It’s Spring Time!

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” ~Doug Larson

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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 :-

  1. 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.
  2. Two beautiful hand painted gold-rimmed mugs which were a flea market find for an amazing bargain price.
  3. 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.
  4. Coffee mug turned planter in deep blue color which got chipped while moving from California.
  5. Wooden serving tray from TJ MAXX.
  6. Ceramic birds Salt pepper shakers, gifted to me by a friend.

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This weather reminds me of the spring flower festival I attended last year around the same time. Here are some pictures from the same.

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DIY art for your home

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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.

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New addition to the Family..:)

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Meet the latest addition to our evergrowing family. Am simply in love with this ‘Blooming Beauty’. Bougainvilleas take me back to the days when I used to spend hours playing with my siblings in our garden which was surrounded by these. Living with bougainvillea is all about living with color and a sense of lightheartedness that can brighten up even the dullest of days.

Bougainvillea is a trouble-free plant which requires very little care and grows very quickly.  A well drained soil, plenty of sun and regular watering once a week is enough to keep it healthy and blooming.

American Wedding

Having grown up in India, I’ve always been fascinated by the weddings of the west. Never in my farthest dreams had I imagined that I’ll get to attend one myself, so you can guess how excited I was to finally go to one..:)

The wedding was at the magnificent Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma wine country and I was absolutely smitten by the elegant and beautiful flower arrangement, needless to say that I have a weakness for ‘All things Pretty’. The decor and the set up blew me away. Everything was so prefect and fairytale-ish for me.

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It was a cross-cultural wedding between a Jamaican bride and a German groom with a unique mix of traditions. And I must say, I’ve never seen such a fun bride before. Here’s hoping for many more weddings like this in the future.

MY BABIES

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I have been obsessed with my babies these days. I brought them home a couple of months back. I believe plants add life to an otherwise DULL interior space. You can color co-cordinate your pots to create an interesting theme. Succulents are very easy to grow and require very little care. Watering them once a week in ideal weather conditions is sufficient.

TRY THIS: Place a small plant on the vanity counter top in such a way that one can see its reflection in the mirror. Or just place a few magazines over your cistern (WC tank) and a plant beside it. It will instantly liven up the space and add a little warmth to an otherwise cold and dull bathroom.