Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on December 10, 2017
When I first met my client and saw what was then a guest bedroom with dark dingy wallpaper and brown curtains covering the only window, the idea of converting it to a nursery for a 3 month old baby seemed rather far fetched!
But when I look at what we’ve achieved and how far this room has come, I couldn’t be more proud! This post is to walk you through the entire design process of how this huge change came along.
To begin with here are some of the before pics of the space. In all it was a small tight room with one large window!
The first thing the clients wanted was a bright, open and cheery room for their little baby girl! White with pops of color and a fun vibrant space is what they were looking for!
One of the my favorite things about this space was we started with an open slate. A lot of kids rooms and nurseries start with ‘I want it pink and butterfly themed or princess themed!’ or ‘Can we do a car themed nursery?’. Not this one and for that I commend my client…..her only brief was ‘I want it to be a fresh and bright and happy place….I don’t even know what my little baby girl likes at this stage and I wouldn’t want to impose my views on her!’
That put us in a great place…to have the ability to truly imagine and be creative! And that is the reason this nursery has turned out to be a space where a child can truly grow and still love the room. It’s fresh, modern, bright and still happy and cheery enough to be a kids room!
Here’s a look at our design board and starting point!
Lets start with the wallpaper….we knew we wanted to have wallpaper on the large wall and most of the wallpaper we saw either had fairies, butterflies and predictable patterns on them or were simply not unique enough. So we decided to make a custom wallpaper in a geometric pattern! We worked with my graphic designer to design this beautiful wallpaper in shades of pastel pink, mint and white! I am so in love with this wallpaper! Totally makes this room! Here are some pictures!
The rest of the walls were to stay a nice crisp white. The wall on the opposite end had a wall nook which we painted pink to create contrast and add a pop of color. Below the wall nook there was a long wall and we decided to create simple built in storage here. Clean and simple shelving in white with chrome legs that not only looks modern but is super functional for storing kids toys, books etc. We added a few bins to carry smaller things and left some open! Here’s a look at the built in unit and the pink wall nook!
The next step was picking our curtain and rug! I stumbled upon this beautiful curtain with cockatoos and hornbills and we were sold! Such a vibrant yet elegant pattern for a kids room! We kept the rug neutral in gray with subtle multicolor stripes running through in silk threads woven through the wool carpet.
The crib is a simple white crib from mother care and the bed from Asian Arts was a great choice with a comfortable upholstered headboard that’s great for sitting back with baby. The design is modern and clean with a neutral fabric to keep things light and bright.
We added a nesting table for the bedside from the Wishing chair and a beautiful bird lamp from Vajor. A few lovely pillows and accessories to round off the look!
Last but not the least, our custom wall art! These prints are from Etsy and we got them printed and framed here. These stunning one of a kind bird prints of a Toucan and a Flamingo are the perfect addition to the wallpapered wall!
Hope you enjoyed a walk through of this renovation. A huge thank you to Katya Matrioshka from Matrioshka Media for the fantastic photographs!
Do share your thoughts with us! And dont forget to call us for your next renovation or interior project 🙂
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on November 4, 2017
I’m so excited that we are hiring and growing!
Job Profile – Interior Design Intern
If you’re interested in interior design, love playing with pattern and color, have a thing for clicking pictures of your feet perched on gorgeous floors and basically want to redecorate every home you walk into, you’ll love this job!
But along with the fun comes a lot of project management, deadlines, vendor and supplier building and management or put more bluntly chasing people, answering the phone 20 times in an hour, working on design renders and blog posts on (some) friday nights!
We are very small…so far its I and that means a lot of this job is shadowing me through the design process, assisting me in project execution and managing every little detail that goes into my design projects! Coupled with design assistance, the job also entails social media management and content writing, so its important that you have a flair for writing and are comfortable with the social media platforms.
Key Skills – Creativity, problem solving, project management and great communication! A good understanding of Auto CAD/ Sketchup!
Education – Graduate/ Interior Design Student
If you think you fit the bill – send your resume and creatives if any to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short write up on why you think you are right for the job!
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on October 5, 2017
We’re back on the blog….summer is gone, kids are back in school and the festive season has kicked off!
What better time to talk about how to style your dining table! Whether it’s for a formal intimate dinner with a small group of close friends, or for a casual relaxed brunch, these tips will get your dining table party ready!
And don’t forget to scroll down to see the two ‘shop the looks’ I put together for your shopping pleasure 😉
Start with a look/vision
It’s important to start things off knowing where you want to head! Pick a theme based on color, occasion or a look you want to achieve…it could be summer florals for a relaxed brunch, rustic vintage glam for a high tea or a blue and yellow for a baby shower!
Pick a unique statement or centerpiece
Once you have a theme, its time to pick something unique for your centerpiece or as a recurring statement! A large vintage inspired cake stand holding candles, jars and votives and vases of all kinds holding simple hydrangeas, driftwood branches and dried leaves on a lace cloth, the choices are endless! Remember the key is it to keep things simple yet unique and in line with your overall theme.
The short and tall
A key styling tip is to vary the heights in your table setting so as to draw the eye and create more visual interest. Its also important to note that you don’t want to create a table setting that has elements that are too high as they disrupt eye contact when seated.
Color and Texture
Another way to create interest is to play around with colors and texture. Work with no more than two to three colors and consider repeating them through the entire table setting to bring a cohesive feel to the table. I love incorporating texture through plants, natural materials and textiles used through the table.
Don’t forget the details
However pretty a table might be styled, its crucial to get the place settings right. Keep in mind the occasion and decide on how the table will be set…formal, casual or buffet. Choose your dinnerware, flatware and barware accordingly and set them right. Unless it’s a casual buffet set up I don’t recommend paper plates, cups or napkins.
Hope these tips will help you get your dinner table festive and party ready. To take things a step further, I put together two looks for you – casual chic and festive glamour!
California casual chic – Organic, modern and fresh! Just perfect for a relaxed brunch in your backyard or terrace! Of course just as chic in an indoor casual setting! This look blends high and low, balances rustic charm with refined chic and is elegant yet inviting! Click on the item to shop!
Source List (from left to right);
Colored glasses, Water pitcher , Faux cacti , Turquoise cake stand, Jute table runner, Large dinner plate, Salad plate, Table mat,Printed napkin, Gold salt and pepper shaker, Gold criss cross napkin rings, Wooden salad bowl, Salad server, Dessert spoon, Metal Lantern
Festive glam – Vibrant, luxe and perfect for a festive soiree! Warm rich red paired with gold and muted grays makes for a glamorous setting, while the bold suzani print offset by linen and stripes keeps the look refined! Click on the item to shop!
Source List (from left to right);
Striped table mat, Printed napkins,Large dinner plate,Small dinner plate, Gold cutlery, Set of votives, Copper candle stands,Suzani table runner, Brass bowl, Agate coasters
Which is your look? Happy shopping 🙂
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on September 28, 2017
We’re back with lots of good posts to share on the blog and are kicking off with a guest post (sponsored) from Shopper’s Stop!
With the festive season here in full swing, here are their tips on how you can customize cushions your way to create the perfect look for your home!
How often do you feel the need to change the look and feel of your rooms? We guess many a times☺ Changing wall finishes and paint or your furniture for every such ‘I need a change’ feeling isn’t quite possible! But what you can definitely do is, change those cushion covers!
Go for different styles, materials, and patterns and create a fresh look every time!
Here are some of our favorite tips on how to create different looks;
The Print Selection
Prints are a great way to stay on trend! Whether its to bring out the different seasons or for a festive makeover, you can have different prints for every season, occasion, or event. Keep changing them time to time so you can follow the changing trends!
The Fabric and texture
Cushion covers come in a variety of different fabrics and textures. For the festive season consider richer fabrics like silk and velvet, while for casual gatherings you can go for patterned fabrics. Cotton cushion covers are the best for your everyday casual setup as they are low in maintenance and wear well.
Patch it good
The new trend is the Patchwork cushion covers. They look stylish and also maintain the softness in texture. The variety in color combinations and textures are great. You can also do a fun festive DIY activity at home to create your own patchwork covers as they’re really easy to make. You just need to choose those colors and patterns right!
Shapes that fit
Different homes and people mean different preferences! Different furniture means different kinds of cushions! Cushions come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from bolster cushions to chair pads to regular square cushions. Decide the size and shape that works best for you and your space.
Ornate and Festive
The festive season is here and it’s the best time to bring in a fresh and ornate look to your rooms. Embroidered covers are a great choice to give your room that wow factor. The detailed handwork is beautiful and the colors are bright and festive enough to keep them all year long!
Pick your choice of the Cushion Cover this season from the Shopper Stop’s Cushion cover section online and enjoy your home’s new look 🙂
Image source: Pinterest & Shoppers Stop
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on June 10, 2017
From dark, dreary and dysfunctional to modern, bright and functional!
When I met my clients their brief was simple….’we find most of our larger living spaces too dark, too dull and not functional to our needs and what we’re looking to do is make it all bright and inviting!’
They are a lovely warm young family with a 5 yr old daughter and they wanted their home to be warm, welcoming and at the same time functional and modern!
We decided to work on three spaces in the home – the large living dining space, their daughter’s bedroom and the large family living area on the upper level of their duplex!
Living & Dining
This space though large came with its own set of challenges….there was no clear entryway, the walls were painted in two colors leaving the ceilings looking shorter and the room smaller, the layout of the space didn’t allow for conversations or TV viewing and all in all just a dull, cluttered space!
The clients wanted to paint the entire space white for a light and bright look and when I suggested a bold indigo blue wall, there was shock and discomfort! But with time and their trust in my point of view, we plunged right in and had a bold blue wall on the far end of the large space, which made the space look cozier and grounded. The rest of the walls were painted a beautiful shade of white to brighten things up. And voila, we had a completely different space in front of us….what a transformation it was!
Lighting was a crucial element in this project and we had to work hard to get the right fixtures and look. We went for sleek simple industrial modern lights through the entire space and recessed ceiling lights for a modern look. The black wire drop pendant in the entryway is a favorite and so are the glass sconces.
Mustard drapes to balance the blue wall with simple white sheer blinds for function and a beautiful blue tile pattern wool rug pull together all the colors in this space. We already had a very large beige sofa that the client owned and to break the beige we added a beautiful ikat statement chair in blue and white.
A sleek wood media console, industrial influenced prints as wall art and metallic nesting tables round off this space! Take a look at some of the shots of our living room!
Here’s a picture of how it looked Before
And here are some shots of the After!
The dining area lacked in lighting and the clients wanted to have a separate functional bar. We used one of their existing wooden cabinets as a bar cabinet and added a beautiful metallic table lamp for some light. I framed some of their travel treasures and made a little gallery wall of sorts using travel memorabilia to give the bar table a Parisian vibe and it makes for such a lovely use of otherwise empty space.
We brought in a sculptural white pendant light to go over the dining table and added a modern glass and black console table to give this space some freshness.
One of my favorite elements in this space, are the four repurposed watercolor paintings (you can see two of them in the ‘before’ pics of the living room) that we framed with a black mount… and lined up together they make for some bold statement art!
Here are some shots of the dining room.
This room had a dark built in bed and a wall full of dark built in wardrobes. The only way to shake things up here was to refinish the wardrobes and the bed!
So we refinished all the wardrobes and the built in bed in bright white and added a custom pink upholstered tufted headboard for some drama!
Brass pendants, simple wall sconces and beautiful hand embroidered drapes pull this space together giving it a fun yet elegant feel.
I love the small elements that we brought in like the basketweave giraffe head, the elephant print, the patterned ikat rug and simple clean bedding that give it a chic but fun vibe!
By far the biggest challenge in this renovation project was the family space on the upper level. It had a difficult layout with a staircase landing leading into the space and not to mention very little natural light with one window and dull beige paint to further add to the dreary look!
Here are some pictures of how it looked ‘Before’!
We tore down the dark built ins on the landing and creating gorgeous floor to ceiling white built ins with simple cube shelving. This provides much needed storage for books and all the toys and clutter that comes with having kids!
Next we painted the largest wall a light beautiful shade of blue and extended the same white to the rest of the walls from downstairs. Much needed lighting was added through recessed ceiling lights, a beautiful nickel finish white pendant light and sconces on the large wall. We used the clients existing furniture and added a desk and chair to create a small home office. Sheer white blinds and modern chevron pattern rug keep it light and bright.
On the far end of the room we created a play space for the little girl by adding an A frame tent, a small kids table and chair and using the clients repurposed shelving unit for some storage.
One of my favorite things in this space is all the artwork done by the little girl as wall art. There are pencil sketches and doodles that form a small cluster of art over the desk and bold paintings that are framed and hung in her play area.
This renovation was challenging because of the difficult layout, the amount of change we needed and the tight budget we had! But when you see your clients feeling happy and enjoying their home the way they should, it makes it all worth it!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I did making these spaces happen 🙂
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on April 21, 2017
I met Anne through a common friend but had no idea of her love for design and decor! When I decided to start a home tour section on our blog, my friend connected us saying ‘Anne’s home is a work of art!’. And you will see as we go along, it sure is 🙂
Sean, Anne and their beautiful son Dominic recently moved to Bangalore. And Anne has taken the time to set up this beautiful home with a lot of furniture and accessories purchased locally in addition to what they had.
Having grown up in California, Anne brings in a generous dose of relaxed chic California style to their otherwise traditional home! Blended beautifully the space is warm, inviting and filled with stylish elements all through. A walk through brings up a variety of styles from coastal chic, eclectic boho to california glam all effortlessly mashed up to create a space as beautiful as the family that lives in it!
Go on and enjoy the tour!
The sunny verandah
Coastal elements on the entryway console
Indigo blue upholstered sofas
A pair of traditional chairs with a raw wood table
A buddha figurine on a wooden trunk
Dining area console
Here’s more about Anne”s decorating style and her influences…
Style – An eclectic blend of boho, soft glam with a bit of California thrown in (which is where I’m originally from).
Inspiration – I am inspired mostly by nature, my travels and textiles.
Favorite piece/element/item – My wooden dining table. It’s solid, simple and beautiful. It’s also the center of many of the activities and and where i generally congregate with family and friends in my home.
First big purchase/biggest splurge – Our home by the beach in Los Angeles.
Influence of your family on your style – You don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics and design for functionality. I have an active 5 year old who loves to bounce from sofa to chair to sofa. Thats why I chose durable dark sofas and kid proof carpets that can be cleaned easily. There are so many choices out there.
Dream buys – A customized Viking stove and customized walk-in closet.
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on April 1, 2017
One of the questions I get asked most often is how can I have a living room that’s stylish but at the same time kid friendly.
And while I must admit our definition of style must change after kids, it’s absolutely possible to still have a stylish well-designed living room.
Stylish doesn’t have to mean a murano glass vase teetering on a three legged gold side table or a pristine white sheepskin thrown on your chair! There are many ways to do stylish while still making the space comfortable for a family to hang out.
Here are my 5 favorite tips!
1. Knock off the coffee table
It instantly makes your room feel larger, allows for more space to move around and makes for a cozy yet comfortable living area! Get down on the rug with your kids to play a board game, have your kids play legos and throw a few floor cushions/poufs when you have guests!
Well if you really must have one, consider an upholstered ottoman instead. Top it with a tray to serve food and drinks or use it as a footrest while watching your favorite show, the soft edges make it kid friendly and offer extra seating all in one!
2. Invest in a good quality soft rug with color and pattern
If you are a parent, you know that a busy pattern is your friend! Hides spills and stains like a pro while still looking good…what’s not to love!
Think soft wool rugs in medium tone rich colors, vintage Kilims/Persian rugs, carpet tiles or cotton dhurries in bright colors and pattern.
They help ground the whole room and are a great way to bring in color and pattern!
3. Keep large pieces of furniture neutral and comfortable
A sofa that’s neutral and has good bones is the backbone of a well-styled and kid friendly living room. Look for one that comes upholstered in an easy to maintain fabric like a microfiber or chenille or if you prefer a casual laidback look slipcovered sofas are a great option!
Neutral medium tone colors like gray, taupe, blues and mustard work as a good backdrop that can be dressed up with pillows and throws!
4. Layered storage
We all know storage is essential with kids and all the stuff that comes along with them! However it’s not just about the cabinets, storage shelves and designated cupboards in their rooms.
Its more about the layers of storage that are built into your shared living space….the bins under the media console, the basket next to your sofa or the storage bins in your bookshelf. These small storage pieces let you hide away those blocks, board games and toys in a jiffy!
5. Make the most of your walls
Open floor space is valuable when you have little kids. One of my favorite tips is to make use of your walls by using tall bookshelves that can hold your prized possessions and knick-knacks on the top shelves keeping them safe from little hands and the lower shelves can be used as storage.
Another way to use your walls is as a decorative tool to bring in color and visual interest. Think bold paint, mirrors, art, wall hangings or even create a gallery wall of your kid’s favorite art amongst other pieces to bring in an element of fun and whimsy!
I hope we have been able to give you some ideas on how to decorate your very own family friendly living room! While you are at it, do send us some pics of your space 🙂
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on March 21, 2017
The botanical trend has been everywhere lately…..with the palm leaves, tropical vibes and the island feel whats not to love! I love anything green and leafy, but how do you get the vibe of this trend in an already designed or existing space?
Here are my tips – pillows/cushions are an instant way to bring home a new/trendy look, so are smaller pieces like dinnerware, vases and wall art. A great tip here is to break the pattern by adding a calmer pattern or color like the white floral cushion which still has the island vibe but is calmer because of the white!
And if you’re feeling this a bit more and want to plunge right into some tropical leafy goodness…I love the idea of wallpaper, an accent chair, a pendant light or even curtains!
Go on and shop my favorite picks 🙂
Source List (click on item to buy)
Tropical Print Arm Chair
Palm Grove Wallpaper
Botanical Illustration Wall Art 1
Botanical Illustration Wall Art 2
Palm Print Pendant Lamp
Green and white tropical print cushion
White floral cushion
Tropical print plate
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on March 19, 2017
One of my favorite trends of the season – Industrial Luxe! Edgy, glam and chic!
Here’s how to nail the look if you don’t want to change up the look of your whole house but still want to embrace the trend in small but sure ways!
Source List (click on item to buy)
Matte black and gold wall lamp
Slate table lamp
Marble and gold side table
Wood and brass handle tray
Nickel and wood serving set
Marble and wood cake stand
Happy Shopping 🙂
Created by Vinithra Amarnathan on March 15, 2017
Jewel tones are a big trend this season…..deep rich hues like royal blue, amethyst, emerald and ruby are taking over pastels and muted tones!
Here’s how you can bring the look home without making it look overdone! Sheer fabrics, glass, natural texture and fabrics help tone things down while still keeping with the rich colors.
Source List (click on item to buy)
Blue Mosaic Mirror
Blue Woven Curtains
Cherry Linen Armchair
Fuchsia Silk Cushion Cover
Blue Green Cushion Cover