INTERIORS

NEW ERA OF HOME OFFICES


There are no hard and fast rules for planning a home office. It solely depends on what kind of profession one is in. An architect's office will be totally different from a lawyer's. Creativity is needed when looking for workspace in a house. Instead of the typical den, a corner unit in a bedroom, kitchen or under a stairwell with stacked shelves above for useful storage may be set up.

But if there is an extra niche for the purpose, this should be utilized for the sake of privacy. The office must exist at a corner and near the entrance. This will ensure privacy and keep in-house disturbance away, for free-moving kids and the all-round din do affect serious business.

The purchase of furniture has to be related to future projections expansion plans, number of staff, type of work and the gadgets involved. The sudden burst of digital technology has helped the computers to get smaller and compact day by day. One can even opt for high-tech laptops, as they are just one-time investment, but has so much within that a lot of space is saved.
It will be wise to opt for all-in-one printer, fax and copier and place it in such a manner that it is accessible to every person using the home office.

DECORATIONS

The storage units can be matched with the wall by either painting it in a white high gloss or keeping the wood as light as possible since the lighter the walls, the more light will be reflected, thus creating an illusion of a much wider space. The storage should meet individual needs and they are to be kept within reach for preventing loss of productivity and time. Adjustable shelves are more flexible and can be fixed as per the requirements.

Good quality furniture is essential for otherwise backaches will be inevitable in the near future. Space permitting, park a vibrant futon or a crazy print bean bag for taking a nap and to increase work efficiency. The lower cabinets can be rendered in a dark colour either by painting them or using a walnut colour wood. Let them be kept in as straight line as possible because clutter-free ambience is the mantra for a good mind.

The walls are to be treated in a light and warm colour. Beiges, tans, ivories or even soft greens are good options. One may throw some colour either in the form of colourful "chiks" or paint some blank wall in bright red, or a chilly turquoise. A golden yellow or a tango orange will also uplift a drab mood. Add more vigour by throwing a colourful dustbin and some tangy artwork. The artwork can even take its place on the ceiling.

Lighting is also very important. The entire look can be transformed by lights. Task lighting is mandatory at the workplace. Some tracks can help to focus the other prime areas. A lamp may be placed somewhere near the bean bag. See what difference it creates in the "serious office area."

ULTRA-SLIM DVD PLAYER

Adhering to its tradition of making world-class electronics more accessible to consumers, Mitashi Edutainment Pvt Ltd has added yet another affordable all-in one DVD player , the DVS 666 (Rs. 3490), to its existing range. Features exclusive to this ultra-slim DVD player is a USB port and a multi-card reader on the faceplate, which further expands its playback capabilities. This unique characteristic gives the user the convenience to connect USB drives as well as SD/MMC/MC storage cards directly to the player and play music tracks stored in them.

This player also supports most of the formats ranging from CD, CDR, CDRW, MP3 and MP4 to DIVX and DVD. The built-in FM radio ensures non-stop entertainment even when you run out of CDs and DVDs and also comes with a built-in 5.1 channel audio amplifier and speakers.

HIGH DEFINITION AQUOS TV FROM SHARP

Sharp India Limited, a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Japan has launched in India its latest range of AQUOS full-spec high definition televisions. These TVs employ the latest LCD panels made from the eighth-generation mother glass substrate manufactured at Sharp's second Kameyama Plant in Japan, which started operations in August 2006. The latest Sharp AQUOS LCD Panels series include models LC 52 G7M (52-inch) that costs Rs. 3,69,900 and LC 46 G7M (46-inch) priced at Rs. 2,59,900. They are available at the company's Sharp Galaxy showrooms and leading multi-retail outlets across India.

Among the outstanding features are high dynamic contrast ratio of 10000:1 that enables reproduction of vivid images and enhanced lighting and shadowing, and 4ms fast response time which reduces the sense of visual lag. Others specialities include full-spec HD panel (1920x1080) for high resolution picture, multi-pixel drive and four-wavelength backlight system.

HAARAT'S ANTIQUE PRODUCTS

Haarat has an exclusive range of antique handcrafted home decor products comprising candle stands, bathroom sets, candy boxes, wall decors, jewellery box, photo frames, objects made of stones, granules, beads, grains and raisen that are available in different designs. It has knickknacks to lend individual character to different spaces in the drawing room, kitchen. bathroom, bedroom, dinning area etc. The exclusive line is priced from Rs.1,800 onwards.

RANGOLI TILES ARE HERE

Orient Ceramics has launched the Rangoli range of tiles that will fuse tradition with modernity. The intricate designs are inspired by both nature and modern geometrical concepts. The purity of style in this range is complemented by exciting and combination of colours and decorative designs. These can be used anywhere in the house. The price range starts from Rs. 6,000 per piece.

SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR AUDIO-VIDEO EQUIPMENT


Vogel's, a Netherlands firm, has come to India with its new range of mounting solution for speakers, TVs, VCDs, LCD Plasma and projectors. They are designed to match every type of audio video equipment and any interior decor. Built from durable materials, including high quality solid steel and aluminium alloy frames, and with scratch-protection features, they come pre-assembled and can be easily installed. The solutions can be divided into four categories :Vogel's Original, Vogel's Professional, Vogel's Furniture and Vogel's Evolution. The price starts from Rs 1.500 up to Rs. 1 lakh.

FIRE FIGHTER FROM SEJAL GLASS

Sejal Glass, pioneers in the field of flat glass processing, has introduced Fire Ban Glass, a flame fighter which offers an ideal combination to ensure practical and personal safety for periods right up to 120 minutes of protection.
Depending on the building application, Sejal Glass offers Class E and Class EW products for up to 60 minutes of fire protection and a Fire Ban EW system - a patented for upto 120 minutes of fire based on nanotechnology 3 mm thick interlayer protection. Not relying on electronic control or sprinkler systems, Sejal's Fire Ban Glass protects the surrounding areas and provides an escape route through the building. It not only prevents the spread of fire from one floor to another or adjacent building but also allows the fire crew to enter further inside a building. Fire Ban Glass acts as a barrier to fire around the clock since it is inherently capable of slowing the spread of a fire and smoke.

MOSQUITO-REPELLENT FABRIC

Amywear is a new insect-repelling product suitable for sensitive skin and safe for young children. Its fabric repels biting insects. It has a pleasant lavender aroma. The prices range from Rs.899 to Rs. 1999s. The prices range from Rs. 899 to Rs. 1999.

VAKIL PROJECTS APPRECIATE BY 800%. BECAUSE BEFORE BUILDING YOUR HOME, WE DO OUR HOMEWORK.

Vakil Housing Development Corporation. We have always identified locations with huge appreciation potential. With our track record of high returns on investment, all our projects are off the shelf at a brisk pace. Vakil Satellite Town was the first of its kind on Sarjapur Road and has an appreciation rate of 800%. So were Vakil Garden City (412.5%) on Kanakpura Road and Vakil Whispering Woods (340%) on Hosur Road.

Vakil Hosur Hills in Hosur is another first. Bangalore's exorbitant land rates and infrastructure issues have forced IT companies to look beyond the border.

Hosur, a cost-effective alternative. This quiet little city with its pleasant climate and greenery is all set to become Bangalore's next Satellite Town. Hosur has been an industrial hub for over two decades and boasts of a sound infrastructure.

Now, with plans for an IT Park - ELCOT has acquired 192 acres at Hosur, and intends to build a tower and campus as well as one million sqft built-up space (The Economic Times, 28th Feb 2007) and a floriculture park, things are getting better and better.
What this means is that investing in Hosur now, is like investing in Noida or Gurgaon before prices went up permanently.
These thoughtfully designed homes are 3 km from the bus terminus, close to schools, hospitals and banks. In fact, access to Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital and Ebenezer International School, is quicker from Vakil Hosur Hills than from most parts of Bangalore. And, with the Outer Ring Road of Bangalore just minutes away, getting to the Devanahalli Airport will be a breeze.

If you work in Electronic City, it's even better. Because it is faster reaching your workplace from Hosur than from within Bangalore city: a mere 30 minutes. With no traffic jams, bad roads and congestion.

Vakil Hosur Hills. It's the first gated community in Hosur, spread over 28.5 acres, with three-bedroom villas, on land sizes ranging from 1,500 sqft to 3,300 sqft. The prices of these villas start at Rs. 27 lakhs.
The project is approved by banks like LICHFL, HDFC & ICICI. The layout has been approved by Hosur New Town Development Authority (HNTDA) and Director of Town and Country Planning (DTCP), Chennai.
As you'd expect, all the basics are provided - water, power, well-laid out drainage and wide roads. In addition you'll have 2 dedicated children's playgrounds, a long jogging track, a cricket pitch, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a community hall, a reading room-cum-TV lounge, as well as indoor facilities for carom, table tennis and chess. All adding up to the best address in town. Once your home is ready, if required, we also offer tenant search services. But the place sells itself really.






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