Friday, October 28, 2016

There Is No Place Like Home

I have often blogged about how blogging has inspired me and changed my life for the better. 
Today I want to tell you, my dear readers, how my home has inspired me to do things that I have never done before. Today, I am exploring and acknowledging a part of my personality that has been pivotal in shaping my life and the work I do. 


Home Decor Blog

My home inspires me to be creative.

It all started when my husband and I bought our home, a place where we weave memories together as we live and grow. I go the extra mile to decorate my home so that it showcases my personal style. Whether it's a wall or a piece of furniture, everything in my home is a reflection of my personality.
The stark and plain walls of the new house inspired me to put a stamp of my creative expression on them so that every wall in my home has a story to tell. The hand-painted mural on a wall in the foyer is an apt example of how my home inspires me to be creative.
Family pictures on the wall in our living room bring back lots of fond memories and quite often I try to steal a moment to relive those happy memories and it is a great stress buster. I like to weave memories into my home d├ęcor by showcasing all the souvenirs my husband and I have collected over the years. 


No Place Like Home

My home inspires me to bring best out of me.
I work from home and I am madly in love with my job. I wear many hats and working from home allows me to easily switch between my roles as the situation demands. A calming and comforting environment of my home soothes me whenever I feel exhausted after working for long hours. I step out on my balcony garden and a waft of pleasant mild floral fragrances make everything alright once again. 
My home inspires me to put my best foot forward and to do things perfectly. It inspired me to create my workspace to stay productive and focused. And I admit that my home office emanates positivity and warmth, I call it a little slice of heaven in my home.

Workspace

My home inspires me to be loving.
Every house is made of bricks and mortar but home is made of love. My home inspires me to be a loving person. A daughter, daughter-in-law, wife, mother, sister, friend; no matter what role I am playing, my home inspires me to be comforting, generous, kind, caring and loving. I feel complete when my family finds peaceful respite from the hustle bustle of the city at home with me 
This very beautiful video by Asian Paints shows exactly how our home can inspire us. I would call this video an expression of my feelings.


My home inspires me to stay positive, cheerful, healthy, strong, beautiful inside and out, exuberant and to be an inspiration for others. My home inspires me to be me. There is no denying the fact that there is #NoPlaceLikeHome

Before I conclude here is a teaser of what's coming up next. 


Home Decor Blog

Tour of my living room that has gone through a lovely transformation recently. Stay tuned!!
I would love to know how your home has inspired you. Do share your thoughts!!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Diwali DIY- Tealight Holder

Hello dear readers!! How are the preparations for Diwali going on.
 I am almost done, I designed and sewed lots of cushions, painted and decorated few pots, my Indian art gallery wall is ready and I am beaming with pride, house is clean and sparkling, furnishings have been changed, all my silverwares are out and shining, fairy lights are being given their right places and my home is basking in the warmth of the lights. 

Diwali DIY

I am sure you are all set for the biggest festival. But let 3D bring some more light and happiness around your home. I am here with the easiest DIY for Diwali. My last year's Diwali DIY on my YouTube channel is about to cross 2 lakh views (Click here to watch).
This year's Diwali DIY is quite an easy craft. So without much ado here is a tutorial for you to make beautiful tealight holders.
Supplies:
Hard plastic disposable cup (in any shape)
Flat back pearls
Acrylic stones/rhinestones (in your choice of color)
String of tiny beads
Glue

Tutorial:
Below is the video tutorial of DIY tealight holders. I love vlogging (video blogging) as much as I love blogging. Hence I have decided I would be vlogging more often now. Watch the video below and let me know your views. If you have any query please leave a comment and will try my best to answer it.




Here are some images how I styled these tealight holders. 

Diwali DIY

In a decorative tray or platter place some colorful beads or water gel beads. You can fill the tray with petals also for perfect festive ambiance. Now place the tealight holders and admire the beauty because handmade is more precious than the stuff you buy. 

Diwali DIY

You can keep one tealight holder on a wooden box or any colorful glass votive to add some dimension. 

Tealight Holders

Hope you enjoyed watching the video and will be giving it a try. In my next post, I'll be sharing some sentiments on how my home inspires me.
For more posts on Diwali decor and DIY, click the links below.
Diwali DIY
Diwali Decor 

P.S. Recently I found out that many images from my blog are being stolen. Some people even removed the watermark and posted images from my blog blatantly without giving proper credits and one person used the image from my blog as her brand logo without my knowledge hence the watermark is bigger and less faded from now on. Please seek my permission if you want to use any image from my blog. Thank You!!
Stay tuned and have a very wonderful and safe Diwali!!



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Diwali Craft Idea: Origami Lotuses

Today we have a very special guest on 3D who will be showing us how to make origami baskets.
I said special because he is a cute, charming adorable kid joining us all the way from Australia.

Dear readers, please welcome Ishaan Ganguly, a cute little boy with twinkling eyes, tons of confidence and oodles of patience. I stumbled across his Youtube channel Ishaan Tube and instantly fell in love with him and his cute little sister, who is always there to assist him. No matter how many times she interrupts in a video, Ishaan looks at her lovingly and waits patiently for her to finish. You can subscribe to his Youtube channel to check out more such lovely videos.
Over to Ishaan now,

I am Ishaan from Melbourne! I live here with my parents and my sister. I love playing with toys and also enjoy making things In crafting I like to make an envelope when it's my friend's birthday, I also love to make gifts for people I love. It is also important to recycle and reduce waste, so I make RECYCLING CRAFTS. I like to do it because it's fun!
Below is a video where Ishaan has explained very well how to make origami baskets.



My son and I tried our hands at making these origami baskets and it turned out quite well. Though we added some personal touches later and decided to use it in our Diwali decor as origami lotuses instead. I asked my son to fill the petals with glitter and this is how he did the job. I gave a second coat of glitter later.

Diwali craft Idea

Theses origami lotuses can be made in a variety of colors and can be styled in many ways too. Place a flower into it or a LED tealight to add the festive charm. We made origami lotuses in different shapes and kept smaller one inside the larger lotus to make it look more like a lotus with lots of petals. 

Origami Lotuses

We can't thank Ishaan enough for such a lovely and well-explained tutorial. It was great fun doing this Diwali craft with my son. He showed equal enthusiasm in styling and photographing the lotuses. These origami lotuses have sure added a festive bling and warmth in our living room. 

Origami Lotus

You can fill the lotuses with chocolates or nuts. These can make a unique and lovely gift for kids this festive season. 

Diwali Craft Ideas

Now below is a teaser of Diwali DIY idea that is coming up next on 3D. Yes, you can make these beautiful tealight holders at home. 

Diwali Craft Idea 

Stay tuned!!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Diwali Decor With Brass Lamps

After the grand success of last year's "Diwali Decor Ideas" blog post,
 this year also Design Decor & Disha in association with Shalu Prasad of Templebells bring to you Diwali decor ideas and inspirations to make your Diwali decor even more special. Shalu's home tour(click here to see) has already crossed 15k views (and counting) on my blog. Now you can imagine what this passionate decorator has for you in store.

Today's post is dedicated to the festival of light- Diwali and is all about lights and lamps.

Diwali Decor Ideas

Shalu has impeccable taste in home decor. Her ever growing collection of brass oil lamps can make you weak at the knees. She is joining us today with her dramatic and spellbinding cornucopia of brass lamps. Brass lamps collected over the years in all possible sizes and delightful shapes are Shalu's proud possession. Let's take a look at her stunning collection of various brass lamps and pick up some inspiration to incorporate this gleaming metal in Diwali decor. Now you really need not worry if you don't have such beautiful brass oil lamps. I have good news for you, let this Diwali be the special one for you and your home too. Below the image of every brass lamp you can find a link that will take you to the shopping destination where you can buy exactly the same brass lamp on heavy discounted price. DIWALI BONANZA just for you dear readers.!!

Brass Hanging Lamps:
Brass has its own charm and elegance. The amazing shine and texture of this metal can easily add the much-needed drama to your decor this festive season. Hanging brass lamp when lit adds the warmth and the gleam of it is a sure thing to bring in the festive cheer.
Hanging brass lamps can be hung anywhere inside the home or even outdoors to make the place look cheerful. Hang the brass lamp, light it up and add some petals or flowers (preferably marigold or rose) for the easiest way to create a perfect festive ambiance.


An antique brass lamp in a company of folk art of India or any beautiful artwork with India inspired theme for that matter makes an unparalleled combination of grace and beauty. 

Whether lit or not brass lamps are the sure shot way to add the vintage charm. These lamps are used for ornamental purpose too for their attractive appearance and hence can be hung outdoors without even lighting them up. Mix them up with terracotta and clay hangings for a sophisticated and elegant look.

Diwali Decor Ideas

Hang them in an entryway, patio or garden and pair them with some greens for an appealing to the eye display.


Diwali Decor Ideas


If you have brass lamps/diyas that can be hung on the wall then possibilities of styling them are endless. You can place flowers, petals, colored powder, pearls, pebbles or tealights. Seen in below image Shalu has styled her Lakshmi brass lamp with a single bright red rose. Red and gold have always been a perfect color combination for festive decor.

Diwali Decor Ideas

Traditional Brass  Lamps:
Traditional brass lamps encompass a rich south Indian culture and have been used as a decor accentuating element for ages. Brass along with bronze is an unusual but aesthetically appealing combination. See yourself how these two exquisite metals are creating a pleasing vignette and wall behind in warm color is setting a perfect background.

  Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy standing lady brass lamp
or here

The mystical bronze diya/lamp below is called Esha lamp and is considered very sacred. Shalu is absolutely lucky to possess one as it is very unusual and rare bronze lamp. It has Shiva and Sheshnaga and along with diya it also has a pot to fill holy water. 
I am a big admirer of Shalu's sense of styling. She has styled this sacred Esha lamp with her handmade coaster (which is actually a framed kolam hand drawn by her) and a brass Ganesha idol. A brass pot filled with pothos and peach rose is making the vignette lively. To complete the look of the whole set-up a canvas in warm colors is placed in the background. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
I couldn't find the Esha lamp anywhere on the internet but I have something similar for you to buy.
Click here to buy bronze parrot lamp.

Niche in a wall in Shalu's home has given her the opportunity to not only showcase her proud possession of brass lamps but also to style it differently on various occasions. She followed a simple rule of 'less is more' here. 
A bunch of flowers in a brass pot can be placed along with the brass lamp to make the vignette more cheerful.

Diwali Decor Ideas


The brass lamp in below image is called Annapakshi sakhi lamp. In Indian mythology, Annapakshi/Annam/Hamsa is a bird which is described as pure, divine, eat pearls, can separate milk from water from a mixture of both and said to possess the knowledge of brahmin. Owing to its purity Annapakshi has acquired a special space in brass and bronze lamps hence it is considered auspicious to light such lamps on festivals and celebrations. 
The lamp itself is so magnificent and pure beauty that it needs no other objects to enhance the beauty of it. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
This Annapakshi Sakhi lamp is also a lucky find but something similar you can buy here

In below image, the three sakhis(friends) have been replaced with a mystical pattern but the lamp is quite rare and can't be found easily. Shalu has paired this lamp beautifully with a lovely combination of bougainvillea and Amaltas (golden shower) flowers. 

Diwali Decor Ideas

A dancing Ganesha brass lamp with parrots in below image is surrounded by colorful glass tealights and lanterns for a warm and pleasing display. Rajnigandha or tuberose flowers placed here are making the display uncontrived. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy this exquisite dancing Ganesha brass lamp

Traditional brass lamps are clubbed together with brass pots and a peacock wood carving in the backdrop is making this display an eye pleasing one. Shalu has filled all the brass pots with flowers and greens. A framed kolam art is serving as a beautiful stage. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy left most Annapakshi brass oil lamp for Diwali
Click here to buy right most brass oil lamp


A collection of traditional silver oil lamps (silver lamps are a thoughtful gift to Shalu by her mom) and brass tealights with chrysanthemum and marigold strings in below picture is creating an apt display for the festive season. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy the lamp in the middle
Click here to buy small lamps

If you have kids in your home then you should not be lighting these brass oil lamps inside your home. What to do with them then. Well, you can club them together just like Shalu did and fill them with colorful petals. A perfect festive vignette in no time is ready to please the guests. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy left most peacock brass lamp
Click here to buy the right most brass Kerala Lamp


Stone, Terracotta And Moroccan Lamps:
Not only brass and bronze, Shalu has a stupendous collection of stone, terracotta and Moroccan lamps. The soapstone lamp in below image is mostly found in south India and is quite unique. It has a dual purpose of floating flowers and lighting lamp too.
Draw a beautiful kolam or rangoli and place this lamp on it. You can place some terracotta lamps around it.



Moroccan lamps are paired with some greens and figurines. Colorful Moroccan lamps never fail to add a style quotient to your decor.

Diwali Decor Ideas
A terracotta peacock diya in below image is painted and decorated by Shalu. She has styled it beautifully by lighting it up and placing flowers alternately. A mat below in color that coordinates with the color of flowers is creating a cohesive look. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
You can buy beautiful terracotta diyas here

In the last, we have a collection of the images that show how beautifully Shalu has styled her proud possession of brass, terracotta and Moroccan lamps. To pick her style sense you need to give attention to the platform also on which you will be displaying your lamps. Shalu has used numerous objects as a stage to showcase her knick-knacks like a tree trunk slice, carved wood, wooden box, mat, framed artwork, beautiful table runner and many such eye-pleasing things.  Once the platform has been chosen, place the lamps and pair them with stylish vases filled with fresh flowers or greens. Place a figurine that creates a pulled together look. 

Diwali Decor Ideas

I am utterly thankful and grateful to Shalu for sending such cheerful and spellbinding images of her lovely(need I say enviable) collection of lamps. 
Dear readers! I hope you were able to pick some Diwali decor inspirations from this blog post which is a joint effort by Shalu and Design Decor & Disha. Keep watching this space for Diwali craft idea and Diwali DIY. Also, my Indian art gallery wall is almost ready. Will be sharing the complete details shortly. Thank you for being patient!
Happy Decorating!!

P.S: All the images are provided by Shalu Prasad and subject to copyright. Please seek her permission before using them!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Vijayadashmi

Design Decor & Disha wishes all the design, decor, gardening, art & craft enthusiasts a very Happy Vijayadashmi!!

This is the day that symbolizes the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. And that's what we all should strive for. 

Indian Festive Decor

Dussehra vignette in my home is displaying the same emotion. 

Indian Festive Decor


Indian Festive Decor

Now let's talk about what will come next on my blog. Next, we have a blog on Diwali decor inspirations and ideas. And after that a blog on Diwali craft idea and Diwali DIY. 

Indian Festive Decor

Colourful paper baskets you see here in below and above image are made by my son and he is so glad that I am actually using them in decor. These paper baskets can be used in many ways, put flowers inside or place a tealight, fill them with nuts or chocolates and gift them to kids.

Indian Festive Decor  


Hope you all are having a wonderful time celebrating the festival with family and friends
Happy Dussera once again dear readers!!



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