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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai...



I read it somewhere and it transported me to those innocent childhood days when I played Ghar-Ghar with my friends and cousins. I distinctively remember arranging gas stove, utensils and pretended to cook. Later, I got a Barbie Doll House and I insisted on buying cushions, sheets and showpieces for it. I even cried when one of the trophies I won couldn’t fit in the tiny Doll House. Seriously, playing a perfect host in Tea Parties where I was irked by my friends’ lack of concentration in sipping from empty tea cups, sowed the seeds of a Perfect Homemaker in me. So, when I think of creating a HOME, I splash all my ideas and love to create a space that is BEAUTIFUL.

I take my love for Books, Words and Alphabets very seriously and the first thing I use to decorate my home are books. With books, my home is not just beautiful, it reflects my personality. You can stack them neatly in the cabinet or add some souvenirs to create a gorgeous table arrangement. I do it all the time. Now that I am about to take the possession of my apartment, I am contemplating on remolding one of the cupboards into a Nook. A cosy place where I would cuddle with a latest book and a blanket. The word ‘Cosy’ rings only one bell in my mind - Cushions. Without a cushion, sofa looks nude, chairs look bland and bed is just a furniture. More than sheets and curtains, I spend on Cushions. Place them in mix-n-match and I get a perfect ambience for my living room. I throw them on floors, just in front of my bed where I watch TV. It is one of my favorite spots to relax in home. I love cushions in all shapes and colors. The more dramatic they are, the bolder the statement your home creates. I simply love decorating it in all available spaces.


A Special Corner for Chit-Chat and Chai is something I am famous for in my circle. I create a special corner where I sit and relax when I feel not-so-good. It’s my way of adding a space for myself where I unwind with my friends over Chai. I keep it simple, sophisticated and comfortable. Most of the times, my friends just go to this special corner when they enter the house. They call it Adda, our Adda. Nothing makes a home more beautiful than the rush of memories many connect with it. And what is home without a peek into the yesteryears. Photographs - Memories posted here and there is the best way to decorate the home. Pictures displayed on the four walls turn the ‘house’ into ‘home.’ I arrange them in a way that even a cluster of photographs when looked closely tells a story.

The healthiest mantra I follow to make home beautiful is Go Green. I place plants near the windows, in the kitchen and at the entrance of the house. It brings freshness and positive vibes in the house. An ornamental plant in the living room is far more appealing to me than a costly decoration item. It just soothes the atmosphere and brings a dash of energy. Apart from decorating the rooms, I love to keep a small pot in the bathroom as well. Small porcelain pots are my all time favorite. Placed on the basin, it adds a lot of fun even in the bathroom. I am one of those, who love bright sunshine and playful lights with same zest. And for that I always Light up the atmosphere with Lamps and Candles in my home. I prefer floor lamps. They serve twin purpose of accessory and use. On the other hand, candles even if you don’t light, is a great decoration item. I use them with or without candle stand. And no one can deny it’s importance when you want to paint your home Red with Romance. 

I Pile up Trunks and Trunks, for Old times sake. I use old trunks as tables or spread a sheet on it to make a small sitting arrangement. For a wise homemaker, it serves the purpose of storage and decor. And the other trunk was something on which I worked really hard. I got this tree trunk when we chopped our Guava tree and I worked on it for a week. I used the sandpaper and scrubbed it till I got the smooth surface to paint it. Now, I have decorated it with a small vase and flowers. I take pride when my hard work is compensated with compliments whenever someone spots this trunk and praises it. Last but not the least, A Welcome Note creates the first impression. With pride, I display quotes to beautifully welcome the guests. 

When bloggers were asked how Asian Paints Home Solutions enables them to create a beautiful home, I remembered the experience of my friend Ritika. She lives in Sarjapur, Bangalore and she opted for Asian Paints’ services when she was redecorating her house. I was stumped after hearing that her house was painted in 2 days. Doesn’t it take weeks?… I thought. Well, with expert opinion, variety of choices, quick and professional service and budget to suit our needs, Asian Paints is a one stop shop for all our needs. Be it your living room or adding fun to your kids room, they offer all under one roof. When we landed on their website, my husband straight away went to the Paint Budget Calculator and I went for the Screentest. Nah, not for some movie, just click the link and explore. Remember the Nook I was talking about, I think I will use metallic paint to create it. See, I just started shaping my dream of having a Nook into reality. That’s what Asian Paints Home Solutions does - They shape your dream into reality, a beautiful reality. So, if you are building a new house or decorating an old one, just do it LOVE and STYLE and make it BEAUTIFUL...

...Kyonki har ghar chup chap se yeh kehta hai,
Ke andar isme kaun rehta hai.

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82 comments:

  1. Well written! Loved the snaps!
    I always thought that women had a sense of interior designing! And well this confirms it one more ;)

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    1. We sure have. Decorating is on our DNA. :)

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  2. Oh, playing Ghar-Ghar is a fond memory of our childhood...
    Nicely written! All the best for the contest!:)

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    1. Yeah, I always played the host. It used to be so much fun. Thanks for reading and good luck to you too, Tarang. :)

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  3. A lot of creativity in the house using trunk of tree, old trunks and multi colored cushions! A true reflection of the persona is what a house is:) Best wishes for the contest, Saru!

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    1. Our house is just an extension of our personality. Thanks for reading and for your wishes, Sir. :)

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  4. Decorating our home along with our loved one is always special.. Loved the ideas. Even i have a special place for books in my decoration. I agree books enhances the beauty of ones house.:)

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    1. They certainly do...

      Thanks for reading, Sonia. :)

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  5. I can virtually see and almost feel the lovely fabulous ambiance you have created in your home !

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  6. Such a beautifully written post I can visualise each corner :)
    Good luck for the contest!

    Defiant Princess
    store.khanvibes.com
    www.khanvibes.com

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  7. Lovely post, and you brought back those memories! Lovely!

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  8. What cozy and lovely decorating ideas!

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  9. Is that your home in pictures? Because if it is, it looks really, really awesome! It really flows with the kind of decor you've elaborated that should go when you're doing it. And yep, those are some good designer tips too :D

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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    1. Nah, my home is kinda similar. In India, so couldn't click my own pictures. Glad you liked the tips. Thanks for reading, Anshul.

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  10. Your home says a lot!
    And the way you've expressed it is spell - binding! :)

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  11. I just shifted and decorated my place. Wonder mera ghar kya kehta hai!!!
    This was a lovely post.
    Good luck!

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    1. I wonder the same, write a post on your home. Thanks for reading, RH! :)

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  12. Beautiful post :) I can imagine how beautifully you have decorated your home :) All the best for the contest :)

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  13. Wow!! This is a wonderful way of decorating a house!!! I love your cosy reading nook idea!! Its something I would really want in my house!

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    1. Thanks, even I am looking forward to implement it. :)

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  14. lovely !! you reminded me of all the things i did while playing ghar ghar

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  15. Lovely! Is that your house in the pics??? It is out of the world :)

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    1. No but I have decorated my home on same notes. Thanks for reading, Seeta. :)

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  16. Your house reflects your personality. You are so imaginative! It will be a pleasure to live in this beautiful house. Kab bula rahe hein?

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  17. apart from a writer youa re a lovely homemaker but try my tent where i stay for a majority of my time. you may weep or feel disgusted.

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    1. I so want to do it. I'm planning for it on my trip to US West Coast. I won't feel any of those things being so close to nature.

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  18. Loved the way you described the house, it reflects your personality. Just wondering What about the kitchen and Dinning room? How did you decorate them!

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    1. In Kitchen, I have this special place where I put a slate, some tiny baskets. Other than that, it's normal. :) I don't have a dining room, it's just a L-shaped living room.

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  19. A Home is where a story begins…
    All the essence of this post was captured in that first sentence itself. Awesome post Saru...

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  20. Very Nice Post!! All the best for the Contest..

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  21. very beautifully written. All the best for the contest..

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  22. Really like the idea of tree trunk. Good luck Saru.

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  23. Well written Saru.. lovely snaps..I too remember playing ' ghar -ghar' with my friends.. :-)

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    1. It was one of the fond memories of my childhood. :)

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  24. Loved the tree trunk. Books indeed make a house beautiful. I have a shelf made in my bedroom only for books. Lovely post!

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    1. That's lovely. Thanks for reading, dear.

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  25. I can imagine the excitement in organising your apartment :) Would love to see when you complete designing your house :)

    Regards,
    Sindhu
    Tantu
    The Arts & Me

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    1. I will post the pictures on Fb. Welcome back, Sindhu.

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  26. Well said and well illustrated. Like the way you have used the old trunks.

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  27. snaps are too good .. the way you bring the things forward in your words .. i just wish i could have this talent !

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    1. I envy your style of writing, Ankur. :)

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  28. Hopped here after a very very long time. This is a very nice post! :)

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    1. How have you been? Still in Quincy?

      Thanks of reading :)

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  29. Lovely thoughts on home and interiors. Loved the pix and your decor ideas. Very well written post.

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  30. I'm going to steal your ideas from here shamelessly. :P

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  31. Very nicely presented Saru. Great pics & writeup!
    You have a sweet & neat home :) And of course, a great entry for the contest too :) Best wishes!

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  32. really nice take! all the best for the contest!

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  33. Wow. I wish I had a home like the ones in the pictures. I'm still wishing :-)

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  34. Congratulations Saru for winning 'Most popular post' for this contest! I won nothing...:(....:)

    Best wishes...:)

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    1. Ouch! Been there, felt that many a times, Tarang.

      Thanks for your wishes and loads of luck to you for future contests. :)

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  35. Ghar Ghar, my favorite game as a child :)

    Lovely post as always! Congratulations on the win :)

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