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Prepping My Outdoor Space Before Monsoon

We have experienced more than our fair share of summers and now are waiting desperately for the monsoon to arrive. With the onset of monsoon, there is so much to witness all around superabundant outdoors, petrichor, the soothing sound of flowing water and pleasant weather. 

Prep Outdoor Space For Monsoon
My Outdoor Space During Monsoon

Having said that, it’s not only the good that is associated with the monsoon but it also brings with it something unpleasant too. Seepage, mould, dampness, peeling paint and cracks not only make space look ugly but also result in damage to the structure and for that, I have to prep up my outdoor space. Due to space constraint these days, we don’t have the luxury to have a sprawling front or back yard instead all we have is a small outdoor space in the form of a balcony. In my view, an outdoor space if done properly can be an elegant extension of a living room. So I am not gonna like it if such an important part of my home is ruined by monsoon and my ignorance. So here’s how I have planned to tackle this problem.

Peeling Paint On Wall
Peeling paint

 The first and foremost, freedom from ignorance is the key to keep your home free from damages. We often give more stress on aesthetics while doing up any space and not on the durability and quality of the materials that are being used. Walls, roofs and open to sky floors are the most affected areas during monsoon. Talking about the walls first. Paint is the quickest and cheapest way to change the appearance of any place especially when your budget is low. But exterior walls are forever exposed to changing weather and can lead to damage to the home’s exterior and the interior as well. I had heard that the paint on external walls only makes it look aesthetically appealing but can not save it from the bad impact of rain and heat. But a little research online gave me a ray of hope and I found the long life paint for exterior home. This weathercoat long life paint protects the exterior walls from all the monsoon-related issues. So I am kind of sorted and thinking of getting the paint job done before the monsoon arrives. 

Here’s a piece of advice from me as I have already faced this issue of water seepage and dampness in walls earlier too. You should plan the painting job well in advance by that I mean before the onset of the monsoon. Keep weather condition in mind. Dry and hot weather is the best time to get the painting job done as the paint adheres well when the weather is dry. Spend money wisely and always opt for good quality paint and painting tools, as this will decide how long the paint will last on house exteriors. Most of the time I paint the walls of my home all by myself and I know it is just too much hassle and moreover, I will be travelling in the first week of June, so I am tight on time and budget too. That’s why I have opted for Berger’s Express Painting Service. When I checked out their website for colours, oh boy!!! I was spoilt for the choice. I know that walls in bright colours help us to transform the space from dull and boring to bright and beautiful. Right paint colour can make space look bigger and brighter, it is also a powerful tool to set the mood and theme of any space. Bold colours deliver the most drama and are in vogue. I kept scrolling down their web page and was quite impressed with the range of paint colours they have. I decided to choose the colour that complements my house architectural design.
Next comes the floor. It is as important as the walls. It needs proper maintenance and care from time to time. Proper floor inspection should be done after every fixed period of time and especially before monsoon to see if there is any damage. If the floor doesn’t have a proper slope to allow water to drain off the floor then there are chances of water clogging which in turn can be a reason for tile damage.  The solution to this problem is specially formulated tile grout which works as water resistant. 
Painting walls, door, windows and trims just don’t work for me to change the look of my outdoor space I am planning to paint the outdoor furniture too. As the fresh coat of paint will give the furniture a new lease of life. Furniture in hues like teal, blue, red, lime green and bright red can add pizzazz to an otherwise dull and boring space. My outdoor space is open to sky so I have opted for the furniture that doesn’t rot in extreme weather conditions; well you have lots of choices for outdoor furniture these days. If your outdoor space isn’t in an open area then don’t worry at all about the weather and you can furnish your outdoor space with your choice of furniture like wicker, rattan, and wrought iron or wooden. Folding furniture is a great spacing saving idea. 

Fresh Coat Of Paint On Furniture
Next, I plan to accessorise my outdoor space in a way that it’s not a hassle to move things quickly when it starts to rain. I will be creating an enchanting setting by placing some eye-catching planters with pretty ornamental plants. Maybe I will paint the planters myself in some bright and cheerful colours that go perfectly well with the colour palette of my outdoor space. As my balcony is a small space going vertical will save me a lot of space. Wooden step ladder, hanging baskets or wall mounted plant holders are the ways to add green without taking much space. Maybe then I’ll add a water body or an attractive sculpture to add wow factor. 

Outdoor Accessories
To create a focal point, I’ll place attention-grabbing accent pieces like Moroccan lamp, sea shells, watering can serving as a vase, some waterproof tealights to create a pulled together cosy, warm monsoon look.
I’ll complete the look by hanging some waterproof fairy lights. Nothing other than a soft warm glow of dim and twinkling lights can add a charm to any space. That’s all I have on my “To Do list” to safeguard my outdoor space from the monsoon. Hope you too have found some tips and tricks.
Signing off now. See you all soon.
Happy Decorating!! 

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Home Tour: Ashima Sharda

I must say that Army wives decorate their homes in the most beautiful and unique way. I have great respect for them and always fall for their aesthetic sense. The nomadic life they lead, packing and unpacking constantly and moving from city to city can be a daunting task for us all but army wives become quite adept not only at moving house but also at transforming it into a home. Today I am showcasing one such home of an army wife.

Dear readers, please welcome Ashima Sharda, a journalist, writer and an army wife who opens the door to her eclectic bohemian home for us all. Come on in!! Here’s a tete-a-tete with Ashima.

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“I am a trained journalist and writer by profession and home decorator and stylist by choice. Ever since I got married to an army officer and started making my home in every part of the country every few years, I began experimenting and trying out new home styles.”

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It is quite evident that Ashima has a thing for various kind of paintings. Walls in white create a perfect backdrop for all the colourful paintings that have found their rightful place in Ashima’s home. And mind you that all these paintings are done by the talented lady herself. Proud of you Ashima! 

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Ashima’s home appears to be reflective of world travels. Here is how she cultivated well travelled home.

“Every place I went to – Jodhpur, Wellington, Kashmir, Tripura, Manipur have had a big influence in my home decorating style. There is an essence of every place that I have lived or travelled to, in my home. Both my husband and nine-year-old son love our home décor, which I keep changing almost every two months because I get easily bored of one style.”

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Ashima is a globetrotter and has travelled to many places which led her to start a travel blog “Come Lets Wander Together” to journal her travel stories and experiences.

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Upon asking how would she define her decorating style, Ashima readily says,
My home decorating style is a mix of eclectic bohemian and traditional. I love putting up gallery walls and filling them with pictures and my art. Also being an artist, I love painting on acrylic and mostly all the art hanging on my walls is done by me.”

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I love the wall of masks (y’all already know that) and when Ashima showed me pictures of her mask wall, I was stunned to see her huge and appealing mask collection. Here’s what she says about her mask wall. 
“Also being an avid traveller, I have curios and souvenirs from all parts of the world. I am also a collector and have a huge collection of masks from all over. Be it Korea, Japan, China, Bhutan, Nepal or even Venice and Africa, one wall in my house is always dedicated to the masks that I love immensely.”

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“Most of the small curios in my home are animals and birds, rhinos, elephants, pigeons, swans and cats. These curios are bought keeping in mind that I am an animal lover and like to keep nature close to me.”

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Ashima loves to collect and that’s what makes her home a curated one.
“I get inspired daily by nature and of course the internet. Being active on Instagram has helped me
connect with like-minded individuals from across the world whose work I admire and try to encapsulate in my style as well. I pick up accessories from anywhere and everywhere. From a flea market to an upscale home store, I have been very generous when it comes to buying things. Being an impulsive buyer, many times I have also improvised on my décor items which I liked in a shop but couldn’t figure out how they would be used in the house.”

That’s all my dear readers. I hope you enjoyed this lovely home tour and will be leaving some sweet notes for Ashima in the comments. Thank you Ashima so much for letting us take a peek inside your eclectic bohemian home and for inspiring us. Wish you love, luck & sunshine!!
You my readers, you must have seen my recent Video on Renters Friendly Wall Decor Ideas, if not then click right here to watch it!!!
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P.S: All the images are Ashima’s and subject to copyright. Please seek Disha’s or Ashima’s permission before using them.

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