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

 

Parineeti Chopra’s Gorgeous Home, designed by Shabnam Gupta

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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

Store in Focus- Baro, Mumbai

In 2014, began a furniture experiment at the Highlight Films office in the commercial hub of Mumbai. It involved handmade furniture in reclaimed and old teak, largely speaking the mid- century modern language. In the course of two years the visitors were pleasantly surprised by what they found here. The experiment propelled the next steps and the concept evolved into a brand that has its own identity but draws on the ideas and inspiration that sparked Highlight Living. This is the genesis of BARO. The vision: a seamless union of aesthetics, ethics and ergonomics.

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The furniture collection consists mainly of co-founder Siddharth Sirohi’s designs, heavily influenced by the timeless mid-century modern movement, with a particular attention to the balance between form and function. The pieces are manufactured locally, using only reclaimed, weathered teak and an entirely natural linseed oil and beeswax polish. The approach is old school, relying on traditional wood joinery methods, but the result is as timeless as it is contemporary.

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Apart from original designs, one can also expect to find pieces of vintage furniture, which have been restored to an exquisite new form. Whether original pieces or restored classics, BARO furniture is a nod to the cherished wabi-sabi aesthetic. The accent is on the essence of a thing, with all its charms and flaws, rather than cosmetic appeal. When an old piece is restored, it is not to hide its natural ageing, but to celebrate it. And when a new piece is modelled, it is keeping in mind the principles of balance and transience.

Store address:
12, Sun Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai

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,”

 

Review: Flick a Dish Cafe, New Delhi

Having stayed away from home in a different city for almost 4 years, I know that nothing can take away the feeling of missing Home cooked food. As a matter of fact, eating out is just never as good and given the crazy lifestyle we all lead, cooking dinner each day seems like very difficult task, so we end up avoiding doing so. Keeping this concept of ‘Ghar ka Khana’ in mind we have a new cosy cafe, called Flick a dish.

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The cafe looks like someones living room, with red walls and curios across the walls, vintage table clothes, antique teapots and old Bollywood movie posters. A little off the main Ring road in Delhi, the idea behind this cafe is to satiate all those desires for home cooked food. Most dishes have kept authentic flavours in mind, but there are a few experimental dishes like Omelette curry. We wanted to have a simple meal, so besides the omelette we tried the Paneer Mumtaz and Chicken Korma along with Tawa roti. But even most other dishes like Chicken Pakora, Baked mushroom in white sauce, Malai Kofta, Mutton cutlets and mutton chops looked quite delicious, a must try for next time and looked right out of our grandmothers kitchen. IMG_6347

The restaurant is run by Mrs Jyoti Mathur, the author of ‘My Cooking Recipe book for Special Children’, who believes in making every meal a memorable experience. With a very simple menu, the experience is definitely something I would recommend you go for if you are craving a simple no fuss meal in what could be your grandmothers living room.    

Name: Flick A Dish Cafe
Address: A-66, Dayanand Colony, Lajpat Nagar-4, New Delhi – 110024
Contact: 011-26472292-93, 9810115058
Timings: 12 noon till 11pm
Meal for two: Rs 800

New Launch: Shingora

Established three decades ago, Shingora has been offering the most spectacular products in the fashion and lifestyle spaces globally. Shingora products embrace a delicate balance between the traditional Indian designs that are lifted to suit contemporary tastes, and colors that lend it an international touch. This luxurious label offers an array of beautiful throws and cushions to match and fit every setting seamlessly. Each piece curated in this label is one of its kind, the product is developed in-house, thus not compromising on the quality of material used. This tastefully curated collection is broadly divided into three categories, each with a different look and feel to add a perfect finishing touch to your home decor.

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For the first style the design team has made an effort to revive the golden age of William Morris. A lot of medieval style tapestry motifs like wreaths, parrots, pomegranate etc are tessellated to create overall patterns in interesting 3D surfaces.Second set of the collection is inspired from the classic, traditional Paisleys. They never go out of style and complement any contemporary as well a traditional set up impeccably. The third category in this collection is inspired from modern floral edgy prints. Each piece is a conversation starter that brings quirkiness and fun to a conventional seating area.The fabrics used in making this collection vary from cotton, wool and chenille that are 100% pure. The products range is retailed at an MRP of Rs. Rs 2995 to Rs 6995.After making a mark with their home décor line in the international market, Shingora, the retailer synonymous to style and elegance launches their Home label in India via their e-commerce portal shop.shingora.net this season.

Review: Boveda, Andheri, Mumbai

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A drive through the by lanes of Andheri west had us at BOVEDA the latest eatery on this side of town. A warm staff greeted us as we entered a rather spacious restaurant and bar. Spread Across 2,200 sq feet with a seating capacity of about 120 people, Bóveda is a Spanish word translated as vault. The interiors, conceptualized and managed by Sandeep Parwal & his team of MAX Solution is inspired from the design concept “Listen to the heart”. With classic yet contemporary interiors, wooden structure with suspended retro bulbs, exposed brick walls, plush lounge area, Bóveda has the ideal setting for a memorable night out.  Not restricting your night within the constraints of walls, it jazzes up your dine out with an open air area where you can revel in the crisp evening air. The colour almost instantly catches your eyes with a classy blend of greys and browns.

Boveda, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

Boveda, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

The crowds hadn’t gathered as we were unusually early for a Friday night. But once we got onto the drinks menu we realized why this place was different from the others. The range was vast and it’s cocktails section made a special mark. With refreshing and innovative blends on the cards we went for 3 different cocktails and all were more than up to the mark with the watermelon burst being the icing on the cake. A munch or two always goes down well with drinks and we decided to pick a prawn and a mushroom starter. Both were delectable and great on the taste buds. Once in the mouth they had a burst of flavours that were both new and interesting. A mini pepperoni pizza that followed was a perfect choice along with the Patatas Bravas. The sign off was a chocolate mini pastry which was gooey, nutty and yes, very chocolaty.The staff was attentive and pleasant. Most importantly, they knew their dishes and drinks well and made the correct suggestions.The overall food and drink experience was rather rewarding. The pricing was just right and the variety and quality meant that this place would have me coming here again for a bite and a gulp.

Address: G 04, Morya Landmark 1, Off New Link Road, Andheri west
Tel: +919820704963, 022-67080858/59

Store Watch: InV Home

Started by Mr. Nitin Jain & Ms. Ritika Jain, InV Home redefines luxury living by combining time honored artisan techniques with precise state-of-the-art detailing to present luxury living solutions. InV Home opened its first store in New Delhi in Greater Kailash 1 market and now have a second store on MG Road, over an expansive area of 18000 sq ft. The store houses a timeless collection of home textiles, furniture, lighting, dining and accessories.

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The whole idea on which InV Home was built was to bring unique and rare pieces made worldwide to the modern urban retail Indian market. High quality material, styled with understated elegance, lends a unique richness to their relaxed home furnishings. In addition to home textiles, the store has collaborated with some of the most premium brands from all over the globe like Zwiesel, Archipelago, Platex, etc to name a few for furniture and lighting. With alluring designs tailored for today’s modern lifestyle, be it entertainment, dinning, conversing, working, playing, rejuvenating, relaxing, or sleeping – you’re invited to come and express yourself.

Art Fest by SVK Art

Celebrate the last leg of Delhi Monsoons the way Delhi knows best; with Cocktails and Art. Suryaveer Kohli and Avantika Sujan invite you to their preview of Paintings by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Nayanaa Kanodia, Irena Vezin, Salman Toor, Komail Aijazuddin ; Photography by Jeffrey Robb & Avantika Sujan.

Irena Vezin, Spring in St. Petersburg . 59" x 59" . mixed media on canvas . 2007
Irena Vezin, Spring in St. Petersburg . 59″ x 59″ . mixed media on canvas . 2007
Nayanaa Kanodia, My Hobby . 21.5" x 15" . mixed media on paper . 2012
Nayanaa Kanodia, My Hobby . 21.5″ x 15″ . mixed media on paper . 2012

Feroz Khan, Jal Jeera . 39" x 48" . oil on canvas . 2012

Preview- Thursday 22nd August
C-56, Mayfair Gardens, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi
This exhibit will be on view till this Sunday, August 25th, by appointment, at the same venue.

For more details log on to:
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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