“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” ~Doug Larson
Spring is being a real tease by giving us slight glimpses of it once in a while. The long days, warm glow from the sun, and the chirping of the birds are all hinting that it’s just round the corner somewhere. I simply can’t wait to see the bare trees turn green, frozen lakes come back to life again, the flowers to bloom and for the nature to unveil its myriad colors.
Spring is such a delight that it’s completely worth the wait.
Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to add some spring flair to my home by playing around with different settings and introducing color to perk up the mood. Without spending anything at all, I compiled together a few things lying around in the house to create a look. Here are a few of them :-
- On my recent trip to India, I went to my grandmother’s place and she gave me this cotton sheet which had been with me during my college days. It’s a beautiful handmade block-printed sheet in a lovely blueish green color, which I had completely forgotten about. I decided to bring it back with me to the US.
- Two beautiful hand painted gold-rimmed mugs which were a flea market find for an amazing bargain price.
- This wooden plank which we recently got from Ikea to make extra storage space in the closet, but haven’t had the time to install it yet.
- Coffee mug turned planter in deep blue color which got chipped while moving from California.
- Wooden serving tray from TJ MAXX.
- Ceramic birds Salt pepper shakers, gifted to me by a friend.
Makes for a cute informal setting if you have guests over for tea.
This weather reminds me of the spring flower festival I attended last year around the same time. Here are some pictures from the same.
This is an ode to all the art classes I took in my architecture school but never put them to use. I’ve been so excited with these brick walls ever since we moved in, and wanted to create something on my own and hopefully shock my husband, either way..:P. Now that I have my first attempt out of the way, hopefully this will be the start of a series of challenging paintings. Here are a couple of them and I’ll keep adding more as I go along. The colors I’ve used here are royal blue and matt gold.
Ok, as I promised, here is a sneak peek into our living room. Since the work is in progress, I’ll update with an overall picture pretty soon. The idea behind this look was to have an uncluttered, clean and chic look. I wanted to have a neutral palate with subtle accents of gold.
If you live in an apartment, you have to add things carefully so that you don’t end up with unnecessary pieces of furniture. The clever way is to find things which are versatile. In our case, we had to have a bookshelf to accommodate 100’s of books which my husband owns, and I wanted a nice statement console where I could line my frames and artwork. The result is what you see in the picture. I also tried to color coordinate the books…(this is what happens when a designer marries a book freak..:P) The addition of lamps gave a nice face-lift to this simple ikea bookshelf.
- Ikea EXPEDIT shelving unit in Brown-Black ($70)
- Target Lamp-shade in White Linen ($17)
- Threshold Lamp-base in clear glass from Target ($30)
- I got my table runner from Tjmaxx for $8 which is no longer in stock, but I like this one too from Target.
- Ikea Ribba picture frames ($5-$10);various sizes
Since the most important place in the house of every glutton is ‘The Kitchen‘, let’s start with that..:). For every new house one moves into, the kitchen has to be made functional as per the needs and requirements of its occupant. In some cases this might call for some major modifications but in a rental place it is just not possible. Thanks to Ikea and Home Depot, there are several inexpensive and easy solutions available, which won’t land you in trouble. In my particular case, all I needed was a couple of organizers to make things practical and easy. Since I use a lot of spices, I wanted them to be handy everytime I cook. So I made a list of items which could make that possible.
1. Ikea Spice Rack – $4 each
2. Ikea Planter which could be used as a cutlery caddy or a condiment stand. – $8
3. Spice Jars – $3.5 per 4 pack
4. Cutlery Tray – $1 each
Overall cost- $34
As ‘Cutlery Caddy’
The colorful display of spices do make a pretty picture and add vibrancy to the kitchen decor.
So, the reason I’ve been away for a while now, is that we moved to Connecticut. Anyone we tell this to, attacks us with the SAME question every-time..”from California to Connecticut..WHY?”. NO, we aren’t insane but sometimes you just have to go where life leads you. Who knows what’s in store for us but for now after having settled a bit, I’m more than happy getting back to doing what I absolutely love – Blogging..:D
Since we are doing up our place from scratch, you guys will be treated to whole lot of Decor related posts. To start with, let me show you around our new place.
This place has a lot of potential, and my mind is going crazy with ideas. Hope it comes together as I am imagining it to be.
This is in addition to what I had posted earlier. I made these funny hand lettered coasters as a farewell gift for friends before moving to Connecticut.
There’s probably nothing more special than a handmade gift. It was my husband’s 30th birthday this year, so I decided to put my creativity to use and make a gift for him myself.
Since he is such a COFFEE freak, I couldn’t think of a better quote than this one….
Since then, I’ve been fascinated with Handwritten typography and it’s how I’ve been utilizing my free time these days.
Kashmiri kofte…One of my all time favortite dishes, I used to bug my dad every other day to make it for me. He makes it from scratch including the meat balls. I’ve made the mine quite simple by using readymade meatballs, which are very easily available here in the US. I was quite skeptical in using them as I didn’t want to compromise the flavor of the dish but it turned out to be even better and tastier with them (though obviously not as good as my dad’s). You can try making the meat balls too…but when you already have a delicious alternative, I would say use it as it saves a LOT of time. So here is my dad’s secret recipe which am about to share with you, here it goes:
- 8-12 meat balls
- pinch of asafetida(hing)
- 1-tbsp Vegetable oil
- 2-tbsp greek yogurt
- 1-tsp ginger paste
- 6-7 cashews
- 1-1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1-tsp ground fennel
- 2-tsp kashmiri lal mirch (red chili powder)
- salt to taste
- 4-5 cups water
- Heat vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed pan. In a small bowl, take around 2tsp water and dissolve hing and red chili in it. Add this mix to the oil and let it saute for a minute on medium heat.
- Add the ginger paste and yogurt and let it cook till the oil separates. In the meanwhile make a paste of the cashews in the mixer by adding very little water.
- Add the cashew paste to the pan and then add garam masala and salt. (Add salt carefully since the meatballs are already salted)
- When the mix starts turning brown, add meat balls and water and let it cook.
- Once the meatballs are slightly cooked add ground fennel and let the gravy simmer for 7-8 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 mins.
- Serve hot with rice.
(NOTE: Please use Kashmiri Lal mirch only, otherwise you wouldn’t get the right flavor and the color.) The magic of this recipe is that it has very few ingredients, but it still bursts with flavor.