Parineeti Chopra’s Gorgeous Home, designed by Shabnam Gupta

Parneeti’s terrace is for laid back lounging and cheery conversations. Colourful, quirky cushions and interesting centre tables make for a unique setting. Simple home with bursts of colour is what Parineeti wished for, her interior designer Shabnam Gupta, from The Orange Lane gave her just that.

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Shabnam’s Tip, “The table can be lit with kerosene lanterns. Decorate with fairy lights, you can use them on the trees, pergola, etc. Rustic decors usually suit outdoor events really well and they can turn out really great if you pay attention to details. A simple wooden table, some miss-matched chairs and a table runner are enough to create a casual yet chic space.”

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Parineeti’s den is the area she spends most of her time. This area of her home is a mirage of colors. Shabnam took it a notch up with bright cushions in contrasting colors with fun paintings on the wall and made it the most eye-catching, fun room in the house. Shabnam says, “I am a big fan of making full use of the corner space. This could be a little corner in the living room or in the kitchen. It is a great space to unwind after a rough day.”

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Shabnam used royal blue on Parineeti’s balcony to make it enigmatic, added lots of greenery and carefully placed a swing seat to make it a cozy corner. According to Shabnam, ‘The key to create an amazing outdoor space is to have vertical garden & plants. They bring a sense of colour and depth to the space. Decorate the balcony edge with colourful potted plants to give out an air of coziness. You need some seating in order to truly sit back and relax! Place a bench on the side so you can enjoy the view from a stylish resting spot. The simpler they look the cleaner vibe they give.”

Home Profile- For the Love of Dogs

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There are some who hesitate to adopt a pet citing lack of space. And then there is Rubina Dhankar Qadir Din, who insists that her home in Gurgaon belongs to her 46 dogs while she and her husband share the space with them.

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“Life has a strange way of working out.” Rubina says as we meet at her Barsati (terrace), which has been converted to a Living cum Dining space of their house. “I was married and living in Mumbai with my first husband for 14 years. At that point I was a journalist with NDTV and Times now. After my marriage ended I moved to Delhi with my mother and started working with JJ Vallaya as a brand manager,” she continues while sipping her herbal tea. After a few years she moved back and started an ad production company. During this time she dabbled in Interior Design for friends. Finally in 2012 Rubina moved back to Delhi where she met my current husband Abdul Qadir, a fitness instructor and Dog lover as she discovered. “Soon after we started living together in my condo in Gurgaon we started adopting street dogs. No one wanted these dogs and most had terminal illness’s. We started with 12 dogs who have now slowly gone up to 46,”

In the beginning of 2015 they decided to put the condo on rent and look for a larger house with open spaces for the dogs. She shares, “It was getting expensive to take care of them on just my husband’s income so I tried to figure career prospects too. Meanwhile, I put up images of the condo at various sites looking for people to rent.  People started complimented me on the space and design. Soon they started asking me to design their homes.”

The ground floor of the villa was also styled by her, but as the dogs grew in number the space appeared  more lived in. As a result they decided to focus on a living space at the Barsati. The Barsati has two basic rooms, converted as a living and dining area with the open space offering outdoor seating. The two rooms in fact have been left as raw as possible, with just single brick layers of the walls, tin roofs and aluminium doors.

Despite the almost raw sense of style, the space appears inviting. In her own words, “My style is very rustic chic and that is the style I am comfortable with. A lot of the furniture you see here has been designed by me, I believe in reasonably priced furniture but I’ll splurge on accessories. Fortunately my husband is also very house proud. He loves to gift me gorgeous home accents from different designers and stores. As a result, I have a collection of plates from Good Earth and some accessories from Oma. However, the two pieces which have stayed with me from my first house, is the Nepalese Tara statue and the Limited collection Fab India cabinet,” Perhaps due to the overall sense of bareness, we can’t help but notice the trunks. She confesses, “My husband is a hoarder and since the ground floor is devoted to the dogs, we had to find a creative way to store his t-shirts. To find a suitable storage solution, I sourced traditional trunks and made them work as part of the décor.”

Along with the trunk another very noticeable element is mirrors. There are at least three-four in each room along with posters and frame. For Rubina the use of mirrors came naturally, as she loves them, “I think they add character to a space, so I use them a lot. But most people can’t tell how many there are, as I place them in unique ways, each reflecting something unique, for instance the one in the living space reveals the reflection of the chandelier,” she shares.

When she initially started her business, Rubina would request clients to provide dog food as payment for her services. However she soon realised that people could be quite unfair. Sometimes, she would receive only two bags of dog food as payment for the whole house. “That experience shocked me. So now I have a transparent fee structure for my interior styling services. My business really picked up after eight months of styling homes. In fact, now I am tie-ups with different designers such as Sarita Handa, Elvy and so on.” she explains.

With 46 dogs living at home doesn’t entertaining guests pose a unique challenge, we wonder. She agrees, “We used to be sociable, but now with the dogs we rarely go out and even if people come over we hang out at the Barsati. However, my husband and I are both very content with the direction our lives have taken for both us and our babies,”

 

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse Decor Products

Each time we think organic and eco-friendly we instantly think recycled paper, natural fibre like jute and other such material which is branded eco-friendly.All of which sounds good on paper but feels like a very tedious task to actually go ahead and incorporate in our lives. But, doing our bit for nature in terms of recycle and reuse may not necessarily be a tedious task or involve a major change in our lifestyle. Even small things can be done to recycle and revamp our space.

Here are a few examples of how you can reuse and recycle normal household items to revamp your space:

1.Left with single pieces of crockery and cutlery?

  • Fill the soup bowls and cups with wax to make your own candle’s, which can be remade anytime the was gets over. They make great display pieces and can be used on consoles/dining tables. To learn how check here.
  • Single left over forks can make for great note holders. Just hang them in the kitchen wall upside down to make note displays.
  • Left with single pieces of plates, convert them into wall art. Pick a wall in your house to display all these plate

 

2. Want to revamp your furniture?It does not have to be a long and expensive process, a few tricks and you can revamp it on your own

  • To change your headboard, you can use leftover fabric swatches to make a cushioned fabric panel. To see how click here.
  • You can also add fabric or paper at the back of shelves to give a new look to old cupboards and shelves. The same can be done on drawers
  • Cover your side-table top with a coloured mirror, this will instantly make the piece look new and good.
  • Have an old shed door lying around? Use it as a mirror frame and have a beautiful mirror as your living room center piece.

 

3. Other ideas to recycle, reuse and revamp your space

  • Left over wine bottles-Use them as planters and hang them on your balcony (you can do the same with old light bulbs). Else put fairy lights in them and make them a light display in your living room. Finally, you can also coat them with bright paint and use them as a cluster of vases in different colours
  • Make memory jars– You don’t have to spend a bomb to buy expensive accessories for your home. Simple food jars can be filled with momentos of your travels and places together to make interesting accessories, they make for great conversation starters as well
  • Handpainted ceramic tiles-All you need to do is add felt to the bottom and you have beautiful coasters ready for use.
  • Old car tyres– These can be used as base for your patio tables.Place two tyres on each other and keep two such sets at a distance. Simply place a sheet of acrylic on them and you have an outdoor table
  • Art work– This does not have to be an expensive investment, one idea is make panels of various sizes and cover them in fabric them place them on a wall. Else use old greeting cards in floating frames and place them on the wall.

 

 

India Inspired Decor

When we say Indian Interiors, the first thought in everyones mind is large palatial homes with a lot of carved woodwork and mirrors. While that was true till a few years ago, with the coming of nuclear families and smaller homes things have changed. Here are some innovative ideas of how we can incorporate Indian Home decor into our homes.

Colours: India is a land known for a lot of vivacious and bright colours. A great way to incorporate colours into homes is by adding colours like hot pink, turquoise blue and yellow or even jewelled tones like ruby, sapphire and emerald through upholstery like cushions, rugs and throws. An innovative way to add colour is via lots of colourful bottles and maybe even a coloured glass chandelier.

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Prints and Patterns: India has a large variety of prints to choose from; ikat, paisley and bandhini are just some assorted styles. Instead of just going for printed upholstery, we have the options of Indian print tiles, wallpaper and even crockery. Just incorporate a few of these into your homes for that Indian touch.

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Metals: India is known for its vast use of metals like silver, gold, copper and brass. You can get in some metal artefacts, light fittings and even jars and cutlery

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Woodwork: While heavy, carved furniture and was a norm till the 90’s, the increase in wood prices and small home spaces has made it impractical to have heavy furniture. Now a great way to incorporate wood work is though lattice print screens in the backdrop instead of a wall paper or even as a partition. If possible it could also make an interesting ceiling

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Art and Sculptures: With its vast history and mythology, Indian art works and sculptures make for an artists dream. You can add a variety of Indian God statues, or even go in for traditional Indian artwork replicas like Tanjore paintings, Madhubani Painting or even miniature paintings. Or try to get statement light fittings inspired by India

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Flowers: A great addition to Indian homes is typical Indian flowers like Marigold, Indian Roses and Jasmines to your living room. They look fresh and all have a lovely smell

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Do let me know how these tips work out for transforming your room to and Indian Inspired room.

 

Monsoon Makeover Tips By D’Decor

Monsoon is a great time to give your abode a practical yet vibrant makeover. D’Decor, provides some useful tips and trends to re-invent your home décor this Monsoon.
With plenty of black and grays outside, it is a definite no-no for the interiors. Whites and creams can also be avoided as they get difficult to maintain, especially if you have kids in the house.Monsoon calls for warm and bright colors such as ochre, coral, shades of red or neon pastels.  Lend a refreshing change to your home décor with vibrant colors, quirky printed fabrics and accessories to add a touch of liveliness.

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Tropical dreaming. Styled by Ruth Welsby

With overcast skies, one would need whatever light that can enter the home to enhance the bright colors and reflective surfaces. Use light cotton or sheer curtains or blinds which do not have lining, to allow sufficient light to enter the room, yet providing the privacy needed.

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Image @ D’ Decor

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Small colorful cotton rugs and mats are a surely recommended as add ons, so that one can clean their feet before jumping on the bed. Keep the bed clean as well as dry, such that you do not need to change the linen frequently. Cover the beds during the day with bed-covers made from blended fabrics and sit back and enjoy the pleasant weather!

Sparkling Swarovski

Swarovski is the premium brand for the finest crystal embellishments since 1895. It is recognized for its innovative excellence, flair for trends, and its collaborations with top class designers and brands across the globe. Swarovski crystals have become a glamorous ingredient in chandeliers, floor panels, wall panels, building elements like door handles, soft furnishings, furniture and lifestyle décor accessories.

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Swarovski Studded Mirror Frame
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Swarovski Studded Door Handle

Today Swarovski leads the way forward working closely with industry experts including Anvi, Bharat Potteries, Carpet Couture, Dorset, GM Modular, Golden Lights, JJ Valaya,Luxaddi, Shimera, Stanley, Studio Plus, Tattva (Mukul Goel), Tilt (Mike Foley). These partners showcased innovative designer interior solutions like crystal inlays in marble and wood, decorative electric switches, crystal studded couture carpets and shimmering chandeliers.The precious ingredients used in the fashion, jewelry, accessories, interior and lighting industries can be recognized by the Swarovski seal.With its sophisticated design features, such as the hologram effect and tracking number, the seal serves as a certificate of authenticity that identifies products embellished with genuine Swarovski crystals.

As noted at the India Design 2015 from February 13-15, 2015 at NSIC grounds Okhla, New Delhi.

Chic and Stylish: Aloft Hotel, Bengaluru

It seems it has been ages since I went out of town and enjoyed a holiday. Now the secret about me is that half my purpose of going out of town is the hotel stay, so imagine my joy when I got an opportunity to visit Aloft Bengaluru, a funky and quirky new Hotel.The second you enter the Hotel you are greeted by an airplane of the ceiling. This instantly piques your interest while the hotel’s stylish urban design, buzzing bar and vibrant social scene is set to make Aloft the hottest destination in this fast growing market.Front desk, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Cessna on the ceiling, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park boasts atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle, read, work or play a game of pool at the Re:mix lounge or grab a drink and enjoy “Live @ Aloft Hotels” that showcases live band performances by emerging artists at the signature wxyz bar.

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Spacious loft inspired guest rooms feature the brand’s signature 9 feet high ceilings, oversized windows, an ultra-comfortable platform bed and walk-in showers with Bliss Spa® bath amenities. Designed for the millennial traveler in mind, Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park offers fast and free WiFi throughout the hotel.  Each room is equipped with a unique plug-and-play connectivity solution that connects most electronic devices to the 42’’ LED TV, turning the room into a high-tech office as well as an entertainment centre.

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Bedroom, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inRecreational facilities at the hotel include Re:charge fitness centre and Splash pool. You can get a quick foodie fix at Re:fuel by Aloft, a one-stop, 24-hour grab-and-go food and beverage area or enjoy a leisurely meal at the hotel’s urban cool café style restaurant, Nook.Nook, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inThe hotel offers 10,050 square feet of meeting space with largest banquet hall being 411 square meters, 7 tactic meeting rooms equipped with the latest generation of audio-visual hardware and an outdoor terrace Backyard providing the perfect creative spaces for business meetings or social gatherings.Remix, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inPrice starting from Rs 6499/- plus taxes inclusive of breakfast Sunday to Thursday and Rs 5489/- plus taxes inclusive of breakfast on Friday and Saturday. SPG members, Starwood Hotels’ award winning loyalty program earn double StarPoints on this offer.

For more information call 18002582516 or log on to www.alofthotels.com/cessnabusinesspark.

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New Launch: “Vintage” by La Sorogeeka

La Sorogeeka, the modern, luxurious interiors brand brings an exquisite collection “VINTAGE” for your lounge area. This new collection brings back the magic of yesteryear designs, inspired by charisma of the golden period, the setup exhibits the designs and patterns for your lounge area which takes you to the era of palaces.

Vintage, La Sorogeeka, www.stylecity.in

Vintage, La Sorogeeka, www.stylecity.in

The setup showcases royal opulence, where each product defines sophistication, be it an iceberg design sofa, matt gold cushions, bronze side tables, or chairs in royal design; each product exudes majesty and radiates richness. The special attraction is the dining area, which is made of crushed banke and a pleated fabric with extra-long cushions highlighted along with multi colored embroidered seats stools. Admirable Koftakri and tigri work on sofas and iceberg designs takes you to the era of forts and glass work on the table gives imperial look to the lounge. Every product defines royalty. Each product in vintage collection gives the antique touch to the lounge area. Bright shades of blue and green are used in cushions to give a warm and peaceful feel to the lounge.La Sorogeeka, which  is renowned for its crafted luxury furniture with innovative design and best quality, has invented  a new way as Asia’s biggest one stop destination for luxury interior decor. So head to La Sorogeeka and bring the royalty in your house.

Address: 306, Second Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Rd, VasantKunj II, New Delhi, DL 110070
Phone:  011 – 41070607
Price of the products is on request

Style Picks: Unusual Staircases

By Isha Marwaha

When someone says “staircase” You always imagine some old and boring staircase which we all know and are seeing since our childhood.But why not go beyond that?Here are some amazing and incredible designs of staircases which you would like to build in your home to give your house a fancy look!

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Store Watch: Room Therapy, Hyderabad

The narrative is colourful with distinct Indian and globally influenced echoes. This is exactly the story that Sona Reddy’s store – Room Therapy tells. A step in and the stunning décor will surely have you drooling. Nestled in Hyderabad’s prime area of Jubilee Hills, the store stretches to an area of 3000 sq ft.”When I first designed the store, the first few things that came to my mind was to make it connect with the senses- a space that smells good, feels good and overall a visual feast to the eye” – Sona Reddy

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The store designed by Sona herself has interiors that project subtle yet interesting look. East meets west with interesting feature walls, high ceilings, iron Corinthian pillars and industrial chandeliers, lights and accessories – all are customized by her. A quick glance and you will notice numerous feature walls – each done with distinctive elements that create a statement in itself. One of the walls – almost 12ft high, adorns old drawers as shelves with varied décor products on display. The main chandelier at the entrance is made of mesh and 300 bulbs- not only is it striking, it emulates what Room Therapy is all about. Another interesting thing is that she has documented the construction and the interiors with time lapse. So the whole process has been recorded!

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

With constant new additions, Room Therapy offers a product range that can instantly add character and personality to every room in your home. Crafted to suit distinctive needs, the store has decorative accents to flaunt across varied categories. There are a variety of wall décor pieces, candle holders, figurines, art, functional décor, vases, plants and garden accessories, which can blend well with any décor style. For the floor, you will find rugs that are available in varied styles and designs – contemporary, weaves and traditional. Amidst the furniture category, are chairs, consoles, coffee-tables and chests that can give a classic touch to a space, while keeping it subtle. All these products are mainly designed and manufactured in various parts of the country along with selected destinations abroad.