The Ideal Home and Garden - - Contents -

Grow­ing up in a colo­nial house built for Ger­mans, I still re­mem­ber the spa­cious rooms and huge ve­ran­dah where I have me­mories of play­ing many games with my younger sis­ter. Strangely, the main en­trance of the house used to open up to a kitchen-cum-ca­sual din­ing space, to the left was liv­ing space and to the right was pri­vate ar­eas. I in­vari­ably re­mem­ber our kitchen, which was bet­ter than any other room. For me, it was the first room of our home where I have helped my mum cook by relishing her recipes. Though the al­lure of the kitchen ob­vi­ously has a lot to do with food, but grow­ing up, it was also the place where mum could usu­ally be found. My mum’s kitchen was very cre­ative not only in its aes­thet­ics, but also in the tools that she used to cook.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey, kitchen de­sign is one of the big­gest con­sid­er­a­tions while de­sign­ing a house and home­own­ers are pre­pared to spend de­cent amount on this space too. Well, I am surely not sur­prised. This space is ac­tu­ally a bond­ing area that not only ties your home to­gether, it ties your loved ones to­gether. So, as the kitchen con­tin­ues to de­velop and this space is one to be trea­sured what­ever it’s size and if you are still strug­gling with the decor, here we are!

The team’s ef­fort on mak­ing the ‘used to be util­i­tar­ian space’, the hub of home will amaze you in many ways. If you are think­ing about up­dat­ing your kitchen this year, check out the hot trends, as iden­ti­fied by de­sign­ers and in­dus­try ex­perts on (Pg 78). Now, get dec­o­rat­ing! Play­ing with neu­trals is a time­less choice, but adding ex­tra touches can uplift the mood of the space. From walls to floor, tiles to paint, faucets to sinks, and cab­i­nets to fur­ni­ture, all play an im­por­tant role in adding happy hues to this space. The fea­ture Cover Fo­cus (Pg 70) sug­gests work­ing with co­he­sive pal­ette and ma­te­ri­als to achieve a sense of bal­ance with ad­ja­cent spa­ces. Once you are done with the job, you need a re­lax­ing hol­i­day to a spec­tac­u­lar des­ti­na­tion. How about a dis­con­nect from ur­ban life and a lovely stay on wa­ter? Check out Pg 118 to ex­plore more...

Ruhi Singh Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor r.singh@nextgen­pub­lish­

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