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