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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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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

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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.

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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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