Tips to Keep Your Home Fashionable through the Years

Fashion has a different meaning for different time periods. Items that were considered chic and trendy in the 90s are now outdated and do not appeal to your guests. But since a home lasts forever, are you going to change the entire decor style every 3-5 years? That would definitely incur a lot of cost. So how can you stay updated with contemporary decor style without burning a hole in your pocket?

Tips to Keep Your Home Fashionable through the Years
Tips to Keep Your Home Fashionable through the Years

There are a few elements that are the core of your decor like color, accents, statement items, furniture, etc. A simple change in any of these can do wonders. Let’s see how to go about these for getting fashionable and trendy look-

Invest Time in Choosing the Right Color Palette

The homes in TV ads have been done in such enticing colors that we can’t just get our eyes off the television screen. Is it because their paint is super-special? No, it’s the wise color palette that the ad creators have chosen. Color is something that exists all around you but you don’t notice it often; it is there on the walls, furniture, decor items, outdoors, everywhere.

To select the right colors, refer to decor magazines to find trends that have been popular for quite a few years; they will supposedly stay longer. Learn more about color combinations and the look and feel of a particular color. Take help from experts.

Keep Accents Limited and Chic

Accents are important in every room; they speak of its soul. Anything can make statement for your room. A huge painting on the wall, a few vases, vintage clocks and decor pieces, anything can act as the accent for your home. Interior designers advise that you should not clutter your home with decor items. Instead, go for a few items that make lasting impression. When there are fewer decor items, you will not feel sad about replacing them for something new. Don’t make your home too overwhelming, just keep it simple and cool.

Contemporary Furniture is the Best

Furniture is something you cannot keep changing with trend. So you need something that can go with all decor themes. Contemporary furniture is one with fine lines and clean edges. The smooth look makes it perfect for all decor themes. Pair it with sheer curtains flowing on the back or heavy ones hanging with class, contemporary furniture offer the best of both worlds.

Pay Attention to Fabric and Furnishings

Fabric and furnishing are the most affordable stuff to change when you decide to go for a new trend. Keep yourself updated with the latest fabric trends in home decor. Choose cushions and throw pillows that give a creative funky look when matched with your wall colors. Reupholster the sofa, couches, etc and instantly add fresh energy into your home.

Keep Yourself Updated about Latest Fashion

An entire makeover does not happen all at once. If you really want to keep your home up to date, you must be well-versed with the change in trends. Little upgrades here and there just keep adding freshness to your home.

Now you know a lot about how to keep your home perfectly synced with the new trends. So, start today and welcome your guests in a trendy, fashionable home.

Why Greater Noida (W) should be Your Next Investment Destination?

Greater Noida West has grown into a much sought-after residential hub of the National Capital Region. Catering to the mid-segment buyers as well as the HNIs, this market has something for everyone. A neighbourhood, that was once just a piece of barren land, has now come on the real estate map of NCR and competes with established markets of Noida and Delhi. So, how did this locality rise to the point of being a preferred investment destination in NCR?

Why Greater Noida (W) should be Your Next Investment Destination?
Why Greater Noida (W) should be Your Next Investment Destination?

Let us talk about the factors that turned Greater Noida West into a real estate gem-


For any locality, infrastructure is the first and foremost quality that attracts builders to set up their projects and investors to park their money. As soon as the government started building expressways that led to far-off corners of Greater Noida, developers started buying land parcels. The area is undergoing a well-planned development; roads are gradually reaching the neglected corners of the city. Though it will still take time for the infrastructure to match other established areas, the pace at which the locality is improving itself is impressive. Social infrastructure is also catching up. Focusing on industrial, commercial and educational development across the neighbourhood, proper hubs like Knowledge Hub and Techzone-IV have been planned.


Connectivity is a major factor that makes Greater Noida West a wonderful location. The place is already connected to Delhi through Noida via the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. More connectivity options are rapidly coming up in and around the area. DND Flyway, NH-24 and Yamuna Expressway can also be reached within no time. Such great accessibility makes Greater Noida West a very important place for making an investment.

Real Estate

Developers started thronging the developable areas of Greater Noida West as soon as they saw signs of upcoming growth. And now, there are very few locations that are left vacant. In the coming 2-3 years, more than 2.5 lakh residential units will be up for possession or already occupied. Commercial projects are also found in abundance such as Home & Soul Boulevard Walk that offers world-class retail spaces and serviced apartments. Being an affordable destination, it is great for long-term investment and for end-users who wish to live there for a long time horizon. Once the area is completely developed, guaranteed returns will flow.

Future Projections

Greater Noida West is showing rapid development. By the end of 2016, several projects will be up for possession both in residential and commercial segment. Affordability is the major factor that attracts buyers and investors. In future, more improvement in infrastructure and civic amenities will be found in this prime locality. Immense returns will flow in.

H&S Beetle Lap- Where Luxury Meets Modernity!

Were you always looking for a project that offered finest residential units amidst sheer magnificence? Well, your search ends right here! Home and Soul brings to you their marvelous creation in Jaypee Sports City, Yamuna Expressway- H&S Beetle Lap. It is one of the most talked about projects in the National Capital Region (NCR) and presents spacious and well-constructed apartments in 2 BHK and 3 BHK configurations. For the Indian young professionals, it is the best place for starting a life in NCR as it offers world-class amenities and all other conveniences of a modern lifestyle.

H&S Beetle Lap- Where Luxury Meets Modernity!
H&S Beetle Lap- Where Luxury Meets Modernity!

Located just along Yamuna Expressway, H&S Beetle Lap is easily accessible from all nooks and corners of the NCR. Some of the locational advantages of the project include:

  • Adjoining the International Cricket Stadium

  • 30 min from Sector 18, Noida

  • Golf Course within the planned city complex

  • Overlooking the Formula One Race Track

  • Proximity to upcoming metro station

  • FNG Corridor is nearby

  • Proposed airport is also in proximity

  • Noida-Greater Noida Expressway is close by

Being a sports-centered project, Beetle Lap has been equipped with some state of the art facilities like gymnasium, meditation garden, jogging track, cycling track and fitness center. Other recreational amenities are also presented by the builders which include a multi-cuisine restaurant, private terrace, splash pool, party lawn, daily convenience store and a grand clubhouse. It comes with an option to choose between apartments or the grand penthouses that have views opening into ample greens of the landscaped gardens. To make home buying easier and hassle-free for the people, H&S has also come up with some innovative payment plans like super flexi payment plan and subvention plan. Beetle Lap is a wonderful project to make an investment and to earn handsome returns in the future.

Smart Homes: ‘Technology’ is the New ‘Luxury’

Technology has made everything rise above their physical forms and be available on several virtual platforms. Everything from paying bills to buying cars can now be done at the click of a button. Real estate has also become advanced and Smart Cities in India have also come up. The new name given to these technologically efficient homes is ‘Smart Homes’. Smart homes are not only a rising trend in the market but also the need of the hour.

Smart Homes: ‘Technology’ is the New ‘Luxury’
Smart Homes: ‘Technology’ is the New ‘Luxury’

What are Smart Homes?

A Smart Home is a technologically intelligent house. It offers a comprehensive network of integrated devices that are used to monitor and control your home functions connected with a single operation interface which may be a mobile, tablet or even PC. It offers an integrated solution for communication, entertainment and security functions of your home. The mundane tasks of your home can be carried out even when you are not physically present at that location. Drawing the curtains, watering plants, heating or cooling the swimming pool water, switching the light on or off- all this can be done remotely.

How are Smart Homes beneficial?

Smart homes are definitely beneficial in the sense that they make things convenient and efficient for the residents. It is extremely helpful for the differently abled and senior citizens who find it difficult to carry out such tasks by themselves. Many a times, we forget a few things before leaving home such as switching off the lights or turning off the stove. But if you are the proud owner of a smart home, you can be sure about it and do the same sitting in your office or while on the way. Since all other devices in a smart home are connected to a single interface, they can all run on your command.

How to find the right Smart Home?

Smart Homes are now developed by some of the well-known developers of the country. We still lag behind many other countries who have expertise in home automation services. In India, the concept is still in its initial stage. Home automation services can also be installed in an older home. Several companies offer such services. You must first know what you need and then take the right decision according to your choices and budget. Also, don’t forget to get the guarantee documentation before signing the deal. Converting your traditional home into a smart home is a costly affair. So spend your money wisely.

The Essentials of a ‘Luxury Home’

Every other real estate billboard on the highways is about ‘Luxury Homes’. But have you ever wondered what gives a project the title of a ‘luxury home’? No, the ostentatious facade does not make it luxury; it is a lot more than that. A combination of a few elements compiled together make a home lavish and give it the status symbol everyone runs after. Today we will talk about some such elements.

The Essentials of a ‘Luxury Home’
The Essentials of a ‘Luxury Home’


Yes, size does matter, especially a lot in the real estate world. The first thing about luxury homes is the size. It usually starts with 3 BHK and can go upto 6 BHK for a villa like construction. Attached washrooms, balconies with every room and vast hall spaces are needed to brand a home as luxury. Garage, a state-of-the-art kitchen island and dining hall along with servant’s room are some of the modern definitions given to a luxury home.

Height of the Rooms

The floor to ceiling height also matters to grant that status symbol to the luxury projects. It should practically be more than 12 feet for a luxury home. It is one of the most important criteria to be fulfilled; otherwise the project cannot be classified as luxury.

Security Features

One does not splurge on a luxury home to get the old conventional features. Something extraordinarily modern is a must. State-of-the-art security measures are offered in the homes such as CCTV surveillance, video door phone, round the clock personnel supervision, etc.

Posh Location

Location is very important for ultra-luxury homes. You would not want to live in a palatial home located in a crowded middle-class area. A sophisticated neighbourhood boasts of good connectivity across the city, green surrounding, proximity to the airport and adequate availability of all civic amenities. Living in a classy neighbourhood surrounded by the homes of well-known people is everybody’s dream.

Lavish Amenities

Once all the above criteria are fulfilled, then comes the amenities. Swimming pools and gymnasium are now available in all projects. The amenities that classify as luxury include infinity pool, spa, jacuzzi, barbeque pit, wine cellars and custom-made outdoor kitchens and patios. Inbuilt heating and cooling systems are also provided in some of the projects.

Class and Quality

It is true that class comes with a better quality and with the brand name that is attached to the project. Luxury homes boast of a high quality construction and design by international architects and planners. This professional difference adds to the luxury factor as well as to the cost of these projects.

Luxury homes have a professional difference from the traditional non-luxury projects and this is what defines them. The extra price is paid for these luxuries and it is well worth it.

Serviced Apartments: Bringing ‘Home and Hospitality’ Together

A serviced apartment is a fully furnished apartment available for short term or long term stays, providing all hotel-like amenities. The term ‘serviced apartments’ is an umbrella term covering all the brand models, some with high levels of service and other will less fancy-frills helping the guests and operators maintain their budget. Serviced apartments also offer services such as cleaning, utilities, Wi-Fi, TV, etc.

Serviced Apartments: Bringing ‘Home and Hospitality’ Together
Serviced Apartments: Bringing ‘Home and Hospitality’ Together

These apartments can range from budget to deluxe and the rooms can range from studio apartments to two or three bedroom apartments. Studio apartment is one spacious efficient unit which can be used as a living or sleeping area with a little kitchenette and separate bathroom.

These luxurious serviced apartments are affordable alternatives to the expensive hotels offering the comfort, space and luxuries of private residences coupled with 5-Star amenities. These apartments have a good workforce and a horde of world-class services pampering the guests.

Some such services offered by these apartments include:

  • Housekeeping services like daily cleaning, laundry services, etc.

  • Transportation with tour and travel assistance

  • Business services like high speed Wi-Fi, concierge service, on site ATM and bank facilities, etc.

The serviced apartments are built with the clients in mind. They can be short stay accommodation or long stay rentals for corporate or leisure travelers. They range from fully equipped studios to 4-5 bedrooms for long lease. Most of these apartments are well placed near business and leisure hubs which make it a preferred choice for business travelers. Some of the newly built serviced apartments are fully loaded with complete entertainment sets like private lounge, pool table, projector screen and other indoor facilities.

One of the recently launched serviced apartments project in NCR is H&S Boulevard Walk. Developed by Home & Soul, the project offers a royal treatment to its residents at its hotel apartments. Consisting of a fully furnished drawing room, bedroom and a modern style bathroom, it provides you with everything you need at home while enjoying a hotel-like stay. H&S Boulevard Walk truly stands for- “A home away from home.”

Retail Realty Segment: The Future of Commercial Real Estate in India

The retail sector in India has been growing at a tremendous pace over the past two decades and so is the Indian ‘retail realty’ segment. The number of organized retail industries in the country has witnessed an annual growth of 20 percent. After the government allowed 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for single-brand retail, more groups have started venturing into the same. The trend shows that the retail industry will expand in the coming time- first in the metropolitan cities, then in smaller areas.

Retail Realty Segment: The Future of Commercial Real Estate in India
Retail Realty Segment: The Future of Commercial Real Estate in India

Seeing the growth, a number of developers are coming up with their retail shops in NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai and other big cities. To concentrate on a wider investors segment, they have also come up with innovative payment plans and assured return schemes. The assured return schemes are those under which the builder promises to pay monthly return to the investors during the construction period on a predetermined rate.

One of the most talked-about virtual retail projects in NCR is H&S Boulevard Walk. The project offers state-of-the-art virtual retail spaces. These virtual shops are offered in the upper basement floor meant for setting up the hypermarket. The non-demarcated shops in this project would offer a great exposure to the retailers. The mantra for a retail market to be successful is that it should be in close proximity to the residential areas. Strategically located in Sector 4, Greater Noida West, Boulevard Walk is surrounded by thriving clusters of residential and commercial developments because of which it is going to experience good value appreciation in the future.

Virtual retail spaces have a rather complex investment structure and need to be properly analyzed before investing. As a smart investor, you should assess the locational advantages, laws related to the industry, commercial trends, customer reach, etc. Moreover, the rental returns in the retail sector have shown an annual increase of 10-14 percent over the past few years and the trend is likely to remain the same.

So, if you want to put your money into the real estate industry in order to multiply it, retail real estate is an option you should not strike off. These are innovative spaces and earn yields in proportion to inflationary tendencies. Stand-alone commercial and retail setups are going to form considerable parts of the Indian realty sector in future.

All You Need to Know About Branded Homes in India

Branded residence is a new concept in India and a less popular niche of the real estate market. Although, a limited number of buyers are there who demand for such fashion homes, but still the real estate market of luxury homes is getting an attention. The prime reason of introducing high class properties is that realtors and investors are becoming brand savvy and thus, they are collaborating with the popular hospitalities and brands to offer an exclusive living standard. This idea is trending in the cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Noida and Greater Noida. As an example, Home and Soul collaborated with Fashion TV to introduce international lifestyle to the people planning to settle in Noida.

All You Need to Know About Branded Homes in India
All You Need to Know About Branded Homes in India

Building luxury apartments in India are also highly dependent on the economic growth. Let’s explore the various advantages and limitations of this segment to determine whether such branded themed residences are a good investment platform or not.

Who are demanding branded residences?

In India, for some people fashion home defines the status symbol. There are many individuals whose preferences are luxury, signature, location and brand, when they are investing in the real estate. Therefore, the developers customize the homes by adding superb aesthetics and features so as to add an essence of elegance. Such customized apartments make the perfect investment option for buyers looking for a modern flat, villa or apartment.

Why are buyers attracted to branded residences?

  • Prime location

  • Brand signature

  • Alluring interior designs

  • International Amenities

  • Theme based architecture

  • Recreational facilities

  • Hi-tech surveillance

  • Valet Parking

All these features attract the buyers who have a desire of living an ace-class lifestyle.

A few challenges for developers:

Branded residences in India sounds nice, but a builder has to face various challenges for its development. Let’s have a look on them:

Location- Getting an approval of land usage for construction in India is not a piece of cake, instead there is always a long process. When it is a posh area, the approval is not only an issue, but the scarcity of such locations is also a matter of the subject especially in metro cities.

Limited buyers- On an average, the number of mid-income segment people is more than that of high-income segment people. Thus, the possibility is always high that a builder will get more buyers lying under middle class than that of the upper class.

Marketing and Public Relationship- Getting associated with a brand is easy, but justifying its reputation can be sometimes difficult. So, it is very important for a builder to choose the brand before collaborating.

Infrastructure- Expectations of a buyer can never be predicted. Thus, it is another one of the biggest challenges for a builder to develop a home having all elements of luxury.

Above all factors are depicting the fact that the scope of branded residences in India is uncertain. The prime reason is that the number of people that lie under the category of mid-income is more in contrast to people who can pay extensively to acquire a swanky address. The bottom line is that the growth of luxury homes in India will depend upon the number of relevant buyers and these buyers can emerge with the hike in India’s economy.

Explore how Beetle Lap is Offering an International Lifestyle

Indian real estate sector is surging with some amazing innovations each day. In the current scenario, the developments are not limited to ultra-tall buildings in prime locations, but it is also expanding by introducing branded and luxurious residences across India. Moreover, the real estate developers are collaborating with reputed brands to offer signature addresses. This way they are fulfilling the demand of people who are willing to have high quality and international living standard.

Explore how Beetle Lap is Offering an International Lifestyle
Explore how Beetle Lap is Offering an International Lifestyle

Home & Soul is one of the renowned real estate developers who followed the trend and emerged with an outstanding series of residential and commercial properties. With its excellence and years of experience, it has achieved its vision for providing a value for the money invested by a buyer. They have successfully launched excellent projects, including Boulevard Walk, F-Premiere and Beetle Lap in Greater Noida offering world-class amenities and blissful surroundings.

Beetle Lap is one of the innovations by H&S that comes with a standard. It has been designed in a way that it boasts of a thriving residential project located at Jaypee Sports City. Having 4 ultra-tall towers with 18 floors each, it is one of the fastest emerging projects in NCR. Home and Soul Beetle Lap has been designed with an aim of providing spacious and luxurious residences.

Geographically, it is located at eastern peripheral expressway and Yamuna Expressway, thus, the residents can enjoy a huge number of advantages. With integrated modern recreational amenities and facilities, Beetle Lap is offering a perfect residential destination for the HNIs and high class individuals. 2/3 BHK apartments and penthouses with alluring architecture have been introduced to make it an ideal dream home.

Apart from availing a branded address, a resident can also avail a sophisticated neighborhood. Jaypee Vogasvilla and Jaypee Kassia are the other two projects located nearby Beetle Lap. Located on the sidelines of F1 track of the international circuit, the residents can experience a heart-throbbing environment next to a thriving highway of India; Yamuna Expressway. Let’s have a quick glance over all the startling features of Beetle Lap.

Highlights of Beetle Lap

  • Various options of penthouses and apartments

  • 2/3 BHK modern apartments

  • Spacious homes with eco-friendly surroundings

  • Power-backup and water supply round the clock

  • Splash pool and private terrace at each floor

  • Surrounded by International Cricket Stadium

  • Nearby motor racing track, golf course

  • Proposed airport

Presence of swimming pool, jogging track, meditation garden, gymnasium, recreational center, daily convenience store, clubhouse and many more.

The above mentioned perks offered by Beetle Lap combinely offer a residential destination where a resident can enjoy a gated living standard with a signature address.

Home Renovation with Virtual Reality

You are about to spend a bomb on your home renovation, but you still have a little fellow nagging you and saying, ‘will hardwood flooring look good, or do I fix a fancy sink here? All these troublesome thoughts keep pestering you and you wonder what the end result will look like. Unless you have a supernaturally vivid imagination, you won’t really know the perfect choices until the contractor drives the last nail and tightens the last screw! Alas it is too late. That’s why augmented and virtual reality are the most modern technique that builders and designers are opting for.

Home Renovation with Virtual Reality
Home Renovation with Virtual Reality

Seeing the unseen- Virtual reality consistently wows anyone who is ready to take a trip down the lane and see what the end result would be like. This is not just for watching or playing video games or 3D movies, this has gradually crept into a lot of fields including home renovation where you can actually see the unseen and can do up your home without any problems.

The home of your dreams Remodeling is just scratching the drywall of what Virtual Reality (VR) can do for your home. If changing the appliances in the kitchen can be daunting imagine building a dream home from scratch. VR helps you to get the right notion as to how your home will look after renovation. Should the fridge go in the corner or next to the sink? Will dark blue make your room look smaller? Does stainless steel blend with the marble counter tops? VR helps you to choose, and you can keep fiddling till you are satisfied with your mix, match and blend options.

Designers may present homeowners with drawings that they can’t grasp, or with renderings that provide an incomplete sense of how to navigate a finished room. As a result you start the project with just a murky sense as to how it will look. VR helps you to walk through the entire process, visualizing, making changes and getting the actual feel as to what the end result will be. What if you can actually perceive the bedroom window frame, and see the sunshine streaming through, and appraise the sightlines from the kitchen island to the living room. How many unwelcome surprises could one avoid?

VR is the new concept in real estate industry, whether it is just renovation or building an entire project. You can actually walk through the whole project even before you have started it, choose the wall colors, the materials, see how certain placements work you can actually see it. An empty space where nothing but grass is growing can step by step turn into an attractive deck , or a room can be decorated and remodeled , you can keep pulling down imaginary walls and come up with new ones till you are satisfied. VR helps you to walk through the rooms which, in 2 dimensional drawings, are difficult to understand.