Dream Home- Goa Vacation Home by Shabnam Gupta

The client wanted a home that exuded a serene vibe with warm engaging spaces but also has its share of quirky elements. The concept envisioned for this two-story structure was modern eclectic with hints of traditional elements. The intent in this project was to infuse pockets of greens within the interior spaces to break away from the concrete jungle like feel in cities.

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Upon entry, the round green seating with wooden angel wings is a striking visual. It is abstracted in two different shades emphasizing on the good and the evil. The living room breathes with a double height form-finish concrete ceiling and exposed white-painted brick walls. The dining area in the living is accentuated by the printed black and white floor and the concave dimpled ceiling, developed by placing ‘taslas’ within the slab before casting. On the other side the living room opens to the pool area framing the concrete faceted wall, bringing in diffused light through the slits.

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The stairwell volume is encased in a MS frame glazing which extends into a skylight above, overlooking the courtyard outside. It provides a constant flood of sunlight into the adjoining spaces throughout the day. The seating nook below the staircase acts a focal point with a pop of colour and letters. The home comprises of five bedrooms, each with its own character that is different from the rest.

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The master bedroom emphasizes the seasmless floor, walls and ceiling all in an egg white colour. There are leaf inserts in the wall to go along with brass inlay in the in-situ flooring and the vibrant hand painted hibiscus flowers on the walls. The kids’ bedroom houses the bed within the floor and reflects a sense of playfulness having been painted in a bright blue with a herringbone hardwood floor and white cane ceiling. All in all this is a home that adds the right bit of tranquility one wishes for in a vacation home.

Dream Home- Nagorniy Residence by Oleg Klodt

The client asked Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design to create a contemporary, stylish interior, where she could live comfortably with her family. The main issue was the restricted size of the apartment, in which she needed to arrange all the zones of strategic importance for her life.

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The main approach the studio took in the design concept was a balance of contrasts. The palette of colours is based on a combination of black, grey, and light-grey tones, set off with focuses of brighter shades – yellow, turquoise (the chairs), and orange (the scatter cushions on the sofa). There are levelled concrete floors throughout the apartment, and there is almost no textile used in the decoration. Comfort and softness is instead provided for with soft carpets, which make a harmonious combination with the tactile surfaces.

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The lounge is dominated by bright colours. The minimalist furniture recalls the swinging Sixties, and the decor creates a special atmosphere. There is a view to the kitchen from the lounge – the transparent chairs have bright-blue upholstery, while the dining-table is made from circular sections of plywood with a black top, with a textured metal apron.

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The master bedroom is decorated with panels of distressed glass, which highlight the tall tailor-made headboard, and the wall decorations. The children’s bedroom was specially designed for a young girl who is in love with everything British. The design of the room is based on British motifs and laid out in thematic British colours. The area above her bed is laid out using individual lighting, which has inscriptions and designs from the London Underground network. The opposite wall is decorated with photo-wallpaper showing views of Westminster Abbey – which gives a new perspective to the room proportions, giving it a broader feel. To impose the British symbol, the door to the bedroom imitates the doors of London’s legendary double-decker buses.

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Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design designed a project in which the different spaces in the apartment blend into each other, and so the overall feeling is one of holistic integrity. The overall result is a restrained and elegant interior, which combines the best of Belgian motifs with the style of a New York loft.

Dream Home- A Beautiful Apartment from Gerard Faivre, Paris

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.

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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. 

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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.

 

Brand Alert- Sicis at Milan Design Week

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.

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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.

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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.

Brand in Focus- Sixinch Design India

The global leader of foam-coated furniture, Sixinch Design, marks its entry in the country with Sixinch India – owned by Namrata Seth and Gagan Deep Bhatia. Sixinch India is synonymous with panache and never-ending creativity. The name originates from the space between our ears – a mere‘six’ inch wide gap. Founded by Pieter Jamart and Michel Sels in 2003, the Belgian company, Sixinch, blends innovation with progressive design. Sixinch is globally known for creating, designing and manufacturing high-end foam coated furniture and architectural products. The flexibility of the Sixinch Technology allows one to create and customise full foam furniture [without any support of wood/spring] using high density foam which is seamlessly sprayed with a Sixinch weather-proof, flexible coating that results in a soft seating.

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Bringing in this global legacy to India, the leading designer and manufacturer Sixinch aims to create dramatic impact by offering their customers varied services like:

Sixinch Collection: A wide range that varies from the classic Louis furniture, to the award-winning organic Cliffy Sofa and other modern geometric shapes

Sixinch Custom Projects: The freedom and opportunity to turn one’s creativity into reality. The company excels in customized pieces as the Sixinch Technology offers the capability of producing virtually any shape of any size in any possible color

Sixinch Application: Sixinch products can be incorporated for commercial, retail, residential, hotel and other infinite possibilities across indoor and outdoor spaces. The company also aspires to make a notable difference by using this technology to sculpt wall surfaces and provide solutions for the medical, automotive and marine industry.

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Sixinch has been an essential tool in a designer’s portfolio and has gained reputation and recognition for its design and products. The company has been acknowledged globally with numerous awards and has many successful projects to its credit such as Goldman Sachs, Tiger Global, Google, Microsoft, Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Centre Pompidou, and Nespresso and has also collaborated with designer’s such as Tom Dixon & Karim Rashid.

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,”

 

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.

 

Dream Home: Sacha Walckhoff’s Paris apartment

Welcome to the world of Sacha Walckhoff, Creative Director of the House of Christian Lacroix. In the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw away from the Opéra Garnier, this spacious apartment reflects the aestheticism and character of the man who designs Lacroix’s collections.

 

A perfect example of the “Mix and Match” style that personifies the label, Sacha Walckhoff’s apartment is one of a kind, a true cabinet of curiosities of the 21st century!

 

From antiques picked up during his numerous trips around the world, to contemporary works of art, the apartment offers a combination of eclecticism and originality.
Sacha Walckhoff is a man with a discerning eye.

 

A collector of ceramics, an enthusiast of contemporary design and an admirer of 1950s furniture; he has acquired a variety of treasured pieces by Picasso, Cocteau, Charlotte Perriand, Hella Jongerius, Garouste and Bonnetti and Marcel Wanders, to name but a few.

 

 

A masculine interior brought to life by bright colors, strong pieces and fine materials.
Each object and image tells a story, each fabric evokes an emotion.“My apartment is not a showroom for reeling off brands or names; it is an accurate reflection of my inner self” Sacha Walckhoff.

Courtesy www.christian-lacroix.fr

Dream Home:South of France villa by Kelly Hoppen

This spectacular villa designed by Kelly Hoppen and situated in the picturesque South of France near Antibes was a challenge for the celebrated British interior designer.


The London based client, who had a much more traditional taste than Kelly, wanted a very classic home, something with lots of colour and something very beautiful, but not too feminine in its overall look. As with all of her projects, Kelly started with a neutral base and then built on this with accents of colour in each room using stunning fabrics, art and star pieces of furniture, such as the pink Moisonnier table in the entrance hall.

 

With the eye catching pink Moissonnier table at the centre as well as the pink velvet borders on the curtains, the entrance hall is a truly unique space and quite different to anything Kelly has designed before. The clients’ favourite colour is pink so Kelly has undoubtedly remained loyal to the brief.A Birgit Israel chandelier hangs elegantly over the table and the floor to ceiling windows naturally light the room beautifully. Chandelier Birgit Israel-Pink Table Moisonnier-Curtains Bennison fabrics-Sconces Porta Romana.

With plenty of natural light flooding in through the large double windows, the study is a beautiful, understated room in which one can relax. The touch of orange on the India Mahdavi stools can also be seen on the beautiful vintage cushion coverings.Sofas / Cushions / Fabrics Vintage linens and tickings Armchair George Smith– Stools India Mahdavi-Coffee Table jnl– Floor Lamps Porta Romana– Curtains Ian Mankin.

 

Kelly has elegantly designed the living room with an Andrew Martin sofa and striking black chairs from Collection Pierre. The collection of black ipe cavalli coffee tables at the centre of the room are complimented by the dramatic black and white accessories and the beautiful black and white Birgit Israel lamps. Kelly decided here to stick with her neutral colour palette as she felt the formal living spaces should be more neutral areas where the whole family and all of their individual tastes come together in a harmonious way.Sofa Andrew Martin-Black Chairs Collection Pierre-Coffee Table Ipe Cavalli furniture-Black&White Table Lamps Birgit Israel-Carpet Borderline carpets-Sconce Todhunter Earle-Art Michael Hoppen-Green Vase Kelly Hoppen.

The La Fibule armchairs undoubtedly contribute to a relaxed dining experience whilst the beautiful sconce from DK Home and the candlesticks from the Kelly Hoppen store create a glamorous atmosphere.Table Guadarte-Chairs La Fibule-Sconce DK HOME-Candlestick Kelly Hoppen store-Glassware Owners own collection of vintage items.

The black B/K honed slate used on the work surfaces and island provide a functional space to cook as well as making the kitchen boldly attractive.Work Surfaces B/K Slate, Honed.

 

The elegantly designed master bedroom includes everything the client wished for. The beautiful green on the Meridiani bed is set off by the natural light flooding through the windows and can also be seen on the Kelly Hoppen cushions which sit on top off the Guadarte chairs.Lamps Porta romana-Bed Meridiani-Side table Guadarte-Art Michael Hoppen-Carpet Borderline carpets-Cabinet Valerie Wade-Chairs-Guadarte, cushions-Kelly Hoppen-Lighting Bella Figura-Art Michael Hoppen Gallery.

The dramatic colour Guest room 1 has been cleverly coordinated by Kelly through the unique artwork which hangs on the wall and the stunning bed linen covering the luxurious EDC London bed.Bed EDC London.

 

The light décor in Guest room 2 and the comfortable throw covering the Meridiani bed adds to the relaxed feel of the room whilst the beautiful vintage furniture contributes to the elegant design of the room.Bed Meridiani-Furniture Vintage-Bennison Fabrics.The sumptuous Jimmie Martin bed is the focal point of guest room 3 and the ornate detailing on the headboard seems to merge with the beautiful stencil of a flower on the wall above it.Bed Jimmie MartinManuel Canovas and Ian Mankin fabrics.

 

The orange running through guest room 4 can be seen in the stunning artwork from the Michael Hoppen gallery, the eye catching Porta Romana lamps and the delicate vintage glassware on the bedside table.Lamps Porta Romana-Art Michael Hoppen-Glassware Vintage-Bathroom-Curtains Chelsea Textile-Bathroom was existing.

 

The stunning outdoors area has been designed to be a space where families and friends can enjoy food and conversation around the beautiful Heveningham dining table, whilst relishing the spectacular views from the terrace. The light linen fabrics used for the cushions contribute to the relaxed feel while the ornate Guadarte chandeliers add a touch of glamour.Table Heveningham-Chairs Heveningham-Chandeliers Guadarte-Cushions/Fabric Ian Mankin and Kelly Hoppen linens-Coffee Tables Heveningham.