Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bharatanatyam Inspired Home Decor

Spotlight on Indian art forms and incorporating them into home decor
 has been the soul of Design Decor & Disha since the very beginning and last year apart from featuring famous Indian arts and crafts I got a chance to feature an Indian classical vocalist Chandra Kargupta. Till now 3D was devoid of a feature on Indian classical dance form but today's guest gave me the opportunity to present Bharatanatyam in a unique and very beautiful way and made my blog a versatile Indian Design & Decor blog. Before we go ahead and meet our guest let me enlighten you (especially readers from different countries) a bit on Bhatanatyam. Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest Indian classical dance forms originated in temples of Tamilnadu. The dance form is the hidden language of the soul, a beautiful way to narrate mythical legends and spiritual ideas from the Vedas and Upanishads gracefully with the gestures of hand, eyes and facial muscles. 

Vishnu and Bharatnatyam in home decor

Now let me introduce to you a very talented guest today on 3D who is Bharatanatyam dancer and will be going to tell us how the dance has influenced her decor style and how she incorporates natyam in home decor. Not only that, she will be going to speak her heart out on what is the Hidden Language of the Soul: Decor or Dance? Dear readers, please welcome Shivangi Nagarajan who is a decor enthusiast and recently started interior design and home decor blog Kadakchaitalks and she calls it her creative outlet. Both Shivangi and her husband Naren Ganeshan are Bharatanatyam dancers. They both have a deep appreciation for the art form and in fact, it was the dance that brought them together.

Indian Classical Dance

Both Naren and Shivangi look so graceful and divine in Bharatanatyam mudras and ensemble. The purity of their hearts is reflected through their eyes. It is the people like Shivangi & Naren who inherit the legacy from past, maintain it in the present and bestow for the benefit of the future generations and make us feel proud of our country.
Now for the today's topic, I would say we can easily draw an inspiration from nature, places or even art forms to decorate our home. You must have read my blog on 'Banaras Inspired Decor' that explains how a city inspired me to incorporate the look of it in my home decor. Similarly, now Shivangi will throw some light on how Bharatanatyam, a divine dance influenced her decor style. Read on to immerse yourself in the beautiful world of Indian classical dance and decor inspired by it and let your senses burst with joy.
Over to Shivangi now,

Indian Classical Dance

Many thanks to Disha for giving me the opportunity to share my love for home decor on her blog. Although I’ve never actually met Disha, one thing I know for certain is that we share similar tastes and I’m so pleased to have made acquaintance with such a talented individual.

Hello everyone! My name is Shivangi Nagarajan, and I am a home decor enthusiast, a plant lover, and a Bharatanatyam dancer. I believe that art and beauty can be found in everything, be it in nature surrounding you, in art, or even in beautiful thoughts. My blog, “Kadak Chai Talks” is an amalgamation of my wanderings and ramblings as I explore design, art, and beauty. Being a student of dance has given me an aesthetic eye for detail and design, and I’ve tried to incorporate this in different ways in my humble abode.

Indian Home Decor

Before I move on to share the details, I must say that I am not alone in this. My doting husband, Naren Ganesan, who also happens to be a Bharatanatyam dancer, helps me make decisions on decor choices for our home, and also shares a great eye for design. The below images and information will give you a glimpse into our temple, we call home.
There is a famous quote of Albert Einstein that goes:

"We Dance For Laughter,
We Dance For Tears,
We Dance For Madness,
We Dance For Fears,
We Dance For Hopes,
We Dance For Screams,
We Are The Dancers,
We Create The Dreams."

Dance is a language that requires less thinking and more feeling. It continually resonates like the ebb and flow of the sea. My husband and I share a passion for Bharatanatyam, and this admiration is reflected in our choice of decor and design in our home.
Ancient Indian temples were the birthing place of what is currently known as Bharatanatyam. These temples displayed skilful craftsmanship and most stood the test of time and can be seen even today. The below Vishnu statue is one such masterpiece that we recently added to our collection. This was purchased in Chennai by my husband during his last trip back home. You can see the attention to detail in the layers of his adornment and his serene eyes.

Indian Home Decor

Dance in India mainly flourished under the reigns of many valorous kings and their dynasties. They patronised the art form and it was maintained by the devadasi system. I have heard stories from Indian historians and scholars about the survival of Bharatanatyam in South India and the important role played by the kings in helping dance thrive. These cushions are minimalistic in design and color, but the impressive handiwork and eye for detail make them a statement piece. The Raja and Rani perfectly compose our neutral loveseat.

Raja Rani Cushions

When my husband and I laid our eyes upon the below horse statue, we immediately knew that it belonged in our home. The striking resemblance to some of the intricate sculptures seen in the temples of Tanjore immediately caught our fancy and of course, we had to bring him home.

Indian Classical Dance and Home Decor

Knowledge is often taken for granted, and its significance is usually realised only when we are lacking. Goddess Saraswathi, the giver of knowledge, most definitely belongs in a household that is cultivating and growing the dancers for tomorrow. This particular statue was our first purchase as a newly married couple and holds a special sentiment. 

Brass Saraswati Statue

Also, brass offers a rich contrast against the red console table, on which I am also featuring my latest DIY attempt, the Mughal royal cameo paintings.

Indian Home Decor

Bharatnatyam And Home Decor

Of course, any Bharatanatyam dancer’s collection would be incomplete without a statue of Nataraja, the cosmic dancer and destroyer of evil. Given to me as a gift/blessing by my guru upon the completion of my Rangapravesha, this too holds a spot in my heart. On the other end is his son, Ganapathi, the remover of obstacles, and what’s special is that this particular statue is “Narthana Ganapathi”, meaning the dancing Ganesha. The clock was a wedding gift and features a Kathakali dancer, another South Indian classical dance form.

Indian Home Decor Ideas

My husband and I also painted this abstract tree on some fabric that we have postered on the feature wall of our basement, which is also where my husband conducts dance lessons for his students.

Indian Classical Dance Bharatnatyam

Whether you’re a dancer or not, I think Indian art forms should be continually revived and preserved for the future generations. One simple way to do this would be through adding such decor pieces into your own homes and narrating a charming tale, all in the same. So get out your tarnished brassware and decorate your home with the rustic charm of India’s age old traditions and culture. If I’ve left you craving for more desi-inspired eclectic decor, then head on over to kadakchaitalks!

That's totally brilliant Shivangi. Thank you so much for making the first month of the new year so special for 3D and sharing such an awe-inspiring article on Bharatanatyam and decor inspired by this divine dance form. 3D wishes you and Naren a very happy and fulfilling life ahead!!
Dear readers, I am sure this guest post has inspired you to decorate your home in a unique way. If you wish to see more of Shivangi's talent and beautiful corners of her home here are the links to her Instagram and Pinterest account. I am sure your you will find lots of eye candies there :)

See you all soon with a first and never seen before home tour of the new year. Will be sharing a teaser of it on my Instagram in a day or two. Stick around!!

P.S: Dance images of Shivangi are clicked by Jacqueline Karathra and of Naren are clicked by Shivangi Nagarajan. A ll the other images are clicked by Shivangi & Naren.
All images in this article are Shivangi's property and subject to copyright. Please seek prior written permission from her and 3D. Thanks!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Your Home Deserves A Fresh Makeover This New Year

We always welcome New Year with new hopes and ideas. We try to do something fresh when it comes to a new year like we start some exciting work, give ourselves a different look, learn something that we haven't learnt yet and many such things. Since Design Decor & Disha is all about 'Home & Garden', I will talk about home styling. Let's kick off 2017 with a fresh home makeover.

Oasis Tiles India

While giving our homes a makeover mainly we consider about changing the theme, decor, paint and furnishing but we forget about flooring. Trust me you can completely change the look of your home by upgrading floors, walls, backsplash or outdoor spaces using tiles. How!! Let's check out.
Before I start writing on a certain topic, I do a thorough research on it. While doing so I came across an Indian tiles and sanitary ware brand OASIS Tiles India. Oasis Tiles India has stormed into the top 10 club of the ceramic tiles companies in India and has been scaling new heights by each passing day. With a stylish and sophisticated look coupled with great strength, Oasis tiles not only cater to the domestic requirements but are also a perfect fit for commercial spaces. Let's see how we can change the look of entire space using tiles.
Don't you agree that every space in our homes serves a different purpose and hence the tile flooring we choose for a particular space should meet the demand of it? Let me show you room by room how one can choose the perfect tile flooring for a particular space. Let's start with the living room!

Oasis Tiles India

The living room is the most important part of our homes where we entertain our guests and love to spend time with family. And in my view apart from the decor of the room its flooring also reflects the personality of the homeowner hence tile flooring for living room should be elegant, clean looking, durable, pleasing to the eyes and should not be too loud. If you wish to add an elegant and sophisticated touch to your space my suggestion would be marble tiling. Marble tile is actually a tile that looks exactly like natural marble and it is making its way more and more into everyday homes. It lends a luxe touch, easy to care for unlike real marble and it sure is durable. Whereas for a contemporary look, vitrified tiles in natural shades are the best. Light coloured tiles can make the room look bigger and brighter. Oasis Tiles India recently launched Maxima double charged vitrified tiles that can add a sense of luxury to any room, with a natural finish or detailing and come in a variety of colours and designs. However, if you fall for an ethnic Indian look, terracotta or patterned tiles can be a perfect choice. Let's move on to the space where love is cooked and served along with food. Yes, you got it right! Kitchen!!

Oasis Tiles India

Kitchen should not look boring. The easiest way to take the kitchen flooring to an entirely different level is to choose patterned tiles by Oasis Tiles India. Tile in dark tones that mimics the look of wooden flooring is in vogue and lends a sophisticated touch. You can use tiles to create an artistic presence too. Tiles in different shapes and colours can be laid in a manner to form beautiful patterns and to create a focal point in the kitchen.  For a clean and chic finish, go for tiles in a particular colour combination that goes well with the existing theme of your kitchen.

Oasis Tiles India

You can add a wow factor and texture to your kitchen wall with a tile backsplash. For kitchen backsplash, mosaic tiles are always a good option. If you are choosing the tiles with borders and patterns then make sure that the motifs are not broken by electrical sockets and switches. Create an accent wall in the kitchen too why restrict your creativity to the living room and bedrooms only. Choose tiles in an accent colour and install them between worktop and wall units and use complimentary colour for other walls.

Oasis Tiles India

While renovating or constructing new bathroom, one should be extremely careful about the tiles selection. What should you look for when you are renovating your bathroom or getting tiles laid in a newly constructed bathroom? Well, it is the fact that tiles should be anti-skid, long lasting and beautiful. You can combine function and beauty both with Oasis tiles India. Their tiles are anti-skid and add visual depth in an effortless manner.

Oasis Tiles India

For smaller bathrooms, tiny geometric tiles on the floor and large tiles on walls can bring in a lot of interest. Go for lighter shades to open up the space while you can opt for darker shades for a bigger bathroom. These days tiles are not restricted to indoors only. Variety of tiles are available to adorn your outdoor spaces too.

Oasis Tiles India

Outdoor space is considered as an extension of living room especially in apartments. We all love to spend time in the outdoor spaces available in our homes. Beautiful tile flooring in outdoor spaces can certainly increase the duration of that time by making outdoors inviting and appealing. Faux concrete tiling is just perfect for outdoors as it is not only comfortable but lends an edgy look as well. To add a personal touch to your outdoor space you can opt for different shapes of tiles like a hexagon, round, rectangular to form a design of your choice. You can add a dash of colour by putting hues on the floor. Choose bright coloured tiles and there you are with an outdoor space with a lot of drama and interest.

Now you know how important tile flooring is in changing the entire look and feel of the space. I hope after reading all this you might want to consider upgrading floors, walls, backsplash and outdoor space of your home and don't forget to check out Oasis Tiles India on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

Dear readers, stay tuned to meet an extraordinary talent in my next post :) You will get to see something about India but this time it will not be 'Indian Folk Art Forms'!!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Make The Atmosphere In Your Home As Beautiful As The Decor

I am a very well organised and meticulous person when it comes to my home. I don't like cluttered and messy homes but I hate it even more when a home smells awful.

Godrej aer Air Freshener

Don't you think that a particular smell or fragrance is so strongly associated with our brain that the moment that particular smell reaches our olfactory receptors it brings back a lot of memories. A particular smell can easily transport you to the place where you have been to once. For an instance, the smell of unappetizing foods can take you to neighbour aunt's home whose home's smell and food you never liked as a child.

The problem with house smell is that the homeowner remains unaware of it or they become used to it and can't smell it the way other people can do. Between food, pollution and unattended water puddles, the odour of your home is something you might not notice.

Does your home smell stinky too? Are you boggled as to why despite all the efforts this horrendous smell of house isn't going. Here is how you can get rid of it.

How to get rid of unwanted smells:
We are all well aware that urban apartments are spatially challenged. This is the most common reason why the odour lasts for long in tiny apartments. But before we go ahead and get rid of the offensive smell from our houses it is advisable to know the source of smell as masking it can make the situation even worse.

How To Make Home Smell Amazing

The smell can arise from various sources like cooking, pet odour, old furniture, carpet, mold, cigarette smoke, trash cans, smelly bathrooms or sometimes even a strong body odour can contribute to house smell. If you are able to find out the source of smell you have already won half the battle. Now let's fix the issue.

If unappetizing food or cigarette/cigar smoke is the cause of house smell just open up the windows and let the fresh air circulate in your home. Now spray some best smelling air fresheners for home, I have Godrej aer spray and it works just amazingly. Your home will smell inviting and fresh. They have a special fragrance – Musk after Smoke that does wonders to mask the smoke smell. I use it frequently post parties at home. 

How To Make Home Smell Amazing

What if old furniture, carpets, and trash cans are the offenders. Then house cleaning, steam cleaning or vacuuming the carpet, repainting the furniture and emptying trash can regularly are the solutions to the house smell problem but if you don't wish to spend a lot on all these then air freshener spray is the answerIf you have guests coming over, it’s great to get your home and bathrooms smelling fresh and ready to set the mood for the party. 

Air freshener

Next comes the odour from pets that can be really annoying. Give your pets a nice bath and try to keep them clean regularly. Get them house trained. Once you have fixed the problem it's time to fill your home with a long lasting fragrance, yes! I am talking about air freshener.

How Home Smell Amazing

Toilets smell for obvious reasons. Maintaining them well and cleaning them regularly can totally dissipate the smell. Make sure that after cleaning the toilets you use the best bathroom freshener that doesn't fade with time.

Godrej Air Freshener

These are some tips I follow religiously to make my home smell amazing all the time. After all, your home is your den where you stay day in and day out and you know well how smells have a great impact on our mood. So, encourage a cheerful disposition with a fresh, beautiful home aroma.

Now we'll meet in the new year dear readers. Take good care of yourself and have a great time with family and friends. In case you missed reading my previous blog on my blogging journey till date here is the link for you!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Achievements And Plans

Before the year ends and we ring in the new year with new dreams in our eyes, I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to my family, friends, fellow bloggers, all my wonderful clients, happy customers and lovely readers out there for their unwavering support, unabating encouragement and eternal love. I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude for each one of you, yes!! if you are reading this then you too :) You all are a part of my successful blogging career!! 

Indian Design Blog

Expressing gratitude is a wonderful thing. Read my last year's blog on Gratitude and you will start believing in my statement!! That's why every year I take a moment to express gratitude.
I started writing my blog in October 2010 and it has been a fascinating journey thus far. Six years and 3D is still going strong. Let me start with some of the sweet notes I received from my dear readers during this beautiful journey. Such messages keep me going!!

Aren't these messages so encouraging and heartwarming. You are my biggest strength dear readers, you light up my life in so many ways and you all are one of the reasons why even after six years of blogging I still love it rather love it more than ever. Here are some milestones that 3D crossed this year:

Blog Pageviews: Over 1.1 Million views
Instagram Followers: 2.2K
Facebook Fans: 3.3K
YouTube Subscribers: 660

Not a big deal right!! No, it's definitely a big deal for me. With very little time in my hands, I kept alive my passion for blogging and every single reader, fan, follower or subscriber I earned is a huge success for me.
Last month I got the opportunity to make a dream a reality, my interview was aired on RadioOne Pune and here is a video I created with an audio clip of my radio interview and visuals of 3D's journey till date.

Now I want to share two big news. First news is that I am creating a coloring book for adults and I am super excited. I am working on it and half way through it. While creating "Indian Art Gallery Wall" for my living room, I painted various Indian art forms and shared the images on my blog as well as social media platforms and from readers' comments I got the idea of creating a colouring book. Indian art forms are regaining their lost charm and people around the world are just crazy about Indian folk paintings. So the theme I chose for my coloring book is 'Indian Art Forms'. Let me assure you that you will find all the drawings unique, authentic and awesome. Just wait for a month or two and the coloring book will hit the online stores.

Now the second and equally exciting news is that I am venturing into a business. Though I was selling my handmade products and paintings on a smaller scale till now but now I am planning something big. Right now I am working hard on designing products and getting them made by trained craftsmen. First few products have been designed and now craftsmen are working on them. Hopefully the products will make their appearance in Jan 2017.  I am having sleepless nights and need your good wishes, encouragement and support.
I have just one more and probably the last blog of this year and after that I will be going on a gadget free vacation with my family. You all have a lovely time ahead.

Wish you all wonderful people a very happy new year!! I wish you nothing but health, happiness, love and endless joy!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DIY Bonsai Planter

My work is keeping me from my blog and I just hate this. 
I can't stay away from it and my lovely readers for long so I took out some time and created this DIY bonsai planter tutorial especially for my dear readers. 

DIY Bonsai Planter

Few months ago I tried my hands at creating bonsais. I created four bonsais jade, bougainvillaea, jasmine and ixora out of which only three survived. Ixora died because it was a wrong selection of the plant to create a bonsai. But I think three out of four was a good result for the first timer like me. I had started jade in the last week of September and just in two-three months it started looking a lot like bonsai. But its pot was quite boring so I decided to give it a makeover. After all, if your bonsai takes the shape of real bonsai its pot should look like a pretty bonsai pot too.
Tip: Jade is the simplest plant to start with if you too wish to create a bonsai. 
Gosh!! I talk a lot. Now let's start the tutorial without much ado.

For the DIY enthusiast like me acrylic colours, white M-seal(epoxy clay) and clear varnish are quite versatile art & craft supplies. You just put on your thinking cap and there are numerous things you can make using these three simple supplies. In this DIY tutorial, we are going to use the same supplies.

DIY Bonsai Pot

I drew a rough sketch of the pattern I wanted on the bonsai pot so that I can glue epoxy clay accordingly. To know how to use epoxy clay and how to make shapes using epoxy clay check out my previous post Lippan work tutorial and DIY Owl planter tutorial. These two blogs will give you a fair idea on how to work with clay. So the first three steps would be drawing a design on the pot, preparing clay and making shapes to stick on the pot. 

DIY Hand Painted Clay Pot

Here is how I made the patterns using clay and stuck the clay on bonsai pot. Good enough to go ahead and paint it. 

DIY Garden Planter

This time I chose distressed finish for my bonsai planter otherwise in all my previous works I have always preferred a fresh and clean look. I chose mint green for the clay patterns and painted it first. 

DIY Bonsai Pot

For the rest of the pot I chose Persian blue and painted it when mint green was dried completely. First I painted the rim of the planter. 

DIY Bonsai Pot

Then I added some more water in Persian blue color to make it bit runny and painted rest of the pot including clay patterns. See the below picture, this is how it looked after painting. 

DIY Bonsai Pot

While the color was still wet I dabbed a soft cloth gently on the clay patterns only. It revealed the mint green color and I loved the distressed look. 

DIY Bonsai Planter

Here is how the bonsai pot is looking with jade bonsai in it. Now it's time to decorate the bonsai pot with some accessories to complete the look. 

DIY Bonsai Planter

I used some pebbles, shells and tiny birds made out of shells to beautify the pot. Here is a closer look for you. Did you spot one little birdie sitting on the branch of jade bonsai. 

The bonsai planter turned out the way I had wished and it sits pretty on my coffee table now. 
Tip: Sometimes handmade stuff should be given the opportunity to beautify the place instead of fancy looking expensive stuff. 

DIY Bonsai Pot

Are you inspired to create bonsai and to make this bonsai planter, oh! please go ahead. It is so therapeutic I tell you. 

Now my dear peeps, I request you that please do not miss my next post as I will be sharing my achievements this year and my plans for the next year and I bet you will find my plans quite exciting. You all are a part of my success so I am asking you to join me in my next blog which is dedicated to you all :)
Stay tuned and keep creating!!

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