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This Summer, I learnt How To Keep Indoors Cool

India is truly a diverse country not only in terms of culture, religion, language
and cuisine but also in terms of climatic conditions. While every season has its own beauty, character and charm, Indian summers can be overwhelming at times for obvious reasons. Though the summers are over in many cities in India some cities, on the other hand, are still experiencing sweltering days. In my part of the world, the weather is quite pleasant now but summers were definitely uncomfortable and here is what I learnt this summer.

We can protect ourselves from scorching heat by avoiding going out in the sun during the daytime but how to combat the heat that is trapped inside our homes. In this blog, I’ll be sharing some tips to keep our homes cool in summers.
Keep Home Cool In Summers

First, let’s understand how heat enters your home. There are three ways heat transfers into your home:
Convection: It is the flow of heat from a hot region to a cold region. In simple words, it means that heat rises. Hot air is lighter so it rises up, therefore, upper floors in a building are always hotter than the lower ones.
Conduction: It is the transfer of heat energy from the hot objects to the colder. If there is a greater temperature difference between two objects then heat always gets transferred to a cold object.
Radiation: It is energy that comes from a source and travels in the form of waves through space or a material medium. Roof and walls of our homes remain exposed to the sun throughout the day and absorb the solar radiation all the while. This results in the heat gain and increases the temperature inside our homes.

Now that we know how heat enters and gets trapped in our homes, it is easier for us to find out the ways to combat the heat. Below are some easy and smart tips to keep your house cool naturally.

1. Cross Ventilation:
Opening and closing the doors and windows at the right time when the air is pleasantly cool can replace the stagnant hot air with the cooler air. Keeping all the doors and windows at opposite ends open in the early mornings and at nights allows the fresh air to circulate throughout the home and helps in bringing down the temperature of your home. The key is to keep windows open when outside temperature is cooler than it is inside and keeping them closed when it’s hotter outside. This way warm air trapped inside your home due to convection can be removed easily.

Keep Home Cool In Summers

2. Use Khus Curtains:
Another way to reduce the heat that builds up due to convection is to use khus khus curtains. It is an age-old method to keep the houses cool naturally. The dried roots of vetiver or khus weaved together with coir and straw make for a curtain with an organic look and pleasant earthy aroma. Khus khus blinds have to be kept wet to bring down the indoor temperature. Khus curtains not only add to the aesthetics of the house but also keep it light and airy.

3. Add Greens:
Another effective way to block the heat is to go green. Growing garden on the roof can help in reducing the temperature of the rooms below. Mud used for growing plants acts as an insulator by absorbing the heat, water and shades of the plants create a cooling effect around them. Placing the potted plants in balcony restricts the heat to enter the home. Bringing outdoors in not only helps in lowering the temperature but also cleanses the air inside the house.

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4. Declutter:
A room packed with furniture feels hot as bulky furniture placed closely to each other can create hot air pockets. De-clutter and move the furniture to create some free space so that fresh air from the windows can flow and circulate easily around the room. This way you can also minimize the effect of conduction

5. Use The Light & Right Fabric:
Dress up your home in a lightweight fabric like cotton and linen in soothing shades of blue, green and yellow. Avoid using dark and synthetic fabrics since dark colours absorb more heat whereas light coloured fabrics reflect the heat. Replace wool rugs with refreshing and lighter cotton rugs. Use lightweight curtains that breathe like cotton fabric and sheers that allow the light and wind to enter your home. Keep the curtains drawn during the daytime to protect the room from getting heated by direct sunlight.

Keep Indoors Cool In Summers

6. Minimize The Use Of Electronic & Electric Appliances:
We all know that electronic devices and electric appliances generate heat even when they are idle. Turn off all the appliances when not in use. Incandescent lights emit a lot of heat so it is better to use CFL or LED lights instead. Minimize the usage of all the electronic and electrical appliances so that heat generated by these machines doesn’t trap inside the house.

7. Ban The Sun:
This is the smartest way to keep the indoors cool in summers. I have already discussed above that radiation doesn’t need any medium to transfer the heat energy. Infrared radiation from the sun is responsible for warming the Earth’s surface. Limiting the amount of solar radiation to enter our homes can help in keeping the indoors cool. Is there any way to do that. Yes, of course. The Sun Ban reflective glasses from Saint-Gobain are specially coated glasses that reflect the solar radiation like UV and IR rays while still allowing just the right amount of natural light into a home. The coating on Sun Ban glasses prevents doors and windows from absorbing the heat and helps in keeping the house cool which in turn, cuts the electricity bill. So the best part of these hard coated glasses is that they allow the sunlight enter your home but reflect the sun-heat back out. These glasses are aesthetically appealing and come in a range of colours that makes the house look contemporary and stylish. Based on the star ratings and thickness the Sun Ban glasses can be chosen for different areas and can be used in windows, staircase glazings, doors, facades and balconies.
Sun Ban solar control glasses offer several benefits like:

  • Protection from harmful UV rays
  • Privacy during the daytime
  • Ample natural light
  • Reduce the glare
  • Control the heat 
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Enhance the aesthetics 

After knowing so many benefits of the Sun Ban reflective glasses, I’m planning to replace the regular glasses of all the windows in my home. After all, it will result in a huge saving.

In a similar way, reflective tiles can be installed on the roof. These tiles reflect the radiation and lower the temperature of the rooms below. Another cheaper way to insulate the roof is to apply a layer of white lime wash on the terrace and balcony which acts as a reflective surface and prevents the slab from absorbing the heat. But remember this is not a permanent solution as this coat will wash away in monsoon and you will have to apply it again every summer.

That’s all for today dear readers. I hope you find this blog informative and the tips and ideas I shared here help you in keeping your home cool every summer. See y’all soon.

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Home Tour: Suraj- A Home Designed By VBDS

Hello Folks!! Summer break is the time that I always look forward to. 
I spend the most amazing time with my dear ones and feel rejuvenated. It’s over now and I’m not complaining because I’m resuming my work completely loaded with energy. Every time I feature a home tour on my blog, I take you to the new city. Today come join me as I take y’all to the Pink City- Jaipur With me. Our guest today is renowned architect Vipin Bakiwala and we are going to take a peek inside the home done up by VBDS (Vipin Bakiwala Design Studio).

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Vipin Bakiwala, the architect, is deeply connected with the roots of Indian heritage. He continuously draws inspiration from the Indian culture and blends it with the modern elements to create a masterpiece. The residence ‘Suraj’ too was conceptualized with the amalgamation of traditional & modern elements. And in erecting the building, Vipin was being well supported by Architect Abhay Gupta.
The client, Mr. Aseem Jain, pursues his business in Europe, and thus lives there most of the time. He believes that the residence always makes him realize that in spite of living abroad, his soul is deeply connected with Indian heritage and cultural values. The client further added that luxury is no longer confined to fine dining or designer label rather it’s about peace and comfort. The design of the residence is a thorough reflection of his own personality through a designer’s vision.

Architect Vipin Bakiwala

The entrance lobby is enhanced by a beautiful tree wall mural in bright golden colour. The mural surrounds itself with a small water body and garden area loaded with numbers of planters and traditional stone jaali.

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The traditional symphony is accentuated right from the outset of the house. The main door in wood exhibits intricate hand carving with little brass flowers.

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The same carving is replicated on the ceiling of the duplex area in living to praise the traditional essence.
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The 3 story bungalow has a small lift lobby at the entrance with an adjoining staircase. The lift has a golden colour door and is designed in wood inlay, Italian flooring and brass strips in wooden panels at cladding.

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On the ground floor, we see a formal drawing area, lobby and guest bedroom. The first floor, where the owner spends maximum time has a living area cum lounge, a dining, a kitchen and two bedrooms. The rest of the three bedrooms are on the second floor.

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The living area has a fine balance of elements. Interiors are tastefully done wherein the choice of decor is kept to earthen shades with a glint of brighter shades of purple to make it more welcoming. Wooden panelling is done on one of the duplex walls.

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The elegant decor is complemented by pleasing furniture, upholstery, floor coverings, curtains, carpets and other accessories.

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The dining has customised table with an onyx marble top while the chairs are upholstered in earthy tones just like the living room sofas. An interplay of Italian flooring, stone cladding, dark colours and dim lighting exudes warmth to the muted decor. Warm yellow lighting is majorly used in the interiors and has been kept dim to match the effect of earthen shades. Wide glass windows give a good view of planters placed in the broad balconies that make a perfect setting to laze and soak in nature.

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To avoid monotony, the decor of the bedrooms exudes a distinct appeal. The bedroom is confined to very few accessories while it does include furniture pieces in different textures that break the monotony. The bathrooms also follow the similar tone of the bedrooms. Customised carpets used at different spaces makes a significant impact & compliment the decor theme.

The grandparents’ bedroom is designed with glimpses of the contemporary feel with Statuario used on the flooring and wooden panelling done on one of the walls.

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The master bedroom is styled simple with wooden flooring, raw finish furniture and walk-in closet. It has a spacious attached bathroom with beautiful landscaping that doubles up as a walk-in dressing area.

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The children’s room, on the other hand, is done up in orange, contrasting with the
shades of grey. One of its walls has prominent geometrical cut-outs with ambient lighting that add a dramatic effect to the space. Outside the master and kids bedroom is a small sofa sitting to sit and talk or watch TV.

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That’s how Vipin masterfully mixes contemporary with traditional. Thanks to VBDS team for sharing their work with Design Decor & Disha. Wish you guys a great success ahead.
Dear readers, I am sure this is what you wanted to see after a long time. I have lots of videos ready for you that I’ll be posting every week now. For more Home Tours Click Here!!

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Design Trends To Look For In 2018 And Gyproc’s Innovative Products

In this blog I’ll be talking about design trends and let me take this opportunity to share with you all the theme of  “World Interiors Day” 2018. WID theme for this year is “Design Without Borders”. In my opinion, borders and boundaries are double-edged swords. On one hand, borders are important and good because they provide and define a structure and also because we get along well when there are borders between us. Just like the old saying goes, “good fences make good neighbours”. But on the other hand, borders can’t define us. Whether physical or symbolic, borders restrict and guide our creative thoughts and design choices. Think about the “Design without borders” and what comes first in mind is a well-designed space that reflects the world around your home. I am a firm believer of  Sanskrit phrase “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means the whole world is one family. The concept of design without borders brings the talents and inspirations from around the world together. 
Now let’s talk about the design trends that will rule 2018

Latest Design Trends

Being a design and decor enthusiast I always keep an eye out for the latest design trends. This year we’ll get to see fantastic design trends to be incorporated into our homes to freshen up our interiors. So what we can expect in 2018 in terms of design? Well, patterns will rule the design world this year. Be it timeless floral patterns or contemporary geometric patterns, we can see them in exaggerated proportion and eye-catching high contrasting colours. Neutral hues will no longer be in trend this year though you can use them in furnishings. Be prepared to embrace rich hues that are moody yet soothing for both walls and furniture. Replace the whites and stainless steel with natural elements like brass, copper, stone, concrete and granite. Plants can never go out of trend so add as much green as you can and use fancy decorative and colourful planters for your plants. Artisans will get the due attention this year. Lighting fixtures created by artisans or by small businesses will make their way into our homes in 2018. Ceilings will get the attention too. Innovative designs in false ceilings and dry walls are here to stay for long and enhance the beauty of space.

Talking about false ceiling and dry walls, I have to mention Gyproc. Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of gypsum-based plasterboard. It offers high-quality solutions for false ceiling, dry walls and gypsum plastering for a variety of spaces like homes, offices, hotels, hospitals and other such structures. Not to mention, Gyproc Indian takes care of the environmental impact of each product they manufacture right at the initial stage. Gypsum false ceilings and dry walls by Gyproc are eco-friendly, energy efficient and heat resistant. Are you still thinking what else these two elements can offer in terms of design? Let me share few more details here…

Gyproc Gypsum False Ceiling
While designing our homes and office spaces, all the attention is given to four walls only and ceiling remains neglected. While decorating your space, you can take advantage of the fact that the ceiling is the uninterrupted space spread across the room and can perk up your space easily. False ceilings can beautify your space and add to the elegance. Whereas, dry walls offer you the opportunity to create partitions inside your space in an elegant way. Dry walls are lightweight, easy to install, fire retardant, offer sound insulation and enhance the beauty of any space. They are making their way into design world at a fast pace. Since both false ceiling and dry walls are made of gypsum, they offer several benefits. Dry walls are especially convenient in spaces of business and recreations such as office spaces, hospitals and hotels. Building from this trend, in commercial spaces – architects and interior designers are now exploring its inclusion in future Indian homes

Gyproc Gypsum Dry Wall

Heat insulating property of gypsum keeps your home cool which results in energy saving and cutting down the electricity bill. False ceilings and dry walls are the answer to all your lighting worries. With proper planning, you can get an elegant and better-lit space of your dream. Since all the electrical wires are concealed there will be no more ugly sight of wires hanging here and there that make your space look cluttered.  

Why restrict your imagination when you can do so much with the ceiling. Walls in neutral shades in a big room with plain ceiling can make it appear dull. Turn it into cheerful space by making your ceiling an ‘accent wall’. With false ceiling, you can not only add curves but also coloured lights to the ceiling. This simple trick can transform the look and feel of your space. For example, adding a cheerful burst of warm white light on the ceiling can make a room look bright and warm, whereas blue light looks cool and has a calming effect. There are so many false ceiling designs you can choose for different rooms and areas of your home.

Gyproc False Ceiling

Dry walls, on the other hand, provide privacy and separation. These walls are gaining popularity because they are readily available and speed up the construction process as they are easy and fast to install. Since dry walls are versatile interior walls, they are replacing conventional concrete walls in homes, offices and high rise towers. There are different types of dry walls and depending on the requirement they can be installed in different areas like rooms, shafts, bathroom etc. If you compare it with wooden and concrete wall partition then dry wall wins because it is cost effective and durable. And that’s not all… it saves time and is faster to install when you compare it to the traditional format of brick partitions. In a world where we need to be more conscientious about the scarcity of natural resources such as sand mining and water, this gypsum-based drywall solution is a great replacement of traditional materials that typically need sand as well as water.
Because of faster and easier installation it reduces the overall installation cost.

You can carve out space within space as per your requirement using dry walls. Like if you don’t love an open kitchen or want to separate living and dining or there is a need to create a kids’ room then you can create an elegant partition with dry wall and decorate it to suit your taste. Similarly foyer, walk-in closet, shelving and niches can be created using dry wall.

Gyproc Dry Wall

False ceilings and dry walls are the design elements top interior designers swear by these days. These elements can be incorporated into a variety of spaces like residential, industrial, hospitality and many more.
I hope you will take a cue from this blog and give your interiors a luxurious look.

I’m working on a home tour and a blog on something special for summers. So stay tuned!!
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Home Tour: Amal Rosa Augustine

Today I’ll take you all to Bangalore, a beautiful city where I spent just one year but fell in love with it for a lifetime. We’ll take a tour of a home that envelopes British colonial elements and is a minimalist’s paradise. Come on in!!!
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Amal Rosa Augustine who lives in Bangalore with her husband and a toddler has opened the door of her two bedroom apartment for 3D readers to take a peek inside and her home reminds me of English empire style. Let’s start with the console table in below picture that sums up the British colonial style of decorating perfectly. Hammered metal platters in dark tone are paired with a carved wooden frame in ivory that matches the accessories on the console to create a cohesive look. Touches of gold and wooden furniture with clean edges infuse some modern elements. Tradition or modern, plants never go out of trend and Rosa knows that well. 

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This minimalist home is a reflection of a clean, pure and serene environment but what makes it British colonial style home is woven furniture in dark wood, light and airy colours, soft & subtle furnishings, eclectic accessories and tropical foliages. Below is the picture of Rosa’s living room where dark wood furniture creates a contrast against white walls. The overall feel of this place is traditional with a splash of exotic. 

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I love how Rosa has given an extra visual punch with colours. Here is what she shares with us My tiny apartment in Bangalore was purchased in October 2016 and it’s just a 1400 sqft flat with two bedrooms and a study. When I started to do my homework for the interior styling of my house I had some dreams about it and I think I was able to turn it into reality (at least three-fourths of it if I say precisely). I didn’t follow any particular style in general and it is a mix of traditional, rustic, farmhouse style. some of it is inspired by Pinterest, interior magazines and home decor websites.”

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Right opposite to this seating arrangement in the living room is the entertainment unit that you see in below picture. TV unit in dark wood, woven baskets on the wall and on TV unit, some picture frames and colonial hurricane lamp wall sconce reaffirm my statement that this home is a true colonial style home. Every room is dotted with the exotic plants that make the place tropical paradise. 
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Further Rosa says “I have to mention here my dear friend Seethu who helped me throughout designing my dream home and also for my husband for signing all the cheques without looking at the amount and above all my parents who made this a reality”.

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Have a look at this hand wash basin area next to the dining room. It is not only wonderfully organized but also a testimony to the fact that modern and British colonial style mesh together well.
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Rosa shares some sweet memories, “my family is a very spiritually oriented family and hence all around the house, you can find bible quotes and lot of images of Jesus. The most integral part of my house is this small prayer area. I love everything about this. The holy family statue was a gift from my parents when we moved into our first home after our marriage. I carried it in all the homes we rented till date and finally to our own home.”

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The dining room is simple and minimal with woven chairs in dark wood that bind the entire space together.  Balcony space has been converted into an open seating area. Huge windows allow the influx of glare-free ample natural light. This adds the visual depth to the confined sitting area. Bamboo blinds bring texture and organic feel of outdoor to the indoor and create a beautiful dappled light effect that makes the atmosphere soothing and relaxing.

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Potted plants add the incredible drama to the place no matter if they are placed on the floor or on the wall shelf. 
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The sideboard and crockery unit here offer both style and storage. The displayed crockery here is white that adds a streamlined, contemporary twist to the British colonial style. 
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Rosa has to say something about her balcony. Here is what she said “this is an area which was actually a closed common balcony area as per our builder’s plan but I turned it into an open area which is an extension of our dining and living rooms. It has really made a good impact and changed the look of entire apartments feel.”

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“Even if it’s not open I never restrained from growing plants. I have put some of my plants and this area is my husband’s and mine most favourite nook in our home.”

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Rosa is in a mood to share more about her favourite places in her home. 
“Next favourite place in the home is this sitting area. It’s called the “chai corner”, I love sipping my morning and evening tea in this place and it’s so peaceful and comfortable.”

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Now let’s move on to the kid’s room and study. Here is what Rosa shares,
“This is our study (the so-called half bedroom). We hardly kept any furniture in this room because this room belongs to the two crazy people in my family. The half of the room is for my daughter and the other half is my husband’s office space. My daughter loves this room and it means the world to her. She spends most of her time in this half bedroom. Most of the things here are made by my 14-year-old niece and I gave them their rightful place because of her ardent love for my daughter.”

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Now before we go further let’s have some coffee that is being brewed in Rosa’s small and stylish coffee station. 
“This is a small corner in my kitchen which I have turned into a coffee bar. Saw this on Pinterest and it had to be in my home as I love playing with chalks and that’s why you will see lots of chalkboard paint done here and there in my home.”

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“My kitchen is a tiny place but I love to look at the brighter side of it. I feel it’s very easy to maintain and keep a small kitchen spick and span.”

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The master bedroom is crisp white, comfortable, relaxed and elegant that rightly define the British colonial design. All these elements bring an air of romance and sophistication to the overall design.  
“Our master bedroom is kept very simple. My husband is very particular about making it clutter free and also, I was concerned about my 3-year-old daughter so I kept it minimal. Other than the bed I only have a cot and a chest of drawers in my bedroom for a storage.  Picture frames with family pictures on the wall above the headboard remind us of our loved ones and we all just love looking at them.”

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Her guest bedroom is a place where I would love to retire for the night. It is such a soothing place with walls in white, furnishing in cheery lemon and dark toned furniture that pops against the pristine walls. I am so in love with this unusual wall decor where embroidery hoops are acting as a frame and beautiful fabric is given a place of artwork. 

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White, brown and lemon employing a crisp and minimal aesthetics. Traditional style infused with a contemporary style of decorating in right amount results in British colonial style and truly love how Rosa has effortlessly achieved this look. 

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Since I don’t like to restrict myself to a particular design or decorating style so 3D is a place where you will find homes decorated in various styles from traditional to modern, ethnic Indian to British colonial, collected to simple and minimal and studio apartment to a sprawling bungalow. Hope you liked what you saw today, a completely new theme of decorating!!!
Thanks a ton Rosa for this wonderful treat to our eyes. Wish you and your family love, luck & sunshine.
Dear readers, I had committed to publish this post but now I’ll take a break and will see you all in April. 

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Wall Makeover On A Budget

Walls in my home are my blank canvases. Every now and then I just love to paint them in colors of my imagination. Like I said earlier, for me decorating isn’t about how much money I spend to bring in class and elegance but it’s more about how beautifully and effortlessly I am able to use my creativity, use what I already have and make my home reflect my personality. 

When it comes to decorating, I just love to do everything myself that gives me immense satisfaction and joy that it brings is incomparable. So below is the video of my recent wall makeover project, please watch and let me know your views.

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This wall was in a bad shape and desperately needed my attention. Bohemian and African decor was on my mind since long so I tried to mix both the styles and totally loved the outcome.
Below are some before and after images.

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African Bohemian Decor

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African Bohemian Wall Decor
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 African Bohemian Wall Decor After

As you can see the wall makeover is doable and easy on the pocket too. All the rope baskets are handmade and bamboo basket and fan give such an authentic African flavour to the decor.

Bohemian decor is all about mixing and matching the colors, patterns and textures and that’s what I love to do when it comes to home decor.

African| Bohemian Decor

Bamboo lamp in below picture paired with tribal figurines is so African while string light inside the lamp and a touch of green create a perfect Bohemian look.

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Bamboo Lamp

Also, I am totally in love with this DIY bamboo pendant lamp. The idea struck when I was doing the research on African Decor. I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to find the right shape of lampshades or not but luckily I found exactly what I wanted.

  African Bohemian Wall Decor
Basket Wall | Bamboo Lamps

Hope you all liked the wall makeover. Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Does it look like African | Bohemian wall decor to you!!

Stay tuned to know what’s in store for you.

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Diwali Snippets & DIY Festive Decor With 3D Neon Liners

The most exhilarating and joyous time of the year is here. 
 My Diwali is literally incomplete without the DIYs and I wanted to do something unique, extraordinary and that’s easy on the pocket too. I am completely bored of the very common yellow, orange, pink, purple, gold and silver color palette. I was dreaming of a whole new color palette this year and that’s when I heard about Fevicryl’s newly launched 3D liners and guess what now I can #AddExtraToTheOrdinary and my color palette problem is sorted too because the 3D liners come in neon colors. So this Diwali #TurnOnTheNeon

Below is the video where I have shown how you can spice up your room decor without burning a hole in your pocket using these 3D Neon Liners. 

Now let’s check out how I decorated my home for Diwali using 3D Neon Liners. I jazzed up some plain and dull looking stuff and it was super amazing to see how beautifully they turned out. 

Hobby Ideas 3D Neon Liners

These 3D Neon liners come in four vibrant colors and can be used on various surfaces like metal, wood, glass, fabric, terracotta, plastic etc. Here is how I used these 3D neon pens on various surfaces.
Since Diwali is incomplete without the diyas (earthen lamps), I thought of jazzing up the plain terracotta diyas using 3D neon liners. 
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The pen shape of the neon liners makes them super convenient to use. I made some easy designs on the diyas and let them dry for 2 hours. This Diwali DIY was so easy that it took me only 10 mins to add the extra to the ordinary and below is the outcome. Tell me how do you like it. 
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Next, I tried the 3D neon liners on a clay surface. I had some small clay pots or matkis and I wanted to do something with them So I painted the matkis using acrylic colors, added some acrylic stones and perked them up using 3D neon liners.

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I love how neon colors just pop against the contrasting background and create a lively and cheerful ambience.

Hobby Ideas 3D Neon Liners

I placed some beautiful tealights on matkis(Clay pot) and here is how I styled them with a string light and some fresh marigold. 
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The third surface I tried 3D neon liners on is glass. You know I had stained lots of glass bottles and jars so I thought why not add an extra dimension to these plain bottles. I made some fun patterns on the bottle and voila!! 
You know what the ink of these neon pens is waterproof so I can wash these bottles if they get dirty. But of course, it can’t be scrubbed. I placed string light and flowers in the bottle and gave it a company of serene Buddha figurine and the whole setup created some mesmerizing effect.
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Here’s the next surface, a cardboard. I cut out the circle of 7 inches diameter, fixed a tealight in the centre, stuck some acrylic stones and glammed it up with 3D neon pens. 
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Here is how I styled them. I placed the tealight on a bamboo placemat, spread some tuberose(rajnigandha) randomly around the tealights and this vignette appealed not only to visual senses but also to olfactory senses. 
Hobby Ideas 3D Neon Liners
It is always so exciting to receive the gifts on any occasion but if the gift box also has some personal touch then it just doubles the joy. So here’s my tip, take any gift box and wrap it with a wrapping paper (you can use brown paper too. Believe me it looks good) and make any design of your choice or a monogram with 3D neon liner and let it dry for 2-3 hrs. Your unique gift box is ready!!!
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See how it makes a world of difference. These 3D liners are so useful that I am planning to give them as a gift to all my creative friends this Diwali. Isn’t it a good idea.  
Hobby Ideas 3D Neon Liners
So grab your set of Fevicryl 3D neon liners from HobbyIdeas website before they are out of stock.
Also, you can participate in an ongoing #TurnOnTheNeon challenge by Hobby Ideas that ends on 30th Nov. Just take anything ordinary and add extra to it to make it look extraordinary using 3D Neon Liners. Share your picture on Instagram or FB and tag @hobbyideasindia and use #TurnOnTheNeon hashtag. Lucky winners get a chance to win gift vouchers from Hobby Ideas.
Wish you good Luck!

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Last Minute Diwali DIY & Home Decor Ideas

This is the first time that not only I shot and edited the video but also published it in just one day. I worked really hard (well 18 hrs in a stretch) to bring this video to you because 
I had promised I’ll share some easy Diwali DIY and Home Decor Ideas. 
So below is the video and I really hope you all like it. 
Happy Diwali To 3D Family!!!

I am already late in sharing the ideas but these are some really very simple and last minute Diwali DIY & Decor ideas. You can involve your family too and make the most of these holidays.
Crepe Paper Marigold Flowers:
I know you can’t keep any flower fresh and bright for long. That’s when we need faux flowers. Instructions to make crepe paper marigold flowers are given in video. If you can’t get crepe paper then you can use colored tissue paper or paper ribbons. I learned this craft from my mom when I was little and still cherish those memories and this is one of my favorite flower crafts.

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I made them in great numbers and loved decorating my home with these paper marigolds.

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Dried Branch Dining Table Centerpiece:
I love it when things are done differently and with some personal touches. And rather than indulging in splurge I love to make things my own. That’s what I did when I threw a party at home. I created a beautiful dining table centerpiece that looked totally festive. I saw this beautiful string light somewhere and when I found it online I ordered it without the second thought. It is so so awesome that I am using it in almost all my Diwali vignettes. The best thing is that it is LED string light that comes in various lengths and it is waterproof so you can use it outside in the garden, in aquarium and in urn too. If you are intrigued then click here to see and buy this string light. Instructions to use it are given in video and below is the image.

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Once the party was over I gave some twist to the dried branch and placed it on the side table in my living room and what a festive ambiance it created in my living room. How did I do that you ask. Well, you can see the steps in the video.

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Seashell & Conch Candles:
Now this is the best thing I have ever tried and no, this is not my idea, I found the inspiration on Pinterest and liked it instantly. All you need is just some seashells, conchs, paraffin wax, wicks and ready to use glitter. You can watch the video to see the steps. Here I am sharing the images of these magical and oh so cool seashell & Conch candles.

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Making seashell candles was such an easy DIY that I spent only 15 mins and it was ready. Don’t they make an amazing and unique Diwali gift. I will be making more to gift my friends and family. 
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With these cute little seashell candles this post comes to an end. I have some posts pending so you’ll be seeing few more Diwali DIY ideas in coming days and then I’ll definitely be going on a vacation.
I hope you liked the ideas and will be giving them a try. Click here to see some more Diwali Decor Ideas. Happy Diwali once again and I’ll see you soon.

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Dining Room Makeover With Wall Art 3D Wall Panels

I had been planning to give a makeover to my dining area since a long time. 
Though I love how airy and bright this space is but I really don’t like how it lacks the interest. A few days ago I even asked for suggestions on my Instagram and got really wonderful replies and I thank each one of you for giving some interesting ideas. But this time I wanted something contemporary because I love to blend different decorating styles especially traditional Indian style with a modern twist. 
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That’s when I got an e-mail from the Netherlands based brand called Wall Art and I was super excited to know that the brand offers a collection of 3D wall panels made of natural fibres. The panels are available in more than 24 designs that vary from industrial to romantic and modern. That’s what I was looking for. Something that can add extra dimensions to the wall in my dining area and gives a contemporary feel to the space.Watch the video below to know how I transformed my dull and boring dining room into a spectacular and visually appealing space.

These panels are so versatile and other than installing them on an entire wall you can do so much with these panels. Paint them in the desired color or just use them as accent pieces on the wall. These can also be used as a wall art, paint the panels in two or more colors and put them up on the wall as art pieces. Install then on the wall and fix LED wall sconces or tealights in the centre of each panel to create a stunning ambience. 
Wall Art 3D panels are 100% natural (made of sugarcane fibres), eco-friendly, lightweight and super easy to install. You can install them yourself like I did. You’ll be glad to know that these panels are scratch resistant and give a lustrous finish to any wall. You can check out some before and after images of my dining room below. 

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Dining Room Before
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Dining Room After
These 3D panels work like a wonder and give a rich background to the centrepieces I keep on my dining table. Panels are so dramatic that I don’t need any artwork, wall shelf or any other accessories to accentuate the wall.
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All those who recently sent me messages asking about unique wall decor ideas here is an idea for you if you too love to blend contemporary and traditional style of decorating. You can explore all the designs on Wall Art website.
A big shout out to startup owners and entrepreneurs, Wall Art is looking for partnership in India so if you are interested, please contact me and I’ll be happy to share the details. 
Hope you are enjoying newly added ‘Crafts In A Jiffy‘ series on my YouTube channel. I am coming up with Diwali DIY & Decor videos really soon. Stay tuned!!
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Home Tour: Anushikha Dwivedi

I have featured so many home tours here on my beloved blog 3D 
but never got a chance to meet all those wonderful home owners and lovely friends. But this time around the thing is different. I got an opportunity to meet the beautiful, charming, cheerful, vivacious, confident and a very warm person Anushikha Dwivedi who’s been living just 4 KMs away from my place and I was not aware until she sent me some images of her gorgeous home after watching Rashmi Chandra’s home tour on my YouTube channel. And let me tell you after meeting her I realized how true is the quote that “Your home is a reflection of where your heart is even when you are not there, There is an aura when you step into someone’s home that can not be described.” Dear folks, I bring to you the video tour of Anushikha’s gorgeous, stunning, vibrant and happy place. Watch the video below. I really hope y’all like it!!

Anushikha loves to collect artifacts from various sources like art and craft fair/exhibitions, flea markets, handicraft stores &  from the places she visits. She loves to surround herself with the things she loves. If you love the artifacts you see in the above video and images in this blog then you can contact Anushikha as she runs an online business Anuvik that specializes in quirky & unique home decor items.

Anuvik (Anu+Vik) is founded by Anushikha & her husband Vikram. They both are passionate about arts & crafts. With the encouragement of their parents, friends & relatives they decided to combine their love for decorating and crafting into an online business. They went ahead with home decor items because nothing for them is more stimulating and inspiring than a lovely home. Some of the decor items are designed by creative artisans. Dreamy wall art, gorgeous votive holders, dhokra art, tribal musicians, chanderi silk curtains, ceramic spice jars & racks, anything that can spruce up your home a little bit.

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The philosophy that Anushikha follows is “If you buy stuff you love, regardless of era and price. Your home will be a true reflection of you!!!”
Let’s begin the tour. Below is the entryway to Anushikha’s home that sets the tone for the rest of the home. Though you can see a burst of colors everywhere in the home but yellow, teal, fuchsia and peach play a major role in tying up the things together.

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Image: Clicked by Anushikha
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Image: Clicked by Anushika
Below is the seating arrangement in her living room. Warm, cozy and so vibrant. All the decor accents collected from different sources over the years are displayed tastefully in every nook and corner of her home.
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The other wall in the living room is painted in bright yellow and Anushikha has created a gallery wall to display artworks she bought from exhibitions, from differently abled kids and she also put up a photograph of Mumma bird feeding her babies clicked by her husband Vikram who just loves photography. 
A closer look at the seating arrangement in this area and I am completely in love with it. 
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She has the most gorgeous collection of the artefacts, furnishings and everything else. 
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The other side of the living room has this beautiful low seating arrangement with flowy curtains in the backdrop, beautiful artwork on the wall, elegant decor accessories placed right next to it. A place where one can relax, read book and forget about the world.
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Next to the low seating is this beautiful set up with wall shelf full of artefacts and books of course, miniature garden and knick-knacks with some personal touches. 
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Now let’s enter into her kitchen and dining area. All the dining and decor accessories you see here are available at Anuvik. You can contact Anushikha to enquire about the products.
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A picture is worth a thousand words, so without talking much about what is where and how beautifully she has turned her house into a home, I’ll be leaving you with the images of Anushikha’s colorful home to admire and get inspired. 
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Kitchen has also got its share of colors. The space looks bright and sunny due to clever use of color.
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Indian Kitchen
Below is the picture of guest bedroom. This is also as cheerful as all the other rooms in Anushikha’s home. Drapes in chanderi silk create a statement here. 
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This beautiful wall in sap green leads to Anushikha’s bedroom which is the most stunning room in her home with a beautifully done balcony attached to it. 
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Image: Clicked by Anushikha
Anushikha just love to style each and every part of her home. So while I was shooting one room she was busy styling the other room to get it ready for the shoot. 
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Below is the stunning image of her bedroom that garnered a lot of interest on my Instagram account. Doesn’t it look dreamy.
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Image: Clicked by Anushikha
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Now let’s step into her balcony which is oh so stunning place in her home. I have so many images but fewer words to describe this home. I am running short of words!! I better leave you all with the images and you can leave in comments what do you think about this home. 
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Indian Balcony Garden
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What adjective came in your mind after taking a tour of Anushikha’s home. Let us know in the comment. Hope you all enjoyed this gorgeous home tour.
Thank a bunch Anushikha & Vikarm for letting us take a peek inside your vibrant & happy abode and for your warm hospitality 🙂
Craving for more!!! Check out previous Home Tours on my blog.

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P.S. All the images are clicked by Disha Mishra Dubey and subject to copyright. Please do not use any image without my permission. Thanks!!!
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Home Tour: Chitra Seetharaman

A home tour after a long time and I am sure y’all will love it as much as you have loved all the previous Home Tours on 3D. Just like the tagline of 3D, the owner of this home is also on a mission to “Transforming A House Into A Home”. 

Dear folks, welcome Chitra Seetharaman, who is joining us from Illinois, USA where she lives with her husband and almost two-year-old cute lil’ daughter. Chitra is an Accredited Staging Professional and loves doing up homes and believe me, she has got a wonderful taste and can effortlessly transform a house into a home. She has been on my blog earlier too when she had shared her Pooja room wall for “Wall Decorating Series” on 3D. If by any chance you have missed that post then you can read it by clicking here
One more thing is that a lot of time my readers ask me that where they can buy the products that they see on my blog, so I have embedded the links where I have mentioned the name of the products. Just click the link, explore, compare and if it suits your taste then buy it. 
I wouldn’t keep you waiting now. Let’s take a tour of Chitra’s beautiful abode as she takes us through it and explains how everything came about.

“As an Accredited Staging Professional ASP® (I am a full time IT professional, a Business and Quality Analyst to be precise but as the first step in chasing my dreams I got my accreditation in home staging beginning of this year) there is no surprise that home staging is my passion. I’ve “staged” and decorated my room/ home since I remember. Back then I’d love to dress my room up and wow my friends and family. That has since evolved and though I still play “ home dress up” I do it on a professional level. My home is an outlet to all my pent up energy. I decorate, organize and clean my home like therapy. I move furniture around and change my decor on an almost weekly basis. My family (husband and my 21-month-old daughter) has been so accommodating to all this madness 😉 but  I’m sure bae thinks I’m a crazy person at times but hey I wouldn’t blame him J  
As you walk through my home you can see my love of colors and life (live plants). Each room has its own “vibe” and this theme is every changing. I follow no rules when it comes to staging my own home. I go with the flow of my heart and I love my home to a story.”
The entryway to home sets the mood and gives the hint what’s in store inside. Chitra knows this fact very well and has decorated her entryway in a way that everyone who visits wants to know what’s to come next. 
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Aptly placed Ganesha murti (idol) exudes positivity and creates a welcoming environment. The mirror behind the idol not only gives an illusion of God’s aura but also reflects the light and makes the place look even brighter and bigger. To break the monotony of neutral color scheme there stands a bright, bold and beautiful blue door to greet the guests. 
“You will see Lord Ganesha greeting you as you enter our humble abode. The Ganesha was a house warming present from my maternal grandmother so he is very close to my heart.”
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Lush and healthy plants are there to brighten things up and to add that kick your decor needs. 
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Chitra’s pooja room reminds me of my grandparents’ home. She has created such a divine place that just by looking at the picture one can attain inner peace. The place emits a special sense of calm. Here is what Chitra says with a great pleasure, 
“I grew up in a religious family. Having a Pooja room and praying together as a family was part of our everyday norm. I have been lucky enough to continue that tradition in my own home. I come here to reflect and rejuvenate”.

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We are now stepping into Chitra’s formal living room where she enjoys her free time. In this room, she has added a good dose of colors using colorful cushions and fresh flowers. Teal and fuchsia are used as an accent color whereas brown is used to tie together the whole setup. 
“Formal living room is the “calm” space in my house. I love playing classical solo piano or Celtic music when I sit down to relax and it’s mostly (probably) right here.”
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“I sometimes turn on the fountain to create an ambience. This is a perfect spot to enjoy my cup of chai or read a book.”
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Now let’s take a look inside her family room which is my favourite for many reasons one being the ikat print curtains. If you wish to buy similar ones in India then here is a link for you. I just couldn’t take my eyes off these gorgeous curtains and asked Chitra to send one more image that focuses more on curtains and being the sweetest friend she clicked the image and sent to me. 
“Family room is where the action happens. We meet, greet and be merry right here. I have a little one at home so this space isn’t always organised but I love my perfectly imperfect home “
All the warm colors create a cheerful and warm ambience in the family room. Right next to the window and seating arrangement is this wall of masks that you must have seen in my “Wall Decorating Series”. Chitra calls it a wanderlust wall. 
This is my wanderlust wall. This wall is filled with our travel memories and artefacts. Each item here was handpicked to be displayed right here on this wall”
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Bookshelves flanking the TV unit shows her love for reading. Wooden word that spells “Home” hangs above the TV. reminds that you are in the comfort of your nice and peaceful home now forget about the rest of the world and just sit back and relax. Buddha figurines, the tree of life and other elements are there to add to the peaceful vibe. Chitra makes sure that plants and fresh flowers are always given place in every room to add life to the decor. 
At the far end of this room is a gallery wall that comprises of family pictures and happy quotes. I always believe that family portraits are like time capsule they not only bring back lots of happy memories but also fill you with joy and warm your heart.  
Right opposite to the window and seating arrangement is this whole setup that you see in below picture that looks so contemporary yet goes well with the rest of the decor in the room. This corner of Chitra’s family room reminds me of my favourite interior designer Rebecca Robeson. The use of accent chair, ladder shelves and a huge painting that is binding the accent pieces together is what I love here, so contemporary, stylish and eye-pleasing. Did you notice how Chitra loves to play with patterns and textures. The pattern on the accent chair is so aesthetically balanced on the other side of the ladder shelves by hanging the metal wall decor in a similar pattern. 
Adjacent to the above wall is this area which opens up into the breakfast nook and the kitchen. Chitra’s love for patterns and colors is evident and she mixes them skilfully.  
Now stand here in the breakfast nook and have a look at her family room from a different angle. Tell me what do you think! Doesn’t it look so cosy yet spacious, well decorated yet functional, modern yet warm and welcoming. 
Chitra has a knack for balancing the decor. You saw her family room filled with colors and patterns and now see her dining room. Plain white and some neutral shades are ruling the place but nothing seems to be looking out of place or inappropriate. To add a dash of color here fresh tiger lilies are doing their part. Now let’s see what’s in the kitchen. 
“Kitchen is the heart of our home. When it comes to the kitchen, I like to keep it simple and clutter free.”
I also believe that no matter you decorate it or not but the kitchen should be functional, simple and most importantly neat and sparkling clean. A basket full of fresh fruits is a perfect decor addition to the kitchen so that family members can snack on them and this will develop healthy eating habits in them.  
Below is Chitra’s gorgeous dining room. Espresso furniture, window treatment and a huge artwork that ties together the look and Chitra’s has given her special touch here too with the clever use of patterns. It’s your work now to find out how she has matched the patterns here. Though the dining room look completes to me but here is what Chitra says, 
“Dining room is the room that inspires me to do better. This is still work in progress.”
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Nursery is a clam place with muted shades and a little pop of pink. 
“I loved working on the nursery for my daughter and can’t wait to redecorate it when she outgrows it. A mixed feeling.”
Now head to the guest room, don’t you just love those baskets on the wall. So unusual yet so elegant. Fluffy pillows, clean and beautiful bedspread and a warm, cosy ambience what else guests need in their room. Chitra sure knows how to win hearts. 
“I am a people person and love being the hostess. This room was the first room I decorated when we moved in 3 years ago. I add some pleasing touches to this room like fresh flowers or use a lovely linen spray (Tip – Jo Malone has some amazing room/linen sprays and they last forever) to make my guests feel special and welcomed.”

Peek into her bedroom and we now already know what to expect. Furniture in a dark tone and beautiful soft furnishing that complements the accent pieces in peacock blue is a beautiful amalgamation that only a person with great taste can think of. Four poster bed is, of course, a statement piece in this room and is a show stopper for sure. 
Chitra proudly says, “this is my peacock inspired room. This room is also a work in progress but I’m enjoying the process.” 
Aptly placed peacock feathers on either side of the bed is such an unusual touch and I am eyeing that bird cage and carved mirror frame too. 

I have told you Chitra mixes pattern and colors masterfully and here is one more example. As the room exhibits peacock inspired decor, Chitra has chosen the drapes that not only have the shine and color like a peacock but have peacock feathers too. 
I am sure by now you must have noticed the play of geometrical patterns here. Tell me what they are 🙂

With this, we come to an end of this tour let’s sit back and relax in Chitra’s backyard for a while and then we’ll go somewhere else to get inspired. 
“The backyard is my own little oasis. I am an ardent gardener. My love to nurture and grow plants has contaminated my husband too. When we got the house, the yard needed a lot of love. This is still a work in progress but we look forward to spend our time together right here every year. Plants are like babies, you give it some love and they love you right back. Instant gratification.”

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Thank you so much Chitra for letting us all soak in the beauty of your amazingly done up home. What do you all think about Chitra’s home. Do let her know in the comments below. Thank you all for stopping by.
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