Deep Red: Warm and Cozy

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.

Inspiring ideas for holidays in red

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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.

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Random Stories

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…

Brown paper wrappings

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Grace and Joy Turns 1!

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.

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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…

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Functionality of a Kitchen

I’ve always loved spending time in a kitchen that speaks to me both in design and functionality. As much as I love a small sweet spot in a kitchen for my morning quiet time that is comfortable and beautifully designed with colors and textures that are a treat to the eye; I always pay attention to the functionality of a kitchen as well – which is, unfortunately, generally ignored when a kitchen is being designed in the first place. In fact, that’s the first thing that should be taken care of before going in for the designing and decorating part because on a basic level, its the functionality that serves the purpose of it.

Functionality of a kitchen

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Every cook in the world would love to have a kitchen that super easy to work in – because that just doubles up the joy of cooking. So, that made me thinking of practical ways of improving a kitchen in terms of functionality that are easy and budget friendly too. And by that I do not mean the old classic tip of having sink, cooking range and refrigerator placed in kind of a triangle for easy reaching. That’s something almost every home owner has been aware of; I intend to gather up a few more ideas for that here which can serve the needs of a cook in a kitchen of almost any size and design.

Functionality of a kitchen

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Take a moment to think what your requirements are – better if you take a piece of paper to write that down. Think about the general routine that you carry out everyday (its always good to have one). How do you start a day in kitchen? What things are used firstly? Do you get ready everything first before staring off with the recipe or do you go along while cooking? Do you bake regularly or occasionally? Answering these kind of things would help increasing functionality in your own personal way.

Functionality of a kitchen

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Everything doesn’t need to go in the closet – there are things that are used several times a day like oil, cooking spoons and coffee mugs; they can stay on the countertops for easy reach. The thing to consider is that they should be assigned a specific place and shouldn’t come in the way while cooking.

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Add removable extra storage space in corners – Adding extra trolley tables and hanging storage solutions to add customization in a kitchen to cater your particular needs is a favorite tip with me. They can be removed or updated anytime without a major fuss.

There could be so much more to make a kitchen more of a functional place, its a matter of personal style and requirement; but there is always a way to make things better, and that’s what matters most.

On a side note – bring in some greens! They wouldn’t serve in functionality but would definitely make you smile while cooking…

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Color Crush: White, Peach and Brown

It happens so often that something you’ve already seen many a times still catches your eye when you see it next time – and makes you smile. Its called admiration. This oh-so-gorgeous color combination of white, peach and brown does that whenever I come across and certainly when I saw this image here, it just made me smile – for two obvious reasons; firstly the colors of course, and second I happen to be a cat loving person for as long as I can remember. Yes, I’ve grown up in a house full of cats and kittens and though I don’t have a cat now in my home, my love for meows is still on the same level.

Color crush -- white, peach and brown

The colors – white, peach and brown; have been my favorites for quite some time and I love to play with them together. They have a classic glamorous vibe that can never seize to make me fall for it…

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Lovely Garlands and Wreaths

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.

Inspiring ideas for holidays and christmas decorating

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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…

Inspiring ideas for holidays and christmas decorating

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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…

Inspiring ideas for holidays and christmas decorating

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Crush: Farmhouse Style Bedrooms

I like the idea of farmhouses – they have just the kind of look that makes me feel like I’m on a dream vacation. A calm and quiet place with lots of natural light, neutral tones, airy furnishings with lots of natural accents. The whole place works like food for your nerves. Whenever I see a cottage or farmhouse style home, I’m instantly drawn to it for the good reasons. Maybe that’s because I’ve always lived in quiet places that had healthy ventilation surrounded by green lawns, plus our home was never over stuffed with furniture and decorative things. My mom was always very concerned about home being clean just about the right amount of decor.

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Farmhouse Bedroom

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Terrain; Serving Trays and Platters

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?

Serving Trays, bowls and Platters

Serving Trays, bowls and Platters

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.

Serving Trays, bowls and Platters

Serving Trays, bowls and Platters

Serving Trays, bowls and Platters

Serving Trays, bowls and Platters

Serving Trays, bowls and Platters

Serving Trays, bowls and Platters

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