Year: 2013

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 […]