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When singer Akriti Kakar tied the knot.

Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever.

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Kalki through the looking-glass

As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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Sonam and Paras Modi share their marriage mantra…

We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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3 Jan

Tips for buying furniture online

With e-commerce being the buzzword today, it’s hard to ignore or turn your back towards the plethora of benefits it offers. Here’s a look at some important dos and don’ts to ease the process and help you make the most of e-shopping!

Do your homework

The first and most important tip is to ensure that you do all the necessary research—by visiting stores and portals. Next, ensure that the site you propose to make your purchase from is verified, tried and tested. “Buy products only from trusted portals; references from friends and family still count,” avers Saurabh Ailawadi, Founder, gulmoharlane.com. Also, if you’ve liked a product at a store, make sure you check the brand’s website for better deals and offers. It’s always better to purchase a product from an online store or brand’s e-portal as opposed to third-party websites, which are hard to verify and may not be of the best quality. “When searching for a furniture store, look for one that matches your sense of style, this way you have more to choose from as you browse,” explains Rushabh Sanghavi, Vice President, Product Strategy & Design, Urban Ladder.

14 Dec

The Indian hearth

India is a treasure trove of ancient arts and handicrafts that flaunt superior technique. And if you’ve long-admired this artistic legacy, then it’s time to open your doors to statement pieces that reverberate with India’s creative spirit

India boasts of some of the finest arts and crafts that are revered the world over. Whether it’s furniture from Kashmir or even Gond art from Madhya Pradesh—every state has unique offerings. While contemporary design is ever popular, an India-inspired home can prove to be a refreshing change.

TRUE TO TRADITION

Blending two very distinct styles— contemporary and ethnic—might seem impossible at first, but it’s easier than it seems. The trick is to create a complementing décor scheme that strikes the right balance between the two. “Smartly integrate classical art and modern furniture into your existing décor. Create different levels and types of seating and incorporate vibrant colours and textures by way of furnishings and upholstery to create a versatile, relaxed and informal ambience, typical of an Indian traditional home,” says Natasha Jain, Co-founder, Bent Chair. Bring in a statement piece such as furniture from Kashmir, shekhawati from Rajasthan or sankheda from Gujarat and add some warmth by way of our rich and diverse textiles and fabrics. Whether it is tie and dye, hand-blocked prints, ikat, brocade, phulkari, silk or even kantha, one is spoilt for choice when it comes to textiles and fabrics that can be easily customised to create pillow covers or even throws for your sofas and chairs. “Handicrafts like kantha with its intricate thread work makes for beautiful cushion covers. Kantha thread work is one of India’s oldest embroideries dating back to over 500 years. Traditionally practised by women from West Bengal and Odisha, the artisans weave together patches from old clothes and saris, with running stitches appearing all over. The stitches depict beautiful flowers, birds, animals and geometric patterns and motifs,” explains Tanvi Sangal, Founder, Indiavaale.com.

17 Nov

Light up your home decor

Make room for everyday lights and fixtures to create an interesting play of luminescence that spreads its magic across your home

The seasonal celebrations call for a renewed décor without necessarily undertaking a major overhaul of your home. In fact, small changes, like experimenting with focal lights, can go a long way in enhancing and transforming the vibe and ambience of your home. The right lighting not only provides luminosity, but also plays a key role in conveying your décor narrative and bringing it to life.

KNOW YOUR LIGHTS

Before you begin, it’s important to acquaint yourself with the different varieties of lights and their unique features to really ascertain the kind that will best suit the requirements of your home. “There are three very important layers of lighting— ambient, accent and task—all of which play crucial roles in a space. Ambient lighting—coves and indirect light—is the general lighting that lends overall illumination to a room. Accent lighting or decorative lighting accentuates an accessory or artwork, while task lighting is specific to a room or function that is being performed, for example, in the kitchen or dining room,” elucidates Priyanka Mehra, principal architect, PS Design.

16 Nov

Décor ideas for him

A man’s got to have his space, even within the home—a refuge that’s suitable for unwinding after a hard day’s work. Here’s a look at how to create a space that is bound to make him happy

GET INTO THE GAME

There’s no space that can be more thrilling and satisfying than a game room that houses all your gaming gadgets and gear. If you’re wondering which part of the house to set up as the gaming room/niche, look to the area near the home theatre, bar, living or dining room. Since this zone is likely to be a tad bit noisy, make sure you employ counteractive solutions to keep the noise levels in check. “Noise levels can increase in game rooms, so use sound insulation panels on the walls. You will also need good lighting to help you make the right move at board games,” say architects Renu and Robin Matharu of Renu Robin Design. Once you’ve got the sound insulation and lighting in place, zero in on all the gaming equipment that you’d like to place here. While doing so, earmark ample space for movement and seating within the room. “Amp up this space with a scoreboard and easy-to-move bean bags or stools, a sports bar and a television to create the perfect gaming zone,” add the duo.

18 Sep

Décor tips to refurbish your interiors

Looking to lend your interiors a brand new update? Look no further than our tips and trends that are sure to help you find the perfect aesthetic balance for your home

A home renovation project comes with a set of refreshing ideas, renewed energy and calls for improvement and change. While you busy yourself with settling in as a married couple, spare some thought to your living space that deserves your combined attention. Here’s a look at some of the top trends that will help you and your partner see eye-to-eye on decorating your home.

6 Sep

Wedding gifts for him

Your search for the perfect gift for the groom ends right here, as our gifting guide features something for everyone—from gadgets to video games, cameras and more

Woodfeather Propeller

Skilfully carved from a log of wood, this hand-carved propeller makes for an intriguing décor accent for your home and is sure to please aviation enthusiasts.

3 Jun

Treat your Senses

Weddings present the perfect opportunity to indulge in an exchange of gifts and pamper your loved ones. Here’s a selection of curated presents designed to cater to your five senses

A TASTY AFFAIR

What’s a wedding celebration without the customary bingeing? Give the good ol’ mithai and dry fruits a break, and surprise your family with these delightful and delicious confectionary goodies, chocolates and artisanal ingredients instead!

11 Aug

Give your walls a fresh update

Tired of changing your furnishings and upholstery to give your home a new look? Well, here’s how you can dress up a bare wall for a fresh and vibrant décor update

Wall Tales

Bring to life a fond memory by featuring a moment or scene captured from your travels or even a yesteryear family portrait acquired from your albums. “Display a large photograph against a darker or selftextured wall to instantly lift a room and give it character and depth,” elucidates Reshma Chhabria Kumar, interior designer and Founder, HIIH. If you’d like to feature a couple of images instead of one, collectively hang them in interesting frames, in a pattern of your choice against a textured wall or even use stencils or decals to add some fascinating elements to the wall.

11 Jun

How to transform your kitchen

The kitchen is no longer a space used merely for preparing meals; it’s now transformed into an area that brings the household together—serving as the family hub. Depending on the resources and the needs of the couple, the kitchen can be designed for a cooking experience that’s fuss-free, enjoyable and efficient. Here’s how!

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