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Mid Century Modern – the fuss free style

When it comes to designing an interior, very few clients are aware of Mid-Century Modern and its style.  Its characteristics make it perfect for today’s contemporary, modern and eclectic home décor styles. Mid-Modern Century also connects well  to another more familiar style – Scandinavian.  So let me take this opportunity to share the basics and how it can be incorporated. A little background first. After the Second World War, many German architects migrated to America and took with them their…

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Client Project: BrewBakes Cafe Interior Design

Just completed a new franchise based cafe. It’s based in Chandigarh under the name of BrewBakes. The client brief: to provide seating for 8-10, a well equipped kitchen with service at both ends, 4 weeks to open and a tight budget. The Design Process Display cabinets and other woodwork had to be dismantled first.  After that, the false ceiling was completely removed. This revealed different levels. An exposed ceiling would visually create more space. By the time the wiring was…

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Achieving that modern bohemian look

As a designer, it’s my job to inform clients about latest style trends. One that has me captivated right now is modern bohemian. The original boho look has been around for years. However, its new evolved version will find its way into more homes this year. The modern bohemian style focuses on vintage, luxurious finishes and warmer colours of today. As a result, this happy-go-lucky feel is a great look in which to unwind and socialise. Key Elements of this…

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Designing for co-sharing spaces

I’ve been meaning to write about co-working (also known as co-sharing) ever since I came across the offices of Innov8  in Chandigarh. The last few years have seen a surge in companies offering this service. There are now over 100 in India. But for those not familiar with co-working, let me explain. Basically co-working is a common work space. It is used by self employed people, people working for different employers and more popularly by startups. They share furniture, equipment…

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The French Art of Passimenterie

Happy New Year readers! I would like to focus on a trend that is all set to gain popularity this year. The craft of Passimenterie, which was highlighted in my last blog. The French word is new to me but the art is not.  Curiosity for the beautiful craft has probed me to delve a little further. What exactly is it? Passimenterie is the art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings of applied braid, gold or silver cord, embroidery, coloured silk,…

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Home Interior Trends for 2019

Looking to renovate or design in 2019? Then consider these up and coming trends set by industry market leaders. floral patterned wallpaper – oversized floral patterned wallpaper in bold colours are looking to take centre stage. An attention grabbing focal point indeed jewelled tones – this trend peeps its head now and again. This rich seductive colour pallete can be enhanced using textures such as velvets and silks along with decor accessories and rugs. On the other hand, it can…

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How to choose the right artwork

Artwork for any interior, residential or commercial, is a must have and our clients are advised accordingly. Art is a cohesive element that brings together a space and so necessary in an interior as it injects instant life and character. For some designers, it is art that designs a space meaning that art comes  first and then the fabrics, the colours and finishes. I am not normally presented with art prior to the designing process, so selection comes in the…

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Lighting trends to consider this season

With Diwali just around the corner, Indian homes go through a major spring clean in order to bring in the new year and welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Also known as The Goddess of wealth and fortune. Illumination is an integral part of this tradition. If you are considering updating your fixtures, then you may want to consider current lighting trends. Just like in the fashion world, lighting trends are constantly changing too. It’s an effective and time saving way to enhance your…

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Interior designing for AirBnB

With success stories of Airbnb afloat, more and more of us are experimenting with our own personal spaces with hope of earning that extra buck or two. With home rental market increasing day by day, having a competitive edge couldn’t be more vital. And one way of achieving this is through interior designing. Interior designing costs may set off alarm bells but done carefully and within budget, it can really bring positive results. Today’s discerning customer knows exactly what they’re…

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Extra Space means Extra Drama

Discovering a whole load of space above a false ceiling is a revelation of sorts.  I was lucky enough to experience this recently. The site was a male changing room of a gym and fitness centre. A double height ceiling is an architectural element. It will always add dimensional drama. And in turn transform an ordinary space into an extraordinary one. I was aware the grid ceiling was there to conceal a beam. But what I didn’t know was the…

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