Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm a happy person today....

I was gonna be here to do a different post....but then I saw this. I'm absolutely thrilled....All things beautiful... has been featured on Prismma....the online design and decor magazine from India....
Go check it out here and let me know what you think, won't ya.....????

Thank You Anjali and Prismma!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Before and After- Dining Room

I was browsing through old photos...and I came across pictures of our home from the first day that we stepped in. When we got the keys, it was a euphoric moment. I'm sure many of you can relate to that. 

We walked in and the walls were all white and bare. There was ample light streaming in, as there were no window treatments. I could hear my own voice echo in every direction when I spoke. I had several visions of how I'd want each room to look.
From that day on, a journey began....., of turning a house into a Home....My Home. We've come a long way....but there is still lots to do...... It'll take us a few years:)

When I see the pictures from that day and the rooms the way they look now...its an amazing transformation, and the feeling is one of satisfaction.
I always love looking at before and after picture and thought you might enjoy it too. I'd be sharing before and after pictures of a few rooms that are, kind of, complete. 
First in the series is my Dining room



Some more shots from different angles of the room. Read morew about the Ganesha painting here.

Linking to: Show and tell Friday, Roomspiration, Metamorphosis Monday

PS: If you haven't already, check out Patty's post on my shelf stories on Colors Dekor. Thank you Patty... for hosting these awesome monthly theme parties! It's always a pleasure to participate.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I've been a busy bee...

Well, you must have heard the phrase- biting off more than you can chew. That's exactly what has happened around here....
 About two weeks back, husband (K) and I decided that we can squeeze in some time for a home project that has been on our mind for quite a while now- the makeover and organization of our home office (remember this post from back in June:)). 

So let me tell you about all that I've been busy with:

On my home office front-
Designing my home office
Shopping for all the supplies for the makeover
Choosing the paint color
Working on an inspiration wall for the office

On blogging front-
A couple home tour posts...Yay!
Ideas on decorating with candles....I need to take some time out for taking pictures

On personal front-
Planning a family getaway (fingers crossed)- a huge task, I must say!
Planning my festival get-togethers

Isn't that too much on my plate.....Phewww!

I can't wait to blog about all the above.....but with all that is going on (work being crazy busy, my blogging headquarters/ home office totally upside down and then a hundred other things demanding my time), I'm left with no time to put together these posts...

Hopefully I'll get to it soon.
Hope you are having a great week!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

In Love with the city...

...New York City!
While browsing old photos on my laptop, I came across some pictures,
that brought back memories of the time I spent in and around the city. 
I lived in the tri- state area for about a year, very close to the city...on the other side of river Hudson.
The view of the city by the night from my window was to die for.... 
I could just sit there....looking out... admiring the array of lights that lit up the sky scrapers and their shadow in the water....
....ahhh it was a beautiful sight.

Here are some pictures of the New York City skyline as seen from my window at different times of the day.

Having lived in Florida, the sunshine state, 
for most part of my life in the US, the city life was a different experience altogether. What amazed me more than anything else was the changing seasons along with the changing scenery. 

I'm far away now, but yes, the memory lingers.....!

Images: All mine.

Linking to Show and tell Friday, Weekly story, Good life Wednesday

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I covet: Stones

I was browsing through the latest catalog of Viva Terra, and I could not help drooling over these stone products......perfect to add an element of nature to my decor. 

Felted wool stones

Stone hooks

Stone lamp
Stone Mat

All images: Viva Terra

Monday, September 12, 2011

Decorating with Candles

The festival season draws near and I'm all about planning in advance:)
I've been collecting and trying decor ideas for the special occasions this year. As I promised in my earlier post,  
here I am, sharing with you, the first in the series of candle light decor. 
I hope you like it. 

Now, for the how- to. As you can see, the idea is very simple. I just took a few glasses, wrapped them up with some twine and then some kalava with a few ghungroos tied in between. 

If you have any such ideas...do share. I'd love to post about them here.

Images: All mine

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's Friday!

The weekend is here....who doesn't like the weekend...they are always fun! But you start to value them even more when you're out of the house all day five days of the week....and even more when you've spent the previous one being out on a vacation...:). Are you like that...? Well, I am. All of last weekend we were away for our road trip, so there was no time spent at home. I was so looking forward to this weekend. All I want is to just hang out at home and relax.....!

What are your plans this weekend?

Image: My Flowers collection

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A weekend in the mountains

Hello folks!

How was your weekend....? The weekend is long gone....it's Wednesday today, halfway through the week!?....you may say, right? Well, you are right. But, for all of us in the US, it was a long weekend, Monday being a holiday. I normally need a day to get over the weekend if it was anything special.....and....it was. So here I am.... blogging about my weekend.

We, along with some friends, took a road trip to Blue Ridge in northern Georgia over the weekend. We rented a log cabin in the mountains. The place was nestled in the wilderness, surrounded by nature with a creek flowing in the backyard....! 

Our trip was filled with a number of interesting things......a trip to the apple picking farm, enjoying some delicious fresh apples, hike to a couple of waterfalls, roasting marshmallows in the crackling fire that we lit in the fire pit, sitting in the swing with feet in the creek water, and finally, collecting rocks to bring back home as memories of the trip.

Here are a few glimpses....

Trees loaded with apples at Mercier Orchards

Surrounded by trees on our way to the Fall branch falls

The waterfalls

the fire pit

roasting marshmallows...

The creek behind our cabin

Do you see the swing on the right?

Linking to Weekly story at Patty's

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Let there be candlelight

It's September......the start of Fall- the harbinger of all festivities. Before you know it, the festive season will be here....Dussehra, Diwali, Halloween, Christmas, and candles are a big part of all of them.

My mind is bursting with lighting ideas for this year's festivals.....I found loads of inspiration all over the web and here is some for you....

Go get all your glasses out- wine glasses, shot glasses, martini glasses, all kinds of glasses.....and then all those jars that you may have collected, bring 'em out and get decorating.....with candles, for this festive season. 

Flowers paired with candles make for the most dazzling decor....don't you agree?

Jars with candles hung as lanterns....Pretty! I did something like this last Diwali.

I have tonnes of more ideas for decorating with candles- some inspired and some my own, which I'll be sharing with you in the next few weeks. So stay tuned for more on 
candlelight decor.

 If you have any such ideas...do share. I'd love to post about them here.

All images via Pinterest
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