Thursday, February 27, 2014

I have always wanted to try a colourful eclectic style of decorating but never really had the guts.
Ive decided Im going to let caution to the wind and dive head first!

Found some inspiration off the net but any ideas from readers are most welcome :)

My all time favourite is Naomi's loft which I saw a few months ago while browsing through Houzz. Wow! the girl loves colour and how!

Her ikea hack of a TV console is a keeper.

A beautiful makeover

I discovered  +Reshma Sanjeev 's blog via +Vidya Sukumaran 's blog when she featured Reshma's son's bedroom.
It was awe from the word go!

She is a neat DIY er as you will discover when you visit her blog and has an awesome eye for colour and staging. Her impeccability is something I aspire to since I sometimes(!) get lazy and do a hodge podge of stuff.

I really enjoyed her living room reveal as I did her powder room and her striped walls!

Featured below are a few of my favourite spaces

She painted her existing living room in grey which instantly added an element of chic dont u think?

Love the colours! Bright and modern

Son's room

One of my favourites, total DIY of her powder room

You can check out how she earned her stripes here ;)

and more on her blog here!
Hope you enjoyed the tour and Reshma, thanks for the constant inspiration :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Some post recycling happening as I just noticed these after a long time!

Tissue roll owls I made long time ago.
I find Owls in any form cute! For that matter any abstract animal pattern ( hmm idea for a new post)

Card stock owl decorated by sharpie and metallic markers

Lattice love

I have a soft corner for lattice work
Specially when it either covers or replaces windows.

At home we achieved it by fluke ;)

Jaipur cut work blankets against skylights in the living room- DIY by husband

Check out the lovely pattern it throws on the adjacent wall

Im dying to try these gorgeous laser cut wood panels but I really need a good carpenter ( and a healthy bank balance. So, yeah).  Check this out, u slide them on to the plain wall and they become instant wall art !

Isnt this gorgeous?? Fateh pur Sikri tomb

So simple yet beautiful

Hmm why not on the ceiling? May be in a mediterranean climate..

Love love love this. May be when we have a bigger house. what? one can always dream.

Paint a picture

The first time I saw +Chandan Dubey 's blog, I had a fleeting moment of intense house envy.
Its one thing to decorate your house in a riot of "Indian" colours and artefacts.
Its another to do it so subtly by introducing some colour here, some art there, to a modern but quintessentially Indian palatte.

That is what I loved about her home.

Her photography deserves a special mention coz most of her pictures are like paintings. I specially love her Goa series coz they are dripping with colour. Turquoise is ubiquitous in Goan decor as we all know. It happens to be my favourite colour as well!

Saw this beautiful picture here.

It translated into this..

pastels on scrap book paper

Monday, February 24, 2014

Blog feature

I got my home featured for the first time in the wonderful +Shalini Pereira's blog. I had written to her asking  if I could be a part of her "My space my style feature" and she graciously obliged!

Shalini is an Interior designer and architectural consultant. She runs her own firm and has quite a few projects in her kitty. U can check out her blog at

My home is featured here.
Thank you once again Shalini for letting me play designer, a dream that I live vicariously :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dining table clean up

Yay I varnished it I varnished it!

My dining table is rather special. The bargain hunter that I am, I love it more coz I bought it on ebay for 80 dollars!
It came with two benches when I bought it 4 years ago which I later handed down to my brother when he relocated here.

My intial plan was to stain it a lighter shade to match the current dining chairs. But since it is already a very dark shade, the guy at homefix told me it needed to be sanded bare using a machine.

Well since I wanted to do it myself, I had to settle for varnishing it for now.

After cleaning it and sanding it down twice with the help of my very effecient helper..

This is what it looks like now...

I am pretty pleased :)


I read this today on someones blog.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is or how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open”

Martha Graham

Isnt it so true, so simple yet so profound?

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Today I want to put together rooms with the most loved colour combinations. Be it on the walls, window treatments or accessories These are a few of my favourite combos

Contemporary Living Room design by Raleigh Interior Designer Heather Garrett Design

The wall colour is 'Durability' by Pratt and Lambert. I have a similar colour on my living room walls and its called ' Swan's down' and I think its by Nippon.

Here, shades of off whites, greys and browns look stunning together. Bejewelled mirror and lampshade add just the right amount of glamour.

Love to do quirky once in a while!But me thinks this only works against a black and white palette.

what soothing colours! Just the right choice for a bedroom.

Once again, base palette of creams and off whites with black and white accents. Black floors clinch the look while hints of burgundy add richness to the whole setup. Yumm!

I have been seeing a lot of these lately- black, white and yellow palettes.Textured upholstery and patterned window treatments are wow! Wall colour is somewhat similar to Valspar's 'Withered Moss'. Wall art is basically painted twigs- sold under accesories as 'Naples bowl' at Z galleries.

My favourite black, pastel turqoise and beige combo. So ethereal! Beatiful taupe and white kitchen cabinets- unusual but sleek.

Another favourite- brown and turquoise I think its Ikat on the back of the chairs Love the pattern on the dining room chair backs as well.

 Another view of the same room

Can YOU do this?!

Just check out the colours! Ben Moore HC-83 and the pink is Rasberry Mousse
 Leather pouf is probably by Johnathon adler

Love the soothing green on the wall- Hearts of palm by sherwin williams

Will do my favourite outdoor spaces soon! What do you think of this collection? Any personal favourites?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bright skies with a touch of grey

Im redoing the living room in shades of grey and yellow, something Ive always wanted to try out.

The yellow and grey table runner I ordered online sits pretty on the armchair