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By Manisha Mody-Chande

Creating stylish and functional London interiors that reflect the vision and personality of our clients

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About Manisha

About Manisha

My focus is on creating interiors that reflect the vision and personality of my clients

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Manisha grew up in the UK where she studied Interior Design at the Inchbald School of Design and European Decorative Arts and Asian Arts at Sotheby's. Her studies also took her to Switzerland, before she started La Casa in 1994, while living in Tanzania. The interior decoration and furniture showroom was the first of its kind in Tanzania, blending carefully selected imported furniture, accessories and fabrics with East African themes.

 

Over the several years she spent in Tanzania, Manisha worked on a variety of projects for Tanzania's first five-star hotel, Sheraton / Movenpick, as well as the private residences of ambassadors and high commissioners stationed in Dar es Salaam.    

Manisha returned to London in 2006, bringing La Casa with her, where she has since been creating interiors that are stylish, functional and an accurate reflection of the vision and personality of her clients. Manisha has worked with some of her clients for nearly ten years.  

 

Manisha personally oversees projects, working with a team of trusted and insured building contractors to ensure works are completed on-time, within budget and to the highest standard. Ongoing Support is offered to clients after project completion if required.

La Casa provides the support and guidance needed to ensure clients are satisfied at every stage - from the first meeting through to completion. Manisha helps you to select finishes, products, materials, furniture and accessories whilst taking into consideration both practicalities and your preferences.

 

 

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Services

Project management

  1. Re-decoration and renovation projects;

  2. Overseeing smooth running of your project working with a team of trusted and insured building contractors; and

  3. Ensuring your project is completed on time, within budget and to the highest standard.

Soft furnishings

  1. Bed throws;

  2. Valances; and

  3. Scatter cushions.

Sourcing assistance

  1. Furniture for living room, dining room, bedroom, study;

  2. Fabrics for curtains, roman blinds, bed throws, scatter cushions;

  3. Upholstery fabrics;

  4. Lamps, antique crystal chandeliers; and

  5. Paintings and sculpture; an

  6. Able to find the right piece/s, fabrics, after initial meeting with client.

Kitchen & bathrooms

  1. Sourcing and fitting of ranges and suites;

  2. Worktops, cabinets, appliances;

  3. Tiles, splash-backs, mirrors; and

  4. Project manage re-fit.

Floor treatment:

  1. Fitted carpets;

  2. Rugs;

  3. Wooden floors;

  4. Stone floors; and

  5. Marble.

 Re-upholstery & bespoke headboards

  1. Re-covering of sofas, armchairs, seats; and

  2. Bespoke headboards made.

 

Projects

MAIDA VALE PROJECT 1

Four-bed Maida Vale apartment we worked on between 2014 and 2019 for a Middle East-based client

 

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MAIDA VALE PROJECT 2

Complete re-decoration and re-furnishing of the apartment. Post-leak repairs carried out as well. Multiple projects carried out for this client from 2011 onwards. 

 

KNIGHTSBRIDGE PROJECT

For this client duplex apartment we organised the making of curtains, pelmets, bespoke curtain holdbacks and roman blinds. We also organised the supply and fit of motorised hardware for the roman blinds.

 

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SHERATON / MOVENPICK / ROYAL PALM HOTELS PROJECT - DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Multi year projects carried out for Tanzania's first five-star hotel. Complete re-upholstering of the main lobby, restaurants and bar areas and business centre. Also carried out a project that saw historic photos from Tanzania's history placed across the main bar area. The photos are still present today.

 

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Testimonials

Chris in Knightsbridge

Many thanks Manisha for the curtains, pelmets, roman blinds and Motorised hardware for the roman blinds, re-upholstering of the swivel arm-chair.

It was helpful of you to accommodate my schedule and I appreciated your regular communication.  
 

Mona in Maida Vale

I have worked with many designers in my life both in England and at my home in Bahrain. I must admit that  Manisha is by far the best.  She is sincere and dedicated to her clients. 

Manisha helped me to renovate my flat in Maida Vale, the job  was changing the floor from carpet to parquet, full painting and changing the furniture of the bed rooms.  It was a big job because I was not living in London and Manisha took full charge of moving and protecting all the furniture before changing the floor.  She used to stay with the workers the whole time. 

 

I am very happy with the result and recommend Manisha to any persons who wish to renovate their home.

Overseas client with Maida Vale property

Manisha was recommended to me by a friend of mine who  was very impressed with the re-decoration works in her flat. We needed our London flat to be completely re-decorated and furnished to the last spoon in the kitchen. All four bedrooms, four bathrooms have been completely transformed.

​She Project managed the complete re-decoration of the family flat, working closely with contractors, the curtain maker, furniture manufacturers,

Manisha oversaw the installation of bespoke curtains, roman blinds, tracks, poles, bedcovers, scatter cushions, headboards, accessories, art works, antique chandeliers for all rooms.

She has our most sincere thanks for her effort, creativity, working within the budget and attention to detail throughout multiple projects over the last 9 years.

​Manisha project managed the works in my whole flat very well and the end result was much better than expected. Since I live overseas, I had a few meetings with Manisha and works were completed as per my brief. She was in constant communication and emailing me photos of works in different stages.

 

I recommended Manisha to a friend of mine, who was also very satisfied with the redecoration of her London flat. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to improve their home - from simple upholstering to a total re-decoration.

 

LA CASA IN TANZANIA

Manisha launched La Casa's Dar es Salaam showroom in 1994. Her clients in Tanzania included:

  1. The Sheraton Hotel (since re-branded to Mövenpick and then Serena)

  2. Ambassadors of the EU, Belgium, Ireland and Spain, where work was carried out at their residences; 

  3. The IMF representative to Tanzania; and

  4. Directors from Barclays and Citibank.

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