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    Floating Suitcase Shelves To Birdcage Lamps: This New Co-Living Space Has Plenty of Decor Hacks

    Sreepathy posted on 14 February

    If you are looking to spruce up your home and falling short of ideas, don’t worry, we have got you covered. The decor at HBR Layout’s new co-living space FF21 is the stuff Pinterest boards are made of. But before that, we need to talk a bit about this co-living space. Basically, it’s a lot like an apartment than a PG, with all the rooms having twin beds. A lounge room equipped with gaming consoles, plenty of bean bags, swing chairs, and cushion makes up FF21’s social space. A dining area is there too and it serves mainly vegetarian Indian options. Do note that it’s exclusive of the rental charges. Since this is a community living space, expect the entire building gathering for birthday parties, festivals, and occasions.

    Coming back to the decor part, we spoke to Neha Arora Nicholas, who did the interiors and here are some of the best home decor hacks we found that you could replicate with minimal fuss.

    Floating Suitcase Shelves

    Don’t have too much space in your apartment? Take to the walls like Neha did with the reception area at FF21. Instead of usual blocks of wood, she got these cool Chumbak suitcases instead. And just to make sure that they blend in, she had someone in-house upholster it with fabric from Kosh Furnishing Studio in Indiranagar. Alternatively, you can head to RC Puram to get the fabric on budget. You can read about that here and here. And RC Puram is also a place where you can get upholstery done, so be sure to check out this recommendation.

    Price: INR 30 upwards for the fabric, INR 100 upwards for upholstery, and INR 750 upwards for suitcases

    Bird Cage Lamps

    Adding a bit of Pinterest-worthiness to the reception are the cute birdcage lamps entwined with fairy lights. While she got hers from Pepperfry and Engrave, she tells us that you can also buy the two separately. Luckily for you, we know where you can score such gems. Floral Conceptz on Jeevan Bhima Nagar Road is your one-stop shop for charming birdcages, glass lamps and little terrariums are all woven with fairy lights. You can read about it here. You can also check out Asiatic Arts and Crafts on Commercial Street for antique birdcages.

    Price: INR 750 upwards

    Bean Bags

    What’s a community space without bean bags right? FF21’s lounge area and reception are dotted with them to give a laid-back feel to the space. You can recreate the same casual look with minimal fuss and we know just the place where you can score cool and funky bean bags. Orka Bean Bags that stocks up on all kinds of bean bags — from superhero and pop culture-themed ones to classic and leather options. Check out their super cool denim ones here.

    Price: INR 500 upwards

    Top Hat Light Fixtures

    Easily our favourite hack from FF21’s space, Neha got the top hats from London and got an electrician to do the wiring and insulation to create these absolute gems. It’s an instant hit with us and we are already in touch with our electrician to see if he can whip up something similar. But you don’t need to go all the way to London. Bombay Hat Mart on Commercial Street {opposite Max Fashions}, stocks up on a whole lot of hats including top hats, snapbacks, cowboy hats, and flat caps. Just make sure you get your electrician to insulate the hats completely to prevent any mishaps.

    Price: INR 200 upwards for the hats


    A lot of furniture at FF21, such as the centre tables, chest of drawers, and tables were either made in-house or sourced from Pepperyfry. While Pepperfry is more on the expensive side, Neha says you can ask local carpenters to help you out since they can help you out with the customisation. But in case you aren’t looking to build something from scratch, you can check Wicker World in Shivaji Nagar that stocks on all kinds of cane furniture on a budget. Re-Store in Whitefield is a thrift store you can hit up for Ikea-like furniture. Speaking of Ikea, you will love Izzy Creations Ikea-like furniture as well.

    Price: INR 150 upwards

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