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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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25 Apr

Home decorating tips during the lockdown

While you’re confined to your home for the indefinite future, experts show how couples can use this time to reorganise and redecorate the different spaces in the apartment

A home is known to have a significant impact on its inhabitants, meeting both their practical and psychological needs. Since an organised and clutter-free space improves mood and increases productivity, home decor experts feel that now is a good time to redecorate your home and create an environment that you love. Interior designer Punam Kalra, Creative Director, I’m The Centre for Applied Arts, says, “Even the slightest change in your surroundings can bring about a positive change in the relationship. And doing this activity as a couple brings about a greater degree of understanding and maturity in the relationship.” So, here are a few ideas to lighten up the mood at home during the lockdown.


Declutter and organise

Now that you’ve spent considerable time indoors, you’ve come to realise the need for breathable, free spaces. Use this time to organise the things you own and take stock of stuff that you want to give away. Kalra says, “A well-organised space enhances the visual appeal, keeps it user-friendly, and maintains a convivial ambience. To maintain a connection with our exterior surroundings, good ventilation and natural lighting should also be ensured within the house.”


Space jam

The more we stay in, the more we need to adapt our spaces for activities such as exercising, introspection and entertainment. Create defined spaces such as a reading corner or a workout/wellness space that will allow the both of you to enjoy your individual space and time. Kalra asserts, “The existing furniture can be rearranged to open out the living room and the semi-private areas to create hindrance-free usage or to maximise comfortable seating for cosy reading spots. The easiest way is to go minimal without going bare—group similar objects in clusters of three to create a natural symmetry.”

12 Apr

A step-by-step guide to decluttering your home

With a lockdown underway, there’s no better time to declutter your home and your life. Rohini Rajagopalan, decluttering expert and founder of Organise With Ease, takes us through the process

Why declutter now?

Currently, we have the luxury of time to undertake this process. The current situation has compelled us to introspect and recognise the things that mean something to us. Most of us are feeling anxious and a clutter-free home helps one stay calm and relaxed. More importantly, a space devoid of clutter is easier to clean especially at a time when hygiene is critical.


How do I begin?

A simple step-by-step approach always helps. Begin by listing down the spaces you want to declutter and break them up into mini projects. Organise one area (or mini project) at a time as tackling it all in one go will be daunting. Sift through the contents individually instead of reviewing them collectively.

30 Mar

5 indoor air-purifying plants

The air we breathe has taken precedence over all else. And so, in times like this, it’s important to do what we can to ensure that we breathe clean and pure air. On that note, here are some air-purifying plants that you can grow in your home today

Peace lily

Topping our list is the peace lily or Spathiphyllum, and here’s why. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study (1989), this plant (a member of the Araceae family) effectively absorbs harsh chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia from the air. Besides the lance-shaped leaves, the plant’s most defining feature is undoubtedly its flower. This easy-to-maintain plant thrives best in moist soil—don’t overwater it—and in well-lit areas with partial sunlight.

Tip: Place it on a centre table for maximum benefit and where it’s visible for all to see and admire.


Snake Plant

Known by a number of names—most common of which is mother-in-law’s tongue—the snake plant is credited with removing about four to five toxins from the air. Easy to distinguish—look out for its long narrow and spiky leaves—it comes in a number of varieties. While it isn’t the most visually appealing of the lot, it is the hardiest, and is best suited to a space that receives filtered or partial light. The plant is easy to propagate in soil or water—cut the leaf into two-inch pieces and immerse some of them in a glass filled with water and the others in soil. Within 30 days, they will have grown healthy roots indicating that they are ready to be replanted.

Tip: Owing to the height of the leaves, place the plant on the floor in your living room or even bedroom.


Money plant

The humble money plant a.k.a. pothos and devil’s ivy is possibly the most underrated plant of all. By far the easiest to grow—you can grow it in water or soil—this vine is the most forgiving of all and adapts itself to any kind of environment. Simply put, you could grow it anywhere—a sunny corner or a spot that receives little light—however, the amount of sun exposure is known to affect the variegations on its leaves. This plant is also known to absorb benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and touline. It’s also easy to propagate; a new shoot or cutting can be grown in water or soil.

Tip: Commonly seen on office desks, you can even place it at a height (on a cupboard, book shelf or hang it in your balcony) and watch it cascade down beautifully.

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.

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.”

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.

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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