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Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space . On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.   Zaha Hadid This magnificent house spread over 5,600 sq.ft plot of land in Vadodara is home to Hemal Shah and his family. Designed and constructed by KN Associates, the cement-and-brick facade mansion soaring into the sky wraps around its surroundings with a familiar ease. Everything is grand about this home: literally and figuratively. About the project: Who lives here: Mr. Hemal Shah and his family of five Location: Vadodara Year built: 2017 Size: 9,066 sq.ft…

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…

“Your home should tell the story of what you are and be a collection of what you have”. This 1-BHK apartment in Surat is a living example of this. The compact, functional and no-frills home with subtle hints of the Tamizh culture has been designed by Grishma Desai of Align Design Studio for Mr. Rammnaath’s parents. He wanted his elderly parents, in their mid-70s now, to be closer to him and this house is a result of that. About the project Who lives here: a retired elderly Tamil couple in their mid-70s who relocated from Chennai Location: Bhatar , Surat ,…

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…

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…