5 Contemporary Wallcovering Trends to Heart

Sure, wall paint is everyone’s go-to option. But the decor savvy people of the world have tapped into another pool of resource. Wall coverings have been around for ages but the past few years, the humble stick-on option has undergone a massive update and gained an even bigger following. From prints catering to every whim and fancy to iconic collaborations that will have you drooling, this is a revolution you cannot ignore.

With the plethora of options to choose from, you have the liberty of narrowing down on the right wall covering to suit your home, personality and identity. That’s one of its biggest perks -– it lets you show-off your individuality and describes you in more ways than one.

If you’re anything like me, picking one out of thousands of delicious wall coverings can be overwhelming. Luckily, design authorities have zeroed in on a few global trends that are here to stay. Out of them, I’ve hand picked 5 of my absolute favourites that have timeless and trendy written all over them.  

1. Jiggy with Geometry
It might not have been my favourite subject in school, but it sure is a helluva looker. Shapes have a tendency of resonating with a lot of people – it provides a sense of order and symmetry that many find comforting.

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I particularly love Qila from the Good Earth collection for its glamorous treatment. The much-loved chevron has been given a subtle glitz while the soft background colour lends a sense of uniqueness and elegance. If you’re near a Good earth in Mumbai or New Delhi, you can go see this darling collection at Good Earth for Nilaya Wallcovering Salon.

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Then there’s April Showers as well as Rain Dance from the Signature Collection that is incredibly modern, graphic and almost soul-stirring in their simplicity.

My picks are Good Earth for Nilaya Collection and the Nilaya Signatures Collection

2. Pretty Painterly
One of the biggest trends in graphic design has blotted its way to the realm of wallpaper and coverings. Smudged, imperfect and delightful, watercolours are here for the win.

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Inky, bleeding watercolour prints tend to look like hand painted murals as well as lend a relaxed, no-fuss atmosphere. I’m all heart eyes for Soak – Nilaya’s Wall Covering of the Year 2016 – for its unabashed boldness and contemporary look. A two-coloured covering, it looks like it has been tie and dyed to perfection.

My pick is the Nilaya’s Signature Collection

3. Forever Flowers
Big and bold or small and tenderly, flowers are an eternal, never wilting favourite. I love how there are countless ways to treating this motif – it can make your room look like an English garden or like a Japanese cherry blossom orchard. It can turn your home into a light, airy and fresh space or dark, moody and opulent one.

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Much like in fashion, current decor trends lean towards large oversized flowers in darker tones that are high on depth and sophistication. I’m particularly gravitating towards deep coloured Sea Floral wallpaper that’s reminiscent of 17th century Dutch Golden Age still life paintings – moody and magnificent.

My pick would be the Nilaya Sea Floral Wallpaper

4. Tropical Times
Are you a beach bum always in a state of wanderlust about your next sand drenched trip? If you’ve been paying the slightest attention to fashion and decor offerings in the past two years, you’ll notice a staggering number of products featuring tropical prints.

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From palm and monstera to every coastal leaf in between, tropical wall coverings are a breath of fresh air. Predominantly green and leafy, these patterns are sometimes peppered with tropical fruits and fauna like pineapples and parrots.

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Imagine having a feature wall in the living or bedroom filled end-to-end with Nilaya’s Bali Leaves or Fiji Garden covering, giving all new meaning to the concept of “staycation”. Also, can we take a moment to admire the detailing…

My picks are from the Nilaya Bali Wallpaper and the Fiji Garden Wallpaper

5. Water Works
Ask me where I want to vacay, Ill scream BEEACCCHH every single time. Confession: I cannot swim. Second confession: I love the water. Beach bums and water babies rejoice for the ocean is making waves in this season.

Drench those wall with coverings inspired by the sea and you don’t even have to fish for compliments. They’ll keep hitting you in waves. You sea what I did there. Okay, I’ll stop with puns now before you get crabby.

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Think intricate corals, seahorses prancing in your living room, starfish swimming through your bath in lovely shades of blue, coral and sandy beige. I’m totally onboard with this trend.

My pick is the Nilaya Sea Escape Story

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Nilaya by Asian Paints 

 

#HeckOfAHome: 20 Decor Secrets to Swear By – Part 2

Numero deux of a five part series for decor secrets to hold dear.
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    1. Ironically, throws are not meant to be…err… thrown around. Keep throws under control. Fold them lengthwise, then in half and tuck them into cushions.
    2. Shimmer and shine away. Gold is back in a big way. A few accents will warm up a room.
    3. Nothing softens a lonely corner in a big room like a potted tree. Enough said.
    4. The most indestructible fabric for dining chairs is leather or vinyl, especially if you want white.
    5. Mix up the seating at your dining table. Those days when all dining chairs had to be identical have gone with the wind. Ask Scarlett, if you don’t believe us?
    6. Headboards are the perfect combination of form and function and can be created out of every imaginable material including hardwood with wrought-iron inlays, illuminated acrylic and fabric panels.
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DNA India: Vintage is the New Gold

I am one half of a two member editorial and content development studio called The Short Staff. As a full-time freelance writer and editor, I contribute to a bunch of print and digital publications including DNA India’s DNA Money supplement. Here’s a article that was published on May 5, 2017. Here’s an excerpt and the link to the full article

As fate of the Kohinoor continues to be a giant question mark, this April, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) announced the homecoming of over a hundred antique pieces stolen and smuggled out of the country. As the interest in Indian antiques surges, auction houses, dealers and stores dealing with antiquities, vintage items and collectables are garnering new-found interest.

 

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International auction house Saffronart’s CEO Hugo Weihe points out, “It’s one area that has seen enormous growth in the past few years. But it’s quite undervalued, in more senses than one. India has an extraordinary heritage of 5,000 years or more and it has really been overlooked.” Saffronart holds live and online auctions of modern, contemporary and classical Indian art as well as offers services like art advisory, appraisals and valuations, and specialised art storage. Viewed on web and smartphones, their online auctions have seen sizeable activities and also exposes a larger, newer audience to the art of collecting rarities. Adapting to this democratic new medium makes auctions hugely accessible.

To read the full article, click here.


 

The 2017 Update of Slow Motion Thoughts

I did it. I moved from the painful clutches of Blogger.com to semi-painful WordPress.com. I’m still not sure how right or wrong the decision was. All I know is right now, I’m not equipped to handle WordPress.org and the .com version allows me some time to concentrate less on the backend and more on the front.

This year is going to be epic. I’ve recently joined the Full-time Blogger and Freelance Writer and whatever-fun-things-come-my-way club. I’ve been in it for a grand total of 2 days and it’s been busy, liberating and even a little scary. As I mentioned in my recent Instagram post, this is perhaps the riskiest thing I’ve ever done. That’s part sad to think I haven’t done anything risky and also amazing because there’s always a start.

There’s a lot on the cards for 2017 – so many changes, so much evolution. For starters, I figured Slow Motion Thoughts ought to get a facelift too. Although I didn’t have the liberty to choose my own template from the web (WordPress.com doesn’t let you do that), I picked this particular pre-loaded theme Toujours. I love how it embraces negative space and totally resonates with my current fave aesthetic of minimalism.

I don’t have Photoshop or image editing softwares, so when I needed to work on the Site Title and Site Icon, I found myself on this web editor called Fotor. It has an odd URL with H5 in it but it’s totally legit. A few hours looking for free vector online (in jpeg and not ai) and chewing the brains of my Designer friends (Sirawon & Ayushi), resulted in this.

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#HeckOfAHome: 20 Decor Tips to Trip On – Part 1

One of a five part blog series, these decor secrets will make you feeling rich… with information.

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    1. Quick and cost effective way of refresh a bedroom? Updating the bed linen and adding plenty of cushions and throws.
    2. Measurements matter. Before buying any piece of furniture, check how much space it will take. To do this, take a piece of newspaper and make a template of the item. Place the template on the floor and fix it with masking tape to see if the dimensions work with your existing furniture.
    3. Accent colours can be used as complementary colours. Use bright and vibrant hues in small quantities for that “wow factor”. Try to keep most of your room in tones and shades of a single colour, then pick out a few objects that can be in the accent colour.
    4. Furniture with mirrored surfaces bounce light around and make a room look larger than it already is.
    5. Interior design books are full of huge sofas that look great but in a small room they can be very overwhelming and might make a room look and feel tiny.

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How to Tidy Up your Home in a Jiffy

Ah, the dread. A relative decides she wants to behold your beautiful face and says she’ll drop by soon or the husband calls and casually drops a bomb about his colleagues visiting or you entirely forgot that you called work friends over for tea. As you rack your overworked mind with all failed excuses you can use to get out of this predicament, a silent realisation sinks in. The house is in a complete mess. Panic, you will and rightly so but we suggest you keep the “why me?” wailing session short and crisp. A quick clean-up is on the charts and you are your own help. Good thing you have us to walk you through it.

THE BEDROOM TREATY

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Start with reminding yourself the best news of the day: Your unexpected guests are not going to set foot in the bedroom. This realisation will set you free, calm those nerves and bring out the sly evil in you! You thought right, the bedrooms can be utterly ignored and utilised as temporary dumping grounds (Insert: creepy resonating laugh).

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5 Project Wood designs to love + 20% discount code

It thrills me no end to see the product design scene in India is suddenly on an adrenaline rush. It’s like watching a garden bloom on Discovery channel time lapse video. I’ve been writing on design and interiors for five odd years now, so I’m constantly coming across new brands, labels, studios and designers to admire.

Recently, I came across a new furniture design studio called Project Wood. No brownie points for guessing that they love making things with wood. Run by Kanika Pahwa, Project Wood organically grew out of Studio Ezube, New Delhi based interior design firm.

Styled and photographed by Aditi Gaitonde

“As an interior designer, I’m constantly on the lookout for accessories that I can use for projects. Since I often couldn’t find accents to suit my requirements, I began designing and making my own accessories and furniture pieces,” explains Kanika about Project Wood, a 2-month-old product design studio. Most of their creations are handmade and almost all of them can be customised too.

Newer products are added every fortnight to the e-shop, I’ve already made a wishlist of my favourite five. Use the Code: SMT20 to get 20% off site wide discount on ProjectWood.in.

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Photo Essay: Anish Sarai’s Winter Epiphany

I’ve known Anish for a few months now. And if there’s anything that can be said about him, it’s this – his passion for photography is as evident and blazing like the sun at the peak of summer. Professionally, he’s a fashion photographer who equally loves shooting portraits. Personally, he’s my favourite Punjabi.

The photo essay that you’ll experience in a few scrolls from now was shot a few years ago in his homeland. The words describing it are his. The perceptive will gauge the irony in the title of the essay. But they would also be right to think of it as gloomy. It is. In most parts, it’s hazy to a point of distorted. There’s a sense of longing and uncertainty that pricks through the skin. It’s cold, yes, but winter is more than the drop of temperature and the absence of warmth. It’s also a brutal reminder of death where the landscape mourns and come to terms with closing curve of life.

Photo Essay: Anish Sarai’s Winter Epiphany

Timeless thoughts of a winter’s stare;
eyes gazing over a landscape bare.
Memories drift on a blustery breeze;
dying light ushers in the freeze.
Reaching out for a grasp on the present;
stillness sets in, alone, and desolate.
Future unknown, outcome uncertain;
brilliance shadowed by a drawn curtain.

— By Michael A. Barron

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Meet Adriel George

I’ve been terrible these past few months. Ever since I’ve got that neck and back problem, I’ve been ignoring my commitments and promises and spending precious time writhing in bed with a cold pack. But enough. Enough of pity, enough of pain sensitivity, enough of ignoring my blog/friends/family/life. It’s 2017 dammit. My 28th chance to finally get it right. Besides, the new year is a good time as any to start a new music series with my favourite musician, no?

So, meet Adriel George. I met him over nine years ago when we were studying in the same college. I remember watching him with my jaw on the floor as he danced during our graduation party. Although he studied IT, Adriel chose to string together his own path, note after note. He’s now a music composer (a damn good one at that) and producer for films, theatre and those Youtube ads that you sometimes can’t skip and end up liking.

That’s our man on the keyboards

A much sought after piano teacher, he loves sneaking into hotel lobbies and malls with grand pianos and serenading late-night guests with his renditions of famous movie themes. Although I’m yet to catch him in action, I have heard him tune out the world and drown in chords at his studio in Santacruz, Mumbai.
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Meet Biscoot & Rain’s Sirawon Khathing & Ben Ningtoutao

This one is long long long long looooonnnnggg overdue. I met Sirawon Khathing, one half of Biscoot & Rain, back in 2014 when we worked together at Elle Decor India. She’s been one of my closest friends ever since and one of my favourite Indian illustrators of all time. She has been the photographer for some of my fashion stories.

She runs a unique design and illustration studio along with her childhood friend Ben Ningtoutao. Professionally both of them are stellar designers… Sira works in Mumbai, India and Ben in Christchurch, New Zealand. A cross-continent collaboration, their sole source of inspiration and interest is North East India, especially Shillong, the hill station where they grew up. No ocean can keep this creative duo away from their one true love.
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Meet the Puppeteer behind Puppet Diaries

I’ve been out of action for a while trying to deal with a physical aliment. You know what they say… As you grow older, you slowly die inside. While macabre might be my mood of the hour, it is certainly on hold as I type this blog post. Meet the Puppeteer behind Puppet Diaries.
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When I drank mango beer and painted a Husain at a pub…

I haven’t picked up a paint brunch since I was 20. That was a long long time ago. So I was rather intrigued when I got an email from the PR representing a new art-social called Paintstorm. When descriptor read as “a social event at a pub where you can drink, eat and paint”…who wouldn’t wanna know more!

Last month, a bunch of us were invited to attend an MF Husain sesh by Paintstorm at The White Owl. I rarely attend events on weekdays (ahem, I rarely attend events but aim to change that soon) but curiosity got to this cat and I showed up with a friend in tow. Turn out, Paintstorm was started by 4 young people who just wanted to spend time out at a pub doing something fun. I love how simple problems birth inventive solutions. So for a price, you get paint supplies, booze, finger food and a good time.
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Friday Finds: Fancy Salad Bowl

Salad bowls are my new thing. Too bad I’m still trying to get my grip on making a awesome salad.
While I stare at pinterest with interest (I’m sorry for that) looking for “easy salads”, “healthy salads” and “taste but easy salads”…. I found this beauty.

Elvy from New Delhi has these super fancy salad bowls from Vietnam. White and wood are a classic combination. Somehow this bowl and salad spoons look equal parts oriental and Scandinavian. I love the clean lacqured white and the classy gold rim.
Website: Elvy.in

How to Set Up a Picnic for One

She is here and in full swing. Might as well make the best of it, right? Summer with her sunny rays and heat waves is at her tropical best for the next few months. The heat is just incidental when you are comparing it to leisurely holidays, pool parties, easiest excuses for ice cream, TV show marathon, lazing around with a gripping book and quaint picnics. Last Sunday I wanted just that…but with The Boy busy on his Eurotrip, I turn to my second love….Books but with a change in scene. That’s when lightning struck! Why not construct a cosy picnic for one? 

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Making the most of my apartment building, I decided to rustle up a cosy nook on the terrace. But you know me and how crazy I get with planning things… I really wanted this “me time” picnic to be perfect. 

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To start with I turned to a trusted source – Flipkart.com. I’ve always bought all my books and electronics there but rarely ventured further than that. Until now when I really needed quality home decor items to be delivered to me as soon as possible. Knowing the brand’s super efficient delivery service, I decided to explore their Home & Kitchen section for products to complete the setting I pictured in my tiny head. It took me a couple of days to choose my favourite things because I like variety (and I am a typical Libran) and Flipkart.com’s Home Store is as various as it gets. From serveware, glasses and curtains to tea sets, bed linen and decoratives, this girl was spoilt for choice! Plus, there’s something for every kind of budget – the affordable “value for money” or the high end kind, the prices are at their very best.

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Once I was done making up my scatter brain, the products were delivered to me, with tons of bubble wrap (yay), in a few days. The first breather of week saw me and my little things up on the terrace setting up for a quiet, rustic setup. 

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I went for an airy, all white theme. JBG Home Store Cotton Solid Double Bedsheet’s is spread on the concrete floor and peppered with some beauties. For a touch of whimsy a Gifts By Meeta Cage that stands spectator to the beauty while a Importwala Hanging Ball Big Glass Tealight Holder delicately holds a few marigold flowers. A brown Onlineshoppee Wooden Cutting Board is used as an assorted cheese board with crackers and grapes and is placed near the sweet Wink Jute Bread Basket that’s filled with delicious bread sticks. For that extra bit of sprinkle, those Chrome 3 Piece Salt & Pepper Set shaped like adorable Panda heads lay happily around. For a bite of brunchy goodness, some waffle with honey on a Corelle Winter Frost plate.
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See in the bargain of being a grown up, we traded in our perfectly fabulous summer vacas for occasional weekends. Let’s make the best of those two days that disappear oh-so fast. And what better than to put together an intimate picnic for two…maybe even one. My picnic for one was a roaring hit: I caught up with my reading, drank some vino, had me some cheese and broke some delicious bread while I surrounded myself by pretty things. Give it a go, I bet you will love it!  
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All the home decor items are from Flipkart.com while all the food is from Foodhall. 
Styling and Photography by Aditi Gaitonde

New Store: Sarita Handa, Mumbai

Enter Laxmi Woollen Mills Estate to find one of my all time favourite brands. Bombay has waiting what 15 odd years for this… Sarita Handa has opened shop in the city! According to Suparna Handa, Brand Director, Sarita Handa, “We have always been in the business of creating classics and Sarita Handa is all about timeless designs made with uncompromising craftsmanship. And with the onset of 2015, we are proud to take it to the next level as we unveil our Mumbai store.” 


At 2,500 sq ft, their newest outpost welcomes you with a teal blue facade, only to further enthrall with textiles, dhurries, furniture, illuminators (from Lightbox) and decor accents. I instantly fell in love with the high gabled roof and the in-flood of natural light. Nooks have been created in soothing palettes that allow each embroidered piece to shine its brightest. 

Psst…. Although they have been open for 2 odd months, we hear Bombay has already met them with open arms. 

Address: 36, Ground Floor, Laxmi Woollen Mill Estate, Shakti Mill Lane, Off Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi Mumbai -400011. Ph: (022) 40052686


How to Revive Old Coasters

So, I found these old black coasters in a box in the attic, where it was rightly hidden. Boring and rather ugly, these were begging for a facelift. Yes, I could’ve easily tossed them in the garbage but lately I find myself thinking and rethinking the amount of things I let go. This might stem from the fact that I am your regular hoarder but also out of a genuine love for re-creating and upcycling. And these coasters were easier than stealing a lolly from a babe. On painting them matte gold, I used them under candle votives for a rather festive look.

WHAT YOU NEED

  1. Dull & boring coasters
  2. Old newspaper
  3. Spray paint (I used a gold)

HOW TO UPCYCLE OLD COASTERS
1. Clean the coasters with water and soap. Make sure all the grime and dirt is out
2. Place a newspaper on the ground. Shake the spray paint can well and spray a little onto the paper.
3. Lay a coaster on the paper and spray from a distance of 15cms. The distance ought to be far enough to stick to the product without creating liquid puddles. Spray one coat from left to right, shaking the can at intervals
4. Let the first coat dry completely. Now apply to the second coat.
5. Let it dry and check if it needs another coating. If it doesn’t, you’re coasters are ready.

Meet Sumedha Sah


I’ve always had immense respect for artist and more so for the self-taught ones. To have such talent, to realise, develop and harness it …is rather commendable, don’t you think? So I couldn’t help but tip my hat to Sumedha Sah. All of 27, this self taught illustrator from picturesque Nainital has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture. A keen eye for detail and a love for meticulous observation set her apart as is her affinity towards Mamma Nature. A moment with the young artist….   

Tell me about your inclination towards art and creation.
I was born and raised in the beautiful hill station of Nainital in India, traces of which I carry wherever I go. But my affair with illustrating began a little more than three years ago in Auroville, a universal city near Pondicherry. Inspired by the peaceful and mystical surroundings of this forest city, I indulged in doodling the mundane yet unique experiences of my daily routine in a little sketchbook that I carried with me. With each of my illustrations, I wrote a snippet or a story about why I chose to draw them. I drew my kitchen, I drew my dogs, I drew my friends… I drew them all. Somewhere along the way, it transformed into a passion and, as of today, I have over 30 completely filled sketchbooks that document my important life-moments, ideas, thoughts and dreams.

Walk us through your process.
I always start with a black fountain pen to draw out my sketch and after I am satisfied with it I use water colour washes on top. I also like using scraps of paper to make a collage on my artworks because they give a new dimension to my work.
As for my favourite subject, I absolutely love drawing boats because I like how they move and change direction with every coming wave. The dynamics is what I like the most. My favourite medium is watercolours; I love doing washes and really like how versatile they can be.

What motivates and inspires you to pick up that pen?

I think growing up in Nainital amidst immense natural beauty has made a deep impact on how I observe and see things. I am hugely inspired by nature, its many forms, colours and shades and its ever-changing quality. This innate love for nature and a strong desire to travel and to draw my way through the world are things that govern my life right now. The mountains have always astounded me, and I think they will continue to, as long as I live.  

As rightfully said by the Canadian poet, Elizabeth Brewster, I too believe that people are made of places. Places they are born in, places they pass through and places they desire to go. I carry within me hints of jungles and mountains, and in my mind, are acres and acres of misty Oak wood forests.


Your antidote to laziness…
A hot cup of lemon tea does wonders to any glum mood.
Favourite genre of music?
I quite enjoy listening to the new genre called modern soul and chill out. Bands like Jungle, Bonobo and Thievery Corporation.
A movie you feel like re-watching right now
Garden State for its beautiful music and also because it’s about everything and nothing at all at the same time.

If you could be an animal/bird, which one would you rather be and why
A bird of course, after all who doesn’t want a pair of wings!

Do check her website for more sketches or contact her for collaborations or inquiries at theumbrellabar@gmail.com


New Store: Room Therapy

Albeit I have only seen images of the brick and mortar store, Room Therapy in Hyderabad is still one of my new favourites. Owned by interior designer Sona Reddy, this 3,000 sq.ft home decor store is bursting at the seams with beautiful finds. Here’s a little looksee…

The space itself was designed by Sona and features half bare walls, iron Corinthian pillars and vibrant patterned tiles that team perfectly with distressed furniture and industrial additions. Find an array of decorative accents across varied categories: Wall pieces, candle holders, figurines, art, rugs, furniture, vases, garden accessoriesand more.


But the best part of it all – you can buy them online too at www.roomtherapyhome.com. Currently they ship only to India. Apart from her ecommerce website and her store, she also provides services in interior designing and decorating. This girl is on a roll!

Store Address: Road no.45, Jubilee Hills 500033 Hyderabad. Ph: (040) 6444 2200

Meet Maheswari Janarthanan

I came across her work a few years ago and loved it instantly. What’s not to love?  Her courageous sense of whimsy, an unafraid use of colour combined with a gravitation towards the mystical, results in art that transport the viewer into a surreal sort of world. This Chennai based creative’s work is rooted in happiness and sprout out of the land of dreamers. It’s no wonder we can’t stop staring at them! A chat with the 28 year old artist…

Were you always creatively inclined?

I was this shy, reserved, quite, introverted child (I still am) who was always immersed in her own dream world, busy creating things. The only thing I liked about school was the drawing class as well as biology and zoology class. I enjoyed having to draw plants and species. But the creativity sparked in me only after I quit my job as a designer and started working as a freelancer.

Describe your design process.
I usually start by drawing my ideas in a book and go on to recreate them on the computer. I just draw whatever comes to my mind. Elements and other details are only added later. Sometimes, the final illustration looks a little bit different from what I have initially imagined or scribbled. I also love experimenting with different mediums like charcoal, water colours, pastels but my favourite is ink. Ink is magic.
 
There is a palpable sense mysticism in your work. What is it that inspires you?
The universe… to be specific the underwater and space. There is something so magical about these worlds. It leaves me speechless. The mysticism in my drawings also stems from the universe. I believe there is a portion of magic and mysticism within every living being… it connects us all.

Messy or organised?
Organised. If its messy I can’t concentrate and work as my mind feels chaotic.


You love whiling away time doing…

nothing at all, spending time with nature, reading books and watching movies.

 

 How do you de-stress?
I close my eyes and imagine myself diving in to an ocean, swimming and immersing myself in the water and going deeper still. This instantly calms me. I think I was a mermaid in my previous life… 

Find Maheswari at Little Ones Doodles. She custom creates cards, totes, ceramics, story books and more.

     

Hello July

Sweet rains are on their way. The world will turn greener than ever. We shall sit by the window and attempt to wash away unpleasantness from our life. It shouldn’t be hard. The only thing that ought to change faster than weather is us. So what if our plan for a “perfect” life didn’t really play through. We shall adapt. Hello July. I am glad you are here.

Now Singing: Royals by Lorde


Image by Slow Motion Thoughts

Table Decor: 1 minute Apple Votives



Throwing a dinner party or setting up the table for date night? Candles are a given to up the warmth quotient. Simple, do-able and very cool – this DIY idea is a no brainer, indeed. 
YOU NEED 
Apples: 4 nos
T-light candles: 4 nos
Knife: 1 
Pencil: 1
Spoon: 1
Elastic bracelets or votive rings (optional) 
WHAT TO DO
  1. Choose your apples wisely. Make them stand upright on the table and make sure they stay without aid
  2. Wash and wipe the apple. Buff it with a clean cloth to make sure its nice and shiny 
  3. Trace a t-light using a pencil on top of the apple
  4. With the help of a knife, cut out a circle that’s the circumference of the t-light. Approximately measure the depth and scoop out that much flesh. Lesser is better as you can adjust the t-light.
  5. Prop the candle in, throw on a votive ring (if you have one) and you are all set to go.   

Image by Slow Motion Thoughts
Created For a Valentine’s day shoot for The Ideal Home and Garden done with Mana Vidyalankar

Home Visit: Rukmini Roy’s Bombay Apartment

I am super excited to introduce Slow Motion Thoughts’ first ever home visit! A big hello to home owner Rukmini Roy, an Indian blogger, whose Bombay apartment will transport you to a cosy cottage somewhere on a secluded beach! Drenched in white with pops of colours, she has really paid attention to the details. Unfinished, rustic and dreamily vintage, this home is one to inspire…. 


White on white, this beautifully monochrome corner comes alive with colour (Thank you, roses). I love how a simple jam jar is upcycled to a pretty vase. 




Dotted with pink, her bedroom is fashionably feminine, don’t you think? She counterbalanced the bright pink walls with soft toned furnishings and all-white furniture. 


I know I said it before but I’m going to say it again, nevertheless. If you are paying close attention, this house has so many do-able ideas you can steal. So much to get inspired by. 
(See: Candle in a wine glass and Old wine crate turned into a coffee table tray) 


Rukmini’s favourite nook at home, this floor bed by the window is dreamy and delightful. A bunch of soft cushions, some herbal tea and a book or two and you’ve got yourself a laid back afternoon!  

A dining table for two! China in chintz and a playful vintage table cloth against sheer curtains, this dinner table doesn’t beg for attention… it demands it!  

I love whites and pastels and decorating around them, mainly because it is so easy and timeless. Check out that starry chair, the tiny table with succulents and the deep red chandelier that keep drawing my eyes towards it… Things that make me go ummmm!


Thank you Rukmini, for letting us peek into your lovely home. And say hello, Fluffy the adorable rabbit. Visit Rukmini’s blog TruMatter, where she transforms her little apartment by the creek into a world of good living… All in half the price! 

All images from TruMatter


Sweet Dreams

Ever since I was a little girl I adored four-poster beds with silken drapes. Like a sheer wispiness of a moment stolen, these beds are too romantic to be true. How could you not have sweet dreams in a bed that’s so perfect, it reminds you of your favourite fairy-tale!

Curly gathers in pristine white, imagine playing seek and hide with your love behind these beauties! And open the doors and windows for a wild evening breeze to waltz in and make the sheers sashay.
Tall and towering, laying back in an antique bed, watching the flow-y fabric rain down on you, could you ask for a better sight before you rest your tired eyes? 
Images by Slow Motion Thoughts 

Exhibition

Nyassa Store( Khar dhanda,18th road, Bombay) is exhibiting the mind-blowing work of one of my besties Francis Mascarenhas. Francis loves natural poses and his sense of aesthetics a rare find. 

French photographer Iza Voila also showcases her work at this exhibit. 

Watcha waiting for? Go…go now!

Exhibition: July 22 at 4:00pm – July 24 at 9:00pm