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…
Garlands and wreaths have always been a huge part of celebrations and decorations and wow, how creative people get with them that they just make you forget to blink! Its holiday season in half of the world and Christmas is just around the corner – people have started to prepare for it already and the magazines and blogs are flooded with creative ideas and recipes, just like they do every year.
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Its so overwhelming to see people celebrate and be merry coming up with all the beautiful ideas that they wholeheartedly share with the world where thousands of people draw inspiration and motivation from them; filling their homes and lives with beautiful things and exchange gifts and presents. Its such an amazing connection between those who share and those who benefit from all of it. Its like a beautiful love and gratitude relationship…
I always love to see these things from a non-cultural and non-religious eye because even if there is no occasion, they still inspire us in so many ways to spark our own creative instincts that brings about even more ideas.
Here are a few ideas that caught my eye lately, making an appearance here…
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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.
I am noticing some great and gorgeous woven goodies in magazines these days. It seems like they’re trending and it’s great to see that happen because woven handmade things for home have always been my favorite. They look beautiful, they look natural, they have a personal touch and last longer than we think.
Every home evolves with time, things get changed…updated…replaced; but there are some things that not only occupy space in your home but in your heart as well and become a part of your life. After years or even decades, they still hold their place and make you happy as they did when they first became a part of your life.
My mom was presented with a handmade rope basket by our gardener’s wife, when we were transferred from one station to another some twenty eight years back. She made it herself! We still have it and its as useful to us, and precious too, as it was back then…we still love it, though it now shows signs of times. Its an amazing piece made with love – its beautiful, it looks natural, has a personal touch and been with us for a long time.
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 am nothing but admiring this amazing adrift in Brianna Land’s mind! Oh yes. I found her through Great.ly which is my new favorite spot to look for inspiring ideas and know about great new artists and designers who are living their dreams as creatives. Brianna Land is an artist who works in reclaimed wood and makes gorgeous wall art pieces with it. She works under business name “Adrift in my Mind” and also owns an Etsy shop though I found her through Great.ly as I mentioned and she is a favorite with many tastemakers there. Happens with great work!
I don’t write this blog for sake of commercialization – and so whatever product or artist I write about is the one whose work I truly admire and would like to bring home. This makes this blog a journal of ideas that I gather up for my own little-nook-of-heaven-on-earth. Only time will tell how good I’d be at decorating and bringing the best out of it.
I have been deeply inspired by the country style of living lately. Those natural elements, simple arrangements, and neutral palettes give your senses and eyes a little break and space to unwind and being close to the nature and Brianna’s work seems to do just that. It’s not only creative, but it is also artistic, and neutral enough to fit into any style of decorating – seriously, it could add up to an amazing gallery wall and I am imagining a great collection of art in the kitchen using her pieces, though they would do great in an entry as well.
Images: Adrift in my mind via Great.ly
Spring always has a special place in one’s heart because its associated with the arrival of nature’s most beautiful and lovely creation – flowers. They are such a sweet note on nature’s part – after a dry and boring winter (well, it has its own charms) there lies all kinds of beautiful shades of happiness and laughter in form of flowers and blooms. They are like sweet free spirits that come out of the moist scented soil and say hello to the sunshine and send out love to every living soul.
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Flowers are the best ornament for any home and the best gift for any occasion and spring is the best time that brings a lot of opportunities to play with these little pretty blossoms making a lot of bouquets and arrangements for every day. They just bring a vase full of life in a room.
I’ve been in much less practice when it comes to making flower arrangements (did I just made a confession?!) but I think its a beautiful craft that every home owner should know and can make use of any day. Any day is a good day to bring flowers home, right? And it doesn’t have to be complicated – I mean an arrangement can be simple and gorgeous rather than being large and complicated and being made with lots of flowers with lots of time spent on. So I thought, in honor of spring, lets gather up a few tips to make flower arrangements that anyone can do easily and be happy in their heart because whatever you do, its that happiness and sense of accomplishment that matters at the end of the day which is shown in one’s eyes; and which lies in the most simple things around us.
1. Create layers. Its the easiest way of putting together an arrangement. Starting with stems at the corners of a vase or bowl and work towards the center with focal large flowers first and then filling in with smaller ones.
2. Use flowers in odd number of colors. This is something that pros usually tell but it somehow seems to work perfectly though I don’t really know the reason behind (another confession!). But it’s well as long it works. So, use flowers in odd numbers both in color and quantity and see how pretty it looks.
3. Less is more. Its so true even when it comes to arranging flowers – it just takes a jar, a vase or even a bottle and a couple of blooms; or sometimes even just one. It the simplest of all and the prettiest of all as well. This is something that you need to try in order to understand what beauty lies in it.
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4. Turn the vase. Though, its more than common sense but the truth is that we sometimes forget going to the basics and this is going to the basics – keep turning the vase in order to see how the whole thing looks from every angle; unless its a special one that needs to look a bit different from different angles.
How convenient it feels to keep a record of small things that can be of use any day… especially around the spring.
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)