From Dull and Rarely-Visited to A Relaxing Space for Morning Chai – Balcony Makeover!

We have a small balcony; the only one in our 3-bedroom home and though it is an extension of the master bedroom, we seldom stepped out onto it!

It was a drab looking space, that is till very recently. A random idea about astro-turf and a small garden changed all of that. The balcony makeover is still in progress, however, here are some photos of its considerable improvement.

Now, this zen-inspired space is where we relax in the morning with our first cup of tea. A break in the madness that everyday life is in Bangalore.

I do plan on doing some more gardening here and maybe even a small wall mural or broken mosaic art-work… lets see where the inspiration takes me. Meanwhile here are the clay pots sourced from Chittoor and hand-painted by me, charming aren’t they!?

Take a look and let me know what you think of it?

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You Against The World

Be it challenges at home or at work, all issues of life seem to pit you against the world.

But the more you think about it you shall realise the bigger challenge is You v/s You

This quote is so simple, both in its visual space and meaning… yet have you envisioned a world, where all you focus on is to simply blow your own mind!?

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What will it take for you to feel you have achieved something unique? What is your cause?  What is your dream?

Whatever it may be…try for a change to stop pleasing others and simply astonish yourself!

Inspiration on the Wall…

I have always been amused by the concept of having inspiration stare right back at you as you look at a previously empty space on the wall! Confused? Don’t worry I’m not referring to the paranormal, i’m in fact, wondering about wall decals that present themselves as inspiring quotes or phrases.

Though some of them look extremely well-placed, I can’t help but feel like i’m choosing a tattoo to be inked permanently into my skin. Most wall decals these days are easy to use and just as easy to remove. Nevertheless, even the little time they may spend on your favourite wall requires a certain commitment to the philosophy it portrays. Yes or maybe not really?

I’ve been contemplating having an inspiring quote on a the wall in my dining room or study for a long time now, but still trying to find my ideal decal! Here are some I find inspiring…

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Would you like to have inspiring words cheer you up at home? And what would be your favourite quote on the wall?

And I’m Back!!!

It feels so good to be back, almost as if i’m returning home after a long journey! A lot has happened in the last few months. Memorable parts include the two awesome long vacations we made. The one in August 2014 was a road trip to Maharashtra and the trip to Sri Lanka in December 2014. Well a new year has begun and one of the resolutions being writing here more often even when things at work and home are terribly hectic🙂

So before I talk about why everyone must make a road trip to Maharashtra to experience the true meaning of ‘monsoon magic’ and about the simple charms of Sri Lanka, let me begin with home!

Our project of doing up the home has slowed down quite a bit, especially since we got all the basics in place. We did some more painting work for the staircase passages and I’m relieved about the washable paint we used! Lesser stains to clean and the washable paint makes them much easier to clean!

We got a few items to add to the home decor. First the Sri Lankan tribal masks (yes, I do seem to have an obsession with masks!). They hold religious relevance and are used in both rituals and cultural performances. There are the demon masks, that apparently seem to be more popular as travel buys for their vivid colours and shapes. Take a look…

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The serpent demon mask above and below is the demon peacock mask. Made from wood, some do find them rather scary looking, I think i’m used to the eccentric by now!

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They are yet to go up on the walls. Maybe this weekend🙂

On Thursday I happened to stumble on this magical art boutique called The Purple Pony, it is magical from the outside, but when you enter, it is as if you have entered a whole new world! Wall murals, mystic lighting, cozy white windows, wispy curtains, interesting curios and so many wonderful items. A dreamland of sorts, especially for the likes of me! It sure is a happy place, tough to leave without buying something, though I did feel many of the products were blatantly over-priced. But the space sure is inspiring, calming and happening! Here is what we bought, two little Rhinos that can also serve as hangers. We bought them from a purely decor point of view though. The idea is to hang them on the wall with mock frames around each.

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Take a look at more of their curious products here: http://thepurplepony.co/

It is wonderful to visit a place so full of life and joy as The Purple Pony, sometimes I wish places such as these doubled up as cafes where one could spend time reading and relaxing. For those like me there is immense joy in observing creative objects even when I don’t plan on buying them!

So what are you doing this weekend to make your home a more cosy and beautiful space? Do let me know!

A New Beginning…

The past two weeks have been hectic to say the least. A lot of positive changes have taken place in the meantime, one of which is that my recharging sabbatical has come to an end and I’m getting back to working full-time. The other being, Kam and myself have decided to celebrate our second year anniversary by going on a road trip through Maharashtra. The next few months are definitely full of excitement and I hope to share the fun of new experiences on my blog as well.

Here is an abstract sketch I did while waiting at an interview:

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Balinese Masks

Among the many popular activities in Bangkok, shopping is a favorite among most tourists and we were no exception! There are many stores and street shops selling clothes, art, crafts and curios. Women squealed in delight as they found their dream outfit for the night out, men were immersed in browsing through a variety of tech products. A colorful store where the products had made their way into the street’s exterior beckoned to us. The first few minutes were just a feast for the senses, there were beautiful abstract paintings, sculptures, figurines, dolls, masks, rugs and a  shop full of kitsch. The ornately carved wooden masks caught my eye, I imagined they would make a great addition to my home decor.

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I initially presumed the masks were locally made in Thailand, it was only later that I came to understand they were made in Bali and popularly known as Balinese masks. The philosophy behind the mask is that every element has a soul, including the mask created. These masks represent various mythological characters, many of which are from the Hindu religious texts such as the Ramayan. There are also strong influences of Buddhism. These masks were used to narrate stories of life, of kings and the triumphs of good against evil.

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The masks are typically made from wood. Craftsmen in even the remotest parts of Bali are adept with the knife and sculpt staggering pieces of art. Intricate drawings and shading is also seen on the finished masks. The prominent colours used are Red (symbolising courage), Yellow (wisdom), White (purity), Green (peace) and Black (ambitious). These masks were used in dramas, dances and as protective charms, today they look great as elements of home decor.

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The masks adorn a prominent space in our home and we are pleasantly reminded of our travels, every time we stop to admire them. What I would love is to visit Bali and sit through the actual making of some these expressive masks.🙂

Bring Home Some Accents

Is it a pop of colour?

Or an expression of style?

Or just the most comfortable nook of the living room?

Accent chairs can be all this and more. A living room might see you entertain large number of guests from time to time and you need a variety of furniture, placed strategically to ensure a personal conversation setting. While you are sure to have the prominent sofa set or couch, having more varied furniture around the room such as ottomans and accent chairs are a great way to infuse personality in your living areas.

So what makes accent chairs so great?

They come in a range of shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. With all this variety, you can choose a unique shape or design that can be the focal point of the room. A colour that goes with decor scheme. And comfortable enough to sink in it, all evening with a book. Let us take a look at some great pieces that might inspire you to make some space in your home.

 1Contemporary chairs design by Los Angeles furniture and accessories Great Deal Furniture (Image Credit : Houzz.com)

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2Contemporary living room design by birmingham architect Erdreich Architecture, P.C. (Image Credit : Houzz.com)

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 3Traditional chairs design by new york furniture and accessories Benjamin Rugs and Furniture (Image Credit : Houzz.com)

peacock accent chair pinterestBoho Chic Colourful Accent Chair ( Image : http://www.pinterest.com/pin/391320655092616507/ )

4Transitional chairs design by los angeles furniture and accessories Arcadian Home & Lighting (Image Credit : Houzz.com)

 

And lastly, I have on my person wishlist, the below piece in geometric blue:

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Happy Decorating Everyone!