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Tired of running from pillar to post to design your home? Let Livspace take over

COVID-19 could have spelled disaster for this start-up, except Livspace made the proverbial lemonade 

After months of scrolling through Pinterest for room décor inspirations, you know exactly what you want in your soon-to-be apartment — a wardrobe with sliding doors, soft ceiling lights, a cozy couch, a bright workstation with a woody bookshelf and a queen-sized bed against a teal-coloured wall. Then you pray that everything falls in place, and the hunt begins — for the right designer, the carpenters, and of course, the furniture. This is when you realise how naïve you were to think you could move into the house within two weeks. And this month you will have to pay an EMI and a rent. If only someone had introduced you to Livspace, the online interior designing service in the country that brings customers, design professionals, brands and vendors on the same platform. 

Founded in 2014, Livspace has given life to more than 13,000 homes with its community of over 2,000 designers and 1,000 brands and vendors. According to a report by Mordor Intelligence, the market for home interiors and renovation is estimated to be worth more than $20 billion in India. And Livspace co-founders Anuj Srivastava and Ramakant Sharma have solidified their position as one of the top five players in this space. Vexed by personal experiences of getting their homes designed — Srivastava in San Francisco while working for Google and Sharma in Bengaluru when he was with Myntra — the duo decided it was high time that someone introduced technology in the mix. 

“We realised that instead of being a fun and enjoyable experience, designing interiors was a nightmare,” says Srivastava. They went to their drawing boards and hatched

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