Year: 2019

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]