“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.
If you are a person who simply HATES going to the gym, then this article is just for you. I am one such lazy bum who loves to eat and the thought of working out makes me sick. So I soon realized, I’d have to make some changes to my diet inorder to stay healthy.
As you all know by now, that my husband is VERY health conscious (which is not a bad thing..:P), but because of him my eating habits have improved a lot and I am very picky about the stuff that we buy from the supermarket. I thought of sharing what I have learnt with you. Here are a few things to note when you go to a grocery store:
- ALWAYS check the food label. People generally look only at calories and fats but sometimes ignore the sodium content. Most packaged food have very high sodium content to make it last longer. High sodium is very harmful for our health and can cause weight gain as it aids the body in water retention in addition to causing other health problems in the long run.
- Not all fats are bad. For example avocado and peanut butter are food items with high fat content, but their high nutrient value makes them good for your body. So don’t cross out items from your food list without completely knowing their health benefits.
- Another important thing to be noted is low fat doesn’t necessarily imply that it is healthy for you. Food companies use this as a selling strategy. So most low fat food items have high sugar content (specially observe on low-fat yogurts and other similar items). Low fat content is mostly compensated with either sugar or chemicals. Next time you go to a grocery store compare the labels of the low fat and the regular ones.
Me being such a big foodie, I’ve made some easy changes to my diet without essentially sacrificing anything that I absolutely love to eat.
- Everything in small quantities is good for you. If there is a food item which you know is not that healthy for you like pizzas or burgers or pork sausages, have them in very small quantities. If you don’t have the willpower to stop yourself from having more, then make sure to have the next meal light like only greens or soup, which is what I do..;).
- Keep a tab on your eating out habits. I try to eat out only on weekends when I let go of myself and fulfil my cravings but I compensate by having salads or other low calorie food during the week.
- If you are hungry at work or in between meals, eat fruits, cottage cheese, yogurt, nuts or just have a cup of soy milk which will fill you up without adding unnecessary calories.
- Switch items in your diet for healthier alternatives while satisfying your cravings at the same time.
- Pick chicken sausages with no pork casing.
- Choose thin crust and better still whole wheat while picking up pizza bases.
- Pastas are usually high in gluten content, even the whole wheat ones have it. There are other alternatives which taste equally good like brown rice or other whole grain pastas.
So guys, these are small changes which can make a big difference in your overall health.
So Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy and above all enjoy being Lazy..;).