Decorating my new home

I’ve always been interested in Interior Designing. If it was not for the “Engineering” or “Doctor” degree trend during the 90s, I would have chosen ID as my profession. Well, so what if I’m not an Interior designer, that doesn’t stop me from trying and using my creativity to spruce up my home. I’m always on the look-out for home décor ideas on Pinterest and implementing them in my own ways.

This is not a post about interior designing, where I tell you how to work with your space and transform it. I just wanted to share with you the things I have used (some handmade, some bought and some gifted by loved ones) to make our home extra colorful and warm.

  1. Entrance

At the entrance to our home is a simple white lantern. We call it our guardian as it stays outside, by the door. We bought it at a store called Mauch at Hilzingen (in Germany).

Entrance

  1. Hallway

In the hallway, I’ve hung 2 beautiful frames of Egyptian art on the wall. They are made of papyrus and were given to me by my mother-in-law, who purchased them in Egypt during her travels. I’ve used golden colored frames to give them an authentic look.

On the door as you enter our home, I’ve displayed a wall-hanging given by my mom that is usually found in most Indian homes.

  1. Shoe stand

I got the idea for a shoe-stand from this website. The store sells wooden boxes in different types and colors. You can make shoe stands, coffee table, book cases, showcases etc. using them. We chose rustic-brown colored boxes to make our shoe stand.

Shoe stand

  1. Guest Bedroom

For our guest bedroom, we hung these beautiful frames showing birds during different seasons, gifted by my mom. She bought them in one of the stalls at  Global Village, Dubai.

Guest Bedroom

  1. Living room 

a. Most of the furniture in our home is made of wood. We have a wooden flooring too. To make all the elements in our home more cohesive, we have chosen mostly wooden/ rustic/ golden colored items to decorate our rooms. Even our curtains are golden in color. Beside the curtains, I have hung golden hanging chains to give our living room an oriental look.

Living Room

b.Side boards: I don’t have a show-case to display the souvenirs I’ve collected during my travels. So I’ve placed them on this wooden side board in the living room. It has valuable pieces from Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta and India. What you see at the center that looks like a cave is called “Amethstdrusen”.

Living Room 2

c.I’ve hung family pictures, again in golden colored frames. I bought the frames at Madal Bal in Schaffhausen.

Living Room 3

d. I’ve placed statues of Lord Ganesh, on handmade Crochet mandalas on a vintage style table. I bought the table at Madal Bal.

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Living room 4

  1. Kitchen

The idea to use this closet from Ikea was inspired by my mother-in-law. As soon as I saw this in her kitchen, I was eager to buy one for our home too. But sadly I couldn’t find this in any of the Ikea shops I knew. My sweet mother-in-law drove all the way to St. Gallen to buy this for me for my birthday.

Kitchen

  1. Bathrooms

I have used handmade crochet mandalas as mats to place our toiletries..

  1. Winter Garden / Library

I bought the bookshelves online from here. I wanted strong rustic shelves with an antique look. I placed small knick-knacks from Mauch, along with the books. The Golden lantern is from Morocco, again a gift from my Mom- in-law and the black lantern is from Mauch (They really have some nice stuff for home).

Library 3

These are some of the things I have chosen to make my home a bit more vibrant. I adhered to my “shopping” budget as I went around beautifying, instead of splurging all our hard-earned money. You can do the same, by putting in some extra hours of searching (online and at local stores) and going the diy route whenever possible.

Happy making your home sweet home a tad more sweeter!

Love,

Madhurya.

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29 things I’ve learnt so far

30 is a big milestone in everybody’s life. I remember my husband’s morose face when HE turned 30. He was acting as if his life was over. And then came 31 and age stopped bothering him. When I turned 30 a couple of months ago, I felt surprisingly calm. It didn’t bother me that I would never be a kid or a 20 year old anymore. In fact I felt I was at a better stage than ever before. For the first time in my life I felt like I knew myself.

On my birthday, Prasad asked me to look back over the past 3 decades (Wow! 3 decades of life on earth!) and make a note of the highlights of years gone by and my plans for years to come. I sat to do just that but decided to list out the things I’ve learnt so far instead. I like to think that I have learnt a lot of life lessons over the years, but here are a few, 29 to be exact. These are the things I keep telling myself over and over. I hope it helps some of you…

  1. Every morning brings a fresh start. So quiet that inner voice that pesters you with past regrets and future fears and start every day with a big smile and a few deep breaths (This one really helps I tell you. Anytime you feel stuck or scared, remember to do it. And tell me if you don’t instantly feel better).
  2. And about that big smile- don’t care what people think of you. Just keep smiling. Some people might think you are crazy or naive, let them!
  3. Slow down! There is no hurry. Nobody loses anything if you arrive a bit late or take time to do something. The worst thing is, you could be scolded or lose a job. But if you rush, you could lose your life.
  4. Make time to do stuff. To make stuff. Something. Anything. Every. Single. Day. That’s how you can keep that monkey brain calm and productive. Plus, you will have something tangible, useful, pretty at the end of it.
  5. Get up early if you have to. Get THAT THING done. Ha! Not the chores and all. That can wait; your other stuff, the stuff that lights you up.
  6. Most problems can be solved over a cup of hot beverage and with cool friends.
  7. Don’t hold grudge or think ill of others. You know not what they’ve been through.
  8. There’s something you can learn from every situation and person.
  9. Listen to your body. It knows what you really want.
  10. Love yourself. You’re just as special as the people you admire.
  11. Eat well. Eat everything. Eat healthy. Eat in moderation. Stop before you feel too full.
  12. Sleep well. Most problems are caused when you are not well-rested.
  13. If you find something interesting, even a tiny bit, like a topic, a book, an idea, a dream, then chase it by all means. Learn everything you can about it. Make it happen. It need not be useful. Sometimes it is and at other times it might lead you to something else, utterly amazing.
  14. Write everything down. It is the easiest, cheapest therapy ever.
  15. It’s the simple things, you guys, that give a lot of pleasure, like getting away for a shared cup of coffee with the husband, reading a good book and enjoying a good meal with the family; not buying more stuff.
  16. Money is very important. It lets you live the life you want. Earn it. Use it wisely. Save it. Don’t let it become your boss.
  17. Believe in God, a higher power, whatever. Just believe in something other than yourself. Keep doing whatever you are meant to and leave the rest (anxieties, worries etc.) to that God, higher power or whatever you choose to believe in.
  18. Be grateful you are alive. Every single day. Do not take it lightly that you are still breathing and functioning, especially with all the craziness that’s happening in the World.
  19. You could spend your whole life just admiring the beauty of God’s handiwork- our complex brains, the colorful birds, the gentle breeze etc. You need nothing else…
  20. Faith is one the main reasons why there is so much hatred on Earth. Practice the edicts of your faith and let others practice theirs. Respect and admire the beauty in diversity.
  21. NO phones or other digital devices around the kids! Be wholly there and spend endless time with them.
  22. If there’s something you think you will regret not doing, later, just do it today.
  23. Hold onto that child within you. Stay curious. Stay crazy.
  24. There’s so much love within you. Spread it.
  25. Likewise, there’s so much creativity in you. Share it.
  26. How will you know not to do something again, if you haven’t tried and failed at it at least once?
  27. Stumble. Fall. Dust yourselves off. Restart.
  28. You cannot punish someone for the mistakes THEY make. There’s someone else who’s keeping a count on all that. You can only show the right way and hope they take that route.
  29. Honesty is good, yeah, but not at the cost of hurting someone. Always find something nice to say first, before being critical.

Do you have any life lessons you can share?