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My dream development by Shalini Misra

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As I walked into this un-modernised four bedroom Victorian apartment, my heart skipped a beat. Although the interiors hadn’t been touched for over 30 years, the moment I stepped through the door I couldn’t fail to see its enormous potential and character. Looking past the pillar-box red bedrooms, yellow kitchen and black bathroom I knew I had found my next development project..

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Entrance

I wanted to design a grand entrance hall that creates impact from the moment you open the door. I chose to create a striking art deco floor design using Nero Marquina and Thassos marble inspired by Gio Ponti. For the cloak and media cupboard I wanted create a bespoke design to reference the floor pattern. I chose to use antique mirror, a rich walnut frame, bronze detailing and handles. The mirror reflects the black and white polished plaster walls creating a feeling of space and consistency.

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Hallway

Searching for an eye catching sculptural wall light, I come across this beautiful piece from Lindsey Adelman’s Cherry Bomb Fringe Collection. I knew the brushed brass, blown glass and 24k golden foil would illuminate the hallway. I also added five 1960’s ceiling lamps manufactured by Stilnovo in opal glass and enamelled metal. Throughout the apartment I consciously applied a mix of vintage and modern from the large statement pieces right down to the lighting details.

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Reception

In the reception it was very important to me to retain the original features such as fireplaces and cornices. The existing mantle of the fireplace was painted white, adding a stone surround and black wood marble. For flooring the use of chevron oak boards were laid throughout with a fumed, brushed and lacquered finish.  Elephants Breath can be found on the wall, an uplifting mid grey with a hint of Magenta, this can become lilac like in the light of west facing rooms. The doors are high gloss, shaker style, bouncing further light around the room.  I updated the apartment to provide the comforts of modern life adding air-conditioning, underfloor heating and Lutron lighting control.

reception

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Master Bedroom

I gave the master bedroom a generous amount as space as I wanted to include a private study, walk in wardrobe, relaxed seating area and en-suite. I used a mix of lux finishes and bursts of colour to create interest and make the eye wander. The wardrobes were finished with warm soft velvet accented by bronze handles. I wanted to find a distinguishing headboard to frame the bed as this side of the room had simple and delicate drop lighting, I come across this screen by Martino Gamper and fell in love. It was just what I had been looking for, I liked it so much I took one for the reception room too! The master bathroom is very spacious and has all the amenities you could ever need. I used a mesmerising mix of white Calacatta offset with dark grey stone. I designed a double basin vanity unit with two illuminated bronze framed mirrors floated above. For the bathroom equipment I added a deep soaker Jacuzzi bathtub, steam and rain shower with heated mirror and Toto toilet.

 

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This development project was such a joy for me to design, I was able to draw on all of my design inspirations and desires that have built up over the years. I am still overwhelmed with happiness from the successful events, collaboration and coverage that was received by this apartment. It was a sad day when we completed the sale and I had to say goodbye to this much loved apartment. However, I had accomplished what I set out to achieve and look forward to my next development project!

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Greenery In Interiors

Why does an interior catch your eye? Is it beautiful wallpaper, a unique piece of furniture or ever thought that it could be the nature that surrounds you within the space?

Not too sure….well read on for some interior inspiration on how adding greenery to your interiors isn’t just beneficial for your health but also is simply a brilliant colour to decorate with! Just ask Pantone who named it the colour of the year for 2017!

The devil is in the detail……

Whether you go for mint, avocado, pear, sage or grass green, green is relaxing, inviting and energising. And once you have the perfect shade of green, it can work perfectly in any home when accompanied by the right accents.

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An accent chair is a great way to add a pop of colour to your interior design. It could be as simple as adding a dining chair, which brings through an intriguing elegance whilst capturing a colour that embodies the strength of nature’s forces and beauty.

Non green-fingered friends, don’t fear!

If you’ve got the kiss of death when it comes to plants, you can still bring a foliage flourish into your space.

Succulents have been something of a trend for a while now, popping up on Instagram tucked away terracotta pots on #shelfies.  By nature, these are hardy plants, meaning they can survive different environments, and also survive a bit of neglect (!!) so a perfect choice for those of us that aren’t quite so green fingered.  In terms of interiors they are a perfect accessory to decorate with…..Use them to spruce up your coffee or side tables!

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Vertical Greenery

If you don't have a skylight or any way of adding one to your house, a live wall or green divider can give your home a wonderful and unique feel.

Interior greenery and especially live walls don’t have to occupy your precious floor space. A green wall artwork or a vertical planter system would more than suffice in bringing a piece of primal atmosphere to your house.

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Floors, Floors, Floors

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This season sees green tendrils unfurling across curtains, cushions and floors, yes floors!!

Bring a fresh touch to your interiors without having to worry about watering….How can you say no!

A beautifully inset tile can work wonders to an entrance way to make it not only a welcoming space but an interesting one too!

Office Plants

When you enhance your office with plants, you’re not just adding greenery, you are boosting your health. Why? Plants essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide!

So not only do they freshen up the air, but studies have shown that the manner in which living organisms interact with your body, mind and environment, help to reduce stress and improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!).

They also make individuals view their work space more positively - making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too.

COME IN………

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Soften strong stone walls with lush garden greens. The historic features of this stately hallway have been complemented by distinctive and unique wallpaper. Lush, digitally printed wisteria flowers make a stunning statement, framing the room beautifully. Grass green curtains pick out the ombre effect while plenty of lush house plants and wicker furniture complete the Georgian conservatory style.

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Happily, the greenery trend isn’t restricted to living things.

Adding a bold pattern to a space considered to be quite boring, such as your bathroom, will definitely add excitement to your everyday routine!

Unique Pots

There is no better way of giving every day plants a little visual boost than with some unusual-looking pots. These come in all sorts of designs, shapes and materials. The Hidden Gallery, are a great source of inspiration for this. Look out for the great collaboration between Shalini Misra and Mike and Preeti Knowles.  With such beautiful pots, modern planters truly deserve their own place within the home.

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Indoor Urban Tropico

Indoor gardens have become widespread in contemporary architecture along with preservation of site flora. It is a beautiful way to render your home eco-friendly.

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Since most living things typically need some sunlight, skylights and huge windows, tend to accompany indoor gardens to give interior greenery its dose of rays.

This design element is as gorgeous as it is practical.

AND LASTLY...Remember that flowers will always add that last-minute touch of elegance to you space.

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Ansal University Lecture

Understanding Interior Architecture with Shalini Misra

Sushant School of Design (SSD) in association with Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA) played host to the second presentation in the series ‘Beyond the Skin’, written and presented by internationally acclaimed Architect Designer Shalini Misra, on Wednesday 12th April, 2017.

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Shalini shared her vision of Interior Architecture by presenting four projects she had recently worked on. Each one of them has been highly acclaimed by clients and industry alike, each equally sumptuous both in form and finish.

Although classically trained in architecture, commencing at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, followed by studies in urban planning at Columbia New York and finishing with and MSc in Architecture from UCL Bartlett London, Shalini Misra has a very strong academic base. Describing herself as a ‘pure play architect’ who has successfully practiced in every aspect of Architecture and Interior Architecture, what came come over loud and clear from the interaction is her sublime understanding of eclectic space,

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a deep passion for the work of renowned artists and artisans an appealing sense of theatre in every visual and tactile sense.

The creative industries in India are certainly experiencing a time of rapid growth. Architecture and now additionally Interior Architecture are core to the quality and strength of that growth. The Sushant Schools are spearheading the way forward. Close association with the very best in industry, Shalini Misra certainly being a prime example, spurs us on the very great heights.


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Decorex Champagne Bar 2017

We are pleased to confirm that Shalini Misra has been chosen to create the Champagne Bar at the Decorex 2017 event. The exhibition runs from September 17th through 20th at Syon Park.

shalini’s design inspired by the great exhibition of 1851 at crystal palace

The Champagne Bar is a central feature at the exhibition and a meeting point for visitors.  Shalini’s design is inspired by The Great Exhibition of 1851 which was held at Crystal Palace.  She creates a unique space mixing Victorian design ideas with a modern twist, Misra will create the feel of a glasshouse filled with luxurious details, graphics and collectables that is reminiscent of the Great Exhibition

The Exhibition at Crystal Palace set the watermark for what was to follow in the field of innovative design and interiors. Decorex International continues this tradition and celebrates brands across the UK and abroad.  Upcoming independent designers too, are able to showcase their work.  The exhibition is truly a celebration for all things design and interiors.

shalini misra impressive structures remind one of crystal palace roof

Using drawings, artwork and advertising from the 1950s for her concept inspiration, Shalini Misra plans four impressive structures that will remind one of the palace roof as it soared overhead. The canopy at the centre of the bar and the metallic finishing on the side of the bar are backlit for effect.  The chandelier has some surprise elements bringing in some of the whimsical historical details from the Great Exhibition.

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The mix of Victorian colour choices with a more contemporary take on design aesthetics can be expected.  Creatively designed motifs, lush velvet fabrics, ironwork and delightful Victorian finishes will all work to bring plush old world luxury to a modern exhibit. The Champagne Bar this year will offer luxurious comfort in a unique, historically relevant setting.


Architectural Digest India

This experimental residential installation in London’s Mayfair pairs contemporary art and design.

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