The Subtle Art of Layering Your Bed

The other day we had an eager shopper at our design studio who we believe totally aced multi-tasking. She was casting quick glances on our bed vignettes, tossing a volley of questions in our direction, sipping coffee and occasionally quieting her little girl down. She wanted us to clue her into the secret of doing cozy and chic beds. Ah yes, sumptuous, layered, and perfectly-made bed – can’t tell you how tempted we feel when we cross those bedding setups at our design studios, but we have to comport ourselves and as expected from mature professionals, BEHAVE!

We get this question asked many times, so we thought we’d put it on our blog and let you all folks know how to turn your bed into a dreamy, fluffy, and cozy pod that catapults you into transports of nirvana, precisely where this adorable little floof is

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So how do you achieve the bed where you just collapse into for peaceful exhaustion? Let’s get down to the brass tacks.

The underpinning of any successful bed is the mattress. So it goes without saying that you have to invest in a good one. Swathe it in a mattress protector as it will shield your mattress from dust mite and prevent it from going south.

Have you ever considered giving a whirl to flipping your mattress? Try it and it’ll totally feel new and also enhance its longevity. Whether bottom fitted sheet (it comes with elastic edges and is pulled over the mattress) or flat sheet- it is a matter of your choice.

If you are using a flat sheet, your bed-sheet in other words – make sure you tuck it nicely and snugly under your mattress. If you want something crisp and not something that gathers unsightly at the corners, then you might want to try ‘hospital corners’ at your bed’s foot. It’s not as formidable or complicated as it sounds; it’s quite similar to wrapping a gift box. When you cover your mattress with the flat sheet, it leaves a side edge which needs to be raised up so that it forms triangular tent. You fold it neatly over the mattress, tuck the hanging fabric along the mattress, and bring down the triangular tent to the corner. You repeat the same steps for the other corner and tadaa, you’ve got your own lavish five-star bed.

Next is your bedcover, something that you drape over your bed sheet during daytime. Bedcovers protect your bed sheet and top off your bed. They are larger than your bed and drape well. Simple.

Coverlet is a light-weight, woven versatile bedcover (it’s basically a smaller version of bedcover; doesn’t fall all the way to the floor and only covers the mattress). You fold your comforter like the duvet during daytime. Coverlets are perfect for warm temps and can also be used to enwrap yourself when chilling on the sofa.

If you are someone who finds layering up your bed a not a very happening chore, then duvet is your best friend. Duvet is a flexible, flat fabric container carrying down or synthetic fibers. Duvet is actually the insert and is encased in a protective covering called duvet cover. During daytime, your duvet can serve as a decorative element. It looks sumptuous if you fold it in accordion pleats at the foot of the bed and let the end fall over the mattress.tulips blog 2

Now comes our favorite part – pillows! Two most important things to think carefully about – first you need to ensure that your insert is neither too big nor too small for your pillow cover but just the right size that makes it look plush and plump.
Second thing to keep in mind is the number of pillows you use to layer. Your bed shouldn’t look as if it’s drowned in them nor should it look as if it’s wanting of them. We suggest two Euro shams, two pillows, and one or two accents pillows. If you want to add a scintilla of colors and patterns, then we say this is where you give free rein to your imagination. You can totally shake things up periodically to refresh your bed!

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While design and style are unquestionably important when layering your bed, at no point can you be lax about comfort. For soft, light, and durable bed linen, the thread count needs to be above 200. Anything above 800 thread count will feel heavier and denser. It’s a general notion that anything with a high thread count is superior while it does matter, more than the threat count – it is the quality of the thread that makes all the difference to your bed linen.

Aaaannnnd there’s a last flourish to round off your sleep set up – a throw blanket! A nubby throw blanket placed casually at the foot of the bed gives shabby chic look; a little ‘messy’ touch that gives your bed a lived-in feel.

Cozy, unfussy, traditional, contemporary, transitional, or modern, we can assist you to create the bed of your dream, well, or let’s say a bed that is conducive to deep, peaceful dreams. Connect with us on 7875555413 and we will help you make a bespoke, collected, and elegant bed!

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Is it really possible to live with less?

What’s the fuss with ‘less is more’? Is it about bidding adieu to all the things you own (you probably slogged your guts out to purchase them) and turn your home into a blank box? That would be a radical and an unmeaning approach to living we say. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the German architect who popularized the dictum ‘less is more’, certainly wasn’t talking about emptying out spaces in the name of minimalism. Because he knew doing so would devitalize spaces and make them nondescript and lifeless. 

What he certainly meant was that spaces, when executed judiciously with sparse decoration and articles, yield maximum impact. More than subtracting, the approach gravitates towards adding and retaining things that enhance our living. Instead of going on a space-purging rampage, you focus on holding onto things that hold some meaning in your home and life.

As far as adding new things goes – let’s be honest here, it is inevitable. We need things and we got to buy them. But how about finding a middle ground then? Somewhere between being a strict ascetic to being a scattergood, you become a mindful moderate who has an appreciation and value for articles that are aesthetically and functionally sound. So you buy things but only those that would make you happy – not for a few days but a sizeable amount of time.

Is this blog-post a primer on minimalism/less is more philosophy? Well, not really. Let’s look at this as a nutritious food for thought that we’d like you all to ruminate on and hopefully embrace. So let’s first start with subtracting decor pieces, tchotchkes and other articles that aren’t doing anything great other than hosting a perennial dust and allergens festival.  Please do away with them. 

Make sure you have ample storage space that will house the objects and items that you don’t use frequently.  As for your souvenirs, art objects, and books, display them on a shelving unit. One quick tip – you can throw in some planters to bring a soupcon of botanical beauty to the mix. That’s that about subtraction.

Minimalism is closely associated with Nordic interiors – clean lines, organic materials, uncluttered spaces, and pale walls are the typical features that spring to mind when we think of Scandinavian design. Whites, pastels, and neutrals dominate interiors, quite understandably, to maximize sunlight. But many exhilaratingly errant Danes and Swedes are going for bold colors – if not brash, throwing senses into overdrive through bright, patterned soft furnishings (you can channel boho chic here), lively paintings, or vibrant upholstered armchairs.

Urbanization and digitization make us dream about escapism – our interpretations of it might differ, but the hankering to break-free from the shackles of the complex modern life stems from the same place. Minimalism perfectly echoes our desire to move towards a life that is bereft of chaos and rebuild our bond with nature. 

So before we say ba-bye to you, there are a few simple things you can do with minimalism – you can focus your attention to art/décor pieces you bought after months of deliberation and hashing over, change their position, rearrange your furniture, get rid of stuff that’s not serving any purpose, bring in pretty planters and succulents, and most importantly – take stock and think carefully before you spend those hard-earned rupees.

You’d be astounded to know what little rejigs and small changes can do! We’d love to know what your definition of minimalism is. Write in the comment section below.

Suzani: A vibrant crucible of the creative alteration of Uzbekistan

An 8-year-old girl, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed looks expectantly at her grandma who is carefully unwinding a lustrous silk thread from the spool. Her eyes beam with eager anticipation of what will unravel next. The little girl ambles around her grandma, putting up an adorable charade of indifference while the latter threads the needle. But the occasional stealing of covert glances gives away the impatient expectancy bubbling in her little head. Who is this little girl and why is she so fixated with her grandma’s sewing project?

Well, this little girl is representative of every young Uzbek girl who models herself on her mother/grandma so that one day she too is able to furnish household articles with beautiful details. The said details are achieved through steady, hand-guided movements and confident usage of bold colors. This traditional textile craft, which is unique to Uzbekistan and neighboring countries like Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan, is known as ‘Suzani’. Its history is a rich palimpsest of cultures and ethnicities that influenced, transformed, and shaped it for it to become an enduring emblem of ancestral art.

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The word ‘Suzani’ is of Persian provenance that can be translated as ‘needlework’. Bold florals, sinuous vines, dainty vegetal motifs, complex grid patterns, etc. are some of Suzani’s many design strands.


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Oi Palak, the enigmatic moon design

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Bold and densely worked floral motifs of Shakhrisabz Suzani

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Bokhara Suzani featuring floral medallions nestled in foliate lattice

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Suzani’s journey hasn’t been an easy ride. It wasn’t until the resuscitation of sericulture in the late 17th century that the art of Suzani began flourishing in the true sense of its practice and scope. However, this textile opulence was short-lived and began petering out with the Soviet rule’s belligerent interference in the native production system and insistence on developing factory-based and standardized one. But with the fall of Soviet Union, the Uzbeks were re-introduced to their design vernacular, which by then, was altered to an extent because of the cultural upheaval it had to pull through. Nonetheless, with the newly won independence and renewed vigor, it didn’t take long for this beloved art to re-establish itself to its former prosperity.


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Appliqued Suzani chair at our Delhi store

The commonest items where the vibrant interaction of motifs and colors can be seen are wall hangings, canopies, headdresses, bed covers, curtains, furniture throws, table cloths, and many other home furnishing items.

Wall hangings, which make an essential part of bridal trousseau are crafted painstakingly and meticulously by the female members of the household and the bride herself. These beautiful pieces are emblematic of protection, fertility, longevity, well-being, and hospitality. The designs made on these hangings are symbolic of a prosperous universe that is lovingly architected with love, magic, well-wishes, and nature.

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Traditionally, an expert in Suzani designs known as ‘chizmachi’ would be called to draw motifs on a white cotton cloth that would be hand-woven by family members on narrow width looms. For a wall hanging made of a wide-width cloth, a number of narrow width panels (around 3 to 6 or even more) would be stitched together. Each of these panels would then be doled out to the members of the family to decorate the fabric with dramatic Suzani motifs. The fact that each of the panels gained details through different hands meant that they led to charming flaws and pretty imperfections that cohered to become an heirloom piece of talismanic significance.

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While the primary choice for Suzani is silk, nowadays, embroidery yarns such as cotton and wool are also widely used. Traditionally, silk was either produced locally by means of sericulture or imported from China or India. Silk procured from abroad would be dyed in natural materials such as cochineal, madder, indigo, pomegranate, etc. which would yield deep, lustrous, and rich colors.

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The stitch repository of Suzani comprises 3 basic types of stitchery techniques – basma, kanda khayol, and tambur. Basma and kanda khayol are essentially couching stitches, the only difference between the two is that the latter uses diagonal couching to secure the laid stitches. Both the stitches are primarily used to flesh out substantial areas of large motifs. Tambur, which is a chain stitch, is done either by tambour (akin to fine crochet hook) or needle to fill out motifs and delineate shapes. Together these stitches result in the rich interplay of linear and 3-dimensional textures, culminating in a vibrant outpouring of colors and designs.

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So what do you think is the little girl doing right now? We think she must have already got initiated into the mystical world of Suzani. Her grandma’s instruction and words of wisdom will form a bridge that she will walk across to embark on a new beginning that’s as prosperous and plentiful as the enduring art.

Do you want to bring a splash of these resplendent patterns in your home? Our karigars have got this craft down to a fine art and can create customized Suzani motifs for home furnishing of your choice. Give us a call on 7875555413 and our design ninja will take it from there.

How to add alluring details to curtains using decorative trimmings and borders

First impressions of your home are decidedly gained from the most obvious and salient architectural feature of your living room – which more often than not is the standalone, large window punctuated by lavish curtains. The decoration of such a conspicuous part of your living environs naturally warrants careful consideration and not to forget copious creativity. So how do you add a special flair to your curtains? What is that special something that just brings everything together into a satisfying, harmonious whole? Through the elegant application of decorative trimmings and borders!

Trimmings can widen the decorative scope of even the simplest of fabrics and can supply a tame composition a whirl of grandeur. Borders essentially underscore the composition, shape, and form as well as lend a blended note of decoration and weight to curtains.

Beautiful trimmings and borders always serve a dual purpose – they are sympathetic to the overall design scheme of the interiors and don’t get into the way of the efficiency of the curtains. From theatrical to formal, complementing to contrasting – decorative possibilities of trimmings and borders are boundless.

Take a look at some of the trimmings and borders developed by our seasoned team of kosher design ninjas –


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A decorative band speckled with closely stitched freshwater pearls runs along the leading edge of the turquoise jewel-toned curtains. This spectacular composition despite being opulent doesn’t look garish but graceful by dint of the restrained choice of decoration and color. 


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Here a brown linen border edged with multicolor potli trims makes a chic accompaniment to the Ivory cotton fabric. We also love the unusual density of folds of the curtains; it makes the composition look soft and modest.


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Colored pencils have marshaled themselves at the border of the white curtains to articulate the dreamy pleats. This imaginative juxtaposition is sure to stimulate childhood fantasies and amusement.


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Drawn to each side with tassel fringed tiebacks, this pair of silk curtains prettily frames a balcony view. A sheer swag and its layered tail are also adorned with the same color coordinated trimming, making the composition an impressive monochrome scheme that’s easy on the eyes.

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A broad border featuring geometric florals is wrought using shaded couching stitches. It makes an easy focal point at the window without ostensibly catapulting itself on our attention and totally works for a contemporary setting.


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Racing cars on a curtain border is equal to racing imagination! Disciplined wave curtains find themselves a surprising and unlikely companion in the form of colored toy cars at their leading edge. Talking about turning convention on its head this does it with panache and military precision.

Before we sign off, let us tell you that we can make for you curtains of any conceivable decorative style and scheme. The best part is – we suck at playing hide and seek. Huh? We mean you can spot us and connect with us easily! How about you drop us a line on info@tulipsindia.com or call us on 7875555413 to request for free site consultation. 

The ever-evolving curtain trends

As a little girl I remember peeping into our neighbor’s window to get a glimpse of the beautiful things that sat prettily inside. It used to be such a frisson – ducking when I sensed someone was approaching the window or craning my neck when the view would be partially obfuscated by the curtains. Those days!

On one such peering adventure, I saw the woman of the house carefully hand-sewing lace trims on a length of a gorgeous fabric. It must have been a wonderfully meditative activity as the lady didn’t realize that she had a spectator by the window, as deeply engrossed as she was, almost unaware that she risked being discovered by the occupants of the house.

My eyes were busy tracing the continuous movements of the needle and thread, occasionally narrowing when the lady through her knitted brows and puckered lips trained focus to scrutinize the stitched stretch. It was like watching a movie!

That’s some curtain commitment, isn’t it?

I like everything that goes into making a curtain – the fabric, the style, the add-ons, the tie-backs, and the whole ball of wax! In this blogpost, I’m going to share with you the trends that people are warming up to –

Jewel tones

They are bold, dramatic, spectacular, and luxurious. Emerald green, citrine, fuchsia, turquoise, amethyst, sapphire blue, so on and so forth; the colors possibilities with this trend are exciting and endless. Pick any jewel tone for your window and it will add a 24-carat sparkle to your windows or best make it seem as if you are living in your own bijou ark!

Look at this purple sapphire curtain below, it looks warm and gracious and is paired with a color with which it creates a perfect piquant blend.


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Or how about these turquoise curtains? It throbs with a beachy vibe and looks magnificent, and what about the embellishment at its border? That fresh water pearl edging decidedly gives it a lavish flair.


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Clean, disciplined pleats

Think triple pinch pleats, goblet pleats, wave pleats, box pleats, and inverted box pleats. Hand-sewn window treatments incontrovertibly look plush, regimented, pleasantly voluminous, and most importantly – are versatile, which means they can effortlessly echo and adapt to any style your interior is built with – be that contemporary, classical or modern.

Look at these perfectly sculptured goblet pleats – these small chalice-like folds are the most gorgeous things that you can ever have on your curtain heading. Those buttons and ropes give it part nautical and part country flair.


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Wave pleats’ popularity is on a meteoric rise and it’s not difficult to figure out why – they look dreamy and fall softly into gentle folds. Look at this one below –


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Curtain adornments

When it comes to adding decorative garnishes to your curtains, however clichéd it sounds – the sky is the limit. Tassels, pompoms, decorative buttons, fringes, tassels, coins, Swarovski stones, pearls, frog buttons, rosettes, gimp trims, beads, toy cars, color pencils, the options are dizzying and will rightly set off your curtains!

Look at those frog buttons on the wave pleats! They add that special flourish and instant wow factor to the curtains.


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Those toy cars as the borders for the curtains were making everyone one of us go ‘aww and ahh’ at the workshop while they were being made. It’s making your inner child turn somersaults, isn’t it?


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Room-specific curtains

Curtains have come a long way from being one-style-for-all-rooms to utility and requirement specific. We meet many clients in a day and the most perceptible difference that I have spotted is that people are house-proud today. They are involved in every little facet of their home – even the seemingly minutiae details are hashed out and consulted over. But most importantly people know what is en vogue and what is it they want. Years ago, people would use bangles or bracelets to cinch their draperies but you won’t see that anymore. Along with curtains, its accompanying accessories too are thought over – have a look at this coordinated tieback below –


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Likewise, curtains are specifically crafted in keeping with the mood, feel, and requirement of a space. Curtains in the living room naturally have to be stellar, so stellar they have become – rich embroideries, vibrant hues, flamboyant patterns, and all things beautiful , take a look at this beauty below –

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One major change that I have seen in interiors is the way kids’ rooms are designed. While the allure of princesses and superheroes will never quite diminish, parents however, are opting for design schemes that look sophisticated and will evolve as your kids grow.

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This vibrant vignette is composed of all things pretty and nice. A lollipop embroidered blind is flanked by simple, flowy curtains that are edged by color pencils on one side and triangular tassels on the other. The window dressing creates a timeless background which strikes a balance between mature style and child-friendly fun elements.

Q & A Session: Shristika Singh, Retail Research & Development Head at Tulips

Shristika is as adept at giving new spins to traditional textile art as she is effortless with words. She is known for her fearless cherry-picking abilities and her personal brand of zany energy. She has a thing for creating soft furnishings that explore exquisite materials in her works and commingle eclecticism and adventurism. In this interview, Shristika talks about her lifelong affair with fabrics, colors, patterns, and everything in between.

  1. Hola Shristika, can you tell a bit about yourself to our readers?

Sure! I’m Shristika, a gleeful nerd, an Agatha Christie zealot, and a textile designer at Tulips. I did my Bachelors in Textile Designing from NIFT and currently live in Pune. I believe I got my self-actualization moment quite early on in life, which can be ascribed to my passion for reading, an unlikely source – many would think. I have been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember and had made best friends with Nancy Drew, Famous Five, and Hardy Boys. It was during those flights into the fictional world that I began cultivating love for artistic expression. What Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton did  through their written words, I wanted to do the same with the infinite potential of textiles. That’s how I got into this field.

  1. What is a typical day for you at Tulips like?

When the morning is young and the day is yet to be written, I like to begin by making a beeline for my favorite spot at Tulips workshop, which is the production facility. The energy there is just contagious as the karigars are always plugging away at their work stations and I love to explore design ideas with them with a fresh mind.

I work in the Retail Research and Development department and my day typically involves studying emerging trends and technological innovations in the interior field. It’s like amassing as much knowledge you can, every day, systematically so that you can use it to develop something new and exciting. This totally makes me tick.

  1. The world is going ballistic over Spring-Summer trends for interiors. Which of the forecasted trends, according to you, look promising?

I believe a lot of us are becoming increasingly aware of our impact on the environment and are also feeling the need to escape from the digital distraction. As a result of this, people are seeking ways that will help them rebuild the bond with nature – so that’s why Greenery and realistic flora and fauna prints are being billed as the big trends for Spring-Summer this year and I think they are here to stay.

  1. What is your design signature/style?

I like to pull off happy marriage between the conventional and unconventional design ideologies. When I design, I want the client to connect with it and at the same time be pleasantly surprised by it. I might pick a very traditional motif like Shrinathji and add a contemporary spin to it by pairing it with unexpected colors or elements. While it’s true that as a textile designer I plow my energy into thinking ways to beautify the surface of the fabric, I’m also drawn to the emotional aspect of it and try to underscore the intimate role it plays in our lives. Exploring domestic craft traditions and contextualizing them in contemporary narrative is also something that gets me excited.

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  1. Can you tell us about a particularly exciting/challenging project?

I must say working on Delhi store was quite challenging. As a concept store, it not only had to have relevant visual leitmotifs throughout but had to create an experiential draw that pulled the clients into the store the moment they walked through the door. As every alcove, recess, and crevice of the store was going to be put together artistically and had a story to tell, the intent was to make it all look well-collected and harmonious.

We wanted shoppers to experience our soft furnishings in situ so that it helps them picture how a product would look in a particular setting. Like for example, we designed this area to replicate a kid’s room, so we configured it with colorful products and elements–lollipop embroidered blinds, triangular tassels bordered curtains, and Scandinavian motifs inspired cushions. It enables our clients experience our products in their original context.


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Likewise, a lot of hard work has gone to make window treatments, especially because it is our bailiwick and we wanted to ensure that they are displayed in the most experimental and unique ways. We wanted to show diverse stitchery and ornamentation techniques through them whilst making sure that they don’t look too overwhelming.

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Our karigars and I, sunk our time, energy, and creativity to make this happen, and looking at the results makes us want to pat our backs.

  1. With botanical prints being big league this season, how would you suggest our readers to incorporate them in their interiors without it seeming over-the-top?

I’m suckers for botanical prints!When it comes to this trend, there’s no famine of ideas. Adding a bold botanical print through a curtain will totally change the look and feel of your room, and turn it into a tropical haven. But if you want to want to go the subtle way, then you can use the print on an Arm chair through upholstery fabric or via a carpet bearing lush botanical print. You can also spice up your living room by adding large fronds or realistic flora motifs embroidered cushions and throws on your couch.


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5 Quick fire questions with Shristika

Bold or muted? What color palette floats your boat?

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Plain-safe or pattern-riot? What’s your thing?

Pattern riot of course!

My interior inspiration comes from…

William Morris and the arts and craft movement.The whimsical undertone of stylized flora and fauna motifs is something which never fails to amaze me.

What’s your ultimate interior pet peeve?

That it’s grandiose and over-the-top to use bold colors in the interiors. Bold colors, if used judiciously will give your room a strong personality, which sadly many people don’t realize.

What would be the sound track to your life?

Raindrops keep falling on my head.

Pleats please: Our guide to curtain pleats

What’s the best part of owning a home? Well, apart from the fact that you have grafted hard to acquire it, it’s the latitude of fleshing your dwelling with details that you love which makes it so intimate and valuable. That’s the best part we reckon. We know you are house-proud, profoundly attached to every thing, whether big or small that has a footprint in your space. Your choices – some impetuous, some calculated and influenced by your travels and constantly evolving taste seek to give a personal definition to your home.

Windows are an important feature of your architecture. We know it’s duh-uh but there’s something that may have eluded you. Here’s it – if you treat your windows as the springboards of your design project, you won’t have to spend time wracking your brain to think up ways to array other décor pieces in your space. Everything will follow automatically.

So how do you ensure that you get your first step right? Decide how you want your curtain to hang. Does a regimented, tailored look ring your chimes? Or a graceful, voluminous fall makes your heart sing? This all hugely depends on the heading you opt for so let’s get down to the brass tacks and familiarize you with some of the common types of curtain pleats –

Pencil pleats

The most common and versatile of them all, pencil pleats are best suited for casual and unpretentious settings. Pencil pleats are called so as the tiny vertical gathers look like closely stacked pencils. Though they are traditionally known and specifically constructed to work well with lightweight fabrics and sheers, pencil pleats also get into easy rapport with heavyweight fabrics like velvet and linen.

Look at that velvet mustard pencil pleated curtain! It hangs pretty with its casual pleats and adds heft to the background.

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We love colorful painterly splotches and are literally drooling over the fullness and the neat folds that are covering the window.

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Goblet pleats

For a couture-like flourish to your curtain, look no further than goblet pleats. We are big time suckers for anything that looks well-sculpted and dramatic and goblet pleats have it to the rafters. This pleated heading jibes well with sumptuous,heavyweight fabrics and looks fabulous on long windows.

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Pinch pleats

Pinch pleats can transform the look of your curtain in a heartbeat.They are elegant, hand-sewn, and fall into disciplined folds. They are decidedly dressy and apt for floor grazing, voluminous curtains.

If you are after contemporary charm, then double pinch pleat, also known as Dutch or bi-pleat, is your thing. This uniformly spaced draping is a perfect choice for any type of setting and looks dreamy with a soft puddle.

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Triple pinch pleat or French pleats are suitable for formal interiors and are perhaps a little difficult to sew (our tailors need to be in a Zen-like state to do them)as the folds need to be scrupulously divided and stitched so that the pleats fall into perfect symmetry.

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Smocked

Smocked heading looks gorgeous and has a Provençal air to it.But this intricate pattern necessitates pinpoint focus and a lot of time. Smocking is achieved by gathering small, evenly spaced folds and stitching them in ornamental pattern. This exquisite and painstaking heading should get the center-stage it rightly merits which is why we recommend our clients to use it with plain fabrics.

Look at the smoked heading below. It looks straight out from a Princess’s lavish boudoir with the ornate tie-backs and tassel fringes.

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Box pleats

For structured, unfussy, and neat look –you can never go wrong with box pleats. These pleats fall into deep folds that go down the entire length of the fabric. The pleats create a super tailored, masculine feel that offset interiors with feminine motifs and colors.

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Wave pleats

Ideal for both lightweight and heavyweight fabrics, wave pleats create soft undulating folds on the curtains. A vibrant abstract pattern will give a luxurious slant to this otherwise simpler window treatment. A heavyweight fabric will look gorgeous when spilled on the floor while a soft, lightweight fabric when allowed to sit flush with the floor will look chicer.

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Being curtain zealots means we are always willing to answer questions about them! You can post your queries in the comment section below and our design ninjas will we more than happy to assist.