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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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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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22 Feb

Let your home decor define you

The sky is the limit for those who want to explore and experiment! Explore the unexplored and find designs and inspirations that define you

Minimalist and multifunctional

Contemporary interiors trends will see reinvention and innovation. There will also be a mix of classic, retro and contemporary design ideas. “The risk-taking, travel enthusiasts will opt for versatility and multifunctionality in furniture design. Awareness about the environment, which is growing by the day, will further reflect in creatively recycled furniture design,” says Manu Goel, an architect and interior designer.

 

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18 Feb

Tips for stylish home décor on a budget

In designing your dream home, it goes without saying that you aspire for the very best in style, comfort and functionality, no matter what your budget maybe. So for an impactful update to your home, combine stylish looks with these money-saving tricks

A shoestring budget doesn’t necessarily imply that you need to settle or compromise for anything less than what you hoped for and imagined. Create your dream décor with these bargain decorating ideas.

 

Living and dining area

Natural and elegant: Cut down costs in your living room by picking sofa sets and couches that don’t exhaust your budget. Let your centre table draw attention with a classic fresh flower arrangement. “For upholstery, use easy-to-maintain fabrics in neutral colours with cushions in contrasting colours,” avers Leila Erfan, Creative Director, ARIA Interior Design. Add potted plants as a decorating tool. Use textured paint for one of your walls to highlight the space. For lighting, try artistic handmade paper or even jute lamp shades. For your dining area, “Select an anti-stain fabric or leatherette for your chairs, which are easy to clean in case of spills,” adds Erfan.

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8 Feb

Décor ideas for art lovers

For couples who appreciate art and are looking to build a collection together, these insights from experts will help you get started

Find your collection

When it comes to selecting art, there’s no science to it. Most experts suggest acquiring pieces that you find beautiful, that uplift your spirits and/or resonate with your personalities. Pooja Poddar, founder of a home store, says, “Every artwork has a story to tell and if you can connect with it and if it complements the décor of your home, it’s a good way to start.” For others with a more deep-seated interest in art, it’s essential that you study the artist’s background, body of work and potential for appreciation, first.

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4 Feb

Bring home the beauty of nature

Like the mood-lifting quality of green spaces, botanical motifs and influences have a way of brightening up our homes. Here’s how you can introduce the beauty of nature in your home

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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