Every home has to have a warm and cozy living room no matter what. Period. Its the very go-to place to sit all day, relax and do whatever makes you happy – watch a movie, read a book, knit while your cat purrs by your side (that’s me!) or maybe just get yourself a good cup of hot chocolate and think about all the blessings around you (again me). Its so calm and quiet.
Our living rooms see a lot of us all day long and so, they are the perfect place to feel free to decorate them with all the love in your heart. They are even quite a place to make decorating mistakes if that makes you happy, but lets just leave that for another day and indulge in the warm and cozy colors of these living rooms.
I am loving these amazing combinations of color and texture since its the combination of both where the creativity lies.
There are times in life and quite often when one needs just a little reminder of the blessings that surround us everyday. Sometimes, we don’t even realize how much we are blessed with in every tiny moment of our lives. And when the realization struck… our breathe holds for a moment… because we loose count of all that we already have. I try to find a moment, stop and think of at least 10 things I already have and am grateful for everyday. Even the little things that go unnoticed in our daily lives come to surface in my mind and make me realize how important they are and how, since the first day, they have been there for me. This habit has made me come closer to my own self and know myself better in a strange way… I have started to feel more composed and above all it has given me inner peace and happiness. Happiness is… what matters most at the end of the day.
I love this idea of putting up little reminders like these around the house. They give a personal touch of love and gratitude… a reminder of a few great moments from the past… an acknowledgment of now and…. a hope for tomorrow. These little notes make a home a lovely and happy place to be… because then again… at the end of the day… happiness is what matters the most.
Love Grows Wild
Time flew and Grace and Joy turned 2 today. Still seems like just a while.
Last year I wrote about inspiration and being grateful to all those amazing people who inspire me everyday and for having this blog… for being able to write.
This year, its about joy of the journey.
They say that the journey itself is as much enjoyable as the destination. True that! As I am getting into the habit of writing everyday, the process of its becoming my second nature gives me immense joy. It feels so amazing to look forward to write… and fulfilled at the end of the day to see how a freshly written piece came about.
I feel writing is like meditation. It needs calmness of mind and focus and then as you let the words flow… letting them out, putting them on a paper feels so much lighter. Its like home-coming after a long day…
My thoughts turn to deep reds around this time of the year. I guess its quite natural because its holiday season around the world and everything I look at for inspiration these days has a touch of deep reds in it. It feels so cozy and warm to see these cheerful ideas and decorations in homes.
Here are just a few random ideas that can be used to bring in the cheer of red in tiny bits. Not too much… in fact just about enough to brighten up the space looking simple yet happy. Its the kind where you create a wow effect with little things and then just sit back and admire in gratitude.
The Frugal Home Maker
Yellow Bliss Road
I love to look at homes that are filled with handmade items. They share a lot of visual stories – when you don’t need words… the mere feeling says it all. Having a lot of handmade items under one roof is like a beautiful combination of imaginations of different people. To me it’s like a wonderland – where taste and creation intersect.
Every crafted piece has an imagination behind it. It could be a hundred things that could have inspired it, but the creation is not possible without imagination. And imagination never comes into existence without feeling – as they say so. It is the feeling that combines with a great taste in the eye and inspired by another imagination that the beautiful craft finds a forever-home.
And so another chapter is added to the visual stories that such a home tells…
Its today! Grace and Joy turns 1! It was just yesterday that I started this new blog with new hopes and lots of love and now… as I write these words, it has been a whole year – which seems as if it has passed in just a blink of an eye.
Hundreds of bloggers around the world have celebrated their first year with gratitude to their readers and those who inspired them in their early days; and I couldn’t find a better way to celebrate mine.
I started off last year in quest of inspiration for a better, simple and beautiful home and above all for the love of writing. This blog has given me not only confidence and improved my taste but also a direction for many years to come. It has given me joy.
Another thing that I learned through this blog was to let go… let go of being unique… being different… and being able to change the world in your own way. It has inspired me to go slow and learn along the way because letting go brings clarity of mind and – most importantly it brings hope.
So, heartfelt thanks to many many people whose incredible works have inspired me… taught me, gave me hope, and kept this blog alive. Though they do not know it but they have done a huge service and continue to do so every single day because it gives them joy…
I’ve always loved spending time in a kitchen that speaks to me both in design and functionality. As much as I love a small sweet spot in a kitchen for my morning quiet time that is comfortable and beautifully designed with colors and textures that are a treat to the eye; I always pay attention to the functionality of a kitchen as well – which is, unfortunately, generally ignored when a kitchen is being designed in the first place. In fact, that’s the first thing that should be taken care of before going in for the designing and decorating part because on a basic level, its the functionality that serves the purpose of it.
Better Homes and Gardens
Every cook in the world would love to have a kitchen that super easy to work in – because that just doubles up the joy of cooking. So, that made me thinking of practical ways of improving a kitchen in terms of functionality that are easy and budget friendly too. And by that I do not mean the old classic tip of having sink, cooking range and refrigerator placed in kind of a triangle for easy reaching. That’s something almost every home owner has been aware of; I intend to gather up a few more ideas for that here which can serve the needs of a cook in a kitchen of almost any size and design.
The Inspired Room
Take a moment to think what your requirements are – better if you take a piece of paper to write that down. Think about the general routine that you carry out everyday (its always good to have one). How do you start a day in kitchen? What things are used firstly? Do you get ready everything first before staring off with the recipe or do you go along while cooking? Do you bake regularly or occasionally? Answering these kind of things would help increasing functionality in your own personal way.
Better Homes and Gardens
Everything doesn’t need to go in the closet – there are things that are used several times a day like oil, cooking spoons and coffee mugs; they can stay on the countertops for easy reach. The thing to consider is that they should be assigned a specific place and shouldn’t come in the way while cooking.
Add removable extra storage space in corners – Adding extra trolley tables and hanging storage solutions to add customization in a kitchen to cater your particular needs is a favorite tip with me. They can be removed or updated anytime without a major fuss.
There could be so much more to make a kitchen more of a functional place, its a matter of personal style and requirement; but there is always a way to make things better, and that’s what matters most.
On a side note – bring in some greens! They wouldn’t serve in functionality but would definitely make you smile while cooking…
It happens so often that something you’ve already seen many a times still catches your eye when you see it next time – and makes you smile. Its called admiration. This oh-so-gorgeous color combination of white, peach and brown does that whenever I come across and certainly when I saw this image here, it just made me smile – for two obvious reasons; firstly the colors of course, and second I happen to be a cat loving person for as long as I can remember. Yes, I’ve grown up in a house full of cats and kittens and though I don’t have a cat now in my home, my love for meows is still on the same level.
The colors – white, peach and brown; have been my favorites for quite some time and I love to play with them together. They have a classic glamorous vibe that can never seize to make me fall for it…
Image: Emily Henderson