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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http://www.sohautestyle.com/2008/07/global-chic.html

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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Elle Decor

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.

Tropical dreaming. Styled by Ruth Welsby
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
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.

Style Picks: Halloween Inspiration

So as much as it is supposed to be scary, there is something sexy about the creatures of the night. At least in current fan fiction. Here is our picks of the best Halloween products that have inspired designers..

By Isha Marwaha
By Isha Marwaha

1. Moi et la Rose Sofa, Sicis
2. Marie Antoinette chandelier, Bisazza
3. Magic Mo, Swarovski
4. Alexander Mcqueen Fall collection
5. Skeleton Watch, Corum
6. Spider Lantern, www.Spirithalloween.com
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. Skull Candle Holder, http://www.spirithalloween.com
8. Halloween Goblet, Walmart
9. Black Pumps, Christian Louboutin
10. Mask by Diane von Furstenberg for Elephant family
11. Social Butterfly mask, Laila Singh
12. Maleficent Lipstick, MAC
13. Hypnotic Poison, Dior

Style Picks: Festive Collection

Happy Diwali! May your lives be filled with glitter and glamour, and of course some of these gorgeous products!

By Isha Marwaha
By Isha Marwaha

1. Galahad chandelier, Visionaire Verona collection by Ipe Cavalli
2. Chev-Ikat Mug, Style Bean
3. Peacock, Tourbillon
4. Tulip Damask Cushion, Good Earth
5. Khatoon Partition, Aria Interior Design
6. Serai Jewel Glasses, Good Earth
7. ‘Tema e Variazioni’ Plates, Fornasetti
8. Samarah Collection, Villeroy and Boch
9. Brass Tumblers, www.Houseproud.in
10. Cushion, The lifestyle Temple
11. Elephant Rhinestone Bolsa, Judith Leiber
12. Bovery Chair, Visionaire by Ipe Cavalli

Store Watch:The Delhi Design Store

The Delhi Design store immediately transports you beyond the city spaces into a tranquil urban hub that brings alive eclectic and contemporary design. Walk into this delightful space, artistically conceived on the Chattarpur Sau Foot Road, to soak in an ambience unlike any other in the city. The brainchild and creative vision of reputed Interior Designer, Monica Khanna, The Delhi Design store has been conceptualized to offer limited edition furniture and accessories that bring eternal style and classic design at one destination.

Delhi Design Store, www.stylecity.in

You walk past a life size spectacular Ganesha statue mounted on an impressive heavy black stone. The studio has a stamp of individuality with a pastiche of textures. The flooring has been custom made using natural hard wood, complementing cement and red wood options. Rustic plastered walls finished in pure white, windows with old styled grills, and red stone roofs with wood and metal beams present an ambience of pleasant ‘fusion’ with understated clean pure lines.

Delhi design store, www.stylecity.in

Delhi Design store, www.stylecity.in

Spread over two levels across a space of 1600 square feet, each room presents a varied and charming range of artefacts. The studio gives a definite sense of spaces within spaces. Monica Khanna puts to good use her innate expertise and commendable experience with prestigious projects which range from designing the interiors of the Palace on Wheels (Rajasthan) and the Royal Orient of Gujarat, which make her the only designer in the country to design two luxury trains. She is a consultant to various luxury hotels and resorts, farm houses, and houses for expats and celebrities. The Delhi Design Store, thus, is not just a curated destination for limited edition interiors, home accessories and home furnishings but also offers complete turnkey solutions advice.

Address: The Delhi Design Store, D40/792, Sau Phoota Road,
Chattarpur Hills, Chattarpur, New Delhi.
Phone: +91 9717126488

House of Tales presents a shopping bonanza

If you are thinking of interesting Diwali gifts to buy this weekend, you need to stop by at the House of Tales, Mumbai’s first cross-disciplinary event gallery which is hosting a two day pop up store with The Home Label styled by Susanne Roshan. Scheduled on 5th October & 6th October, 2013, this shopping extravaganza will have a home décor collection hand-picked for the festive season.

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Located at the heart of Mumbai, Kala Ghoda, House of Tales is a contemporary space and is the ultimate hub for the finest events in the city. The minimalistic look of the gallery provides a platform to host versatile events from shopping to art, restaurants to workshops. One can integrate the ambience and décor suitable to the event with the intimate space of the gallery. The collection handpicked by the Creative Director of The Home Label, Susanne Roshan, will be displayed to spruce up your place for Diwali. The collection includes impeccable designs of lamps, display art, candle stands, flower vases, lanterns and much more. Check out the Distressed Bird Cage Lanterns which can be hung or set on the coffee table and the glass hanging jars to store your knick-knacks. You can also get metal laundry baskets in bright colors like turquoise which are not only decorative but also functional. So if you are in Mumbai this weekend, you know where to go for a shopping bonanza.
Date: 5th – 6th October, 2013
Time: 11 am – 7:30 pm
Venue: House of Tales, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Contact: 022-22041475/www.houseoftales.org

Project Seven initiated by Zeba Kohli

To celebrate the Spirit of Entrepreurship, Business Acumen and Creativity, Zeba Kohli of “Fantasie Fine chocolate” presents “Project Seven” A Fashion, Lifestyle & Art extravaganza that brings together individuals who share her penchant for enterprise and design. “Project Seven”, inspired by the Seven Chakras; Shakti, Life, Order, Wisdom, Love, Power, Imagination & Understanding, presents the new season collections by Established as well as Upcoming Designers. Such as James Ferreira, Kavita Durazi, Divya Mohta, Kiran & Meghna, Renu Bothra “YOU”, Misbah Mitha, Shaadir Amri, Ex- Model Svetlana Casper, Nalandda Bhandari and many more to present their Pre-Festive Designs while Sonali Dalwani “Crimzon”,  Neeta Parikh, Payal Kothari and Hersh & Malini Kotecha”Stoffa” will showcase their Footwear & Accessories ; Semi precious jewellery by Ameesha Dalmia”TAD” and Kidswear by Coocoo make this a One Stop Shop for stylish, chic designs.

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An interesting highlight that makes Project Seven is the Art Lounge curated by Bina Aziz, including the finest and extensive collection of paintings, ingenious print work, art inspired jewellery and furniture and functional pieces of art. This art exhibition will feature the works of Senior artists such as Gurcharan Singh, Seema Kohli, Badri Narayan, Bhoomika Dange, Laxma Goud, Nishant Dange, Raj More , Nayanaa Kanodia and many more. Art inspired jewellery by Salva Rasool and Shubha Gokhale and inventive home accessories & furniture designed by Rajendra Chaudhari. The exhibition presents  Limited Edition Giclee prints by Jaideep Mehrotra that are on ph-neutral water-colour paper, boasting quality that is accepted as museum standard around the world. They are individually signed and numbered for exclusivity. After the print-run is over the master images will no longer be used.

India Circus at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in

Jaideep Mehrotra at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in

Indiacircus, the contemporary India inspired designcentric label by Krsna Mehta will shocwcase their vibrant home accessories, wall art and funky diaries, mugs & cases while Houseproud, the lifestyle label by Sanvari & Anjorie Alagh will be displaying their home accesories, kitchen & tableware. Making the shopping experience more worthwhile will be a “Pop Up Shop” by “Fizaa” by Zarine Khan, one of suburban Mumbais most sought after fashion destinations, presenting new collections by their designers for the first time in South Mumbai. Also showcasing for the first time a series of photographs by Salamat Husain, MF Husains grandson (a talented photographer based in Mumbai)

Title: Project Seven
Date: August 6th & 7th
Venue: Sunville Banquets, DR AB Road, Worli, Mumbai
Timings : 11am to 7pm

Trend: Powerful Black and White

Fashion to Décor: Geometrically yours, Black and White
Come summers and white is on everyone’s mind. From clothes to walls to white beaches and white snow. No one wants to be reminded of the heat, at least no one here in the South. Anyway this summer fashion designers have taken a combination of the fall’s Masculine and Springs Feminine trend to bring the perfect geometry;a Black and White graphic trend. This trend is a rage in fashion and I think looks gorgeous in décor, in fact better than the ramp according to me. Have a look, and trust me one trend you want to incorporate this summer is Black and White!

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http://lookbook.nu/konstantina

1.Minaudière, Van Cleef and Arpels,
2.Karl black and white arm chair, Maison du monde,
3. Tales of Porcelain, Christian Lacroix Maison, by Vista Alegre
4.Container New Antique Tables, Marcel Wanders, Moooi,
5.Checkered WallPaper, Aarcee,
6.Clutch, accessorize,

Trend: Neon Crush

Fashion to Décor: Trend Neon
Neon has been quite a trend in Fashion the past few weeks. And similarly Home décor has been influenced by Neon accessories, especially in Kitchen equipment. Fellow blogger Katie has done Trend Neon for this weeks Tag a Trend and we have taken the trend from Fashion to Décor. So you can go a bit wild this summer with Neon in your wardrobe or living space, but the rule of less applies for both, unless you want to feel like you live in a circus
or are dressed for one.

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http://lookbook.nu/fannylyckman

1.Alice, Edra
2.Vernis Cruise Collection, Dior
3.Folding Green Colander,www.houseproud.in
4.O-Nest chair by Tord Boontje, Moroso
5.Printable neon Stationary, http://www.howaboutorange.blogspot.in
6.Tigerlily by Aparna