Year: 2014

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