Travel inspires…

Forget colour charts and use your pictures as inspiration to paint the walls…I guess it sounds like a good idea and we must be doing the same. For many of us, travel can be an excellent source book and I believe in it wholeheartedly.

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Nature has this peculiar way of explaining subjects such as the harmony of form, the principles of colouring and proportion in defining beauty. We need to have a broad perspective to understand it and absorb it accordingly. Pick up colour schemes directly from the nature or use textures from the same. As I mentioned, your pictures or collectables can be an excellent source book.

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Not to forget the random clicks we often indulge in, given the luxury of cameras that we carry with us. A blast of saturated colours with its Tibetian influence, this picture is one of the many brilliant captures and I already have plans to do a wall in colors from this picture.

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Usual surroundings work wonderfully as it provides quiet pale colours that might help in creating subtle spaces devoid of sensory overload caused by clutter. I find travel a great way to fill in the blank pages of my design diary. Something that I can always look into when in need to generate ideas.

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Let the spaces around you narrate a story everytime you return, let your travel tales be used in some or other manner to remind you of the beautiful times. Be it colours or patterns, keep your memories alive in unique ways.

Collectables and curios are a wonderful way to preserve memories but using travel as an inspiration to do the interiors of a room would certainly be innovative and add a certain character to the overall decor.

Much love and happy decorating… :))

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Orange?? Like Pomegranate flower??

Such a vibrant colour orange is. An orange, deliciously sweet that I had in the morning and the rind of it was equally orange and pretty led me looking for pictures with orange as an inspiration.

Orange?? Like Pomegranate flowers?? They are equally a beautiful orange unlike the ruby-red of the fruit that it bears.

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Pomegranate flowers from my visit to the hills.

 

If ever you are not able to decide on a colour palette, look around for an inspiration. The natural colour combinations or the creative ones, any of it could set the ball rolling.

Inspirations have no boundaries, it could be anything that a person fancies. Just zero down on how exactly you’re going to use it for your benefit. As an artwork or the overall colour palette or in some decor accessories  Blend new materials with the old ones, provided you couple things with style.

Create a gracious living room where you can relax when the evening gathers in. Adding a dash of orange selectively can bring out the best of the room’s style.

If nothing else then a bunch of fresh flowers or a nice green pot placed exactly where you can look at it. Somehow, artificial ones do not carry the same appeal for me.

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Maura Mcevoy

 Accessories in modified orange can draw some attention that they deserve. Create your own style.Use materials such as paint, ribbon or fabric to create distinctive effects.

I found this distressed cabinet extremely pleasing with orange flowers painted on it. Properly painted or styled accessory is the key towards accentuating your home.

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Pic: The Pink Lotus

Let your home be a reflection of your mood. Stay close to a natural effect and the place becomes more personal.

Add love to your home and happy decorating…. :))

 

Of Love and Romance

Of Love and Romance

‘In February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret.’

 

The month of February has a certain sight to it. One doesn’t need a pair of rosy-pink glasses as for ‘Love’ is present everywhere.. Have you tried romancing a space for your loved one?? I can sense sweet chuckles in the background… but let’s give it a try.

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Pic: Maria Teresa Garcia

 

The approach is very simple to romanticize your den…infuse colors, bring in flowers or speak your emotions through printed upholstery or lovely draperies. However you want to do up your home, sprinkle it with love and it would surely be a welcome change after a long spell of dreary winters.

‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them.’

 

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Pic: Ruby Pareek

What about budget?? Well, You need not require heavy investments for a home that speaks about love. I personally swear by two words, reorganize and refashion. Believe it or not, it works like a secret magic wand that you already possess. Use a throw, change the alignment of chairs or paint a blank wall. Add on some books, light a candle and play some music. Just get creative for February will never disappoint you. Well! All the months are equally romantic or they aren’t but I’ll take my chance to appreciate February and motivate you to romance your home.

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Pic: Sumana Chakrawarti

 

Never shy away from a little indulgence, even in small acts. I find it to be a very convincing act of showing affection and love. Indulge and pay attention to the details.  The way to get started is to quit speaking and start doing. A presentation is not only for the sake of it but it surely is a sign of fondness and the warmth you share with the person or for that matter your beautiful home.

 

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Pic: Sumana Chakrawarti

 

 

A subtle expression or a bold one, our surroundings are a true reflection of ourselves. I find it to be an easy route to show some love for the people we share lives with and not to forget the materialistic world… 😉

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Pic: Maria Teresa Garcia

All the pictures shared here are from the real homes and I feel so glad that people put in their genuine efforts in making up beautiful homes.

Much love and Happy Decorating… :))

Evolve Outdoors

After weeks of procrastination, today I had to pen down my first for 2018. The motivation…outdoors and breakfast on a beautiful ‘Sunny Morning’. Well laid outdoor spaces never fail to impress and delight the mood. Don’t you agree that outdoors are equally important to enhance the ambience…you do, right??

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Outdoors are always a part of first impressions. The final call remains with the details that grants a place to feel and look welcoming. Never wait for the perfect pieces and go on to compile with whatever you have available. Improvising is the key.

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Splash out on style..If you are in love with plants then nothing like it. Add a plethora of textures through the lovely plants. Pretty additions are always welcome in coming days but do the best with your present time and thoughts.

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Never tire yourself from loving your home. Minimalist or a bohemian look, anything looks good till it helps you to cherish the memories associated with each belonging that you have picked up with so much of thought and love.

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The easiest solution to do your outdoors is to spend sometime there. Even if it is absolutely empty for a while. You’ll start knowing the nook and corners of that huge veraandah or the balcony and it’ll take shape as you want it. It’ll grow with you.

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Much love and Happy decorating.. and a Happy 2018…. :))

Picture credits: Rohini

Lighthouse Ascend…

At the very outset, I must admit that I always imagined myself penning a blog on Lighthouse. It shaped up during our travels along the coastal belt of South India as my young daughter,, then eight years would be excited on seeing a lighthouse and would capture them in the camera through the windows of our moving vehicle or even a boat.. :)) The joy in her eyes inspired me to write about Lighthouses…. 

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Yes! I preserved the pictures for a long time as I was sure that I would compile them together as a photoblog but never imagined that I would be climbing up a lighthouse.

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 Kannur, a town in Kerala earlier known as Cannanore, gave me a chance to witness the insides of a lighthouse and a well-kept museum. I won’t go into any technical details but sharing pictures to satisfy the inquisitive mind. Let’s go inside now..

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The curved wall near the entry has pictures of various lighthouses along with description painted on them.

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First Steps
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View from inside…

 

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As I climbed up…
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As I looked down….
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Museum

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Night View
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Kannur Lighthouse

This was  quite an experience and I was happy to see my daughter climbing up the lighthouse…the lighthouse that has always captured her imagination.

The coming posts talk more about ‘Kannur’ as the place boasts about few historic sites as well. The place has a beautiful drive-in beach that you can visit for a wonderful experience. Till then keep exploring….

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Much love and happy holidays…..

 

Smiling wooden horses…The Palace Museum

“Old places have Soul”

Visiting a museum is an integral part of my itinerary. Of course, the habit has developed over a couple of years but I suppose that the same enriches my visit  tenfold, given the interest in history and design that I have..

Recently,  I got a chance to visit the beautiful ‘Kuthirmalika Palace Museum’ famous for its 122 smiling wooden horses where Kuthirmalika by itself is known as “Palace of Horses”. It’s a beautiful two-storied palace near Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, who was Maharaja of the Kingdom of Travancore in British India, one is transported back to the 1840s when it was first constructed. Wonderful example of the Kerala school of architecture, the palace is constructed from fine teakwood and rosewood. One of the most well-kept interiors, the Palace impressed me and I felt satisfied by the efforts taken by the owners and the govt. to preserve the history in a beautiful manner.

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It was a barefoot walk and I must admit that it proved to be very relieving. A trip to another era nestled inside a busy city. The palace is an architectural marvel with its beautiful sloping roofs, overhanging eaves, pillared verandahs and enclosed courtyards.

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The courtyard is the venue of  Swathi Sangeethotswam.

 

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Close-up view of the wooden horses.

Behind the top facade is a narrow lobby which has small windows right at the back of the wooden horses which we see from the exteriors. It worked as ‘jharokas’ for women of the palace to look out at the coutyard and nobody from the outside could catch a glimpse of them.. Ah! such was the life in the bygone era..

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Floral motifs on the interior of the ceiling above the verandah.
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Barefoot walk on these smooth and polished floors had a unique and blissful experience.

I enjoyed the company of a local guide who is in this business for the past thirty years and one thing that keeps her going is the joy of sharing  glorious past of her heritage and  culture with the tourists coming from all sort of backgrounds.

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Visiting such sites always fills with me with pride and confirms my belief in seeing a place rather than listening about it a thousand times….

I do hope that my readers get to visit such lovely places to experience and share the history.

‘ Old places have soul’.

Much love and Happy holidays…