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Note: Don’t forget to use the discount code ( it’s hidden somewhere below :) ) when you place an order. A bumpy shared auto ride, a bus ride with smell-the-sweat-and-dizzying-cologne of fellow riders followed by one last stretch of 500 meter walk through the by lanes of Indira Nagar, I arrived early one morning at the offices of Zwende. Zwende, the 2-year-old Bangalore-based bootstrapped company, lets you personalize a range of products such as bags, wallets, laptop sleeves, lampshades, and stationery among other things – all from their website. Now, you can order one for your use or to gift…

Artificial grass for balcony is the new rage among apartment dwellers. The green grass gives a real lush look to the space often making up for the lack of a garden. I get a ton of queries from people moving into new homes asking for quotes for laying artificial grass or if I can refer any vendors who would do the same. A while ago, I had featured Xanadu Organic Gardens. I asked the following questions on your behalf about the pre-requisites for laying artificial grass, how much it will cost so you can budget accordingly. XOG answers them for…

Notice the black panel above the sofa? I was invited to an event by HOGAR Controls last evening, a smart home products company. HOGAR’s elegant touch-based products can control the lights, fans, and just about any device (smart or otherwise) in your home through a voice command or app. If you’ve heard about Alexa or Google Home, then you are not new to home automation. Read on to see how to make your existing home intelligent and how HOGAR’s solution compares against the other products in the market – all explained in a simple language. What is Smart Home Technology?…

This post is about three proven ways to reduce electricity costs and learnt to keep the home cool during summer.  It works, and you should try! The weather is changing all over the world; there is no doubt about it. But, it was a rude shock when we moved to this home three years ago. It was unbearably hot to stay inside in mid-February.  We had lived in the city for over a decade and half and had never felt the need to have an a/c; this was one of the reasons  why we didn’t plan for one during the…

Have you recently painted your home and frustrated with the new stain marks that just won’t go away? Scared of enduring the paint odor again? If you are planning to repaint your home, then consider a washable and odourless emulsion paint such as Berger Easy Clean Fresh for interior walls. This post talks about why it makes for a great choice.  Let me begin by narrating two separate incidents that happened at home last week. IC: My Stove Joshmadison Incident 1: I reuse glass sauce bottles with a spout as an oil dispenser. One day, I filled the oil to the…

In this post, I’ve put together 10 simple ideas to paint your walls in geometric patterns. They are so easy that you can do them yourself without hiring a painter. To make matters further easy, I’ve given colour codes for every pattern from Berger’s Silk Glamor interior emulsion paint for walls. This premium range of paints will elevate the look of your walls to give a luxurious and sheen finish. Pinterest predicts painting colourful geometric shapes on walls will be one of the hottest trends this year, going by search volumes for geometric painting. If you are not too much…

This is not a sponsored post. If there is one piece in our home that has our signatures stamped in its design, then it has to be the bookshelf. The piece sits majestically in the first floor living. This post is a story of how the bookshelf got crafted. My husband was particular he wanted something different and what he wanted. I couldn’t do justice to the design he wished for in entirety, but this is half-way there. We used many free tools along the way to convey our ideas in 3D. The one we used for the bookshelf was…

Did you know that the number of people looking for Oasis tiles has gone through the roof ever since this post was first published? In this post, I talk about how to choose the right kind of tiles for walls and floors for your home, the different types of tiles available in the market, and what makes one a best choice for every room.  I use Oasis tiles as an example here to illustrate the right choice. One of the often asked questions/email queries from the readers of the blog is on tiles. You may wonder why a common topic…

There is nothing more indelible than spending time with our loved ones. In this fast paced world,working day in and out,the only time we get to relax and share a laughter is the dinner time,at  the dining table. Now that having a meal together has become the only chance of sharing your time ,everything about the time has to be special.The food of course will do its bit ,what about the ambience? Cosy and inviting ambience is not something we should look for only when dining at a restaurant or hotel,it is something you deserve at home as well. Talking…

This post is a review of my experience in getting a laminated wooden flooring from Pergo in India. Specifically, I will discuss the vendors, their engagement level, the brands available and the overall experience. Pergo Wooden Flooring I write this post on a Saturday morning while waiting for the wooden flooring installation guys from Pergo to turn up. It is 12:53 p.m. They were supposed to commence work at 11:00 a.m. as communicated and agreed upon. But, we will get to that later. Here is a brief of our requirement for the wooden flooring project: Space: Bed room Area: 188 sq.…