Party Decor ideas for Diwali

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.

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Colours

Table SettingFor 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.

Femina 2012
Femina 2012

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!

By Kashvi Mahajan

Create Hotel style at home

I love staying in hotels. I do. For me that can be a major high or low point in my travel plan depending on how good or bad my accommodation is. I just love the attention to every small detail that is given from the welcoming way you are greeted at the door, to the perfectly made bed, to the beautifully arranged flowers. I can just go on and on.  Some of my exceptional experiences has been with properties under the Small Luxury hotels of the world (SLH) profile.  Small Luxury Hotels of the World has got some of the finest small independent hotels in their portfolio. From cutting edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansion, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, SLH offers only the best. Well as luck would have it SLH team has gone behind the scene at a number of their properties and got us tricks on how to create the hotel experience at home. Here are a few of the tips they have shared with us;

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1. How to create a stylish vase of flowers

2. How to draw the ultimate relaxing bath

3. How to mix a spot on Martini

4. How to choose art to compliment your space

5. How to create your own home Spa

6. Create a Romantic evening and serve wine like a Sommelier

Wedding Gifting

Everyone loves Wedding season. Wedding time is the perfect time to dress up in the finest clothes, jewellery and party away to glory. But nothing is more scary than gifting. At least for me there is a constant battle between, giving money or gift cards (which i feel is too impersonal) and sticking the newly married with crockery. So here are a few options I scoured through and found for the upcoming wedding season. See if these help you

  1. Gorgeous curtains from D’decor, for the newly weds house

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2. Luxury dinnerware from Arttdinox

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3. A unique Ganesha Idol from 2Divine- The Lifestyle Temple 2Divine - The Lifestyle Temple (3)

4. Anything from the Matte collection by Le Creuset

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5. Time piece by Frazer and Hawz Frazer and Haws - Wall Art Timepiece Starburst

6. An interesting coffee table book or a compilation of Photo prints

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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.

Swarovski Studded Mirror Frame
Swarovski Studded Mirror Frame
Swarovski Studded Door Handle
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.

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

Beauty Ritual: The Imperial Salon, New Delhi

Ritual: Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,90 minutes, Rs.3,200++
Location: The Imperial Salon, New Delhi

The Imperial Hotel, which in my opinion is the epitome of luxury, now introduces a large variety of luxurious skin and hair treatments at the Imperial Salon. These include Kerastase Ladies Hair and Nail treatments, Signature facials with Natura Bisse Products, Bridal Preparations, Nair Art and Nail Care along with OPI, Special treatments for male grooming needs and a retail shop for all Homecare products.

Ladies Salon entrance, Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in

My love for the Imperial Hotel, its Old world charm and exclusive services is very well known, which is why I never turn down an invite from them and am never disappointed. This time was no different as I tried out their Elixir Ultime 24 Carats ritual. The idea behind this treatment is to provide shine, nourishment, protection and resistance for the hair. This ritual combines a customization of treatments and massage techniques that best suit you to make you feel relaxed and beautify your hair.

Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in

The treatment begins with a Personalized Hair and Scalp Analysis with a Diagnostic Camera. This is to profile the thickness of hair shaft, sebum levels in hair, scalp sensitivity, any dandruff and hair loss. My results were that I have healthy roots but dry hair thanks to over use of chemicals and hence my treatment will focus more on my hair strands than the roots. The “Exilr Ultime” which was recommended for my hair starts with a shampoo and followed by the application of a Hair Booster and a beautifying oil masque, Oleo. Oleo – Complexe is precious luxury oil that contains Maize Oil for Nourishment, Pracaxi Oil for strengthening, Argan Oil for protection and Camellia Oil for smoothening. This is applied section by section across the hair and followed by a gentle massage.The in- depth massage has 7 steps that concentrate on enhancing hair growth, stimulating the scalp and encouraging circulating that provides long term hair beautification and also de stressing your crown chakra. These massage techniques which incorporates pressure point massage techniques, occipital work, push and pull and raking techniques from India, Bali and Thailand create a deep relaxation. After the oil massage, mask application ritual the hair is rinsed and a small amount of Elixir Ultime is run through the hair before a smoothing blow dry and style. And your hair looks a feels like a million bucks.

New Launch: ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi

The food’s delicious… love the place… Et cetera… Etc. The word usually does get around… when something’s worth speaking about…Went there last week… the performances were great but the food, sinful…A little bit of everything… food… music… and it’s beautiful! Et cetera… Etc.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi

A lush forest extends torpidly around the place. The structure set within has tall window arches, high ceilings and colonial style interiors… The lavish indoor seating and welcoming outdoor patio looks upon a private courtyard that requests your satisfaction. The view of the Qutab Minar from the recently opened ‘Ambawatta One’  makes ‘ETC’ one of Delhi’s trendiest new openings this season.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi,www.stylecity.in

Each serving prepared by the multi-chef manned kitchen is a hearty ‘Bowlful’ to be remembered owing to, both, its flavour and presentation. The Terraces swank their own bar and oversized barbeque that are an emphasis on certain nights. The cuisine spans across South East Asia – the menu is a bold compilation, in the form of scrumptious smatterings of Thai, Chinese, Burmese, Indonesian, Japanese Etc.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

 “And If food is music to the body then music is food to the heart” – a mantra well followed by the owners of Etc.  The venue aims to provide a platform for acts from the world of performing & visual arts. An enviable calendar boats a variety of entertainment options for visitors on each visit with performances & displays by musicians, actors, comedians, dancers, singers and artists Etc. With the varied indulgences in order, a destination is borne, where visitors can expect to be pampered by good food and an ambience to match at any given point through the day, and at night. Be it an indulgent cup of coffee with a friend or meal well eaten with those you love, watching the sun set over the Qutab while relishing a cocktail while the chefs pamper your taste buds or tapping your worries away to the beat of your favourite band…A little bit of everything all parcelled in an abbreviation, Etc.

Address:Ambawatta One, 5/1 Kalkadas marg, New Delhi- 30
Phone:  +91 8826297104
Price: Meal for two approx Rs.2,200 (plus taxes)

Style Picks: Ancient Metal

By Isha Marwah

After 70′s it is the first time brass is being so strongly used in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is also seeing a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished decorators are enjoying brass’s luxurious, yet industrial appeal, it is seen in everything from chandeliers, hanging lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and decorative accessories. Brass is an affordable metal and is perfect for adding an element of luxury and timelessness into 21st century interiors. Here are some modern interiors that are inspiring us

Branching Bubble light, Lindsey Adelmen lighting
Branching Bubble light, Lindsey Adelmen lighting
Bronze Doors
Bronze Doors
Residence by Catherine Kwong
Residence by Catherine Kwong
Residence by Windsor Smith
Residence by Windsor Smith
Brass Chairs by J J Valaya, Home of the Traveller
Brass Chairs by J J Valaya, Home of the Traveller

Take the Plunge

By Isha Marwaha

Pools are no longer just a hole in the backyard of some resort and hotels. Nor are they just a feature a resort must provide.Pools can be any style, any shape, with unique features. They reflect a growing desire for style with features such as waterfalls, fountains, dramatic lighting and creative finishes.  Here are few unimaginable and exotic places all around the world where everybody’s desire is to be and cherish amazing moments in the pool, from Bali to Switzerland!! So what are you waiting for, pack your bathing suits and get ready to take the plunge…

Giola-Lagoon, Greece
Giola Lagoon, a natural pool near the village of Astris on Thassos in the Greek IslandsHanging gardens, Bali
The pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, IndonesiaThe Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas pool on the shore of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, IndiaBoucan by hotel chocolat, St Lucia
Pool at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St. LuciaThe Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast
The Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi CoastThe_Cambrian outdoor pool, Switzerland
The pool at the Cambrian in Switzerland

Trend: Comics Galore

By Isha Marwah

So as we know this week marked the demise of Archie Andrews albeit it was in a spin off from the original Archie comics, in the series Life with Archie. Well for most of us he has been quite dead for quite some time, I really can’t remember the last time I picked up an Archie comic let alone read one, considering I still have shelves full from my teenage years. But that is not to say, the trend if going away, if anything comic book characters can never really die and movie franchise’s and designers are proving that for years. So here is our Pick to show why comics are cool and here to stay.

Bamford Presents Popeye, Rolex

Bamford presents PopeyeSeries of Watches, Rolex

ARCHIE'S girls, MAC, www.stylecity.in

Archies Girls, by MAC

Wolverine by Reebok, www.stylecity.in

Wolverine sneakers, Reebok

superhero-fashion, Jeremy Scott, www.stylecity.in

Superhero fashion, Jeremy Scott

Marvel Wall mural, Komars

Marvel Wall murals, Komars