Small and Beautiful

DSC_0152Kathakali (classical dance form originating from Kerala) and traditional cow head fridge magnets done with such eye for detailing.

Sometimes while doing up our homes, we realise that it is the small things that capture a big place in our hearts. Like maybe our kid’s doodles / pets’ paw prints or our parent’s black and white photographs or even the simple fridge magnet picked up on travels!

Here are two beautiful fridge magnets we picked up on Jew Street, Cochin. It is true, small is beautiful.

And in my personal opinion, nothing quite like revisiting travel memories ­čÖé

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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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The Purple Turtles

In continuation of my visual walk through of two lighting stores in the city that I find interesting, lets take a look at a rather unique store starting with their unusual name – The Purple Turtles. Started by ex-advertising professional┬á Radeesh R Shetty, this store offers designer lighting of every kind from industrial to recycled material. There are lamps that can be customized on customer request as well. They don’t just stop with providing unique lighting solutions, but provide lighting and design consultation as well for both residences and commercial projects. Having been around the city for more than five years now, this lighting store albeit a little expensive can add that special something to your home.

Thread spheresI love this type of ceiling lamps. They remind me of festival fairs and the beach cafes. It also has a very earthy feel, natural fiber, thread, coir or wool is used, as you can see they come in a range of shapes and colours. I have similar ones for my dining area, and they look great!

Fire Fly Bead SpheresThese bohemian firefly bead globes are simply dreamy. Made with metal string and numerous tiny beads, provides this overall effect.

Banana fibre Sea Urchin Inspired Lamps_turtleBanana fiber paper has turned out to be a great idea in lighting. This paper has a unique texture making it look great with or without the light turned on. Besides, the versatility of the medium has allowed various shapes and themes to take form in this range of lighting. Above is sea urchin inspired ceiling lamps.

Banana paper_sea shell paper lampBanana fiber paper is made from the bark, stem and other un-utilised parts of the banana plant on harvest. Here we see it as an oyster inspired table lamp.

brass metal lamps_purple turtleBrass, copper and other metal inspired lamps are a rage these days. People are increasingly appreciating these metals in the form of handcrafted home decor items. Here are some metal inspired lamps/ lanterns for the table or floor and ceiling.

Metal range turtleLights with different kinds of fabric are also popular. Silk being a favorite for its sheer glamor.  There are other textiles such as cotton as well with interesting dye, motif and stencil treatments. Here are some Shibori Dye lamps that are designed by Jenny Pinto. This is a popular Japanese method of cloth dyeing. In India we refer to this as tie and dye, such as Bandhani famous in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

shibori dye range by Jenny PintoGlass lamps, be it plain or coloured have a timeless quality about them. Have a little something to brighten up any corner of your home, here simple is beautiful.

glass lampsFrom rural India to mainstream art, many crafts and arts from lesser know parts of the country are being recognized and revived in the form of products for home and office. Channapatna in Karnataka has always been popular for the craft of wooden toys and accessories. Bringing that into the limelight, here is the store’s range of Channapatna table lamps.

channapatna lampsAnd some hand painted touch of whimsy to sum up this visual store tour.

whimsy table lamp_purple turtleHead over to their facebook page here to know more about them. They also deal with home decor accessories and furniture.

Weekend Bliss, Vishu and Small Joys!

Been feeling a little low today, too many thoughts to process and too much planning to do! It did not feel like Friday evening, till I headed over to Pinterest and saw some heart warming quotes on HOME, some specially describe my own!

It cannot be more aptly put! And this weekend I’m taking Calvin & Hobbes (my 3 year old cocker spaniel and 7 month old lab) swimming! They deserve a cool break from the summer heat!in a perfect world every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog

 

This weekend we have no events, no hectic schedules, just relax, drink tea, catch an animation movie and sleep!this is my happy place

 

Celebrating our first Vishu (Malayalam New Year) on April 14th and VishuKkani – where we set up all good things such as new clothes, healthy and fresh food and fruits, some gold, gods and all things that signify health, prosperity and happiness to be set the previous night and seen first thing on waking up! I’m so excited!life  happens here

 

This is so true, I love a white wall, especially because it means I can paint on it!paint a room white and you have a canvas for anything

 

Haha, you get the drift, no heavy-duty cleaning this weekend!the house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy

 

There truly is no place like home!there's no place like home

 

This one made me smile, our new home has a lot many stairs being a house built on split levels, I initially hated climbing up and down a 100 times a day, but now I love it about our home and its great exercise for free!my favourite thing about our home is verticality

 

I would like to live by this…some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful

 

True. True. True.house love home

 

And I count my blessings every single day, thank you god!having somewhere to go is home, someone to love is family, both is a blessing

 

Yes friends are dropping by on Sunday!in our home let love abinde and bless all those who step inside

 

I hate dust and there is plenty where I live, but well this is small consolation!Dust it's what gives a home a warm and fuzzy feeling

And I saved the best for the last!what i love most about my home is who I share it with

Home is family! Happy weekend everyone!

Happy Vishu & Happy Baisakhi

Trancending Time

Clocks have become common gifting ideas and we have received our share for both our wedding as well as house warming. But these clocks never impressed me, I wasn’t too clear about what I was looking for in clocks, if I wanted something of vintage charm or one of the modern art clocks. What I did not know was that soon, I would be spoiled for choice! A recent visit to a furniture expo conducted by Times of India, had a range of home products from furniture to even clocks for sale. It was there that my husband fell in love with two unique clocks that now is up on our walls. One a railway double sided clock that had an old world charm to it and the dials were hand-painted with roman numerals and copper finishing for the frame. It was perfect for our open kitchen and dining. The other we bought for the bedroom had an unique frame made of broken coconut shells and went well with the walnut furniture in the room. I still do wish sometimes that my parents had saved the old grandfather clock for me, but for those like me who did not inherit the timeless classics, here are some interesting finds online that you can shop for:

 Double Sided Rooster Railway ClockRooster Railway clock

Painted clock with a rustic charmArt wall clock

Railway Clock with Brass Finish Railway Clock Brass

Vintage World Map ClockVintage Map Wall Clock

Contemporary Fish Bone Clock Fish Bone clock

Multi Colour Fresco Inspired Clock colorsaga-7874-66608-1-product_432

Stylized Wooden Clock in Geometric Designgeometric wood clock

Stylized Numerals Clockstylised numerals clock

I found this interesting as this is used as ‘moram’ (in tamil) to sort through rice grains and remove unwanted particles such as stones or husks, but to see it in the form of a clock is quite something!Moram clock

Two of the most popular Indian gods – Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Ganapathy, the god to ward of evil and remove obstacles, on your clock!gods clock

I somehow loved the mix of colours on this one, along with the texturecolour play clock

Vintage inspired wood carving and painted clockVintage wooden carved painted clock

Mechanical Gear ClockGear clock

Against a darker wall, this geometric pattern clock in white will be stunning displayGeometric white pattern wall clock

A unique decoupage inspired wall clock with Mughal referencesdecoupage style clockThere are many more clocks of all themes ranging from sports to politics available from a range of brands such as Tungs, ColorSaga, Silhouette, Blacksmith, Panache etc across online websites like Zanzaar, Pepperfry, Jabong,  Fabfurnish etc. So what style would you prefer for your clocks?

Unless of course you have one such timeless beauty at home! Sigh!

foyer rug 2Image Credit : www.housebeautiful.com

(All clock images have been taken from the websites : Pepperfry, Zansaar and Fabfurnish, the blog has no commercial interests and is purely information oriented)

Wall Mural

It has been a long time since I had the opportunity to paint directly on the wall, what with staying in rented houses and having to deal with irate house owners! But since we moved into our new home, my hands have been itching to dress up one of the walls. The TV room is small and so the accent wall has been painted a light blue and a beautiful silver framed mirror we found from an amazing shop on Commercial Street hung on the other wall.

I love the mirror, but somehow felt the wall looked too plain and due to space constraints, I did not want to add a console table beneath it. So I wondered why not wall decal option? Browsing through the decals available online, I decided I would rather paint it myself! I had some paint remaining from painting the wall, and imagined the same light blue would look great.

Here is the wall before the painting:

plain wall

In Progress :

mural progressThe mostly finished wall :

2And some final improvements :DSC_0053A few close-up shots:DSC_0056The owl :DSC_0054

The room looks a lot cozier now! What do you think?