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I ran a poll on our Facebook page a few weeks ago asking what you would like to see: a post on balcony garden or accent walls? An overwhelming majority of you voted in favor of balcony garden. Understandably so, given that we all live in concrete jungles, but have fond childhood memories of growing up amid greenery. Garden space is a luxury for most urban apartment dwellers. I’m using 18 beautiful balcony gardens designed by Livspace to illustrate how you can create a green haven for yourself irrespective of how little space you have with this guide. I have dissected…

I have been a long time admirer of the clean, minimal look. And, I can only blame this fondness for a pared-down house on two things: one, it takes less time, effort, and money to maintain a minimal home, and two, there is no constant compulsion or confusion over what to buy to keep up with the trends and neighbors. In short, I have discovered over the years, that a minimal home is the secret to our stress-free lives, and the most preferred place to just be. In recent months, fewer knick-knacks has also helped me in combating dust mites and…

Front Doors ~ more than an entrance to a home. It’s a style statement that sets the stage and expectations for what lies inside. Yes, it’s a reflection of a home. You spot a stylish single front door, and you can’t wait to step in and see the rest of the home. The main doors at the entrance are like the cover of a book. But, the adage does not hold good for a home. You can judge the style and interiors of a home by its entryway where the best is often on display. I spent a good part…

No nails. No paint. No wallpaper. If you are a renter, you must be familiar with these rules. Yet the desire to make our temporary homes look good motivates us to be creative. Here’s one solution to cover up that ugly wall. And it won’t pinch your pocket.   This morning, someone asked me a question, “What’s the best way to cover an ugly wall without paint or wallpaper?” This is a conundrum that renters face more often than not where your options for covering eyesores are limited or next to none. When the paint is peeling off, as an owner,…

A collection of carefully chosen 8 before & after furniture makeover projects from around the world to inspire you before you stash that old cabinet. Go repaint. The genesis of this post is a wooden cabinet/dresser lying outside in my garage. This was among the first purchases for our first home. It goes without saying that the cabinet has withstood several moves across cities. With the best times behind it, I wanted to sell the cabinet when we were moving in to this new place. And I did sell it two times on Quikr. Each time they returned it due…

This post is a curated list of 5 Airbnbs in Bangalore ~ a city that’s grown so notorious for its traffic. The USP of these properties: design and location! There were a bunch of places we were to eager to drive to last week. From Sakleshpur to Pondicherry, all these places are well within the 350-Km radius from Bangalore. And it is a comfortable six-hour drive that doesn’t exhaust you to crave for a vacation-at-the-end-of-vacation. The only glitch? Most places were sold out. Of late, this is a story that pans out every long weekend and we find…

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport. Agree? I tend to. Imagine a wall in your home sporting a outline of the world map that is punctuated with several markers. That’s exactly what a well-traveled couple in Portland, Oregon did when they made a garage their home; now, it doesn’t require imagination to guess where the conversations steer towards when they have guests over. Faraway places are intriguing, and if you have been adventurous to have traveled to the lesser known and lived in the wild, the stories you…

The holiday season is upon us. If you haven’t had the time to plan to deck your home, do not fret. You can rustle up things found around your home to dress it up beautifully in no time. Here are few ideas all shot at various corners of my home in no time: Dress up with pretty flowers and candles: Gather a bunch of candles and light it up on a cake stand with flowers strewn around for color effect. The white and red place mat completes the festive picture. Shop the look: Colored glass bottles  Fresh linen and flowers:…

Take a pick. What is that one thing if you change in a room will alter its look beyond recognition? Wall color? May be. But can you change it every week? Artifacts? Possibly. Rugs? Umm. But, for maximum impact, invest in good quality fabrics. Think cushion covers, slip covers for sofa, curtains, mats, table runners, bed covers. I’ll show you some examples of how to harness the power of textiles by changing the slip cover or a sofa and cushion covers changes the look of a room. In this post, I’m illustrating this makeover tip by changing the textiles of…