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Best Indian Indoor Plants

I have been growing plants since childhood, thanks to my mom who has always been my inspiration. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered the art of growing all types of plants but I’ve gained enough confidence and a little bit knowledge to grow them indoors as well as outdoors without killing them. And today I’m sharing what are the best indoor plants that are easy to grow and how to care for them. You can watch the complete video on my YouTube channel (Click Here).
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The question then arises, “Why to grow indoor plants”!!  
Let me share my experience. Grow indoor plants to bring nature inside your home. Houseplants can perk up any dull space instantly by adding cheer and liveliness. One more reason to grow indoor plants is that houseplants purify the air by removing toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene that are the dangerous molecules to inhale and by increasing humidity. Indoor plants create a relaxing and calming environment. The last but not the least, growing indoor plants can be a satisfying and rewarding experience. You can share your experiences in comments below. I would be happy to know!
In India, we have a variety of climatic zones from tropical to temperate and alpine. Depending on the climatic zone of your region you should select the plants and care for them accordingly. Plants that are native to that particular region grow best without putting extra efforts. But if you want to grow a variety of plants then there are certain things to keep in mind as a rule of thumb and they are; well-draining soil, right amount of sunlight (which should be bright indirect sunlight or maybe artificial light) and right amount of water  and feeding your plants time to time with a good fertilizer. Below are some best indoor plants and I have added details of their light, water and food requirements. In my view, you can grow any plant as an indoor plant but then remember that you should keep it in sun everyday or every alternate day for 2-3 hrs.  
1. Pothos/ Money Plant:

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Grow it in water or soil, whether it is climbing or cascading, pothos never fails to add cheer to your indoors. It comes in a range of leaf shades from green to golden and variegated. Grow it in well draining soil. Money plant is quite a hardy plant and can do well in bright as well as low light, Watering is the most important thing to keep it alive. Water it only when the 1-2″ of soil appears dry. Overwatering will rot the roots and the leaves will turn yellow. Whereas if the leaves are wilting and turning brown then know that you are watering it less. Fertilize it with 20-20-20 fertilizer once in a month. Pothos cleans the air in the room. 
Toxicity: Pothos is toxic to humans and pets (when ingested). 
2. Areca Palm: 
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Areca palm is the most common and beautiful indoor plant with feathery fronds. Keep it indoors to give a tropical feel to your living room. It loves moist soil and indirect or filtered sunlight. Bright sunlight may burn its leaves. Being a tropical plant it enjoys high humidity so water it regularly to keep the soil moist in summers and in winters allow the 1-2″ of the soil surface to dry. Pot it in a fairly large pot so that it grows well and repot it after every 2-3 years. Fertilize it monthly with balanced liquid fertilizer in summers. Areca palm is an air purifier and cleans the toxin from the air. 
Toxicity: Areca Plam is not a toxic plant.

3. Spider Plant: 
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Spider plant or chlorophytum comosum is the easiest to grow houseplant. This is an excellent plant for those who have a brown thumb and wish to start an indoor garden. Like other indoor plants, plant it in well-draining soil. Place it where it receives bright indirect sunlight. Keep the soil moist in summers and allow it to dry a bit in winters. Spider plant looks lovely in hanging baskets. It can easily be propagated by planting the spiderettes that grow from the main plant. Spider plant is also a good air purifier and can be kept in bedroom as well. 
Toxicity: Spider plant is non-toxic to pets.

4. Song Of India/ Dracaena Reflexa:
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Song of India or dracaena Reflexa is the most popular, easiest to grow and very low maintenance plant. Keep the bit dried. It loves less water and diffused sunlight. It grows well in a warm climate but excess sunlight can burn the leaves. Overwatering or moist soil will cause the root rot and plant will die. So always allow the soil to dry between watering. Song of India can be propagated easily from cuttings. This houseplant also purifies the air.
Toxicity: It is slightly toxic to pets.

5. Croton & Coleus:
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Croton and coleus plants are often grown outdoors but can be grown indoors as well. They come in a range of leaf colors and shapes. Their amazing colors make them an excellent indoor plant. Like Areca Palm, Croton & Coleus are tropical plants and love humidity. So keep the soil moist constantly. Since these are tropical plants they enjoy bright light so place them near a window. Fertilize them every 2-3 weeks. Croton & Coleus can be propagated by stem cuttings.  
Toxicity: Croton is toxic to humans and pets.

6. Arrowhead/ Syngonium:

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Arrowhead, American evergreen, Elephant ear plant and butterfly plant are some common name of Syngonium. I love this plant for its fuller look and low maintenance. It is also a tropical plant and loves bright light and high humidity but do not keep it in direct sunlight as it will turn the leaves brown. Keep the soil moist in summers and in winters water only when the soil appears dry. Feed the plant 2-3 times in a month.
Toxicity: Arrowhead is a poisonous plant

7. Snake Plant/ Mother-in-law’s Tongue:

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Oh! what a funny name it has got, isn’t it!! But contrary to its name it is the beautiful and really a very good plant. This plant is tolerant of a variety of light conditions but prefers to be in indirect sunlight. Water it less because it doesn’t love overwatering also, don’t water the leaves while watering. A small amount of fertilizer during summers is all that it needs. It is known to be a great bedroom plant because unlike other plants it gives off oxygen at night. It also cleans the air by removing harmful molecules of xylene, toluene, formaldehyde and benzene.
Toxicity: Snake plant is toxic to humans and pets.

8. Shamrock Plant/ Oxalis Triangularis:

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Shamrock plant or Oxalis comes in a variety of shade from purple to green, orange to yellow. It is an attractive plant because of its clover-shaped leaves which folds up at night and opens up during the daytime. Purple Shamrock is called oxalis triangularis which grows pink flowers and has beautiful purple leaves. I have a green variety called Oxalis Stricta which is a rampaging weed but I love its leaves and delicate flowers so I love to grow it as an indoor plant. Shamrock plant enjoys sunny spot so keep it near the window. It can be grown well in a compact pot. It goes dormant in summers. Do not over water Purple Shamrock. Always allow the soil to dry between watering. Fertilize it once in a month in growing season.
Toxicity: Oxalis is a slightly toxic indoor plant.

9. Aloe Vera:

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Aloe Vera (Ghrutkumari or Gwarpatha in Hindi) makes a wonderful houseplant. It is a succulent and stores water in its leaves so do not over water. It can go a long time without water which makes it a fuss-free plant. Make sure the pot has enough draining holes so that water doesn’t accumulate inside the pot and cause the roots to rot. Aloe Vera loves bright light so ideal spot to keep it would be near a window. You don’t require to feed Aloe Vera with fertilizer. It can be propagated by division. Remove the offsets or babies from the mother plant and plant them in a different pot.
Toxicity: Though it has medicinal uses but the outer skin of it when ingested can be harmful as it is slightly toxic.

Some more houseplants are Boston Fern, Dumbcane, Peacelily, Philodendron, zeezee plant, arelia, Bamboo Plant and some more succulents. You can find a complete blog on indoor succulent garden here. This brings me to the end and I really hope that this blog and video help you to create your own wonderful indoor jungle.

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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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Home And Farmstay Tour: Adwait & Uttara Kher

I happened to see the images of
stunning wooden vases in unusual shapes and a home filled with
extremely beautiful wooden accents shared by someone on a Facebook community.
 I contacted that “someone” to see if he could show me the entire home and got to know that what I had seen was just a trailer (picture to abhi baaki thi). Below are the images that I had seen on FB.
Image Credit: Adwait Kher

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I received this message from him “kind of you to have liked our work. Altho’ the picture above has been conceptualized and executed by us, it is not our home. Attached are a few images of our residence. If this belongs to your ‘line of work, we can have a tel con. tomorrow.” The images of his home left me speechless and spellbound. I went ahead, talked to him on phone for good 15-20 mins trying to make him understand my work as he wasn’t aware of  “blogging” and he then very sweetly and humbly invited me to his home in Nashik. Well, I have kept that proposal safe with me. Dear all meet Adwait Kher, one of the nicest and the most humble person I have ever come across. Later I came to know that he is a proud father of  Saunskruti Kher (an actress) and Saiyami Kher (lead actress of movie Mirzya).

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Dear readers, let me take you all to Nashik once again to take a virtual tour of Adwait and Uttara Kher’s country style home that is filled with old world charm and vintage treasures. Tucked away from the hustle-bustle of the city in nature’s lap amidst lush greenery and an exceptionally serene environment is this little gem. Every inch of the home reflects the sweet, warm and humble persona of the homeowners. They also own a furniture studio called Uttara & Adwait Furniture and hence most of the furniture pieces in their home are from their own collection. 
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No matter classic or modern, a swing never fails to add that traditional element to the decor. And if it is a beautifully carved teak wood vintage swing then the pleasure of sitting on it and reminiscing the good old childhood days can be an unbeatable experience.  
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Did the porch below reminded you of your grandparents’ home. Restored windows installed on the wall aren’t just a piece of art, they actually serve the purpose. With exposed brick walls, stone skirting, wooden benches, trunk and vases this quaint porch is like a smile on the front of this home.
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Come on in dear readers, this is the entrance to the home and you all went gaga over this image when I shared it on my Instagram. A huge carved wooden panel above the main door (of course well secured) and the openings in walls on both the sides of foyer make it look grand and magnificent. An elegant teak wood console table with woven baskets and wooden Roman numeral knobs is ready to catch the attention the moment you step in. While the colonial style wall bracket in one corner reminds of the bygone era. 
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Now as you move further, you’ll be in a dilemma whether to go right or left. Let me tell you both the sides will make you forget all your troubles and worries 🙂
The right side houses a “home bar” that Adwait likes to call “bar bar dekho”.  
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And to the left is this peaceful prayer room. Now I’ll leave the choice to you. Pick your choice and stay there for a while 😀
Home is filled with reclaimed wood and restored furniture pieces and is a perfect example of when old meets modern. 
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Below is the image of a small sitting area in front of the prayer room that attracts chess lovers. Woven furniture and earthy tones create a warm and pleasing ambience. Two windows next to prayer room are the ones that you have seen in the image of the porch. Would you like to have a closer look at the chess table. Let me show you.
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Vintage chess table and hand-carved oversized pieces are so quaint and yet so charming. Did you notice the king and the queen, what a unique piece. 
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The sitting area extends into this drawing room which is quite airy, bright and profoundly spacious. Subtle colors make it a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Woven furniture with gentle sloping curves, layered with soft white seat cushions and paired with long khatiya/charpai(bench) add gorgeous texture and dimension to the room and make it look both modern and country style at the same time. 
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So those of you who had chosen to stay in the bar (towards the right of the foyer) Come on it’s time to move ahead and check out Khers gorgeous dining room which is filled with warmth and of course old world charm. Woven furniture ties all the rooms together in this home and sets the theme whereas wooden accents and vintage windows are a great addition to the country chic decor of this home.  A splash of color is added using table runner and mats. 
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The sky window right in the middle of the home not only is a source of ample natural light but also offers an opportunity to bring nature inside. Organic and natural elements here make us feel calm. There is nothing like the smell of wet earth and sight of fresh green nature and that’s what you can see and feel in this home. 
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The bedroom is a clutter-free space done up in calming colors with a pop of ochre and fuchsia. The bed is made of carved teak wood. Clean lines and minimalistic decor open up the space. 
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The couple’s love for vintage pieces and wooden accents is quite evident throughout the home. An intricately carved exquisite reclaimed window installation on the exposed brick wall in their table tennis room is a conversation starter. 
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Below is an image of their patio that is filled with vintage furniture which I would say is considered staple while decorating this home. And this is where the home tour ends and now let me show you 
Uttara & Adwait Furniture studio.
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Their furniture studio is strewn with elegant furniture pieces. Collected from across the globe reclaimed and restored wooden accents, vintage articles and woven furniture is their speciality. 
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What you see below is their far east collection. Uttara & Adwait have successfully completed many interior projects. Their new venture is a farmstay. Let’s check out that too.

Far East Collection

Far away from the noise of Nashik city and close to the vineyards and lake is a newly built farm stay named Utopia. If you plan to visit Nasik make sure you check out this place if you want to spend some peaceful time in nature’s lap. Hills in the backdrop, lush green carpet of beautiful grass, the gentle sound of flowing water and melodious sound of the chirping birds what else can be more relaxing and soothing to the soul. 
The Khers have designed the farmstay in country style. There are ten cottages that are well equipped with modern comforts while maintaining the natural essence. 
With its true rustic style exteriors and interiors, Utopia is an authentic farm stay experience. 

Bedrooms are designed keeping comfort in mind. Hence open space, neutral shades with the right amount of colors and eye-pleasing decor accents make this bedroom a perfect sleep sanctuary. 

Here is one more bedroom with soothing colors and peaceful ambience.

I bet once you feel the experience of staying here, you would definitely want to go time and again. 

This brings me to the end of this entire feature. Hope I didn’t disappoint you. Make sure whenever you plan to visit Nashik check out this amazing place called Utopia.
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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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Indian Balcony Garden Decor

A lot of you wanted me to post a video on ‘Balcony Decor‘, 
so here I’m with some pocket-friendly ideas to give your balcony a quick makeover. 
In this video, I’ll show you how a balcony can become a cynosure of all eyes with some small changes and easy steps. 
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We’ll take one step at a time and will decorate just one corner of the balcony today and in some other post, I’ll show you how you can give a makeover to the entire balcony. Since I’m talking about Indian Balconies, all the elements I’m discussing here are quite traditional and ethnic Indian. 
The first step is to clear the clutter and just remove everything so that you can plan and picturise what exactly you want. 
Next comes the step of adding a splash of colours. And that you can do without spending much. All you need to do is paint the pots in colour of your choice or if you already have painted pots then consider painting them in a different colour this time and you’ll be amazed to see the result.

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Now if you have a plain wall in your balcony then perk it up. You can put up wall planters, artwork, shelves, masks or just paint some art like Warli, Madhubani or anything you like. I chose to put up wall masks and I found king & queen mask at dirt cheap price. You can see the makeover of these broken terracotta masks in my video. 
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Now let’s move on to next step of arranging the pots. Pots placed next to each other or arranged in a row looks like they are standing in a queue and waiting for something to happen. I always find it boring to arrange the pots in a linear fashion. My tip here is- create levels. How? Well, just choose the pots and planters in different sizes and then club them together. Or you can place an empty pot upside down and make it a pot stand.
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Also, make the arrangement of pots standout by choosing the plants that have leaves of different shades and shapes. See the image below for reference. 

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In the last, let’s accessorise the balcony garden. There are so many garden accessories available these days and you can easily pick the ones of your choice that go well with the theme of your balcony garden. I placed pebbles in the pot, one with Warli painting to add a pop of colour.  Terracotta figurines can never go wrong when it comes to accessorising a balcony garden. 
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Below are the two looks I created with some small little changes in arrangement and accessories. In look one below, I used a terracotta camel as an accessory to give this corner an ethnic punch. Plants of all types like creeper, climber, herb and succulents are creating a balanced look. 
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In look two below, I created a zen corner by placing Buddha head in the centre and lush green plants all around him. Did you notice how effortlessly I transformed the ethnic Indian look of this corner into a zen corner. Now let me show you how it looks at night. 

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Have a look!!!!
Don’t you love this. It looks so dreamy and oh so beautiful. 

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By  the way, I used my favourite LED string light. It works fine outdoor as well as long as its USB cable is protected from water.  

       

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I am happy with this makeover and will be spending my summer evenings here soaking in the beauty of this lovely zen corner in my balcony. Hope Y’all liked it too. To read more blogs on ‘Gardening’ click here. 
I’ll be on leave for a month. See you all in April. 
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Indian Balcony Decor: Preeti Deshmukh

In our fast-paced life, all we need is a space in our homes where we can relax and unwind. Tiny or huge, our balconies can serve that purpose very well. Balcony does more than just add to the aesthetics of your home. It gives you the opportunity to maximize your living space, it can be a romantic nook, another dining spot, a place to relax, read or chill with friends. 

I have a guest on my blog today who not only utilized her balcony space wisely but also turned it into a small retreat. Preeti Deshmukh from Nashik is with us today and she’ll be telling us how she transformed her balcony into a beautiful relaxing spot and that too on a low budget.

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It was my dream to have a big balcony in my home so when we were planning to buy an apartment, well-ventilated rooms and a space for relaxation was our first priority. We were fortunate that we found a spacious flat with a huge balcony attached to the living room and a separate utility area attached to the kitchen where I can hang clothes to dry.
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The first thing that Preeti decided was the theme of her balcony and it was “traditional Indian”. Next up was a seating arrangement and Preeti had an astounding idea of putting up a swing. She adds,
Since the theme was traditional, swing or Chaupala was a perfect addition to my balcony. So I got it custom made and added beautiful cushions to create a  pleasing and comfortable sit out on the balcony.”

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Next step was to perk up the dull looking walls and keeping the traditional Indian theme in mind, Preeti decided to do Warli painting on the walls. But executing this idea wasn’t that easy for her. This is what she shared, 
“The idea of painting Warli art was quite fascinating but I wasn’t confident enough to do it myself so I asked my sister-in-law who not only paints well but is a skilled calligrapher too. She liked the idea and was ready to help me.”
Balcony Decor Ideas
“We knew nothing about Warli art so we did a lot of research, read about the art form on the internet, visited some places where Warli was done and took photographs for reference. But then we didn’t know anything about what kind of paint we should be using. Then my cousin Shweta Deshmukh who is an architect and lives in Pune came to our rescue. She gave us all the technical knowledge which was necessary to start our Warli project and we were good to go now.” 
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As you must have read my previous blogs on Warli or might have watched my video tutorial on Warli painting, I have mentioned that Warli painting depicts the social life of Warli tribe. So keeping this fact in mind Preeti and her sister-in-law painted day-to-day activities of village people. 
“We painted Sun, Vasudev, Tulsi puja to illustrate morning scene in a typical village on one wall and painted moon, men returning to home from fields, a lady cooking food etc.to portray the dusk hours on another wall.”
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“As Warli painting also depicts celebrations so we decided to paint a scene of a wedding ceremony on another wall where we showed a groom mounted on a horse and a coy bride sitting in a palanquin and everyone else is dancing and enjoying. Painting Warli on the entire parapet wall and a part of balcony wall was really a tough job but then my family and relatives helped me a lot through out the painting project.” 

Warli Painting

After the Warli project was done, it was time to add accessories and to make the entire balcony come alive. Preeti shares,
“I bought accessories like masks, lamp, parrot and giraffe planter for my balcony from an exhibition. Hanging bells I bought from Pune.”

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Preeti is a plant lover and has a big green thumb. She has planted a variety of plants in her balcony. She even created a fairy garden.

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She is so creative when it comes to reusing, recycling or up-cycling a stuff. Using her son’s broken study desk and some pebbles, she created a beautiful piece of art that you see in below picture. Now you know you just need to look around with your keen eyes to unearth the hidden treasure that you already have in your home.

Balcony Decor Ideas

Balcony Decor Ideas

With a proper plan and careful execution of it, Preeti was successful in creating the most relaxing and dreamy balcony space for herself that she had dreamed of once upon a time. 

Balcony Decor Ideas

Transformation of a dull and stark balcony space into an irresistible outdoor retreat was not an easy task for Preeti. She tells it took nearly a year to turn her balcony into a lush looking sanctuary. Now she feels proud of herself every time she gets compliments from guests.

Balcony Decor Ideas
Preeti believes that the process of transforming a house into a home takes a long time and you should try to enjoy every step along the way.

Balcony Decor Ideas

This was all about decorating a balcony space in a traditional Indian way. I hope Preeti’s balcony inspired you to create your own calming retreat. Thanks Preeti for sharing the lovely images and the balcony transformation story with us. Wish you and your family love, luck & sunshine.
Dear readers, if you are looking for some more Balcony Decorating Ideas then click here.
I’m shooting one more video this week so stay tuned! Till then connect with me here:


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Home Tour: Kapila & Sonal Banerjee Part-I

It’s been quite a long that I posted here on my blog and you all probably know why! Because I’m focusing more on my Youtube channel as people prefer to watch the videos rather than reading a complete blog and I too found this medium more powerful to convey a message and it also presents quick and rich content. But that doesn’t mean I’ll discontinue blogging. Well, that isn’t gonna happen:) and that’s why here I am with a lovely post!! 

Today once again I bring to you the home tour of Kapila Banerjee that you must have seen earlier on my blog and on my YT channel (In case you want to watch it on YouTube then Click Here) but since a lot of you wanted to pin the images so here it is, the Part-I of Kapila & Sonal Banerjee‘s home. Happy pinning!! Also, now you can shop the home decor products that you see in this post, I have added the link below every image.
Let’s start from the entrance to her home which is as impressive as the rest of the home. Kapila has created a space to keep some decor accents by putting up a beautiful wall shelf. On the shelf are cute tiny pots that add dimension to an otherwise plain and dull wall. I just love how decor accessories in different geometric shapes are complimenting each other and all the colors making the entrance so full of energy.

Indian Home Tour
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Beautifully carved huge wooden vases offsetting the shimmer of brass planter and creating such a pleasant setting. 

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What you see in below picture is a beautiful collection of tiny cute planters displayed beautifully at the entrance that sure will steal your heart. 
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The moment you enter the home you can feel the warmth and the positivity that envelops you and you find yourself soaking in the beauty of Kapila’s home. Accent wall in tangerine color sets the perfect backdrop for all the carved wooden pieces in dark tone. Wooden masks are from Kenya, Africa where Kapila has lived for four years. Antique wooden pillars are restored from an eighty-year-old home and only a keen eye like Kapila’s can give such pieces their righteous place. Next to these pillars are quite an unusual pair of candlestands flanking the console. Console is adorned with brass knick-knacks to add Indianness. You should watch the video to see all the minute details on these carved wooden pieces. Ornate mirror above the console completes the setup and makes the foyer a warm and welcoming space. 
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Here is another picture of the same space from a different angle to show you the intricacy of the carving on wooden pillars and mirror frame.
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Step into the living room and you are greeted with this view. An angel picked from their travels and a beautiful brass hanging diya above it make an eye-pleasing display. If you notice the lamp behind Ganesha idol carefully then you will realize how unusual it is. The lamp is actually a unique find made of brass and the lampshade is brass and stained glass. I never saw such lamp before. Kapila’s home is full of treasures around the world so your eyes keep wandering and admiring the beauty of every piece. For an instance, the brass chariot right next to the angel is what I really liked a lot. 
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Keeping the accent color in mind Kapila has beautifully infused tangerine in her living room. Look at the sofa and the painting above it and you know what I am talking about. That’s how an accent color helps in pulling the room together. Kapila told me that she keeps changing the cushions according to the season and ocassion. 
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Here is a wider view of the living room. 
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I clicked so many pictures and there are so many beautiful pieces in Kapila’s home that my words wouldn’t be adequate to describe the beauty of her home. So I am leaving you with the images. 
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All the beautiful craved wooden furniture pieces and decor accessories are from Kenya, Africa. Teal Buddha on leaf is again a souvenir her husband picked from his travels. Intricately carved wooden piece that looks like a capsized boat is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. 
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Rather than choosing contemporary style sofa for her living room, Kapila has opted for tradition Indian seating. Rajasthani Chowkies are a work of artistic craftmanship. Fuchsia cushions complement tangerine in living room beautifully. 
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Below is an extremely beautiful vintage temple that has been converted into a shelf to display the collection of curios.
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Here is a closer look and you can see all the lovely tealights, Rajasthani musicians and various lanterns enhancing the beauty of this temple.

Indian Home Tour
This brings me to the end of this home tour. Hope you enoyed this blog and if you are craving for more then click here to check out other home tours. I am receiving lots of queries asking when I’ll be publishing the second part of Kapila & Sonal’s video home tour, I’m working on it folks and you’ll see it next week probably on Monday. 
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DIY Tassel Earrnigs | Trendy Jewelry

I have shared many crafts here on 3D and all of them were related to home decor and gardening
but today I’m sharing a DIY related to fashion and you are gonna love it. So today I have a tutorial for you on DIY tassel earrings. 
DIY Tassel
Be it fashion or home decor, tassels are very much in trend and add some boho vibes without fail. It’s super easy to make them and once you know how to make tassel you can make lots of stuff like tassel necklace, tassel bracelet, tassel earrings and you can add tassels on throws, pillows, cushions, drapes, dupattas, dresses and even on footwears too. Watch the video below to learn how you can make three different types of tassel earrings. I have shown Hoop tassel earrings, interwoven tassel earrings and fringe tassel earrings.
Supplies:
  • Silk thread/embroidery thread
  • Round nose plier
  • Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Earring hooks
  • Jump rings
  • Eyepins
  • Headpins
  • Beads
  • Cardboard
Procedure: 
For complete tutorial watch the video above. 
Tips:
Here are some tips to make your work easier. You can take any thread like embroidery thread, silk thread or wool to make tassels. While wrapping thread around cardboard don’t wrap it too tight or too loose just keep it uniform. While making knots try to hide them inside tassel head. After making knots leave few inches of thread (usually the length of the tassel) and then cut it. Otherwise, there are chances that knot will open later. If the threads in tassel are too wavy then either hang the tassel above steam for a few seconds or just use a hair straightener to iron it. If tassels become dirty wash them gently with a mild soap and straighten them as mentioned above. 
Below are the pictures of the tassel earrings I made. 
Hoop Tassel earrings
DIY Tassel Earrings
Interwoven Tassel earrings
DIY Tassel Earrings
Fringe Tassel Earrings
DIY Tassel Earrings
Hope you all like the tutorial. Do let me know which one you are gonna make. Click here to check out my previous DIYs.
I am working on some videos so stay tuned!!
Till then connect with me here.
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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.

African And Bohemian Decor
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African Bohemian Decor
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African And Bohemian Decor
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African Bohemian Wall Decor
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African And Bohemian Decor
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 African Bohemian Wall Decor After
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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.

African Decor
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.

Hobby Ideas 3D Neon Liners

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. 
Hobby Ideas 3D Neon Liners
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.
Hobby Ideas 3D Neon Liners
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!!!
Hobby Ideas 3D Neon Liners
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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