The Ideal Home and Garden - - Contents -

Con­sid­ered as an in­spi­ra­tion for the rest of the world, In­dia’s rich cul­ture, her­itage, art and phi­los­o­phy are so beau­ti­fully in­ter­wo­ven that they are in­sep­a­ra­ble. I have al­ways been charmed and con­fused in equal mea­sure. When I see some­thing as beau­ti­ful as Taj Ma­hal, I won­der how such a mag­nif­i­cent struc­ture was made with­out us­ing modern tech­nol­ogy. My re­cent visit to Kar­nataka was surely an ex­pe­ri­en­tial tour of breath­tak­ing nat­u­ral won­ders, es­pe­cially the Hoysaleswara Tem­ple, which was built as early as the 12th cen­tury. The tem­ple has an ex­ten­sive sculp­ture on its wall and is an ar­chi­tec­tural beauty. I was amazed to see the or­nate walls de­pict­ing hu­mans and an­i­mals, while the ma­jor at­trac­tion is surely its pil­lars. Ah! I am still sway­ing in those beau­ti­ful mo­ments.

To keep the her­itage lover spirit alive and to cel­e­brate the land of ar­chi­tec­tural mar­vels, the team has ded­i­cated this is­sue to ‘all things In­dian’. From ar­chi­tects to de­sign­ers, pat­terns to tex­tures, mo­tifs to prints, we will surely in­spire you to bring a bit of In­dia into your decor. The fea­tures on choos­ing the most ex­otic, in­ter­est­ing and com­plex In­dian style, will surely help you in cap­tur­ing the essence of this en­chant­ing style. Trust us, In­dia-in­spired in­te­ri­ors of­fer many ex­cit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties, and the rich­ness of the dec­o­ra­tive choices will lend a royal feel to your abode.

Our style guru, Ar­navi, who is in­spired by the West (she is plan­ning to ex­plore Sin­ga­pore soon) thinks that grey by def­i­ni­tion is neu­tral and as ver­sa­tile as any colour can be. Her style shoot on us­ing grey as the main ac­cent colour in ac­ces­sories, fur­ni­ture or for the walls has cer­tainly changed my un­der­stand­ing about the colour. Lastly, Delilah ex­plores ways to get your home mon­soon-ready by wel­com­ing the over­cast sky and the grey clouds that hide the sun­shine. En­joy the beauty of the rains with these mon­soon decor tips.

Happy read­ing!

Ruhi Singh Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor r.singh@nextgen­pub­lish­

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