Friday, November 18, 2016

Home tour : Shilpa Kulkarni's home Part 2

After a visual treat of Shipla Kulkarni's home part 1, let me show you around her bedrooms and her green space.As I was telling you the other day, her home is like a cosy nest where the birds come to retire after a hard day's work.The warmth reflects through all the images.You just cannot miss it!

The master bedroom



The beauty lies in detailing.Every piece just fits in the decor scheme so elegantly. Do you see the curtains below? They are embroidered ones bought from Ikea.





By the bedside...
An assortment of collectibles...
Those wooden combs have been placed so thoughtfully,the radio,books,pothos or for that matter the Kathakali dancer placed together...every item so different from the other,yet when they come together evoke magic.Don't you feel so?

Kids room

The kid's room is always short of space but I loved the way she has done up her son's room creating space for essentials, play and storage




that is an old saree there...



Let us take a peek inside her balcony...casually placed greens in terracotta and ceramics interspersed with decor accessories tells us about her inherent love for earthy elements.



Chitchatting in the greens...
The meditative corner...






 Now, we come to an end of this perfect home tour. Someone on facebook commented that it is a very unpretentious home and that's true to the core ! I felt an instant connect and loved every bit of it! What about you?


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Home Tour- Vibrant home of Shilpa Kulkarni

On a rainy evening as I lay, curled up on the couch with the laptop and the mandatory coffee, skipping and hopping from one blog to another, I came across the blog 'A sprinkle of this and a dash of that' That was the first time, when I lost count of  time in her blog and I read one post after the other.She has a way with her words and I absolutely fell in love with her posts.

Not only her words but her decor style too,caught my attention.Very Indian, simple yet mesmerizing if I have to describe her taste...She is' Shilpa Kulkarni', a journalist , blogger, freelancer and a doting mother of two kids.Today we are going to invite ourselves to her lovely and lively abode!


There are so many corners and countless vignette to which I want to draw your attention upon,that I finally decided to do a two post story of her home.Without much ado,lets just get inside...

Her living room lends a very warm Indian appeal.


I love homes,where you can sense the passion of the home maker and if you look closely enough every vignette will speak its own story.

At the entrance...

The pillar is her lucky find from 'Chor bazaar'
Oh ! how we all love paintings of our very own Dithi Mukherjee
And this work is Shilpa's tribute to Dithi
Shilpa loves to paint and to fulfill her childhood dream ,she has also taken to kathak recently.This is what I meant when I said 'Passionate'.To put your heart and soul into anything you take upon whether it is dancing, painting or for that matter decorating one's space .Her home fully resonates her belief in the rustic and ethnic form of decorating.

The curtains are customised to suit her tastes!

The 'thallaiaatu bommai' or the dancing doll

I noticed that her space is filled with an interesting mix of traditional art work in varied hues. Souvenirs from her trips across the country are lovingly displayed. Her hubby jokingly calls their home a mini 'dastkar mela'. But jokes apart, Shilpa's home amazingly carries the tag of 'Indianness' in true glory!

Let me take you on a ride through the various vignettes she has created around her home.

One of her drawing again!


Shadow art!

A teak window that displays her jhumkaas

DIY: Lights on a bamboo stick




 The kitchen too is adorned with knick-knacks that one would simply love to gaze at. Have a peep...


It simply says..."Welcome to the kitchen"




Eye catchy assortment of tin cans,brass dabbas ,boxes and kettles
We are yet to uncover her bedrooms and her green space but that I think shall save for the next post.Do you like what you see? I would love to hear from all of you.So be generous with your comments, folks and I shall see you soon with the second part of Shilpa's home tour soon.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Beautify your child’s room with a Purposeful Décor


On Children's today let us have a look at an article written by Sonam Gupta, the design Head at Tangerine.

Children, the soul and energy of every home, have their own special needs and desires. With fierce competition, it is important to provide a nurturing, comfortable and safe environment for them to develop and relax at the same time. As imperative as schools are, bed rooms play an equally important role in their intellectual and physical development. It is a space where in these young buds juggle around with their day to day thoughts, ease out, dream and foster their hobbies.

To create a calming, spacious and organized room, below are some of the ideas that not just decorates the area but also makes them kid friendly:



1.      The Cozy Soft Furnishings – The haven of every home, bed rooms, resonate comfort, leisure and a temple of tranquility. Ensuring this with an added magic of varied tints and hues, one can use animated duvets in rich, bright prints of children’s favorite cartoon character or super hero. Floral, Polka Dots, Stars, Chevron and Doodle Art prints look really adorable and dominate the kids furnishing segment of bed sheets, quilts, comforters and beddings. Cushions in various shapes and features are an added fashion accessory.

If bed furnishings are heavily printed, keep the curtains plain but brilliant in shade. Light crisp curtains with easy movement for light in the day time are a must. Decorate those using Bunting banners, danglers or tassels maybe made by your child artist. Rugs and Runners are required not just to add dimension or décor to the room but to keep children warm while they attempt their hand at varied leisure pursuits or hang around with their friends.

2.      The Safeguarded Walls – To start with, walls in children’s room must include their favorite colors. This assures them that their choices, decisions, likes and dislikes are considered while also helps them to relate to their personal space. Wall Papers and paintings depicting or encouraging children towards their interests for Travel, Photography, Arts, Technology, and Sports etc. can be cheering and chic at the same time. Be original and include your children in such activities

3.      Self designed Room Décor – There are a variety of stuff available in the market that can be used to adorn rooms. But nothing is more pleasurable than decorating rooms using one’s own creativity. Sit with your kids and hold playful, innovative craft sessions on ‘Best out of waste’, ‘Handicrafts’, ‘Creativity using Greens’ etc. that not just tickles their creative arena but deepens their thought for Art and Culture. These handmade possessions bring in a lot of positivity, self satisfaction, confidence and are an economical option which can be altered as and when one pleases. Hand crafted products can include wall hangings, photo frames, pen stands, lamps, washi tape décor, flowers, child height stickers, etc.



4.      Accessories equipped Rooms – In today’s fast paced world, it is important to incorporate things that are not just decorative but serve a purpose as well. The routine life involves a lot of products that has utility as well as look ornamental in the rooms. Fixed table lamp on study table, ceiling or swing arm lamps near bed, floral lighting around the dressing area, fancy wall clocks, PVC wall stickers with radium, stationary holders, paper and books organizers, adjustable shelves, space for storage, seating, laundry, Globe, bean bags etc. can be productively used to accessories rooms.


5.      The Mess Organization – Children have plenty of stuff like books, toys, bags, accessories, games etc. that requires space as well as easy access. To organize these, one needs to be  inventive and artistic at the same time. Bunk beds save a lot of us when combined with a workspace. For storage one can create small cubbies in corner or spare space, hang colorful, wired crates, place bamboo or rattan effect plastic baskets in a row or design wall mounted shelves to organize the clutter. Cupboards and cabinets are equally necessary to store things which are not used everyday

6.      Displaying Child’s Creation – A child’s mind is innovative and keeps brewing up new ideas every day. One can display their wards’ activities, school schedule, exams time table, handmade cards on a decorative, framed cork board. A black or a white board can also be hung in the room within a suitable height to let your child scribble and draw his imaginative world out there. This is one of the perfect platforms for children not just to share their thoughts, ideas and creativity but a way of adorning the room to reflect their passion and  innocence

A bed room should always make children happy and positive while allowing them to unwind, for a constructive development. It should be place where they can do away with their fears and build their own opinions and joyfully give wings to their dreams!

An interesting and informative read.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Lamps from Baaya designs for the festive ocassion


Lamps are most unique to the festival of Diwali. In my last few posts, I gave you some ideas to brighten your Diwali decor with some Do-It -Yourself lamps.Now for those of you who are looking to buy some brass lamps here is the latest from Baaya Designs.They are just the type to give you the very traditional feel.

So why wait? Here is their latest collection...




The lantern made with a rustic and antique finish which gives out a vibrant feel to your space. The word Netra inspired because the shape of the lantern depicts of a human eye.


I have always loved Moroccan lights.The base and frame of Moroccan candle lantern are dark coloured metal.  The metal has been perforated to create a stunning effect when the candle is lit inside. The lantern has a handle which can be used to hang the lantern or carry it. Ideal for indoor or outdoor use as the candle is enclosed within the lantern.





To create a serene and peaceful environment at home go for these Buddha lights. The lanterns feature intricate cutouts forming an image of Buddha. The lanterns have a unique finish that is sure to complement most any decor and they make a lovely gift.



Lotus pond t light which can be used as a decor item which showcases its beauty when lit up with a tlight. The structure of the lotus plant gives it a additional beauty for your indoor lighting decor.


Leather foldable lamp with artistic images of lord Ram. Images are created in a very colorful way so that when the lamp is lit up it gives out out a lighting which is very colorful and different from others.

A splendid collection.For more details you can always get in touch with them here.
 Baaya design studio and also through their Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Make your Diwali aromatic with this easy rose potpourri DIY

This is the last post on Diwali series for this year.Do you remember, I spoke about how to also have an awesome smelling home during the festival season. This is a very simple DIY and you only need to have the necessary  materials in hand for the same.

One thing that is common during all our festivals are flowers.Recently last week, we had been to a rose farm .I bought an enormous quantity of red roses.Even after being used I did not have the heart to throw it away.So that's when I stumbled at making a pot-potpourri from them,that not only acts as an amazing centrepiece but also gives out a very soothing aroma.

 I tried this in my own way and yes the roses give a light, relaxing aroma , which is what you would need after a busy week of Diwali preparation and all the running about. So let's get on with it...

Initially, let the rose dry naturally and then remove all the petals.Spread it evenly on a tray and leave it as it is for a day or two!

You need to keep in mind that once it dries, the petals will shrink and therefore the quantity will reduce.


After two days ,these are the ingredients that I added to the dried petals.Most of them were available at home.

1.cinnamon powder and cloves- half a tea spoon each
2.fixative for locking the aroma about 1-2 tbsp for about a dozen roses
3.essential oils from any aromatherapy range or your favourite perfume can act as a substitute.
4.An attractive container for displaying the same

On the rose petals just sprinkle the ingredients and keep shaking the jar every 2-3 days.You can  display the potpourri in a glass jar or in sachets.Make in small batches and enjoy!





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