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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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?

Glassy Beauty

Glass is beautiful. Stained or coloured glass is stunning!

I’m loving a recent trend of home decorating with stained bottles, coloured glass lamps and tea light holders. Glass vases have always been popular and even exorbitantly priced sometimes. But now the market has also made available, up-cycled glass bottles that might have held perfume or alcohol at some other time. The craftsmanship and detailing of these bottles that we might have ordinary overlooked is now brought to our attention.

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I bought some of these lovely glass bottles from Home Center. But what I enjoy even more, is up-cycling wine and other alcohol bottles that we buy ourselves. Instead of throwing away these bottles you can turn them into charming vases, some with their shape and graphics exuding a vintage and rustic feel, some modern and edgy and most others just bright and beautiful.

A lot of beer bottles and even wine come in green glass bottles. When it comes to glass there is something magical in the usage of colour green, I think it bodes well with the  home interiors and exteriors alike and also is any season friendly. It looks fabulous in summer light, mellow and fresh in the monsoons and holds its elegance even during the winters.

Here are some that is making my home cheerful, at no cost at all!

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I’m looking forward to using more of these in my terrace garden, the lovely green bottles also look great when teamed up with money plant creepers. The bonus being they are so easy to grow, you just have to fill the bottle with water, break a branch off the creeper and immerse it in the bottle. Happy Decorating!

(Images : All photos taken at my home)

 

Quick Fix Weekends

Weekends are great for getting done quick fix projects around the house. It is awhile since I did these simple changes in my kitchen and have finally decided to share this successful fix.

Have you ever found some decor/architectural issue around the house that seem to need a permanent solution that might require calling carpenters and masons and waiting for them endlessly? Well, I had a similar problem in my kitchen and I decided to fix it myself. It is not the perfect, permanent solution, but that is what I like about it, the ability to be creative and maybe change the setting later.

The problem : The modular kitchen chimney.

The fitting by the vendor was done in such a way the chimney metal could be seen protruding over the wooden border. This sight made more unsightly by the fact that the house was built on split level, which meant climbing the stairs to the living area, the protruding chimney and pipe outlet was more prominent.

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The Solution : A few spare wooden panels and a chai matki set!Chai Set wood panels

I just placed the wooden panels, the plain rectangular one seen in the photo above, over the protruding part of the chimney and used to support the Chai Matki set and the shaped panel as the facade of this quick fix.

The outcome

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Well it was the easiest way to solve my problem and the chai matki and kettle stand out rather beautifully against the bright yellow kitchen wall!

DIY – My Try At Up-Cycled Bottle Art

Got plenty of empty glass bottles lying at home, why don’t you up-cyle them to add to your home or garden decor? There are many ways you can up-cycle bottles, you can make lamps with them, candle/tea light holders, paint them or do thread work around them. I love this particular form of work and the bottle has a unique look with different threads be it coir or wool or yarn. Here I’m going to show you how I did mine with multi-coloured thread.

 1. These are the items you will need. An empty bottle with cap, ring, stickers and dust removed, yarn/thread spools, fevicol or glue, spoon or brush to apply the glue, cloth to clean up excess glue.

DSC_00482. Pour out the glue in a small container or as I have on plastic sheet, and use the brush or spoon to start applying glue to the bottle in parts. You could do this with your hand as well, but I suggest not, as it ends up dirtying the thread with glue as you progress.

DSC_00533. Loosen some thread from the spool, get comfortable to start wrapping the thread slowly around the bottle, starting at the base.

DSC_00494. Starting from the base ensure no gaps between the lines of thread and keep wrapping around the bottle, re-applying glue for the fresh areas.

DSC_00565. The base which in this case is a regular cylindrical shape is easy to wrap without space between threads, but as we reach the base of the neck, you will need to use the back of the spoon to keep pushing the thread back in place without spaces.

DSC_00616. Keep wrapping all the way to the mouth of the bottle, or you can stop short as in my case, since I plan to have the mouth of the bottle cut, to give it a better look overall.

DSC_00717. Use a wet rag to clean up the excess glue on the threaded bottle, however wait a day before you do it so you don’t move any threads. Then use it as you will, to just brighten up a drab corner or have some flowers or a money plat set in them.

DSC_0077Hope you enjoyed this simple DIY. Got more ideas? Do share it with me!

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