Monday, September 21, 2020

Makeover of the guest bedroom with Photowall

Makeovers are great. They not only bring about the much needed change to the given space but also satisfies the creative urge in you.

Our guest bedroom was always kept very basic but the chance to uplift its ambience came when we decided to do a wall makeover and you shall soon see how the whole room is transformed.

We chose to have a wall paper installed by Photowall, a Sweden based company. To tell you about Photowall,  they specialize in wall mural, wallpaper, canvas print and poster. What's more, they also customize  as per your choice!


Now, before I show you the process to go about installing the wallpaper, let me share that photowall has been kind enough to offer a 25% discount coupon with all the readers of Sajavat which will be valid for a whole month. Isn't that great? All you have to do is use the code 'sajavat2021'

When you visit their website, you are spoilt for choices. Make up your mind first on the room or the wall that you want to  use the wallpaper on. Next you can zero in on the theme.

As a family, we love nature. Birds, trees, flowers is our calling. "Birds meeting place" is the wall mural we chose for our bedroom wall.





Next step is to measure the wall, top to bottom, left to right. Allow a little margin and order your wall paper. We chose to get the assistance kit along with the wallpaper. At every step, there is appropriate guidance, so that you don't go wrong. You can adjust the design to suit your requirements. 

After ordering, it took exactly 5 days for the shipment to arrive from Sweden.


This is how the room looked before...

Before...

The wall behind the cot, is the one that is going to be wallpapered. Now before you start on any wall, you have to make sure of the following

The wall should be even, without any cracks and holes. If so take care of that first. We had a lighting on the wall and also holes because of the nails that had been drilled to hang frames.

We filled these with putty and  gave it good time to dry.

The wall you choose for the wall paper should be free of leakage. Ideally don't choose a wall that is common with the restroom.

The first day we only moved the furniture away from the wall. Took care of the drilled holes. 2nd day we were ready to begin work. 

The best part of this makeover project was that my hubby and daughter helped me with it, whenever they could.

This is the kit which includes the following.

The Kit

The glue is very easy to prepare. A suggestion to all of you is to mix the glue in parts. We had decided to do the makeover in parts, taking it slowly, one day at a time and enjoying the whole process. 

Glue

The wall paper arrived in a roll and according to the dimension of our wall there were 8 tiles ( strips), rolled into one.


The first task we did was to separate each tile and keep it ready.

Cut and separate each tile

We only stuck two tiles the first day. Took only a portion of the glue powder and mixed it well with luke warm water.

The next step is to apply the glue on the wall with the help of the brush provided in the kit. Apply the glue properly, covering the entire stretch from top to bottom and covering a little more surface than the width of the tile. 

Applying glue...

Even out the wall paper...

Rolled the first tile and stuck it on the wall as shown. You should use the leveller provided to hang it straight, keep using the brush to even creases, while you keep rolling the tile downwards. There is absolutely no need to hurry as the glue doesn't dry up immediately. If you feel you have stuck wrongly, and there is a bubble showing up, go one step backwards, roll the tile upwards, adjust and paste once again.

The first tile is only so much work. Now, when you work with the second tile or strip, another important thing to keep in mind is that the second one has to seamlessly match with the design on the first.

Readying up for the next tile

Coming to life, slowly...

Since ours was a flower theme, we matched the branches and petals. While working on the second tile, use the seam roller to exactly match the design pattern and to have a seamless flow of design.

I spent a moment after sticking the two tiles, just admiring the work.

The entire wall has to be done in the above mentioned manner, just making sure that you don't hurry, stick each tile properly, remove air bubble on the go, use seam roller wisely. These are the only few points to keep in mind.

Repeat the same process...



How do you find this?

That's my family helping me...


The last tile...

These birds and flowers...

The last tile was a little tricky for us, because of the wardrobe in the adjacent wall. The tile had to be cut to size to a certain dimension till about a certain stretch. Also, finally I had to cut out portions from near the ceiling and the bottom for which I used the knife cutter.

And once you get a knack of it, there is no stopping you. Took me two more days to finish the entire wall.

The final reveal..





If I have left you drooling over the wall and you wish to transform your space too, head over to Photowall and don't  forget to redeem your discount coupon, sajavat2021 at the check out.😊

I loved this makeover. Gives a complete new feel and vibe to this room. If you liked it as well, do reply in the comments section. Waiting to hear from all of you.





Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Bring happiness home, add flowers

Our homes are our safe zones, our place of comfort and a space that gives us happiness. Flowers are one such source of forever bliss but it is not always possible to have fresh flowers at home, just might not be economical but yes here in this post, let me give you ideas on how we can have flowers at home always and derive happiness from them.

How about planting?



So, why not begin with planting flowers at your home. Begin with easy to maintain flowering plants, if you are new to gardening. Your nursery fellow can be a guide to the kind of flowering tree you can have, depending on the climatic conditions suitable to your area.
when you have flowers growing in your home, you can always chose to let them be in your balcony/garden or within the corners of your home. I have a bougainvillea plant at home. Many a times, i keep a bunch of these in a vase in various corners of my home. It is a win win situation since it is strongly advised to prune the plant after it flowers for its good growth.



Dry flower arrangement





Now, this is again a very easy solution to be surrounded by flowers, fresh or dried! As i was mentioning, the bougainvillea flowers get a papery texture once it dries. Either keep them in a vase along with the dried stem or place them in bowl/platter/uruli on your centre table or your bed side table.


Framed and preserved




The other day i got a bunch of roses from my usual flower guy. After it adorned my home, i let it dry well, pressed them inside a book and then guess what? I framed them forever in these transparent glass frames. Do you like this idea?

Paper flowers




Paper flowers are an interesting option too! These marigolds and peonies are made of paper but aren't they pretty? Go on and flaunt them too!


Floating flowers



These are next best to having a bunch of fresh florals at home. These are ones which do not have long stems and are sold in the market for offering them to the deity but you can always use them to decorate your spaces by floating them in an attractive uruli or bowls. These are easy on your pockets too and you can afford to have an endless supply of these beauties.

Hope these tips will help you to all to always have flowers in your home and keep you cheerful and happy!








Saturday, May 30, 2020

In the times of Covid 19

Now that Corona is a bitter truth of life and we understand, it is here to stay for a while, how can we better equip ourselves? Let's give that a thought.



Masks:

Masks are compulsory but do not be overwhelmed. You need not buy expensive ones. If you know basic stitching, stitch one for yourself. Left over pieces of fabrics, blouse pieces anything can come to your rescue. Make it 3 layered. There are many you tube videos demonstrating it! Take help.
Give your cloth pieces to a tailor if stitching is not your game.
Get 3 to 4 pieces done for every individual at home. This way after every use, you can give them a good wash. Also, you can get them done in different colours to pair them accordingly with your outfits.
This Kerala kasuvu mask is made from the saree blouse piece by my mil.

Sanitizers:


For all the time you are home, the good old method of handwash with soap is the best.
But when you are outside, carry a sanitizer without fail.

Most important:


The most important aspect is to place these stuff at a place where it is visible, doesn't look odd and remind you to take them while you step out! The best place is near the entrance. That is where I have kept them. I have also marked  the masks with initials so that there is no confusion.

DIY Kit:
The mask basket is a DIY made of newspaper. Roll the masks and place them in the basket.
You want to make it too...watch the process here.

The sanitizer container is also a DIY made of jute ropes stuck on an ice cream container and made attractive using pom poms.
I have made it look appealing by adding a plant and a smiley board.
Now isn't that a good idea?

It is always a great idea to be better prepared than be sorry for anything! I am taking all the neccessary precautions. You do too and together we shall fight out this monster!

Take care & stay safe.😊


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

4 uniquely designed fans from Signature Fans from Luminous for a cool home this summer

How to keep your home cool this summer is a question that pops in everyone's mind these days. The most practical way to go about it, is installing ceiling fans. They are functional, pocket friendly and offer great aesthetic value too.

Gone are the days when you had only a few basic designs in fans to choose from! The design of fans have come a long way over the years, and these days you can easily find some very stylish options across a wide variety of price ranges that suit your lifestyle.

Today, I want to talk about Signature Fans from Luminous.The Signature Fans Collection includes some of the best hi-speed, designer, energy efficient ceiling fans in India. And some of them come with a remote control too! These are some of the best ceiling fans in India. I have picked 4 such unique varieties on offer by Signature Fans from Luminous. They come in 4 different styles:

1. Modern minimalist
2. Traditional
3. Colonial Heritage
4. Eclectic

Modern minimalist- Madison




These fans are for the young and the free spirited. The modern minimalist range of fans are inspired by the way of life in NewYork. Isn't NewYork known for its cosmopolitan flair and vivacious attitude?
For a modern contemporary home, this fan is the ideal choice. You can literally bring in the feel and  air of NewYork's Madison square right into your home. This was the first square fan with top and bottom mounted blades to be launched in the industry. Madison fans are available in Pine wood finish to complement the decor of your home.


Traditional - Jaipur Mahal



As I write this, am reminded of the opulence of the palaces (Mahals) of Jaipur. Do you want to create royalty in your humble home? This is the way to go! Choose fans from the Jaipur collection as this one. The intricate, delicate and artistic features on the fans are straight out from the architectural detailing that Jaipur mahals are so famous for!
So, if your home is designed in a way that leans towards the traditional style, these fans truly fit the bill. With all the ethnic elements in your home, you can be sure that your designer Jaipur Mahal Thar Gold fan will not look out of place but will only enhance your decor.



Colonial Heritage -Big Ben, London



This fan has an art-deco vibe to it and would really look great in a space that makes use of vintage elements and decor. The design is inspired by the grandeur and classic elegance of London clock tower. Big Ben is a stylish and classy LED fan with an IR remote control and a 5 step light dimmer. With the basic aspect of functionality taken care of, the additional light dimmer works wonder during evenings.


Eclectic- Rio, Bel air



As you can see, these fans are sleek, have a very stylish finish and are perfectly suited for modern as well as spaces with a vintage touch. They have wider blades for better air thrust and the Rio Belair is crafted keeping in mind the first car- Belair that used hubcap plates inside the wheel.

Did you like the range i picked for you? There is much more to the Signature Fans range offered by Luminous You can check out the entire range of fans online through the above link.


Enjoy your summer in the cool comforts of your home by installing high speed, designer and #MakeInIndia Signature Fans from Luminous.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

DIY on a terracotta planter

I have a huge bougainvillea pot which was very plain. Often I thought of painting a bloom or make a warli scene on it but somehow it never materialized.  Then came this Corona disaster accompanied with lockdown.  Though we are handling more work than usual now, it is also the time that we keep ourselves well occupied and sane.

What can be better than a DIY?

Also, had saved a few tile pieces and and some glass bits from some other DIY kit which came in very handy now for the transformation of the pot.

The images will show you how the whole process came about from start to finish. I had a garden themed idea to decorate the pot and as I proceeded,  made some changes and arrived at the final look. I have covered only the front portion of the pot since it is a bulky one and has already been planted, which makes it immovable. If you like the DIY and intend to try out , you can cover the entire surface. 
I have used fevicol to stick the bits. For plastic pots, you can use stronger adhesives like quick fix.

















The balcony with pots lined up and the mosaic-ed pot in the centre looks like this now. A Bulbul graced my space as I was clicking pics... that made me super happy!!!

Hope you liked this creative way to decorate your planter and take up the decor quotient a notch high ...
Stay safe, stay home and most importantly stay happy folks

Monday, April 13, 2020

Floral display

In the wake of the lock down, we have limited means of access to various elements even flowers which as per news is going waste as people cannot venture out to buy them. If you are in the habit of having flowers at home regularly, it might be disappointing, not to have them in your home at all!

In such times it is very liberating, I would say, to create an arrangement with stuff, one has in hand. It can be anything, right from twigs, herbs, pods, branches, flowers from your balcony or a garden if you have one.
You can have fruits or veggies too in your arrangement.
The idea is to engage yourself in some lock down fun, create a floral arrangement from the comfort of your own home. I did something like that and it felt very satisfying.
Have a look and try attempting similar ones. We are forced to be inside but why not let our creativity flow?
Have a look...

Started out with these...dried eucalyptus stems, a bougainville stem, pinecones, was contemplating whether to have some greens along side...




I have a firm idea in place now, shall just finish the arrangement.









And finally the arrangement is done. A brass kooja from yesteryears,  serves as the vase.As I mentioned, dried branches, pinecones, pods, schffelera leaves, a bougainville stem, geranium flower all put together on a console for a pleasing display. Tell me, do you like it...
Don't restrict yourself because of the situation, instead try different ways to keep yourself engaged with stuff you like to do. We are in this together, and we shall emerge out of it together and stronger!
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