Little Handmade Notes To Say Something Special

Because holiday season is going to start across the world in a few more weeks… and because my birthday has just passed a week ago(!), I think its the best time to start thinking and talking about gifts. And with that, I am totally into the idea of putting up little handmade notes on gifts and presents for loved ones. I think I should start learning a bit about hand lettering – its fun, its creative, its personal and its easy. Well, not that much but I can surely give it a try. Its such a cute way to say something nice and meaningful.

Putting up little handmade notes to gifts

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Long time ago, during school days, I always loved giving personal touches to presents for my friends’ birthdays – like showing up at their places with homemade cakes or giving them little surprise gifts , you know, the ones that they would open and go rolling-on-the-floor-laughing kind. It was so much fun! And in return, I used to get the best surprises – not to mention birthday bumps right in the middle of the street. Those days! MEMORIES! Just last month, one of my best friends and I were talking about one such occasion and laughing as if years never mattered.

But now, times have changed. Life has taken a different course for everyone… taking some of  them to far off places. But thankfully, the connection is still there and WhatsApp and skype always come handy, so we are not so close but still close enough to talk about times.

Times have changed indeed but I still love to pass on personal messages to my old and dear friends and they always expect and look forward to what I would be saying to them this year. I too, always look forward to say something special to them. Worth waiting!

And then, there are times when distance doesn’t matter… little handmade notes attached to a gift are such a beautiful way to say something special. Well… well… there isn’t always a need for an occasion for that, is it?

I love those smiles and sparkling eyes when they see these notes even before they open the gift.

The best part is…. sometimes, people save those notes for years as a token of love to remember those days… that were as normal as any other but were special in a way. How little things bring happiness!

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Simple Table Setting for Fall Dinners

As I think of a gathering for dinner on a quiet chilly evening in the fall – I see a warm and quiet living room… dim lights… cozy layers… spicy scents and across the room… a beautiful dining room with simple table setting – and gosh! that aroma coming out of that kitchen door! Yes, the real winner on a dinner night is the food indeed but – how a dinner table is set and decorated is no less important and there is so much pleasure in doing it and so much creativity.

Simple elegant table setting

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I’ve been stalking for inspiration, moods, themes, colors and creative ideas to set a dinner table for fall and winter too because it’ll be here in no time (I can’t wait for winter to arrive), but every time I find something good and interesting enough an idea to try, I always come down to simplicity. Imagine a simply decorated dining table, candle lights and good food – did I mention the aroma? I just love the smell of hot traditional food. Is there a match to this combination, I think not.

This simple yet elegant dinner table above is making me fall for it again and again. It would look so lovely in summers but with little changes here and there it will definitely go for fall and even winters too. This gets so many ideas to popping in my head already.

And of course, since simple things are the merriest… small note tags on gifts are making a special corner in my heart… I’ll be sharing a little post about them in a while…

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Falling in love with the Sunshine

It so happened the other day that I was looking for inspiration on Instagram, which has been my favorite place to go lately, and I fell in love with the sunshine coming in from these windows. It was obvious!

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We are already a month into fall but the days are still warm here – warm enough that you can’t sit outside in the morning with a book or a knitting project or maybe invite a friend over coffee to sit on the patio and talk about all the good things in the world. I so look forward to do all these little full-of-joy things but I guess we’ll have to wait for a few more weeks. It won’t be long…

That makes me think a lot about fall dinners… everyone else is talking about them on their blogs and it gets me inspired. I’d be sharing a little about simple table scape in a while… but for now… that can wait too.

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I can instantly fall for any space that has good natural light and ventilation, actually I can’t practically without them. Speaking of that, I’ve lived all my life in homes that had plenty of both and I can’t be more grateful. And as I write these words, I’m glad that I can see outside a large window of my bedroom and admire plus soak up the gorgeous sunshine.

“Good natural light and ventilation in a space are as good as food”

Living in a happy space (yes, I call a space happy if it has good light and air) brings so much clarity of mind. It does in my case. I truly love to spend a few minutes that I could steal in between household chores to sit by the window with a cup of tea and newspaper or a book and enjoy the calmness and stillness in the moment. Well, a lot of times this includes catching up on a few latest posts from blogs I love. It gives me a space and moment to think about what I’ve read and absorb all the love those stories share…. to imagine and feel what made these stories come into being… what inspired them…

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I do a lot of thinking while I’m doing the dishes and sometimes get my best ideas too.

Sunlight coming through windows

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So, yes, I would love to be in all those spaces doing whatever I love doing at the moment and let the sunlight do its magic. It’s obvious!

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How Cute is that Shade!

I came across this beautiful bedroom today and it totally got me into a light happy summer mood. Though the first thing that caught my eye was that lamp shade on the roof. That’s what made me stop and give this room a second look and that’s when I fell in love with it more.

Lampshade in a bedroom

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First about the lamp; I have always loved having a bamboo lamp shade in the entry. I love the subtle and warm ambiance it gives. I already imagine it in a small entry lit with a dim light… a round rug beneath it…. a wooden drawer chest on the side with a couple of photographs on it with a vase maybe; and a small fig plant in a large pot sitting besides the chest. That’s quite like how I would love to decorate an entry right now.

As for the room; where should I start… I love everything about it. Colors… textures… visual balance… light… and of course the calmness. All things neutral are making their mark very rightfully here. Everything just seems to play its part to complete the whole look.

“I’d love to read Pride and Prejudice in this room some afternoon”

Although, I’d probably have it as my guest room, mainly because of its simplicity. I believe a guest bedroom should always be decorated simply because not everyone likes to stay around a lot of stuff, but a simple room could work for everyone. Besides, there should always be room for the guest’s stuff as well, right?

And nevertheless, when there are no guests staying over, there should always be a sweet spot in a home where one could hide for an hour or so…

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Making Decorating Mistakes

It could be a disaster… but the one you love!

Celebrate your freedom

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Every home owner or designer has gone through the process of making decorating mistakes and learning from them in their lifetime. We imagine… go shopping…. bring something beautiful home…. place it or hang it or arrange it the way we want to… step back… and look at it in awe… of course with a dropped jaw because it looks awful… and ugly… and… not beautiful… not the way we imagined it would. Well, it happens all the time.

But then, there are times when we go through the same process… make a mistake… but its not really a mistake because it looks amazing. Sometimes even better than we had thought. I am thinking of those times right now.

“Celebrate your freedom – do what you love – what makes you happy.”

Feel free to make mistakes – its your home anyway. Its perfectly fine if that painting is hung a little above the eye level – as long as it feels good to you, or maybe the arrangement of that gallery in the living room is a little off balance. In fact, do get out of that lovely comfort zone of yours and experiment with different ideas. Besides, what else could be a better way to learn!

The only thing to take care of, as I believe quite obviously is – to take baby steps. Even if you enjoy the sweetness of having an enormously large budget to decorate your home from scratch, its better to make mistakes and learn along the way, but gradually. Start with small things… play around with them… create, abandon, create again, make changes, forget about the rules and see what goes with the flow… what feels right to you. It doesn’t matter if its not the perfect design or it doesn’t look like what you saw on that favorite blog of yours – its your home, love it… feel it… make it yours… in your own way. Forget about how it looks, if it makes you happy and feels like yourself, the ones who love you will love it too. Eventually!

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It feels Warm and Cozy

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.

Warm and cozy living room

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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.

Warm and cozy living room

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Warm and cozy living room

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I am loving these amazing combinations of color and texture since its the combination of both where the creativity lies.

Warm and cozy living room

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Just a Little Note

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.

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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.

Little notes in home

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Little notes in home

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Grace and Joy turns 2!

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.

Grace and Joy turns 2

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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…

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