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25 Mar

The many ways to celebrate Gudi Padwa at home

A time for new beginnings, celebrate Gudi Padwa by ushering in hope and prosperity even as you indulge in time-honoured customs and traditions with your family in the comfort of your home

Begin with a clean-up

A festive occasion calls for a sparkling makeover. And with Gudi Padwa signalling the beginning of a new year, it’s only apt that one indulges in all things fresh. By now, many of us have spent our time at home cleaning and decluttering it. If so, you’ve already got a head start on this step. Taking the current situation into consideration, it would be wise to vacuum, wash and scrub your abode thoroughly. Throw open your windows and let the healing rays of the sun in.

 

Do a quick and easy makeover

Make use of existing stuff and rearrange your belongings to give your home a new look. Highlight the entrance of your house by decorating it with colourful rangolis, strings of torans (if possible) and urlis filled with flowers and floating candles. Dress up the interiors of your home in colourful textiles and rich textures (think pillow covers, curtains or blinds fashioned from up-cycled saris with zari borders). Flowers are integral to any Indian celebration, so fill your home with the colours of fresh blooms.

 

Make your own gudi

If there’s one visual characteristic of this widely celebrated festival, then it’s the decorated gudi—an upturned copper or silver pot that’s placed over a bamboo stick adorned with a green or yellow coloured cloth, which is then tied with neem and mango leaves, garlands of flowers and sugar candies. This festooned gudi—a common sight in windows and balconies of homes—is believed to ward off evil and is symbolic of Lord Ram’s victorious return to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan. Once hoisted, the gudi is regarded with reverence and observed by family members through prayer.

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26 Feb

Add a personal touch to your wedding celebrations

Personalisation is the key to hosting an extraordinary wedding celebration. Apart from making every event feel more intimate, it is one of the best ways to leave a lasting impression on your guests. We highlight some of our favourite ideas to giving your special day a distinct touch

Personalisation is a great way to make your wedding stand out. Shilpa Rohera and Sonika Advani, Directors, Shilpa and Sonika – Events and Wedding Planning, explain, “Engaging activities for every age group must be organised to keep guests involved. For instance, set up a kids’ zone, a retro lounge for those who enjoy the classics or a salon for all.”

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25 Feb

Show-stopping wedding decoration ideas

For an unforgettable décor display, look no further than our handbook that features everything—from luxurious installations to personalised details

Décor and decorations set the tone for your event. Shilpa Rohera and Sonika Advani, Directors, Shilpa and Sonika – Events and Wedding Planning, explain, “Decorating the venue with stunning installations and intricate details is a must. This must be executed within the given timelines to really create an impact.” Theme integration has become essential to achieve an all-round experience for hosts and guests alike.

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24 Feb

How to find the venue of your dreams for your big day

Having trouble deciding on your wedding venue? Fret not! Our experts chalk out the essentials to keep in mind when narrowing down on your wedding location

Choosing the ideal location is one of the major decisions a couple must make. Location makes all the difference as every other aspect of the wedding depends on it. Kunal Rai, Vice President, Weddings and Events, Tamarind Weddings, expounds, “Choose a venue where the logistics are easy to manage. If the venue is on the outskirts of the city, plan a two-day itinerary so that guests can comfortably attend the wedding.” It is essential that the location complements your theme (in terms of décor and colour).

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12 Feb

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Take cue from Pantone’s Colour of the year--Classic Blue and dot your home with these stylish home décor products ...
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8 Jan

Wedding decor trends that are set to dominate in 2020

If 2019 saw the domination of floral installations and smoke bombs, then 2020 will be all about lush greenery and statement lighting

Be prepared to spot a lot of botanical details and unusual foliage instead of classic roses. Tharwani shares, “For larger weddings, we are seeing a decrease in the use of floral elements. However, elaborate floral setups are still popular for intimate sit-down dinners.” Yamini Shah and Rishi Rochlani of The Wedding Designers, expect to see muted, feminine tones in floral décor. Furthermore, as a nod to the ongoing sustainability movement, couples are choosing greens, artificial flowers and wild grass over fresh blooms.

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6 Jan

Intimate wedding destinations or heritage properties—what should you opt for in 2020?

The past decade saw a transformation in wedding venues with couples opting for more and more unconventional locations. So, what will be your venue of choice?

When it comes to venues, old farmhouses, when revisited in a modern way, can become the perfect setting for a wedding. Tina Tharwani, Co-founder of Shaadi Squad, shares, “Intimate destination weddings will continue to trend this year—from beachside locales to mountainous terrains as well as urban settings.” Trrishant Sidhwaani, director of DreamzKrraft Weddings, adds that couples are scouting for unusual locations like private escapes, which can be transformed into beautiful settings for their wedding. For instance, the quaint backwaters of Kerala and secluded hill stations in Uttarakhand provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate celebration.

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13 Nov

Here’s how you can introduce the beauty of nature in your home

Like the mood-lifting quality of green spaces, botanical motifs and influences have a way of brightening up our homes

Whether it’s a festival or a wedding, flowers are an integral part of Indian customs and rituals. They even feature prominently in one’s trousseau reinforcing the fact that nature continues to be an endless source of inspiration for designers across various streams—from fashion to jewellery and even home décor. And if you are keen to incorporate the freshness and beauty of greenery in your space, here are the different ways to do so.

 

UP THE WALL

The easiest way to imbibe this trend is to choose nature-inspired wallpaper. Depending on the space, look and tone, pick a bold or subtle print for your accent wall. While a bigger or bolder print might create more of an impact, it can get overwhelming, so choose wisely. “Dramatic wall enhancements coupled with equally dramatic furniture is the secret to ace this trend,” says Meenu Agarwal, Founder and Principal Designer, MADS Creations. So, combine the two for a winning combination. “Pick a floral wallpaper with a base colour in ivory or mint and team it with bold coloured upholstery. On the other hand, dark-hued wallpaper will complement soft furnishings in ivory or white and floral print cushions. Be sure to highlight the wall with suitable lighting—warm instead of white—while keeping the rest of the palette muted alongside natural toned floors and a bare ceiling,” adds Agarwal.

DÉCOR TIP: “The other rule of thumb is to juxtapose these prints against a plain or monochrome background—one that highlights the print and offsets the noise and busyness of the pattern,” explains Anu Kumar, Founder, Mora Taara.And with Living Coral declared as Pantone’s colour of the year, it’s a great time to design your home with peony or pressed rose hues.

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