home interior best practices

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 […]

The Culture of Space

I have written about designing homes based on lifestyle of the inhabiting family, today I want to turn that concept around and discuss how design helps create a certain culture of space that influences how people live and behave in that space. The Interaction of life and design is something like a vicious circle, a yin & yang with each counter-influencing the other. While the concept of designing based on lifestyle and culture is a fairly well detailed and a researched concept, the counter effect of Design on the lifestyle and the culture that it creates is a topic that is still in its nascence, especially within the interior design fraternity. Take this example – we were recently travelling from Bangalore to Delhi, the flight landed at the famed terminal 3 and one could easily sense the efficiency of the terminal. If you’ve travelled via Delhi’s terminal 3 you would […]

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 work, it has gone through multiple iterations and incorporates the learnings from multiple projects over the years. If you choose to follow this for your home then you will have to do one thing back for me – make sure that you provide your feedback on whether this helped you. […]

Interior Design Masterclass on Home Lighting & Automation

We are all set to host our second Residential Interior Design Masterclass – this one will be on Home Lighting and Automation. See additional details below and if you are interested in attending then please register asap as we have capacity to host not more than 10 families. Do help spread the word as well by sharing this post so that others  making their homes may benefit from this workshop. Cheers Nandita Masterclass Details: Our second Masterclass on Residential Interior Design Best Practices will cover Home Lighting and Automation. With a select audience of home-makers we will go through 1. Mood based Lighting – How lighting affects moods and illuminance 2. Types of lighting & importance of layering of lighting 3. How to make arrangement for lighting during the construction phase 4. Types of light fittings and which to use where 5. Actual hands on demo of Home Automation and […]