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If you’re thinking of redecorating your home and are looking for some inspiration; or just feel that your old furniture is a bit blah and could use a makeover, we’ve got just the thing for you. Parul is letting us inside her lovely home, sharing the inspiration behind the decor, where she sourced furniture pieces from and also her DIY projects ! Over to Parul :

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“My husband and I decorated the space ourselves. It wasn’t really a picture in our mind that we started out with. We just kept buying pieces one at a time, not even sure how we would lay them out in the house. Our inspiration was eclectic :) We drew inspiration from our travel trips. Each trip adds something new to our home and we’re not afraid to mix and match ! Our favourite spot is on the Chesterfield where we like to lie down and watch TV. My husband and I usually fight for the corner of the couch.

Chesterfield Blue Sofa (Urban Ladder)
Nightingale Wong Chairs (Urban Ladder)
End tables in natural finish (Urban Ladder)
Blue end Table (Homemade, painted ourselves)
Coffee Table (Urban Ladder)
Ladder Book Shelf (Home Centre)
Cushions (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
Flow cushions (Home Centre)

Throw – Maspar
Decoratives – Souvenirs from travel trips
Ikkat Trunks – a local exhibition
Curtains – got stitched from a local store.

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The wong chairs were actually meant for our second living room on the first floor, but we liked them when we put them next to the sofa. We were advised against teaming them up by the Urban Ladder experts. They also warned us about having too many wood finishes in the same room. For example we have a teak coffee table and TV unit, a wenge book shelf, walnut top side table and French pinewood finish end tables. To add to the madness, we decided to paint another side table blue! But we just went with what appealed to us. The pieces just started to fit in. Overall, our experience with Urban Ladder has been good. While there were some issues during delivery and quality issues, they were prompt to fix them. However, there is not much styling help that can be expected of them.

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We love doing little DIY projects over weekends on our terrace. The teal blue side table was actually a weekend project. The table frame is over 10 years old, one that my husband bought from IKEA for his first home in Bangalore. Instead of discarding it, we thought of refurbishing and painting it. The colour was also incidental, we wanted a peculiar teal but didn’t get the paint. However, once we used it in the living room, it set the tone for the accent colour after which the runner, floor cushions etc. followed.

The guitar stand is our recent addition. We’re also trying to make a coffee table using a door panel that the landlords had left on the terrace. Among other DIY projects is a carton board table made out of wooden crates. I am also working on a magazine holder and some bottle bases.”

What did you like most about Parul’s living room ?

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