Saturday, July 22, 2017

How To Clean Brass & Copper Quickly

Copper and Brass have made come back as the interior accent in the design world. Warm metals like copper and brass will continue to be on trend for a while. Though these metals have always been an integral part of traditional Indian decor and I have already showcased so many beautiful homes where you must have seen brass and copper embracing every corner of the home. And I know how crazy you all are about these shiny metals. 

Clean & Polish Brass Copper At Home


As a decor blogger, too often I receive a query that how to clean copper and brass quickly at home and especially after I posted a blog on "Copper Decor". So I decided to make a video and let me tell you it's not a rocket science with just one or two ingredients you can bring the shine of brass and copper back. Watch the video below for clear instructions.


In above video, I have used two different cleaners to clean and polish brass & copper, natural and commercial cleaners. First, let's understand the science behind it. Basically, we need an abrasive to clean and polish the hard surface of the metal and an acid to remove the patina/tarnish or grime. So you can use combination of salt(abrasive) + lemon(citric acid) or salt(abrasive) + vinegar(acetic acid).

Other ingredients that can be used for cleaning brass and copper are:
-Tamarind paste and salt
-Yoghurt
-Butter milk
-Pickle or
-Ketchup

Brass And Copper Cleaning At Home


Natural Cleaner:
Salt + Lemon Juice

  • Mix both the ingredients well
  • Apply on the metal surface
  • Leave for 1 min
  • Rub either with soft cloth or scrub pad
  • Wash properly and don't forget to wipe it off with a soft cloth. 

Commercial Cleaner:
Pitambari Powder
  • Make a paste of Pitambari powder using few drops of water
  • Apply the paste on the metal surface
  • Leave it for 1 min
  • Rub either with soft cloth or scrub pad
  • Wash properly and don't forget to wipe it off with a soft cloth. 
Metal cleaned with commercial cleaners leave the surface whitish whereas if cleaned with natural cleaners it has a beautiful yellow tint. You can use different cleaners as mentioned above but steps will be the same. To polish brass, you can rub few drops of olive oil on the metal surface. Below are the links to buy products mentioned in this blog:
Buy Pitambari Powder here
Buy Copper Decor accessories here
Buy Brass Decor accessories here

Hope you found this blog helpful to keep your brass and copper sparkling clean. I am working on few more interesting blogs so stick around!!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Home Tour: Chitra Seetharaman

A home tour after a long time and I am sure y'all will love it as much as you have loved all the previous Home Tours on 3D. Just like the tagline of 3D, the owner of this home is also on a mission to "Transforming A House Into A Home". 

Dear folks, welcome Chitra Seetharaman, who is joining us from Illinois, USA where she lives with her husband and almost two-year-old cute lil' daughter. Chitra is an Accredited Staging Professional and loves doing up homes and believe me, she has got a wonderful taste and can effortlessly transform a house into a home. She has been on my blog earlier too when she had shared her Pooja room wall for "Wall Decorating Series" on 3D. If by any chance you have missed that post then you can read it by clicking here
One more thing is that a lot of time my readers ask me that where they can buy the products that they see on my blog, so I have embedded the links where I have mentioned the name of the products. Just click the link, explore, compare and if it suits your taste then buy it. 
I wouldn't keep you waiting now. Let's take a tour of Chitra's beautiful abode as she takes us through it and explains how everything came about.


"As an Accredited Staging Professional ASP® (I am a full time IT professional, a Business and Quality Analyst to be precise but as the first step in chasing my dreams I got my accreditation in home staging beginning of this year) there is no surprise that home staging is my passion. I’ve “staged” and decorated my room/ home since I remember. Back then I’d love to dress my room up and wow my friends and family. That has since evolved and though I still play “ home dress up” I do it on a professional level. My home is an outlet to all my pent up energy. I decorate, organize and clean my home like therapy. I move furniture around and change my decor on an almost weekly basis. My family (husband and my 21-month-old daughter) has been so accommodating to all this madness ;) but  I’m sure bae thinks I’m a crazy person at times but hey I wouldn’t blame him J  
As you walk through my home you can see my love of colors and life (live plants). Each room has its own “vibe” and this theme is every changing. I follow no rules when it comes to staging my own home. I go with the flow of my heart and I love my home to a story."

The entryway to home sets the mood and gives the hint what's in store inside. Chitra knows this fact very well and has decorated her entryway in a way that everyone who visits wants to know what's to come next. 

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Aptly placed Ganesha murti (idol) exudes positivity and creates a welcoming environment. The mirror behind the idol not only gives an illusion of God's aura but also reflects the light and makes the place look even brighter and bigger. To break the monotony of neutral color scheme there stands a bright, bold and beautiful blue door to greet the guests. 
"You will see Lord Ganesha greeting you as you enter our humble abode. The Ganesha was a house warming present from my maternal grandmother so he is very close to my heart."

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Lush and healthy plants are there to brighten things up and to add that kick your decor needs. 

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Chitra's pooja room reminds me of my grandparents' home. She has created such a divine place that just by looking at the picture one can attain inner peace. The place emits a special sense of calm. Here is what Chitra says with a great pleasure, 
"I grew up in a religious family. Having a Pooja room and praying together as a family was part of our everyday norm. I have been lucky enough to continue that tradition in my own home. I come here to reflect and rejuvenate".


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We are now stepping into Chitra's formal living room where she enjoys her free time. In this room, she has added a good dose of colors using colorful cushions and fresh flowers. Teal and fuchsia are used as an accent color whereas brown is used to tie together the whole setup. 
"Formal living room is the “calm” space in my house. I love playing classical solo piano or Celtic music when I sit down to relax and it's mostly (probably) right here."

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"I sometimes turn on the fountain to create an ambience. This is a perfect spot to enjoy my cup of chai or read a book."

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Now let's take a look inside her family room which is my favourite for many reasons one being the ikat print curtains. If you wish to buy similar ones in India then here is a link for you. I just couldn't take my eyes off these gorgeous curtains and asked Chitra to send one more image that focuses more on curtains and being the sweetest friend she clicked the image and sent to me. 
"Family room is where the action happens. We meet, greet and be merry right here. I have a little one at home so this space isn’t always organised but I love my perfectly imperfect home "


All the warm colors create a cheerful and warm ambience in the family room. Right next to the window and seating arrangement is this wall of masks that you must have seen in my "Wall Decorating Series". Chitra calls it a wanderlust wall. 
"This is my wanderlust wall. This wall is filled with our travel memories and artefacts. Each item here was handpicked to be displayed right here on this wall"

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Bookshelves flanking the TV unit shows her love for reading. Wooden word that spells "Home" hangs above the TV. reminds that you are in the comfort of your nice and peaceful home now forget about the rest of the world and just sit back and relax. Buddha figurines, the tree of life and other elements are there to add to the peaceful vibe. Chitra makes sure that plants and fresh flowers are always given place in every room to add life to the decor. 


At the far end of this room is a gallery wall that comprises of family pictures and happy quotes. I always believe that family portraits are like time capsule they not only bring back lots of happy memories but also fill you with joy and warm your heart.  



Right opposite to the window and seating arrangement is this whole setup that you see in below picture that looks so contemporary yet goes well with the rest of the decor in the room. This corner of Chitra's family room reminds me of my favourite interior designer Rebecca Robeson. The use of accent chair, ladder shelves and a huge painting that is binding the accent pieces together is what I love here, so contemporary, stylish and eye-pleasing. Did you notice how Chitra loves to play with patterns and textures. The pattern on the accent chair is so aesthetically balanced on the other side of the ladder shelves by hanging the metal wall decor in a similar pattern. 


Adjacent to the above wall is this area which opens up into the breakfast nook and the kitchen. Chitra's love for patterns and colors is evident and she mixes them skilfully.  


Now stand here in the breakfast nook and have a look at her family room from a different angle. Tell me what do you think! Doesn't it look so cosy yet spacious, well decorated yet functional, modern yet warm and welcoming. 


Chitra has a knack for balancing the decor. You saw her family room filled with colors and patterns and now see her dining room. Plain white and some neutral shades are ruling the place but nothing seems to be looking out of place or inappropriate. To add a dash of color here fresh tiger lilies are doing their part. Now let's see what's in the kitchen. 
"Kitchen is the heart of our home. When it comes to the kitchen, I like to keep it simple and clutter free."
I also believe that no matter you decorate it or not but the kitchen should be functional, simple and most importantly neat and sparkling clean. A basket full of fresh fruits is a perfect decor addition to the kitchen so that family members can snack on them and this will develop healthy eating habits in them.  


Below is Chitra's gorgeous dining room. Espresso furniture, window treatment and a huge artwork that ties together the look and Chitra's has given her special touch here too with the clever use of patterns. It's your work now to find out how she has matched the patterns here. Though the dining room look completes to me but here is what Chitra says, 
"Dining room is the room that inspires me to do better. This is still work in progress."

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Nursery is a clam place with muted shades and a little pop of pink. 
"I loved working on the nursery for my daughter and can’t wait to redecorate it when she outgrows it. A mixed feeling."


Now head to the guest room, don't you just love those baskets on the wall. So unusual yet so elegant. Fluffy pillows, clean and beautiful bedspread and a warm, cosy ambience what else guests need in their room. Chitra sure knows how to win hearts. 
"I am a people person and love being the hostess. This room was the first room I decorated when we moved in 3 years ago. I add some pleasing touches to this room like fresh flowers or use a lovely linen spray (Tip – Jo Malone has some amazing room/linen sprays and they last forever) to make my guests feel special and welcomed."


Peek into her bedroom and we now already know what to expect. Furniture in a dark tone and beautiful soft furnishing that complements the accent pieces in peacock blue is a beautiful amalgamation that only a person with great taste can think of. Four poster bed is, of course, a statement piece in this room and is a show stopper for sure. 


Chitra proudly says, "this is my peacock inspired room. This room is also a work in progress but I’m enjoying the process." 
Aptly placed peacock feathers on either side of the bed is such an unusual touch and I am eyeing that bird cage and carved mirror frame too. 


I have told you Chitra mixes pattern and colors masterfully and here is one more example. As the room exhibits peacock inspired decor, Chitra has chosen the drapes that not only have the shine and color like a peacock but have peacock feathers too. 
I am sure by now you must have noticed the play of geometrical patterns here. Tell me what they are :)


With this, we come to an end of this tour let's sit back and relax in Chitra's backyard for a while and then we'll go somewhere else to get inspired. 
"The backyard is my own little oasis. I am an ardent gardener. My love to nurture and grow plants has contaminated my husband too. When we got the house, the yard needed a lot of love. This is still a work in progress but we look forward to spend our time together right here every year. Plants are like babies, you give it some love and they love you right back. Instant gratification."


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Thank you so much Chitra for letting us all soak in the beauty of your amazingly done up home. What do you all think about Chitra's home. Do let her know in the comments below. Thank you all for stopping by.
I am receiving lots of requests to make videos on various topics and I have noted down and started working on a few of them. If you too have any suggestions let me know. Till then connect with me here:




Saturday, July 1, 2017

DIY Video Tutorial - Vintage Suitcase Made Out Of Cardboard Box

The first day of July and I am starting the month with the most requested DIY of the previous month!! Yes, the vintage suitcase planter that you all had seen in the previous post about "Growing Indoor Succulent Container Garden"  and had requested me to share the DIY video tutorial. Watch the video below and don't forget to read the description if you are watching it on youtube!!


Hope you have subscribed to my YouTube channel and if you liked the video don't forget to share it with like-minded and creative people.
Now all those who are planning to make this vintage suitcase, please pay heed to the important advice that use a plastic box instead of a cardboard box if you are planning to use it as a planter or a pot to grow plants and you can use M-seal or polymer clay instead of cardboard stripes to make belts and straps.

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This vintage suitcase can be used in various ways such as a desk organiser, jewellery box, keepsake box, to organise books/magazine, display flowers (fill small bottles/jars with water and place some fresh flowers and keep them closely packed inside the vintage suitcase) or as a coffee table decor.

I have grown a succulent garden in it and taking extra care of it so that it doesn't become soggy and believe me it's quite hard but not impossible :)

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Since July is the month of celebrations for me so I may not be as active on my blog and social media platforms this month as I used to be. But I promise I'll be back with regular updates and lot more in the month of August. So keep checking space!!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

All We Need Is Organic Bedding

After all the hustle and bustle of the busy day, we all want a cozy place where we can unwind and rejuvenate and that's our bedroom. No matter how beautifully the bedroom is decorated and how peaceful is the ambience if the thin layer between you and the mattress is not right and comfortable you are not going to get good night's sleep. 

Amouve organic luxury Linen

Bedsheets and pillow cases can be a big reason that you are not getting enough rest. Why you ask, well, there are many reasons. Today's guest on my blog will answer all this and more.
This blog is brought to you by Amouve, a luxury organic bedding brand founded by Ami Sata who had worked in a non-organic bedding industry earlier and knows the drawbacks of non-organic bedding. Hence Ami took the plunge into organic bedding industry and founded Amouve that offers certified organic bed linen. Ami is with us today to enlighten us more on organic cotton and right bedding.

3D: How the idea of Amouve was conceived.
Ami: A combination of factors came together to spur the idea. 
A trip to Scandinavia introduced me to the most sumptuous bedding I had slept on. Made of organic
cotton, it was a bed made in heaven and I knew I had to know its origin. Several days of research later, I traced it back to India. Soon enough I was making calls to manufacturers and sitting upon an idea that I felt right about. While trying to find the same quality in big-box retailers in India, I was left disappointed. I realised that the emphasis on the fabric that touches your skin was minimal. Few realise that conventional cotton sheets are choc-a- block with chemicals, from pesticide-laden cotton to formaldehyde finishes. Anti-wrinkle and anti-stain sheets may be easy for ‘maintenance’, but not your health. That is why we even certified it according to the highest standard of organic textiles – GOTS.
More importantly, we wanted to be a business with a conscience and stand up for the cause of the Indian cotton farmer. Since decades, thousands of farmers have been committing suicides every year. Farmers enter into contracts with multinationals for purchasing patented GM seeds and pesticides. This leads to rising debt and suicides.
It was necessary to opt for an alternative. The beauty of organic cotton is its sustainability for the planet, biodiversity, human health as well as the farmers and textile workers. Cumulatively, the above led me to start Amouve.

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The main factor that affects our sleep is the material of the bedsheet. Synthetic fibres tend to trap heat and don't allow moisture (sweat) to wick away from our body. Whereas natural fibres like cotton are light, breathe well and allow air to circulate which in turn cools down the body temperature. So cotton sheets are good in both warm and cold weather. A lot of brands use a blend of synthetic and cotton fibres that of course doesn't feel as good as cotton but Amouve promises to bring you 100% organic cotton bed linens. 

Amouve Bed Linen

3D:. Why organic cotton.
Ami: With increasing stress, long working hours and an erratic sleep pattern, the need to opt for healthier lifestyle choices is more pronounced now than ever. When you sleep on organic sheets, your body breathes better. It feels super-soft and luxurious. Not only this, we wanted to bring a global standard to India concerning health, safety and the quality of sleep. Organic was a way to achieve that. Our idea is to democratize organic and bust the many myths associated with bedding in general. From ply to thread count to the quality of cotton, it is necessary customers are aware of the truth. For eg, Thread Count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch and not an indication of the quality of the fabric. As opposed to conventional wisdom which says higher the thread count, better the quality, the truth is that thread counts are a misleading custom often used by manufacturers and brands to inflate and advertise.  

Amouve Bed Sheet

3D: What does the range comprise of.
Ami: Amouve’s range is a healthy mix of Scandinavian minimalism and contemporary hand block prints done with a discerning design aesthetic, inspired by travel and places. It comprises of bed sheets, quilts and comforters all in super soft GOTS certified organic cotton so the consumer knows what she is getting is genuinely free from chemicals and not just a marketing term.
While the Everyday Luxury range comprises of solids like classic White, Sand, Blush, Navy and 
Charcoal in 300 TC sateen with a pearlescent sheen, the Lyric Collection is a labour of love that takes days to make, only to ensure the best quality. From Morocco’s eclectic vibe in Moroccan Musings to the Colorado collection inspired by the red mountains of Colorado, from Angkor’s stone ruins to the urban vibe of metros (Geometro), each collection is thoughtfully-crafted. Each Amouve quilt undergoes 7 different processes and takes an average of 45 hours to craft. 
Talking about cozy comforters, these come in a hypoallergenic encasing in colours, so one need not worry about spoiling them. Hail chilly nights!

Amouve


Ami has sent me this beautiful organic cotton bedsheet in sand color. She assured me that being devoid of chemicals, these bed sheets are also anti-pill and get softer with each wash and how true she was. I washed mine just a few days ago and realise that now it is even softer than earlier.They're literally a dream to sleep on and when I say this, I mean it!!
Secondly, I don't need to worry about the aesthetics. Inspired by Scandinavian style these bed sheets go well with classic as well as contemporary style decorating. This minimalist bed sheet in sand color gives me the opportunity to play with accessories to add a pop of color and I can pull off warm, cool or even neutral look for bedroom easily and effortlessly. 

Thank you so much Ami for helping our farmers, giving us a healthy and sustainable option, promoting make in India concept, sending me this soft and comfortable bed sheet and for being with us today. I wish you loads of success ahead!!
Dear Peeps, you can find Amouve on Facebook too. Do check out and let Ami know what do you feel about Amouve.

I am working on Vintage Suitcase Planter's video tutorial. So stay tuned!!.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How To Grow Indoor Succulent Container Garden

Indoor plants have never gone out of fashion. In recent times succulents have become all the rage. Their unusual forms and myriad colors make them an interesting home accessory. Today I'll be sharing all about growing indoor succulent container garden. Here I have a complete video on how to grow and care for succulents indoors. 



1. Select A Right Pot/Container:
First, start with selecting a right pot to grow a succulent container garden. Make sure that the pot/planter should have drainage hole as succulents don't love wet soil. Having said that it is not that you can't grow succulents in a pot that doesn't have a hole. In that case, succulents will survive but they will not thrive until you know when and how to water them. I too have quite a few pots without a hole and my succulents are doing well but it is always great to have holes at the bottom of the container. 

Growing Succulents Indoors

2. Succulent Potting Mix:
The right succulent potting mix is also the key to growing healthy succulents. Well-draining soil that retains very less moisture is good for succulents. Mixing sand/gravel/perlite/pumice/tree bark/coconut fibre in the soil makes it less compact and well-draining soil. Mixing these ingredients in the soil also ensures good air flow and the soil dries out quickly. That's what succulents love. Also, don't forget to feed your succulents. Like all the other plants, succulents need food too to grow healthy and produce more colors. Mix compost in the soil and do fertilize your succulents in their growing season or every few months. 

How To Grow Succulents Indoors

3. How To Pot Succulents In The Container: 
First, put the gravel or small rocks at the bottom of the container and then fill the container with the succulent potting mix. While potting the succulents it's not necessary to leave gaps between plants. As succulents grow slowly and can be potted closely in a container. A small room is just enough for succulents to grow. Take out the succulent from the nursery pot, loosen the soil and now pot the taller or most colourful succulent in the centre if the pot is round and in one of the corners if the pot is rectangular. Now pot trailing succulents near the edges of the container and then fill in all the gaps with the rest of the succulents. You can use flowering succulents to add more colors and a bit of drama. 

How To Grow Indoor Succulent Garden

4. Watering Succulents:
Watering succulents is the most crucial and important job. Avoid using a watering can with the shower head as it will make the foliage wet which is not good for succulents. Any pot that has a spout and can direct the water stream into the soil works best for watering succulents. There is no such rule that you should water succulents once or twice a week. Water the succulents only when the soil has dried out and water them until the extra water starts to come out of the drainage hole now wait for few days and check when the soil has dried out water the succulents again. If the pot doesn't have drainage holes make sure that you are watering just the enough amount not too less and not too much. If you water them too much then excess water can accumulate at the bottom and the roots will start to rot and eventually the succulents will die. If you water them less then the leaves will start to wrinkle and become dry. 

Succulents

5. Light:
Succulents love high temperature and lot of sunlight but everything in excess is always harmful. We are talking about growing succulents indoors so ideal location for them would be the one where the succulents get at least 4-6 hrs of light (not direct sunlight). Choose the succulent varieties that love bright shade like all the succulents that are green and pale can do well indoors on the other hand colourful varieties and the pokey ones with lots of spines(cacti) do well in sunlight. Succulents can bear 2-4  hrs of sunlight more than that can cause sunburn. 

How To Grow Succulents Indoors

I think I have covered almost all the important points here to grow succulent container garden indoors especially in Indian climate. For a detailed post, you have to wait for a while as I am working on it. I hope now you have all the answers and are ready to grow your own succulent container garden. If you have any queries please leave me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Do check out the video on YouTube and find all the useful links in the description box there. If you liked my vintage suitcase planter then you can buy the exact same piece online click here to buy.

See you all soon with one more blog on bedroom decor. Till then connect with me here:


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