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.
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.
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.
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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Two of the most defining pieces of furniture in a living room are the sofa and the coffee table. And styling them chic certainly sets the tone for the rest of the room. While you cannot change the sofa often, the same coffee table can be styled in various ways.
So whether your coffee table is a thrift find or from an expensive store, styling it right is certainly worth your time.
I love to constantly update the look of my coffee table. Whether its a change of season, change of month, or sometimes just a change of date :)), a fresh new look for the table is always welcome :).
I like to bring various elements on the table together. Depending on the size of the table, you can play around with different looks. However, including some of these items will bring in a cohesive and seasoned look to the table.
Tray: An absolute foundation for a chic coffee table. A versatile piece, a tray will not only hold the little knick knacks but also the not so pretty TV remote. Choose from metallic to saturated, high gloss to wooden, the options are endless. Try out different shapes and sizes before deciding on one.
Books: A perfect conversation starter. Nothing better than displaying books you love to go back to time and again. Opt for hardcover books which are heavy on pictures, no one would like to read small prints. You can stack a couple of books which cover various subjects.
Something fresh: A freshly cut fern or a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers can instantly add a touch of joy. I tend to stay with one color palette but you can certainly play around with colors on the table.
1. My home 2. Blue Flowers
Add Height: Add something vertical like hurricane vases or a nice candle stand. The light and sparkle makes everything festive :).
An interesting element: Add a small accent to complete the look.
Make sure not to overcrowd the tray. It needs to look effortlessly styled, and not crowded and cluttered.
There is a charm to the boutique stores here in San Francisco. I love to shop at places which have a beautiful story behind them; where you can directly speak to the mind behind the design. One such store is "The Mason Jar" on Union Street, San Francisco.
The Mason Jar was opened by fabulous husband-wife duo, Pete and Hope, in 2013. When Hope started getting inquires about the display pieces Pete had designed for her clothing store, Marmalade, they started thinking of opening a home goods store. And thus, The Mason Jar came into being :). So glad it did!! Today, I am bringing you a tour of their gorgeous store.
Pete is extremely talented and creative. Most of the furniture and accent pieces in the store are designed and handcrafted by him, like the one's below. WOW!!
Hope is the brain child behind all textiles in the store. She sources them from all over the world. Rich textures, pretty patterns and lovely combinations is what you will find in her store.
The cushion below are from the artisans in India and Turkey.
The Mason Jar has a well curated collection of home decor pieces. From artisanal jewelry to luxury candles, each item in the store is hand picked by Hope.
Be sure to check this store next time you are in sunny San Francisco!!
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When it comes to decor, I love to play with colors and textures. I feel mixing elements can help you create your own individual style. The possibilities are endless. Mix old with new, pattern with texture, bright metals with earthy pieces and see the magic! There are no set rules in the world of decor. However, following some basic guidelines can help you create your perfect look especially if you are mixing different styles.
1. Visualize the room
Before you begin, visualize the room you want to create. Think of all the things that will make you happy. Create a happy home instead of a perfect one. Your idea of a room will keep on evolving and that's okay. Enjoy the process of creating something uniquely your own.
2. Choose a neutral base
Colors have the power to set the mood of the room, to make a room look happy and joyful. But too many colors in a single place can be overwhelming too. So, to enjoy the different colors, choose a neutral background and then add a vibrant splash of color from your chosen palette.
Altering cushions can also change the mood of the room.
3. Add texture and print
Every room needs a little pattern and texture to truly make it come alive. Once you have a chosen palette of colors, play with different textures and prints and create layers to get an evolved yet effortlessly chic look.
The easiest way to add layers to a room is to play with cushions in varying sizes and patterns. They can uplift any room instantly.
Or add some extra seating with this kilim bench.
Another way to introduce texture in a room is with a rug! From traditional to contemporary, flat weave to woven , the choices are endless.
4. Modern meets traditional
Opposites attract! Modern pieces combined with traditional can add a lot of character to the room. You can also go heavy with one decor style and add one piece of the other style to achieve the look. Combine metallic with saturated hues. You'll be amazed how well they compliment each other.
5. Personalize it
Don't be afraid to experiment. Its your home, have things that speak to you, remind you of happy moments, the home is nothing but a reflection of you.
Tell me how you like to decorate, would love to hear :).
Have a colorful day!
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For our vacation in December, we went to the beautiful and colorful island of Puerto Rico. Apart from the amazing warm weather and the gorgeous beaches, one of the best things about visiting Puerto Rico is the beautiful neighborhood of Old San Juan. The beautiful blue cobblestones and colorful Spanish architecture makes for a very charming neighborhood. And oh the local artisanal shops! You know me by now... I can never resist shopping for local stuff :).
The streets are packed with artisan shops and great restaurants. But the two shops that topped my charts and a must-see are:
1. Mi Pequeno San Juan
This beautiful shop has hands down the best Puerto Rico craft doors.
Right in the heart of old San Juan, a beautiful couple, Lady Lee Andrews and Nicolas Thomassin have been running this gorgeous shop for over 15 years. They make replicas of historical colonial building and the colorful houses San Juan is famous for! Lady Lee is also a well known poet in San Juan and has published numerous poetry books.
She even gifted us one of her books, True Love :).
Each door sculpture is made from scratch in the studio. Sketched, molded then painted and signed by the artist right here in their studio.
We got one for ourselves too :).
2. Magia Arteacto
Artist and owner, Manolo Diaz, has been collecting vintage and authentic Puerto Rican pieces and gives them a new quirky look with his imagination. His art is a beautiful compilation of his thoughts. Each piece is beautifully unique!
Be sure to check these places if you go to the colorful Puerto Rico :).
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We all have some special homes we associate our childhood with. One such gorgeous home is of a long time family friend, who is also a fellow blogger and an awesome person, Nivedita Sharma of d2sdesign. I call her Ditu di, and have known her since I was a year old (well, that was a long longgg time ago). My family and Ditu di were neighbors back then and have been in touch ever since.
Ditu di was always so patient with me - listening on to my endless kiddish chatter. We would play while she would make me eat all the vegetables that I would otherwise never eat at home! I still remember how her gorgeous home always had a wonderful smell of freshly baked cake...
Today, with all those happy memories in my heart, let me take you to her beautiful and breathtaking home in New Delhi.
Every corner in her home has a story.
In her words,
"This is a special spot. The idol is of Ardhanarishvara. Half Shiva and half Parvati symbolizing the masculine and feminine energies. It's one of my very favorite pieces which I picked up from Delhi national museum. This is made by an award winning craftsman with a single wax mould. Meaning that there would be just one piece like this made by that particular craftsman."
"The buddha head is an original sculpture made by the famous sculptor - Ram Sutar. He made the sculpture of Gandhi at the Parliament House in Delhi too."
"This is a place where I have some of my favorite things in the home.
The black idols are of black sandalwood from Tirupati and are of Vishnu and Lakshmi. It's a gift from my parents.
The central picture is a very old Tanjore painting of Krishna and Balram with the calf. Surprisingly both are of the same skin color and intriguingly identical.
To its left is another small Tanjore of Lakshmi which I picked up from Surajkund mela along with the wooden panel depicting Shiva, Ganesha and Parvati. These pieces were picked up when we had just got married and had started to decorate my home just like you :).
The cushions are from Good Earth. I had to pay an arm and a leg for these but it's worth it and I would do it every year during their sale :)."
Isn't her home just gorgeous with so many stories of beautiful treasures accumulated over the years, and stunning combinations of old and new!
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