Whenever we think of luxury we automatically start assuming expensive. While a lot of rich a luxurious products do fall in the higher price bracket, you can easily create a luxurious atmosphere with a few simple tips without burning a whole in your pocket
Scented Candle Jars
These come in various materials from stone to ceramic. You can get a metal jar or marble jar and place it on your console or side table for your chic update.
While real Fur is a big NO-NO, Faux Fur if used properly can make a space look cozy and luxurious. If you are not ready to commit to a big throw, you can always add elements like fur cushions or fur seats.
Coffee Table Books
These are a Stylist’s go too. The trick is to get the right colours to go with your interior. Monochromes are safe while a bright red or blue can add a touch of colour
Semi- Precious Stones
And no I don’t mean just wear them. You can get stunning Home decor products like coasters and door knobs in stones like Agate and Rose Quartz. These look luxurious and add a touch of class!!
While the opinion in India seems to be divided about linen bedding, with some people feeling it might get hot, there is no doubt that linen bedding spells luxury and coziness. Also the beautiful colours would add richness to any bedroom.
I am an Interior Stylist from India with over 10 years of Work experience with magazines like Elle Decor, BBC Good Homes, Casaviva etc, I run a blog http://www.stylecity.in and most recently was the creative head for home and lifestyle in an e-commerce company. I have recently Launched The Pink Elephant India.
With my brand, The Pink Elephant, I am hoping to reach out to decorators, stylists & people from across the world and source products for them. I normally find products from various thrift stores and export houses which I will regularly publish on my Facebook page @thepinkelephantindia. The products are cost effective as they don’t need to be purchased in bulk.
Recognised as part of the artistic and architectural patrimony of all humanity Venice is one place worth getting lost in. Giving one a real experience of the city, Noida witnesses India’s first Venetian Theme based mall, TheGrandVenice.
This tourist Destination in Delhi – NCR, brings to life a perfect blend of Magic, Mystery, Romance with Architecture of Venice. Spread across 3.2 million square feet, themall gives a distinctly Venetian feel to visitors inspired by themalls based on ‘European Concept’ in Las Vegas and Macau. One can find a replica of Leaning Tower of Pisa, Julius Caesar, and attractive Gondola Boat Rides on water canals built inside themall and attractive light towers. The mall also offers Musical fountains and Venetian architecture that one can enjoy within Delhi.
Gérard Faivre Paris transforms Parisian apartments and properties as ready-to-live works of art. Based on the pillars of comfort, luxury and originality, Gérard Faivre’s ‘Art Homes’ have revolutionised the Parisian property market. To transform each property into an original work of art, Gérard Faivre takes his inspiration from the soul of each home. Depending on its atmosphere, the designer develops the perfect decor and fills it with works of art, tailor-made creations and vintage furniture.
Transforming old apartments into prestigious homes is one of Gerard Faivre’s main talents. Beyond the decoration, each home is also equipped with electronic equipment and home automation systems. A recent addition to his ‘Art Homes’ portfolio, this apartment was conceived as a ready to live in pied-a-terre with the view of Arc de Triomphe. This particular apartment boasts of three lavish suites, a trio of living rooms and a sleek marble kitchen. In this home Faivre manages to create the perfect balance between clean modernism and contemporary artwork. The smooth grey tones used in the furniture and on walls balance perfectly the bold artistic elements like lighting, carpets, fireplace and painting which are eye-catching and bring a designers touch to the space.
Gérard Faivre Paris offers the opportunity to move into an exceptional residence without the usual constraints, which also include a dedicated concierge service similar to those found in the best Parisian Five-star hotels.
In the recent edition of Milano Design Week, SICIS presented its own unique vision of interior décor: contamination of styles and a balanced inspiration between classical and contemporary that offer ambiences of sophisticated comfort and elegance.
A large residence welcomed the guests: each of the ten rooms, built and furnished according to a specific mood had been tailored on the market’s demand of originality, quality and completeness. The house opened to visitors as a magical entry, reproducing designs of the famous eighteenth century Japanese painter, Ito Jakuchu. They had thus been able to show the versatility of the VETRITE, a new and innovative covering material, used for floors and walls, to clad an entire wardrobe or a wellness room but also for exclusive panels with artistic mosaic, or table tops and other furniture.
They had focused particular attention on the upholstered pieces, creating a series of proposals that best express the renewed textile collection TESSERE. Eclectic and harmonious, elegant and sophisticated is the style that the Company feels is its own and this year they have been able to share the same with visitors.
StudioCREO offers a unique and personal blend of furniture, lighting, flooring and home accessories from some of the most iconic Italian brands. With a minimalistic touch to works of art & design StudioCREO brings together inspirational and eclectic collections in a visually stimulating environment. Simple functionality, considered design and the latest innovation are the foundation of their philosophy.
The most recent highlighted collection is Nikoo Interiors, a carefully curated selection of furniture from Italy. The products are designer pieces from reputed brands such as Le Comfort, MAB, Calligaris, Ditre Italia, Tumidei and Midj, Diemmebi, Connubia amongst others. The quality promised by each brand is to reckon with for a luxury experience. In addition to easing the process of having this furniture, Nikoo Interiors also provides design assistance to select and customise the look customers aspire for. These products are designed in such a manner that they utilise space in the most effective manner. The pieces are light-weight and are accessibly priced, making home styling within reach.
Visit Studio CREO E-52, New Manglapuri, Mandi Road, New Delhi 110030 Contact: 011- 46002100
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
Diwali is a festival of love and warmth that gets even more sparkling with the magic of diyas that light up the horizon. Diwali also brings together family and friends for celebration, cards parties and dinner. So this Diwali indulge yourself further by turning your diwali into a special decor moment.
For colours we recommend you either stick to traditional hues of sindoor red, haldi yellow and rani pink but in a complete modern avatar, keeping the prints simple and classy. Reflect the festive spirit on your dinner table as well. Go in for dinner ware that reflects the oriental sensibility, blend the two traditional hues of gold and silver to add panache to the celebratory meal…..Like making the tone on tone flower setting in a precious silver vase, a treat for the eye. Also set a colour coded card table infused with the sheen of silver. Strew an array of rich, colourful cushions to sink in and enjoy the gambling. Serve smartly in crystal and silver bowls.
Food Indian mithais are so integral to the Diwali experience. Set the spread well. Cover the table with a rich textile that you fetch from your treasure trove…A brocade silk throw will work as well. Spread small, silver foiled pieces of mithais made of dry fruits—they look the prettiest on a precious silver platter or brass platters. Add marigolds, the most auspicious flowers to lend a sense of vibrancy to this yummy setting.
DIY Not all the décor changes need to be expensive. As much as we discourage bursting of fire-crackers, we love using them in décor. Stack a bunch of silver ‘phooljaris’ in flower vases along with actual flowers. Use old Diwali cards for a collage and place them on cards tables with lamination on top. This looks festive and is cheaper than more expensive table cloths. Don’t just use fairy lights for windows, use them is vases to create inexpensive lamps, use them along the table runner to give a Diwali effect. Be careful though, they get hot so use the ones with fabric coverings.
Mostly be safe and have fun. A very Happy and Prosperous Diwali to you!
Mirrors can be used for a lot of significant roles in the home. It is not vanity alone, mirrors make for great statement pieces and are a great decor accessory which can add flair to any room. There are tons of ways you can use mirrors to enhance your space, here are a few.
Create Illusion– Yup! Mirrors are a great way to create illusion of space or make a dark room seem brighter. Have an entire wall cladded with mirror if you have a small space and want to create illusion of space. To increase brightness, go in for a large decorative mirror on the wall opposite the light source. It will reflect the light and add brightness to the room. Wall Art– If your budget does not allow you to invest in expensive art work, mirrors work as great statement pieces. Get a large mirror with an elaborate frame and place it above a console in the living room or hall. Another idea is to put mirrors of different sizes in different shaped frames on a wall in either of the two rooms. Another way, create an antiqued mirror wall and then hang smaller mirrors in various frames on the wall. Dramatic Statement– Instead of hanging the mirror or mirrors on a wall, you can also place a large mirror with a carved frame on the floor. This is perfect for the Dining room and Living room. But be careful while angling the mirror so it shows only the best reflection in the room. If you really want to experiment you can also have the ceiling covered in mirrors or mirror mosaics. In the bathroom, why not have a dramtic mirror placed above the Bathtub instead of just the washbasin. Out of the Box– Besides the wall mirrors can also be used as accessories. Create a tray out of an old mirror, or use mirror to clad old furniture, for instance the top of a coffee table or side table. Think convex mirrors in various sizes instead of usual flat ones to give the space an attractive appeal. DIY Ideas– To give an old mirror a new lease to life, you can do some stencil work and paint a border around the mirror. Or wrap a ribbon around the frame. Another suggestion, stick small mirror pieces or shells on the frame.More ideas here
Even though I am not superstitious, atleast no more than the average person, I still feel there is no harm in listening to what Feng Shui has got to say about the placement of mirrors. Since mirrors play a large part in Feng Shui “cure”. (Inputs courtesy http://www.feng-shui-vibes.com/feng-shui-mirror.html)
Choose clear, non-distorted mirrors (no ripples) and no mirror tiles. Tiled mirrors break up energy and add confusion to the reflected image.
Clean your mirrors frequently to ensure a clear image.
Make sure that your mirrors reflect beautiful surroundings. Position mirrors to pick up pleasing views of the outdoors whenever possible.
Place a Foyer Mirror to the side of the Front Door – never directly across from the Front Door. A mirror placed across from the Front Door represents strong repelling energy and can push anyone entering there right back out the door!
Place square & rectangle shapes for balance; Octagonal shapes for power; Circular shapes for unity.
Hang high enough to see your entire head; no chopped heads or the viewer may be challenged with a negative self-image.
Place behind the Kitchen stove. A mirror hung behind the stove top burners magnifies Wealth.
While working in the Kitchen, the cook should be in the Command Position, that is, able to see all entrances. If the cook’s back is to a Kitchen door, hang a mirror over the cook’s workspace so that anyone coming through the door can be seen right away.
Use sparingly in the Bedroom for better sleeping; cover at night if the mirror is large or placed on your path to the bathroom.
Avoid hanging mirrors directly across from each other.
Hang above your desk or computer if your back is facing a door.
Decorative mirrors are most effective when placed in a positiion to capture the reflection of a beautiful scene or object. With careful Bagua irror placement, you can enjoy a lovely view twice – the actual image and its framed reflection
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.