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This post is a shortlist of select 5 Home Centre Sofas that will liven up your living room. Who knew buying a sofa would be an overwhelming, store-hopping, and time consuming exercise? One of the toughest decisions in furnishing for us has been to buy a sofa for the living room because everyone in the family has a say. We are divided on that single piece of furniture where we rest our rear as we can’t seem to agree on the colour, size, comfort, or style. And when everything is perfect, the price isn’t. This must be every family’s saga, too. All the boys care about is the comfort of a recliner and yes, even the child has an opinion! After a year of procrastination, I…

Kanjivaram sari. Kansa thali.  Madhubani art. Kantha stitch. Pochampally weave. Tanjore painting. There is a slice of Indian heritage in each of these objects. We take pride in heirloom as they adorn the walls of our homes and occupy our chests,  passed down from one generation to the other. After all, “in the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” Today, I’m talking about one such brand: Sihasn. Sihasn is a celebration of the sense of identity we look from the past in our daily lives – a reminder of who we are, where we came from, and the rich textile legacies left behind by our forefathers. What is Sihasn? Sihasn is a recently launched luxury hand-crafted…

This post is in collaboration with Studio Kook. Everyone likes buying new things and new furniture is no exception. The benefit of modern furniture is that they tend to make an efficient use of space. The latest furniture design models help you create a living setup that’s completely customized to your space. This means a good balance of form and function. Renowned furniture designers have also transformed the furniture industry by introducing new concepts and designs. Apart from simple colour schemes, homeowners can now have multi-functional kitchen organiser, partition furniture, computer table/study table, wall bookshelf, center table online. The choice is endless and can be modified to suit one’s lifestyle and decor. The Evolution of Modern Furniture It seems hard to believe, but there was…

4 hours, 31 minutes. That’s the time I spent researching to buy a rug/dhurrie online. That was before  House of Ekam sent me this beautiful embroidered cotton rug. Thanks to the time tracker application on my browser that documents how (un)wisely I spend my time. In my defense, I was being over cautious after the last rug fiasco; I had recently bought a navy handwoven dhurrie at an exhibition that has now turned into light grey. “Your thoughts become things.” Rhonda Byrne Do you believe in the universe your thoughts? Now, I have reason to. But, you know what I was more glad of? To receive some words of wisdom from Tanvi, the founder of House of Ekam. I picked her brain to understand more…

I have lived in Bangalore for nearly 20 years now. When I first moved to this city, there were no malls. Weekend entertainment and shopping meant trips to the trinity: MG Road, Brigade and Commercial Street. A lot has changed over the years.: the crowd is still young in these places, but dwindling. Metro has taken away the beauty of MG Road. I still go here at least once every three months for old times sake and when I need a break. Indira Nagar, where we lived, was a quaint neighborhood that offered nothing in terms of shopping. There have been several requests for this post and I made multiple trips to take pictures. every time I was surprised to see lesser number of people than…

Long before online shopping and malls came to town, one’s go-to place for bulk shopping, festival shopping, home furnishing, or even electronics were the wholesale markets. They were the pulse of the city, its identity, and in many trend-setters; the goods came here first before they hit the display windows of retailers. One honed the life skills of identifying good quality stuff, navigating through the crowded streets jostling shoulders with hawkers and window shoppers alike, and the art of of bargaining in these  narrow by-lanes. Every city in this country has its own famed wholesale market; a street dedicated to a particular good like books, clothes, electronics, packaging and stationery, lights and so on.  Systematic chaos. And no visit for a tourist was ever complete…

Even though there are recommendations, there is no hard or fast rule that says that you need a particular number of hours of sleep in order to rejuvenate your body. You need enough to feel awake, be aware and also be able to think creatively. Sleeping disorders are becoming more common today and credit goes to the fact that people are trying to do more by extending their work hours into their sleep time. But the reality is that, when you sleep for the required number of hours, your mind is more active and you can finish your work efficiently and that too in quick time. Recommendations given for Number of Hours of Sleep: Given below is the recommendation given by the National Sleep Foundation…

Théorie is the brainchild of Unnati Pingle. It is a pop-up exhibition of bespoke pieces of furniture and art, the first of which was held over two days in October last year in Hyderabad. The event was a culmination of sorts of what Unnati had been working on for over a year. What is Théorie all about? When I asked Unnati what was Théorie about, this is what she had to say: Théorie was transpired of the uncharted. It is curating bespoke pieces of furniture and art. What makes the brand special is that each piece is unique and exquisite, with no attempt spared on the immaculate finishes. In simpler words, these are pre-owned pieces of furniture and household items such as tailoring machines and iron boxes that…

Umm..let’s be honest. Shopping online from the comforts of our couch is a blessing, and bane; it’s a blessing when you don’t have to brave the snaking traffic. And bane, because let’s be honest, it take tremendous self-restraint not to key in the credit card numbers and shop what you just saw on an Instagram account. Gosh! these Instagram accounts are so addictive. According to a recent study, Instagram influences almost 75% of user purchase decisions. So, it’s little wonder that when an Instagrammer with even a few thousand followers tags products, one is tempted to buy. More often than not, you will find these products sold out. Be it a blouse or a sofa. That’s the power of validation. There are over a hundred…

OK, so I wanted to buy two pieces of 16*16 cushion covers online for my black sofa in the living room. How tough can it be? I went to Amazon as I usually do and looked for cushion covers in light colors with either abstract or floral patterns.  I thought I should be done choosing and ordering in less than 30 minutes. But, I wasted two precious days. Yes, you read it right. There are only two possible explanations: either I’m so jobless, or  I’m so indecisive. But, it was neither. The real reason? I was shopping on Amazon. It is as wrong and time consuming as it can get to shop for such things I realized. With regret. I was totally frustrated. Am I…