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.


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.”

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.


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.

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

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

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


Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara,

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,

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,

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara,

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,

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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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