Houzz TV: A Bare Shell is Transformed into a Warm, Glamorous Home
As an ‘army kid’, Shalini Sekhri’s nomadic upbringing was inspired by adventure. “We were on the move every few years. Wherever we went, we took home with us. Back then, ‘home’ was defined by people, not place,” Sekhri says. As she grew older, however, Sekhri began to feel the need to put down roots. “As a finance professional with a demanding job, I wanted a place with calming vibes to come home to. I was clear that I wanted to customise everything to suit my style and sensibilities, and requested the builder hand over the home bare-shelled,” she says.
Sekhri’s USA-based sister encouraged her to try the Houzz app, which Sekhri used to browse photos and create ideabooks. After scouring design professionals in her area on Houzz and reading a plethora of reviews, Sekhri decided to hire Smit Bhagat and Rajvi Mehta, co-founders, and principal architect and principal interior designer respectively, of deSigneR – Architects and Interior Designers, to harmonise her ideas and help breathe life into her dream home.