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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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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.

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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

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.”

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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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