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I started watching Downton Abbey on Netflix this week. Six episodes down, I’m hooked. For someone with a viewing history as varied as Narcos, McMafia, Person of Interest, and The Newsroom, I’ve surprised myself this time for being fascinated with this period drama. The subtle English humour delivered with deadpan expressions caught the fancy of even my 11-year old. He quipped, “How formal are these people making a big deal of dinner every day. And just how many parallel plot lines do they have running at any time?” I say blame it on the magnificent castle where the series is set. For any decor aficionado, the lush green gardens around the estate and grandeur of the rooms are enough to keep your eyes peeled episode after…

For most of us, finding the right art to deck up the walls can be tricky. Even more so, if you do not frequent exhibitions,  or understand the distinction between originals and prints, or interpret the meaning. Thanks to a dozen websites that sell art now, buying one has come within reach. But, the paradox of choice still exists. Scrolling through literally thousands of images across websites to choose just the right one can itself be a daunting task. Abstract or landscape? People or wildlife? What size? What color? Moe than the budget I think it is the thought of deciding what to buy, and if it is the right choice for a wall that is intimidating. If you are confused, you are not alone.…

This is the view of the lush green garden space from our living room. Nothing is more uplifting than gazing at plants symbolizing life. But, I can’t have enough of them and yearn to bring in the greenery indoors. This post is an effort in that direction. I have curated a list of  8 plant containers to place the pots in stairway corners, entryways, corridors etc. The materials vary from seagrass baskets to wooden and ceramic planters.  To be honest, other materials such as metal and aluminium did not initially figure on my list. I was fixated on finding baskets of the sorts you often see in magazines and Instagram feeds of Western and Scandinavian homes. The baskets and containers that hold huge Monstera or…

My mum was here for a fortnight, and like me, she is fond of all things organizing. For the kitchen, in particular. She helped me in organizing organized the kitchen, got rid of stuff that were old, plastics, and put a ban on purchasing anything new until it was time to discard some of the existing canisters. Aren’t mums are the best? I really love it when she is here as it’s like getting a crash course on life and how to be wiser and balanced. I took her to Home Centre and she shortlisted a few things I must buy later. Surprisingly, these are sold out online all the time but I was glad to discover they were available in stores. Here is the list…

Prices start from 80 INR per metre and goes up to 300 INR  per metre, let me introduce you to the hidden paradise in Chennai tucked away in a small street called Pantheon road in Egmore, the very famous Cotton Street. From  pure cotton, sateen cotton to denim and tissue fabrics everything is available under one roof. There are a string of around 20 – 25 shops lined next to each other.  As the name suggests cotton fabrics rule the market here. Fabrics like chiffon, tussar, georgette, and denim are available, but not velvet and other heavier fabrics. It is a smaller version of Commercial Street in Bangalore or Sarojini Nagar in Delhi, but only has multi purpose fabrics for you and your home. Best…

IC: ddecor.com This post is a collection of 12 pretty floral patterns in fabrics that feel good to wear and dress your home with this summer.  Mercury is soaring. It’s only 7:00 a.m. As I draw the curtains in my living room, it’s blinding with light from the morning sun streaming through the tall windows. The season of aam panna, chaach, and lemonade is here. As are chikans and something light and loose to wear. Well, how about the home: do you dress your home like you would dress yourself ? As much as I like the layers and cosiness of the winter, I love rusticity in summers — benches by the garden, floral fabrics for cushions and curtains, and white sheers lining the windows. One’s…

Hennessey Venom, Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Agera, and the Lamborghni Aventador. When the son moved on from watching Pokemon to Top Gear and The Grand Tour on TV, these fancy car names entered my humble lexicon of automobiles. The lure? Well, even for the uninitiated, such speeds of 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds can be a thrill. Add to it the killer aerodynamic looks, dashing colors, and what you are signing up for is no dearth of adrenaline in the room. And raging hormones! Would it too far-fetched to imagine such aerodynamic designs in a humble ceiling fan? I guess not when you take one look at the newly launched Aerocool ceiling fan by Orient Electric, a leading consumer appliances company that is a…

[ Updated January, 2019] I am always on the look out for bargain finds online. In particular, the ones that look like they cost a limb, but are easy on the pocket. Well, I thank heavens for the day I introduced my mother to the world of online shopping. Every day, she shares a new find with me. Yesterday, she pointed me to 6 glass jars available on Home Centre, and another wholesale crockery store in Chennai where you get 250 ml spice jars for Rs.17. If that’s not a steal, I don’t know what is. This post is inspired by that little tete-a-tete last evening. I’ve rounded up 15 finds for your kitchen that promises to add a oomph factor. The best part is…

I have always been in awe of the gold jeweled products at Home Centre, especially around the festive season. Nothing does as much justice to your home as the golden votives, tea light holders or the blingy placemats. And truth be told, they burn a hole in your pocket if you go shopping during the season. So I like to stock up the prices are half for these products never go out of style. I stopped by Home Centre, Phoenix Marketcity last evening and made a mental note of what I liked. Oh! I’m not an impulsive shopper at all. I survey what’s on offer first, then come home to see what will fit and where. Over the years, I have seen that I tend…