Ceramic accessories

Living In Style, Mumbai, unveils a colourful range of ceramic animal-shaped accessories to “not only create a dramatic and stunning effect but also lend a guise to your interiors,” says the boutique official.

Imported from Italy, each accessory takes on its own individual character through meticulous hand work. The artisan-designed accessories include ducks, sheep, dogs, exotic birds, and panthers. “With wise use of simple materials, earth mixed with water, dried and fortified by powerful air furnaces that reach 1200 ° C, these ceramic accessories are further enriched by 24 kt gold, platinum and original Swarovski crystals, and carry a certificate of authenticity,” says Afzal Chandiwala, Director, Living in Style.

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Pergo's scratch-resistant floors

A kid's room is inclined to a lot of wear and tear, scratches, marks and stain. Sweden-based Pergo has come up with scratch and stain-resistant features in its Titan X surface, making the floorings more wear resistant which is the ideal choice for kids' rooms .The Titan X surface features an extra protective layer that can be found in Pergo's Domestic Extra collection, Living Expression etc. The floorings are designed to handle domestic areas with moderate wear, which means that it is ideal to handle the wear and tear that happens in our homes.

Says Naresh Maheshwari, CEO, Pergo India, “All Pergo's laminate floorings are made out of Pergo's trademark PerfectFold™, which makes the installation process easy.” The scratch-resistant range is available at all Pergo's design centres and shops in India.

Price trends

99acres.com's All India Capital & Rental Price Trends Report for 2011-12 highlights salient rental and capital price trends and provides locality-wise price comparisons for Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Chandigarh

Gurgaon South City saw the maximum appreciation in capital value (80 per cent) in the past one year despite not having gained much in the past quarter, thereby suggesting that capital appreciation could be stabilising here. Greater Kailash in South Delhi followed South City with 60 per cent appreciation in the past one year. Others included Whitefield and JP Nagar in Bangalore (30 per cent and 28 per cent respectively), Kharadi and Baner in Pune (25 per cent), Baguihati and Rajarghat in Kolkata (24 per cent) and Velachery in Chennai (22 per cent).

Satellite township in West Ahmedabad saw 46 per cent appreciation despite having lost nine per cent in capital value in the past quarter, thereby suggesting that prices could have begun their downward journey here already.

The other shocker is Janakpuri in West Delhi that gained 44 per cent in capital value in the past one year but also lost 16 per cent in the last quarter itself. West Delhi Paschim Vihar saw a 44 per cent appreciation with close to half of that appreciation (26 per cent) taking place in the last quarter itself.

Delhi-CP emerged as the most expensive real estate in Delhi with prices hovering around Rs. 30,000 per sq. ft, followed by Vasant Vihar, Defence Colony and Panchsheel Park.

In Mumbai, Palm Beach in Navi Mumbai gained 78 per cent in the last one quarter and 26 per cent in the last one year. The steep hike in capital rates in just one month suggests heightened buyer interest in this area. Real estate movement appeared to be high in other localities that experienced double digit capital value gain in the last one quarter: Powai, Dombivili and Andheri West, to name a few. Among the areas that lost a lot of value over the past one year, Navi Mumbai's Panvel saw the maximum loss of 17 per cent.

In Bangalore, Yelahanka lost capital rates by almost 16 per cent over the last quarter. On the other hand, Hebbal in North Bangalore gained 15 per cent.