As I write these words, I sense sweet vanilla scent in the room coming from a candle, its so calming; no not just the scent, but – Reiki! Because I have energized it with Reiki. It keeps radiating natural energy while its burning; and its such a wonderful feeling to have the room filled with positive energy that’s nothing but a lovely gift of nature; warm, cozy and balancing.
Well, this post is not going to be a decorating kind, but in a way it is, for its about filling your home with love, light and positive energy; which is as important as decorating a mantle or arranging furniture in the right order or decorating the book shelve with the things you love because looking at them everyday makes you happier and proud of having them. Its like making your home look pretty and make it warm, cozier and welcoming. Such is a home where your heart warms up, your mind is at peace, your soul feels lighter and you feel positive and love being yourself.
We have been practicing Reiki at home for over a decade and it has become a lifestyle; a second nature. Well, it is a lifestyle. Its an energy that brings balance in our lives, our health, our minds, our relationships and in home too. Balance is so important because we come across and go through so much in our lives these days that we keep losing ourselves time and again; hence Reiki always comes in handy!
Back to candles! They are such a wonderful way to create a mood in home with a sweet aroma, to make it warm and cozy and to let positive energy move through your home. Really! We’ve been doing this (energizing and lit them) for quite some time and love the results. It just fills the room with subtle positive energy that makes you feel lighter, healthier and happier. We even tried it with family and friends who were going through a health issue or hard times otherwise and it has worked amazingly.
We make so much effort to make our lives complicated! Gathering up pretty things that we hardly need and doing things that bring us material pleasure (but actually are mere burden on ourselves), yet we never tend to feed our spiritual beings with what really matters! We have so many energies working in our surroundings, both good and bad and they keep influencing us throughout our lifetimes and we hardly ever notice how they affect our homes, our lives and our health. So there must be something that we could do to maintain the balance and to keep going and that something is Reiki – because it’s a great gift of nature that helps with all aspects of life; make us more of a positive being and assist in seeing things with clarity… which is something that’s so very much needed in the times of our lives.
Image: The Every Girl
Has spring dropped in around your neighborhood, already? Yay for you. We are also seeing some signs around ours and it makes me happiest these days. Spring has always been my favorite time of the year. For a good reason; I’m one of those lucky ones who don’t fall with a flu very often in the spring. Thank goodness! But apart from that, I love the said days because everything seems so fresh and happy around, especially the trees, flowers, plants and birds singing their sweet chirps, well, we don’t really understand their words, but it shows that they are happy for the sun to come out and, oh the rain! We had a couple of heavy rainy days last week and it was so refreshing; opening up the windows of your home and doors of your heart for fresh air to come in and smelling that scent of wet soil is the subtlest on nerves.
Speaking of spring, I found this blog last week (sitting by the window watching the rain) full of blossoms and flowers and everything spring! It was a real treat for eyes; and just in time!
Grange de Charme (A Charming Barn) is a French Blog that is filled with tons of inspiration and ideas for spring. Its a wonderful thing – having a language barrier; not knowing a single word of what is written yet you understand the love being spread through the imagery. Its the inspiration that matters the most, not just the words – seeing the things your way; or maybe from a different perspective!
I loved this classic French style of decorating with artificial net flowers and beads in addition to fresh ones and making so many combinations out of them. Though, there is no alternative to the effect that fresh flowers bring but using faux flowers could be a good idea too, if you like me, feel sad when the fresh flowers die out after a few days. Its just a matter of little brainstorming to incorporate ideas in your own home; the way you love it. And I find so many in here…
Images: Grange de Charme
I spotted this gorgeous room corner over at Pinterest and instantly wanted to have it in my home. Its the kind of spot that I was just talking about yesterday; remember? Well, its a different one but its so simple, quiet, warm and cozy; a place where you can sit for some quiet time to do a light meditation maybe or just relax by the window with a book, natural light and a great view. It must be a wonder that I just mentioned meditation, but I think I’ll get back to it some other time…
Moods change – and for good! Its a law of nature and Mother Nature follows this rule every few months because that is the sweetness of life and so we get to see so many moods in days – sunny, or rainy, or cold breeze, then weeks under white snow or maybe just gray. But if the moods don’t change; all flavors and excitement from our lives will go away and that is the last thing that anyone could want. When in home, it could always be a good start (and challenging too) taking baby steps in getting out of your comfort zone and trying something that is unusual but makes you happy from time to time. Surely there are things that don’t interest us always but even then, they seem to draw our attention after weeks, change our mood and be refreshing. This room, all in gray could be a little offset but its a great place to let go of love of color and contrast and think out of the box for a while.
Colors are so important in our lives and in our homes; they drive our moods, make us happier and make our homes look full of life. But change is always good. Sometimes, making neutral choices in color could be more subtle and calm both for eyes and mind because a home is where peace is. And nevertheless that can be made interesting – with textures. Its not boring though.
This peaceful nook makes me love neutral gray tones more. Decorated in tone-on-tone gray with textures and character! The textures! I love the way how they have been used to keep a balance for the eye to move from the wall, to the chair; then the rug, to the ottoman and flowers and focuses on that cushion. That cushion is really interesting. Its a great way to work with one color, bringing in accents inspired by the nature. And I particularly admire the curtains in this space – they have a lovely swirl-y and geometric pattern that makes everything more interesting. Its a magical place to spend some time away and be yourself.
Image: Better Homes and Gardens
There is always a sweet spot in a home where you can treat yourself with quiet and peaceful time in the morning, coffee and a good read or maybe morning newspaper. Sounds familiar, right? Yes, I’m referring to the same spot where you sit for your own peaceful morning time before everyone else gets up. Its the best time of the day! I know. Been there. Its like being able to breathe normally without being bothered for sometime and thinking about the day ahead and making a small to-do list in your head before that coffee gets cold! Not just that; just sit there, smell that coffee and look outside with an empty head. *happy times*
I’d love mine just by the window, with natural light and air that smells like dew and blossoms. Yes, please, thank you. And somehow, I always imagine that little spot to be a small eat-in kitchen! Sometimes its a window seat in a living room too. But let’s talk about eat-in kitchens for now.
Better Homes and Gardens
They are heart of a home – kitchens! They keep busy all day – starting right from the morning coffee till cleaning up after the dinner and in between, there is always something happening in there. Breakfast, chatting over coffee with a neighbor, homework help, fresh baking getting cold, sometimes blogging (that’s me) or even just waiting for the curry to come to boil. These little nooks are one of the busiest in the home; and lovely too.
Never mind a banquette though; if the space allows! It gives a more traditional and warm look. And the best thing is it uses up every inch of the space efficiently.
House of Turquoise
I came to know about Great.ly last year; after a week of their launch. A pleasant experience it was to visit their website and know their philosophy. Its a brilliant idea – bringing together makers and tastemakers to promote talent and creativity in the best possible way and making shopping one of an enjoyable experience. Win + Win! What else could one dream of!
Artists have talent and blogs have traffic. The duo makes a wonderful combination and this is what Great.ly is all about. Tastemakers and bloggers create their own boutiques and add pretty things in them from different makers from around the world making it easier for shoppers to find what they want against a commission. I mean, these bloggers are the ones that people trust to find out the best from the creative world and make it accessible. Its like going for shopping and having a second opinion before you make a purchase. Brilliant! Isn’t it? Wish someday I could open up a boutique at Great.ly too.
Its a wonderful idea in itself. The world is filled with the most creative beings with their great ideas and imaginations and the courage and resources to turn them into reality. But its not always possible to reach potential customers – despite of world being a global village – customers who’ll love to take your creations home and love owning them as much as the artist loved creating them. Great.ly is a source of joy and satisfaction for the artists and makers who can come together on one platform to make the best use of their talent.
Shopping is every home owner’s dream job. I mean who wouldn’t love to find all the pretty handcrafts in one place. Its such a pleasure and so much easier. So, in honor of this wonderful website and its purpose, thought I’d gather up a few favorite shops at Great.ly – filled with the loveliest of all things.
Images: Great.ly (The products may or may not be available any longer)
Hello and happy weekend! Its the season of cricket as the world cup kicks off tomorrow and then the most awaited game is going to happen on Sunday; yes between India and Pakistan. So this weekend is going to be filled with thrill and excitement and not to mention the spirit of competition; as long as it’s a healthy one!
As I sign off for the weekend, I’d love to share these gorgeous poufs from the ever-amazing west elm. Poufs are one of my favorite accessories. They’re cute, they’re soft and most of all they’re multi purpose.
Chevron Diamond Wool Pouf
Metallic Diamond Pouf
Triangle Printed Pouf
Simple Stripe Pouf
Images: west elm (the products might or might not be available any longer)
I was going through the latest March 2015 issue of House Beautiful via Issuu when spotted this cute Alberte teapot with bamboo handle from Bloomingville (on page 79) and I just loved it. Not being a huge fan of Scandinavian designs despite of their clean lines and uncluttered look (guilty confession), I hadn’t gone through their latest Summer/Spring 2015 catalogue – this teapot made me do that!
And I found the prettiest of all tableware. Yes, please. Soft colors, earthly tones – inspired by spring-y botanicals and designs in simple geometric shapes; even polka dots (my favorite). Their newest collection is filled with lovely pieces that are both practical and useful for a kitchen that keeps busy all day. I’ve always believed that a table should be decorated keeping the color tones more on a softer side since plates, platters and bowls are going to be filled with food and its the color of food that should tempt the guests and not merely the china. On that note, they’ve done a great job with their latest collection.
Images: Bloomingville (Spring/Summer 2015)
I just had to blog these little planters in pastel colors. Most certainly because they are so irresistibly cute and adorable. They are proud creations of Angus & Celeste; an Australian company that designs ceramics with a unique blend of traditional craft and modern techniques and these little cuties show how beautiful and functional their designs are.
Angus and Celeste put in every effort from the designers through the process and create such amazing pieces that are closer to both heart and nature. Do check out their website to see more of their product ranges.
Planters could be a long time investment; if loved and taken good care of. They can live for a long time and house your most precious plants. They look even prettier if the planters are in pretty shapes and colors that go with the rest of your theme. Pastels could always be a safe go-to since they compliment soothing colors of floras in them. Having spring just around the corner, I am all for these pastel planters. They would look darling both inside the home and out on the balcony.
Images: Angus & Celeste