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The porch at Vibhuti’s home. Decor Tip: The hanging bottle is a DIY, made out of mayonnaise bottles, rope and a tree stem. Paint the windows for a colorful touch. One common question I receive every year between March and May is for ideas on how to spruce up the government bungalows. This is the time of the year when many families move to a different location. So, who better than Vibhuti Pandey,who lives in one such sprawling bungalow in Patna, take us through budget-friendly ideas to decorate your rental home. For the better part of my childhood, we lived…

An inbuilt shoe rack in the concrete alcove at the entrance of the studio apartment. This home made me heady; made me want to do a few things: take a physical tour of the space, study architecture, rip down the walls of my own home, and instilled the fear of writing for what if the words didn’t do justice to its beauty. So, I have to sheepishly admit that I sat admiring the frames of this rustic modern apartment in Ahmedabad of architect Malay Doshi, than give shape to words. There are few homes that have this kind of an…

I have a fascination for geometry. As a pre-teen, I would spend hours on those rainy afternoons, drawing repetitive patterns of triangles, squares and intersecting lines. The clever usage of parallel lines in this 2 BHK apartment designed by Komal Sachdev took me back to those self-indulgent afternoons 30 years ago. Grey, black, and oak as dark & moody colors rule the palette of this home. It’s not a overly minimalist, contemporary home. It makes brilliant use of a modest square footage to accommodate and make room for storage in two bedrooms. About the project: Location: Navi Mumbai Size: 1350…

Surat-based design firm Inceppt has designed this 3-BHK apartment in Mumbai for a small family. This contemporary-style apartment embraces the muted pastel color palette with hints of rustic style coming from brick cladding to create a cozy home. About the project: Who lives here: a husband, wife and their son Location: Lokhandwala, Andheri Year built: 2018-2019 Size: 2200 sq. feet Type: Apartment with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms Designed by: Inceppt, The Design Studio, Surat Budget: 50 Lakhs Photograph courtesy for the images: Frames n Spaces The family comprises of the husband, wife and their son. The husband works in ESSAR while the wife is the CEO of a…

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…

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…