Christmas Decoration Ideas That Will Top Your Neighbours House

Dress up every inch of your house for the Christmas Party with these clever ideas. This article is packed up with smart tricks and chic holiday tips to make your home steal all the limelight in the lane.

  • Gift wrapping

Ditch that shiny and glittering gift wrapping paper and go for brown paper to wrap your Christmas presents. Add a touch of Christmas to it with a red ribbon, Christmas bells and pines.

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Put a fresh spin on a Christmas wreath. Have a green Christmas with eco-friendly wreaths from reusable materials like fruits and plants, neckties, grapevine, twigs, and pinecones, wine corks, etc.

  • Christmas Tree

Living in a small house does not give you the liberty to decorate a large Christmas tree. Instead, decorate your in-house regular plants with Christmas ornaments, lights and clippings.

  • Lighting

4b9fcb45990b670b1aa7e53498056f0ePicking colors strategically can really pay off. Use blue, red and green lights that will separate the landscaping from the facade. You can also use some old-fashioned Christmas lights with oversized bulbs — plus twinkling candles— and add some serious curb appeal.

  • Santa Chairs

Use these simple yet charming chair toppers to add some colour to your dining room. You can also tie a bow around your throw pillows, and they’ll look just like Christmas gifts!

  • Chalk it up

Welcome your guests at the party with chic chalkboard sign. You can also write some messages on these boards like Happy Holidays, Joy to the World, Merry Christmas, and so on.

Plan a Perfect Housewarming Party with These Tips

Diwali is considered an auspicious occasion to move into a new home. If you too have moved in a new house recently, festival of Diwali is the best time for you to organize a housewarming party. Here are some tips to host a perfect party that will double up your celebration.
111• Decide a theme: selecting a theme will help you to decorate your home according to it and plan a menu that will complement the theme. As it is a festive season, choose bright colors, diyas and lanterns to decorate your home.

  • Set a budget: It is very easy to get carried away while hosting a Housewarming party. Especially in a festive season, this party can add up a huge expenditure. Therefore, set a budget beforehand and stick to it no matter what.
  • Preserve the memories: Hang a whiteboard on the wall and ask your guests to write their experiences at the party, messages or wishes for you.
  • Use flowers: Flowers brings charm and grace at any occasion. Use different types of flowers at your home that will produce the fragrance, warmth and freshness.flower-diya
  • Music, games and firecrackers: Keep the momentum high in your housewarming party with the right type of music and engaging games. Get some firecrackers that will light-up your celebration.
  • Return gifts: Select thoughtful return gifts for your guests. Keep in mind that many people exchange gifts during Diwali. So, ditch the mainstream items like vase, tea sets, etc. and give something that your guests will really use and won’t land up in their bed storage.

Make Your Work Desk Lively With These Plants

Are you stuck in a gray, gloomy cubicle when the nature is blooming just outside the office door? How about bringing in some greenery that is easy to maintain and will improve your mood?

Check out our list our list of five low-maintenance office plants that will cheer-up your desk.

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It is an evergreen plant that needs very little sunlight. Being an evergreen plant, it will keep its leaves throughout the year. Its pinnae (leaflets) tips are forked like a fish’s tail giving an unusual appearance.



    • Peace lily: Apart from increasing your desk’s aesthetic appeal, this plant also enhances the indoor air quality. These plants need little or no sunlight. Also, you will have to water them just once or twice in a week.
    • Aloe veraThis is an easy-to-grow plant that requires mild sunlight and slightly moist soil. This plant grows effortlessly in Indian weather conditions. You just need to keep this plant in windowsill for some time every day.

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  •  Grape Ivy

Low light, dry air and minimal watering is what this plant needs to thrive. This beautiful addition to your office-desk is also a great air-purifier.

  • Bamboo plant

Once potted correctly with satisfactory drainage, this plant will grow really well. The ideal place for this plant is where it will get indirect sunlight and will be away from air conditioners and heating sources. This is also considered as lucky plant.


Five commonly overlooked expenses while buying a home

Apart from the cost you will pay for actual house, there are many additional expenses that are essential to consider. Especially, if you’re stepping into the property market for the first time, unexpected costs can put a damper on your happiness and crack-up your budget.

So, here are five commonly overlooked expenses you shouldn’t overlook:

  • Moving costs:

Moving CostsWith so many things to look after, it’s possible to miss the cost of making the house move itself. As moving day approaches, you may be surprised to see how costs and fees start to mount up. To avoid last minute hurdle, finalize your packer & mover at least 15 days in advance. This will give you an idea of how much you’ll have to spend for shifting. If you are going to take help of your friends and relatives, confirm their availability before deciding a moving date.


  • Interior:

InteriorWhether you have bought a brand new house or resale one, keep aside some money to get your interior fixed. This includes charges of plumbing, pest control, fitting electronic appliances, fans, tubelights, mounting your TV, buying new furniture, fixing broadband, repairing jammed disposals, leaky faucets, and this list is endless.


  • Adjustment costsAdjustment costs: If your owner has made advance payments for property taxes, society maintenance, utility bills, etc., you will have to reimburse him for these payments. Some owners might also ask reimbursement for water tanks, mosquito nets, geysers, etc. or they will simply take it away while vacating the place.
  • Legal costs: Stamp duty and registration charges take away substantial amount. Furthermore, you will have to pay miscellaneous expenses like the fees of the notary and lawyers who get the job done.
  • Additional expensesAdditional expenses: Don’t let these expenses catch you off guard. Some societies might charge you to transfer the ownership of a house. You might have to pay electricity supplier, LPG supplier to get the connection transferred on your name. Consult your property advisor & service providers to understand the amount needed to get the ownership transferred on your name.

Keep Your Home Cool in Summer

Summer isn’t all about vacations, trips and ice-creams; it is also about sweat, humidity and rising temperature which turns your house into an oven. It is true that you don’t have control over the climbing mercury, but you can keep your home cool and comfortable even on the scorching days using these simple methods.

  • Become a fan of fan: Electric fans, ceiling fans, box fans, and exhaust fans… they are all available out there to cool down your home. Point box fans out the windows so they extract hot air.
  • Reduce indoor humidity: Minimize the tasks like midday washing and drying of clothes, and cooking on an open fire. If you can’t skip these household chores, turn on ventilating fans to remove warm, moist air.Hygrometer
  • Choose cotton: Ditch those satin, silk, or polyester sheets and switch to light-colored bed linens, drapes, curtains that are made of breathable lightweight cottonicefan-500x375
  • DIY Air-condition: use this trick to get a cool breeze without shooting up your electricity bills. Position a shallow pan or bowl full of ice and chilled water in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
  • Low is good: Hot air rises, so beat the heat by setting up your bed or cot as close to the ground as possible. If you live in a multi-floor apartment, sleep on the ground floor instead of an upper storey.
  • Turn off the lights: Light bulbs give off heat. Fortunately, in summer, light stays longer; sometimes even till 7.30-8 pm. Take advantage of these naturally extended lit hours and reduce the use of bulbs, tubelights, etc.light-switch-100593819-orig
  • Go Unplugged: Literally disconnect electronics. Do not have things running that don’t need to be on. Gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when turned off. So do not forget to unplug them.




Home Decoration Ideas for Festive Season

As the festive season is in full swing, here are some options to jazz up your home. Whether it is Navratri, Diwali, Christmas or a New Year party, your home will look beautiful and magnificent with these decoration tips.

2 (1)Let there be light: Festive season is all about lights and brightness. Lighting can make a big difference in the look of your home.  Buy some eye-catching chandeliers and lamp shades to create a vibrant and cheerful ambiance. Using a range of lighting in varied heights and locations will let you try different variations at different times.

Make your home smell great: A good fragrance can breathe life into any ambience. A good smelling home is always inviting and appealing. During festive season, light one or two scented candles in your home. You can try different scents for different times of the day.

Burn scented candles to make home smell good.

Burn scented candles to make home smell good.

If you are running out of scented candles, just sprinkle some baking soda on your carpets and sofas, and vacuum it up after 10-15 minutes. It will absorb a bad odour, if any, and leave your home with a neutral pallet.

Change your furnishing: Changing furniture for a festive season could be very expensive; try changing your furnishings. New curtains, drapes, pillow, sofa and table covers will give your home a new look without spending a fortune.T_51689

Shuffle your furniture: Sometimes the way to improve the room is not through buying new furniture, but to rearrange the pieces you already have. Shuffling your furniture will give your room a new look instantly. Moreover, it will save your carpet from permanent marks and stains that cause due to heavy furnishings.

Give your home breathing space: In an attempt to make home look dazzling, we sometimes end up filling up space with unwanted items. Go minimalist this festive season by keeping fewer but better-quality pieces. Toss all unwanted stuff and keep  your home clutter free.

Top Myths about Real Estate Advisors Busted

When it comes to buying or selling homes, it seems that everyone has advice to offer about the real estate market. Many of us tend to make decisions based on the assumptions, misconception and someone else’s experiences. Biased stories, false information, invalid assumptions not only confuse you but also might derail you from the right track. And when it is about real estate, even a smallest wrong move can cost you in Lacs. Here are the top 3 popular and commonly heard myths about the real estate advisors. So, next time, if you hear any of these babble, run miles away from that ‘so called’ well-wisher.

3_1Working with a real estate advisor is waste of money: This is perhaps the most commonly heard real estate myth. All those advises like ‘You can sell a home on your own’, ‘hiring an advisor will cost you a bomb’, ‘do your research on the Internet, why do you need the advisor?’ proves often wrong when you try to apply them in real scenarios. Real estate advisors understand the market deeply. Whether you are a buyer or seller, your advisor will make sure that you get a good deal. Saving few pennies for an advisor’s commission might actually cost you huge money by getting into a wrong deal.

1Real estate advisors will force you to make the decisions: A professional real estate advisor will make you understand a fair picture of the scenario and advice you on the choices you have. He will never force you to take the decision in haste or make commitments to the other party without your consent. Working with an advisor is like having a valuable and reliable expert with you. These days, when even small real estate transactions cost for Lacs, it is good to trust an expert than playing a blind game.3Good real advisors are hard to find: This is unfortunately the truth. With so many estate adviors popping up like mushrooms, it is really hard to find a good and professional advisor. However, if you want to work with a really good real estate advisor, check his/her track record and experience. HDFC Realty is a one stop solution for real estate requirements. Right from buying, selling, leasing to even consultation and valuation, HDFC Realty provides a host of real estate services. We are a team of professional real estate advisors known for our remarkable services.  In case of a new home (not the resale one) HDFC Realty do not even charge brokerage to the buyers. Click here to know more about our services. Images used are for illustration purposes only.*

Make your home look better with these wall painting ideas!

Planning a makeover of your home? Throw some shine on the walls with these amazing painting ideas.

1. Stripes:

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Stripes on the walls are just ‘in’ this season. You can choose a pattern which is uniformed in size or try

variations of different sizes and shapes. Just make sure that you choose the right color combination.

Stripes of bold colors are generally used for living rooms, whereas pastel colors are good for the


2. Partially painted walls:


If geometrical stripes are not your thing, try out partial painting on walls. You can either have a sharp

boundary between two paints, a purposely left unfinished brush stokes, or a shaded tone of paints. Here

are some ideas to get you started.

3. Textures:

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Make your walls look appealing with different wall textures. A beautifully textured wall can change the

look of your home. Explore huge variations of textures and pick the suitable one for your walls. Here are

a few ideas for you.

4. Graphics:


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It is a great way to give your walls a unique touch with minimal time and money. Just appoint an

experienced painter who understands the challenges of painting graphics on walls. You can also buy

readymade graphic stickers that are available in various sizes and colors.

5. Murals:

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Murals are an innovative way to revamp your walls. It is an art work which is directly painted on the

surface of the wall or ceiling. Mural painting is a tricky job. So, get help of professionals to décor your

walls with murals. Choose a design or theme that will complement your interior.