studio Osmosis designed the space to exude the warmth and character of a home by consciously downplaying luxury and the impersonal nature of a hotel suite, just as the family desired. Given the address, you would expect to find the space decked with imported furniture and expensive chandeliers. It’s devoid of all that; if anything it wears the heart of the city on its walls, shedding the formality and welcoming enough to put your feet up on the couch as homes are meant…

This holiday bungalow in Lonavala gets its free-spirited design from Hakuna Matata / Lion King. Fancy that! Designed by architect firm Design Inc., this home is part of a high-end bungalow scheme with a neat modern structure that was already in place. The architects have accentuated the fluid design with quirky pieces of furniture, subdued lighting, and life-size sculptures that seem to have their own conversation going on. It’s a fun place to tour and am sure much more fun for the family to hang out and let their hair down. Don’t miss the poem at the end which the…

Will beige, black, and white ever go out of style? Call them boring at your peril, but these subdued tones are the kings of neutral palette that bring in sophistication like no other. This contemporary apartment in Mumbai designed by Komal Sachdev for Manghwanis aces the neutral game with finesse. The lack of color in this apartment design is compensated with textures, inlay patterns, and deeper shades of accent/furniture pieces. About the project: Who lives here: Mr. Lalit Manghwani with his family Location: Mumbai Type: a 3-BHK apartment in Runwal Greens, Mumbai Size: 1,350 sq.ft. Duration: 4 months, 2018 Designed…

That deep rich cobalt blue in the dining room caught my fancy enough to explore the rest of this modest 1,120 sq.ft apartment in Ahmedabad. Designed for a small family of three by Ignitus Architectural Studio, this 3-BHK apartment makes up for the minimal spatial footprint through clever layout and design. The family wanted a home that combines the simplicity of everyday living with luxury elements. Now, that pretty much sums up what most of us aspire in our homes! About the project: Who lives here: a couple and their son with parents often visiting Location: Saheli Sanidhya Apartment Scheme,…

A globe-trotting, young business couple assigned the task of designing a functional, contemporary home to Inceppt Design Studio. Instead of restricting themselves to a single theme, the well-traveled couple wanted the home to be a blend of several styles with each room reflecting the aesthetic preferences of its occupant, and reminiscent of their travels. About the project: Who lives here: Location: Parkland , Vapi Year built: 2018-2019 Size: 6000 sq feet Type: Residence with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms Designed by: INCEPPT – THE DESIGN STUDIO , SURATAR Kunal Engineer, ID Pinal Engineer, ID Devang Kuperkar, AR Urmi Panchal Image courtesy: Nikhil Patel Budget: 1.35 crores. The couple travel extensively for work around the globe and wanted a simple, modern,…

The terrace of any house provides unlimited opportunities; a blank canvas with extra square footage open to nature that you can give any shape  you want based on its intended purpose. From a spa on the terrace to a home office and den for the boys, I have seen many amazing transformations over the years. But, this one is a sophisticated and utilitarian transformation of a 1,200 sq.ft terrace in New Delhi for a young entrepreneur couple designed by Studio Wood. About the project: Who lives here: a young entrepreneur couple Location: T9, Green Park Extension, New Delhi, India Total…