Year: 2015

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 […]