Store Watch: Studio Creo

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. 

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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

 

Home Profile- For the Love of Dogs

Home Profile for The Address- Times of India

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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Elle Decor

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

 

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

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

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.

Dream Home: 345 West Broadway by Casamanara

Established in Monaco in 2010, CASAMANARA is the collaborative effort of this talented brother-and-sister duo Piero Manara and Debla Manara-Berger. An Interior Architecture and Decorative Arts bureau, the two work together designing luxurious interiors for a wide variety of corporate and private clients. Driven by a fascination with beauty and a genuine sensitivity to the needs of each client, Piero and Debla create projects that appeal to the aesthetic senses as well as the practical in equal parts. For them, the word ‘beauty’ encompasses the entire creative process. From the initial spark that ignites the idea, to its finalized embodiment. The two work closely with specialist craftsmen and artisans, in order to ensure a thoroughly exceptional result, creating pieces that are bespoke and beautiful from the inside out.The portfolio of CASAMANARA boasts a range of diverse interiors – from sprawling summer villas in the South of France, to urban lofts in Manhattan, pied-à-terres in Paris and a country home in the East of England. The projects they’ve taken on demonstrate their ability to adapt to all manner of terrains, personalities, and functionalities. Here is one such project

345 WEST BROADWAY, NEW YORK

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

DINING ROOM
Wall Paint: Ralph Lauren; Marmorino, Artwork: Damion Berger (black and white); Tierney Gearon (colour), Dining table: Charlotte Perriand by Cassina, Chairs: Cassina, Bowl: Ochre, Flooring: Bleached oak hardwood floor, Rug: ABC carpet, Bookshelf: Custom-made, designed by Piero Manara

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

LOUNGE
Rug: Cigierre, Italy, Coffee table: Vintage piece, Infinity Table by Paul Evans, 1970, Sofa: Custom-designed by Piero Manara, Cushions: Aviva Stanoff, Sculpture: Owanto, Wooden partition: Wengué wood, custom-designed by Piero Manara, Artwork: Damion Berger, Lighting: Nora; recessed framing projector lights, Flooring: Bleached oak hardwood floor.

Dream Homes: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

KITCHEN
Decorative items (Glass vases (Pic 1 & Pic 2): Aero, NYC, Worktop: Canyon red marble, Sink: Steel sink by Scholtes, Kitchen appliances: Gaggenau; Miele, Breakfast stools: B&B, Cupboards: Varenna, Flooring: Bleached oak hardwood floor.

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

BEDROOM
Back wall: Grey suede by Elitis, Bed: B&B Italia covered in Rubelli fabric, Bedside tables: Fratelli Boffi, Lamps: Raku lamps, Carpet: Banana silk, ABC concept, NYC, Chair: Dune armchair covered in Rubelli fabric, Decorative cushions on chair: Damion Berger, Curtains: Donghia fabric, Artwork: Damion Berger, Flooring: Siberian wood floor

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BATHROOM
Flooring: Siberian wood floor, white oil and smoked finish, Wardrobes: Custom-designed by Piero Manara, made in France, Wallpaper: Timorous Beasties, Cupboards: Custom-designed by Piero Manara, made in NYC, Sink: Kallista black glass, Mirror: Deknudt mirror, Belgium, Lighting: Urban archaeology, NYC

Store Watch: Portsideaccess, Mumbai

The upscale locality of Colaba  witnessed an amalgamation of two of India’a most sought after décor brands PortsideCafe and Fusion Access. PortsideCafe, a leather furniture boutique and Fusion Access, Furniture and Lifestyle Brand come together in Mumbai in a unique destination to showcase their products which reflect contemporary aesthetics . Announcing the launch of  their exquisitely designed products at one store,  both Bobby Aggarwal, Product Designer PortsideCafe and Shilpa Kalanjee- Pastala, Director, Fusion Access are very excited about the prospects and are hoping that this venture would be a great success.

Portsideaccess, www.stylecity.in

Shilpa Kalanjee-Pastala, Managing Partner, Fusion Access says “Fusion Access is undergoing an exciting metamorphosis right now. After 16 years of working from a beautiful old heritage bungalow that I had restored, we have moved to bigger premises. A new, industrial look has been adapted just like in the transition of the Victorian era to Art Deco. Fusion Access is sharing the space with its brand partner, Portside Café, and together we hope to bring newer meaning to the term ‘designer furniture’.Bobby Aggarwal, Product Designer, PortsideCafe says “I am too excited about this venture and am looking forward to being part of my favourite city, Mumbai!!!”

Portside Access, www.stylecity.in

Portside Access, www.stylecity.in

Fusion Access and PortsideCafe have also created a product gallery space in their store to promote young, talented designers in the field of design and décor. This space has been aptly named Portside Access Product Gallery and both Shilpa and Bobby hope to provide an active platform for innovative design.
Address: 2/21-3/22 Kamal Mansion
1st Floor Arthur Bunder Road,
Next To Radio Club,
Colaba, Mumbai 400005
Contact: 022 22821143

Store Watch: Poltrona Frau, New Delhi

Poltrona Frau has been refining its sophisticated expertise in hand-crafted workmanship through 100 years of history. Today, this heritage of knowledge and skill is captured within each piece of Poltrona Frau furniture.  The intimate and timeless elegance, the personality of each individual piece, are the fruit of the craftsman’s skill and a design that enhances every detail in the most modern forms.The purpose of a Poltrona Frau product is as important as its beauty, as the quality of its materials. The manufacturing expertise has always been combined with research into materials in order to obtain the best from leather, and from the exclusive Pelle Frau® modernizing them while keeping their original, natural softness, warmth and tactile qualities.  Creating timeless products to be enjoyed on a daily basis,  Poltrona Frau is at the heart of those who desire to have the very best in all places and their expressions of living. Its ideals & philosophy have also been successfully transferred to other sectors such as the interiors of all Ferrari and Maserati cars. Poltrona Frau is an international point of reference for luxurious comfort.

Poltrona Frau, www.stylecity.in

Address:E-10, Defence Colony, Ground Floor Delhi-24
Tel:+91-11-40817357

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

Bring in the Monsoon Decor

Well Monsoons are in full flow all over the Indian sub-continent, except Delhi it seems which is getting just erratic sprouts. Either way I think Monsoons are a great excuse to do up the Interior Décor of the house. Like I have mentioned before redoing the décor of your home does not have to be an expensive affair, but with a few simple tips can change the look of your home and make it Monsoon friendly.
Monsoon Decor, www.stylecity.in

Colour me bright
Colourful cushions for monsoon decor, www.stylecity.inThe dull outdoors with constant grey skies can be real mood dampeners. Hence, bright interior accents have the effect of uplifting the mood. But you don’t need to go in for a drastic change in the décor like changing wall colours or buying new sofas. Simple tricks like getting new colourful fabric colours for your sofa, or nice bright bed sheets for the bedroom or even simply bringing a range of colourful cushions can help uplift the Interiors of the house. The range of cushion covers could span from solid colours to retro prints to India-inspired motifs.

Fabric Trails
Do away with heavy curtains like jacquards and velvet or even cottons instead opt for sheers which help the light in during rainy season. Also fabrics like Wool and Velvet and cotton soak in moisture, try and avoid using them along with silk or woollen bed covers and carpets as they tend to attract moisture. Opt for furnishings in polyester and nylon instead. In terms of floor covering, first thing get a coir mat for to place outside the front door, and replace all the carpets in the house with rugs and dhurries that can be machine washed.

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Scent of rain
ladylimoges-tumblr-com-post-45591837100We all have to agree, as amazing as rainfall smells in the nature and outdoor, with our over populated cities and pollution the smells accompanying the rain is not always pleasant. Trust me, in the 4 monsoons spent by me in Mumbai, the one thing that used to get to me most was the smell, there is an easy solution for that, place scented candles all over the house, they are also practical as electricity tends to go a lot during the monsoons. Of course fresh blooms are always a great option all year around as they make the house smell great and brighten up the space.

Furniture Design
In terms of furniture, that is not something which we can change, unless you have the option of putting it in storage and get out Monsoon furniture, so though simple solutions like Sofa covers can help prevent expensive sofas from getting dirty, wicker furniture is a great option for areas such as the patios and well as areas near big open windows. Mirrors are great to incorporate on walls to reflect the nature outside (if you have a good view) and also increase the light.