July 20, 2024


Design with distinction

‘A home is never truly complete. There is so much that inspires me to create new spaces’

‘A home is never truly complete. There is so much that inspires me to create new spaces’


Bangalore-based décor enthusiast Raina describes her home’s interior style as maximal-eclectic. Her residence is brimming with resource-smart ideas. “I believe a home is never truly complete. There is so much that inspires me to create new spaces every now and then. I try do so creatively, without spending money; I forage, recycle or use everyday items in a clever way,” she says, explaining that her rental’s aesthetic has evolved over the past four years since moving in.

An army brat, Raina’s design sensibilities are influenced by the many service quarters she’s lived in throughout her childhood. “My mom always knew how to make a house a home; we always had a garden of seasonal flowers. So, I love styling my own home with outdoor elements,” she elaborates. Instagram’s home décor community has helped fine-tune her knowledge on the subject.

After setting up an inspiring home office at the start of lockdown, Raina focused on making the kitchen more functional through better organization. But true joy came with the recent relaxation of quarantine rules. She went wild at a local nursery, adding to her family of plants that’s now close to a hundred!

(Raina is a sales consultant, decor enthusiast and plant mom who lives with her husband in Bengaluru. Find her on Instagram @theshalomhome. Images: Courtesy the homeowner.)

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With a maximal-eclectic style, the home interiors are layered in myriad colours, prints and textures.

A view of the home bar and balcony.


The gallery wall showcases Raina’s love of organic textures.

Our home is built piece by piece with collectables from our travels, thrift buys and is constant work in progress.

I love styling with outdoor elements. I am a true forager; plants, stones and flowers dot my home.

My favourite space is my balcony. What started out as a small collection of succulents is now a thriving tropical jungle hosting over 90 plants. It is the perfect coffee and reading nook.

The work-from-home space is minimalist and practical.


Episode 1: #MyHomeMyStyle: ‘Our home revolves around our cats’

Episode 2: #MyHomeMyStyle: ‘Where our friends and family can feel at home’

Episode 3: ‘Someday my own home will have a huge balcony where I can grow vegetables’

Episode 4: ‘From a small village in Jharkhand to big city life in Mumbai’

Episode 5: ‘When home meets nature, it is anything but boring!’

Episode 6: ‘My balcony garden is where we are spending most of our time.’

Episode 7: ‘We weren’t looking for a pretty apartment. We were looking for an empty canvas to paint.’

Episode 8: ‘The lockdown let us spend a lot of time at our small place, which is made with love and positive vibes’

Episode 9: ‘My typical day during lockdown is quite engaging. I have started to revisit many of my old hobbies’

Episode 10: ‘One thing you can’t miss is our love for the colour blue in right doses and our love for plants.’

Episode 11: ‘Lived around the world; but there’s no place like home!’

Episode 12: ‘I enjoy mixing and matching & introducing a sudden pop of colour.’

Episode 13: ‘We tend to change things up quite often so the layout is different every month’

Episode 14: ‘I have created a minimalist country style with ethnic influences’


Yahoo Lifestyle India wants to help brighten up some of the gloom surrounding COVID-19 and the lockdown in India. As we spend more time at home, and put more effort into cleaning, fixing, rearranging and organising your home space, we ask our readers to share pictures of their beautiful home with us, in a new series called #MyHomeMyStyle.