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The only Design story of our Primary Bedroom was next to none. And this space had to be non-existent for much activity beyond reading, sleep, and dressing up. The aspiration was for a relaxing, peaceful, and mood-filled space with minimal essential furniture. We imagined our sleep sanctuary with rugged, wrinkled bedding and light filtering through the mauve drapes, bringing in a sense of jubilation as a new season approaches.
Step inside! Enter our Living Space! The inception of this space was a desire for a positive, peaceful, and light-filled space. We believed in intentionally understated architecture with a minimalist design language. We drew inspiration from Brutalist and Scandinavian styles or even, say, waiting to be transported to Marfa, Texas. We chose a crisp, white backdrop for our wall with accents of mid-toned hues for warmth, texture, and tactility.
Finally, I am back to posting in this Miradii Space! Admittedly, it has been a long time away. My last post was on our design project for my sister-in-law's Dermatology office-based clinic in Mumbai. And then, I just felt that if I needed the motivation to create more on Miradii, it would have to be another one on Design. So, I waited for something close to my heart to be done. And it is the time!
Admittedly, the dormancy is finally over! Indeed, this is an exceptionally close-to-my-heart post. Professionally working in the Healthcare architecture/Design industry, I have been waiting in latency to blog on our very own design and architecture project. Last year, when my sister-in-law determined to establish her own Dermatology office-based clinic practice for advanced skin and hair care, she approached Vikrant and me to create and design a clinic.
We were on Little Island recently ~ A new sculptural open park island floating in the Hudson River off Manhattan. One hundred thirty-two concrete piles supporting “tulips” in unique shapes arise out of the river, a spectacular undulating phenomenon for viewers from shore. This new cluster of tiny islands is a recent project designed by the London-based Heatherwick studio. I posted about the Vessel in this New Year’s post, which is another significant project designed by their studio in New York City.
Today, I feel like writing on a wristwatch. It is a thing almost no one wears these days, yet it has been a notion inherent from my father. I remember his steely watch that he would wear every morning on his way out to work. A treasured piece that would tell him if it is the right time or not. Those were the days of No iPhone and Computer screens with a small digital time and date stamp to which you glued during work hours. 
Really, I share a strange relationship with...umm...my Indoor Plants. Let me say it is stressful at times, but thriving at times. I wouldn't say I like too much of it, nor too little. Not to mention, if we maintain balance, keep going on water and sunshine, they and I will be evergreen. Ha! The point being, houseplants don't need to be sparse and tiny, but in a small apartment, they might want to be.
It is a New Year, a fresh start! Should we talk about Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products? Yazz! Not to mention, doesn't 2021 call for more strategies, resolutions, or even an inspiring word of the year to keep us going. Well, different people deal with the new year in a multitude of ways. For me, one of the goals this year to remain cognizant of my purchasing choices. By and large, be it nesting, home utility, kids essentials, travel, or clothing!
The holiday time of the year in NYC feels like a fantasy land. The cold, wintry air and an electrified ambiance are companions for delectable energy. Twinkling string lights, shiny building facades, and shimmering market shops adorn the cityscape. We celebrated the holidays this year by taking a few strolls in the city. We stopped by the Bronx zoo Holiday Lights, Bryant Park Winter Village, and Hudson Yards.
It's December, and it calls for a cake. Not just any cake, but Orange Upside-Down cake. There is a wintry, snowy chill in the air, and the ground is snow-laden. Indoors, a sublime scene with fragrant eucalyptus twigs in a vase and bright red cranberries in a bowl. Amidst it, these sliced candied brightly colored oranges on a cake are to be beheld. Indeed, it makes for a delicious confection. 
Home Utility Design that is both Eco-Friendly as well good-looking is most significant and relevant, per diem. By all means, it impacts us commonplace, day after day. Yet, we find ourselves situating it behind closed closet doors. Only to anticipate, they will peek out for those cleaning hours. But, what if those hours extend into days or months or forever.
Kids Toys are one of the most happiness-inducing purchases of our home. We will try to curate, handpick, and order toys for our almost 5 years old. She is excited when the package arrives, and we ask her to close her eyes and put her hands out for a surprise. Oh, the pleasures! However, in a few minutes or an hour, the excitement is bygone. Well, short-lived perfect little engagements!
Halloween is approaching upon us, and the warmth of Summer has left us. Sure, it brings to our mind jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, and skeletons on city stoops and suburban front yards in sleepy towns. But then, here I let this small apartment brigade play another angle. So what if this Hallow’s evening is about remembering the dead, haunted places, horror stories, and lit candles in carved pumpkins. 

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