Sunday, 25 January 2015

Let’s Get Twiggy

Twigs and sticks DIY home décor .

Nature has always been very kind to DIYers. Through nature we can draw an abundance of inspiration and every natural element can be transformed into wondrous & quirky stuff.
So through a stroll in the garden or a walk in the forest, and we stumble upon twigs scattered everywhere. These little wooden sticks are a perfect starting point for various DIY activities to make our home more naturally beautiful. Let us indulge in a few twig-fashioned indulgences from across various DIY blogs and help create juicy-woody ideas for up-cycling our own few little twigs.

Your home is your love nest – bespoke with natural hanging mono-toned twig.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Marsala 18-1438: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.


Pantone, the leading authority on color trends, has announced that Marsala is the hue of 2015.

Every year, the color specialists pick the shade they believe will be reflected in fashion, home decor and graphic and industrial design trends for the year ahead.
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Marsala has a very similar ring to ‘Masala’ – the Indian word for spices. And truly this color has the depth that unfurls into spicy, rich-red undertones.

Pantone describes the Color of the Year as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said the full-bodied color is classy and enriching.
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“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” Eiseman said in a statement.
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The Versatility of Marsala (as described by Pantone experts)
  • Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.
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Marsala has versatile use; it can be paired with deep blues and greens and also with softer pastel hues.
This year we will see a lot of Marsala in and around us, from fashion runways, to home patterns and walls to products, logos & branding. A warm, rich, earthy 2015 awaits us.
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Monday, 12 January 2015

With Great Moustache Comes Great Responsibilty

Moustache Decor: they are turning up in lots of places other than faces.

Moustaches have been making their way into the design world for some time now. Pillows, wallpaper, mirrors and more have been emblazoned with whimsical whiskers. This kitschy trend is adorned by all.
Moustaches come in all shapes and sizes but the curving handle-bar ones are most groomed in the décor world. 

Let’s have a look at all the various kinds of moustache-décor floating around in the market. They are sure to add a quirky, polished chant to your home.

1. The word ‘moustache’ is of French origin. So no better way to commemorate it than by writing/framing it up in a typography of ‘la moustache’.

The French love their moustaches

2. Make a collection jar or box and write on it - ‘Don’t Touch My Stach’! A double warning to protect your ‘stach as well as your stash.

Stash up your stache

3. This wood block man with a giant moustache adds quite a hilarious touch. Rest your spectacle or your sunglasses on its nose. Being poignant is fun at times.

Rest your specs on a moustached face

4. The moustache print has poise as well as solidarity to it. Print them up on your merchandise like mugs and glasses to add instant quirkiness to them.

Moustache print on my mug

5. Another fun way to add moustache glamour to your home is by up-cycling mundane clocks with whacky prints to exemplify your love for your hairy tash.

I heart 'moustache' clock

6. Moustaches add opulence. Period. Be it on your face or in your home. So why not go bold with them.  Pair moustache wall prints with solid-fluidic furniture and décor pieces. A sure way to add chutzpah to your home.

Go bold with moustache on your walls

7. In fun little ways we can add whimsical little moustaches. What do you thing about pasting a moustache cut-out on a bunch of hanging bulbs? High on the quirk quotient is say!
Bulb with flying moustaches

Your home grooming time stars now!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A little Wisdom, A little Love

 Personalized hindi alphabet book-ends which double as candle stands.

  • A Little Wisdom – flaunt your latest reading trends, against these personalized book-ends!
  •  A Little Love – set the mood right, light the candles at night!
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Inspired by the book-ends which we earlier made (book-ends for the bride & groom), one of our avid followers liked the design so much, that she asked us to make another similar kind to be given as a wedding gift.

But, this time we added a bit more of multi-purposing to our décor piece.

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We designed an elegant personalized book-end as a wedding gift. The initial alphabets (in hindi) of the couple were carved out hollow in the 2 wooden blocks of the book-ends.

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For the multi-purposing bit, we made the book-ends double as a candle-holder to infuse more elegance in the product. When lit, the hollow alphabets glow beautifully.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Paint Dipped Artwork

Trend alert: give a modern twist to your old paintings by dipping it in paint!

Certain trends catch your eyes instantaneously, may be for the good or for the bad.

So imagine a meticulous beautiful painting and it being dipped in paint half way through! "Sigh" - Like the look of it?

This whimsical trend of dipping your artwork in paint is the latest fad.

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Oliver Jeffers dipped paintings

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Process details about of Oliver Jeffers here

Paint dipping chairs, cabinets or spoons has always been popular; but an entire artwork paint-dipped requires an act of courage.

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DIY dipped artwork,from DIY Candy
Brit & Co DIY dipped frames - a little less obtuse
This technique is a very interesting DIY. All we need to do is take any of our old framed painting and make a horizontal, vertical or slant division on the painting. Ideally we should dip it in a tub of paint. But why waste so much precious paint? So we paint the desired area with thin paint in a vertical motion repeatedly to give a dipped feel!

Is it whimsical, or well curated or just child's play? It's worth trying out though!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Color Blocking

Add a modern flair to your homes with use of color blocking technique for your room.

Happy new year everyone. Its 2015! A new beginning, a new adventure and whole lots of things to be accomplished. May you all have an awesome year ahead – full of colors and vibrancy!

With the new year, new trends usher in the market and the latest trend for 2015 is ‘Color Blocking’.

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Color blocking, is a method of using multiple solid colors. The look revolves around a palette of two or more colors, usually in bold and bright shades. The result is a simple yet very chic look. Prints and patterns are typically not used in color blocking, as such designs and patterns would take away from the “blocked” visual.

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The idea is to use vibrant colors in abundance. Fresh, bright hues work the best. Make a neutral room pop with a splash of geometric color. In order to avoid any color over-bearing, it is recommended to use a neutral palette of whites, grey or creams for the walls and floorings. Then we can play around with chunky colorful furniture and décor accessories.

The best part about color blocking is that there are no rules. We can play with as many colors as we want. But a minimum of 3 colors is a must, which would help rotate the overall look of the place. Sharp lines help demarcate the colors from one another.
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We love that color blocking is not limited to just the runway. In home decor land, it’s one of the easiest ways to add modern flair to your living space.

Let’s play with colors all the way through 2015!