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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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23 Apr

A home away from home

‘Leaving on a jet plane’ can be a dispiriting experience for a newly married couple. However, the sinking feeling of leaving your country and culture can be turned into an exciting experience. Adorn your house with all that’s ‘Indian’ for that home-like feel

A happy couple takes their vows, cuts the cake and rides into the glorious sunset. The end? Not entirely. An exciting beginning? Most definitely! Many newlyweds while moving abroad go through a bittersweet emotional conundrum—while going abroad seems like an exciting beginning to their married life, leaving the country and culture behind can be a depressing prospect. However, as many believe, home is where the heart is; if your house can take you back to your culture and traditions, then all corners, distances and geographies merge into one—a place you can truly call home!

‘Indian-ness’, if you can call it that, is something that is embedded in our genes. Be it an Indian immigrant or an Indian globetrotter, living the quintessential Indian life abroad and preferring surroundings that are, so to speak, desi, is a characteristic feature typical to all of us. So, while designing the dream home abroad, many Indians consciously incorporate Indian aesthetic sensibilities. Here’s a look at how you can pack a mini India in your suitcase and decorate your home in a manner which always makes you feel at home!

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


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


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.