Diwali Edition: 5 ways to decorate your home

Diwali is just around the corner, and November 6th is closer than you think! We know there is a certain excitement in last-minute preparations. But that being said, we want to make sure you don’t fall into the same old spiral of pulling out dusty decorations, even though you promised yourself this Diwali is going to be different. Here are some ideas we have for you, after scouring the grand old Internet.

1. Festival of lights

 

The spirit of the celebration really comes through with the beautiful diyas and lights that decorate every home in the city. You can make a style statement by choosing from the wide spectrum of simple or ostentatious clay diyas, which you can buy from local vendors or online. There are endless ways to use quirky lamp shades and serial lights, to lighten up your living room and window frames.  You can find battery operated serial lights here.

 

2. Wall hangings

Ditch the old plastic toranams and go for strings of fresh flower, to adorn the hallways and pooja alcoves. They lend a refreshing aesthetic to the space, not to mention the floral scent that wafts over the room. You can wrap the colourful blooms around grills and conventionally overlooked areas, like open shelves. Buying décor doesn’t have to be expensive. You can hang creative pieces like this one in a corner or a blank wall space. Many flats in Chennai have guidelines about drilling holes in walls, so make sure you keep that in mind while buying wall ornamentations.

3. Rangoli trials

 

Rangoli is not just the turf of the artistically gifted. There are a vast number of designs ranging from the simple but colourful, to the more intricate ones. You can buy stencils to create motifs around your designs. If you would much rather buy Rangoli stickers, there are plenty available in local stores. Or why don’t you check this out?

4. All things scented

 

After having cleaned and doing up the place, you can move your focus to the finer things. Use scented candles, aroma oils and sticks, to add a great sensory experience to the evening. There are a host of natural fragrances like lavender, vanilla or jasmine that are for every room and every mood. Here is a selection that you can choose from.

5. Upholstery overhaul

 

If you are in the mood for some big change, why not put the old cushions in a new covers. Old Sofas and curtains can be reupholstered to fit the festive mood. Also check out these sequinned-cushions that will add even more sparkle to your Diwali. You’d be surprised what a little sprucing up can do to amp up the festive mood.

These are just some of the ideas we have for you to ring in this Diwali. What do you have planned? Share your Diwali décor ideas with us in the comments box below.

5 Steps to take before you book your Interior Designer

So, you are here either because you’re in the exciting process of giving shape to your new home, or you have decided that you are going to shuffle things up at the old roost. Nonetheless, you have important decisions to make. Choosing the right interior designer can give you much-needed clarity, and this goes without saying, determine the space you live in. Here is a quick checklist to get you started:

Research, research and then some

This holds true for any big decision related to home matters, and more so for space and design! Sit down with your family and analyze what exactly you want. Is it a minor remodeling or a complete overhaul of the space? Browse through ideas online, discover and narrow-down the aesthetics you’re after. It is also wise to consider building and housing regulations, the budget you have in mind and most importantly, the time you can set aside for this project. With this research as your tool, you can ask better questions and understand design scenarios clearly.

Testing waters

 

By now you’ve gotten your feet wet and have a rough idea of what you want. This is a good time to understand if you need an interior decorator or designer. While interior decorating is only part of the larger process of interior design, the latter can help you plan the space keeping in mind spatial concepts, building codes, and ergonomics. You can approach independent designers or enquire with architecture firms, to have a look at their portfolio and previous work. Create a shortlist, set up meetings, and ask as many questions as you need to. Keep in mind that they might want to physically visit the space before considering taking up the project.

God is in the details

Given the vastness of this field, there are a number of virtual designers, and therefore the cost aspect is a wide spectrum. The costs are usually calculated on the basis of square feet area and hours employed. The cost of the materials and services are transferred to the client, and some charge a commission on the value of the project. So get the details down to pat. Choose someone who understands your aesthetic and make sure you understand their working style.

Signing the dotted line

An interior designer should ideally be one who is aware of the social undertones of art, is willing to understand the nuances of your requirements and translate it into your space, keeping in mind maintenance, safety, law and spatial do’s and don’ts. Make sure both you and the designer understand the plan sketches, timeline and cost before signing the agreement.

Welcome the change

Capella, Arcot Road, Vadapalani

No matter how detailed one’s plan and how neat the execution is, the reality is always slightly if not more different from the original sketches. Congratulate yourself on a project accomplished and welcome the proverbial change!

This is pretty much what you need to get started on the big project you’ve been thinking about all along.

Let us know in the comments about your home renovation story!

 

Things to look out for when buying a house

These days, one is bombarded with plenty of information regarding costs, amenities and benefits, even before one decides to buy a home. It’s no wonder that the decision to invest in a new home is so difficult and complex to make. That is why we, at Appaswamy, have rounded up the most important aspects you need to consider before purchasing your dream home.

Builder Reliability

The importance of finding the right builder cannot be stressed enough, as it reduces your hassle infinitely. It is good to start with primary research about the developer, in terms of prior projects, timely completion, legal issues with respect to titles, etc. Crucial aspects of construction quality, such as approvals and licenses, have to be checked, as well.

Location

In addition to being close to work, proximity to well established schools, hospitals and shopping areas will help you narrow down on a locality for your dream property.

Ensuring easy access to public transportation is prudent. This would especially be essential if the property is on the outskirts of the city. Within the city, weigh in location preferences of your family members. It’s a good place to start looking around areas where your close friends and family reside.

If you plan on selling or renting out your property in the following years, statistics on location-based appreciation would be the most important factor to consider. It is wise to assess intentions before buying property.

Amenities

Identifying the requirements of your family will help you use the amenities available wisely, and plan expected monthly expenditures, as well. A house with elders will require a garden, yoga center and relaxing public spaces; whereas a house with children would rather having a swimming pool, playground, and other sports facilities.

Swimming pool at Appaswamy’s Capella on Arcot Road 

 

Terrace garden at Appaswamy’s Capella on Arcot Road

Another key consideration is the allocated parking space for each apartment, and the cost of ownership, if you require additional parking spots.

Financing

Banks play a major role in any home-buying project. Make sure to go through all the loan document and understand clearly aspects such as pre-closure charges and interest components, among others. Plan your finances by budgeting your expenses for the tenure of repayment. An understanding of the actual costs involved, factoring in anticipated and unanticipated expenses in the future and an increase in the cost of living, will help you assess if you will be able to comfortably manage the EMI payment every month.

Finally, it is also indispensable to employ a lawyer to go through all the bank and property documentation before making any commitments or transactions.

Appaswamy’s Capella, located at the heart of the city on Arcot Road, Vadapalani, is a property that will definitely check all your boxes. Call now to visit the model apartment.

RERA No: TN/29/Building/0198/2018 dt. 14.06.2018

Auspicious days in a year to invest in a home

Navarathri and Diwali are just around the corner, and along with the joy of spending valuable time with friends and family over traditional feasts and sweets, it brings with it the excitement of significant festive-time purchases!

According to the Hindu calendar, festivals are a favourable time to start something new, and Vijayadasami, Danteras and Diwali day are considered the most auspicious days in the second half of the year to make one of the biggest purchases that is made in one’s lifetime, real estate or property.

Vijayadasami or Dussehra

Vijayadasami marks the end of the 9-day festival of Navarathi and is celebrated grandly all over India. Observed for different reasons in different parts of the country – be it Goddess Durga’s victory over buffalo Demon Mahishasura, God Rama’s triumph over 10-headed Demon King Ravana, or Arjuna’s defeat of the entire Kaurava army, Vijayadasami universally symbolises the victory of good (dharma) over evil (adharma).

As is seen from these epic stories, the day of Vijayadasami is said to bring ‘vijaya’ or victory, and is considered one of the best days to start a new venture for a successful outcome. Many people start their new business, buy a new vehicle, or make real estate investments on this pious day.

Dhanteras

Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi, marks the first day of the 5-day festival of Diwali. In some parts of India, this day holds more importance than the actual day of Diwali and the main deities worshiped on this day are Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity; Kuber, the God of wealth; and Ganesha, the Lord who ensures favourable beginnings.

Dhanteras is an auspicious muhurta and also the day that many business communities in India begin their financial year. Furthermore, in Hindi, ‘dhan’ means wealth and such a day is definitely the opportune time in the year for investing in precious metals, like gold and silver, and property.

Diwali

Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India, symbolising the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It holds a lot of significance for the home – people clean or renovate their houses and decorate the interiors and exteriors with small lamps called ‘diyas’.

The Festival of Lights is surely the perfect occasion to make a property purchase to bring light and good fortune into your home and family. It is believed that major purchases like gold and property made during the shubh muhurta (auspicious time) on Diwali will multiply tenfold.

While these auspicious days are a great time to invest in a home, one must do in-depth research before sealing the deal. Many real estate companies roll of discounts and offers around this time to attract buyers, and it is of utmost importance to deal with reliable property developers.

We at Appaswamy Real Estates are leading premium builders in Chennai, highly appreciated for our business ethics.

Green Matters

Imagine a tranquil place so calm that you’ve never felt more alive in your life – high up in the mountains, overlooking a large valley, or deep inside the forest. Now go back and observe the shades of green that you had imagined. Yes, green matters, and not just in food or on your paycheck anymore. The green invasion has taken over our homes as well.

Let’s dwell a little bit on the science behind the marvels of green. In colour therapy, green is used to soothe the soul and mind. The green-effect helps the human body relax and tends to calm the anxious mind, by giving it the quiet that it needs to regain emotional balance. That is why mornings overlooking the tea-estate or a luscious valley helps you get in touch with yourself. Now imagine experiencing that feeling every single day. Your home can usually accommodate a garden that can have the same effect on you. This World Architecture Day, let us explore the popular trend that is here to stay, Garden Architecture.

Vertical Forests

With global warming and pollution taking center stage in urban capitals, the vertical forest is a concept driven by Italian architect and designer, Stefano Boeri, that is fast catching on. So, what is a vertical forest? Simply put, they are buildings that are covered in plants and trees. The Chinese Government’s plan of erecting vertical forests that stretch for a kilometer near the Liujiang River is estimated to accommodate 40,000 trees and million odd plants. The idea is to soak up the pollution and provide clean oxygen and shade during the summer while acting as insulation during the winter. Experts around the world are still exploring this concept, implementing which would increase the green cover significantly.

Vertical Gardens

As the name implies, vertical gardens are smaller than vertical forests, in size, and have already started coming up in public spaces, homes and even offices. This type of garden uses walls, both inside and outside buildings, to prop up a garden against it. Having the exteriors of a building covered in a garden would aid in keeping the building cool and insulated, in addition, to soundproofing it, and giving a boost to biodiversity.

Indoor vertical gardens have more advantages than just being pleasing to the eye – they keep your home cool, enhance me-time significantly, and are an unparalleled visual treat. These installations are so well designed, thanks to the architects who put their minds to it, that it greatly reduces water consumption, and is most often automated and controlled by an app. More importantly, it does not reach the wall or leave stain marks, as most would speculate.

Terrace Gardens

This is the oldest form in which gardens encroach into apartments – they take over balconies and terraces first before moving on to walls and building exteriors. Your architect can help you plan your balcony/rooftop with a mix of both vertical and horizontal gardens. Managing a garden not only helps you destress, but you also become a better nurturer, and it gives a sense of control in your life.

Capella, Arcot road, Vadapalani

If you are wondering where you could find such an apartment in Chennai that brings you in touch with nature, that would be Appaswamy’s Capella on Arcot Road, Vadapalani. Reach out to us to learn more about how we incorporate gardens into our buildings while retaining modern urban elements that give you the comfort and joy of a secure, sustainable life.