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    How to design an open kitchen in a small home

    Hello, I’m Abhishek and I’m taking you through my home in Mumbai which my wife and I decorated a few years ago. It’s a 1BHK but it came with two bathrooms. We decided to convert one bath area into an open kitchen space so we would get an extra room. Here are tips on how to design an open kitchen in a small house: Start by estimating how much storage you need in the kitchen. If you don’t cook a lot, you likely don’t need a lot of storage for pots and pans. Aside from cooking utensils, you’ll need storage for your snacks, dry groceries, water filter and dustbin. On the platform, factor in space for drying your utensils, a gas stove, a microwave oven, and a grinder. Your platform should be a simple straight line with storage space above and below. Avoid L-shaped designs. If you can accommodate your refrigerator in this line, it would make the kitchen look even more open. Else you place it in a manner that it doesn’t come too much in the way of your storage units. We had to keep our fridge perpendicular to the platform since we needed a lot of storage space. But we used an S-shaped trolley so we could access the deepest end of our shelf that was hidden behind the fridge. An open kitchen needn’t be spartan. Incorporate softer elements like highlighter tiles that will add some whimsy to the area. Also look for things like designer jars or frosted glass shelf doors that will break the monotony. We used the side of the fridge to display the magnets we collect from our travels or ones that our friends bring for us. To liven up the passage area, we created a space for wall plates that we collect from around the world. Essentially, look for elements that will help the area liven up and not look like it’s a strictly functional space. Ultimately, remember that this is a bath area. Take all measures to ensure that the waterproofing is done well. If it means spending a little extra and fixing the leakage in your upstairs neighbour’s bathroom, do it. This will ensure your kitchen is safe, sanitary, and ready to serve and host a party of 20! How to design a living room in a small house How to design a study in a small house How to design a bedroom in a small house

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    How to design a living room in a small home

    Hi I’m Abhishek and I’m here to offer you what I hope will be helpful tips in making the most of spaces in small homes. For this I’ll take you through my own home in Mumbai, which is a 1BHK. Because of its layout, we were able to convert it into a 1.5 BHK. The extra room is now a study and a guest room. I’ll be taking you through the each of the four rooms – living room, study, bedroom, and kitchen – in four different videos. Today we start with the living room. Try to keep your living room clutter-free. This means having just basic furniture. Think of your living room as a place where you only entertain guests. What would you then put in such a room? When we asked ourselves that, we realised all we needed was some seating, a bar, and a dining table. The best way to do reduce clutter is by not having the TV in the living room. The TV is the centrepiece in most living rooms. Take it out and you’ll get to play around a lot more with the seating and other design aspects. In a small house you will require storage. But let that not be in the living room. We created storage under the seating area but it’s well-hidden so it doesn’t really occupy extra space. Follow a theme. In our case it was antique chic. Every element in the room reflects that theme – from the phone to the photo frames. Avoid clunky sofas and sofa-beds in the living room. Let your seating be as open as minimalist as possible but also comfortable. Instead of a TV, consider another centrepiece. In our case, it was this marble-top and teakwood bar. If you don’t want a bar, add a showcase if you have things to display. Or multiple picture frames. We chose not to have personal photos on display. Instead, we went for something we liked. My wife and I love Paris, so we framed these antique Parisian prints. There’s also an original newspaper page from 1875, depicting a Parsi man praying. This pays homage to my wife’s community; she’s a Parsi. Paint the entire house in a light shade and highlight one wall with a different colour. This will break the monotony. In our case, this shade went with the theme of a throwback to another age when time slowed down and life was just tad simpler. How to design a study in a small home How to design a bedroom in a small home How to design an open kitchen in a small home

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    How to design a study in a small home

    Hello, I’m Abhishek. I'm a contributor with Yahoo and welcome to my home, which my wife and I decorated a few years ago. It’s a 1BHK but it came with two bathrooms. We decided to convert one bath area into an open kitchen space so we would get an extra room. We converted the kitchen into a study-cum-guest room. Here’s how we did it. Start by defining the purpose of the room. Would you like it to be a study? A guest room? A TV room? Or all of it? Once you’ve defined what you want the room to be, start looking for furniture accordingly. We had to create space for our books so we made this small bookshelf that accommodates all our books. We’ve worked from home for several years so we needed a desk and a comfortable chair. You can get a much slimmer desk and chair from several online stores. If you have a niche, place your desk in that niche to save space. Alternatively custom-make a futon in the area. Make space for a sofa-bed. This can open up when your guests arrive. Add in quirky elements to make the space your own. There’s a functioning retro telephone on the office desk and a small pocket watch, just to keep the time. Covers of our favourite magazine are framed to occupy one of the narrow walls. And a large print of a Picasso occupies the wall behind the sofa-bed so it doesn’t look empty. We’re yet to decide what goes up on this wall. We don’t want a TV so chances are there will be a picture that will go up here. You can also convert this easily into a children’s room with the same elements – bed, desk and chair – but with a different colour scheme. ALSO SEE How to design a living room in a small house How to design a bedroom in a small house How to design an open kitchen in a small house

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    5 things to do with all your leftover leaves

    COVID-19 wiped off an entire year. Which means you likely have a lot of leftover leaves. Here’s what you can do with all the leaves that you’ve accumulated throughout this year. 1. Take a road trip Interstate travel is now a lot easier. Instead of taking a flight, consider taking a long drive. There numerous places to get away to from major metros without taking a flight. Make that road trip happen. Here are places you can go to (without getting on a flight) from Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi. 2. Head down to Goa Goa has been welcoming tourists from all over the country and the world. So why not head down there? Avoid going to crowded places, of course, but surely a walk on the beach wouldn’t be all that bad, right? 3. Fly to the Maldives If you want to fly international and make your trip an exclusive one, have you considered the Maldives? The island nation has been particularly welcoming of tourists from India so make the most of it! 4. Or consider Mauritius Every Bollywood star is vacationing in the Maldives. If you don’t like that sort of crowd, fly to Mauritius. Mauritius isn’t just stunning, it also offers a year-long visa so you can work from there long after your leaves are over. 5. Stay at home This could well be a great time to experience that beautiful home you bought but rarely ever spent time in. Make the most of this time out and spend a little time in your casa. Explore your own city, cook, or order in. There’s a lot to be done merely by being at home in, well, one’s home. Try it and you’ll be better for it.

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    How to get fit by January 1

    Step-by-step guide to getting fit New Year is around the corner and you want to start it on a healthy, positive note. But if you’ve spent most of your 2020 not working out, starting suddenly on January 1 isn’t advisable. The best way to start your New Year on a healthy note is by starting small and starting today. Importantly, remember these few mantras that will help change the way you think about fitness. 1. Don’t go for crash diets or programmes Programmes that promise to help you lose impossible amount of weight in a few weeks are not sustainable. Such diets and programmes expect you to resort to extremes. Which is never a good idea. 2. Start small Accept that you need to lose weight and then start taking baby steps towards correcting it. Start by walking for 45 minutes every day. The idea is to not complete, say, 10,000 steps but rather to be able to consistently do something every day for a month, without fail and without giving up. 3. Make other minor changes Instead of doing a crash diet, start by making small changes to your diet that you can sustain. This could be something as simple as starting to have dinner as early as 7 pm or 8 pm. This is a practice you can more easily sustain than giving up carbs or sugar, or going on a cleanse. 4. Start with strength training Strength training doesn’t just increase your metabolism but also helps tone up your muscles. It also helps increase strength, endurance, and energy levels, all of which help you maintain your weight goals. Lifting weight is also shown to improve psychological health, by increasing self-esteem, and self-confidence. 5. Mix things up The key to getting fit and staying fit is to mix up your workout routines. If you’re doing the same cardio or strength exercises, your body will eventually burn fewer calories. By mixing up your workout routine you prevent your body from getting complacent and you from getting bored.

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    Best white wines under Rs 2,000

    If you’re looking for a great way to end 2020 without burning a hole in your pocket, we have you sorted. 1. York Vineyards Chenin Blanc Partly fermented and matured in French oak barrels, the York Vineyards Chenin Blanc has undertones of pineapple and guava and comes at a reasonable Rs 700. 2. Sula Vineyards Riesling If you prefer a sweet Riesling, this one from Sula is your go-to wine. The Sula Vineyards Riesling has a honey-melon mellowness and retails at about Rs 895. 3. Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc With its grassy, green apple notes, the Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with anything you put on the barbecue and costs about Rs 1,280. 4. Fairview Goats Do Roam White This South African wine has a zesty tart flavour that is said to come from the berries discovered by the goats of the vineyard’s owners. Retails at Rs 1,450 5. Montes Chardonnay This Chilean Chardonnay with its peach, pear and pineapple notes will transport you to a cool villa by the beach and at just Rs 1,820! Video clips used for representational purposes only

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    Best places to travel to in 2021, according to Forbes

    1. Kenya Stunning landscapes, beautiful safaris, outstanding hotels and a solid response to COVID that’s put first world countries to shame. 2. Paris Even though it’s out of bounds for now, there is, as Forbes says, a pent-up demand for the city. It’s irresistible and no one can get enough of Paris. Can you? 3. Mexico Even though beaches of Mexico are top notch, the heart of its cities is also beating strong, according to Forbes. Surely, you want to know more about the country you’ve only seen in Narcos, right? 4. Egypt Home to a third of all of the antiques in the world and the only remaining place in the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Egypt is everything you want it to be and more. 5. Maldives Stunning beaches, azure blue waters and a clear sky. Why would you want to change your Zoom background when you can have the real thing!

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    'Laxmii' Detailed Review: Yahoo Movies

    Laxmii is now streaming on Disney+Hotstar Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani Director: Raghava Lawrence Review by Rummana Ahmed 1.5 stars ‘Laxmii’ is the story of a transgender who was rejected by parents and despite, the many challenges manages to become a role model. However, after her brutal death, her ghost wants vengeance. Can Akshay get Laxmii the justice she deserves? Watch more detailed reviews on our YouTube channel

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    This Goa hotel has been named India's Leading Boutique Hotel

    The Postcard Cuelim is a six-room hotel overlooking 3500 acres of lush green paddy fields in Cuelim, Goa. At the World Travel Awards 2020, The Postcard Cuelim was named India’s Leading Boutique Hotel. The Postcard Cuelim is located in the sleepy and picturesque Goan village of Cuelim. At the heart of the property is a 350-year-old chapel that has been restored. Bright, spacious, the rooms of The Postcard Cuelim are a modern take on the colonial way of life. Of the six rooms, the largest one is the Dr TB Da Cunha suite overlooking the iconic three kings chapel. The beach is a 15-minute walk from the hotel which can also arrange for a guided tour for you. The local chefs will toss up some mean Goan meals – from fish, curry and rice to pork sorpotel and Xacutti. The Postcard Cuelim is where you'd want to work out of and spend the remainder of the year.

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    Yahoo! Explains: Why Mumbai luxury homes sales have gone up despite the economic slowdown

    Luxury home sales in Mumbai have seen a sharp rise in October this year. According to an Anarock report, units worth Rs 500 crore have been sold since the beginning of Q3. In the corresponding quarter in 2019, the sales of luxury homes had touched just about Rs 150 crore. The localities that have seen this uptick are Tardeo, Mahalaxmi, Lower Parel, Worli, and Prabhadevi Average ticket price of each unit is Rs 4 crore and the sales figures have gone up about 230% in one year! Mumbai is one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world with prices rivalling New York and London So what is the reason for this bumper sale in a year when the global economy has slowed down? The government has introduced 3% stamp duty cut till December 2020 and 2% between January and March 2021. For potential buyers, this means savings of at least Rs 12 lakh on a property worth Rs 4 crore. It also helps that developers are rolling out lucrative offers on under-construction and ready-possession projects. All of this has helped boost the numbers in the south-central Mumbai neighbourhoods. Anarock’s research also suggests that the unsold stock in the same neighbourhoods has reduced by 5% in one year. In the same period last year, the unsold stock in the same neighbourhoods had risen by 8 per cent. So if you have the money and are looking to buy a new house, now may well be a great time to pick one up.