Interior designing of your home like a professional Interior Designer

Often we rely on the expertise suggestions of professional Interior Designers and Decorators to decorate our home or office and there is nothing wrong in doing so. After all they are the professional and have gone through extensive training and have done several design so enough experience and one should take their suggestions and feedback for great designs. But lets see the other side. When it comes to your home, you will be living there and probably you know your own taste better than anyone else. How many of us wear designer clothes designed by the reputed fashion designers? After looking at a designer wear have you ever felt that you won’t wear those clothes, even if you know that it’s designed by a famous designer? I have felt like that at several occasions. Anyway, the point what  I am trying to make is, you can do the interior designing yourself without hiring Interior Decorators, just follow certain thumb rules. I am not convincing you for not hiring Interior Decorators, but at times you might feel like doing it yourself without hiring an Interior Decorator. Listed below are a few of the tips to help you improve the interior decoration of your home.

Budget

First of all allocate and fix a budget. Some one have said “for decoration of your home or wife, no matter what kind of budget you allocate, there is always a chance of improvement”. So having a budget is very important

Set your Expectations

You must have a clear idea of your own expectations. No matter from where you have taken inspiration, a friends home or a magazine or from an interior decorator, make sure you know what you want and whether it fits your taste well or not. After all we don’t do renovation every now and then.

Select Colors and Shades

Choose colors shades carefully. While choosing colors, make sure you visualize it in day and night. There are some color that looks great during day, but not at night. You may look at several magazines and other references for color ideas.

Know your floor and its structure

This is very important. You must understand that something, which was looking good in 10X10 room, may not look good in 20X20 room. Something that looked good in a square floor may not look good in a diagonal shape floor. So while visualizing your designs, consider thinking about these things.

Furniture and Accessories

Remember each of the elements like sofa, tables, flowerpots; curtains etc together make a perfect room. So pay attention to detail and finalize these elements carefully. Now when you have already worked or working on above, its time to consult your friends and spouse. A creative idea could come from anywhere, so take input, discuss and finally get going. In case you wish to hire a consultant Interior Designer then don’t hesitate; it will further enhance your overall renovation plan. After all who can guide you better than a professional interior decorator.

Over to you

Should you or should you not hire a professional when you want to decorate or renovate your home? If such a question arises, don’t get confused, do what you feel is the best. Certainly, both options present a series of advantages and disadvantages. If you decide to do everything yourself you get to save some money, but if you hire a professional everything will be easier and you’ll even learn a thing or two. You can definitely use the above tips to decorate your home professionally, but you must also agree to the fact that hiring a professional is worth it.

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Why ServiceSutra is not like a business directory or a yellow pages

Well! This is a much-needed post, as both Consumers and Service Providers want to know why ServiceSutra is not another business directory or a yellow pages or a green book or pink pages??

So what will you as a customer do with a directory or yellow pages site?
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ServiceSutra is now on slideshare.net

Okay! ServiceSutra is now on slideshare.net and thats our first presentation. Take a look and lets know your feedback. We have worked hard to keep it simple and easy to understand. Thats the answer of all What, How and Why?

Lets know what you think?

Happy Birthday ServiceSutra

Wow! The wait is finally over and we are exited to share the news of our official launch. ServiceSutra is being launched tomorrow Tuesday 11th October 2011.

There has been lots of work-re-work and further re-work, but finally as they say “If you are a perfectionist, think again. Perfection may not necessarily be ideal for progress.” And we decided to stop coding for next few days and launch whatever we have developed as of now.

The team behind ServiceSutra is really excited and looking forward for all kind of feedback and input from our users and friends and gurus.

We will be sharing more posts on how to but for now below are a few of the important links that I would like to share.

Home Page
Service Request
How it Works
Service Providers registration
We are on Facebook and Twitter too.

Keep sharing your input and feedback and we promise to work hard on them.

How to get best rate estimates for Local Services in India

Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is. We at ServiceSutra believe in effort to win and we are committed to help you win. We are helping Consumers as well as Service professionals Win together and share the joy of serving and getting served. At ServiceSutra Customers win by finding a qualified Local Service Provider and Service provider win as they get connected to the consumers who are looking for their services. Service providers also get some great feedback and testimonials by real consumers who are using their services at the ServiceSutra website.

Service providers are widely available for local services in India like for packing, moving, storage, interior designing etc. But the problem is there is no standard pricing model for such local services and you have to make multiple calls to find a local service provider. We’re changing the way you find and hire service providers for local services in India.

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10 Guiding Principles to Hire an Ad Agency in India

Advertising is an exciting, visible business, and when another brand’s agency is making news, it can make their grass appear greener. Plus, it’s a business based on experience, confidence and trust. When trust breaks down, relationships end. Role of an ad agency in India is even critical due to  geographical and cultural  factors in India.

Whatever the reason for an agency switch, too many companies make their selection based on the wrong criteria. That causes heartache, inefficiency, and a significant amount of lost productivity.

I’d like to offer 10 guiding principles to follow the next time you’re looking for an advertising agency in India. Let’s start with the five things you shouldn’t do:

1. Don’t limit your search geographically. Yes, the most expedient way to build trust is in face-to-face relationships, but that doesn’t mean trust can’t also be built across miles. After all, some of the strongest marriages have been built after long periods of physical separation which allow time for reflection for both parties about what really matters..read full article at bloomberg

Here’s how to hire an advertising agency and a PR firm in India

Hiring an advertising agency or a PR firm is very important to communicate your message effectively to your audience. You can simply go and make a search on google and it will list hundreds and thousands of advertising agencies in India. Make a call to a few of them and you are ready to sign the deal. But the bigger challenge is to find advertising or PR firms, who will be able to understand your expectations, have that kind of creativity, which is required for your assignments or the project. Creativity and ability to understand the expectations is very important in your pr and advertising partner. Continue reading Here’s how to hire an advertising agency and a PR firm in India

Feng Shui tips for Good Relationship and Wealth

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics that uses the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive energy. Every tip that we use today in Feng Shui uses one or more of the following: colors, elements, sound, scent, and movement. Feng means wind and Shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good Feng Shui came to mean good fortune, while bad Feng Shui means bad luck, or misfortune. Good Feng Shui can help you create an environment that can attract prosperity, good wealth and health. You may consider these Feng Shui tips for interior designing of your home.

Feng Shui tips for health, wealth and good relationship

Listed below are some of the useful Feng Shui tips for good health, wealth and healthier relationship.

  • Keep your surroundings clean and spacious to ensure free flow of air and light. This is the first and very important tip to create a harmonious house Feng Shui energy.
  • Put nice and clean flowerpots with fresh flowers and water. Fresh flowers can brighten any room and fill it with a scent that can transform any room for the better.
  • Place an indoor water fountain or waterfall in the southwest corner of your home. Water is a very important element in Feng Shui and it can really do wonders for you.
  • Make sure that Lights and Air can free flow inside your house. You may use good quality air purifier and good quality light. Also natural light can be best of all for good Feng Shui energy (or chi, as they call it). Avoid harsh lighting, which is not easy on your eyes
  • Candles and crystals in all shapes, sizes and color are welcome. Apart from creating a warm glow, they improve the entire look of your home, while enhancing romance.
  • Place your bed in a position that provides a solid wall behind you for support. Avoid placing your bed in front of the door. Sleeping in line with the door usually expose you to excessive Chi, which can contribute to stress, irritability and health issue
  • Avoid sleeping in a position with overhead beam or overhead cupboards. Also try to avoid sharp angles from the interior decorations, and an overhead fan in a room with a low ceiling.
  • Never sleep with your feet facing towards the door, this is known as the ‘coffin position’ which of course is not.
  • Money plant, Wealth vases, Wealth ships and much other stuff have been used for centuries as Feng shui items to attract wealth. So, you can anytime opt for these fancy decorative items in order to bring home ample wealth.
  • According to Feng shui, south east and north corner of a room is considered as the wealth corner. So, you must make effort to preserve this corner by keeping it clean and free of clutter.
  • Always keep your wallet packed with money because it is a symbol of abundance according to Feng shui. Avoid empty wallet.

Conclusion

If you maintain all the relevant and important points followed in the world of Feng shui culture, then nothing can block prosperity to enter your home. To follow the appropriate rules of Feng shui, you may consult a Feng Shui expert or an Interior designer and decorators, who can give you input on how to decorate your home according to Feng shui.

Vastu Tips for Home: Bed Room, Living Room, Kitchen

Vaastu Shashtra is considered to be an ancient science that works on the principle of Panchbhootas, a term referring to the five basic elements of the universe, namely Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space. Vaastu is a science that attempts to achieve a balance between these elements to bring harmony and joy to people residing in a home. Rules of Vastu varies from place to place i.e. there could be different rules for home and office, for bedroom and living room, for a warehouse and a shop. The objective of Vaastu is to achieve a perfect sense of balance between humans and nature. We have compiled a few Vaastu tips that you can use to enhance the positive effect of elements in various rooms of your home. Here is some Vastu Tips for Home (Bed Room, Living Room, Kitchen)

  • East direction is considered to be the most auspicious direction for entrance to your house.
  • The north direction represents prosperity, and should never be blocked.
  • The slope of the premises should be from west to east or south to north.
  • If shadow of a tree falls on your house, then you must get rid of it.
  • Cactus plant should never be grown in the house.
  • All doors in your home should open inside and door hinges should always be noiseless.
  • The main bedroom should be constructed in the southwest direction and shape of your bedroom must be square or rectangle for prosperity.
  • Never place your bed in front of a mirror. Also no light beams should fall directly on your bed from the ventilators or windows.
  • You should always sleep with your head towards South direction for the peace and harmony.
  • Hang pictures and painting that gives you joy, avoid pictures that depict violence or negativity.
  • The north direction is ideal for the construction of living room.
  • Air-conditioners should be in the west and not in the southeast section.
  • Southern and western corners of the room are perfect for placing the furniture.
  • Dining tables should have even number of chairs.
  • Kids’ room should be constructed in the northwest corner of the house.
  • Always use mild colour and theme for your home
  • Don’t place the furniture sticking to the wall, as it obstructs the flow of positive energy.
  • The study desk should be placed in such a manner that the child faces eastern, northern or north-eastern corner while studying.
  • The computer should be placed in the southwest corner.
  • The ideal location of the kitchen is the southeast corner of the house, with northwest being the second best option.
  • Cooking activity should be done while facing east, as it’s an auspicious direction. The other option is north direction.
  • Electrical items such as microwaves, juicers and mixers should be placed in the southeast corner of the kitchen.
  • The refrigerator should be in the northwest, southeast, south or west.
  • The kitchen must have adequate provision for cross-ventilation.

As mentioned above, those are in general Vastu tips for your house. You may also consult Interior designers and decorators who can help you in designing and decorating your home as per Vastu Shashtra

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