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…
I am a huge fan of serving trays and platters – I love serving food in different kinds of gorgeous platters creating kind-of-a-theme across the table. It creates so much interest with all those different designs and colors in different materials; like wood and ceramic and stoneware and so many more. What beautiful color stories they come up with combined with beautiful colors of food, right?
I found Terrain last week and simply adored their serving trays, bowls and platters – these are just the kind I would love to buy quite a few pieces from. They have a very sleek, modern and sophisticated kind of vibe and I’m totally in for them right now.
Here is another great collection of hand crafted home textiles that I found through Great.ly (I’m getting quite obsessed with it). Gray Market was born when the textile designer and founder Hallie Gray visited India and fell in love with their hand crafted and painted textiles that are imperfect enough to be perfect!
I am personally drawn towards their homeware and tableware textiles since I am not a big fan of wearing scarves but they too, are worth loving. Each piece is carefully designed and hand crafted using traditional techniques. I love their colors and patterns – they are so appealing and beautiful. Neutral tones, warm shades and small scale patterns are quite enough reasons for me to die for.
I always had a soft corner for neutral tones and softer warm or cool shades primarily because of their not being heavy on eyes and soothing on your senses but my friends often refer this taste of mine as being colorless and boring! Often shopping together, they look at me in amazement – “Good God! You’re not eighty years old, why do you pick such boring things. See that one, that looks pretty bright and colorful.” What they don’t understand then, but later is that boring thing is a perfect canvas to dress up with bright colors and happy textures in your own very way. It has more potential that the brighter one, though that brighter piece has its own charm and beauty but I love to leave a little room for personalization, I guess. Every great piece of art starts with a clean canvas, right? Does that make any sense?
Apart from the colors, the textures too, make a great eye-loving combination with neutral colors. They create great interest for eyes and yet again, packed with lots of potential for personalization.
But I still love listening to my friends and learn from their perspective of colors and designs, the way they see them. It expands my sense of colors and taste in making choices and I learn to love colors as the deserve to be loved because this design world is a such an amazing magical place – each design has an inspiration behind it – each color has a mood to create – and each pattern has a story to tell. And Gray Market is a wonderful combination of all three.
Images: Gray Market Designs
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)
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
Warm woods, geometric shapes, pastel tones, happy colors! The latest catalogue of OYOY Living Design is released and is SO full of inspiration (bingo!). Its a Danish company that produces beautiful homewares and accessories that are highly inspired by Scandinavian style with a focus on functionality and simplicity which I love, because simplicity is what brings comfort and happiness.
Since we are about to welcome spring in a couple of months and summer is not that far too, its time to start planning and imagining and dreaming of all things beautiful, bright and light at home.
Geometric shapes are go to go big this year. I’ve been noticing them quite often lately and the pastels; well, they make statement appearances everywhere around summer; in fashion, design, and art.
Whenever I see beautiful catalogues and product lines launched, it makes me think of the ways a home can be updated with what’s new but also what can be given away to make room. That means finding new homes to things that you no longer need. I once read somewhere that giving two things away for every one new thing that you bring home can make your life a lot easier. How true. It cleans your home, makes your mind free and that sense of satisfaction that is associated with it brings sweet sleep.
Images: OYOY Living Design