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…
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…
When it comes to create a neutral balance in colors and visual weight in a space, with accessories of course, my favorite thing to do is to add a bunch of plants or flowers. I am yet to meet a space that looks beautiful but lacks this little charm of life. Plants and flowers add life – they freshen up the whole space – they soothe the moods – and not to mention they calm down the nerves after long days. They are miraculous.
How to Decorate
I just mentioned creating balance in a space with plants. That is so true – they are a new neutral because they can calm down a space that has bold and dark colors, and yet at the same time; they can cheer up a space with neutral boring tones. Well, neutrals are not boring to me, I feel happier around neutral tones with a lot of character and texture…
Talk about sunlight – what a marvelous combination they make in a space with plants. I am not talking about sunlight being food for plants and flowers, but it is the look that the two together create in a room.
Nature always affects our nerves in all positive ways. Its about balance and creating a neutral effect that looks great to both eyes and heart.
Add a couple of plants or a beautiful vase full of flowers to your home and see the magic happen.
Better Homes and Gardens
Kitchens could be the messiest of all rooms in a home in real life; every cook knows that but that doesn’t deprive kitchens from looking colorful and beautiful and inspiring. They have every right of looking their best because they are heart of every home and the internet is filled with millions of visual proofs of that!
I never had a rug in the kitchen; mainly because it’s so prone to getting a lot of messy. With all those happenings that bring stains and grease, it needs a lot of maintenance and cleaning. But, despite of that, it’s so beginning to move upwards on my wish list gradually; only to make an appearance in my kitchen someday… because – its happiness in your eyes, love in your heart and fluff beneath your feet.
This Old House
Better Homes and Gardens
We have lived in many homes – moving from one station to another after every couple of years – thanks to my dad’s job that we travelled and saw what beautiful and blessed-by-nature country we live in. But every home that we lived in had one thing that do not have now in our current home – a rug or carpet in the living room!
Red Door Home
Yes, a rug! We always had one in our living room in all of our homes until before we finally moved here, it was so worn out that we couldn’t keep it (it was in really bad shape and why not, it had done its job for years). So we got rid of it.
And that’s how our rugless bless started. The place that we are currently living in is kind-of an open floor space; with living+dining in the middle of the house connected to all other rooms and kitchen; so you have to pass through it to go from one room to another (and that’s what I adore about this floor plan that you can keep track of all the happenings around the house from the living room – which is great for a home maker!)
Not having a rug or a carpet in our living room has been such a convenience; the whole space becomes kind-of connected and easy to access; plus it’s so fun to decorate – each nook is a challenge to make it more functional ( or multi functional) and practical and not to mention pretty too. And it is so much easier to move things from one place to another depending upon the need and also for seasonal decorating. And the best of all; it is a hell lot easier to clean! A place that is clean is a happier one…indeed.
The best thing is that it feels so much lighter and brighter here. Our friends and family keep reminding us of that with their lovely compliments. Having lived in this place for over a decade, I doubt if I ever would want to put a rug in the living room. But with my changing sense of style or maybe trying to figure out what truly is my style – you never know when a gorgeous rug might appear in my home; just for a change maybe. But not for now…
Sometimes, some things become a blessing by not being there – its just a matter of understanding, experience and being thankful for what we have; and sometimes what we don’t have…
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
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 found this amazing living room at House Beautiful the other day and I simply couldn’t find a reason not to love it. Ikat fabric(!) in such a beautiful bright hue – yes please! Ikat prints always draw my attention because they are so energetic and bold, they never fail to make a statement in a room. The key is to pair them up with neutrals – so that they could stand out in a space like this.