Thursday, May 21, 2015


It is yet another  thursday and time for another three things that is on my brain .

Some Museum Time

For one, it is memorial Day weekend coming up. We have decided it is also time for some museum experience. We are visiting Richmond, capital of Virginia where you have Virginia Fine Arts Museum and Children's Museum among other things. Last time we went I couldn't devour the Fine Arts museum well, but have decided to make up for it this time. Let us see if I can snap away some pictures for you. There are quite a bit of exhibits from India in the furniture gallery which surprised me.  

Burnside Farms

Last month we visited the tulip garden at Burnside Farms, I think ( I am not sure) only one of its kind in Virginia. The flowers started blooming late this time, but the wait was well worth it. The garden looks even better now that almost all parts are in full bloom.

This Craft we did

There are some crafts which we do just for Akshara's pleasure. This one was one of them. If you haven't tried this with your kids, you must give it a go. It is too much fun and the mess , well this is one mess you would love to see even later. Easy how to : Here on Pinterest .

As you know I join this Three Things Thursday Link up.  Please do visit the link up for interesting stories and information from my blog friends. Our hosts, SalmaRaj and Nisha's blogs. They have all the details on how to join the link up.

Do let me know any interesting things that you care to share with us here.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Today I want to share something that is exactly what the title says. A quick fix decorating trick.

This is not a new project and I am definitely not the first one to do it. I don't remember where I saw this first time , but I noted it when I saw it at Little Green Notebook. This is a favourite one because this painted bowl has been with me for almost 2 years now but it looks the same then and now. Sometimes simple things that we make with cheapest stuff stays with us the longest.

I use this bowl as a planter for my succulents or faux ones when I kill them. But it could be anything really. It could do anything any bowl does and if you are patient enough it could look much prettier too, well except for any "food" related things.

I bought the bowl from Goodwill for a few cents I believe. Then I painted it with regular craft paint. To be specific, I poured out some paint into the bowl and spread it well and evenly with a brush. Once the paint was dry I gave it a coat of Mod Podge as a sealer. That was it.

For added color I put some decorative stones inside though.

I have directly planted my succulents which do not need a lot of water. If your plant takes a lot of water, it would be ideal to keep it in a planter and put it inside the bowl just to make sure that the paint doesn't bleed. I haven't had an issue till now though. Well other than killing my plants once or twice or thrice - But that is generally me. I have special knack of doing that. But trust me this one has been with me for a few weeks now and we are doing fine.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015


This is the first time I am doing a house tour here. As a serial web surfer I come across so many house tours and I love house tours and to see how people live. So I was excited when I came across this model home that is built for a young family who has a casual way of life but elegant style quotient.

This is a model home set up by Ryan Homes for their Westridge collection of homes. This one is 4 Bed,3.5 bath, added office space and loft space with 2 car garage design. What I loved most about the home is it is the right sized home for a growing, young family. Neither a mansion nor small, which is the winning point in my account.

So here we go , an eclectic home from  Aldie, Northern Virginia,

I have no idea as to who the interior design credit goes, but the home has a good mix of high end and Ikea pieces, they co-exist without any hitch or glare here. This is the foyer area of the home to where the main door opens. It is more of a part of hall way. But the lack of a formal foyer is disguised with this small welcome arrangement. What is lacking there? I would say only a bouquet of  fresh flowers.

To the right is the formal living and next to it the dining space which are defined by a pillar structure in between.

The dining room leads you to the kitchen and main family space through a walk-in pantry and butlers pantry facing each other. I love how the mirrors are used to give an airiness to the space. If up to me, I would have changed the chandelier though. I feel a lighter weight piece would fit better there.

Moving on to the kitchen.

I am usually not a dark cabinets person, but any dark element here is well contrasted and complemented by the white counters and stainless steel appliances. Do you see the white candle holders and black candles? Would you think of using them at your home? But they look so at home here!

Right off is the family living space. A bit low on storage pieces there but we have to remember this is a model home. But otherwise I would say it is well styled and visually calm.

I forgot to take pictures of the breakfast area which has a nice bay of windows letting the sunlight pouring in. The amount of light flowing in beat the disappointment of not having a window in the kitchen.

There is a small office space right behind the family room.

Now the second level, most of the second level is dedicated to rest and relaxing with 4 bedrooms, a loft space and a laundry room.

The Hallway
The hallway has a nice sized closet apart form the laundry room with ample space. This hallway connects all the bedrooms and the loft space.

The master bedroom is one area that I think is overdone with its 2 big walk-in closets. One would have been enough I believe. But I am not complaining because storage space is that - storage space. No one can have enough right!

The design here is a bit traditional, expected with the tile work and - seen too many times - sink design. But then again, this is a model home, designed to please people from all walks of life with varied taste.

These below are snapshots of the guest room. They have used different colors in all bedrooms, but none overwhelming or out of place. The color crazy me loved that.

Next up are the Boys and girls room. Simple, neutral furniture pieces with pops of color on textiles and accessories. Perfect for growing kids and their ever changing tastes. They definitely could use some rugs though. Or is it too much?

I especially loved the pops of colors in the girls room and I also love that the room is blue and not traditional pink. Did you know our little girls room is also "blue" with pops of pinks ? Very similar to this one.

The girl's bathroom also has an interesting choice of color. My iPhone pictures are not doing much justice to the real color and feel of this space.

Below is the loft space, which has plenty of storage, seating and TV, game facilities.

Finally here is the view of the entry from Garage. There is a coat closet and powder room next to the entry.

I wasn't really thinking of blogging about the place when I visited the place with my friend. So the tour really isn't comprehensive. But hope to do a better job next time.

So how did you enjoy the first room tour at This design Journal? Tell me what you love and hate about the place right here. We learn together right!


*PS : This is not a sponsored post. Ryan Homes don't even know that I exist. Anything written here is my own opinions and feelings about the place.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I am totally naive when it comes to being social in the blog land. I have very few friends in the blogland which is by the way the friendliest, most social land in the whole wide world. But I do become an introvert when it comes to reaching out. It's lame and shame. But I am slowly changing it. When I say slowly I mean baby steps - one at a time.

From Indian Art & Craft Expo, Mangalore - January 2015

Joining South Asian Blogger's Network was one of those steps. I came across the group when a new blog Buddy , a very sweet girl Reshma from Inspired Sentiment reached out and introduced me to SABN. Thanks a ton Reshma. So I contacted the group and asked if I can join their growing group.

Three Things Thursday is a link up I came across through SABN. I got interested with the link up because it gives me a reason to record some of my favorite moments from the week even if that doesn't involve a craft, DIY or Design. So here we go, some of the thoughts that passed through my mind this week.

Guidecentral FaceBook contest 

Guidecentral is a craft corner where you find amazing step-by-step guides from people around the world. It is also a place where you upload your guides and get paid for them (Rules/Conditions apply) and it is also a place where you get to buy some of the DIY kits for most popular guides. Amazing right! You should totally check it out.

So they recently ran a facebook competition where they provided a list of supply and asked what we would make with those. Luckily for me, they loved my idea, Say What?? To add to the happiness, I am also in their "Maker Spotlight" this week.

Cool Right! Thank you Guidecentral!

Craft Scene from India

From Indian Art & Craft Expo, Mangalore - January 2015

I was missing in action in blog world for some 3-4 months and that was because I was back home in India. I don't talk much about India or my roots here, I miss home for one and don't want to pour out my homesickness here, secondly most of the DIYs are inspired by what I see around now than what I lived in the past. Thirdly because I have a small home and sophisticated, color saturated, traditional interior elements that we had while growing up are too heavy for this home and the way we function. And then there is "availability" factor too.

So what do I do to satisfy my Indian soul? I pour over craft and product websites from India. There are a number of blogs that are true to the colors and spirit of India like Once Upon A Tea Time and An Indian Summer . One of my favorites is by a blog friend Kunjan An Affair With Color.

From Indian Art & Craft Expo, Mangalore - January 2015

My DIY Coasters

I made these coasters long before I started this blog. They are Mod Podge on craft paper but have withstood the test of time so beautifully, Something I really didn't expect. They have seen through so many evenings, get-togethers, friends, tea times - They are awesome and well loved and used. Check out the post here.

So I am thinking of these things these days. Please do visit the hosts, Salma, Raj and Nisha's blogs. They have all the details on how to join the link up.

So what are you guys thinking about these days? Care to share here.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015


It was the mother's day weekend that just passed. I am far away from my own mother so we spoke over phone and skyped and then we spoke again. And I am a mother too, to a little joyful riot of a girl. So we had breakfast in bed, gifted flowers to each other and she made a card for me , we shopped and roamed around. With all of that we did what we both love doing together. That is painting.

We always paint and craft together. By craft what I mean is I craft and she cuts and glues and paints away anything in sight. So this time to make it special I bought some mugs and some ceramic paint from the go to craft store in town - Michaels. They were selling a set for $3, which is great to paint and play.

So that is what we did this mother's day. Our 4th together.


-- Ceramic Mug /Thrift store finds would totally work

-- Porcelaine Paint ( Available at Amazon)

-- Tape

-- Alphabet Cut Outs

-- Convection Oven

How- To

The set I bought came with a mug,paint and paint brush. The first thing I did was to ask Akshara what she wanted to write. She said Mommy & Me. But our Mug is small, and I couldn't possibly make stencils of alphabets that small. You have a Silhouette Digital Cutter ? You are in luck. You could reach the moon ! Since I didn't have it, I decided to write Ma & Me . I wrote the Alphabets in a font I liked and cut it out to make the stencil.

Once I had the stencil, I taped it to the mug and we painted the inside. Thus came Ma & Me. Next I let her choose the paint and paint the mugs with dots. They are not perfect. But who cares right!. It is the moments that matter !

Once you paint, it is time to bake the mugs in the oven. As per my package directions it was 30 minutes at 360F. Do check the directions on the paint can to make sure.

The paint is supposed to be food safe. But I made sure not to paint where the mouth might touch the mug while drinking. Though I am pretty sure she wouldn't let me drink from it anyway.

So this is what went into Design Journal this Mother's Day. What did you guys do to celebrate? Share at This design Journal .

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