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“An architect’s responsibility is to understand what clients want and giving it form in a way they would not be able to imagine themselves. ” interpretation of what Louis Kahn said once.  And that ability to imagine, I believe separates an architect from the rest of us.  This Mumbai apartment designed by Sejal Shah of Studio Kreate takes the form of a unified, well-tailored and timeless design that the owners had yearned for in their home. A perfect blend of contemporary without being too cold, it could pass off as an advertorial for anything from a real wood herringbone floor and Chenille…

I was magnetically drawn to the turquoise and fuchsia colours in the apartment. This pre-owned apartment that is now home to a small family gets a bright, cheery and refreshing update from Da Namah Design Studio, a Mumbai based interior design firm. There is one strikingly different aspect about this project: colorful furnishings and prints that amazingly perks up one’s mood and a rush of positive energy. Ever so often, you see homes photographed  in neutral shades of white and grey. But, by draping the bed in liberal amounts of neon colours, the house screams Indian and I’m sure you’ll…

If you are used to the minimalist vibe of most homes featured here,  then this one is going to make your head dizzy.  But, be forewarned, that if you are a true maximalist, you are going to love it for its vibrant colors, saturated patterns, look-at-me tiles, textured walls, floral prints, and make-you-blush bathroom. It’s a busy home designed for a dynamic couple in Mumbai with an enviable social life. The apartment has been designed by Vista Architects. About the project: Who lives here: a  couple with their 16 year old son & two dogs. Location: Upper Worli, Mumbai Year…

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…

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…

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:…

Amritha Karnakar is a practicing architect in Mumbai. I saw a few images of beautiful sculptures and intricately carved wooden artifacts adding grace to this home. Little did I know then it was the family home of Amritha that was decorated with love by her mother Vrinda and late father Dr. Sachin Karnakar. The home is a tribute to their collective passion for gardening, travels, and an eye to get back a treasured piece of where they’ve been to.  The well-traveled family brings back souvenirs from their travels to deck up a corner of the home. It’s just that unlike traditional…

A huge artwork graces the wall in the long foyer leading up to the living room. When you look closer at the pastel modern artwork, it adds further depth and dimension to the space so much so that my eyes were fixated on the piece and not looking at what lies beyond. Step into this sophisticated 1,775 sq.ft apartment off Mumbai, designed by Gaurav Kharkhar associates for the Nanesha family. About the project Who lives here: Naneshas Type: Apartment Size: 1,775 sq.ft; 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms Location: Lalbaug Lived in: Since 2018 Designed by:  Gaurav Kharkar (Principal Architect) &…

We have another Mumbai apartment today designed by Studio Node that is traditional in design but modern in outlook and comfort. Remember the hugely popular 800 sq.ft vibrant blue apartment designed by them?  The style of this apartment is something all of us will instantly relate to. If you ask any new homeowner, what kind of a design style do you prefer, it’s unrealistic to expect a clear answer like “modern,” rustic”, or “contemporary”. Even when you do get a straight answer, the ideas in one’s head are always a combination of elements we’ve related to or aspired to some…