Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ethnically styled home of Bhakti

One fine day, I spotted some amazing pics of a home styled uniquely on social media and I knew it had to make its way on the blog. This home belongs to Bhakti (Neha) Achara.
 She is an accountant by profession but soon you will see that her heart is all for decor.
For the observant, the home is full of styling tips that we can use in our personal space.

Bhakti's home has been designed by  Saraf Architects & Associates Nashik. It has a very predominant Indian theme inspired by certain Mughal design elements. Bhakti has decorated her space with decor accessories from some of the very well known entrepreneurs of our times, the complete list of which you shall find at the end of the post. Like minded decor enthusiasts can always benefit from this.

Lets get started right away!




The entry way is fabulous with the outer main door and a partition in the foyer area stealing the show! The door has ornamental pattern of jharokha not one or two but entire door has many such delightful jharokhas. This reminded me of Mughal architecture and how cleverly it has been incorporated in the designing of the door.



When you step inside her home a partition very much similar to the door has been modeled that separates the foyer and the dining space.
Another addition to the wonderful design of the screen are the multi-hued glasses in each jharokha.

I knew this place will be aesthetically very pleasing, the minute I saw this image. Brilliant use of the available space and the colourful glasses are a sure conversation starter, what say?



Am noticing the slight reflection that the partition makes on the wall. Do you notice that as well?

The other side of the partition has the dining area. Have a look...



A console in the dining room with all her crockery


Now, we step into her living area...The walls have been splendidly decorated with assortments that make you admire Bhakti for her design sensibility!

Chandan Dubey's distinctive Prabhavalis highlight her living room wall. Chandan Dubey is a master artist and her workmanship is beyond any comparison!

 The colours that come alive in Bhakti' s home is truly worth mentioning ! Keeping the furnishings in neutral colours, the various decor accessories used accentuates her space.

Another useful styling tip to borrow, is the way the curtains and the cushions are coordinated.The Jamini Roy inspired block printed cushion covers and the curtains lend a warm tone to the set up.



Peacock lamp and Prabhavalis, traditional elements paired with modern comforts



masks and busts for company...


 The delicate wooden panelling on the side of the wall not only highlights the area but gives it a well deserved definition too!





Vignette styled beautifully with Chandan Dubey's zari worked cushions at the backdrop. A very traditional &classy styling!


Each piece fashioned together to form a statement corner

Kaamdhenu...The holy cow believed to fulfill all your desires


A corner styled with Rajasthani puppets

Moving inside...

Bedrooms...




 The wood work on the head board is just the way it should be. Not very overwhelming, over the top kind but a very subtle feature creating a class of its own!
 Again a masterpiece in the form of paintings and the couple's portrait adorn the wall, the sources of the same has been mentioned at the end.

Into the cheerful den of her son...


Her Mother-in- laws room...

Again, here the headboard is unique. Hand block printed fabric has been used. Overall look of the room is very calm and relaxed with the use of light pastel colours.





I loved the fact that Bhakti has incorporated many traditional Indian elements in her abode.
The use of Brassware, block printed fabrics, appliqued bedspread and cushion covers, paintings depicting the Indian way of life gives a warm and fresh outlook to the entire home

Bhakti, thanks a ton for sharing your home with me and readers of sajavat. They are going to have a real good time going thru your home!

Sources of decor embellishments that caught my eye ! You can check out their instagram handle

Jamini Roy cushion covers and curtains M&R Home Decor
 Silk cushion covers and Prabhavalis
Painting in Bhakti's bedroom by Sabita Sahu
Paintings of birds in her sons room by Sujatha Arvind
Srinaathji painting by Yamini Soni
Potrait of her &hubby by Sandhya Vaidyanathan
masks and mukhalinga in the living room
Bull mask in the foyer
Kaamdhenu wooden piece by Anupama

Monday, October 29, 2018

Diwali themed decor

Hi lovely people, gearing up for the most awaited festival of the year? Confused on how to give a festival vibe to your home! 

Well,  I have created a simple Diwali theme for you all, mostly using elements I already had! 


Hope this will at least give you some ideas for your own home. You can always add new elements to what I have suggested and create a happy space this Deepavali.

Firstly, gather all stuff related to the festival that are considered auspicious like Idol of Lakshmiji , Ganesha, earthen diyas, lamps, candles, rangoli stickers, kundan rangoli, kalasha , bright runners etc.




You can design this theme on a shelf, console or a table. 

 Here, I have used a duppatta as a runner. It is a bright pink, yellow and golden one  with beautiful embroidered motif of a flowerpot.The other personalised addition are the earthen diyas that I hand painted. This way I choose my own colour scheme for them.



Apart from these, Diwali is incomplete without sweets but instead of traditional sweets I have kept cupcake moulds filled with chocolates. This arrangement is specially for the kids. The cupcake moulds also lend a colourful and cheerful twist to the theme.



At night with just the lights on...



Ideally, you can create this decor in your entryway welcoming guests and Goddess Lakshmi blessing them with health, happiness and  prosperity .

Hope you get ideas from this post and yes I would really love to see how you have come up with your own versions...

Happy Diwali my sajavat family! Enjoy and have a safe one!

A simple makeover (gone wrong and then rectified )post coming up soon...



Thursday, October 4, 2018

Breathing life into spaces

Every home has a signature style of decorating which the homeowners find comforting. Every now and then one might bring about minor changes by moving around furniture or by creating captivating vignette according to the occasion but that's about it!

Now, today I want to stress upon the effects of Indian bhaitak or low/ floor seating options. Recently, I created a floor arrangement one day at home at the spur of the moment and would you believe it , if I told you that it became an instant hit!

My hubby and kids and even their friends found the arrangement very convenient and novel. Yes, novel because we are so used to sofas and chairs that the floor arrangement was appealing.

Sharing with you certain images and ideas worth considering from my Pinterest board. These homes belong to different people and are really very interesting and inspiring!

So, this festival season, go beyond the normal and create such cosy warm spaces that help free flow of conversation and laughter... You can use up the smallest of your available space and ready up corners where you can stretch your legs, relax and enjoy the moment!

A day bed plus the option of sitting on the rug laid out on the floor sorrounded by elements one loves!


Another, casually laid out space...


Loved this arrangement. Back support too guaranteed. A little above floor level but according to your liking, you can always have this directly on the floor too!


Now, this is something I loved!


Large cushions sortounding the main seating area can also be explored for those who want best of both worlds!!!


I find these futons or box type beds the perfect if you can designate a particular space for this. They help to have a relaxed atmosphere


This is such a readers nook I feel. Have coffee,read a book, chit chat with your friends and the merry  making never stops!!!

Trying to bring more relevant posts for you readers, anything in particular you would like, do let me know and I shall work towards it.
Festival days are meant to have fun, so do not get stressed. Instead plan everything well in advance and have a hassle free time with family and friends.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Flower arrangement

Presenting a short video, demonstrating arrangement of flowers that have short stems in tall vases or in wide mouthed bowls as well. Very simple but equally interesting. Watch the video and let me know whether you find such videos useful. If so, I can work on more of these.

Thank you. Watch it here...
Flower arrangement

For those of you who were unable to watch the video for some reason, here are some steps showing the same arrangement of flowers. Failrly, easy to understand from the images too!





Do you like such ideas? Write to me and share your views.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A farmers market

Weekends are either meant for stocking up your groceries and other essentials or visiting malls.

But, last weekend we went to a farmers market and enjoyed  thoroughly!
Even my kids did not mind spending time there.
The place am referring to is called 'Raagi kana' and every Sunday within a school premises, a flea market of sorts is set up.


Very basic baskets, can be used as decor accessories in your green space.

These are made with more finesse and can be used as planters indoors or as a laundry basket.
How I love these stuff!

Recycled bags...


Cast iron cookware...


Handmade stuff



There are fresh organic veggies direct from the farm and other stuff that you typically find in a rural set up!
I found the experience of visiting such a market unique and very satisfying.

Some known sellers like 'The Desi' had their handloom products like sarees, kurta, Duppatta and the likes.


There was a eatery stall selling authentic rural Karnataka fare like the jowar rotis and tasty accompaniments.

Apart from that, a school of students learning dance forms like kallaripayattu were showing off their skills.That engaged my kids and they happily sat watching it.

Sometimes, such experiences are much needed to connect you with our real selves.
 Another major attraction for us was the starfruit... have you ever tasted it...A sweet sour combo nd sprinkled with salt, it was just so good!

Another feel good factor came from an old lady showing how to make thread from cotton using a charkha.


If you ever get a chance to visit such market, do not miss out! It is a different kind of fun!

As we are amidst festivals, gearing up in full fervor we are ready with more posts for you.
Keep watching this space for more.
Recently, I started experimenting with videos on igtv, Instagrams video feature that allows you to shoot for more than a minute and share them with your audience.

Next post, I shall share the video in the blog too. It is on a flower arrangement. So all those who love decorating their space with flowers do not miss it.

Monday, August 20, 2018

DIY Bio Friendly Rakhi


 Today, we have Sabitha Sahu from coloraaga with a post on making rakhi with natural materials.

Lets get started right away!

 “Going Green”….”Eco-friendly” are some of the growing buzzwords these days. Its not only the time to understand the true meaning behind this but also to implement them in our own way. Well, I am here today to make “Bio-Rakhi” for the coming festival.I believe this could be like a small effort claiming reduction, minimal or like a simple action for doing no harm upon  the Eco system or the environment. Happiness is always handmade and when you choose handmade you choose true happiness. Let’s make a clay Rakhi, to celebrate the divine and beautiful bond between brothers and sisters. 

For this you only need natural clay and any decorative thread.



Step 1
Roll the clay to ball shape and make a hole at the centre with the help of a pencil









Step 2
Take any seed of your choice to fill in the hole, here I have taken some seed of  the sacred plant Tulsi and filled the hole with these seeds.





Step 3
After this, I have taken the dried flower like pod of plant and fixed this ball on to it. Then secure the clay ball (one with the seeds) with another clay ball using adhesive.


Step 4
Now attach the decorative thread below for tying the rakhi and Lo! it’s ready. You can also color them or have it in its natural form.





The final rakhi looks like this. 


It’s a natural one with seeds that the brother can sow in the soil. As the plant grows, the sis will always be remembered fondly!

That was a lovely post Sabitha. Thank you so much. And, folks that’s not all, we have a beautiful painting print from Sabitha as a giveaway too! The rules are real simple…

Log into sajavat’s Insta handle here
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Hope you will try this fab idea for making an Eco Friendly at home. As the festivities begin, we will be back with more posts soon!






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