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This 4-bedroom bungalow in Agra wears colours on its sleeves walls with ruthless confidence that will keep you riveted – wanting to stop, and turn back again and again. Designed by Varija Bajaj for a family of three, in an age of contemporary homes, it’s not often you come across a Indian house that is innately so colourful, ornate, and decked up as if it is Diwali tomorrow. The timing seems just about right to feature this home. If it’s not a bit of a stretch, I’d associated some parts of the house synonymous to the grandeur of a palace.…

Lighting can elevate your decor or push it into the shadows. I learned this the hard way by focusing all our efforts and money on furniture, wardrobe and furnishings, and not including lighting as part of a holistic design. Rookie mistake. Even if your interiors are mediocre, good lighting has the power to shine, literally, your home. So do allocate at least 15% of your interior costs for lighting. And yes, a single space will need different kinds such as spot lights, chandeliers, wall lamps because they are for different purposes. This post is a collection of 15 lighting ideas…

This post is a compilation of select contemporary TV & entertainment unit design ideas most of which are from the homes featured here. So the themes are primarily modern, contemporary and minimalist for the most part. You will find the interior designer details along with a link to the rest of the home below each design. There are three areas that are of prime importance to any one designing or renovating their home – living room, kitchen and pooja room. In the living room / family room, the design of the entertainment unit or the TV unit attracts most attention because…

If you’ve just returned from a winter vacation to a disheveled bedroom and already missing out on the cloud-like pillows, clean white cotton bed sheets, plush hotel digs, and fluffy robe, you don’t have to start booking a new holiday getaway just yet. Just wait a while! Giving a luxury look to your home can be a less expensive and easier affair than you have ever thought it to be. Yes, you read that absolutely right! The best thing is that you are not expected here to already enter into a war-zone situation and make dramatic changes like the world…

This post is all about my new find: a super-easy way to display my child’s artwork. We, as parents, are proud of our child’s artwork. To the world, it may appear as random coloring or formless shapes. But, we treasure the first drawing, don’t we? With every passing year, the pile grows, and they get better at their creations, too. At the end of the school year, when they return the folder from school, I stack them in the closet. I have seen various versions of displaying children’s artwork — hanging from strings of wire using wooden clips, wire mesh…

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the festivals we look forward to the most at home, after Diwali. I can’t remember when it started or how. But, for as long as I can remember, we have always brought home a clay Ganesha to be immersed a few days later — it varies year after year when you immerse. During the few years we were in Pune, it was all the more fun. Over the past decade, of course, the way we celebrate has also changed drastically – being more environment conscious now. The colored Ganesha you see below is from over…

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…

Many of you e-mail me requesting quotation for your interior projects. I do not design or execute interiors.  The conversation then takes a natural turn asking if I could recommend someone in your city. I choose to feature only those designers or projects here that align with my design aesthetics. I must also point out that I have not done the due diligence of the ease of working with these designers. Interior design is a tricky, human-centric business. Pictures are one thing (the destination), but the journey will always be a mystery until you have experienced it yourself. One, where…

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…

Accent walls will never go out of style. Trends, of course, will change with time as to how you make a wall stand out – textured painting, wallpaper, murals, exposed bricks being some of them. In this post, I give you an easy eco-friendly alternative – 3D wall panels for accent walls that can be used anywhere from foyer to bathrooms. I had written about the 3D wall panels last year but had no idea how popular they were. My current obsession is with the way Brazilian homes are designed – the right mix of contemporary design and pops of color.…