kurian: Many Bengalurians are starting to redecorate their homes | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: Seethu Kurian went from being a party planner to an interior designer, all because of the pandemic. Kurian and her husband Tony Joseph found time in April to decorate the open balcony of their apartment in Horamavu.
“For the past four years we had left the balcony unused because it was windy and it was infested with pigeons. But we wanted to expand our space during the pandemic and decided to use the balcony, ”she said, adding that they had renovated old furniture to make the balcony look stylish.
When she posted the transformation on her Instagram account (@seethukurian), Kurian was inundated with inquiries. The demand prompted her to become an interior designer. Since then, she has teamed up with like-minded friend Amal Rosa, a doctor, to complete four interior design projects, including a cafe and an apartment.
“A good carpenter and ideas helped,” said Kurian, who has no formal training in interior design. For her own home, she turned an old laundry basket into a center table, a sewing machine into a console, and a school bench into a traditional sofa.
Kurian is an example of a growing tribe of Bengalurians who have started redecorating their homes now that the pandemic has given them more time to spare.
Vaibhav Laddha, director of Prava, a luxury and lifestyle furniture brand, said that with the pandemic, homes are becoming spaces for work, parties, socializing, school and relaxation. “People are looking to redecorate their homes to meet different needs,” he said.
Prava, which aims to integrate fashion into furniture, was recently launched by Maison Kieraya (HoK), Furlenco’s parent company.
Keyur Zaveri, Head of Design at HoK, said Bangalans want their homes to reflect their personality. “There is a demand for different themes. We offer furniture and accessories such as rugs, lamps, etc. “, did he declare.
Rafida Asmia, a city-based interior designer, said people are looking for new ideas and reaching out with home interior design projects. “Many of my clients share ideas on the Internet or would like us to redecorate around a piece of furniture they love. We are now seeing great active participation from all family members, ”she said, adding that even middle class families are willing to invest time and money to redecorate their homes.
Aashita Chadha, co-founder and CFO of The KariGhars, a luxury interior design firm, said a change in living conditions in 2020 has influenced major interior design trends in 2021. “ People are turning homes into hybrid spaces and the general trend towards sustainability has taken the world by storm, ”she said.
Aashita said popular trends include the use of vintage, multigenerational furniture and cozy nooks with upholstered and upholstered items that are easy to clean and maintain.

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