Dress Your Home In Style With Lakshmi Nagarajan
Lakshmi Nagarajan is a blogger who dons several hats. An engineer by education, she started her career in the software industry, but later switched career to finance by completing two level CFA program. Now, she is a mother, a home blogger and a financial writer.
With focus on creating a clutter-free, feel good home, her blog, Dress Your Home is rated as one of the top 9 interior blogs in India by Blogadda.
In the interview, Lakshmi talks about her blog and also gives some advice to our readers on maintaining a happy home.
What inspired you to become a blogger?
It was a creative break years ago (2003, to be precise) from the long, coding days.
Your blog seems to throw a lot of focus on leading a clutter free, organised life. If you had to share one key tip with our readers, what would it be?
I’m afraid I don’t have any advice. To each their own when it comes to how materialistic you want to be. I just feel buy-dust-clean-maintain-or find someone who will is such a vicious and time consuming cycle. I don’t buy anything impulsively — be it a dress or an artifact. If I really like something t gets added to the cart. If I like it even after a month, may be I will check out but more often than not, I won’t. I was listening to a talk by Sadhguru recently where he commented that homes these days look like a warehouse. That resonated with me on some level.
You are a financial writer as well as a home blogger. In the current scenario, do you consider a home as a wise investment? Do you have any tips to share while looking to buy a home?
Wise investment? No. Real estate never is. But, there’s no price you can put to the emotional aspect of owning a home. Don’t over-leverage and don’t put your current lifestyle on hold to fund that home. Rental options within budget are aplenty; you can live in that villa and save tons of money instead of owning one.
But, if you still insist, here are a few things to keep in mind: location, budget, plan, proximity to school and hospitals, neighbourhood ( always prefer a good home in a great neighbourhood to a great property in a not good neighbourhood), reputation of the builder, and of course, paperwork.
Your blog features a lot of interesting House Tours. Which of them is/are your favourite?
Every home featured on the blog is there because it appealed to my design sense or something that I cannot put a finger to. So I wouldn’t pick one over the other. I spend hours working on every home tour from reaching out to the owners to getting a pulse of the place that gets translated into words and pictures.
What do you consider your biggest achievement as a blogger?
Yet to come.
Which are your favourite home decor blogs? What do you like the most about them?
Apartment Therapy and Freshome.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
5 years is a long time to plan ahead for. I have no idea what tomorrow has in store.
You can follow Lakshmi Nagarajan and her blog here.