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Axis House: The facade of the home with the family enjoying the view of the greenery from the deck. Axis House is an apt description for this 6-bedroom Nagpur home, whose grand modern facade gives a hint of the architectural brilliance in staircase and skylight design that lies beyond. Having said that, this contemporary home with characteristic intersecting sloping roofs belies the spacious interiors. Designed by tHE gRID Architects, the two-storeyed bungalow with a basement is home to a large family of 3 generations living harmoniously under one roof. About the project: Location:   Nagpur – India  Completion date:  2019  Area :   Plot area –…

The main door opens up to this foyer with a beautiful life size hand made painting against a jaali backdrop. This modern luxury apartment has a large square footage – 2,930 sq.ft. Size -whether small or big when it comes to spaces – makes interior design challenging. Reflecct Design Studio, the interior design firm that designed this expansive apartment in Surat has nailed the brief as the spaces flow seamlessly making size seem less daunting. Who lives here: Mr. Piyush Saraf with his family Location: Vesu , Surat, Gujarat Year built: 2019 Size: 2,930 sq.ft apartment Type: apartment with 4…

All those beautiful homes featured in the glossies, and many times on the blog here, are wonderful to ogle at. But, are they affordable and practical to maintain without an army of house help? Hell, no. They are for visual pleasure just like window shopping is good for the soul. Which is why my heart goes out to this 3 BHK apartment in Dahod designed by DA Architects for a business family with aspirations of a brighter future. About the home: Who lives here: A businessman with his wife and 2 children Location: Dahod Year built: 2019 Size: sq feet : 1300 sqft (carpet area) Type:…

Akruti – designed by Surat based architecture & interior design firm Studio 17 Look around; you’ll find subtle traces or profound manifestations of your interests, personality, and choices in the way you live and design your home. This is true for everyone of us; and Mr. Hiteshbhai Gajera’s apartment is no different. Studio 17, a Surat-based interior design and architecture firm, gave the house’s design a beautiful contemporary twist drawing inspiration from the the family’s textile business : bandhej, in particular. About the project: Who lives here: Hiteshbhai Gajera and his family Location: Celestial Dreams, Surat, Gujarat Type: Residential apartment…

Traditional south Indian touches are quite evident in this modern Mumbai apartment by Design Consortium Harshit & Mansi of Design Consortium designed this residential luxury apartment in Lodha Fiorenza, Mumbai for a corporate honcho and his family. All it takes to connect the dots to the family’s southern roots are the towering brass annapakshi vilakkus (lamps) on either side of the sofa in the living room. And it’s hard not to notice the signature vermilion and mustard cushions with traditional motifs in an otherwise modern design setting. Also peppered on the walls are large artworks `~ primarily Tanjore, Worli and…

Lobby of the 4-bedroom luxury apartment in Pune designed by leading Mumbai based interior design firm Rubel Dhuna Architects. Rubel Dhuna of Mumbai-based firm Rubel Dhuna Architects designed this luxury apartment in Pune for the Khemlanis. A heady cocktail (in a pleasant way) of design styles, this house showcases traditional, modern, and contemporary design with some never-seen-before creations of art such as the LIAH pillars, the custom made ghungroo chandeliers, or magnolia-petal inspired pendant light. About the project: Who lives here: Hema and Tarun Khemlani along with their two boys, Arjun and Veer. Location: Waterfront Apartments by Panchshil realtors, located…

One fundraiser with my pals, you’ll never need another cent. – Bruce Wayne to Harvey in The Dark Knight “One tour of your home is all Fabindia needs to sell their stuff.” I joked to Ishita calling her Fabindia’s unofficial brand ambassador. Let’s take a tour of Ishita’s home that is a handbook in styling, entertaining, and decorating on a small budget. About the home Who lives here: Ishita Sudha Yashvi, her sister Umang Vanshika, mum, grand mum, and three female dogs – Biskit, Julie and Hazel. Yes, it’s an all feminine household, with a continuous influx of people all…

Sometimes, an envious zipcode for an apartment in Mumbai comes with what’s a given: lack of natural light, matchbox sized rooms, and lower ceilings. But, as Zenab Lokhandwala of ZED Designs shows there’s nothing a clever renovation can’t redeem. She gave this 1,230 sq.ft apartment in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai a new lease of life. Home to the Bhatnagars, the family needed more storage space, a larger functional kitchen, a servant quarter, and of course, modern aesthetics. The apartment went under the hammer, literally, as Zenab ripped down the apartment for renovation to its bare structure. She then adeptly redesigned the…

Every architect has a signature. I’ve come to identify Amit Shastri of Amit Shastri Architects with geometry, play of light, neutral tones leaning towards gray, and liberal use of wood — all that take a contemporary form. So, when it was time to design an apartment for his family, he stayed true to his identity. The final rendition is this harmonious apartment designed intentionally with natural elements of wood and light. Step inside this clean home bathed in neutral tones with tons of clever storage ideas. About the home: Who lives here: Amit Shastri and his family.Location: Vile Parle – West,…

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…