Types of finishes for woodwork – How to choose between Laminate, Veneer, Acrylic, Polymer, Lacquered Glass, PU Coating, Duco Paint etc. etc. etc. for your Home Interiors

I was browsing over all the old posts on my blog and could not believe that this is a topic that I’ve missed writing on. Choosing the right finish for woodwork is something that puzzles almost all home makers and making the wrong choice compromises the entire design and the look of the place, not to mention the additional cost of rework in case the finish chosen is incorrect for the space or the application. In the paragraphs below, we will go through each finish and its pros and cons, where it should be used and where it should not. So, without further ado … here goes Laminate Finish: This is by far the most common finish available in the market primarily due to the ease of application of laminate on plywood. Almost all factory-made modular furniture available in the Bangalore today is made in laminate. This is because factory […]

Third Edition of my Masterclass on Interior Design Best Practices

November 3 it is — Just in case you missed the earlier two Masterclasses, here is another chance for you to attend this November. For those who are reading this for the first time – these masterclasses are for new home owners and folks planning to have their homes designed and done up in the coming few months. We typically cover all the things (well, almost all) that I have learnt during my Interior Design Practice over the last 10 years including expensive mistakes to avoid. The registration link below has additional details – https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/Bangalore/323fb7d88313461c70419073ea674206 Note that the small fee is just to ensure we get serious attendees – the idea is not to make $$ from these classes (I actually end up spending more than I charge) but to disseminate as much information on good design principles as possible I look forward to meeting you there. Cheers Nandita

Lacquered Glass finish shutters for Home Interiors

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The interest in Lacquered glass shutters for home interiors seems to have picked up lately in Bangalore. I’ve had a number of folks asking for lacquered glass finish for their Kitchens & Wardrobes and while the finish looks great, it comes with its own set of pros and cons. Before deciding on any glass based finish there are things that home makers need to know and that is what we will discuss in this post today. Types of Glass Finishes available for Home Interiors: What is important to know first is that there are multiple types of glass finishes (not just Lacquered) available in the Bangalore market today. This includes Regular mirror: Tinted mirror (Grey, Golden etc.), Tinted plain glass (similar to tints for car glass) Ready made lacquered glass (which is basically painted glass) – available in both gloss and matte finishes Switchable Glass: Glass that can be converted […]

Our New Packages for Home Interiors in Bangalore

Earlier this April I had written about our hunt for optimizing cost for Interiors and how that exercise took our teams to parent manufacturers cutting out the middlemen etc. (you can read about that here). The whole objective was to be able to give home-makers a complete an honest home design experience – not just the furniture but all the 5 elements including Lighting, Painting, Furniture, Furnishing & Décor at starting rates that don’t burn a hole in the pocket and at the same time compromising zero on material, finishes and work ethics. Well now we do have tangible output from that exercise and am glad to announce new package rates from The Studio for Interiors in Bangalore. The 2 BHK package starting at 6 lac includes just about everything needed to experience and get a feel of quality home interiors and not just what you might call the tail […]

HDHMR – The New Material for Woodwork in Bangalore.

I recently had a vendor hand over a sample of HDHMR, the new magic material for woodwork that is expected to provide a lower cost but better option than plywood. Before I move further let me de-jargonize and explain what HDHMR means. The acronym stands for High Density High Moisture Resistant. Anyone would now ask High Density High Moisture Resistant WHAT?? The what, that no one ever explains, stands for the “Board”. Simply put HDHMR is a superior variant of MDF (Medium Density Fibre Board) that is higher in density (hence HD) and Higher Moisture Resistant (hence HMR) than MDF. Having seen MDF warp, bend and puff up with even a hint of water on it my first reaction was experiment first hand how the material will behave when exposed to water. So here is what I did. Dipped it in water for 2 – 3 minutes and let it […]

Interior Design Masterclass in Bangalore Jul 27, 2019

Masterclass on Interior Design Best Practices for new Home Owners

Announcing the second edition of our “show and tell” masterclass on Interior Design Best practices for Home Makers The masterclass will be held at the state-of-the-art Residential Interior Design Experience Center situated off Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. Enrolment is restricted home makers expecting possession of their new homes this year. Students, Contractors & Practicing Interior Designers in Bangalore may please excuse Detailed Agenda: Common Mistakes in Residential Interior Design Linking Life Stage & Lifestyle to Interior Design Choosing the right Material for Woodwork Importance of Lighting in Interior Design. Types of Lighting Colour Selection – The concept of the Colour Wheel Furniture Placement – Optimizing space and size Refer the event links below for more details Event Link: https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/Bangalore/a72d05ad63f5711911eec43c9e722125 Ticketing Link: (There is a small fee to ensure serious attendees): https://ticketing.eventshigh.com/checkout.jsp?eid=a72d05ad63f5711911eec43c9e722125 If you have any questions then leave a comment using the link on the left. Cheers Nandita

“Save the best for last” … this is not about the song, it has everything to do with Interior Design

Interiors and Interior Design is usually the last item on the home buying list. Once the bank, builder and broker are paid off home makers end up with little for doing up their interiors. With shoestring interior budgets home makers end up compromising on the material, designs and workmanship, falling short of the dream home that they imagined. Planning the budgets for interiors hence needs to be integral to the process of home buying

Our Design Masterclass last week with university students and upcoming interior designers in Bangalore

Had the privilege of hosting the design masterclass for students of the school of Interior Design at Jain University Campus last week. A very positive experience interacting with the young breed of upcoming interior designers and giving them a glimpse of good design practices and expectations from design in the outside world. At The Studio we have been promoting the cause of lifestyle and life stage based interior design and the importance of the Persona (the user of the space) while curating interiors. No better a place than the minds of young students to instill this core thought and philosophy that will go a long way in getting Interior Design recognized as a core science in the country. Here’s a quick pic from the event Thanks Dr Sinha and the entire Jain Univ team and students for hosting us. Cheers Nandita

Doing end to end Interiors for your Home? – Here is a work schedule you should follow

A number of readers of this blog have asked questions around what work sequence one needs to follow while doing interiors for their home. We all know how painful it can be in Bangalore just to secure availability of good vendors like electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters, the false roofing guy etc. Having them come in at the wrong milestone not just delays the work but also leads to rework & adds to the loads of stress that home makers are already stacked under. Given below is a step by step work schedule that I have been using for my own work, it has gone through multiple iterations and incorporates the learnings from multiple projects over the years. If you choose to follow this for your home then you will have to do one thing back for me – make sure that you provide your feedback on whether this helped you. […]

Looking for an Interior designer for your new home in Bangalore? Read on to know what you should expect from your interior designer and how you can ensure that the designer engagement delivers the value you seek.

When working with an interior designer, home makers usually expect just good woodwork and carpentry. The Q&A below discusses why customers should expect more from their designers and why that is not only good for the project but also for the Home Maker – Designer engagement.
In addition good interior design can be life changing for the occupants and helps in creating a living culture that stays with the family throughout their life

Planning to decorate your walls with Art – Here are some best practices

This article comes to us from our partner Artburt. Artburt has been passionately promoting the cause of Digital Photography as an art form since the last few years. In a discussion with Sriharsha & Siri (Artburt’s founders) last week we briefly were talking about some of the best practices to follow when choosing the wall on which to hang the artwork and a week later I get this ping from Siri that Sriharsha has penned down a formal blog post on the topic. Do appreciate you taking the initiative to do this Sri…thank you. So without much ado…here goes. Nandita The 5 simple steps to choosing the right wall to hang your precious art 1. Direction of Light: A room filled with loads of natural light is obviously the best  for enjoying your art. That said its very important that we also consider the direction of the light entering the room […]

Polymer Shutters for Kitchen and Wardrobes

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I was looking for Hi Gloss finish options that are 100% waterproof for the utility and other open to the rain spaces and was recently handed a trial sample of Polymer Shutters by one of the manufacturers. While acrylic shutters have been around for some time (note that acrylic also happens to be a “polymer”) Polymer shutters are a recent introduction. The difference between the two is that Acrylic shutters have the acrylic sheet pasted only on one side of an MDF / Ply board, Polymer shutters have the polymer surface pasted on all the 6 sides of ply. Since the finishing is done in a factory polymer shutters are seamless with no edges showing and the shutter looks like one solid block. The manufacturing process also allows for innovative stuff like integrating the handle within the shutter etc. I am in the process of testing the product’s capability to […]

The Best of Houzz 2019 Award – Thank you for all your support

Last week we were notified by the Houzz team that we have been awarded the Best of Houzz in both the Design and Service categories. The awardees are chosen by the Houzz community of which I understand a lot of the readers of this blog are members – so a big thank you to you for choosing us. The formal press release that has details of the award is below. Cheers Nandita The Studio by Nandita Manwani Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019  Awarded by the community of over 40 million monthly users, annual BOH badge highlights home renovation & design professionals with Top ratings and most popular home designs Bangalore, India, January 25, 2019 – The Studio by Nandita Manwani has won “Best Of Design & Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 8 year old design firm founded by Bangalore’s leading Interior Designer […]

Interior Design Masterclass on Home Lighting & Automation

We are all set to host our second Residential Interior Design Masterclass – this one will be on Home Lighting and Automation. See additional details below and if you are interested in attending then please register asap as we have capacity to host not more than 10 families. Do help spread the word as well by sharing this post so that others  making their homes may benefit from this workshop. Cheers Nandita Masterclass Details: Our second Masterclass on Residential Interior Design Best Practices will cover Home Lighting and Automation. With a select audience of home-makers we will go through 1. Mood based Lighting – How lighting affects moods and illuminance 2. Types of lighting & importance of layering of lighting 3. How to make arrangement for lighting during the construction phase 4. Types of light fittings and which to use where 5. Actual hands on demo of Home Automation and […]

“The Google of Home Designing” – First ever Masterclass on Best Practices in Residential Interior Design in Bangalore

Finally did it!!! yoo hooo. This Nov the 17th our objective was to go beyond the written word on this blog and do an actual show and tell of Residential Interior Design Best Practices in front of home makers at our experience centre. We spent a month collecting & preparing samples of material, paintwork, finishes etc. On top of that the experience center is wired to customize lighting based on different moods, moments and times of the day to showcase the importance of lighting in interior design – we put all this together and more as part of the Masterclass to some raving reviews from the audience … here is one   “Your session provided important insights into various aspects of interior designing like the right material to choose for woodwork, different types of lighting, painting process, common mistakes, key design elements to take care for “second childhood friendliness”, wardrobe […]

Taking blogging to the next level – My Interior Design Masterclass

Since now I had a big enough place at the new experience center I thought why not!!! SO…we are taking this blog to the next level by ACTUALLY inviting home makers to the experience center and doing a show and tell of residential design principles, lighting, furniture placement and all the things that we have been talking about during the last 8 years on this blog. So if you have anyone who may be interested then do encourage them to attend. The registration link is here or you could just drop me an email. There is a small registration fee just to keep the free boarders away and ensure serious attendees, the fee will cover regular chai pani type expenses and the objective is NOT to make money from the masterclass. looking at the response I might make future workshops free. This is another first that I am trying out in […]

Some Pictures of our Interior Design Experience Center in Bangalore

We recently started hosting clients at our Interior Design Experience Center and it is a whole new feeling to do an actual show and tell the Interior Design best practices that I have been speaking of all these years. Below are some initial pictures of the Experience Center Interiors. I look forward to seeing you at the center. Meetings are by appointment, feel free to call and schedule a visit CheersNandita

The Home Makers Guide to Painting your Home in Bangalore – An Interior Designers Perspective

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This has been a topic that a number of readers of this blog have been requesting for since quite a while. Was finally able to pen this down over the weekend. Painting of the home has been a major area of grouse and confusion for home owners. Grouse because vendors have started charging per sqft. rates and no longer work on a labour only basis. Due to this overall costing has sky rocketed. And Confusion because there is too much choice in paints and wall finishes available in the market – much more than what an average human mind can evaluate & fathom. The increasing cost of paint has made options of good quality wallpapers viable adding further to the confusion on whether to use paint or wallpaper. Net-net customers are struggling to balance their budgets with the coats of Putty, Primer, Paint and Paper that it will take to […]

The 5 Elements of Interior Design and what separates good design from the not so good

A lot of people wonder what makes a well-designed home different from, well, one that is not. I have dwelled over this question for many years and have finally concluded that there are 5 key design elements that each home needs. Each of these 5 need to be blended together in balance to get that warm & nice feel that some homes have. While making their home, most home owners usually consider just 3 or 4 of these elements and most often than not find it difficult to bring these together in unison.   To dwell further into these elements let’s give you a glimpse into what goes on in a designer’s brain as she does a recon of your home to create a visual in her mind that finally leads to the design blueprint and the final output.   So …broadcasting live, right from the studio in the designer’s […]

Looking for an interior designer in Bangalore? Not sure of the value that an Interior designer may bring? … then read on

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Today’s edition of Deccan Herald hosts an article on the value that an interior designer adds to the home making process as well as tips on how to go about looking for the right designer for your home. The author has encapsulated views from prominent interior designers in Bangalore to make a comprehensive presentation. The article is available at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/660901/getting-design-game-right.html , do read. It will be helpful to folks setting up or getting ready for their new home. Cheers Nandita

Our Residential Interior Design Experience Center coming up off Kanakapura Road

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Exited to share the first pics of my Exclusive Residential Interior Design Experience center coming up off Kanakapura Road. The inauguration is planned on Ugadi day – Mar 18th. The center will provide a space to display best practices in residential interior design, different material finishes etc. and will provide the much needed touch and feel combined with good advise to customers who have undertaken their home making journey… something that I have been deeply passionate about since the last 10 years. More pics will follow once the place is ready. Wish me luck…I will need it as I embark on this fresh new journey Nandita

The Studio selected as one of the top upcoming Interior Designers in India

Thanks to all your wishes, The Studio was selected among the top upcoming interior designers in the country. The magazine in print will be available in stands next week. Do read about it here https://industry.siliconindiamagazine.com/vendor/the-studio-by-nandita-manwani-a-lifestyle-interior-design-firm-built-on-the-foundation-of-trust-cid-3799.html Glad, encouraged, thankful & deeply humbled. Cheers Nandita

New Q&A Module for you to ask your questions

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This blog today hosts over 3500 Q&A on home interiors under different posts. For some of the more popular posts there are over 500 questions underneath and the blogger tool has been found incapable to handle such volume. We therefore launched a stand alone Q&A module on www.thestudiobangalore.com yesterday that will allow you to post your question and provides a better visual interface to browse through previous answers. Will welcome your inputs and feedback on this new functionality. The Q&A module is available at https://thestudiobangalore.com/questions-and-answers/ Cheers Nandita

What is a Modular Kitchen, what you will need to install one and how it compares to its traditional counterpart

My first article on this blog in the year 2010 was on the same subject. To make it more relevant to today’s needs I spent some time updating that article and including fresh perspectives and experiences to it. Read on, and as always will welcome your questions, thoughts & comments ————————————————- Most people associate a Modular kitchen as one that looks great, is made in the factory and is installed onsite. However there is more to a Modular Kitchen than just the good looks. In this article we will look at what really is a modular kitchen, what kind of site preparation is needed to install a modular kitchen as well as the comparative advantages and disadvantages of a Modular Kitchen against its carpenter made counterpart. So here goes… What is a Modular Kitchen – The 3 Core Elements. 1. Modularity:  As the name suggests a “Modular” Kitchen consists of […]

Recent Press coverage of our work

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We have been getting some love from the press lately :). Please read about it here https://thestudiobangalore.com/press-coverage.php Cheers Nandita PS: If you have a question to ask then please note: On Nov 15th we have launched the Q&A module on The Studio website. The Q&A interface on this blog was unable to scale to the number of questions that we have been getting – you would have noticed being unable to  scroll down to a question once the number of questions below a certain post increases beyond a certain limit.  Hence if you have a question then please post it at  https://thestudiobangalore.com/questions-and-answers/ 

Plywood Fakes in the Bangalore Market and a brief interaction with the Kitply Management on the same

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A few days back I happened to get an email from a senior member of the Kitply Management team acknowledging the issue of Plywood Fakes available in the market. The gentleman also mentioned some of the things that Kitply is trying to do to weed out the fakes. I am reproducing the communication below as this will be of interest to the readers of this blog. Note that this is not a recommendation nor an endorsement of Kitply’s products or the company. ——————————– From: Gaurav Goenka  Date: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:23 PM Subject: kitply fakes To: [email protected] Dear nandita, I write to you as a senior member of the kitply management. I happened to come across your blog and congratulate you for the wonderful work you do and respect your views that you don’t want to be associated with any product/brand and as you very rightly said it […]

Elder Friendly Home Interior Design

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This subject has been close to my heart and I had written this article a long time ago. Glad to announce that the article was featured in Deccan Herald last Friday. I have been of a firm opinion that Interior design is not just about the woodwork nor the decor but really about defining the life and lifestyle of the residing family. Making one’s home elder friendly through intelligent, insightful and practical design is one such area where the real value of residential Interior Design stands out. The detailed article is available at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/627433/make-your-home-safe-elderly.html Do read and share as this is something that everyone who has an elderly person at home should know. Cheers Nandita

Acrylic Versus Hi Gloss Laminate Versus Duco– Which one to use for that perfect Hi Gloss finish for your Modular Kitchen, Wardrobe and other Furniture

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I have been getting a number of questions around Acrylic versus Laminate finish, where to buy Acrylic Laminates in Bangalore and how to use them for Modular Kitchen & Wardrobe Shutter construction, hence thought of penning this down as a dedicated post. Even before we get into a discussion on Acrylic versus Laminate Versus Paint its important to step back and understand what the discussion “really” is about. What I have understood from customer interactions is that when they say that they need an Acrylic finish what they really mean is that they are looking for a “Hi Gloss” Finish. A Hi Gloss finish can ultimately be delivered via using acrylic, laminate, Duco Paint, UV Coating, PU Paint etc. etc. and, mind you, none of the above techniques are superior or inferior than the other. The usage of one over the other really depends on the application (Kitchen or the […]

Organised furniture retail and the changing role of the Interior Designer

My article on whether to build furniture or to buy it from the market and how organised furniture retail will change the role of the Interior Designer published in the Bangalore edition of Deccan Herald today. Here is the link to the article on Deccanherald.com http://www.deccanherald.com/content/622540/how-do-you-like-your.html

www.thestudiobangalore relaunched: The new destination for Turnkey Home Interiors, Modular Kitchens & Wardrobes in Bangalore

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Exited to announce that after 6 months of work we launched the new website for The Studio. For those of you who are new to this blog The Studio is my own venture offering Customised Turnkey Home Interiors, Modular Kitchens & Wardrobes across Bangalore. The new website consolidates the 3 offerings from The Studio under a single umbrella (earlier we had 2 separate websites – one each for Kitchens & Wardrobes) to make it easier for customers to get a complete picture. We also have a refreshed new logo which is a combination of the Ganesha (auspiciousness) & the Swastika (beginning) signifying an auspicious new beginning:  a new home is really a beginning Happy to get your feedback on the website – do check in at https://www.thestudiobangalore.com Cheers Nandita

Furniture for Home Interiors – The Build versus Buy dilemma & the changing role of the Interior Designer.

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With the unorganized furniture retail market in India touching approx. $20 Billion, early bird online furniture retailers like Pepperfry, Urban Ladder as well as organized furniture retailers such as Lifestyle, Hometown, @ Home & Evok etc. have been busy tightening their supply chain, product designs and quality to capture a fair share of this huge market. IKEA’s phased entry over the next 2 years will signal the second wave of this market consolidation. To the common home maker while this adds the much-needed choice of furniture and ease of purchase, it brings with it a dilemma – whether to build the furniture or to buy it outright. The question we are trying to answer in this blog post today is whether the good old days of the “family carpenter” shaving the wood away for months to get the home ready for the family really numbered*? … That comment brings back […]

Some Photographs of my Home Interior Project at Mantri Serenity – Kanakapura Road Bangalore

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This one was keeping me busy over the last 3 months, so apologies for not being too active on the Blog. This was an end to end Interior design & Execution project including Decor, Furnishings and the full nine yards. Here are some pictures, shall welcome your comments and inputs Cheers Nandita Dining Area Kitchen Entrance Kitchen – From Inside Kitchen – With the Appliances Kids Room Kids Room – The wallpaper was customized based on the children’s interests 🙂 Living, Dining & Pooja Room Foyer Mural Dining Space Guest Bed Room Guest Bedroom – Another View Master Bedroom Another View of the Master Bedroom Study Pooja, Foyer Living Room & Kitchen – Full View Partition cum Showcase Two Dining Tables 🙂

The DIY Interior Designer Series Bangalore: Home Interior Design Best Practices Revisited

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This blog is now over 7 years old and over these years a lot of what I have written about in the initial years has evolved – things like interior design practices, new materials available in the market for home interiors, cost of materials, places to shop for interior work etc. Also, while on this 7 year journey even I have learnt through customers, your own feedback through this blog and my practice in Bangalore. I am therefore updating some of the most read and relevant articles on this blog so that these reflect the interior design best practices and needs of today incorporating the best of what I have learnt as a practicing Interior Designer in Bangalore over the last 7 years. In the first of this series of articles…am calling it the “DIY Interior Designer Series”… below is the updated article on Sliding Door Wardrobe design best practices […]

Chickpet & City Market Bangalore for Home Interior Shopping

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Found my way to Chikpet/ City Market today after many many years. All this while I have been doing my shopping for light fittings in and around South Bangalore, however for an an ongoing project I have been on the look out for specialty lighting hence thought of checking out what the most touted wholesale lighting market in Bangalore has to offer…all for goodness, was pleasantly surprised Most of the shops dealing in light fittings are in around BVK Iyengar Road hence the good thing is that it does not take too much googling and navigation skills to explore the market. If you plan a visit just ensure to take Uber/ Ola to get there as there is no way that you will find parking or peace of mind if you are in your own car. Back to the shopping experience and the good shops. So assuming that you are […]

Featured among the top interior designers in Bangalore

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Featured among the top Women Interior Designers in Bangalore by Nearfox Magazine :). THe original article can be found at https://nearfox.com/bangalore/e/female-interior-designers … read on,   Seven Female Interior Designers From Bangalore Who’re At The Top Of Their Game Are you conscious about the aesthetics of your home and do not want to compromise on décor? Get an interior designer on the job to have your home transformed completely. Not only will they keep your needs in mind, they’ll also customize the design, the hues, and the furniture of the house specifically according to your tastes to turn it into a real home. And as we all know, women today are leading in every creative field there is, these female interior designers from Bangalore are at the top of their game. Take a look! Sunita K Reddy One of the most accomplished interior designers based out of Bangalore, Sunita K Reddy […]

Some pictures of Interior work done at Salarpuria Greenage

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Some pictures that my client sent me last week of an interior project I did at Salarpuria Greenage nearly 3 years back. Great to see that the home still looks to be in top shape. Have also posted these to the FB page https://www.facebook.com/homedesignbangalore Living Room Design TV Unit Design Crockery Unit Design Pooja Unit Kitchen Children’s Room Design Crockery Unit Design Living Room & False Roofing Design Wardrobe Design

Additional Home Interior Photographs of interiors done at Concorde Napa Valley Villas in Bangalore

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Additional Pictures of Home Interior Design & Turnkey Interiors at Concorde Napa Valley Bangalore. These have been taken in daylight to reflect the true colours of the home Living Room Design Living Cum Dining Room Living Cum Dining Room – Another view Crockery Unit Dining Area Dining Area – Another view The way up Decor Living Room Textured Wall Pooja Unit Bed Room Design Bedroom Another view Wardrobe Living Room – Another view TV Unit – Awaiting the TV Kitchen Kitchen – Another view

Just Launched – www.thestudiobangalore.com

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Today being an auspicious day we formally launched www.thestudiobangalore.com. It is a master site for The Studio Kitchens, The Studio Wardrobes and www.homedesignbangalore (this blog). Do also go through the Kitchens section on www.thestudiobangalore.com – this is a new website launched for the Designer Kitchen Range. Do wish me luck as I embark on this next level forward. As always would welcome your suggestions and comments on the new website. Signing off… Nandita

Maintenance tips to keep your home running like a well oiled machine

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Here is something that I had written sometime back that saw the light in Deccan Herald today for the benefit of the many who are yet to be readers of this blog :). As always the unedited, uncensored and the full version of the article is below for the special ones who follow this blog … hee. Would welcome thoughts comments and feedback especially on this one as I am sure each person, especially the women, have their own household tips and tricks to keep the home spotless and well groomed. ———————– Home Interior Maintenance Tips After spending a bomb on interiors it’s appalling to see things starting to fall apart even before the home celebrates its second birthday. The simple maintenance tips below will help you keep your interiors in top shape and you feeling great about your now not so new but “matured” home J 1. The essential […]

The Essential Bangalore Home Buyer Handover Checklist – Things to check on before you take possession of your apartment/ villa from the builder – Version II

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The regular readers of this blog would have come across, in one of the earlier posts, this list of things to check on before taking full and final possession of one’s home from the builder . I was updating this checklist sometime back for my own use and felt that this is something that all of Bangalore’s home buyers can make use of. With that thought I bounced this off with folks at Deccan Herald and lo and behold I see it published on the front page of DH Homes & Interiors today :). The DH team has done a great job of putting pictures and formatting the list around different sections to make it easier and fun to read. Do take time to go through. The unedited free text of the article is below ——————————————————————————————— Villa / Apartment Interior Readiness and Handover Checklist: Things to check on BEFORE you […]

2000 FAQ’s on Home Interiors and Interior Design Best Practices

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Imagine a repository of 2000 Frequently Asked Questions and how to’s on interior design and home interiors….how cool would that be.  Well, surprise surprise, we crossed the 2000 Q&A milestone on THIS blog last week – look through the comments under each of the blog posts. The content in there put together is probably richer than whats there in the blog posts themselves. So do take time to browse through and if not all then you may find most of your questions on home interiors and design answered in there. In the unlikely event that you don’t find an answer to whats pressing on your mind, then, as always, feel free to pop it across. Keep chiming, signing off Nandita

Is your home Elder Friendly? Home Design makeovers to make your home safe for the elderly

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News of senior citizens tripping, falling and injuring themselves at home is nowadays something that one hears of quite often. Such injuries often result in altering the quality of life of the elderly, sometimes even affecting longevity and self esteem. As a designer I have felt that a number of such domestic incidents are avoidable with good interior design, minor home makeovers and an eye for detail. I have been wanting to write on this topic for some time however for one reason or the other have been unable to do so. With the IPL final on in the backdrop tonite and RCB getting a good drumming from Hyderabad (Cutting just knocked the ball out of the stadium …ughhhh) and not much to look forward to …or so it seems, thought that there is no better time to pen this one down. ———— If you have an elder member at […]

Objects of Art for the Home

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My article above was published in Deccan Herald today. You may read it here http://www.deccanherald.com/content/535128/art-homes-sake.html However…..since, as readers of this blog, you are special – I am posting the unedited, original and the much cooler version of the same article for you below.  As always, will welcome any thoughts, inputs & suggestions —————— Art for the Home and a Home for Art I remember my elder sister, long number of years back, never coming back empty handed from any of the home improvement fairs that used to be a regular affair in our neighborhood. Be it tribal art, handicrafts, monkey faces made from coconuts, wall hangings, stone carvings from Orissa, we saw it all. You may ask what this bit of family history has got to do with our topic on Art for the home. When I started thinking through the topic I went back to the core question of what […]

Feedback from The ET Acetech 2015 Bangalore

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If you have been on Bangalore roads in the last couple of weeks you would not have missed the huge posters of Shahrukh Khan promoting ACE Tech 2015, in fact the newspapers have been ringing with full page ads of the exhibition as well. One wonders what has Sharukh got to do with the Construction and Interiors industry :-P, perhaps this came about via his wife who is a known Interior designer herself. A Google look up on “Gauri Khan Interior Design” throws up a 2012 Bloomberg video that says “Gauri Khan turns interior designer”… huh – how does one “turn into” an Interior Designer?? I got to go and watch that video now :-). Enough pun on the Khan Khandaan for now, back to Acetech. It has been among the largest exhibitions in the Construction and Interior design space, professionally organized and at one of the better venues (BIEC) […]

My “Expert Corner” in Deccan Herald – Starts today

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Deccan Herald has started an “Ask the Expert” section in their Friday Homes & Interiors segment where I will be answering reader queries. They possibly got inspired by the over 1600 Q&A on this blog :). The first Q&A got published this morning – have pasted the snipping below. This gives you one more channel to write in with your questions ….and comes with the advantage of seeing your question in the “Newspaper” which is kind of nice. Will look forward to more interaction through this new channel Signing off for now Nandita

Some more pictures of home interiors across Bangalore @ Purva Atria, Brigade Courtyard, Salarpuria Silverwoods, Greenage, Chaitanya Smran, Mahaveer Rhyolite, Chartered Beverly Hills, Samruddhi Lakedrive & more

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Hi, These pictures have been lying around on my phone for a long time, finally ended up posting them on the Facebook Page. For the first time I could appreciate FB for the ease that it offers for posting pictures without which these pics may lost their way on the cellphone … super like 🙂 Posting them here again for the readers of this blog. Here goes… That’s it for now. As always will welcome your feedback Signing off Nandita

Tips and tricks to convert your rental home into a place of your own

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Home Interiors and Decorators This one is for readers who have or are in the process of renting out a home. The simple tips below should help you get your home to reflect your lifestyle and your style without cashing out your wallet. This article also appeared on the home page of Deccan Herald – Homes & Interiors this morning…happy reading —————- Design & Makeover Tips and tricks to convert your rental home into a place of your own While you may not be able to do much about your nosy landlord, there are lots that can be done to make your rented house reflect your lifestyle and make it feel like “home” without cashing out your credit card. Each of us has lived in a rented accommodation at some point in our life whether it be due to moving cities, the need for a bigger place or just that […]

“The Studio” – now on Facebook : A photo palate for interiors in the “Indian” context

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Thestudiobangalore Over the last few months, I realized that I have been accumulating a good number of photographs of interior work – both ongoing and finished, on my phone and nearly none had found their way to this blog. The prime culprit – the thought that I will “one day” get a good photographer to cover “finished” interiors of the entire project/s and then put the best ones out here …. a “one day” that is yet to come 🙁 There is a lot that pictures communicate, not just how good (or bad) the interiors look but also insight into what goes into creating good designs – thus initiating and invigorating the viewers’ own thoughts & ideas. What I also found was that while the western world has its  Houzz.com’s and other websites, there is hardly ANY place that has insight into home interiors in the Indian context…let me explain […]

The Experts you need when making your home – My recent article in Deccan Herald

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My article below was published in Deccan Herald last Friday. The free text is pasted below. Happy reading Cheers Nandita The role of an Interior Designer and tips to get the best out of your Interior designer for your home design project. If you have a house getting ready for possession in the next one year or are looking to do major remodeling in your current home you are sure to have spent ample hours already Googling for an Interior Designer. A quick Google search for “Interior Designer in Bangalore” yields 3.39 million search results (in 0.47 seconds). This is not surprising because everyone from an Architect, Civil Engineer, Carpenter to a Plumber nowadays informally calls him/herself an Interior designer and sometimes vice-versa, so let’s first start with what is the role of an Interior Designer and how is it different from that an Architect and a Civil Engineer. The […]

Kitchen Design – Best Practices Consolidated in One Single Article

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The article on the left was published in today’s Deccan Herald. It encapsulates and consolidates all the Kitchen Design Best practices mentioned across different posts on this blog. Reproducing it below for my readers … here goes… ————————– It’s that place in your home where you are likely to spend over 10 percent of your working life and the one that gets the most footfalls. It houses more gadgetry than you have in your car and is one of the most complex spaces to design. The smart among you may have guessed it already, for the laity – I am talking about your Kitchen. A Kitchen needs to be ergonomic, utilitarian, maximizing storage space as well as good looking all at the same time. The fact that the kitchen has “hot spaces”, “wet spaces”, “work spaces”, “wash spaces” …  (I guess you get the idea) complicates matters further. If you […]

Home Interiors Maintenance Tips – The “Anti Wrinkle Cream” for your home

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After spending a bomb on interiors in terms of resources, time and love –  it’s painful to see things slowly (sometimes not so slowly) coming apart as the home ages and matures. As a home making professional even I have felt this anguish seeing my creations going down especially when just basic maintenance could have ensured longevity. Below are simple maintenance tips that I have learned over the years that should help you keep your interiors in top shape and you (…and me…for the homes I have done) feeling great about your now “not so new” but “matured” home. 1. The essential “Yearly” carpenter visit:  Like how we need an annual health check up, your woodwork needs one too. The hardware that’s used nowadays (zero crank hinges, hydraulic lift ups, sliding systems etc) tends to gather play with regular use. You would have noticed the space between the shutters either […]

Selecting the “right” sofa for your home. My article in Deccan Herald today

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The subject article was featured in Deccan Herald today. You can also read it at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/445623/selecting-sofas-safe-way.html. The free text is also pasted below Thank You Deccan Herald team for helping spread the light 🙂 Full leather, Half leather, Fabric, Cane, Wooden, Reclining, Sectional, Tuxedo, Chesterfield, Camelback ….whoa, the choice is almost limitless & often one is lost selecting which sofa will be “right” for one’s home. Since buying a sofa is a fair amount of investment & stays with you for almost a lifetime it’s important to do a bit of homework before choosing this companion for your home. The next few paragraphs will attempt to provide simple tips on things to consider when deciding the “right” sofa for you. Thematic Alignment:  You would have noticed some homes have a nice warm feel to them and surprisingly,  the reason for it is something that you really cannot pin point – such […]

Villa / Apartment Interior Readiness & Handover Checklist: Things to check on BEFORE you take the formal handover of your dream Apartment or Villa from the builder.

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Lately in a number of my projects I found lacunae left behind by the builder and the customers running around struggling to get these rectified by the builder. To help avoid this run around I have tried to compile a checklist of things below that folks should run through with their builder and rectify BEFORE they take formal possession of the residence. If you find anything missing then please feel free to leave a comment and I will add for the benefit of all our readers Here goes :- DOORS Check for gaps between door frame and wall. Push the frame to see it is anchored firmly Check for hinge fitting, ensure there are screws in each of the screw ports. Check door catcher/ stopper for proper functioning Check door knobs & locks for smooth closure & functioning. ALUMINUM/ UPVC DOORS & WINDOWS Check Lack of alignment if any. Ensure […]

The “missing” REAL value of an interior designer.

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Sometime back on this blog I wrote on a couple of topics, one around whether you really need an interior designer and another on the “design” element in interior design. Interestingly, last night I came across an old TED talk that takes the above expression even further The talk (it’s more of a conversation) is between Saul Wurman (the co-founder of TED) and Frank Gehry one of the legendary architects of our time. The crux of  Gehry’s talk is around the fact that most customers miss out on the real value of an architect. I feel this is something that applies equally to interior design, when the customers expect just “carpentry” while the game is really about personal expression. Gehry says & I quote “Most architects when they present their work — most of the people we know, you get up and you talk about your work, and it’s almost […]

A few photographs of the Eco Package (Budget Interiors) executed recently at Purva Highlands Kanakapura Road, Bangalore

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I wrote about the Eco range of interiors for 2/ 3 BHK apartments sometime back. Here are a few photographs of the Ecopackage executed recently. PS: The photo credit for these go to “yours truly” and to Samsung Cameraphones 🙂 Master Bedroom Wardrobe & Dresser – Purva Highlands  Master Bedroom Wardrobe – Purva Highlands Wardrobe Interior Guest Bedroom Wardrobe – Purva Highlands Wardrobe Interior Purva Highlands Kitchen – Shutters are in Hi Gloss Purva Highlands Kitchen – Another angle Note that the Kitchen, while it looks modular is actually not a “modular” kitchen. It has a hand made carcass and factory made shutters. While this does not give 100% “modularity” it does help bring down the overall cost. To know what a modular kitchen really  is please read http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/06/so-what-is-modular-kitchen-and-some.html Signing off NM PS: If you have a question to ask then please note: On Nov 15th we have launched the Q&A module […]

Master Checklist for Home Interiors: All the things that are part of a complete Home Interior project

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I have often found that a number of things get left out when folks plan interiors for their home. This either leads to a budget creep or a last minute scramble to get everything in order before moving in and some of it gets left out altogether. I have hence tried to compile below a master list of things that one needs to consider during the interior design phase. Am sure I would have missed out a few myself :), so if you do find anything off, do let me know and I will add so that everyone can benefit from it. Here goes Kitchen Cabinets Tall Unit/Pantry Specialty Corner Units (Magic corner, Peanut Corner…) Tiling Countertop Appliances (Hob/Chimney/Dishwasher/Microwave/ Refrigerator) Size of the appliances – for space planning Breakfast Counter/ Island Tall Chairs/ Bar Stools Light based enhancements (LED’s etc) Sink Utility Counter & Sink Plumbing work Storage Units Living/ […]

FAQ’s on Home Interiors in the Comments Section: We crossed 1000 comments this week

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Just to let you know – we crossed the 1000 mark in comments & questions under the 25 posts on this blog. These FAQ’s on home interiors are probably as rich in information and inputs as the posts themselves and the best part is that these have come up through “live” issues & questions raised by “you”. So if you haven’t done so already then I would strongly suggest you browse through the comments section of the posts. Happy Reading NM

My New Logo – The Studio: Homes, Kitchens & Wardrobes

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Finally after long deliberations & doodling with friends and family the logo for The Studio is out…yooohoo 🙂 Based on customer needs, the brand will have 3 ranges of interior options under it 1. The Eco Range – Pocket friendly home interior packages for 2 & 3 BHK apartments 2. The Classic Range – Complete home interiors in good quality material and workmanship 3. The Studio Range – Hi End stuff – Complete Interiors or individual Wardrobes/ Kitchens As always would welcome your feedback and inputs Signing off Nandita

Photographs of my recent Home Interior project at Yelahanka, Bangalore

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It is a beautiful penthouse  – top floor, some 3000 sqft with a huge kitchen, party area and the works. Below are the recent clicks. Nothing starts (and ends) well without the blessings of the almighty This was actually a recess between two pillars in the center of the home and was converted into a divine showcase to bring a feeling of “presence” & “calmness” to the entire home. Looking through the living room into the Kitchen Another angle of the same emphasizing the overall lighting The Sofa Units – from Urban Ladder One of my favorites – got an artist to hand-paint the mirror – it shows maple leaves falling from the top Dum Dum/ Bum Bum of “Night at the Museum” Fame The TV Unit TV Unit – Another shot. Wiring hidden behind the wall panel The Crockery Unit. Breakfast counter in the Kitchen on the right Crockery […]

Home Interiors – Thumbrules for costing based on market rates in Bangalore

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While I have a similar post on “Costing your Woodwork” done earlier on this blog I got your feedback that the earlier post captures a method for costing just the woodwork and not complete interiors, also there is a need for broad thumb-rule costing that is quick and easy. For some time now I have been using some thumb-rules myself whenever I have had inquiries from customers & felt no harm in putting these in the public domain – ofcourse this will have its detractors who may have strong opinions on how “correct” is this model and its output, however having used this model myself for my projects over the last couple of years I can vouch that it gives realistic rupee value estimates that you will end up spending even when executing the work yourself, provided the assumptions and scope (also mentioned below) remain the same. Also, just like […]

The Studio Range of Wardrobes – Frequently Asked Questions

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I have been getting a number of questions from you on the Studio Range of Wardrobes post the launch & though that a FAQ was in order … so here goes. Feel free to ping if you have something that is not already in the Q&A below. Q1. What is The Studio range of Sliding Wardrobes Ans: The Studio is a range of Hi End sliding wardrobes in international finishes and quality. Each Wardrobe is custom built for each individual customer based on his/ her individual taste, lifestyle & requirements Q2: What do you mean by International Finishes & Quality Ans: The Studio range comes in finishes and quality yet seen only in imported wardrobes available in India – this includes 1.       Door options in Hi Gloss, Glass & Mirror 2.       Metallic Edge Handles 3.       Soft Closing 4.       Use of the best sliding system hardware available globally 5.       Top running […]

Sliding Wardrobes Bangalore – Launching “The Studio” Range of Hi End Designer Wardrobes

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Dear readers…this is just a short announcement that I am launching my own range of Hi End DesignerWardrobes under the brand name “The Studio”. While more details will follow (hopefully on a separate site dedicated to the product…still struggling to find a good web designer, any takers 🙂 ?) I did not want to miss the auspicious occasion of Diwali for this soft launch, so please wish me luck 🙂  This endeavor encapsulates the experience and best practices in making sliding door wardrobes learnt over my 6 long years in home making. While each wardrobe under “The Studio” brand will be custom built, it will incorporate best practices such as 1.   Material – BWR Plywood, Hettich Hardware 2.   Finish – In UV Hi Gloss, Glass/ Mirrorred, Veeneers, Duco, Laminates or a combination with metallic edge handles 3.   Practicality & Ease of Use – Dust proofing with dust brushes, customized shelving based on individual lifestyle […]

A Car is not “Just” a Car – The element of “Design” in Interior Design

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The thought and the topic of this post came up during a recent drive to Ooty with my sister’s family. On a sharp turn the car felt as if it would not straighten up, kind of steering on its own & my husband (an automobile engineer by training) commented “Cars that are designed well do not over-steer & this one isn’t (…designed well)”. Don’t expect me to explain what that means as my expertise in automobile engineering is limited to being able to telephone Zakir the mechanic whenever the tyres feel plumpy or the bonnet smoky. Driving with two men who shared common interest on the subject of Cars, the discussion did move further to things that go into hi end automobile design. Here are a few that I learnt – In hi end cars all the 4 wheels turn when you turn the steering to optimize the car’s turning […]

Do You “Really” Need an Interior Designer

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Odd topic you would say, right? You will say “everyone needs a designer provided one can afford it”. You may find it odd hearing this coming from someone from the fraternity (a.k.a. me) that. 1. Not everyone who can afford a designer actually needs one & 2. Every one can actually afford an interior designer Let me explain what I mean. Over the last few years having been in this line & having met & spoken to multitudes of people making their homes I feel one can categorize home makers broadly into the following 3 groups Type 1. Folks who know exactly what they want, have the time and a deep desire to be closely involved in each aspect of home making, love spending their weekends looking out for stuff for their new home & possibly have someone or can themselves supervise daily construction. If you belong to this category […]

Types of Wood & Wood Specifications for Home Interiors

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Over the course of the last few years the maximum number of queries I’ve received from my readers has been around the type of wood to be used and the what wood specification one should look for for different interior applications. While part of the above query is answered in my earlier article on “What Material to use for Woodwork” I guess looking at the number of questions that have come in on the topic there is need for the article to be much more descriptive especially around the type of wood and their specifications. This post will try to do just that, also please read this in conjunction with the earlier post (“What Material to use for Woodwork”) Note: None of the Images below are my own – these have been downloaded either from Wikipedia or other open sources 1) TYPES OF WOOD FOR COMMON WOODWORK PLYWOOD A] PLYWOOD:  Most […]

The “What Material to use for the Kitchen Counter Top” Conundrum. How to decide between Granite, Marble, Corian, Quartz, Acrylic etc.

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A number of folks have been inquiring on what material works best for the kitchen slab. This decision has lately become more complicated due to the different variety available in the market and whether the newer materials available suit our desi style of cooking & handling. To answer this question lets look at each of the materials available and the pros & Cons of each 1. Good Old Granite: ————————————————————– By far the most popular choice, and not without reason. Granite is more or less scratch & stain proof. The only draw back with Granite is the limitation on the colours & shades available. If you are ok with the Henry Ford philosophy of “You can choose any colour as long as its black” then this is the best material for you. One would argue that granite does come in other colours, however my personal view is that the other colours in […]

Feedback from IndiaWood 2012 Exhibition Bangalore

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Folks ….some quick notes from the IndiaWood Exhibition (http://indiawood.com/) that concluded in Bangalore last month. Some interesting findings that you may find useful in your home decoration journey 1. Steel Panels:  Saw some polished steel (etched & mirror finishes) introduced & showcased for interior design needs. Interestingly the vendor (www.Mapple.co.in), who supplies stuff from Haryana is willing to cater to the Home Decor Market (versus the commercial market done by such vendors usually). These sheets have the potential to give pretty exquisite finishes 2. Prices of UV coated MDF boards down:  These are boards that have a hi gloss/ anti scratch finish (http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/343750171/high_gloss_uv_coating_mdf_board.jpg). Some vendors have been passing these off as Acrylyc boards and charging extreme prices. While these were available earlier through grey market imports, now there are reputed Indian companies offering these at a fraction of the cost 3. Ebco – As a strong contender in hardware:  Ebco (www.ebco.in) […]

Home Interiors – Some photographs of my latest project @ Elita Promennade

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Hi, Before I get into the visuals…I have been getting questions on design best practices, materials to be used for interiors etc. from a number of you. This blog already has posts written earlier that answer some of these questions. As a refresher the links are given below. One more thing … the blog archive (Look in the left pane of this page) has more than just what is mentioned below…feel free to browse through the same as well. 1. Choosing the right material for Woodwork – http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html 2. Thumb-rules for Costing & Budgeting for Interiors – http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/08/costing-your-woodwork-do-it-yourself.html 3. Design best practices for making Sliding Wardrobes – http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/07/sliding-wardrobes-do-it-right-first.html 4. Design best practices for building a modular kitchen – http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/06/so-what-is-modular-kitchen-and-some.html ….and finally – here are the photographs…would welcome any bouquets & brickbats 🙂 Thanks NM Elita Promenade – Book Rack & Show Case. The pebbles in the bottom part of the unit are still to […]

Home Design Vaastu Shastra – Episode 2 – Best practices in Kitchen design

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Well….am back after a looooong break. Have been neck deep in work as well as daily household stuff these past few months. One of the most tricky spaces at home in terms of design is the kitchen as it needs to be ergonomic, utilitarian, maximizing storage space as well as good looking all at the same time. The fact that the kitchen has “hot spaces”, “wet spaces”, “work spaces”, “wash spaces”…(I guess you get the idea) complicates the design even further. I am giving below some practical best practices in kitchen design that I have learnt in the course of the last few years I have been in the field, I hope you find these useful 1. Use the right wood & material for the kitchen. For more details refer my earlier post at http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html 2. Ask your builder to give you a raw kitchen – with no tiling or the […]

More Photographs – Latest project at Elita – JP Nagar

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Elita Promenade – Guest BR  Elita Promenade – TV Unit …awaiting the TV 🙂 Elita Promenade – Study Unit Elita Promenade – MBR – Sliding Wardrobe (Read the earlier post on how to make one) Elita Promenade – Self Explanatory Elita Promenade – Kitchen 1/3 Elita Promenade – Kitchen 2/3 – Magic Corner Elita Promenade – Kitchen 3/3 – Full Tall unit on the left, space in the Right side unit is for the dishwasher

Home Interior Vaastu Shastra – Episode One – Master Bedroom

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On looking back at my posts I realized that while I have delved upon the design, engineering & cost aspects of home design, what is missing is something around aesthetics – things like colours, lighting, spaces etc. – a very important ingredient in converting your house into a “home” In the next few posts I will try to cover a kind of a checklist of comon sense things to take into consideration while designing your home from the perspective of pure aesthetics. This is definitely not a “must do” kind of an input as individual tastes & situations will vary, however these checklists will help provide a broad guideline while designing your own home. I am going to break this into 4 parts (Episodes) –  each around Master Bedroom, Childrens Room, Living Room & Kitchen. The first one below is on designing the Master Bedroom A small disclaimer before I start – I am […]

So what is the Right material to choose for Woodwork?

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So you have made your first visit to the market to decide on your interiors, visited @Home, HomeStop, Hometown, Home Center, Nolte, Veneta Cucine, checked out the neighborhood Modular Furniture & Kitchen Wala, spoken to the carpenter who did the house of so and so…….etc. etc……..Means that you are now more confused than you were when you started off, well…. welcome to home making :). In my earlier posts I have tried to help sort this very confusion offering inputs around 1. how to create a budget, 2. what to look for when you are making specialty artifacts like a sliding wardrobe & a modular kitchen. 3. good & reasonable places to shop for interiors in Bangalore. Last week while answering a number of customer queries I realized that I have yet failed to answer one of the fundamental questions that home makers have i.e. with all the choice available […]

Costing your Woodwork – Do It Yourself Tips

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“So how much will it cost”??? — Usually the first question that I get from prospects. While for exact costs you would need the detailed design & probably some professional help, doing a broad estimation is no rocket science & one can do this on her/ his own since woodwork consists of broadly 4-5 elements. 1. The Carcass: The box in other words 2. The Shutter: Called the “Palla” by our carpenter brethren 3. The Hardware: Self explanatory 4. Accessories: All the steel stuff that you will put inside the wardrobe/ box (Tie hangers etc.for wardrobe &  Bottle Pullout, Drip Tray Etc. for kitchen) 5. Labour Now that we have the elements here are the broad costs of each. Keep in mind that what I am mentioning here are thumbrule values and market rates 1. Carcass (Factory Made White Colour): Costs anywhere between INR 350 psft (frontage*) for Particle Board […]

Sliding Wardrobes – “Do it right the first time”

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Sliding door wardrobes seem to be the in thing nowadays especially because they help save valuable space in small rooms that most apartments have and look good at the same time.However when designing sliding systems there are some basic rules that need to be kept in mind & I have found most folks not adhering to these, including sellers of the so called “Imported” readymade wardrobes available in the market today. Here are the ground rules for sliding wardrobe design – this ensures longevity, ease of use as well as safety (you will know what I mean in a few moments) 1. Sliding wardrobe doors (height of 7 – 9 feet) must ALWAYS run on slide fittings having wheels on the TOP of the shutter and NOT at the BOTTOM of the shutter. This means that the door hangs and slides on wheels & runners on the TOP of the […]

Shopping for Interiors?? – Recommended places in Bangalore

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The question about which are the best places to shop for stuff for home interiors in Bangalore has surfaced in multiple discussions with friends, family and clients. Some may say that I am about to reveal a trade secret, however I am a firm believer that knowledge should be free … and available for people to make informed decisions. Money should be made from ideas and implementation of those & not from information. Before we dwell deeper here are some first principles 1. What are given below are my views on the best places that I know of. 2. I am not soliciting business for or from these folks. 3. You might end up with better places to shop than these….if you do then let me know as well 🙂 Okay….back to the meat then Shutters (ready made): For wardrobe & Kitchen: Have found Indoline to be the best in […]

So what is a modular kitchen? …. and some best practices

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I recently came across a customer who was told by his “designer” (more carpenter) that the kitchen he has made for the customer is Modular because … “see it has these steel baskets and I will also put in a magic corner”. Ha, haa I thought, this needs some explanation, why don’t I use this topic as my first post in the blog. So here goes….aaaum ganeshaya namah… With so many scrupulous and un-scrupulous designers, carpenters, interior-walas selling what they call “modular kitchens” these days it is good as a customer to know what exactly is a “Modular Kitchen”. So here it is…. 1. As the name suggests a “Modular” Kitchen consists of modules that are assembled together. Each module consisting of the Carcass (box) and the shutter is independent and can be taken in and out of the full unit separately. This also helps in repair work when the […]