Year: 2020

The Interior Designer – it’s not just the person stupid – it’s the team.

If you have not seen the “matka painting” pictures on our facebook page then do click here to check them out, I’ll then tell you what this pot painting has got to do with our topic here today The Matka painting was a part of a larger design project for a traditional themed space that we had taken up. The painter who was given the job is a top hand in wood polishing and coating work but when it comes to the Matka, even the most able hands start to shiver & stutter. So, sensing Ramkumar’s distress & lack of confidence to get the output I needed, I sat down beside him and started doing part of the painting myself, shortly after, our supervisor Vignesh dropped in (the one in black with the dancing figures is partly his creation) and within the next couple of hours the three of us, […]

Future Interior Designers – Join our Internship Program in Bangalore starting Jan 2021

We are shaking off the Covid stupor and launching our Internship program for 2021. Interested 3rd year Interior Design Students can apply at hr@thestudiobangalore.com. Details are below ————————————————————————————————- Design Internship Opportunity with The Studio by Nandita Manwani The Studio is a Designer Led Interior Design firm in Bangalore founded by Nandita Manwani. Nandita has been actively promoting design as a key element of change in one’s life and lifestyle since the last 10 years of her Interior Design Practice. Her design blog is amongst the most followed blog on Interiors in India and has helped over a million home makers plan and make their new homes. The Studio is currently on the look out for Interns to help with its plans of expanding the Practice across Bangalore and in areas such as décor and furniture. Students who can give serious and full-time effort for 3 – 4 months need only […]

The Interior Designer Called Pinterest

Over the last few months, I have had several conversations with customers about Pinterest. The most interesting one was with a lady who was looking for complete redesign and rework – she  had given photos downloaded from Pinterest to a carpenter and now that everything was ready, the family did not really like the output and was looking to redo everything. There was another who got the wardrobes made ditto like the one in a Pinterest image, the construction was done in a modular furniture factory. When the Wardrobes were delivered it was found that the door frames of the room were not large enough to bring the wardrobe inside – they had to cut some of the panels, bring it inside the room and rebuild the wardrobe. There are many such fiascos that Pinterest the interior designer has been responsible for. Unassuming customers see something that looks great in […]

Be Proud to be You

Lifestyle based interior design…Going beyond just making a style statement A couple of incidents in these past few months set me thinking deeper on the subject of lifestyle based interior design and what it really really means on the ground and at the time of planning and execution. While the idea of Lifestyle based design has been ingrained in the way we do things at The Studio, its understanding, and why it is so critical and key to the entire design and creation process is something, I believe, that  is still not not well understood and appreciated by most home makers.  I’ve had many customers tell me that all they want is for their home to look like a hotel and everyone who comes should say WOW with their jaws hanging down. There have been others who’ve asked us to use the most expensive stuff available in the market, for […]

Lockdown & “Home work”

I was wondering what to write next, sitting home under lockdown when my daughter recommended why not write something on what folks should do for home improvement now that Modiji has bound all of us down by another three weeks. Great idea I thought, rather get people to do something productive than twiddle their thumbs and wonder what next. On doing some research I find that there is some good stuff that has already been written on home improvement and maintenance on this blog itself over the last 9 years. Hence, first I am reposting links to these earlier posts. Once you have gone through the same, please comment and provide feedback on any specific topics that you would like me to cover, shall look forward. Here are the links to the earlier posts on the subject of Home Improvement & Maintenance https://thestudiobangalore.com/blog/2016/07/maintenance-tips-to-keep-your-home.html https://thestudiobangalore.com/blog/2015/08/tips-and-tricks-to-convert-your-rental.html Happy reading Cheers Nandita Nandita is […]

Natural Stone Finish for Walls: Stacking Stone and Newer Alternatives

Stacking stone and stone in general has been extremely popular with home makers and home interior design in general across Bangalore. Till a few years back almost two thirds of customers I met wanted some kind of a stone structure in their home – be it a highlight wall or a water body. Installing stone involved a fair amount of work and needed specialist skills. Over time there are easier alternatives that have been introduced, I myself was introduced to some of these interesting new options by an OEM manufacturer some days back and thought of penning them down in a blog post as this topic will be of interest to most readers. Option 1: Stacking Stone: Though installation of stacking stone is not inherently difficult, it definitely is messy and needs specialized skills. The good part of stacking stone is that the finish is exactly the same as the […]