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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

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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. So, without further ado … here goes Laminate Finish: This is by far the most common finish available in the market primarily due to the ease of application of laminate on plywood. Almost all factory-made modular furniture available in the Bangalore today is made in laminate. This is because factory […]

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 just Lacquered) available in the Bangalore market today. This includes Regular mirror: Tinted mirror (Grey, Golden etc.), Tinted plain glass (similar to tints for car glass) Ready made lacquered glass (which is basically painted glass) – available in both gloss and matte finishes Switchable Glass: Glass that can be converted […]

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 from that exercise and am glad to announce new package rates from The Studio for Interiors in Bangalore. The 2 BHK package starting at 6 lac includes just about everything needed to experience and get a feel of quality home interiors and not just what you might call the tail […]

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. Having seen MDF warp, bend and puff up with even a hint of water on it my first reaction was experiment first hand how the material will behave when exposed to water. So here is what I did. Dipped it in water for 2 – 3 minutes and let it […]

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 The 5 simple steps to choosing the right wall to hang your precious art 1. Direction of Light: A room filled with loads of natural light is obviously the best  for enjoying your art. That said its very important that we also consider the direction of the light entering the room […]

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 finishing is done in a factory polymer shutters are seamless with no edges showing and the shutter looks like one solid block. The manufacturing process also allows for innovative stuff like integrating the handle within the shutter etc. I am in the process of testing the product’s capability to […]

“The Google of Home Designing” – First ever Masterclass on Best Practices in Residential Interior Design in Bangalore

Finally did it!!! yoo hooo. This Nov the 17th our objective was to go beyond the written word on this blog and do an actual show and tell of Residential Interior Design Best Practices in front of home makers at our experience centre. We spent a month collecting & preparing samples of material, paintwork, finishes etc. On top of that the experience center is wired to customize lighting based on different moods, moments and times of the day to showcase the importance of lighting in interior design – we put all this together and more as part of the Masterclass to some raving reviews from the audience … here is one   “Your session provided important insights into various aspects of interior designing like the right material to choose for woodwork, different types of lighting, painting process, common mistakes, key design elements to take care for “second childhood friendliness”, wardrobe […]

The Home Makers Guide to Painting your Home in Bangalore – An Interior Designers Perspective

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This has been a topic that a number of readers of this blog have been requesting for since quite a while. Was finally able to pen this down over the weekend. Painting of the home has been a major area of grouse and confusion for home owners. Grouse because vendors have started charging per sqft. rates and no longer work on a labour only basis. Due to this overall costing has sky rocketed. And Confusion because there is too much choice in paints and wall finishes available in the market – much more than what an average human mind can evaluate & fathom. The increasing cost of paint has made options of good quality wallpapers viable adding further to the confusion on whether to use paint or wallpaper. Net-net customers are struggling to balance their budgets with the coats of Putty, Primer, Paint and Paper that it will take to […]

Furniture for Home Interiors – The Build versus Buy dilemma & the changing role of the Interior Designer.

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With the unorganized furniture retail market in India touching approx. $20 Billion, early bird online furniture retailers like Pepperfry, Urban Ladder as well as organized furniture retailers such as Lifestyle, Hometown, @ Home & Evok etc. have been busy tightening their supply chain, product designs and quality to capture a fair share of this huge market. IKEA’s phased entry over the next 2 years will signal the second wave of this market consolidation. To the common home maker while this adds the much-needed choice of furniture and ease of purchase, it brings with it a dilemma – whether to build the furniture or to buy it outright. The question we are trying to answer in this blog post today is whether the good old days of the “family carpenter” shaving the wood away for months to get the home ready for the family really numbered*? … That comment brings back […]

The DIY Interior Designer Series Bangalore: Home Interior Design Best Practices Revisited

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This blog is now over 7 years old and over these years a lot of what I have written about in the initial years has evolved – things like interior design practices, new materials available in the market for home interiors, cost of materials, places to shop for interior work etc. Also, while on this 7 year journey even I have learnt through customers, your own feedback through this blog and my practice in Bangalore. I am therefore updating some of the most read and relevant articles on this blog so that these reflect the interior design best practices and needs of today incorporating the best of what I have learnt as a practicing Interior Designer in Bangalore over the last 7 years. In the first of this series of articles…am calling it the “DIY Interior Designer Series”… below is the updated article on Sliding Door Wardrobe design best practices […]

Some pictures of Interior work done at Salarpuria Greenage

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Some pictures that my client sent me last week of an interior project I did at Salarpuria Greenage nearly 3 years back. Great to see that the home still looks to be in top shape. Have also posted these to the FB page https://www.facebook.com/homedesignbangalore Living Room Design TV Unit Design Crockery Unit Design Pooja Unit Kitchen Children’s Room Design Crockery Unit Design Living Room & False Roofing Design Wardrobe Design

Additional Home Interior Photographs of interiors done at Concorde Napa Valley Villas in Bangalore

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Additional Pictures of Home Interior Design & Turnkey Interiors at Concorde Napa Valley Bangalore. These have been taken in daylight to reflect the true colours of the home Living Room Design Living Cum Dining Room Living Cum Dining Room – Another view Crockery Unit Dining Area Dining Area – Another view The way up Decor Living Room Textured Wall Pooja Unit Bed Room Design Bedroom Another view Wardrobe Living Room – Another view TV Unit – Awaiting the TV Kitchen Kitchen – Another view

Maintenance tips to keep your home running like a well oiled machine

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  Here is something that I had written sometime back that saw the light in Deccan Herald today for the benefit of the many who are yet to be readers of this blog :). As always the unedited, uncensored and the full version of the article is below for the special ones who follow this blog … hee. Would welcome thoughts comments and feedback especially on this one as I am sure each person, especially the women, have their own household tips and tricks to keep the home spotless and well groomed. Home Interior Maintenance Tips After spending a bomb on interiors it’s appalling to see things starting to fall apart even before the home celebrates its second birthday. The simple maintenance tips below will help you keep your interiors in top shape and you feeling great about your now not so new but “matured” home The essential “Yearly” carpenter […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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/ […]

Photographs of my recent Home Interior project at Yelahanka, Bangalore

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It is a beautiful penthouse  – top floor, some 3000 sqft with a huge kitchen, party area and the works. Below are the recent clicks.   Nothing starts (and ends) well without the blessings of the almighty This was actually a recess between two pillars in the center of the home and was converted into a divine showcase to bring a feeling of “presence” & “calmness” to the entire home. Looking through the living room into the Kitchen Another angle of the same emphasizing the overall lighting The Sofa Units – from Urban Ladder One of my favorites – got an artist to hand-paint the mirror – it shows maple leaves falling from the top Dum Dum/ Bum Bum of “Night at the Museum” Fame The TV Unit TV Unit – Another shot. Wiring hidden behind the wall panel The Crockery Unit. Breakfast counter in the Kitchen on the right […]

Home Interiors – Some photographs of my latest project @ Elita Promennade

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Hi, Before I get into the visuals…I have been getting questions on design best practices, materials to be used for interiors etc. from a number of you. This blog already has posts written earlier that answer some of these questions. As a refresher the links are given below. One more thing … the blog archive (Look in the left pane of this page) has more than just what is mentioned below…feel free to browse through the same as well. 1. Choosing the right material for Woodwork – http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html 2. Thumb-rules for Costing & Budgeting for Interiors – http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/08/costing-your-woodwork-do-it-yourself.html 3. Design best practices for making Sliding Wardrobes – http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/07/sliding-wardrobes-do-it-right-first.html 4. Design best practices for building a modular kitchen – http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/06/so-what-is-modular-kitchen-and-some.html ….and finally – here are the photographs…would welcome any bouquets & brickbats 🙂 Thanks NM Elita Promenade – Book Rack & Show Case. The pebbles in the bottom part of the unit are still to […]