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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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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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19 Apr

Home is where heart is

Timeless. That’s what your home becomes if every corner of it reflects love. So if you want your home to come alive, all you need to add is a pinch of emotion and a personalised touch to the décor

Home that’s eternal

Everybody makes an effort to reflect their personalities and love in their home décor. Conclusion: Emotions do form an integral part of home décor. And experts only agree to this. As Ishika Taneja, Executive Director, Alps Beauty Clinic and interior designer, puts it, “Home décor can bring in different emotions like feeling of warmth and comfort in cold, dreary winters, to elegance and excitement during the festive season. Home interiors and décor can go a long way in setting the mood right.” Ishika’s love for travel has been beautifully depicted in the Eiffel Tower wallpaper put at the entrance of her home. While doing up the interiors of her home, interior designer Shibani Chopra made sure she gave the love of her life adequate space.

While her grandmother’s harmonium is given the centre space, right in the middle of the lobby area, her son Zubair’s room is made such that even a young teenage boy would feel at home here. It is a large room with a writing desk, a bean bag and of course, framed soccer posters. The eye-catching element in this room is his first shoes, framed and hung on the wall.

17 Apr

A beach in the bath!

With great mirror work, aqua colour schemes, large windows, super vanity systems and complementary faucets and tiles, aquatic lovers can create their very own Caribbean beach within the confines of their home

NOW TRENDING

What started as a trend for freestanding roll-top baths in hotel bedrooms has now morphed into one for residential projects as well. The new master bedroom/bathroom/lounge suites challenge the conventional notions by incorporating themes like aqua or marine. Once an unheard concept, such themes are now definitely gaining popularity in the Indian market, thanks to the growing need to have some relaxing moments after a hard day’s work.

“A bathroom is a space where one spends time unwinding, under the shower. An open air bath gives the feeling of being connected to nature and can add a decadent and exotic touch to your home,” says, Richa M Vidhani, an interior designer. Parushni Aggarwal, an interior designer,  says: “Earlier, bathroom designs and styles used to emphasise only on utility and lighting. But nowadays, we see the inclusion of theme-based bathrooms that are gaining immense popularity the world over.” Aqua and marine-themed bathroom styles are becoming popular as it provides a soothing mood inspired by natural colours and textures of the seashore. “In today’s hectic life, people love to be around nature and it’s a good idea to create such an ambience in your bathroom. The supporting concepts/styles of this theme are also a growing trend. An open bathroom lends a spacious look and adds value to the design aesthetics to create an atmosphere wherein you can spend quality relaxing time,” adds Parushni.

Rajiv Merchant, CEO and co-founder of a home upholstery line, feels that a bathroom should be welcoming yet unusual; different yet startling. “Creating an aqua or marine-themed bathroom can be refreshing. It can be a pleasant break for people who love the outdoors and the sea, but don’t get the time to be out there. With the interiors industry growing, you can actually turn your dreams into reality. The various theme-based residential projects coming up go to show that people now love to explore and live it up,” explains Rajiv.

15 Apr

When home décor transcend borders

Marriage brings together not just two people but also two cultures in many cases; the reflections of which, if weaved into home décor, can transform your house into a culturally-rich home

HOME: A MELTING POT OF CULTURES

In today’s time, home styling has become an intrinsic part of life and one that goes much beyond the visible. The home space is passionately created and re-created to depict and reflect the life and style of the owners. And if a couple comes from different backgrounds, then their home becomes even more exciting, visually-rich and a melting pot of cultures! Subtle yet classy personal touches given by each of the partners not only enhance the interiors, but also convert a home into an exciting world. For example, little knick-knacks placed by both partners immediately depict the fact that although the owners of the house love to explore and experiment, they still respect their roots. “Cultural diversity and affinity, when depicted in home décor, almost instantly tells a lot about the resident’s respect for the country as a whole. If the partners are from two different states, and if their home décor transgresses the boundaries, their home becomes eclectic,” says interior designer Priya Kataria.

12 Apr

Bidding adieu to the bachelor pad

The life of a bachelor is very different from that of a family man. And so is his home. FWT takes a sneak peek into how love can convert his pad into a home for two

A bachelor pad conjures up various images in our minds. Generally, when you think of a bachelor pad, what comes to mind is an unkempt room, single bed, clothes strewn around, unwashed dishes, small wardrobe, huge posters on the walls and all that look chaotic to anybody who steps in this space, except the owner! For the owner, it is his den he loves to inhabit without anybody’s interference. But as they say, change is the only constant; there comes a time in life when a bachelor has to let go off his den. This is the time when the king of the house decides to bring a queen into his life. The big question then is: how does one convert a bachelor pad into a home for two?

9 Apr

Quirky tips for a chic home décor

A splash of colour complementing quirky, out-of-the-box décor pieces is enough to lift your mood at home

Bedroom tales

Where a drastic change is not an option, transcendence of colour and brightness can be introduced with the use of décor pieces, including furniture pieces like a chair, chest of drawers, or by simply using throws, rugs and cushions. “Bring your bedroom to life by adding you in each corner,” says Monica Khanna, interior designer, Delhi Design Store. Small changes in small spaces can have a big impact. “Posters, for instance, are a great way to display something that you are passionate about. A poster is a piece of history in digitally saturated times where ‘handwork’ does not find many takers,” says interior designer Arti Singh.

5 Apr

When home décor needs detailing

Textures that stand out, colours that are magical, fabrics that lure and themes that are straight out of a dream— au courant interiors focus on these details

Comfy furnishing

A cosy bed looks incomplete without soft snug linen and accessories. Talk about the furnishing trends of the season and you will see various interpretations of Indian culture through design. “Indians are culturally driven; hence, Indian-inspired décor products always find a place in our homes. The designs and patterns are inspired from various parts of the country, which will be seen in the fabrics,” says Amrit Borkakoty, Proprietor, Serenity Blissful Living, adding that simple looking walls can be made attractive and colourful with fabric wall art panels.

Nirav Meswani, Director, Surprise Home Linen, opines, “Motifs from Japan, India and even Africa will be seen along with traditional English colours as well as patterns like drummonds and chevrons. Accent colours, especially neons will gain importance and so will metallic tints. Textures and neutrals will continue to be in trend.”

3 Apr

Decorate your home your way

Decorating your home doesn’t need a fortune; all it takes to create a haven is a little bit of love and a little bit of you

There is no better way to add warmth and brightness to your home than putting your soul into it. We met four couples across different cities to reiterate the fact that to create a dream space in your home, DIY (do-it-yourself) touches are essential. To add to the fun element, we have Shivani Ajmera and Disha Bhavsar of Quirk Studio giving quirky makeover tips.

 

NATURE’S NEST

Couple: Isha And Chander Shekhar

Location: Gurgaon, Haryana

Sustainable architecture and minimum technical parade is what Chander Shekhar had in mind while constructing this house. “The dream took three years to materialise,” smiles Shekhar. He studied the movement of the sun for a week before installing the three glass windows of his front wall. Ventilators on the opposite walls of the house make sure there is enough natural light all through the day. There is a flat dip of five-six degrees in the inside temperature—all without air conditioners. Instead of new-age flooring, Shekhar opted for porous marble that absorbs heat. The low-on-columns and low-on-iron theory used while building the house also help to keep it cool.

★Expert tip: Since the table is made out of old tyres and recycled glass, paint the tyres in fun, graphic prints or solid colours, add fairy lights in the hollow section under the round glass top to create an illuminated table. Ensure the glass tops are bigger than the tyres for a larger surface area.

25 Mar

How to include water bodies in your home interiors

Be it curios or décor items from your travel, the world is making its way into your living room! We show you how to own this trend

The presence of water in the form of wall fountains and wall waterfalls can lend your home a soothing vibe. Water bodies have indeed become a popular décor option among new-age couples

 

TRADITIONAL URLI POND

For those who don’t want to splurge on artificial water bodies, a simple urli can do the trick. Available in materials like cement, concrete, ceramic, etc and in a range of designs, these can be accessorised with flowers, stones and pebbles once they are filled with water. “The use of urlis dates back to the Mughal Era when water bodies played an important role in beautifying spaces. Urlis work best to create a simple, yet soothing water body,” says horticulturist and landscape designer Satish Mathur.

21 Mar

Go glocal with your home decor

Be it curios or décor items from your travel, the world is making its way into your living room! We show you how to own this trend

MATTER OF (ARTE)FACT

The flavour of a destination is evident in the pieces of décor, which you can bring back home with you. Artefacts, which reflect the culture and lifestyle of the country they belong to, are popular travel picks. “When we travel to a new destination, everything is alien and thus, everything looks unique and interesting. Instead of being a compulsive buyer, opt for pieces that you are instantly attracted to and the ones that gel with the overall theme of your home,” says Nipoon Agrawal, Director, Anemos.

TIP: While buying a décor item, think about its utility value. Also, if it’s a bigger piece, then make sure it goes with the theme of your house

26 Feb

Give your home a luxurious feel

Give your home a plush makeover with these décor ideas

Theme-based setting

Simply royal—if that’s what describes you, then create an opulent setting at home with a Victorian theme. Anjali Goel, Director, La Sorogeeka, recommends the high back bed with silver legs and posts. The bed can instantly transform a bedroom and is perfect for those who want to recreate a rich opulent setting. “These days, people are going all out to turn their dreams into reality and thus, theme-based settings are gaining popularity. This theme is all about exquisite living,” says Goel.