2018 is here to stay, and having given myself a few weeks to let the dust settle on last year, I feel charged to take on the new year resolutions I so ambitiously penned down on Dec 31st. Surprisingly, I found a few simple ways to combine most of my resolutions and get started in a positive direction. But more on that a bit later!
For what it’s worth, here are my top five resolutions, in no particular order:
- Spend more time outdoors. (Or at least disable your Swiggy and Netflix.)
- Be healthy and de-stress often. (No more wasted gym memberships in 2018!)
- Make more time for family. (Where we aren’t sitting around the TV on our devices.)
- Read at least one book a month. (Chetan Bhagat doesn’t count!)
- Turn your house into a home. (No more pretending to be sick to avoid entertaining.)
These may seem like big ones to tackle, but I found the amalgamate of all my new goals in … an outdoor garden space. Now hear me out! Without bringing up failed years past, I wanted to get started on my new year resolutions, in some small way, to keep from losing steam before we even hit March. The great outdoors seemed to aid in this effort, so I’m determined to create a cozy alfresco area in my home, where I can step out each day for a change of pace, some greenery, and fresh air (or what we can get of it in the city!).
Succulents are basically low maintenance starter plants, which make them harder to kill, which make them A-OK in my books. As can be imagined, I’m pretty into these delicate hanging terrariums and house number plate planters. I even got a jar terrarium for my writing table!
I’ll be home proud and happy as long as the space can fit a colorful swing chair on one side for all the heavy reading and relaxing I’ll be doing this year. Maybe even a yoga mat to work on that “Get Healthy” check, and a couple of these cement planters in contrasting colors, with natural leaves painted onto them.
I’m also considering a wooden bench with ethnic cutouts to compliment the larger planters. The smaller sized planters, with some chairs set about, could be great on the balcony for tea with the family.
How about these nature-inspired wall hangings of birds and cages to make the outdoor space more inviting? I also loved the wire birds and mushrooms to either hang up or set on the floor, in any dark corners.
These botanical themed outdoor lights would also do the trick nicely! As far as outdoor lighting goes, Purple Turtles offers a whole range of metal, wood, and glass lanterns to persuade the undecided.
Here’s hoping that these minor renovations allow for more moments of calm, to stop and smell the metaphorical roses in the year to come.
It’s come that time of year, and you’ll probably have to attend at least one awkward holiday party this festive season. You know the ones; formal, polite, boring! The only thing worse than being at the sad Christmas party is to be the one hosting the sad Christmas party.
Don’t sweat it, though! We’ve rounded up six party planning essentials to ensure that your Christmas shindig is a raging success right up until it’s shut down by the cops in the wee morning hours.
1. The Tree: Set the tone center stage with a brightly lit, well ornamented tree. Ornament options are endless; classic beaded snowflakes on white ribbons, candy canes and popcorn strings, paisley print elephants for an indie touch, or even glazed ceramic pieces (Purchase instore). This is also a great spot for your nativity scene. If you’re the kind to go all out, try some nontoxic Insta-Snow sprinkled around the tree and in the windows. (Just don’t call us for cleanup!)
2. Deck The Halls: Keep décor simple and bright by choosing runners and napkins in accents of red, green, and white. Mistletoe under the doorways is a cheeky, fun addition. If you go with a synthetic tree, woodsy pine scented candles in our gilded candleholders could make up any loss.
3. Game, Set, Match: Whether your party is more active (Candy cane hunt! Secret Santa!) or are in a cozier mood (Jenga! Wrap Battle! Board games!) keep a few simple stocking stuffers handy to help loosen up your crew.
4. Eat: Unless it’s a sit-down dinner, plan a non-fussy menu that won’t require reheating through the evening. Cheese platters and canapes can go a long way.
There’s nothing like a good sugar rush to keep the party going—bring on the rose cookies and kalkal. Santa wouldn’t judge a store bought plum cake, so don’t forget his plate!
5. Drink: If you can’t get in the Christmas spirit without some Christmas spirit, try your hand at making some warm mulled wine with oranges and spices. Pop any extra wine in a bottle for great homemade gifting!
6. Make Merry: Once the drinks have warmed both belly and soul, it’s a good time to bring out the guitar or gather by the piano for singalong carols. For the gun shy, there’s liquid courage and peer pressure. In any case, it’s a well-known fact that you cannot have a bad time while belting out Jingle Bell Rock!
If your music is stored on your phone, remember to charge the good speakers and cue up your Christmas playlist. Here’s one we like!
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
When you image search the word ‘cork,’ as one usually does, what pops up is pictures of bottle stoppers and insulation, and also a lovely little city on the Southwest coast of Ireland. A bonus find for me, before I corrected my typo, were these stunning lighting décor solutions. Clueless as to the versatility of this material, I used to think cork was just for my high school pinboard and to keep my wine fresh.
In truth, cork is lightweight and water resistant which makes it resilient to rot and moisture. It’s also a natural insulator and has very low heat conductivity. To all this, throw in some innovative design and you have the Uncork collection of lamps that are functional along with being aesthetically pleasing. These unconventional pieces make for striking additions to any home. Talk piece, anyone?
A personal favourite for that modern yet rustic feel, take this box light. With a natural colour that doesn’t fade, this mixed cork piece could make a real statement installed above your dining area or even above the bar.
The laser cutting on this tube lamp casts peek-a-boo shadows on the walls, making for a textured, inviting space.
The overlap lamp (Try saying that five times, real fast!) with its rubberized cork is a non-fussy way to give your room a comforting glow.
These styles are also great if you care about that little thing, the environment. The cork lights are eco-friendly as it is only the outer bark of the cork tree that is harvested. The tree itself is never cut down and regenerates the bark every nine years. All materials used for making the lighting are either recyclable or have been made from up cycling materials. Can you feel that carbon footprint lighten?
Whatever your desire, be it a funky table lamp,
a stitched drum light,
or the Berg lamp
with its dark finish teak wood top, this collection will meet your needs and then some.
So, let’s pop the champagne and raise a toast to a sustainable, modern take on a natural material with timeless appeal.
The festival of lights is upon us! Amidst all the dusting, polishing, painting, upholstering, don’t forget to pay special attention to the entrance of your home. Tradition has it that Goddess Lakshmi enters the homes of devotees whose entryways are brightly lit and inviting on Diwali. I’d say that’s enough incentive for an outdoor makeover! Set the festive mood and make the right first impression with these suggestions.
Start with a proper on-all-fours cleaning to ensure all obstacles are cleared from the goddess’ pathway. These colorful thorans could make for a special welcome when displayed over your main doorway. Draped loosely over a countertop, they’ll brighten up any dull corners in your home.
This year, save the ghee for your Diwali eats and make the switch from oil lamps to LED garlands, fairy light strings, and metallic/glass lanterns. If a lit flame is more your vibe, scented candles and T-lights are more convenient options to give Maa Lakshmi that 21st century welcome.
Some colored powder and a few easy patterns ripped off the internet can give you rangoli designs worthy of any K-serial. Add flower petals and T-lights to take to next level.
A large brass Uruli filled with water, floating flowers and candles makes for an inviting entryway. You could go old school and string lights off your balcony/ through the trees in the garden, or give new life to everyday objects by framing family photos or even large mirrors with the string lights. Coil them up in glass jars or hang them up in painted bird cages for an innovative touch.
With light holders to please each décor palate, be it an ethnic antique style or modern geometric shapes that you desire, these designs could easily be made permanent fixtures in any home. They make for great holiday gifting, too!
Diwali literally translates to ‘row of lights’ and therein lies a décor idea. Candles of varying heights lined up, cast a warm flickering glow to brighten any space.
A couple of these Tamara T-light holders in the iconic lotus shape are sure to bring Goddess Saraswati a-knocking. Here’s wishing she brings us health, wealth and prosperity this Diwali.
Happiness is homemade.
Get rid of the soon-to-be-forgotten fads of interior decor and bring home a touch of newly baked riches. Rather than decorating your home with clichéd old sayings and big buys, incorporate some of the unheard and the untold. A contemporary rustic style has emerged of late and here are a few hints of the little things that could blend into your home and accentuate its rustic bloom.
1. Open the letter box
Contemporary home decor emphasizes on staying on top of what’s new. It isn’t easy to spot one that blends both modernity and yester art. This little wooden letter box does exactly that, and also creates a personalised aesthetic for your home. They are great for stocking up your tabloids and papers at a convenient place, making storage space look nice and artsy.
Say sayonara to the concept that mirrors belong in your dressing room alone. While a regular square mirror does its job, this aluminium porthole with mirror is way to entice your hallway. Besides the purpose it serves, it transforms and accent the ambience of even the smallest of spaces. It is quite a clever piece to buy for creating a prettier and cozier feel.
3. Pump it up
Go unusual. Go relic. Experiment and exploit your home décor opportunities with these antique collectibles that have own tales to tell. Much loved by the millennials, this rustic hand-pump can spruce up the place in no time. With its defined rugged beauty, they are a smart and eye-catching add-on to your room.
4. Time to pack your trunks
The 70s trend is making a major comeback this year. These assorted old metal trunks in their deliberately worn out attire can make your space feel warmer and more individualized. You could tuck in anything from garments to books in these warm rusty vintage beauties, and instantly accentuate the air around them.
5. A good tray is always a good idea
These wooden trays in simple and earthy tints work as cool space savers and help you whip up your own trend in home décor. Set them on your coffee table, on your balcony floors, just about anywhere, for some unpretentious organic warmth. Apart from their utility, these trays are a solid addition to a contemporary rusty ambience.
Your home is a true reflection of your personality. So involve in a little mix and match of wood and metal and let these little things create big moments in your home.
To see the complete collection of decor accents at The Purple Turtles, visit thepurpleturtles.com.
Always soothing to the eyes and mind, the fresh shade of green instills an invigorating feeling to everyone. Be it the grassy carpet glistening with morning dew or the leafy plants with a lush color, green always conjures up a sense of refreshing liveliness.
All over the world, the shade green is associated with vigor and vitality. In fact, the modern lifestyle makes us long for the greenery even more and thus we indulge in eco-holidays and nature trails. Being surrounded by greenery reconnects us to nature and makes us one with it!
Owing to its versatile persona, greenery has been chosen as PANTONE Color Institute’s Color of the Year 2017. At the Purple Turtles, this revitalizing color has always been an inspiration for our creative thinkers and designers. When this shade comes together with an illuminating light, it marries elegance with charm.
The Purple Turtles Piaf Collection:
The natural greenery lends its color as well as shape to this collection. Inspired by the curvy leaves and the birds that get attracted to lush trees and plants, this collection is a combination of wall curvy, hanging lamp and quadripod stand has an organic graphic print to complement it. Made out of poplin, the interesting squeezed shape is perfect to be used as a bedside lamp.
The Purple Turtles Palme Collection:
Taking from the rejuvenating freshness of palm leaves,these variants of floor lamps, drums and dublets provide an exciting shadow play on the wall. Made of fabric and acrylic, these laser cut leaves-pattern are meant to add an instant vibrancy to the room.
The Purple Turtles Alibert Hanging Lamps Collection:
Keeping minimalism at its core, these Alibert lamps create magic with a neon green inside and simplistic design outside. It brightens up the room with a soft, comforting hue in an instant!
The Purple Turtles Thread Ball Collection:
Made with a dense network of cotton thread on a mould, these pendant lamps have a lively and playful touch with oodles of style.
The Purple Turtles Shibori Work:
The almost spherical pendant light is inspired by the sea and is made out of banana paper with shibori work on it.
The Purple Turtles Mini Desk Lamps:
These solid colored, smart desk lamps are a reminiscence of all Pixar movies ever. They appeal to every age group and are highly practical for use on every study table, home library or as a reading light by the bedside. Their adjustable design makes them an evergreen favorite, pun intended!
So bring home a piece of artistic lamp embellished with the richness and vitality of the green shade. It will light up your space and soothe your heart and mind! To see the complete collection of greenery lamps at The Purple Turtles, visit thepurpleturtles.com
What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?
A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
Winters with their dipping temperatures conjure up images of foggy mornings, lazy evenings and thoughts of snuggling up with steaming hot cups of cocoa. It also marks the perfect time to make a few changes. Obviously, we are not talking complete overhaul but simple and inexpensive additions that make absolute sense within the four walls of your home.
1. Quilts – Waking up to Bright and Happy Mornings
A great morning usually sets the stage for an exciting and fruitful day, at work or play. Wake up to those chilly temperatures snuggled up in a comfortable and cozy quilt that keeps you happily warm throughout the night. Swap your regular bedspreads with jazzy patchwork quilts in sunny yellow and green hues. Great colors are said to more often change your mood and even charge up the atmosphere quite easily. If there is a kid’s room down the hallway, there are delightfully crafted fruity versions and whimsical cartoon prints that might even creatively kick-start their young minds.
2. Sofas – An Afternoon Delight for Work and Play
Winter afternoons present a relaxed ambience making it easy to lean back over the sofa while you check up on your emails or relax over the latest thriller. Sofas are a must-have addition to any home. If you have been planning to splurge on a new one, the time to do that would be now. Whether you are looking for a one, two or a three seater, an arm chair or a Maharaja styled sofa there are some awesome picks available in fun quirky designs and colors to match your home and mood every time.
3. Cushions – Inspiring Casual Evenings with Close Friends
Make your evenings a relaxed affair with a gathering of friends and family discussing and debating over hot cups of tea and surrounded by a smattering of cushions to complement the setting. You can never have too many of these. Throw them against lounge chairs, stack them over the sofa or simply place larger ones on the floor to relax on; to create the perfect way to enjoy the dipping temperatures. One of the best things about cushions is that you can choose décor-matching elegantly embroidered ones or try out contrasting effects with funky pompom cushions, to come up with some pretty exciting end results.
4. Lamps and Bulbs – Light up Your Nights
Lighting up your personal space means more than just giving proper illumination to the area. There are quite a few tricks you can use to achieve elegance with table lamps and lights, placed just right. Choose from fabric covered lamps to metallic ones, from decorative shades to bolder choices that will jazz up your living room or the terrace. You can even hang differently sized Edison bulbs over your blossoming primroses or snapdragons as you wind-up for the night.
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When it comes to decorating your home, a mirror can be used anywhere, anytime. Mirrors are a perfect blend of furniture and wall art. It is literally the only wall piece you’ll deliberately want to pass by in your home. After all, everyone’s got to look!
The beauty about mirrors is that this simple piece of furniture can change the way your home looks. Adding mirrors can make your room look larger, lighter and even give it more depth.
Long gone are the days when mirrors were used in a makeup setting. Today, they’re used to make a statement. Here are a few tips and tricks to decorate your home with mirrors:
1. Mirrors making a statement
Decorating dining or living rooms can be difficult. The décor for these rooms should be able to fit into the over archiving theme of the house. The pieces should follow the colour tone and the mood of the season, drawing people towards it. We all know portraits are expensive and may not always reflect the setting around it. Decorative mirrors would be the perfect solution in this scenario and help you make a statement. Hang them like a portrait and you’ll be good to go.
2. Home decorating with mirrors and collages
Placing multiple mirrors on one wall is a fun and funky way to spice up a room. Go with a single shape or colour and add many of them in different sizes for an intriguing look. You can create a small collage at the entryway, your room or even your staircase.
3. Antique and Distressed mirrors
There are so many ways to go about this. You can place them near a couch or the corners you get cozy in. You can even place a full-length mirror facing the sunlight to make your room feel more spacious and a LOT brighter. As a bonus, it helps you get a quick and complete look of yourself! 😉
4. Mirror Screens
They are a must have! They allow you to breakaway from the conundrum in your house. You can place them near your doorway to prevent your sneaky next-door neighbor from snooping around or to form a partition between the living and dining rooms in small apartments. They’re extremely multi-functional and can be shifted as per your convenience.
A well-placed mirror can work wonders for any room. It turns a room’s reflection into a work of art. Especially when it has colorful décor around it. You can now decorate your home with mirrors in no time. So,
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, which one do you like of them all?
Picking the perfect lamp is a lot like choosing the right accessory – it has to be a right fit for any location or occasion. The lamp should be suitable for your in-laws coming over or a small get-together at home. It just needs to draw enough attention to be noticed.
To pick the perfect lamp, you could start by assessing the room that you want to add a little more lighting to, identify the mood you want to set in the room or even think about the zone you’d like to get into in its presence. Now, think of the other arrangements around it…the colour tones and style of the chair next to the table by the window or the cushion near the television. Once, you’re sure of the surroundings, you can buy a perfect lamp complementing it.
Just to make it easier for you, we have detailed out four tips to help you pick the perfect lamp:
Depending on the amount of light you need, choose the translucency of your lampshade. Dark shades filter the light out creating a romantic setting and add a sense of warmth to your room. On the other hand, wider and transparent lampshades will allow more light to emanate around the room which would be suitable for activities like reading.
Choose a lampshade that compliments and adds more character to your room. Bold colours would be more suitable if you want your lights to be the focal point of the room. However, for a more subtle look, neutral tones would be preferred. Remember, if you’re mixing and matching colours, the colour of the lamp should either be in contrast or match the color tone/theme of the room.
This is a matter of style. Would you prefer a plain shade or something a little more decorative? Simple white silk shades can add elegance to your room. Or if you’re looking for something fun and happy, vibrant textures and designs would be a better fit.
4. Height and Width
These technicalities will come in handy if you’re buying the lampshade and base separately. Remember:
- The taller the lamp, the larger the shade
- Shade height should be about 3/4 the height of the base
- Shade width should be wider than the widest part of the base
Lamps are an opportunity to add an extra element into your space. Be its glow, colour or art. Lamps are an easy fix to personalize your interiors. They’re rotatable and can be changed as per your need. And always trust your eye, if you think it’s a good fit, go for it! Hope you enjoy picking this new piece of accessory for your home.
Midway through the Monsoon season, umbrellas and rain coats are being sold like hot cakes! While you’re busy stocking up on all the monsoon essentials, how about finding a place to put your soaking wet raingear? Don’t forget your muddy footwear that leaves a trail of mess!
Here’s where we step in and tell you what your home needs this monsoon. Here are 6 monsoon must-haves that your home needs 🙂
1. Wall Hooks
Your raincoats did a great job saving you from getting drenched in the rain, but it’s not going to save your home from being a mess if you decide to walk into your home with a wet raincoat! But when you can use wall hooks, why worry? Put them up at the entrance of your home, behind the door or on the side wall. So the next time you end up with a dripping wet jacket, hang it on the hook and walk into your home without having to worry about creating a wet floor. Wondering where you can find good wall hooks? We have some pretty and colorful looking hooks at our store!
2. Umbrella Stand
Umbrellas are a must have in every household as they come handy in almost every season, be it monsoon or summer. But have you thought of finding a partner for your umbrella? No, we’re not referring to you, we mean umbrella stands. You need to find a place to put the umbrellas when not in use. You can always put them in the cupboard or anywhere else, but what if they are wet? Umbrella stands are the way to go. They not only serve the purpose of storing wet umbrellas, but they also make a nice home décor piece to have at the entrance of your home!
Here are a few references to keep in mind when you go shopping for umbrella stands.
3. Drying Rack
Monsoons leave your clothes smelling damp as you can’t air dry them outdoors. Drying racks come handy during these times as they are designed to allow your clothes to dry well when kept indoors. They also save a lot of space especially if your home is small. And if you live in an apartment, drying racks are a must have and it is probably something you already own by now. Some of the racks enable drying many clothes at once and much faster. They can be fitted into walls or placed anywhere in your home. And when they’re not in use, they come in sleeks designs so storing them shouldn’t be a problem. You should actually consider these creative references or maybe take this up as a new DIY project 😉
4. Sheer Curtains
Your windows can definitely do with some sheer warmth. Translucent window curtains are in vogue this season. Because they come in beautiful light fabrics like lace, light linens, and even crochets, they make charming window dressings. Sheer curtains allow just the right amount of light to enter, while maintaining your privacy. You can break away from the regular styles and maybe go a little Boho, to create a dreamy retreat in your home. Take a look at the references below to see the variety you can choose from.
5. Door Mats
Monsoon season is when you need to bring out those water absorbent mats and place them at the entryway. Make sure that every entrance to your home has two door mats each, one inside the door and one outside. Opt for neutral colored door mats which would effectively camouflage the dirt and sludge that’s left behind. Rubber and coir doormats are effective in helping you get the dirt off your footwear while they absorb water as well. Plastic/Synthetic faux grass mats are also an option as these are low maintenance.
Boot Trays are super easy and inexpensive way to dry boots and wet footwear. It is a nice entryway organization in your home that helps drain the water a little better and very simple to make as well. Put your wet and dirty footwear on the boot tray and help save the floor from clutter and stains. They maybe a thing in The States, but given how simple it looks to create one, consider getting it in your home 🙂
With this list, you can save your home from becoming a mess this Monsoon. Let us know if you have any such ideas via comments 🙂
Psst: Don’t forget to do Rainwater Harvesting. Conserve water!
Bohemian Home Décor is definitely trending for all the right reasons. Bohemianism is a culture revolving around artists, musicians and the wanderer in you. Adding this lifestyle into your space brings a warm, cozy and exotic appeal. Bohemian décor is all about appreciating handmade and eclectic goods. In the end it’s is all about celebrating the person within you.
Here are 4 ways you can infuse the boho vibe into your home:
1. Colourful Rugs
Rugs are a must! Not only are they an easy buy, but are also rotatable around the house. You can have a few around a room and even layer different prints together. Selecting fabrics with unusual patterns and/or vibrant hues only adds to the Bohemian vibe.
2. Throw Pillows
In any kind of style, throw pillows brighten up a room. When it comes to bohemian style, their artistic prints bring in a dreamy feel. You can throw some pillows on your bed, couch and even near your window seating. Incase the mixing of patterns gets too chaotic for your comfort, go with a colour scheme or a lead pattern.
A lot of Boho seating is low leveled. It can be a pouf on the floor or a diwan setting with many pillows. It’s a fuss free fix and has a come-sit-with-me feel which Bohemianism is all about. Incase, you want a plush seating, you could go get these beautiful sofas to complete your room.
4. Lights and Lanterns
The idea of Bohemianism is to create a warm, cozy and inviting space at your home. Adding soft lights to a vibrant room can do the trick. Similarly, if your room has lighter tones, bright lights can be added to bring in more character. Authentic lanterns can be used as well. Remember, it’s all about you.
The only way you can do justice to this theme is if it reflects your personality. The real beauty is that there are no set rules. It’s what makes you feel good, only then will your design have originality. So be carefree and turn up the creativity, you will have a lot of fun infusing these little tips into your space!
Modern and edgy, or vintage and classy? Can’t decide what style of home décor to invest in? Well, you don’t HAVE to stick to one style. We’ll tell you a little about how you can create a medley of modern and vintage décor. Here are 5 formulas to mix old school and contemporary in your living room.
1. Abstract Art and Mid-Century Tables
Abstract art is associated with new age design. Place it behind a mid 19 century wooden table/shelf to get a classic mix of both the styles. You can also put the abstract wall art behind a royal vintage sofa or place it in the dining room, behind a traditional looking wooden dining table.
2. Artsy Mirrors and Vintage Chairs
Choose a modern looking artsy mirror and pair it with a vintage chair. Now you can soak in the comfort of old school seating while the mirror adds an edgy appeal to the space around you.
3. Classic Leather Sofa with Funky Cushions
You can add a colorful yet modern twist to the classic ol’ brown leather sofa. Throw in a couple of vibrant cushions with funky prints on the rather monochromatic leather sofa to break the monotony. This is one of the easiest ways to marry modern with classic.
4. Modern Shelves with Antique Collectives
Wondering how you can put those age old antique collectives on display, yet maintain a new age feel? Invest in a simple metal book shelf, and you can put all your antique collectives on display and still achieve a very contemporary look.
5. Traditional Floor Dressing with À La Mode Décor
You thought you could never use those traditional looking carpets after you bought that fancy looking sofa, right? Well, that’s a wrong assumption. Traditional floor dressings when teamed up with modern seating go pretty well. It’s brings out a rustic yet edgy look in your living room. So don’t give up on your traditional carpets just yet! 😉
6. Antique Chandelier and Modern Dining
Give your dining area a unique look with a blend of vintage and modern. Pair an antique chandelier with a rustic wooden dining table and mix it up with metal chairs that come in colors like silver, white or black to add a modish feel to the dining set up. With this, you can get the best out of both the looks and make your dining experience an exquisite one. 🙂
Loved these tips? Tell us how your home looks after you’ve tried out some of them via comments.
Tired of looking at those plain walls at home but not sure about how to deck them up? It can get tricky when you don’t know how much is too much or too less. And that’s why we’re here to help. In this article, we’re going to give you 7 quick tips on how to spruce up those plain ol’ walls, in a classy fashion.
1. Wall Lights
Installing wall lights is one way to add an interesting visual element on a plain wall. Wall lights come in different shapes, sizes and colors which makes them a great choice for such purposes. Choose a wall lamp that serves as a wall furnishing for both the daytime and the evening. Want to check out some awesome wall-light options? Drop by at The Purple Turtles.
2. Wall Art
Jazz up your walls with your favorite photographs, posters or a piece of art that you picked up from the local art gallery/exhibition/Kitsch Mandi. Put photographs or posters in simple clean frames and hang them up on the wall to give it a classy personal touch. Symmetry is not always good, so hang them at varying heights for a creative art gallery look.
Mirrors are a great way to add some character to a plain wall. They never fail to stand out as a statement piece on a bare wall. A collage of mirrors breaks monotony and even enhances the lighting composition of the room. Choose differently styled mirrors in the same color for a cohesive look or simply opt for a big single flamboyant piece to serve as the highlight of the wall. You can choose between a rustic vintage one or go with a contemporary looking mirror, depending on the overall theme of your home.
4. Wall Décor
Wall decor is a fanciful way to overcome the blandness of a plain wall. You have a wide range to choose from when it comes to wall decor. You could hang an eclectic collection of silver trays to serve as eye-catching ornaments or stick to exquisite wall hanging pieces like lamp holders or wooden frames, depending on your personal preference.
5. Wall Hooks and Key Holders
You could also perk up a bare wall with smaller décor pieces like wall hooks and key holders. You can change them when you want, and it’s an easy and inexpensive way to add some vibrancy to a plain wall. Wall hooks are pretty versatile as they provide functionality and also add an ornamental touch to the wall. Some of them even come with candle holders as an additional functionality.
6. Rugs as Wall Hangings
Rugs can not only be used as floor coverings, they make for fantastic wall décor as well that help add texture to a plain wall. Since rugs have so much going on in terms of the prints and colors, it gives your wall extra warmth, depth and vibrancy. The best part is that they’re a very affordable option to cover up a large portion of a bare wall. Small rugs or runners are again great alternatives to wall art, since they are graphic and colorful and even fit into the same size range as that of paintings and posters.
Got any more ideas like these to deck up a bare wall? Let us know via comments 🙂
Always wanted to go organic and cook with your own fresh produce? The monsoon’s the perfect time to do something about that wish by starting your own kitchen garden. In this article, we’re going to share tips and ideas on how to help you set up your very own kitchen garden and grow your own herbs and plants that you can use in your everyday cooking.
1. Choosing the place
It’s obvious that plants need sunlight to grow. You have to choose a spot where there’s ample sunlight for your plants. Some plants and herbs however, need partial sunlight. Kitchen windows are the best place to set-up your kitchen garden. Since herb gardens don’t take up much space, small spaces like the windowsill over the kitchen sink will be perfect. Just ensure that the space receives at least 3-6 hours of good sunlight through of the course of the day.
Make sure you use pots that have drainage so that the roots don’t rot or develop mold due to water clogging. Preferably opt for small clay pots since they are easier to maintain and are space savers. Clay pots work best as they are cheap, easily available, come in all sizes and help retain the right amount of moisture. To cut the plant, you can use a simple kitchen scissors. Make sure you don’t cut more than 1/3 of the plant at a time. You can add some color to the pots by painting them and adding labels of the name of the herbs growing in them. You can also use mason jars to grow your herbs and plants. Fill the bottom of the mason jars with rocks or pebbles, allowing at least an inch or two of rocks for water drainage. Adding a layer of activated charcoal to prevent mold growth is also an option you can consider.
3. Choose herbs and plants that you use often
Herbs and plants like mint, coriander, basil, rosemary, green chilies, carrots, lemons, tomatoes, etc. are ideal to grow indoors. Herbs are relatively much easier to grow indoors than plants and sometimes plants don’t grow to their full potential size when grown indoors. For example, the tomatoes grown indoors will not be as big as the ones grown outdoors. Choose herbs like mint and coriander for starters, as these are commonly used herbs in Indian cooking and are easy to grow.
4. Care and maintenance
If you’re starting from scratch, sow your seeds in moistened soil. Cover with a plastic wrap and keep it in a warm area until germination starts. Keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet. Use a spray bottle or tin to water the plants. The watering schedule you follow, depends on your home’s lighting and humidity levels. For example, during summers you need to water the plants more often than during monsoons because of the varying humidity levels. When they become too big, you can repot them in bigger pots, or just trim them.
5. Improving the soil
You can stick to organic fertilizers to improve the soil quality. The easiest way to do it is by using kitchen supplies. You can use items like ground coffee, egg shells that have been dried and grounded to a coarse powder form, and tiny pieces of dried banana peels. Remember, you need to fertilize every month. You can also pick up the readily available fertilizers from plant supply stores or nurseries. When it comes to the quality of the soil, whether your soil is sandy, hard clay or somewhere in between, it can always be improved by adding organic matter such as dried grass clippings, shredded leaves or compost.
If you already have a kitchen garden that’s flourishing, feel free to share your own tips via comments below J
Got the monsoon ‘blues’? If yes, this piece is going to help you ward them off with the help of hues of blues and greens, the colors that celebrate the ‘bright’ side of the monsoons. A pop of bright sky blue, teal blue, turquoise, aquamarine, minty blue, sea green and leafy green is sure to uplift your mood at home during the rains.
Throw in a couple of blue or green printed cushions on your sofas and chairs to add that aqua-ey touch in your home. You can mix up the printed cushions with plain block printed ones as well, to bring about a more balanced look. Not sure where to find these? Come take a look at our fabrics section 🙂
2. Decor pieces
Statement home decor pieces are one an effortless way to add to the color coding setup in your home. Glassware, ceramic vases, candle holders, hangings, lanterns, etc. in various shades of green and blue will definitely add some cheer to the monsoon gloom.
The monsoon brings with it an unusually high level of humidity. To counter that, you could color code your entire room with blue and green bed spreads and curtains which will help add an airy and soothing feel to your room.
We couldn’t have left out lighting from this list now, could we? Lights in various colors (other than blue and green) could seamlessly compliment the blue and green theme in your home if done thoughtfully. That said, you could easily color code lighting pieces like floor and table lamps by simply changing their shades.
Chairs and tables in bright blues and leafy greens, will never go out of vogue. Not only do they help in adding fresh color accents, but they also provide a refreshing look to the space. Invest in an up-cycled blue chair, bright mint green table, blue stool, or a cozy leafy green armchair for this purpose.
Try some of these in your home and we bet you’ll be all set to beat the gloomy weather and have more reasons to stay indoors 😉
Do you think your little apartment needs some breathing space and a face lift? If yes, read on!
Just because you have a small space, doesn’t mean you can’t do a lot with it! Small space living and minimalism is totally in now – or that’s what you can claim 😉 Here are 9 ideas that’ll help you bring out the best from a small space living!
1. Wall mounted table
If the walls of your home are a little closer together than you’d like, you’ll need compact solutions. And we have the perfect idea for you if you want to install a table even if you’re running out of space. Wall mounted tables/desks are a super smart tables and serve as nice wall art as well. They come in different designs, and we’ve compiled a few for you.
2. Corner Storage Spaces
Make the most of close quarters with shelves that let you keep all your favorite décor, books and pictures on display. Using corner spaces is a great way to overcome your small space woes. Furnish the corners with simple wooden planks or minimal creative shelves to make the most of it. Here’s some visual inspiration for you.
3. Space saver mirrors with storage
Need your beauty products and accessories just as much as you need a mirror? Trying to fit a dressing table into your small apartment is only going to leave the space crunched. Here’s why we decided to show you some chic looking space saver mirrors with storage. You can either opt for one that comes with a small cabinet or get one of those sleek slide storage mirrors.
4. Storage Space Around Doors
Look around to find spaces that aren’t being utilized to their maximum potential. Think about unused corners and blank walls around your doors. Think vertically as well as horizontally; and you’ll notice that there is lot of unused space above and around the door. Right?. Use the empty portions to your advantage with vertical storage units and the top of the door with horizontal storage units.
5. Side Table with Serving Tray
If you’re one of those people who love small side tables, then this one is for you. Placing serving trays on them, especially big ones is really inconvenient. But what if you can have a table that serves as both a side table and a serving tray? Take a look at these tables that come with slide out serving trays with colorful prints on them.
6. Loft Beds
The loft bed is an amazing space saver for small rooms. They are stylish, modern and simple in design. It is basically a bunk bed- but for adults. Unlike bunk beds, which come with 2 beds, one on top and one below, you can convert the space below into a workstation, study area or even make it your personal favorite nook.
7. Staircase Space
We all know how we can turn the space under the staircase into a storage area by fitting some cupboards and shelves. But guess what, you can do more than just installing cupboards under the staircase. Heck! Harry Potter lived in one of these! But let’s not go that far! It can certainly be your workstation or reading area. Just squeeze in a tiny sofa and a few cushions to create a cozy lounging space, while you enjoy your favorite book or have a nice nap. This just saves you the pain of getting a study table or a sofa.
8. Slide Out Tables
Slide-out or push-out tables are absolutely amazing space savers. You can use these in your kitchen or living room when you want more room on a table. Take a look at how simple these tables are and the amount of space they can save for you.
9. Compact Dining Tables
A table that chairs fit into perfectly is just what a small apartment needs. When you have chairs that neatly tuck in under the table, it creates so much more space around it. Tables that come with shelves on either side allow you to put some of the daily used crockery in it and help make dining a more hassle free affair.
Planning to try some of these space saving ideas? If yes, don’t forget to tell/show us how your home looks like after! 🙂
Are you wondering how to keep your kids engaged at home during their summer vacation? Here are some super easy d.i.y. projects for kids around home improvement that’ll help you foster your child’s creativity as well as keep them engaged productively.
1. String Chandelier
Yes! You read that right, we’re going to tell you how you and your kid can make your own chandelier. A String Chandelier is a fun art project that you can use to make your lighting fixture different, unique and gorgeous to look at. You can use different colors to bring out different moods in different rooms. You can also use them as colorful decor without the lighting.
Things you’ll need:
- Petroleum jelly
- Corn starch
- Glue – Fevicol
- Blow up the balloon into a big round ball, and hang it in an open area by yarn. Make sure to put newspapers below the balloon to avoid the mess.
- Cover the balloons in a thin layer of petroleum jelly.
- Mix half a bottle of glue, 1/8 a cup of water and 1/2 a cup of cornstarch in the bowl. Make sure there is a thick consistency when stirred.
- Dip the yarn in the glue mixture and carefully surround the balloon, starting vertically and then moving horizontally. WARNING: This part IS messy.
- After 24 hours of drying, pop the balloons, and hang it around a bulb using thread. You can simply hang it up without the lighting inside it as well.
- To simply use it as décor, use balloons of different sizes and yarns of your favorite color combinations
2. Colorful Wall Hangings
This project is one of the simplest D.I.Y. home decorative ideas that your child can try out.
Things you need:
- Few sheets of printed papers
- Pencil/pen – to draw
- String – colorful yarns
- Sticky tape
- Now all you got to do is, cut out the shapes for your child. If h/she is old enough, let them do the cutting.
- Choosing shapes –it could even be animals, cars, planes, hearts, butterflies or just about anything your child loves.
- Choose the length of the string and cut out the shapes according to the length and number of strings.
- Stick the shapes on the string using tape.
- Once all the shapes have been attached on the strings, stick the string on the wall, using cello tape.
And voila, your child can now proudly show off his/her home décor creation!
3. Pillow Stamps
Customizing pillow covers was never this easy. Play with colors and shapes to get a pillow cover, that is custom made by your child.
Things you need:
- Plain pillow covers – any color(preferably white)
- Stamps – Fruits such as oranges, moosambi, apples should work. You can even use leaves
- Fabric paints – colors of your choice
- Painting palette
- Place the pillow cover on the floor or any flat surface.
- Choose a stamp of your choice. Easiest one to work with is orange or apple. Cut the fruit in half.
- On your painting palette squeeze out some fun bright colors like red, orange, pink, blue and light green.
- Now dip the half cut fruit in the paints, and press it on the pillow cover. Hold it down for about 5 seconds.
- To avoid the color from blotting on the other end of the pillow cover, put a thick newspaper inside the pillow cover between the two layers of cloth
- Allow it dry for at least 5 hours.
Custom made pillow covers are now all set to be kept for display on your sofas, chairs or beds.
You also use the same idea on kitchen towels, canvas bags and t-shirts.
4. Watercolor Mugs
Mugs are something kids use on a daily basis. Why not let them customize their mugs with their favorite colors and patterns. This simple D.I.Y. idea lets your children have fun with colors, while you get to add a pop of color to your kitchenware.
Things you need:
- Plain white mug
- Nail paints – bright colored ones
- Bowl of warm water
- Tooth pick or long thin stick
- Fill the tub with warm/hot water (this is important since if you use cold the polish dries up right away)
- Pour a small amount of nail polish on top (just one or two drops)
- Swirl it a bit with the toothpick.
- Dip the mug in the water and pull it right out.
- Set the mug on a paper plate to dry for about an hour.
You can also do the same with plain white bowls (refer picture below):
5. Printed Door Mats
Get your kids to do this fun D.I.Y. welcome door mat. All it takes is a few items and 15 minutes to do this.
Things you’ll need:
- Plain door mat – jute or cotton
- Fabric paints
- Paint brush
- Painting palette
- Cut out the sponge into the shape of your choice, here we’re doing watermelons. You can do flowers, leaves, hearts, butterflies, cherries, or anything you prefer.
- On a painting palette, put colors that are bright. Since we’re doing watermelon prints in this one, we’ve picked red, green and black.
- Dip the sponges in the paint and press it on the mat for about 5-10 seconds.
- Use the paint brush to add black seeds to the watermelon.
- Leave it to dry for about 5 hours.
Let us know how you and your children enjoyed doing these fun D.I.Y. projects by sharing pictures with us.
Well, the summer’s here! Longer days, scorching heat and tiring outings make you want to stay indoors as much as possible. Now, wouldn’t this be a perfect excuse (and time) for you to deck up your home? So here are 5 ways you can make this summer a cool affair with some home decor!
1. Pretty Printed Sofas
Prints are definitely the way to go this season. The vibrant colors on floral prints are the perfect addition to your décor during this dry spell. Place the sofa in a spot where there’s ample light and cool breeze flowing in. And what could be a better way to unwind at the end of a long day than to sit on your pretty sofa with your favorite book and some chilled juice to sip on.
2. Let’s Color Code
Add a soothing touch to your décor by drawing some inspiration from fresh flowers, soothing green trees and clear blue skies. Light colors leave a soothing effect on the overall atmosphere of a space. Color code your home decor with combinations like ocean blues and white, minty greens and blue or pastel pinks / peaches with a pop of summery yellows. Or you could go all plain white with a dash of colorful home décor.
3. Brighten up the space with colorful upholstery
You can never go wrong with throwing in a few vibrant cushions and upholstery. Adding a pop of color to your seating space is a great way to bring in some cool vibes in your home. Experiment with various sizes of printed cushions, window dressings made of light fabrics and jute floor coverings to see what works best.
4. Bright, bright, bright décor!
When it comes to home décor, luckily there’s always a wide range to choose from (just hope over to The Purple Turtles :)). Once you decide on your color palette, selecting the right pieces shouldn’t be too difficult. Bird cages in pastel colors, floral lamps, and wall-hangings in funky shapes, colors and sizes should be easily available. Stick to light colors and hues of blues and greens to give a soothing effect to the rooms.
5. Go Green
Indoor plants bring about a refreshing look and also leave a soothing effect on the eyes. You can place small shrubs on tables, window panes or tall plants next to your seating arrangement, in corners or right at the entrance. And if you’ve always wanted an indoor herb garden, now is the time to get one in your own kitchen!
Loved the tips? Go ahead and try them out and send us pics of how your home looks after!
Got more ideas like these? Share them via comments! J
Image sources: 5 Ways To Cool Your Home This Summer
Gone are the days when it was a given that bathrooms would sport the same lifeless white tiles and dull black mats at the entrance. Bathrooms were and many cases still are treated as mere utilities that serve a function, without a definite character or identity. But increasingly people realize the importance of paying more attention to designing their bathrooms. Just like the other rooms in a house, the bathroom serves several more purposes, even acting as a source of comfort at the shower or bath tub after a long tiring day at work.
Let us have a look at some of the little things you can do to light up your bathroom and to give it a contemporary design.
Having a mirror above the sink is standard in most bathrooms but why not try something a bit different? For instance the mirror could be positioned on the back of the door or designed much larger in size so as to shake up a things a little.
It is a no brainer that white is out. If time permits it is worthwhile experimenting with colours that we are accustomed to finding in the living room. Nevertheless it would not be a bad idea to be a little more imaginative by going for warmer colours with soft lighting complementing it alongside the flooring.
Celebrate your sink.
A pedestal sink will give any bathroom a classic touch — and it can help to open up a small room.
Add a little drama
In the desire to create the mood for a luxurious and romantic style bathroom, what could add more elegance or glamour than a beautiful chandelier over a sensational soaking tub?
Ensure you have a waterproof seal to keep out moisture that could eventually corrode the electrics. With this in mind, it is much safer to buy a drop crystal shade that simply fits around a light fitting. It’s always better to install UL listed lighting for wet environments in the bathroom. Safety comes first when you are placing electrical fixtures near water.
Life is tough. We work a lot of hours and it’s nice to come home to a welcoming atmosphere! You are not only in the bathroom for functional reasons. It is a place to relax, and to become re-energized. So get working on your bathroom lighting! 🙂
Your study is a personal space where you get a lot of important work done. It’s a space that has been designed keeping your personal work and leisure patterns in mind. The right kind of lighting can make it the perfect space.
Study/library is all about blending aesthetics with functionality. There are a range of lighting options that will help you create a unique space and prove that library and study lights can be fun:
Cove Lighting: A study is a space that requires subtle lighting. Bright enough to be functional, yet with the option of dimming down when needed. Cove lighting serves the purpose quite well. This works ideally with a low profile ceiling.
Cabinet Lighting: Whether you have an open shelves or closed door cabinet system for your library, you will need appropriate lighting when browsing through your collection. In-cabinet lights are of different kinds. You may choose to go with puck lights or miniature recessed lighting. A more delicate approach would be with LED strip or rope lights.
Desk Lamps: What would a study table be without a good desk lamp? Today, the range available can leave you spoilt for choice. Look for the classic LED Desk Lamp with a flexible. Goose neck lamps that may be placed on the desk or even clamped on are another option. You can even choose something from the range of swivel neck lamps around.
Mounted Lights: There are a wide range of mounted lights that you may choose from. These may be mounted on walls, on desks and even on side tables. Choose ones that give you maximum flexibility with the neck. Recessed lights are another option and offer a great deal of flexibility.
These are some of the options to work with when creating the lighting map of your study/library. A good combination creates a lovely ambiance where you may work and relax comfortably.
Think furniture and stereotypical references may spring into your mind. But today the dynamics of furniture are changing just like everything else that are sure to drastically change your perception towards them. Today furniture is no longer restricted to specific forms and functions and is getting an eclectic makeover that is sure to add a dash of zing to your space. So here’s our two bit on how to not make furniture boring.
In today’s global market furniture design has become offbeat and a space where designers are not holding back. In fact today several manufacturers collaborate with very talented designers and produce amazing designs with great options to customize. In fact several high end retailers allow you to select fabrics, finishes and the configuration that best fits your need. And what you get is a bespoke piece that is a reflection of who you are. In fact making a personalized selection is not even a very expensive affair and customizing your selection can be done at very effectively and be affordable with the benefit of plugging into the experience of designers and store personnel. In fact you can actually pick any piece off the shelf or at a seconds sale or even from a garage sale and transform it by using your creativity. For instance an old sofa can be upholstered differently with an interesting mix of colours and materials or you could redo a chair by painting it with bright colours and place it either in your kids room or outdoors.
Another trend being seen today is the return of classics in furniture as well as in interiors. While we usually associate classic with interiors full of antique furniture and trinkets from the world of bygone eras, a contemporary touch can dramatically change everything. In fact classic inspired designs are a perfect choice for lovers of tradition and the past appreciating perfect craftsmanship and sophisticated materials while being trendy. It is easier to play with classics, treating it as an inspiration to create furniture that is modern yet has an element of heritage. In fact modern classics with corresponding proportions, symmetry and balance of elements are a recipe for a harmonious interior from ancient times to the modern times. If you are wondering how to decorate an apartment, choose modern classics. This is an excellent choice for those who appreciate elegance and tranquility. You can team the furniture in simple geometric forms with elegant accessories and subtle colours. And what you get is the advantage of timelessness and comfort. For instance, you can use a bench fixed on to a wall as a plant shelf and add a spot of green without compromising on space. Likewise you can use an old door for a table top or desk or even convert an unused iron table into a stand to hold plants.
If you think that your interiors have become too monotonous and too predictable, you can break it by using a surprising addition. Introduce fine details whether it is decorative mirror frames that will enlarge the space, paintings and sculptures or accessories that can spruce up the look of the room. Decorative chandeliers and lamps with shades made of fabric that ooze warm light can also emphasize the beauty of the interiors. In fact furnishings can accentuate your furniture. Opt for fabrics that can help create a cozy atmosphere through the choice of throws, soft pillows, blankets, curtains and drapes. An important principle that you should follow is to be moderate and do not have to treat it with too much seriousness. It is worth to mix styles add modern chairs to an old table, include an antique bench with your modern sofas or add a bold shaped lamp to a stylish interior. This kind of styling is suitable for an old house or even in a small apartment. Likewise you can upholster your old furniture with a modern fabric or choose accessories inspired by the past. A good idea is to see how you can alter an old piece of furniture while adding a new twist.
Do The New
Furniture designs are also getting a new age twist not just in terms of unusual designs but also using new age materials in designing furniture. Another vital aspect is that furniture is also going green with wood being cultivated specifically honed out of non-forest timber. There are several furniture manufacturers that are offering furniture whose design has been made keeping not just the Indian anthropometrics (body type) in mind but also the fact that it can get damp during cleaning and would need to be addressed. To accentuate the green theme, furnishings are primarily jute based and use natural fibers. Even the leather seating used on some dining chairs is not chemically treated and is enzymatic. With the explosion of the Internet designs and ideas are aplenty and inspiration is really only a click away. In fact you can even opt for space saving furniture. The level of sensibility and innovation that goes into creating multi-functional units is truly remarkable. And this makes all the more sense because of the shrinking size of apartments. Opt for furniture with storage, use tables with stools that slide under the table or even using corners to make shelves that can be used both as decorative stands as well as to store stuff, the ideas are limitless. With the huge return of preserving antiques and authentic sourcing, there is a whole world that is all ready to be explored. In fact the whole process of choosing furniture can be as exciting as the process of making the final selection is. So simply think out of the box and do not have any pre conceived notions while choosing your furniture. And if in doubt remember the words of Adrienne Rich “in every room, the furniture reflects you larger than life, or dwindling.”
The problem with an office cubicle is that it is run-of-the-mill. To make the most of an often limited space, office cubicles tend to be uniform in size and lack personality. It can be rather demotivating to spend long hours in a space that offers no stimulation to your senses.
A chic and unconventional cubicle can serve as a great breakaway space for you and your colleagues to ideate in. It also helps in making you more productive. Here are six ways to do up your office cubicle that will help give your dull cubicle a facelift, without overstepping the boundaries of office interior requirements.
Display Art on Your Computer Screen: Let’s start by getting rid of that boring bouncing icon on your screen. Take it upon yourself to set a wallpaper that is a bright painting or a breathtaking photo. Show off your photography skills, or your Photoshop ones (digital art is the in thing now). Don’t let your computer screen go dark. Nothing brightens up a space like a great image.
Bring in a Planter or Two: This does not mean you pick up a boring brown pot of the first plant you see. Instead, get creative – use old jars or wide-mouth teacups. Pick plants that require minimal care and sunlight (there are quite a few of those). Prop one or two on your desk and watch Nature breathe in some life. If close to zero-maintenance is what you are looking at, then terrariums are what you need.
Store/Display Your Stationary in a Fancy Way: Consider getting a magnetic board with small colourful trays to store your stationary. Alternately you may consider creating wall pockets to store your stationary. This gives you the flexibility of changing placements and creating new looks all the time.
Invest in a Showstopper for Your Desk: This could be just about anything – from a fancy metal desk lamp to a stuffed animal to a funky collection of painted bottles or even an aquarium. Dedicate one corner of your cubicle to this showstopper and watch the attention gets. It’s also the perfect go-to when you need to take a few minutes off work and look at something soothing.
Fancy up your Chair: Have you ever noticed how some offices tend to get really cold thanks to a uniformly low temperature on the air-conditioning. If you happen to work in such an office, you may be able to do something about it. Invest in a small woolly rug that you can throw onto your office chair. Not only will it keep you warm, but it will also perk up your working space.
Jazz up the Floor Space: Most often, we tend to forget about floor space. Choose a fancy waste basket instead of the staid office-issued ones. Put in a small colorful foot mat in front of your work chair. And if it is not frowned upon if your office, you may even consider replacing your office chair with a colourful one. An option that doesn’t pinch the wallet too much is to get interesting chair backs that you can slip on.
Your cubicle is where you spend a good portion of your work life. It is only fair that you do it up to reflect your personality. A pretty space to work better from!
– By Radeesh Shetty, Founder, The Purple Turtles
Regardless of whether you retire into a cozy little alcove or the quintessential grand master suite, the odds of using your using the bedroom for just slumber are quite low. Dimly lit bedrooms can seem warm and inviting to sleep, but hinder other activities that you would like to undertake there. Bedroom lighting can range from the basic to the bold and from the dimmed to the dramatic. To help you properly light your bedroom.
Lighting has moved away from its conventional use and is being adjusted to suit the modern preferences. Clean, simple and elegant is in. There is a shift towards simplified, yet sophisticated design that combines lighting and architecture as an art form.
The lines are blurring between what’s suitable for places of recreation versus places of work. People are keen to create spaces that are more relaxed and appealing. Equally, there is an emphasis on lowering their carbon footprint and working with local products and designers where possible. This has led to their being more open to customised lighting solutions. Cove lighting is current trends. Using LED technology where possible is preferred.
Overall, the resulting lighting designs are creative, aesthetically pleasing and easier on the budget.
To summarise here, it’s important to understand that one of the key common traits among homes with various forms of lamps, pendant lights and chandeliers presenting the lovely interiors in beautiful ambient lighting that help improve the look several fold. While adding their own form to the setting, they emphasise on how lighting can ‘make or break’ interior design.
Be Size Wise
Before buying bedroom lighting, first determine the size of your room, take note of your room measurements, along with outlet locations and furniture placement and submit this to a lighting showroom. The experts there can help you fill the room with the right kind of lighting.
It is very important to pay due attention to scale to ensure that the lighting in balanced. Bedrooms typically have 8 or 9 ft. tall ceilings. Avoid fixtures with longer bodies in favour of shorter or flush-mounted fixtures. “You want a certain level for reading and enough lighting for dressing. You also need light to be high enough to reach all the areas.
Room to Glow
Decide what you want to do in the room, then choose the appropriate lighting accordingly. Home computers, sewing machines and reading books in the bedroom need directed lighting. Sitting areas beg for softer, shaded fixtures while vanities demand brighter light.
The Lighter Side
Avoid shades on lamps or lights that are too opaque, otherwise your bedroom will be too dark. The fixtures may look nice, but the light will not be as functional. When buying a table lamp, opt for one with a softly diffused shade. Spend a moment to see how you turn it on and off to make sure it is not going to be too difficult to manage when you are in bed.
Location, Location, Location
Don’t install lights directly over the bed. You will tend to look up at them while you are laying in bed. Direct light from overhead is less comfortable than soft light at face level.
More is More
No single source of light is as visually comfortable as a combination of portable lamps and installed lighting. Too much light in one place is unpleasant and glaring. It’s better to use more light sources of lower wattage.
In the Mood
A strong dose of ambience is also important in the bedroom, a brighter idea would be, installing dimmers on lights for altering effect. Softer or colored light bulbs can also change a room’s mood.
There are few things that are more frustrating than dark closets. Closets need good light. Also be careful not to put a hot light bulb near delicate clothes.. Attach a closet light 12-inches from the edge of the rod or upper-shelf. I favor fluorescent lights because they provide lots of light, are cooler, save energy and can be concealed behind the header of door. If you use a good color tube, you will be better able to tell the color of your clothing.
Portable reading lights set on night-stands offer book lovers flexibility. The guiding principle in buying reading lamps should be the ability to adjust the light to your taste, either by swiveling or moving its arm,they should also be well-shielded so you don’t see the bulb and you are able to read without bothering your sleeping partner. Lighting controls located at the middle of the headboard allow you to turn off a snoozing partner’s reading light without disturbing him/her.
Imagine pushing a bedside button and turning the lights on or off. There are gadgets to turn off lights with an infrared remote like you use for your TV, lighting experts can help in this.
The festival of lights is here! It’s that time of the year when friends and family visit you and you might have to host a family dinner, cards party or a full-fledged Diwali party. If your busy schedule hasn’t allowed you to work on extensive Diwali decorations, here are 5 simple and quick last minute Diwali decoration ideas that save the day 🙂
1. Paper Torans
A traditional Toran is decorative door hanging usually decorated with marigolds and mango leaves, or a string that is tied on the door with the flower on it. If you want to make a paper toran that’s as beautiful as the traditional one – follow this easy Youtube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpcVhgr-D5E
2. Smart Lighting
Get bright festive looking lamp/lamps and place it in an area you want to highlight. They can be placed in the porch, balcony or living room where you wish to entertain guests. The idea is to make the light the focal point of attraction and draw attention away from the areas that you did not get time to take care of.
3. Quick Upholstery Change
You’ll be surprised to see the how simple upholstery can make your home look more bright and festive. Go for fabrics with gold accents, contrasting neons and funky colour combinations. Here are a few cushion covers from our fabrics collection to give you an idea about the kind of upholstery we’re talking about.
4. Prayer Corner
Set-up a small temporary prayer corner and decorate it with flowers and diyas. It can be set-up right at the entrance of your home where guests can seek blessings as soon as they step in. The prayer corner will not only serve as a centre of attraction that exudes festive vibes, but also add a very traditional touch to your home décor.
It can’t get simpler than this. A few colourful candles scattered across your living room will not only brighten it up but also help set the perfect Diwali mood. The candles are widely available in local markets and easy to use. Here are a few bright terracotta candles from The Purple Turtles to help you get an idea about what you’ve got to watch out for on your last minute Diwali shopping spree 🙂
Have more Diwali decoration ideas of your own? Share them via comments! 🙂
Happy Diwali! 😀
How to build an awesome room for your kid!
Everything changes after you have kids, including your home. A couple needs to re-look at many aspects of their home and baby proof them. More importantly, it’s becoming increasingly important to create a space for a child that’s conducive to his/her overall development and growth.
Here are some tips on how you can go about building an awesome room for your kid.
For children, their room is their world. We suggest doing more neutral colours, but with accents that are colourful. So you may have a room that’s grey, but the accents are pink, purple or yellow. It’s advisable not to go too bright on the rooms as the toys are colourful.
Kids can be very inquisitive and tend to touch or bite things around them. So make sure the electrical plug points and wires are not broken or exposed. Ensure that you go in for safety sockets so that kids cannot push their pencils or toys into them. All the electrical products need to be RoHs standard (which ensures heavy metals are not above the standard limit) compliant.
3. Make the furniture long lasting
Focus on longevity of the furniture used in the room so that the room grows with the child. Try getting convertible and multi-functional furniture pieces – for example, beds that can be turned into storage cabinets or seating, study tables that can be folded easily and hidden when not in use, moveable bedside tables on wheels which can be shifted around easily while restructuring the room when they grow older.
4. Choose the right theme
Choosing a theme based on the interest of the child is important. If the child is into a particular type of sport, filling the room with sport-related decorations is a pretty good start – like a basketball hoop headboard for the bed. The space needs to be planned in such a way that the child has a lot of scope to constantly add new things to the space. If a child is into a sport, instead of making everything football-inspired, use posters, carpets and other accents that can liven up the space. So that if the kid does find a new interest, it is easy to work with the space.
5. Choosing the right location
Natural light and fresh air are those elements of the nature which bring freshness, health and happiness along with them. So ensure that the room you choose has all these elements in ample quantity.
6. Involve the child
Make sure you share your plan with your kid for opinions on what he/she likes and doesn’t like. The decor of the room should be driven by his/her interests rather than anything else. You could experiment and change the interiors often, so that the child feels comfortable. You could also add elements like colourful decor items when they’re infants; in the early teens you could add in some inspiring quotes from inspiring personalities; when they’re in middle school, you could add a small library with books. These little things make a big impact on the development of their personality.
7. Safety matters
Another important factor you need to take care of is that the building materials you use while setting up the room need to be baby proof. For example, the paints you use should have minimal chemical ingredients or the wood used for building the cots and beds should not have nails sticking out in any corner. Environmentally-friendly and sustainable solutions such as water-based paint solutions that emit close to no emission and recyclable wood are the best bets.
Make sure there are no sharp edges on the bed, study table and wardrobe. Also ensure that the room has at least one ventilation opening for fresh clean air. The windows should either be placed relatively higher or should be well protected with a properly-fitted grill.
That’s all the tips we have folks. But wait! Here are some lovely inspirations for you to take cues from while designing the perfect room for your kid.
IDI ideas and designs
It’s that time of the year again! The start of the Festival season brings with it warm memories of times gone by and eager anticipation of the vibrant celebrations in the months ahead!
Indulgence in sinful sweet treats…The sound of foot-tapping music and lively chatter… Re-unions with your favorite cousins or that good friend you haven’t met in ages…While all these elements and more characterize the festive season, adding a festive touch to your home décor to set a celebratory mood is also at the top of our list!
Here are some eclectic décor accents from our collection to inject magic into your festive décor:
1. Oh Suzani! – An intricate Central Asian form of tribal textile embroidery, Suzanis have taken the décor world by storm! Originating from the Persian word ‘Suzan’ which means needle, Suzanis are known for their rich vibrant colors and distinctive textures and patterns. This stunning Suzani-themed Accent Chair from our collection is sure to be a conversation starter in your home.
Or Prop these vivid Suzani-inspired cushion covers in your living room for a bold pop of color!
2. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – An interesting mirror can add a wealth of character to a space. Incorporate one of our Distressed-finish Wall Mirrors in your festive décor – Set up our Window Panel Mirror against the wall as a dramatic backdrop for Ganesha and create a statement corner in your home!
3. A Taste of Tradition with Brass & Copper – This takes us back to visions of an old Chettinad-style home, patterned tiles, a lush courtyard and traditional Brass and Copper utensils. Give your home an ethnic touch with these Antique-finish Brass & Copper utensils from our collection. Display them on your centre table for guests to revel in the glory of yesteryears or place a bouquet of pretty flowers in the metal water pots to add some floral cheer to the room!
4. A Statement with Serene Marble – Aren’t delectable sweet treats the highlight of any festival? Combine that with a delightful visual display to tempt your guests with an irresistible indulgence! May we suggest our exquisite and soothing Marble platters to serve the same? We also think laying these platters out in your foyer with fresh flowers delicately arranged in them is a charming way to welcome your guests to the festivities!
5. Wooden Platters Galore – These rustic Wooden platters from our collection are an extremely versatile addition to your festive decor! Use them as trays to serve an assortment of fruits to your guests or lay out your Pooja essentials in them for ready reference.
We also love these vibrant Painted Platters from our Colour Play Collection which will add a burst of color to your festivities. Place little goodie bags in them as fun party favors for guests to take away from your do!
6. Of Crates and Trays! – Add a Retro vibe to your Diwali party by storing chilled bottles of your guests’ favorite drinks in these vintage-themed Wooden Crate-trays from our collection. Alternatively, serve chilled glasses of liquid refreshment for the evening in these quirky trays and set a casual and relaxed tone to your celebration!
7. A Dash of Dramatic Wall Art – If walls could talk, would they tell us tales of ancient fables and exotic lands? Inject a dash of drama and history to your wall décor and relive the romance of a by-gone era with this exquisite collection of Painted Wall Art.
Or adorn your walls with this Ventilation Jaali and Ventilation Bud Mirror for a regal Mughal-esque vibe!
8. A New Lease of Life for Antique Weighing Coins – This collection of Antique Iron Weight Measures is sure to pique your guests’ interest. Use them creatively as paper weights to hold down napkins for the evening’s refreshments, or lay them out in a cluster on a pile of books or magazines for an intriguing table centerpiece!
9. Shine On – And of course, no celebration is complete without the soft, enchanting glow of Tea-Lights! An integral part of any festive décor, and especially Diwali celebrations, here are some lovely pieces from our collection to light up your home.
These ornate Tea-Light holders from our collection are sure to cast a magical air upon the evening’s celebrations when lit!
Any other products from our collection you would love to include in your festive décor? Let us know in your comments below!
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles.
Who doesn’t love a good party? While Friendship Day may have passed us by, the festivities can continue! Here are some ideas to rustle up creative and entertaining get-togethers which will have you celebrating with your friends all year long!
1. Lights, Camera, Action! – An Outdoor Movie Party:
Have nostalgic memories of watching your favorite movie under the stars at the local drive-in theatre? Gather your friends and host a fun movie screening in your backyard!
After taking care of the essentials for an outdoor movie screening like a good projector, make-shift screen and effective sound system, create a warm, carnivalesque atmosphere for your garden party. Set up a Popcorn and Drinks station with interesting pop corn flavors and a host of chilled bottles at hand for your guests to enjoy!
Use upturned old shipping crates as tables and light the garden with the soft glow of candle votives. Place an illuminated retro style ‘Now Showing’ sign at the entrance of the garden and dot the garden with old movie reels and vintage movie posters to set the atmosphere further!
Prop a vintage wheelbarrow to store cushions and blankets for the evening. Don’t forget to lay out cushions and pillows on the grass for your guests to snuggle up in while they munch on pop corn and enjoy the evening’s entertainment!
2. Around The World In 80 Days! – A Travel Themed Party:
Constantly dreaming about your next adventure and have wheels on your feet? Perfect for those bitten by the travel bug, a travel-themed party lets you indulge in your wanderlust with fellow explorers!
Set the mood for the party by sending out Boarding pass themed invites to guests. Rummage through second hand bookstores and flea markets for interesting travel books and vintage knick knacks.
Use a Globe as a centerpiece for your table or place a pile of Travel books to create an interesting table centerpiece. Stack some old Suitcases or Trunks near the Bar or Dessert table and display an old Polaroid camera or a vintage Compass to infuse a spirit of adventure to your do!
Create lasting memories from your get-together by asking guests to write out messages on Baggage-tag shaped cards, and pin them onto a map for a fun visual display!
3. Swing Into The Roaring Twenties! – A Great Gatsby Themed Party:
Step back in time to the opulent era of Art Deco and give your guests an unforgettable time Jay Gatsby style by transporting them to the lavish era of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties!
Channel the geometric feel and sharp angles of Art Deco style and give your guests a taste of what’s in store for them at the party through chic Art Deco style invitations.
Incorporate Black, White and Cream into your party décor with plenty of Gold shimmer! String glittering fairy lights across the venue and drape sequins and pearls on the table and around Mason jar candle votives to add a touch of bling! Adorn the walls with vintage posters and ‘Prohibition’ signs and scour thrift shops for old telephones and gramophone players to create an old world vibe. Serve decadent desserts and appetizers on tiered serving trays to enhance the luxurious feel of the party and lay out your champagne flutes!
Set a fun and glitzy dress code with girls in tasseled flapper dresses and feathered hats, and guys in suits, bowties, pocket squares and prop cigars. Throw in some lively 1920s music sprinkled with generous amounts of Jazz and you have yourself a Great Gatsby style party!
4. This Way To The Mad Hatter’s Party! – An Alice In Wonderland Themed Tea Party:
Anyone for a game of Croquet? Take your guests on a journey ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ to a whimsical wonderland tea party!
Create a tea-time atmosphere in your garden by setting up a quaint centerpiece for your table. Stack pretty teacups and saucers on one another and embellish them with strings of pearls and flowers. Place floral teapots on piles of vintage books and decorate them with lace and fresh flowers. Lay out a mélange of charming trinkets like vintage pocket watches, old charms, brooches and skeleton keys in a vintage ornament box for added effect.
Create a sea of floating china by suspending old tea pots and tea cups over the tables. If DIY is your thing, you could even create teacup lamps by recycling old teacups into hanging lighting décor! Hang a few distressed wooden frames from tree branches to give your guests a lovely backdrop to capture photographic memories from the party.
Add a touch of whimsy by placing little glass bottles with ‘Drink me’ tags and serve your guests delectable cupcakes labeled with ‘Eat me’ tags. Dot the garden with quirky quotes from the book (“We are all mad here!”, “It’s always tea time”, “Off with her head!”), hang up playful signs for directions to the party (‘This way’, ‘That way’, ‘Up’, ‘Down’) and welcome your guests to your whimsical wonderland!
5. Of Barns, Farms And The Great Outdoors! – A Rustic Theme Party:
Have an outdoorsy spirit and enjoy hosting barbeques and picnics in your garden or backyard for friends? Highlight elements from natural settings like a barn or a farm to create a Rustic vibe – Incorporate wood, burlap and twine in creative ways, place freshly plucked flowers and serve plenty of lemonade and homemade goodies!
Use a wheelbarrow in a novel manner to stock up on drinks for your guests! List out the refreshments for the day on a quaint chalkboard menu, prop handmade wooden signs around the venue and up cycle old wooden barrels into side tables and place potted plants on them to create interesting décor elements.
Stack wooden crates near your picnic table or in various corners of your venue and style them with mason jars or bottles filled with flowers. Alternatively, place Mason jar candle votives on an old step ladder with a crate of colorful flowers at its base to create a charming little corner.
Last but not the least, pay attention to the details for your Table setting – Use plaid checks as cheerful table runners, decorate Mason jars with burlap and lace and prop pretty wildflowers in them and lay jam jars on the table to round out that rustic feel! We also loved the delightful picnic box place settings below – A treasure trove of goodies packed in picnic boxes with colorful checkered napkins!
Which of these party décor themes are you waiting to use for your next get-together? Any other interesting themes to add to the list? Let us know in your comments!
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles.
Nestled against the magnificent snow-capped Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is a melting pot of captivating Arts and Crafts! During a recent visit to Himachal Pradesh, we had the opportunity to discover the varied art forms being nurtured there..
| ‘Norbulingka Institute, Dharamsala’ – A Wellspring of Tibetan Art & Culture:
Located in the valley below Dharamsala, Norbulingka Institute is a serene retreat which aims to preserve the rich heritage of Tibetan art and culture. Replete with lush gardens, gurgling streams and an aura of peace and tranquility, this gorgeous complex is built in traditional Tibetan style, with the ground plan based on the proportions of Avalokiteshwara, the deity of compassion.
With a focus on keeping Tibetan traditions alive in a sustainable manner, Norbulingka provides apprenticeships in traditional Tibetan art forms and has a vibrant community of artisans.
Norbulingka was a pleasure to visit and gave us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a wealth of Tibetan art and culture!
From the traditional Buddhist Art forms of Thangka painting, Statue making and Thangka appliqué to the decorative arts of Woodcarving, Wood painting, Tailoring and Weaving, we witnessed the gifted Tibetan artisans and their apprentices at work in the varied Norbulingka workshops.
1. Thangka Painting: We began our exploration of Norbulingka by observing the Thangka artists as they practiced this striking art form. A sacred Buddhist art created based on the proportions of deities as depicted in scripture, Thangka paintings are used as a visualization aid for meditation. As proportions of the deities are considered sacred, ensuring exact measurements are of utmost importance; hence an aspiring artist takes years of studying iconographic grids to master the art!
2. Statue Making: Moving on to another sacred Tibetan art, we visited the statue making workshops, fascinated by the life-like forms and exquisite detailing of the statues fashioned there. As in the case of Thangka painting, statues are used as objects of meditation and are created based on the proportions of deities described in scripture. The training period for a statue-making artist lasts up to seven years at Norbulingka!
3. Woodcarving: Similar to other Tibetan arts, the motifs used in woodcarving are frequently iconic in nature, and hence follow a standard form of representation. Ranging from elements in nature to religious symbols, a variety of designs is used, with the most common symbols being the Tashi Targye, or Eight Auspicious Symbols.
4. Wood Painting: When observing the special technique of embossing used in Tibetan wood painting, we were fascinated by how the technique used by the artists provided a three-dimensional appearance to the designs, making them almost pop off the flat surfaces on which they were painted!
5. Other Arts: We also visited the Appliqué, Thangka appliqué and Weaving workshops. While appliqué is an embroidery technique where several individual pieces are combined to form a patchwork design, Thangka appliqué is a sacred art where thangkas are created using silk and appliqué techniques rather than paint. Here is a peek at the interesting sights from these workshops!
The institute also gives visitors a chance to take customized workshops and try their hands at the art forms of Thangka sketching/ painting, Woodcarving and Wood painting. Bitten by the art bug, and captivated by the talent displayed by the Norbulingka artisans, it’s definitely something on our to-do list!
After an insightful tour of the workshops, we spent some time in quiet reflection at the serene temple in the complex. With a stunning 14 ft gilded Buddha and intricate thangka frescoes embellishing the walls, the temple is a testimony to the splendid workmanship of the Norbulingka artisans!
We concluded our delightful visit to Norbulingka by indulging in coffee and scrumptious carrot cake at the charming Hummingbird café set in Norbulingka’s sprawling gardens!
|| ‘Andretta Pottery & Craft Society, Palampur’ – A Tale of Art, Clay and the Potter’s Wheel:
Furthering our quest to explore arts and crafts in the Kangra valley, we visited the quaint little village of Andretta, near Palampur in Kangra District. An artists’ colony was established in Andretta in the 1920s, when noted Irish theatre artiste and environmentalist, Norah Richards moved there.
A hub for artistic activity, Andretta has attracted eminent artists, theatre practitioners, painters and potters over the years, such as legendary painter Sobha Singh, celebrated painter and sculptor B C Sanyal, renowned potter Gurcharan Singh and famed theatre and film personality Prithvi Raj Kapoor.
We visited the Andretta Pottery and Craft Society, which was started in 1983 by Mansimran Singh, the son of legendary potter Gurcharan Singh. The founder of Delhi Blue Art Pottery, Gurcharan Singh was responsible for introducing Studio art pottery into India.
To assist the local potters and promote pottery, Mansimran Singh set up Andretta Pottery, which has a production studio creating striking rangoli-patterned glazed earthenware. Since its inception, Andretta Pottery has participated in exhibitions throughout the country, and supplies its wares for sale. In addition, it provides three-month long residential courses for aspiring potters.
During our visit to the studio, we had the opportunity to try our hand at the potter’s wheel and mould a small creation of our own, under the watchful guidance of the skilled potters. We also peeked in at the tiny store in the studio which displays attractive earthenware for sale, and couldn’t resist indulging in a little retail therapy as a souvenir of our trip!
Our visit to dreamy Andretta has us mulling over the possibility of taking up the residential pottery course. In addition to the opportunity to study pottery with the renowned potter Mansimran Singh, the rustic beauty of Andretta, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, would be inspiration enough!
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles.
Image Sources: Pictures taken during Himachal trip
Move over man caves – there’s a new room in town, and it’s here to stay! Say hello to ‘She Sheds’ – the equivalent of Man Caves – but for women.
She Sheds are the place where ‘she’ can escape from her busy life. It could be to read a book in peace, sip on some wine in solace or just spend some quality alone time.
Here are some tips on how you can create your own She Shed :
1. Find the right room to convert
If you live in an apartment, your options are pretty limited and you probably already have a space in mind. If you happen to live in a larger home, try and choose a secluded but well lit room. The best spot would obviously be the shed in the garden area.
2. Figure out its purpose
The she shed is supposed to be a quiet place where one can unwind, relax and do something you love. You might want to sit on a comfortable couch and read a book or catch up on your favourite TV series. Once you figure this out, you’ll be able to work on the décor accordingly.
3. Give it a fresh coat of paint
The She Shed needs to look and feel different since you’re trying to break away from your daily routine. We recommend choosing bright and happy colours.
4. Deck it up
Of course you need to do up your She Shed. It doesn’t necessarily need to be fancy. A small bookshelf with your favourite books, a comfortable couch/day bed (with lots of pillows and cushions) and a small music player should more than suffice. If you hit the local flea markets or antique stores, you’re sure to find some interesting stuff for your She Shed. The decorating will be an on-going process though. And over a period of time, we’re sure you’ll build a pretty awesome space for yourself.
5. Add a bit of nature
It could be as simple as keeping a plant in the room or a few pots at the window sill. A touch of nature is always soothing and adds a soft touch to the room.
6. Make it your personal happy space
What puts you in your comfort zone quickly? If it’s a glass of red wine, tuck away a bottle; if it’s a nice comfortable nap, keep a hammock; if it’s music, make a ‘My She Shed’ playlist on your music player – whatever works best for you.
That’s all the tips we have to help you build your personal abode at home. In case you have some inputs of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments below.
Before signing off, here are a few lovely She Sheds to inspire you! 🙂
The monsoons are here! While you might enjoy this season while sipping on a hot cup of tea while sitting in your balcony, not everything in our home gets along with this season as well as you do; for example, the wooden furniture in our home. Here are a few steps you can take to care for your wooden furniture and keep it in pristine condition:
1. The basics: Move your wooden furniture away from doors and windows where it can’t come in contact with raindrops or leakages. Garden chairs that are nylon webbed or painted metal should be kept indoors during the monsoons to prevent them from cracking or from chipping off paint.
2. Keep them clean: Keeping the house clean will help ensure that you have the right moisture level that’s conducive to the wooden furniture in your house. Also, air conditioners can be of great help here since they can prevent rise of humidity levels by keeping the air in your home fresh and cool.
3. Avoid moisture: don’t use a damp piece of cloth to clean your wooden furniture. Instead, use dry and clean cloth to clean and to prevent dust accumulation. Dust tends to absorb moisture and this may instead soften the finishing of the wood.
4. Keep them away from walls: Always keep your furniture a few inches away from the wall. Walls tend to get damp during the monsoon and might transfer this moisture to the surface of the furniture.
5. Keep them oiled or waxed: Wooden furniture tends to swell up during the monsoons due to moisture absorption. This in turn causes drawers and doors to get stuck while opening or closing them. This can be avoided by oiling or waxing the furniture. Try and use spray-on-wax if available for a neat and clean finish.
6. Stick to maintenance: Don’t initiate any renovation or beautification work during the monsoon because activities like painting and polishing might not give the best output when done in an environment with high moisture levels and may even spoil your wooden furniture. Instead, just stick to maintenance and cleaning.
7. DIY Solutions: Camphor or naphthalene balls are great moisture absorbers. They’ll also help protect the clothes as well as the wardrobes from termites and other pests. In case you want to go for something more natural, neem leaves or cloves will serve the same purpose.
Tried out any of these? If yes, leave a comment and tell us how well it worked 🙂
The First rains of the season always bring a shimmer of magic with them – The gentle pattering of raindrops against the glass…The scent of rain-soaked earth after a downpour…Snuggling up with a steaming cup of tea and a good book for company…
However, despite the beauty of the rains, they do have a tendency to play spoilsport with your outdoor entertaining plans!
For those times when the party needs to be moved indoors due to the rains, here are some ideas to bring festive cheer to monsoon decor in your home and discover that silver lining in the clouds!
1. The Enchanted Garden
Bring the freshness of the outdoors inside your home with potted plants strewn around and dainty flower arrangements adorning your table as centerpieces.
Accentuate the look with the soft glow of lanterns and twinkling fairy lights to create your lush Indoor wonderland!
2. Let there be Light (And Fragrance)!
To infuse warmth and aroma to your ambience and set a relaxed, mellow mood, place scented candles around the living room or arrange an assortment of candle votives on a tray and bask in their soothing fragrance and afterglow.
3. A touch of Whimsy!
Interested in adding a few quirky twists to your party décor? Re-use old rain boots as cheery vases to welcome your guests!
Add a whimsical flavor to your party décor with this Wishing Tree. Get your guests to write out small messages on tags, which can be then hung on the tree with colorful ribbons. Create lasting memories of special moments you can look back at!
4. Channeling Bohemian Chic
Add a splash of colour to your décor this rainy season with Bohemian accents! Decorate your space with light draping in vibrant hues like electric pink, purple and tangerine, and hang clusters of Moroccan-themed lanterns to bring a touch of the exotic to your do!
5. A Sea of Floating Umbrellas
Let your trusty rain companions double up as décor accents to brighten up a rainy day! String colourful umbrellas from the ceiling or create a floating umbrella theme in your patio area for that fun Sunday brunch!
6. (Baby) Showered with Rain!
Conjure up the perfect Baby Shower for that best friend who is expecting! Celebrate the impending arrival of her bundle of joy with this Rain-Themed Baby Shower – cloud cupcakes, pom pom clouds et al!
7. A Tale of Crockery
Do you pride yourself on your lovingly collected eclectic tableware? Lay it out creatively to give your guests a visual (and gastronomical) treat! Don’t be surprised if they want to get straight to the dinner table 🙂
How would you brighten up your décor for an Indoor party on a rainy day? Let us know in your comments!
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles.
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With the end of summer holidays around the corner, here are some simple and fun DIY projects for your child to try during the last leg of summer!
From repurposing old shoeboxes to inculcating a gardening habit, these DIY ideas could be a lifesaver for parents running out of activities to keep their kids occupied with, as the holidays wind down. 🙂
A Note of Caution: These DIY activities should be performed under Parental Supervision, especially in case of activities requiring the use of scissors, small objects etc.
1. Glitter Jar Snow Globe:
Snow globes always carry a bit of magic and sparkle with them, whether they are big or small, simple or elaborate. They make great gifts, and are a perfect way to tell someone you’re thinking of them!
These DIY glitter globes are simple to make and require the following – A jar with a flat lid, a figurine, glitter, water-resistant glue and water. All you need to do is firmly glue the figurine to the lid, sprinkle glitter at the base of the jar, add water to the jar, and glue the lid on tightly to the jar. Just give it a shake and let it snow!
Here are step-by-step instructions: http://blog.modcloth.com/2011/12/23/let-it-snow-globe-how-to-make-your-own-diy-snow-globe/
Snow globes can also serve as quirky memoirs of your travels – Just use a souvenir from your last trip as the figurine and watch the magic!
2. Puzzle/ Button Wall Art:
Involve your kids in creating up cycled wall art for their room and watch your little artists churn out masterpieces!
Re-cycle old or incomplete puzzle sets to create a colourful piece of abstract art. All you need is canvas, puzzle pieces and glue – Get your kids to sort and lay out the pieces on canvas either by colour or in a mishmash of vibrant shades; glue the arrangement onto the canvas and you have your wall art!
You could even substitute puzzle pieces with colourful buttons to make Button Wall Art. Here’s a guide to making the same: http://www.simplydesigning.net/kids-craft-button-art/
Caution: Please supervise younger children during this activity as it involves small objects which could potentially be swallowed.
3. Shoebox Lid Wall Art:
Old shoeboxes clogging up your storage cabinets? How about you get your kids to transform them into a work of art for the home!
An assortment of shoe box lids of various sizes, a chevron pattern stencil, tape and spray paint are what you need for this project.
Cover the shoebox lids with white spray paint. Once dry, trace the chevron pattern onto the lids and mask the pattern with tape. Now, spray paint the lids in solid colors and remove the masking tape. Voila! Your chevron themed wall art is ready to display.
For further instructions, refer to this tutorial: http://spunkyjunky.blogspot.in/2011/03/tutorial-tuesday-chevron-shoebox-wall.html
4. Decoupage Storage/ Gift Boxes:
Fancy another innovative use for those old shoeboxes gathering dust in your cupboard? Decoupage to the rescue!
The latest technique to take the craft world by storm, Decoupage is the art of adorning an object by gluing paper cut-outs onto varied surfaces. This could range from wooden or paper boxes, metal tins to glass jars and bottles.
Infuse a new breath of life into old shoeboxes by getting your kids to decoupage onto them!
Cut out pictures from old magazines, newspapers, pretty wrapping paper, greeting cards or other sources. Dilute glue with a little water and use a paintbrush to apply glue onto the picture cutouts. Stick the cutouts onto the shoebox surface and use a popsicle stick to smooth out any creases or wrinkles.
Once the glue dries completely, apply extra coats of the glue to create a glossy, finished effect. Alternatively, you could use a decoupage medium such as Mod Podge which works as an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish, and is available at various craft stores.
For a detailed tutorial on how to decoupage, refer to this link: http://o5.com/7-easy-steps-for-decoupage-projects
5. Mason Jar Candle Votives/ Vases:
These lovely little votives are simple to make – You need a glass jar, glue, light floral or printed fabric, scissors, a paint brush and a small cup.
Measure the Mason jar to estimate the approximate length and width of the fabric strips required to line the inside of the jar and cut strips accordingly. Dilute the glue with a little water in the cup and dip a fabric strip in the cup, removing any excess glue. Glue the strips from the inside of the jar with the pattern side facing the jar, using the paintbrush to smoothen out any creases.
Once fully dry, place a battery-operated tea light in the jar and you’re all set!
Here are the step-by-step instructions: http://fellowfellow.com/sweet-diy-votives/
Caution: Please use only battery-operated candles and not real candles as the fabric lining is inflammable.
These votives also double up as adorable vases – Add some artificial flowers and pop the vase in the middle of your table for a lovely centerpiece!
6. Inspiration Board/ Photo Montage:
Ensure your child always has a healthy dose of inspiration at hand with these easy-to-make inspiration boards.
Use an old bulletin board, or line a cork board with coloured fabric and frame the board. Get your kids to use push pins to put up things that inspire them onto the board – Right from printouts of motivating quotes to handwritten life goals to an image of a treasured memory or a hand-made painting!
Hang the board on the wall near the child’s study table or in a favorite corner of the bedroom. Update the board frequently for a slice of fresh inspiration!
Another easy way to brighten up your kid’s room and add a personal touch, the photo montage below is a breeze to make!
Just string a few rows of wire to the back of an empty frame, and get your child to arrange chosen photographs by clipping them onto the wires using mini clothespins or other clips.
Caution: Nailing/ attaching the wires onto the back of the frame should be performed by an adult.
To add a little more sparkle, your child could paint the frame or you could string fairy lights along the edge of the frame.
Here’s the link to a tutorial for an Instagram Photo Display: http://littleinspiration.com/2013/04/instagram-project-how-to-display-your-instagram-pictures.html
7. Recycled Tin Herb Planters:
Sow the seeds of a gardening habit in your kids with these easy-to-make recycled planters. We loved the idea of using vintage tins to plant herbs; alternatively succulents are a low-maintenance option to get your little gardeners started!
Remove labels from the tins, clean and dry them. Use a hammer and nails to drill holes at the bottom of the tin to allow drainage of excess water.
Caution: Drilling holes in the tin to be performed by an adult.
Guide your child in potting the selected herbs in the tin – Fill the potting soil in the tin halfway and plant the herb. Fill and firm up the soil around the plant and add water. To label the herbs, paint a Popsicle stick and use a marker to write the names of the herbs on the stick. Pop the sticks vertically into the planters. Place the herb planters on a windowsill or balcony with ample sunlight and you’re good to grow!
Refer this link for detailed instructions: http://blog.modcloth.com/2014/05/06/mothers-day-diy/?crlt.pid=camp.S1g7xOOyOdjn
Which of these DIY projects would you like to get your kids started on? Any other interesting ones? Let us know!
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles.
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During a recent visit to London, a pit stop at one of London’s most popular street markets to experience its vibrant atmosphere and exciting arts & crafts scene was at the top of our agenda!
On a quest to discover captivating designs and quaint vintage curios, we made a beeline for lively Portobello Road in Notting Hill on a lovely Saturday to experience its world-famous street market in full swing.
The tantalizing whiff of a chocolate and strawberry crepe being whipped up at one of the many street food stalls…
The animated calls of vendors as they tempted us with their enticing wares…Antiques glinting in the afternoon light…
The amusing shenanigans of street performers as they displayed their singing or dancing talent…
The market spilled onto Portobello Road with an energy that drew us in completely!
We were spoilt for choice at the sprawling Portobello Road Market with stalls that offered everything ranging from vintage themed posters and quaint home décor accessories, to music, clothes, jewellery and other bric-a-brac. We also peeked in at the delightful independent stores and boutiques lining Portobello Road, hoping for a unique find!
The highlight of Portobello Road Market however is its Saturday Antiques Market flush with china, silverware, books and other collectibles which tempt you to empty your pockets for a great bargain!
After a day well spent at the market with a shopping bag full of treasured trinkets, there’s no better way to round off an afternoon in London than by indulging in a pot of quintessential English tea with freshly baked scones, jam and a slathering of clotted cream!
Having had a chance to soak in the magic of Portobello Road, other London markets on our go-to list are quirky Camden Lock market (An eclectic market with stalls offering vintage fashion, arts & crafts and food), Greenwich market (A colorful market known for its distinctive designers, arts & crafts, antiques and food), and Borough Market (A gourmet food market famous for its fresh produce including fruits, vegetables, meats and cheese, along with delectable bakery treats and other street food). Next trip perhaps?
Closer home, the Sunday Soul Santé, Kitsch Mandi and exhibitions at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (Including the annual Chitra Santhe – a renowned street side art exhibition) offer a flavor of the flea market experience, along with the chance to discover interesting new designers and go home with a knick-knack or two!
Which London markets would you like to visit? Any interesting ones to add to the list?
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles.
It’s the holiday season! You’ve probably gone for a fantastic holiday with your friends or family and come back with some souvenirs to remind you of the great time you had.
These small or big mementos could actually make your home quite interesting – and also become a topic of conversation while entertaining guests. They also remind us of the journey’s we’ve undertaken with loved ones and the fond memories that were created during the escapade.
So, here are 7 lovely décor pieces you can make from holiday souvenirs and make them last forever!
1. Beach Lanterns: For the ones who had a beach holiday. Just gather up some clear glass vases and jars, add some sand (preferably white), fill it up with shells, sea stars or anything else you’ve gotten back from the beach, and add a candle. The grouping will make a great visual impact.
2. Framed Maps: the simplest and classiest way to showcase your travels. All you need is simple frames and the maps that you used while you were on your trip.
3. Kitchen Magnet Wall: the fridge door’s going to get crowded pretty soon if you’re a sucker for fridge magnets and an avid traveller. We don’t blame you. Fridge magnets are tiny and easy to carry. Anybody would pick them. Install a magnet wall where you can curate all of them and show people where you’ve been.
4. Coffee Table Focal Point: you don’t necessarily need to dedicate an entire wall to your souvenir collection. If you don’t have too many, just arrange them on a large platter and make an interesting coffee table focal point. This collection of Japanese sake cups is an apt example.
5. Miniatures Wall Art: if you tried the local ‘beverages’ and even brought back some home, just stack them all up on a wall shelf and add some back lighting to bring them to life.
6. Frame Regional Textiles or Costumes: What’s the point of letting a traditional dress or piece of textile that you wore on your trip eat dust in your wardrobe? Instead, frame it and make it an off-beat piece of wall-art.
7. Woven Baskets Wall Feature: let’s admit it, you’re ever going to use those woven baskets you brought back from your South East Asia/Africa trip. Just fix them all on a wall and convert them into a gorgeous piece of wall décor.
Liked the ideas? Tell us via comments 🙂
A man cave is a male sanctuary. It is the one room inside the house where “guys can do as they please” without fear of upsetting their wife’s or girlfriend’s sensitivities about the home décor or design. So, here are some really cool ideas/products that we think are perfect for this sanctuary.
1. Leather Sofa
The ideal man-cave can’t do without a piece like this. It’s where he has his late night meals while watching TV, entertains his guests or even dozes off on a lazy afternoon. It’s the sun of his galaxy (pad).
2. Reading Lamps
Perfect for the table near that leather sofa.
P.S: these are available at The Purple Turtles.
3. Wooden Alphabets and Numbers
There’s no better way to make a permanent space for your favourite sport/movie/word in your home than with large wooden alphabets. If you get enough of these, you could easily make variations out of them periodically. The Bahrain Grand Prix is just round the corner 😉
Check them out on our site here: https://thepurpleturtles.com/shop/home-decor-decor-accents-artifacts-carvings/alphabet-and-number/
4. Movie Posters
A man cave is incomplete without atleast one poster of a movie that he really loves. Nothing speaks ‘Bachelor Pad’ louder than a poster of Neo or Tony Stark.
5. Bar Cabinet
The fridge can be practically empty for all we care, but a well-stocked bar cabinet has got to be there. A small and spacious like this one will more than suffice.
6. Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser
Here’s how to create this uber cool piece of Bathroom décor: http://goo.gl/sbdA7L
7. Batman Book-shelf
This is not a book-shelf you need; it’s a bookshelf you deserve.
8. Spare Parts Table
A seamless fit in the house of a machine lover.
9. Beer Keg Urinal
Send it back where it all came from 😉
10. Motorbike (yeah, that’s right!)
Some men have old/spare motorbikes lying around in their garage –just like that. Just give them a nice wash and push them into the house to give it a signature man-cave look.
11. Canvas Leather Poufs
These represent quintessential living room seating. Their leather finish and bold prints helped them secure a spot on this list. Check them out on our site here: https://thepurpleturtles.com/shop/home-decor-seating-poufs/canvas-leather-pouf/
So, what did you think of our man-cave decor ideas? Leave a comment and tell us! 🙂
Summer is here! Bringing with it all the warmth, joy and promise of an exciting new season…
Flowers are in bloom, decking the trees with myriad colors and scents, summer blossoms showering greetings with their cheerful presence!
While we love how flowers light up our gardens, patios and balconies, let’s look at how floral blossoms and patterns can add that summery touch to our home décor!
Brightening up every occasion, a bouquet of flowers used creatively is a lovely centerpiece for your picnic table!
Wouldn’t we all love a gorgeous piece of crockery for that quaint high tea we’ve been dreaming about?
Soft, sheer curtains billowing in the summer breeze add a wistful touch to a cozy alcove..
While curling up in your favorite armchair with a good book is a great way to spend a lazy summer afternoon…
How about we let the walls do the talking?
Some DIY to create those eye-catching stairs or that vintage themed accent wall?
Channeling your inner Jane Eyre? We think these quirky knick-knacks add a touch of Victorian charm!
Need a décor quick-fix? These floral themed cushions are sure to bring a little bit of summer into your home!
How would you add some floral cheer to your home decor? Let us know in your comments below!
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles.
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The summer’s here! And so is our summer home décor collection. Here’s a quick glance at 8 products we think that you’ll absolutely love.
1. Love Seat (Two Seaters)
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is the mantra for this unique range of furniture. A majority of the products involve discarded tyres, old clothes from factories, discarded packaging material which are used with bamboo and cane to create top quality pieces of furniture. This beautiful sofa from the collection is perfectly suitable for indoor as well as outdoor arrangements as it is durable and waterproof – hence posing no risk of damage from rain.
Where to keep it: Perfect for your sit out, balcony or even for your living room.
Material: Cane and Fabric
Price: ₹ 34,800/- + VAT
Colour: Multi coloured
2. Palme Floor Tube
“Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun kissed hair… that endless summer, take me there.”
When we think of palm trees, what comes to mind is summer time and easy living. This unique floor lamp, laser-cut to represent palm leaves with its sleek frame and bright colour is the just the summer lamp you’re looking for.
Where to keep it: Dress up any corner of your home or office and bring the outdoors in.
Price: ₹ 11,000/- + VAT
SEE ALSO: 11 WAYS TO RE-USE OLD WINE BOTTLES (DIY)
3. Pendant Lights from the Olie Collection
It’s all in the details. Available in windsong, impermanence and heartlight collections, these beautiful pendant lights are made from hand-twisted banana fibre that is woven into various patterns. They come with hand-crafted banana fiber caps that give it a rustic finish.
Where to keep it: Hang it over your dining table or in a cluster in a corner of the living room.
Material: Printed Cotton Fabric
Price: ₹ 4,800 each + VAT
4. Polka Dot Single Seater Sofa
If you see bright spots when you come into our store this summer, don’t worry, it’s probably just this elegant Polka Dot Sofa. If you have stuff with bold patterns at home, then this cute single-seater sofa will be the perfect companion for those products.
Where to keep it: Bring life to your living room with this single seater sofa that can match with any other living room seating.
Price: ₹ 27,000/- +VAT
Colour: Grey and mutli coloured polka Dot
5. Cushions and more cushions
Coming in various shapes, sizes and prints, each hand printed cushion cover has a beautiful, natural banana fibre detail, with the back of each cover having a detail of hand-braided banana fibre tie ups.
Where to keep it: Seating (Sofa, poufs,chairs, etc), bedding or floor cushion
Material: Printed Cotton and jute
Price: ₹ 875 – 1260 + VAT
6. MU Wire Pendant Lamp
Lighting doesn’t get any more quirky than these Wire Lamps. If you want to add some funk to your home this summer, these colourful wire lamps are just what you need.
Where to keep it: Hang indoor or outdoor (semi-covered). Best used in a cluster over your bar, breakfast table , stairwell or corner of your living room.
Material : Metal (Powder coated)
Price: ₹ 2000/- each +VAT
Colour: Red, Blue, Yellow and Black
7. Raw Silk Mugal Dome Lights
Made from raw silk, these beautiful pendant Mugal Dome Lamps come in various colours that can be customised based on the colour theme that best suits your home.
Where to keep it: Perfect to dress up your living room corner.
Material: Raw silk
Price: ₹ 3,500 – 11,000 +VAT
Colour : Can be customised
8. Shoji Table Lights
These endearing little lamps are made of shoji / rice paper (that is a part of the ancient Chinese culture). Shoji Paper has been creatively used to create vibrant lamps with various colours, form and texture. They provide great ambience, are a perfect choice for gifting on festive occasions and can lighten up your own home during parties and special occasions.
Where to keep it: Add some colour to your bedside or your living room side table.
Price: ₹ 1200 each (Tube) + VAT
Material: Shoji Paper
Colour: Can be customized
So what do you think of our collection? Let us know via comments
Had a party at home? What come with all that fun are loads of empty wine bottles. Instead of just throwing them away, you can reuse them in a lot of fun and innovative ways. Read-up this quick DIY article to learn how.
Quick tip before you proceed: low heat bottles in water to easily remove labels.
1. Milk Vases
All you need is some spray paint (or just regular paints and a brush) and wine bottles to create these lovely looking vases.
2. Twine Vase
This is a super simple one. You’ll need a ball of twine, a wine bottle and a couple of hours of patience. That’s it! 😉
3. Garden Edging
You’ll need to have a LOT more parties at home to collect enough bottles for this one. But if you manage to do it, you’ll have a funky looking garden and a more than happening social life.
4. Vacation Water Dispenser
Going on a vacation? Just add water to the bottle and pop upside down into a pot of plants and get going with a guilty free vacation.
5. Wine Bottle Torch
Now this one’s a little complicated; but the outcome is definitely worth it.
Here’s a detailed article on how to DIY: http://www.designsponge.com/2009/08/diy-project-eriks-recycled-wine-bottle-torch.html
6. Bottle Lamp
This one’s again a little complicated, but completely worth the effort. Here’s how to make it: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Lamp-from-a-Bottle/?ALLSTEPS
7. Chalkboard Bottle
The coolest thing about this is that you can write anything you want on them (with a chalk).
Here’s a video on how to make one:
8. Bottle Cuts
Here’s a very simple video that shows how you can cut a glass bottle with basic household supplies:
If you can manage to do that without putting your house on fire, here’s some awesome stuff you can do with the cut bottles.
Beer Bottle Tumblers
Wine Bottle Vases
9. Candle Stands
Simple yet elegant. If your candle is too wide to fit in the neck of your bottle, melt the bottom of the candle with another one. Melting the wax slightly will also help it stick better.
10. Freestyle Chandeliers
Take clear bottles, fill them with flowers and suspend them from the ceiling. Voila! You have your DIY Freestyle Chandelier.
11. Mood Lamps
All you need to do is add some fairy lights to an empty wine bottle. They work as great décor for small house parties/gatherings.
What do you think? Plan on trying out any of them? Tell us via comments.
Still reveling in the exuberance of Holi? The festival of colors brings an effervescence reflected by the arrival of spring after a chilly winter…an optimism fueled by the symbolic triumph of everything good and positive…
Engulfing one in a riot of colours, spilling onto the streets with gaiety and playfulness…Holi reminds us how important it is to view the world through a kaleidoscope of color!
Soaking in the spirit of the festival of colors, here are some picks for fun uses of color, as we go about our quest for color inspiration in everyday life!
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4594906462 (Pinterest – Incense Sticks in Hue – Vietnam, Photo by Bertrand Linet)
Natural crystals fascinate me because of their random and myriad shapes, facets and reflections. As random and abstract as they are, they come together to make infinite and beautiful formations. I mulled over the meaning of the term “an idea is a crystallized thought”. I imagined that many ideas together would look like a beautiful crystal formation. I am a firm believer in the fact that the answer to any of the world’s problems, large or small, lies in collective thinking, collaborative endeavor, people working hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder. And this installation not just captured that belief of mine but turned out to be a huge collaboration between me and my big team of artists and artisans.
I designed this piece as not just something people could look at from a distance but as an artwork that people could walk into. With that in mind, and with designer Paula, Lukman and his team of welders and Ammu and her team of paper artisans by my side, I set off to make a giant paper “crystal cave” as its head that curved up to a kind of tail that gave it a whale like silhouette. It was not just large, measuring 25 by 10 feet and a height of 9 feet; it was also a large challenge architecturally/structurally. The venue had restrictions and we could not take the support of the ceiling or the floor so it had to be self-supporting. So we had to make sure it touched the floor at critical points and curved on the Z axis to distribute its weight and Paula was given the tough task of 4 days to make the drawings for Lukman, our skilled fabricator. We had an impossible deadline as well so we decided to simplify Lukman’s task and try and restrict it to about 6-8 different shapes. Paula’s was a daunting task because its abstract shape had to fit in a pre determined stall of 8 meters by 3 meters without toppling or collapsing.
Impossible was also Lukman’s task of making it strong enough to survive the 5 day journey by truck to Delhi and back but still look “light“ and whimsical like I wanted it. Many harrowing days later, by the time the components reached my studio for Ammu’s team for the paper fixing we were 3 days behind schedule. It was an almost inhuman deadline but everyone rose to the challenge. Finally when we fit the pieces together to check if it would stand, we held our collective breath. It stood! I pushed it a little more than gently just to make sure. It resisted! Hurrah, we were ready to roll!
Shows you can’t keep great “ideas” down, or in this case you can’t push great ideas over.
– Written by Jenny Pinto, Design Director, The Purple Turtles
Warm. Rich. Deep. Words which come to mind when we think of ‘Marsala’.
Creating quite a stir in the design, home décor and fashion circles, Marsala has arrived and how! The Colour of the Year, announced by Pantone, the world’s leading authority on colour and colour trends, is described as a ‘naturally robust and earthy wine red’.
Marsala conjures up a vivid tapestry of images and memories tinted by shades of this luscious red-brown hue:
Curling up with an inviting glass of wine and a good book… A favorite sweater to brave the winter chill.
A sheen of lustrous velvet… Decadent and care free indulgence in a scrumptious dessert.
A long drive to enjoy the autumn breeze… The rustling of fall leaves and the earthiness of bark.
The pattering of rain against the rustic flooring of a childhood home… Picking succulent treasures from the orchard.
Marsala makes its presence felt in various facets of our lives!
We think it is a great décor accent for the home, adding a pop of colour and a dash of drama. When used sparingly through home accessories, an accent wall or a striking piece of furniture, it serves to enhance a space.
Owing to its versatility, Marsala works with a varied color palette. Here are some of our picks:
- Marsala and Turquoise – One of our favorite combinations. Marsala teams effortlessly with Turquoise to bring about a sense of timelessness.
- Marsala and Ivory – Classic Ivory provides a neutral canvas for Marsala, creating a dramatic effect.
- Marsala and Gold – Gold highlights Marsala’s inherent glamour, adding a sheen of luxury and a touch of the exotic.
- Marsala and Grey – Marsala paired with Grey embodies an understated elegance and sophistication.
According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Colour Institute, “Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
Has Marsala’s magnetism drawn you in? What does it mean to you? What colour palette would you pair with it? Tell us via comments.
– Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles
If you’re fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to have a partner or spouse at this time of the year, there’s probably that one BIG question loitering in your head – What do I do this Valentine’s Day?
You need some help / ideas if your conversations are like:
“So baby what have you planned this time?
What you say – “It’s a surprise. You’ll love it!”
What you are actually thinking – “Uhhhhhhhh”, “Fifty Shades of Grey is in theatres”, “It’s his/her birthday already?”, “Oh no! Completely forgot about Valentine’s Day”.
Our suggestion: Plan a romantic dinner at home and it will definitely melt his or her heart. Dinner at home offers privacy, a familiar setting and an uninterrupted evening with your loved one. So how do you go about it?
Choose a location
If you have a garden or a terrace, have it there without second thoughts (unless you have pesky neighbours with a direct view of the garden). If not, your dining room or bedroom will work just fine.
Choose a colour theme
Of course you need a colour theme! You don’t necessarily need to stick to the Red theme. You could go with his or her favourite colour (unless it’s a morbid black or brown) and try and create all the elements around it. Having a theme goes a long way in showing that you’ve put in effort.
Cover the basics
- Choose a nice table cloth, preferably white, as it enhances the decorations on the table.
- Bring out the best cutlery for the evening (even if you’ve been saving it for a visit from the Prime Minister).
- It’ll definitely be more romantic if you cook the food yourself! That said, Maggie or Omelettes will NOT work (even if she LOVES it). If you plan to order in, make sure it is his or her favourite cuisine.
Decorate the table
You can use candles and flowers in numerous ways to create a lovely centre piece for the table. Some scented candles based on your colour theme, with flower petals will be perfect. (NO, the birthday candles in the kitchen cupboard are out of the question.)
- You could place the candles inside clear glass bowls or tall glasses to add some warmth and luminescence around the table.
- Scatter the candles around the table area as well to create a warm and romantic setting
- Got a big clear glass bowl? Add some water to it and decorate it by adding a few tea light candles and flower petals and place it at the centre of the table.
Want to try something off-beat for the table centrepiece? Make a beautiful Firefly Jar for the table. It’s really simple:
- Cut open a glow stick and empty its contents into a glass jar.
- Add diamond glitter and seal the top of the jar with a lid.
- Shake the contents of the jar and voila! You have your firefly jar.
Add other small elements like beach pebbles, small vases and tiny paper cut-outs with hand written messages as finishing touches.
Have something to add to this article? Let us know via comments.
Industrial decor is inspired by the interiors of 19th century and early 20th century manufacturing factories and warehouses. The industrial decor trend has come to the fore not only because of the appealing style but also because most industrial pieces focus on functionality. It fuses purely functional designs with stylish refinements.
You will find that most industrial decor items exhibit features that are mostly rustic and vintage. They also embrace the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ mantra perfectly. The Industrial Decor items at The Purple Turtles are characterized by exposed architectural components, raw, unfinished details and sleek, shiny surfaces. Our lights are unique, edgy and come in every possible size. They can accompany a vintage as well as contemporary look.
These Industrial Decor installations done by us will give you more than an idea about why this trend is in and here to stay!
Have anything to add to this article? Tell us via comments
November was a busy month of us at The Purple Turtles. We’ve had a whole range of new and exciting products come in from all across India and from a variety of designers and if there is one thing in common its COLOUR! So without much ado incase you’ve missed our new arrivals last month here’s our list of 5 products you cannot miss at our store.
1. Dreamtime Lamps
Our Dreamtime lamps are hand crafted using hand- embroidery and origami techniques. They can brighten up your kids rooms giving them a unique design touch or even make for great kids gifts or that perfect gift for that pregnant friends nursery.
2. BeadBall Lights
If vibrant colours and eclectic lights is your style then we have a feeling you will love these beadball lights. Made out of glass, beads and acrylic they come in 3 different shapes adding a lovely warm glow to your space along with a splash of funk and colour.
3. Gourd Series
Nothing like anything we’ve had at the store before, these beautiful gourds are collected by the tribal toddy tapping community living in the jungles of
Over the years artist Indra has come to know these tribals well, as she travels into the hamlets and villages where they live. She urges them to keep some of the gourd pieces for her to use for her gourd craft. A truly ‘made from india’ product.
4. Banana Fiber Baskets
‘Made from India’ by artisans of The Kishkinda Trust, these banana fiber baskets have been specially hand made by the women of Anegundi. The Banana fiber cottage industry has been a livelihood means for over 200 women since its inception. These women artisans have formed a federation comprising of 15 villages. Practical and beautifully handcrafted they make for the perfect storage at home or even a unique gift with a story.
5. The Retryement Plan
Reuse, Reduce and Recycle. That’s the mantra Anu Tandon lives by and so do her products. Made lovingly are her woven products of chairs, stools are uniquely made using old tyres. An art you definitely don’t want to miss seeing. She’ll be showcasing her products at our store from the 29th of november.
Mirrors as home decor have proven themselves time and again. From quiet elegance to a splash of style, mirrors as accents are versatile, classy and very easy to put in place. With so many options, you could go for a different mirror in every room you have and still not be repetitive. Moreover, if you’ve got your own ideas, all you need to do is get a mirror, a carpenter and inspiration to get your accent together. In the absence of that, take a look at the mirrors we have and see how you can fit them best in your homes.
Mirrors in tight spaces.
Using a floor length mirror behind a big piece of furniture in a cosy corner gives an illusion of space. Mirrors the same size of the furniture make them look like they were meant to be there and not like they’re forced into a space. Our reclaimed wood mirror is a perfect option.
Smoke and mirrors
Here’s a trick you wont pick up easily on by watching. But placing a mirror behind a lamp or a light of any kind instantly gives your room a glow that makes it warm and generous. This works even if the lamp is dim because the mirror will enhance the light that the lamp emanates. May we present our distressed finish mirror for this decor idea?
Choose a window with a view and place a mirror opposite it. Voila! You have a placement that maximises natural light as wellas allows you to access to the view from your window from many places in the room. The aluminium porthole mirror,from our nautical cllection, is perfect for this little trick.
Mirror, mirror… mirror, mirror, mirror
You’ve all seen the photo wall, and possibly tired of it. Take that idea and shift it to mirrors. Use several mirrors, of different kinds — sizes, shapes, frames, colours — and put them together in close proximity. Chances are you won’t need anything else on the wall where this beauty will go up. Choose just about any mirror from our collection to create this.
If you have a wall where you have groupings — either of ceramic plaques, art, souviners, even pictures, a great way to break the crowded look is to pop a mirror bang in the middle of it. Group the art or the motifs around the mirror to give you a stunning visual that also has breathing space. Add a textured wall around it and you’ve got a work of art all in itself. If this idea is appealing, we have just the thing for you in our carved wood mirrors.
For those who like putting a little bit of love and thought into buying presents,Diwali is almost nirvana. So many terrific things to choose from, so many loved ones to make happy. That sometimes, too, is the problem: the problem of plenty. There’s an easy way to solve that. Understand the style you want to go with, have an understanding of what you want to say when you give presents. That pretty much narrows down the list of places that you can shop at. Fortunately, at The Purple Turtles, we have shiny, pretty things to suit just about any sense of style. Run through this list of our top 10 picks for the gifting season and we assure you you’ll come back for more than a couple.
1. Our top pick is of course lights! Exquisite filigree candle holders that cast intricate shadows on your walls: make any moment magical with these wonders that we have in especially for Diwali.
2. Poetry and light, can there be a more perfect combination? Jenny Pinto’s lights that have art and verse printed on them, perfect for an actual kid or a grown up that’s a kid at heart.
3. Olie’s winter collection of linen will actually stop you in your tracks, justify spending more than you intended to, and still not have buyer’s regret two days later. Take your pick from bed and sofa linens to fabric lampshades, Olie is unique, stylish and in our store
4. What can be better than seeing the lovely Diwali spirit of a home reflected in mirrors that scream character? Distressed mirrors, vintage ones, classic framed or nautical themed: there’s a perfectly framed mirror for just about any kind of person.
5. Candles add that bit of sophistication to compliment the earthy charm of clay diyas. From tea lights to larger accent candles, choose one that fits right in with your festive decor.
6. If we are talking candles, can candle holders be far behind? Wooden candle holders add chunk and charm to just about any space. Go back to rustic style with these brilliantly repurposed charpoy legs to hold elegant long candles.
7. While wood is warm and wonderful, perhaps it doesn’t suit your style? Don’t fret because we are willing to bet you absolutely will not be able to refuse these laser-cut metal tea-light holders. Crafted with love and innate sense of beauty, these holder when lit up, add a warm glow that only metal can provide.
8. Just about everyone we know fairy lights make things immediately better. Be it small pinpoints of light or light enclosed in patterned linen or paper. Check out the ones we have at the store because you’ll fall in love with them starting right at the packaging.
9. Painted kettles. If you’ve got a quirk in your soul, you’ll love these painted kettles by Aarohi. Kitsch never looked so good.
10. We began with lights, and we’ll end with lights too. Or at least light holders. The exquisite lighthouse collection: structured pieces of work in glass and leather. We love them so much, we almost want to keep them for ourselves!
Come indulge, and make this Diwali just a little more special.
Eco-friendly will never go out of style. Especially if it’s stylish to begin with. Creative, quirky and deeply thoughtful is our Jenny Pinto. A designer with a rare vision to light up the world around her. Wonder what makes Jenny Pinto’s beautiful banana fiber lights unique? Well, here’s your answer from the designer herself – “The way I process my paper is unique. I use banana fibre to make my paper that very very few people in India use but besides that, the methods of processing and the gentle chemicals I use adds to the strength and translucency of the paper. This adds a lot of value to the inherent durability of the lamp and the quality of the light it gives. ” Can you think of a better way to light up your spaces? We sure can’t!
Inspiration. That slick, slippery thing. That fickle, wondrous being that creates worlds, tears down empires, builds lives. Seek it and it runs away, give up, forget about it and there she comes, Inspiration, with a shimmer and a laugh. Why then must you go away to be inspired? Why must you look outwards for inspiration to create, build, live? Actually, you don’t. Surrounding yourself with things that are in harmony with who you are at once creates a space for you to come back to, a space to feel that you have a niche that is uniquely you. Creating and crafting each corner of your home with loving attention and painstaking detail, the joy of entertaining in a vibrant space, and the joy of reposing in a spot that gives as much as it gets — there is your perfect home, your haven of inspiration, your whisper of serenity.
We at The Purple Turtles aim to make spaces — in homes and otherwise — that are redolent with the love of beautiful things. Each piece in our store resonates with any kind of design personality that you might posses. Keeping aesthetics and love of good things in mind, TPT understands good things should be made to last, to be handed down from one loving hand to the next that wants to make something beautiful, and yet just a little different.
Welcome to The Purple Turtles. Inspiration awaits.