January 09, 2014

Towards a beautiful home


- Identify the vibe you want the home / each room to have- comfy, cozy, spic and span, careful chaos, merry, pristine....try and stick to it within a room at least


- Choose a colour scheme - room-wise or overall and also a decor style-  Indian, minimal, western, modern etc

- If you are a collector always keep an eye open for what you collect- weed out the more common as you go along

- If the kids are older, give them some space to express their creativity as well

- Incorporate accents to go with the season/ festival of the time

- Often ignored- flooring, lighting and ventilation are important and can add to the look and feel of the home. Consider maintenance needs and the weather before you make the final choice.

-  Make a rangoli without reason, place a potted plant, a real flower, all inexpensive but timeless and pretty


- Reserve some surprising burst of colour to create interesting focus walls ( no ulterior intent but we have always used Asian Paints in our homes- great range of shades-  from Desert yellow and Grapes Purple and Lemon Fields green-  and we love their custom mix concept- visit their kiosk for fun and their service was so mess-free ) for very dear display items ( a painting, a family heirloom, a collection of masks or photo frames)

- Be ready to discard stuff or pack it off for a bit
- Try and rearrange furniture, include small knickknacks for a new look

- While all members in the family may not contribute to the aesthetics, they certainly can chip in on keeping the home tidy. Encourage all to do their bit- it is after all everyone's home to be proud of.
- Cleanliness is key- the basics - Keep bathrooms dry when not in use. Change bed spreads, hand towels and footmats regularly. Dust out stuff and clean fans weekly once at least.
- Keep one shelf free in every room wardrobe- if you need to quickly put away stuff and remember to clean it when the urgency is through

- Keep kitchen shelves closed ( unless you have very uniform looking vessels and containers ) and clean as you cook- dirty countertops are a turn off

Home is about family and fun. Do not forget to have a good time with loved ones.
Make time to enjoy it- just sit around, play a board game, eat a meal at the table together, listen to some music, dance....All the smiles will make the home an inviting place for you and your guests.


Finally let your home be about you! You can surely turn it into a charming story.
After all, har ghar kuch kehta hai!


Am sure many others  got the mail from Asian Paints. I enjoyed this post since it helped me think through how we do up our homes.....So I jotted down my thoughts ( some very very basic ones as well)  for my own reference when I am not inspired enough and for the Asian Paints contest for tips for a beautiful home

23 comments:

dee said...

Thanks! Am always looking for quick easy do-able tips towards a prettier home :)

I wish you could 'do up' at least one room for me!

Subhashree said...

This post has been long pending. And you know how we all gush about your house-doing-up skills. Contest or not, you should do one small post a month (once a week will be great) on how to do-up the home.

Like Dee says, I wish you could 'do up' one room for me!

Thanks for posting this.

Apu said...

Loved it! Thank you so very much :)

Sue said...

You put a lot of thought, love and effort into your home, Art, and it shows.

sandhya said...

Lovely, Art. Your home comes across in your trademark precise style! Loved the tips - especially about deciding on the mood and character of the home as a whole and rooms in particular. Very timely for me too. :)

The bit about letting your home being about you - just right. My home is going to be all about my books. :)

Debjani.CAR said...

:-) this is good to read just after what we talked about yesterday!

Trish said...

Loved the post,Art..The photos clearly show the serenity and calm in your home :)
Please please write more posts like this

Anonymous said...

Loved all your homes, and that says something for the person who made those houses into homes. . . .:-)

bird's eye view said...

Love the post and your home :-)

Mamma Mia Me a Mamma said...

Such simple, practical tips, Art. I can't wait to visit your home :-)

Swapna said...

Beautiful home, beautiful post by a beautiful you!

R's Mom said...

Lovely lovely tips. Simple ones but we all need to be reminded of this. My Amma would LOVE your house. Mine, unfortunately resembles Howrah station most times!

Loved this one. Like Subhashree says, you should do this tip of the week or tip of the month on the blog. Then folks like us will get inspired to do more :)

Artnavy said...

Thanks ladies.
I see I have no male readers..hmmmm

Another crazy fun thing I do - I enjoy cleaning switches and the areas around door knobs. Really!

Patricia Torres said...
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Patricia Torres said...

oh my gosh... such lovely suggestions... I love those images of your home.. you know I do.. !!

Preeti said...

Love your home, Art and love the tips. Thank you!

ArtsyCraftsyMom said...

I love your home... Always such a warm n cozy place to walk into. Love the tips, but so hard to implement. I would love some help on setting up my house if you are up to the challenge some day ;)

mnamma said...

Love the tips and have always loved the ambiance and beauty of your homes :)

Anonymous said...

I so love ur home!!! kettle collection is the best...

Sujatha Ramesh

Unknown said...

Lovely post Art! I can definitely use all these tips :) Gorgeous pics of a very beautiful home.

Cee Kay said...

What a lovely home Art! You collect teapots? I LOVE teapots and tea sets. If I could, I would display all my teapots and tea sets. Right now space is a constraint.

LOVED the pictures of your house and I have heard from a lot of our common friends how beautiful your home is!

Sujatha Bagal said...

Beautiful!

Sunita said...

Lovely Art!!! Love your home. Love the art and such an awesome collection of teapots.