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From Apartments to Villas – Convenience takes Precedence

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This post is about my dream home, a subject that keeps changing its color and style with every passing year. Obviously as new avenues come up, the concept of my dream home takes on a new hue and my plan gets on to works again. So for sure this subject is a living document till I get to the one that meets my requirement with a futuristic vision. It will be quite interesting to know how my concept has changed over the years and what is it that has taken priority today.

Having lived in apartments, my interest is now with villas with all the features an apartment would offer. My option for villas is my love for greenery around. Time is such a costly commodity and so maintaining a green cover around has been a challenge. So the project that I would go for should provide 4 or 5 bedroom villas with landscaped garden. I would love to pitch in with maintenance now and then for those hands-on times with children.

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Urban Tree Homes: Affordable Housing without Compromising on Quality

The famous adage “veetai katti paaru, kalyanathai panni paaru” (Get a house built and get a marriage done) explains the challenge of owning a dream home as we embark on getting an apartment of our own.  To many of us,  a home is our dream we nourish and cherish and is no more a roof of our own as it was known earlier.  Individual houses had its own pitfalls and ask the owners and the list of issues and problems in getting it built will continue to prolong.  With the advent of apartment culture, the onus of building a house and delivering it to us has moved to the builders. Our understanding is that the builders are know it all and will deliver our dream home as we envisage it.  But unfortunately, it has not been a smooth and happy journey for many and the focus is on getting the right builder to buy the apartment.  It is no easy task and when we were invited to be a part of #UrbanTreeJourney of Urban Tree Homes to have a look at their ongoing projects, we were curious to know what the builder has for us, the consumers.

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Mantra Adds a Different Dimension to Gold Plating

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Gold plating / gold covering as it is popularly known has been a synonymous process with many of us in the late 70s and 80s when we wanted to own that classic piece of ornament which we could not afford in gold. I remember having a wonderful collection of temple jewelry, my priced possession for a long time. With the introduction of paste jewelry, the popularity and familiarity of gold plating has ebbed a little only to reinvent itself in different forms of application.  

Ask about gold covering to elders, they will tell you how it has saved them from embarrassing situations while attending weddings and family functions. The process of plating is coating the base metal which can be brass, bronze and silver with gold in specific microns to give a golden effect and also protect the valuable artifact underneath.

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Viveks Bonanza for its Customers – Huge Warehouse Sale for 3 days

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Viveks, yes our own Viveks India is holding a Warehouse sale on 25th, 26th and 27th March2016. It was amazing to see a huge display of televisions, Airconditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, fans, coolers, mixies, grinders, laptops, mobiles and you name it and it is there – latest and at an unbelievable price. This is no simple advertorial since we ourselves checked out various prices and was amazed at what was offered to us in the latest Television and washing machine since we are buying it ourselves.

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Effective Use of Interior décor to Bring Indian Art into Living Space

Interior decor makes a building of mortar and bricks to a living space.  What if we get an opportunity to make our contemporary Indian Art part of our home integrated so beautifully into our spaces to enhance the looks and go beyond just framed pieces of it on walls here and there as decorative pieces?  Living Canvas is such an initiative by Pallavi Goenka and initially we could not really understand how we can make use of art beyond pieces of art on the wall.  Thanks to their sincerity in getting across samples of materials they use and its applications in interior decor, we could appreciate the efforts that have gone into this venture.

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Luxury Living: Integrating Swimming Pools in Your Home

Home is where the heart is and for us, home is not just one building to stay but a communion of hearts and comfort coming together to decide what makes it the place to live. The moment we start to think about a home, our mind starts listing out our fancies and the best that we could possibly accommodate to match our lifestyle beyond just the basics.  When it comes to luxury living, the common thing that comes into the minds of most people looking for a home is a Swimming pool unless you have hydrophobia.

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When we talk about relaxation and leisure, we cannot help thinking about revelry or a candle light dinner by the pool side or simply lazing around in it.  The ways it jumps onto our imagination is left to individual’s fantasy.  For those in the category of usefulness in the home, here is a bit for you. Exercise has become an integral part of our daily life. Ask any expert in the fitness industry, the best form of exercise is swimming because it comes under the non-impact category.

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Introducing a Fantastico GPS based Product, iTag – Anti-Loss and Anti-Theft Device

Travelling today has a lot of strings and if you are travelling with family, most of our time is spent in gathering people, ensuring everyone is comfortable and making sure all their needs are met.  Additionally, safety of baggage takes top priority and in case, it is a longer trip, baggage grows more in number.  Travel times is about one or the other keeping awake to ensure baggage stays with us. Additional care points when taking along elderly people lies in ensuring all their accessories such as spectacles, mobile, medicines go along with them wherever they go.  This is not the issue with large groups alone, even when we are travelling alone or being a frequent traveler in a touring group, we carry a lot of our gadgets such as camera, tripod, mobile, lens, laptops, cards, external HDD and so many to make travel blogging or purpose tours fully covered to have an impact on our audience.

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Old is Gold Mornings Revived with #Colgate360GoldMornings

nalukettuDawn breaks and our home is abuzz with ceremonial traditional Suprabatham so loud yet soothing such that everyone wakes up to it.  Our beautiful home is lit with natural light entering through the traditional windows and the sun roof on the terracotta tiles. Our expansive home extends 3 divisions in length and the whole place is filled with pleasant incense.  Getting up in the morning is refreshing and triggers a unique feeling of awakening in me. A walk to the backyard reveals the well cared for garden of guava, mango, neem, drumstick, coconut trees dotted with fragrant flower beds of jasmine, hibiscus, rose and many day and night flowers.  It is a unique experience to see those buds waiting for the respective breaks to show up their lovely faces.

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Trend  Talk : Know about Dream Catchers

ojibweCheck out the latest trend and you see Dream catchers everywhere in home décor, lockets, pendants, earrings and more.  Look closely and you can see intricate work depicting a geometrical pattern assembled in a certain way. Dream catchers  are originally from south America and belong to the native people of Ojibwe nation.  Let us know a little bit more on the legend behind it and also its construction.

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Interior Décor for Kids – Planning and Buying Decor, Linen and Accessories

Interior décor is a big challenge when it comes to kids. It is a different take when compared to the aspects of different spaces in home such as living and kitchen. In one of the discussion sessions with a interior decorator while planning our space, my daughter who was listening to everything suddenly interrupted and said nothing you discussed for my room interests me. On a deeper thought, we understood that she has the right to plan her room the way she wants. Let me tell you, it is easily said than done. We have to think as a kid to understand her interest and see everything through her eyes.

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Lets Get Together with Our Head and Heart

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Of late thoughts of this nature haunt my mind. Have we made our life too complex to live? Do we have the time to be on our own into those beautiful moments of solitary refinement to introspect and gain those wise insights of absolute wisdom? Privacy has become a public entity. We can live those moments without bothering about our child who is yet to come back from school but not without the mobile phone that was just misplaced. Everything is getting digital and the world is becoming totally virtual sans any personal face to face interactions. Meaningless communication, unseen posts and random forwards have become the idea of keeping in touch but the big question here is do we really connect? Do we enjoy the togetherness we feel when we meet each other in Whatsapp? Do we get that warmth that we treasure when we hold each other’s hands when we like and comment in Facebook? The answer is a Big No.

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Now let us move to the pleasant side of things. It is the season of Navaratri in Tamilnadu, a  celebration of 9 evenings culminating on the 10th day, Vijayadasami.

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Our Living Space : Unleashing Colors of Home Decor with #PaintFinder

Painting my home is always a clash and communion of ideas and at a time when we were planning a makeover with the festive season approaching, we were asked to try out the Bed Bath and More themes and choose paints to suit our collection using the smart tools in their site. It was indeed a Bolt in the Blue and we thought it appropriate to try out the #PaintFinder to check out the paint colors we like and what more, applying on the walls and having a look at its presentation. This proved a valuable tool since a visit to the paint store provided us color cards of Asian Paints, Berger and Nerolac and it was no ordinary task making out how it would be. Also a color that we look at in the card may not look good when applied to the walls since the area is large. For instance, we decided to go for Blues this time and the blue range by itself was daunting that after sometime we just could not visualize anything at all. Our experience with the Bed Bath and More website and the tool here..

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