Yesterday was a memorable/interesting day for 2 reasons.

1)      I did what I love! Designed the new office for ‘sy Engage’. Pooja Mahajan you’re a sweetheart for recommending me (see I didn’t use ‘thankyou’)! My first design project in Auckland and enjoyed every moment of it. The creative team at sy Engage was so friendly and welcoming (unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to meet the whole team); I had a creative time brainstorming there after a long time. And the best part was I got to work with the colors I love; red, white, grey and black (coincidentally the company’s brand colors too)! What I really liked there was that Simon Young and his team is so focused on what they are doing (Social media marketing), they have a reason behind each color, which they stand for soo passionately! Giving the space a young and dynamic feel was surely a great challenge! Space planning, color coordination and furniture selection/placement for their 2 studios – truly the highlight of my day!

2)      And since I was in the city, which was buzzing with sales, how can I not shop! (And plus I was waiting for Murtaza to finish his work to go home together..if this counts for a good excuse..) And from here starts the interesting part of my day. We sat in the wrong bus (actually it was M who made us sit in the wrong bus..since am still new to the buses here, I just followed him)! The bus did go half way to our place and then on to the route it was supposed to. And that’s when my dear M asks me “Where is the bus going? Which bus are we on??!!” He got my best ‘ur-dead’ look till date. I walked for a good 30 minutes back home in a 2 inch heels! Ofcourse screaming at him every second of it!

Morals of yesterday: It’s always a pleasure to work with companies with a vivid imagination like sy Engage. AND…

Don’t expect much from husbands after you’ve debited their card!


Talking about contemporary style, slim lines and smooth surfaces in modular kitchen units maximize flexibility of space along with its aesthetic impact.

For people who spend most of the time in the kitchen, contemporary modular kitchens are perfect. The fusion of furniture design and architecture combines the kitchen into the rest of the home. They can now wash dishes as well as entertain guests in the same space. Kitchens are now transformed into culinary dreams as well as a living space.

Merge the kitchen and living space together to form a single unit.

Strong extending horizontal lines and boldly mounted L-shaped units give the modular kitchen an overall cleanest perspective.

Although I have always admired the traditional design style with its intricate architectural details, I personally have always been a fan of  contemporary and modern design. Simple yet sophisticated life. No clutter, just bold and basic pieces with clean simple lines and subtle sense of sophistication. Simplicity.

A contemporary room doesn’t have ruffles, fringe, busy floral prints, or furniture with fussy carved details. Some of the hallmarks of contemporary interior design include lots of chrome metallic accents and liberal use of glass or mirrors as a way to visually ‘open up’ small spaces. For upholstered furniture, wool, linen, jute, and other fabrics with lots of texture seem to be the most popular choice. Floors are usually bare wood, tile, or vinyl, although many people do choose to incorporate bold geometric patterned rugs into their design scheme to provide a bit of warmth and sound control.


As far as color palettes go, the classic contemporary look relies heavily on black, white, and natural tan colors. However, it’s common for fans of this design style to accent a room with a few bold touches. Oranges, reds and lime greens are the ‘tried-and-tested’ accent colors.

Vertical and horizontal strips is a timeless way boost the room’s energy levels. ‘Strip-up’ the walls to give it more height or make the room more wider. Or simply use it in accessories, furniture, rugs and play with different textures to liven up the space.

I recently came across an interior design site blogging about ‘strip’ trend and how it is still in fashion since last year. Posting some inspiration for you.

The striped rug and cushions against white gives the room’s mood an instant lift.

Strips and swirls add a dash of energy to the ‘brown’ room.

Personally one of my favourite. Love the black and white effect of the striped wall blending with the black curtains and black wall. The green chair cushions are a sharp contrast to the background. Gives an overall perfectly ‘balanced’ contrast.

The very close blue horizontal lines give a dash of bold energy in the bachelor’s bedroom.

I was introduced to the world of cooking by my Marriage! So you’ll say that’s how other girls were too, moms pestering them to cook…come in the kitchen and learn how to cook…what will you do after marriage?…well here’s the twist. It wasn’t my mom but my husband who pestered me!

I didn’t know a kitchen existed in my house before marriage (or more like before I met my husband). The only times I would ever enter the kitchen was when I was hungry (which is practically every hour…trust me!). I love food. I love eating. I had my mom dishing out delicious food for me. I had my house-boy serving food off the stove for me. I lived a perfect life. Not that I live it any less now! BUT I have to cook NOW if I want to eat! Except at times when my husband serves me his amazing cooking.

Our conversations just before marriage would totally revolve around me learning to cook. Forcefully. what did you cook today? Did you learn to make this dish? Please learn to make this dish…please learn to make that dish…did you sit with mom and write down all the recipes?..oh don’t forget to learn this dish, I am dying to have it!! In short I was going mad. I had always heard praises for his cooking so why not continue the cooking even after I come?? But we all know the universal truth no matter how many times a guy cooks before marriage, it’s a no-no after marriage.  And I was so not a kitchen person then (& I guess am still not). I would dread weekends, the 2 days I had decided I would cook. I always had a keen interest in making desserts but hated main course. SO but obvious my kitchen on weekends would turn into a war field! Some of the dishes turned out good with my mom’s last-minute touches. Some not even worthy of mentioning.

There was a time when my parents had gone out on the weekend and I very proudly told my mom I would make baked cheese chicken for lunch. Well I did everything somewhat perfectly and kept it for baking. And then started bragging about it to my best friend on the phone. Mom comes home, checks the chicken and goes crazy. That’s when I realized that I had forgotten to put oil so my chicken was stuck on the foil, was totally dry and the less said, the better..! Even my best friend could not stop laughing at my stupidity! 🙁 But common don’t start judging me on this episode alone. There were also many times (ok fine just 2 times..) when I actually cooked better than my mom! 🙂 🙂

My food experiments and mishaps continued after marriage too. The first lunch I cooked was half burnt. But in my defense, it was the first time I had used a hot plate and did not know the intensity of the heat and all…ok fine…but I did improve with all my experiments. Now even my cooking surprises me at times! Mom gets a shock when I tell her I try all those fancy dishes and they turn out good. She once asked ME how I make a certain dish! My husband has reduced his weekend cooking too! I  am still thinking if I should take this as a compliment.

But I still have those bad kitchen-days. Who doesn’t? And if you ask me, I will still say am not a kitchen-person. I still find an excuse to escape the kitchen trap.