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The Festive Home

Friday, October 10, 2014

Diwali is just around the corner and if you’re looking to give your home a little traditional makeover, Rhea Dhanbhoora & Dev Goswami have the perfect pieces for you. Read on to find out how to add a festive touch to your home and pick from some traditional décor

This simple table, from Baaya Designs, has just a hint of embellishment and will be perfect as a side table.
Price On request

This beautiful candle holder from will look charming in an empty corner, or at your dining table.
Price Rs 799

You can never go wrong with animal sculptures! We love this solid, silver, carved elephant from Amrapali.
Price On request

Want to go all out? Pick up this cute kullad set from, which you can use to serve tea to your guests.
Price Rs 399

We are fans of vintage décor, and if you are too, pick up this lamp shade from HyperCITY.
Price Rs 1,799

These door handles from will add a royal touch to your festive décor.
Price Rs 1,425

These mosaic lamp shades, from, are the perfect way to light up your home this Diwali.
Price Rs 6,818

If you want to keep your décor classic and understated, we recommend this chair from Anemos.
Price Rs 30,000

Pair this cushion cover, from, with a white or beige sofa to add a traditional touch to your home.
Price Rs 799

This Kirman Carpet, from, with its intricate design an gold and beige border is perfect to add an ethnic touch.
Price Rs 11,000 onwards

These pretty tea light holders, available at, are perfect your children’s bedroom.
Price Rs 750 each

This handmade, Rajasthani temple offers great value-for-money. Pick it up from
Price Rs 2,494 has a great range of festive décor items. We love their collection of cushions sporting colourful prints.
Price Rs 599 onwards

These vintage lanterns from Magnolia are our pick, for a simple, but attractive statement décor piece.
Price Rs 2,500 each

You can add a festive touch to your home with something as small as this desk clock, from
Price Rs 399

We absolutely love this table lamp, from It is unique, contemporary and perfect for your children’s room.
Price Rs 1,250

If you want something classy and festive, we recommend these diyas from Episode.
Price Rs 775 onwards

These votive holders, from are one of the simplest ways to add a subtle, festive touch to your home.
Price Rs 649 (set of eight)

Another stunning option from Episode, we love this one for its lotus-like design.
Price On request

Décor Tips
If you’re not sure how to incorporate traditional elements in your décor, Munawar Sharifi, founder of The Design Company, has some great tips for you. But, before you check out his tips or buy new décor items, read what he has to say about checking for what you might have at home. He tells us, “We usually have several items at home that can add aesthetic value to our décor. These things are often ignored and usually end up in cabinets. One can use them to accessorise their home and add festive cheer.” Apart from that, he gives us these tips:

  • Traditional fabrics work best as dining table covers, bedspreads and cushion covers. You can also use them as runners to incorporate a traditional element into your décor.
  • Opt for warm colours with a hint of dull gold/ bronze while choosing curtains. If you have light coloured curtains, draping a bright bandhini sari around them can give them a festive look. Curtains in dull gold/ bronze and reds can lend a the festive vibe to your living room
  • Put a bowl of water with flower petals and floating candles and use tea lights on your dining table for a Diwali touch.
  • To brighten up dull areas, you can take strings of fairy lights and put them inside transparent glass bowls.
  • Vintage mirrors not only add a traditional touch, they can also make smaller spaces look bigger. They will also lend your home a royal look.
  • Remember that adding too many décor pieces can make your house look cluttered and gaudy. That being said, don’t be extra cautious; play around with elements in your home and accessorise them to add a personal touch to it and make it even more special.
  • Ensure that you avoid permanent damage to your interiors while experimenting. Painting the walls or furniture can go wrong at times and should be left to experts. Also, make sure inflammable items such as candles are kept out of children’s reach.
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