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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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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An Empty Room

A look back, into all the empty rooms I stepped into…

I never hated moving to a new house. It was always exciting to me, the very thought of change. The possibilities of a new place, new space, new friends, new view. It always seemed like a blank canvass, with the potential to fill it with anything you loved, anything you imagined. Of course as a kid with no access to money, it fell upon imagination to make up for it. I went through all kinds of phases, from loving tents, to adorning my walls with fairies to deciding I preferred an eclectic ceiling of kites and to finally painting a wall mural on the night before my board exams. It was always fun, even more fun was the idea that my room fixtures were not permanent, not expensive and could be taken down anytime I wished to do something new in its place.

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The wall mural painted during my school days.

College happened and the hostels again provided empty rooms with basic furnishing, which again turned to be this great opportunity to do something fun with my time. I liked colours, and looked around for scrap that I could convert as decor for my room. From asking the carpenter at the college, to give me useless pieces of wood planks, to collecting wood scrap and painting perfectly curled twigs, I again found that I need only a little imagination and some painting material to make my room look warm for me. To create a space , where I could de-stress. Sometimes looking back on these images, I’m reminded of how much more free I was while studying , to do all the fun pastimes, that did not reward with money, but was so satisfying.

Hostel Room

My hostel room, with each day’s pastime just put up there 😀 And below is the warli art done on A4 sheets of paper which was then transferred one by one to the beam running across the room to make it look as if it were painted there.

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When I finally landed my first job and moved into a rented accommodation, a small studio room on the 3rd floor of a house with a big terrace pretty much to myself, I thought of two things : 1. Get a puppy and 2. Lets do something fun with the room 🙂

I got myself a puppy, now all of 3 years, come April and this is what I then did with a little money and lots of fun:

Though it was just one room I wanted different areas charted out, like the writing-table zone, the diwan area and the bed & dressing.

Table with wall image

The images above the table are b&w printouts stuck on black chart paper for that framed effect. A nice rug on the table from @home.

Bed

The bed area,  a tent setting to provide that sense of separation from the rest of the room, a little wall mural and string lights add cheer.

Living room

The living area, with a simple diwan and the wall sporting a tree paper mural. The idea for the mural started with the metal door provided as the toilet door, it was terribly out of place. The tree starting there and flowing across the accent wall in the room added the needed pinch of fun.

But all of this was child’s play, easy, low on budget and high on fun.

Now my husband and myself have moved into our own new home, 6 months back. We moved into an empty shell, with nothing except our clothes in a carton and doing up this space to be a very personal zone for us took more than imagination. It took time, coming up with a well-defined budget, plenty of resource hunting, choosing, shopping and endless discussions on what reflected our lifestyle and taste best. I will be sharing what we have done with our new home in the next couple of blogs. Meanwhile, maybe you could try a DIY wall mural project. You can also buy a wall decal that you love from a wide range of ready-to-stick available across various online portals. However I recommend doing it yourself, its a lot more fun and something completely you!