Hello my lovelies! Sorry for being so out of sight over the last few months. I have been really tied up with my new business venture as a home stylist and interior designer. To make up on the lost time, I have a colorful and a really interesting topic for today's post. We have been seeing a lot of retro and mid century pieces in the decor market lately. And sometimes its hard to change the current home style in order to incorporate the newer trends. However that shouldn't stop you. Whether your style is modern, traditional, transitional, industrial, eclectic or something in between, we can incorporate the Don Draper style to your home needs. For those of you who don't know Don Draper, he is the main protagonist of the TV show, Mad Men, a show well known for bringing the mid century modern style back.

So, in order to show you how we can get the Mid Century Modern look without changing a lot in our current homes, I headed to Polyvore. Polyvore is an app that helps you create a mood board with the things you love. I have used it for my personal styling but using it the first time to create a home decor mood board.

Here, I have created a mood board for dining area. It features some of the beautiful products currently available at Chairish.

I also created a lounge area / entrance with pieces like these:

These accents are easy to play with. Opt for the retro bar cabinet or add the playful rug for some color. Style the gorgeous wooden credenza either in your living, dining or the entrance area of the home. I loved hunting on Chairish to put together these mood boards. Check out the Mid Century Modern section on their website to score some amazing deals.

Flaunt your mid century pieces and tell me how you like to style them in your home. 

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Lighting is an essential element in designing any space. A well lit room is warm, cozy and inviting. Whereas bad or not enough lighting can make a room look dull and gloomy. Apart from Ikea which always stocks some really cool and super affordable electrical's (starting at $10!!), there are some really cool stores you can turn to for affordable and stylish electrical needs.

I've compiled a list of stores which will solve all your lighting worries :). Lets check them out!

1. Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co.

I love the classic, no-fuss style of Schoolhouse Electric. A bit retro and a tad bit industrial makes it a perfect choice for various decor styles.

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On my wishlist is their Ion C Series (above) available for $119.

2. Urban Outfitters

This fun and hip clothing brand is definitely adding tons of good stuff to their 'Apartment' section. Apart from quirky decor, they have a great collection of light fixtures from whimsical to modern. All at a very affordable price range.

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My heart is set on their Cher Pendent (above) for $179. Perfect to pump up any corner of the home.

3. Cost Plus World Market

One of my favorite stores for absolutely anything related to decor, World Market stocks some gorgeous statement lighting for the home.

I love the Lotus pendant for entry statement light. And the globe light would be a perfect addition to either a fun library or kids room :).

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4. Dot & Bo

This online store always stocks beautiful eclectic pieces, both in furniture and lighting.

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My favorite from them is this bohemian and happy bead pendant in turquoise shown above.

5. The Urban Electric Co

Although its a bit of a splurge, The Urban Electric Co sells a stunning collection of light fixtures. If you don't intend to change the fixture every few years, this might be a good long term style investment. 

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6. Overstock

An absolute must check source before you zero down on any lighting. Overstock is a great place to get amazing deals for similar looking high end store (RH/ PB) items.

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My current favorite is this gold and white metal pendant available for $180.

7.  Land of Nod

Although Land of Nod is primarily known for children's furniture and accessories, I love hunting through their online store for funky cool baskets and eye catching lamps.

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Have any favorite store that's not on the list, share with us in the comment section below!!

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I love mixing various styles to create something my heart loves :).

Lately, I've been drawn to a lot of vintage pieces and wanted to share some stunning ones I came across :). Needless to say, color draws me. So here are some fun colorful vintage items going on my wish list :).

I LOVE this room via. A perfect blend of fun and coziness with a lot of color :). 

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What to do you think? Have some ideas? Share with us :)

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Wow! Can you believe its November already! The season of festivities has started which means we need to get ready for our Diwali preparations.

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights. One of the biggest festivals in India, it signifies the victory of good over evil. The preparations start typically five days before the actual day of the festival.

I am getting my groove on for Diwali and wanted to share some quick tips to get your home ready for the celebrations :).

Flowers

A must for the pooja ceremony, flowers are an essential part of the festivities. Especially the marigolds! There is a hidden charm in them. They are the first choice for any auspicious religious activity in India. I like to use them for pooja and around the home along with other flowers. The fragrance of fresh flowers instantly transforms the ambiance. 

Here is a picture from the Diwali party at our place last year. Marigolds and rose petals in an urli with floating candles :).

Don't have an urli? No problem! Any metallic bowl can be turned into an urli. I recently got this pretty one from Target.

You can do any floral arrangement to compliment your home. I love floral torans, they are super cheerful.  Torans are basically garlands that are hung above the entrance door as celebratory decorations. Here are some of my favorites wreaths and torans.

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Here is another twist to the toran. You can opt for a beautiful tassel garland or a cute pom pom one like these. They can be recycled  and used again for the holidays.

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Lights

Diwali is a festival of lights which means there should be lights all around the home :). I like to mix floor lights (like tea lights and candles) along with cute string lights. This is also the time when I take out my ceramic diyas (Indian tea light holder). This year I got a teacup and saucer diyas :).

Fragrance

The fragrance sets the mood for festivities. I like to use incense to give a special Indian touch to the ambience. With so many options available, it can get a little hard to choose. I love these from World Market.

Rangoli

Rangoli is typically geometric designs and patterns created on the floor. Its made with colored rice, colored sand, dry flour and natural dry dyes like haldi (turmeric) and sindoor (red vermillion). Besides the various geometric designs, you can also create little Laxmi feet . I love this simple one below.

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So how are you decorating this Diwali? 

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Walls are the mirror of a home. What goes on the walls depicts the personalities of the people living in that home.

I like to update my walls every now and then, sometimes simply by swapping the artwork from one room to another. You can do so much with a wall. Play around with prints, frames, mirrors or simply add a wallpaper to spruce things up.

I've compiled my current top picks in each of these categories to share with you all :).

Wallpaper:

By now, you know how obsessed I am with indigo and gold. The picture below stole my heart!

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Wallpapers shouldn't be boring, they need to brighten up the space. I love the Fornasetti paper as the kitchen backsplash and would totally consider this for an entrance wall to make a bold statement.

Art

Art can be extremely expensive and can easily take you off your budget. Worry not, there are multiple solutions. For instance, you could totally frame your favorite print from a magazine or frame that cute little wrapping paper. Etsy is my go to place if I am looking to buy that one-of-a-kind piece.  From time to time, I also check the home decor stores (like world market/ pier1 imports) for some wonderful one time (inexpensive) art pieces.

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Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to add a visual illusion to the room. They can be put together to create art too!

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What do you think? Would love to know how you like to decorate a blank wall!!

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Welcome to the third year of Re:Make!!! An annual festival and summit by Brit + Co. celebrating the creativity in all of us! 

I totally loved the coloring wall and this life size color book.

The DJ played some amazing numbers that pumped up the creativity in the air!

And some amazing artists showcased really cool stuff!

They even had some really cool DIY stations!! 

And my friend tried her hand on making a stamped tote!

What a fun afternoon! So excited for the next year's Re: Make already!! Till then, lets show our #creativity :).

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Hello Hello!! Last month I had the opportunity to finally visit the Renegade Fair held at Fort Mason center here in San Francisco. Its been on my list for forever! So, today I am soooo excited to share the pictures from the fair. I got to meet and interact with so many new and amazing artists and makers who came together from all over the country.

It's amazing how skillful and talented these makers are. Some of the stories completely changed my outlook on small businesses. The challenges, the fun and everything in between that they face to show their talent to the world...

My first stop was the Salt and Pipper, from Modesto, California. A beautiful collaboration between husband and wife, Josh and Pips. Josh is the hands behind the gorgeous pottery and Pips is the brush behind the stunning mixed media art.

Next up was the stunning shibori by designer and owner Jenny Fong of Modern Shibori. Jenny is a wonderfully talented designer who works from her outdoor studio in Berkeley, California. She creates amazing tie and dye effects with 100% natural dyes. She also hosts classes from time to time teaching the art of Shibori. I've signed up for my first, you should too :). Check out her class schedule on here.

My next stop was Klai, from Los Angles. Beautiful handcrafted ceramics with fun handpainted sketch on them. Designed, curated and hand painted by the beautiful Klai Brown. 

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Jess from Jess Carter Ceramics is another fabulously talented handmade ceramic artist based in Petaluma, California. Do check her etsy store for more inspiration. I loved the combinations of earthen color with saturated colors, creating a perfect hue. Perfect for tea addicts like me :). 

As I continued exploring the gorgeous isle full of handmade pieces, my eye caught this beautiful and happy looking tea and saucer set and I just couldn't stop adoring its prettiness. 

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Simple, modern and pretty dinnerware and homeware collection by Rossella, owner and designer at RossLabDesign. Every piece is so pretty yet functional that you would want to buy all at once :). Originally from Italy, Rosella is now based in San Jose where she creates magic with her clay. Check out her Etsy store for the latest collection or visit her website here.

And here's some more inspiration from the other booths :).

Would love to know your favorites! Check out the Renegade schedule for their upcoming exhibitions in your city!

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Tassels are one of those versatile pieces that can make any decor more playful. You see them everywhere these days - from scarves to throws, from cushions to poufs, from art to linen. One of the easiest add-ons to any space, they make the room more cheerful and add a global chicness to it. 

I have gathered my top picks on how to incorporate this fun element in various rooms at home. So sit back with your cup of tea and read on :).

For the living room: There are plenty of options to use tassels in your living room. A cushion or two, maybe a throw or simply a cute basket to hold both of these. I also love the tassel curtains but if you don't want to invest in new ones, you could just add a tasseled tie back to your current curtains! Voila!

For the bedroom: A cute pom pom duvet cover or the pom pom wall hanging are the perfect addition for some playfulness in the bedroom without changing much around.

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For the dining room: Make a statement on any dining table simply by adding an element of tassel to the linen. 

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Easy, isn't it? Add tassel anywhere and set the mood for happiness :)

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Summer has started singing in my neck of the woods and I am loving the sun and clouds playing with each other. Nothing screams summer more than white and blue. And this summer, I am obsessed with the deepest color of blue - indigo! So today I wanted to share some of the beautiful indigo things that captured my eye.

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Aren't these pretty! Share your favorite indigo's, I would love to see them!

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Spring is the time when everything is new and refreshed. When all the colors are at their brightest. When the beautiful flowers and happy sunshine is all around. So why not give a fresh look to your home too? Here are some things I do for a quick spring makeover at home:

1.  Update the living room wardrobe

While fur, velvet and silk are must-have fabrics all year round, spring calls for some breezy and fun colored cottons and linens. From cushions to throws, update everything. Bring in bold patterns, play with pastels. Cushions and throws are the easiest way to start if you want to transform the look of the room. 

1. Pastel cushions    2. Blue cushions  3. Colorblock cushion    4. Floral cushion 

2. Embrace sheers and florals

The best way to bring in some natural light is to replace the heavy fabric curtains to lighter linen or cotton curtains. I like to add a touch of floral to welcome the spring. My mom uses this old school technique to transform the home from winter to spring decor. 

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2. Refresh your bedding

Spring is the time when the big duvets can be replaced with lighter blankets. If you want to use duvets, switch to some fun prints. Opt for different duvet covers which are easy to update according to season.

1.Floral quilt    2. Pastel Duvet  3. Patterned bedding    4. Colored bedding

Stock up some of the lighter version of quilts for the warmth of a duvet but the feel of a blanket.

3. Use foliage

Get your outdoors in and enjoy some green therapy. Add plants at various heights for a visual effect. There are many plant options available for low light too, in case you don't get ample sunshine :).

4. Add new scents

Change your candles to fresh breezy scents. The containers can add a bright pop of color and the scent will leave the room refreshed. Choose from floral to citrus fragrances for this time of the year. I love stocking up some seasonal scents too during the sale season.

Would love to hear how you welcome the spring!

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