Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Balcony Gardens With Personal Touches

Whether you have a huge garden in front of a sprawling bungalow or 
a tiny balcony garden in an apartment, it will not make a pleasing space for you until you add some personal touches to it. A balcony garden is a promise to mother nature that we will always find a way to bring you into our homes. 

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Reema Sarvanan
Today we have two special guests with us from Bangalore who are going to share how they turned their balcony gardens into a space where one can sit, relax and find some respite from the hustle-bustle of the city.

Reema Saravanan:
Reema is joinin juggles between work and family and tries to create a balance. In addition to her IT job, she had also started a new venture 'Cushion Harbour'.  Here is how she turned a small balcony garden into a space that reflects her personality. 

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Reema Sarvanan
"An apartment is seldom a place for individuality or originality, with every house looking exactly the same and adding to it is the constraint of limiting ourselves to balcony gardens. But I wanted to make the most out of it." 

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Reema Sarvanan
"My father raised me garden friendly and with his love for plants, I inherited his green thumb too. I have dedicated 2 out of 3 balconies to my plants."

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Reema Sarvanan
"The focal point of my balcony is the wall. I have accessorised it with a few wrought iron pieces I purchased from several exhibitions. I think the contrast of wrought iron against a white wall is universally attractive." 

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Reema Sarvanan
"The tiny chair you see there is where I sit and drink my morning tea and I wouldn't miss it for anything. In short, I would like to say that my balcony is a garden which is home to not only plants and decor but also a piece of my childhood and heart."

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Reema Sarvanan

Raaga Madhu:
Madhu is joining us from Bangalore and showing us a before and after picture of her balcony garden. You don't always need to burn a hole in your pocket when you think of a makeover of any space in your home. Here is how Madhu did it without spending a fortune.

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Raaga Madhu
"We live in Bangalore. We have a medium sized balcony on the west side of our home. To decorate it, I must say I had not spent much. I bought all the terracotta pots from potters and not from nearby nurseries that saved me a lot of bucks." 

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Raaga Madhu
"Then I painted them myself in sync with my balcony flooring and its walls some of them I left as is. The terracotta couple here is from Brougham from Madanapalli in Andhra. I repainted them according to my taste."

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Raaga Madhu
"I felt that there was something missing on the wall so, the sun on the wall was painted by me with acrylic colours it's Madhubani art inspired sun. I used the yellow tiles from leftover scrap and placed them in the middle to add to the balcony decor. The butterflies are the silicon fridge magnets placed in the pot with small rods."

Indian Balcony Garden
Image Credit: Raaga Madhu

That's all I had for you today. Hope you found some easy tips and ideas to decorate your balcony garden. If you too want to share your garden spaces on 3D you can write to me. 

Stay tuned!! I'll be coming up with a new DIY video. Till then connect with me here:



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cherry Tomatoes: 3 Flameless Recipes To Try With Kids

Summer vacations!!
And most of us are already scratching our heads to find out the ways to keep our kids engaged in some creative activities all the time. But please don't bother them with too many activity classes. Let them enjoy their childhood and try to create memories by spending some quality times with them. Here I have an easy way to keep them involved and at the same time inculcate some good qualities in them. Watch the video below and let me know your views!!


I grew cherry tomatoes in my balcony garden a few months ago and now it was the time to harvest them. I had some vegan recipes in my mind and thought I would involve my son too as these are fireless/flameless recipes and can be tried with kids. Ingredients I used are all highly nutritious and when kids prepare food by themselves then they are tempted to taste and finish it all and that's a win-win situation for parents.
Three flameless recipes that I tried with my son are:

Cherry Tomato Fireless Recipes


1. Cherry Tomato Appetizer:
We used cherry tomatoes and soaked almonds but you can use grapes, berries or cheese balls in place of almond. Using a toothpick, spear a cherry tomato then soaked almond/berry/grape/cheese and then again cherry tomato. Place it on a plate and garnish with chocolate spread.
Nutritional Value:
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, protein and fiber, almonds are a good source of vitamin E, Vit. B2, phosphorus, magnesium and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

Cherry Tomato Recipes


2. Cherry Tomato Salad:
Cherry tomatoes, cubed cottage cheese, cilantro, lemon, salt & pepper are the ingredients we used in making this very easy but delicious salad. We mixed all the ingredients and the healthy salad was ready.
Nutritional Value:
You get a good dose of vitamins and minerals with cherry tomatoes, Cottage cheese is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals, cilantro is rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins and dietary fiber while lemon contains vitamin C, citric acid which aids in digestion, minerals and fiber.

Cherry Tomato Recipes


3. Cherry Tomato Mini Pizza:
Whole wheat bread, herb cheese spread, cheese slice, cucumber slices, cubed cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper are all we needed to make our mini bread pizzas. First, we spread herb cheese and then placed a cheese slice on the bread and topped it with cucumber, cubed cottage cheese and cherry tomatoes. Sprinkled oregano, salt and pepper to taste and then placed in a microwave oven and grilled it for 9 mins. on high power.
Nutritional Value:
Now you know the nutritional values of cherry tomatoes and cottage cheese. I will go ahead and tell you about cheese spread and cheese slice well, these are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals but are also high in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium so it is not advisable to use these cheese products if you are obese or have heart/kidney disease. Cucumber is a low-calorie vegetable and contains lots of water and dietary fiber hence aids in weight loss and digestion. It is also a good source of vitamin A, Vit.C, Vit. K and minerals. Best thing to eat in summers to beat the heat.

Cherry Tomato Recipes

Please do share your ideas on how you keep your kids busy during their summer vacations. I hope you liked the video. I'm coming up with the next one soon. So stay tuned!!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Design Decor & Disha Inspired Indian Art Gallery Wall

Time and again, I have shared with y'all 
the joy of being a blogger and how my blogging+vlogging are taking me to another level. I leave no stone unturned when it comes to creating the content for my blog and now my YouTube channel too. And I really feel that I have achieved something in my life when I get to know that my work inspires so many people out there. It feels great to have my hard work pay off!!

Wall Decor Ideas


Today with me I have one of my wonderful blog readers from Bangalore who got inspired by my Indian Art Gallery Wall that you see in the image above and created one in her home. Dear readers here is a tete-a-tete with Smrity, a working woman, avid crafter, decor & DIY enthusiast and an artist too.

"My Name is Smrity Bhawna and I am from Bangalore.
I am working with Tata Communications Ltd as a Service Manager.
I am passionate about arts and crafts. Over the years I have learned many useful crafts such as Canvas painting, paper quilling, crafts using waste materials, Glass paintings, Anchor stitch etc…Also, I love to spend my time in my balcony garden." 


Here are some beautiful silhouette paintings done by Smrity.

Acrylic Paintings

"I've been passionate about my hobbies. It's fun to stay busy with stuff that makes one happy. Since childhood, I love to draw and paint. Sharing you one of my childhood story, when I used to travel hill stations, I was carrying my drawing book along with paints to capture serene beauty as painting. As time moved on and as days progress my life started becoming hectic with more personal and professional responsibilities but because of my passion, it kept motivating me to balance my hobby with my busy life."

Did I mention this Buddha silhouette painting is my favourite!!


Silhouette Painting


"My hobbies are a stress buster for me. After hard day something is required to make you happy. My family supports me to continue with my passion and we manage all work together to avoid anyone being carried away by loads of responsibilities."

Indian Art Gallery
"After seeing Disha's post regarding Indian Art Gallery wall I got the idea to decorate my wall too with my paintings."
Gallery Wall


Here is a closer look at the paintings on both the walls in the living room.

Gallery Wall Ideas


Wall Decor Ideas

MY GARDEN- BEST CORNER OF MY HOUSE
"My small try to beautify my garden with Wall Paintings."


Balcony Garden


Balcony Garden


"My favourite corner of the house where I spend most of my time. My beautiful and colorful Garden…BEST PLACE in my AASHIYANA."

Best Out of Waste
"When everyone is trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle, these green recycling crafts are a simple and fun way to do this. Besides, instead of taking all your old magazines, newspaper, bottles or CDs to a recycling centre, you can make little gifts for your friends. So, don’t throw out that stack of papers or other wastes."


Recycling


This brings me to the end of this blog. I hope you enjoyed all the creative work done by Smrity. Leave a line or two for her in the comment box to let her know how we care about each other and how we are ready to encourage and support each other.

Signing off for now and I'll be coming back soon with another awesome blog. Stick around!!
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DIY African Basket Inspired Planter

I am back with a DIY after a long time and you'll love this.
Today I'll show you how you can make African rope basket yourself and can use it in various ways. I am using it as a planter and totally loving it. It has turned out pretty awesome. 

African Basket Inspired Planter

Watch the video below and in case you have any queries leave me a comment here or on my YouTube channel and I'll answer them as soon as I read them.




I am quite happy with this DIY project and playing around with the African basket inspired planter. These baskets are in trend these days. Whether you are giving a bohemian, African or jungalow touch to your decor this DIY African basket will never disappoint you in achieving the look. Here is how it is sitting pretty in my home now.

African Basket Inspired Planter

I have created this small seating in my home office and this African rope basket is a perfect addition here. It is blending quite well with the color palette. 

African Basket Inspired Planter


Patterns on this African basket are inspired by Turkish Kilim. I really hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will be giving it a try. If you do then please do share the picture with me and I'll be glad to feature you on my FB and Instagram pages. 
See y'all soon with a wall inspired by 3D's Indian Art Gallery Wall. Stick around!!

Till then connect with me here:




Friday, April 28, 2017

Napkin Folding Ideas

Hello Peeps!!
Summers have already started in my part of the world and summer means lots of fun
with family and friends and with that we are ready to host lots of parties at home and I just love throwing as well as attending summer soirees. No matter lunch or dinner, formal or informal I always make sure that my table looks elegant and gets the due attention. Do you also want to set such table for all the parties that you are planning to host in summers then watch my latest video on Napkin Folding Ideas below. 




The above napkin folding ideas that are suitable for all the occasions. Here are some tips to fold napkins perfectly and beautifully:

1. Select the napkin that looks perfect with particular fold like plain napkins are good for leaf, rose and bow folds but the patterned ones are suitable for fan fold and one with border or laces are perfect for leaf, fan and bow napkin fold.


Summer Party Ideas


2. Before you go ahead make sure all the napkins are washed and ironed so that fold looks neat and perfect.

Summer Party Ideas

3.  Fan, bow rose and leaf napkin folds are actually suitable for all the occasions. Though leaf and fan are more suitable for summers, rose for valentine's Day, bow for formal dinner parties!!

Summer Soiree

4. Make sure that everything on the table is color coordinated and creates a cohesive look.

Now if you are looking to buy some placemats, napkins, napkin rings and table linen below are the products that handpicked for you. Click the link and shop to your heart's content.  Happy Shopping!!

Printed Cotton Napkin Set    Solid Color Cotton Napkin Set     Red Dinner Napkin Set

Placemat & Napkin Set        Table Runner & Placemats Set      Bamboo Placemats

Cotton Table Linen, Table Runner & Placemat Set                    Cotton Placemat & Napkin Set

Silver Plated Napkin Ring Set    Beaded Napkin Ring set         Willow Leaf Napkin Ring Set

Butterfly Napkin Ring

Stay tuned I will be sharing a space inspired by 3D's Indian Art Gallery Wall.
Happy decorating!!





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Home Tour: Kshama Shenoy

Today's guest on 3D is special. 
After reading my previous blog on "Indian Art Gallery Wall Reveal" Kshama Shenoy from Mysore enquired if she could share images of her home. I shared my mail id and
she instantly sent me the images of her very pretty abode. Then we had a long cellphone conversation and I experienced my fan moment when she excitedly disclosed that she couldn't believe she is talking to me and that she never misses a post from 3D and reads all the posts word by word. She added, "I love your style and the ideas you share are so simple and doable that we all can connect to it." I felt encouraged and blessed, All I can say is a BIG THANK YOU!! Well, Kshama I am not a celebrity, I am doing what I love the most and I try to give my 100% in whatever I do!!

Indian Home

Now I'll take y'all to Mysore, a city in Karnataka known for its opulent Mysore palace. Situated in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills this bustling city is also known as the cultural capital of Karnataka and is rich in traditions. Taking the cue from the city itself Kshama has decorated her home with arts and handicrafts of India. Come on in and soak in the beauty of her home as she takes us through her collected and well-curated home.
Hi, I am Kshama Shenoy from Mysore and I have been living here since past 25 years with my husband Arun Shenoy and two sons Arjun and Arinjay Shenoy. 
This is the entrance to my home. Once you step in this is what you see on the wall. I am a great devotee of Krishna and on my visit to Guruvayur temple in Kerala I picked up these Kathakali masks and then I hung them in a group on the wall to create a pleasing and inviting environment. 

Indian Decor

Let's take a step further and we are in a long corridor that leads us to the living room. This corridor was an empty space until Kshama spotted these beautiful wall planters in a store called HomeStop in Bangalore. Store owner explained that these planters can be hung on a wall or can be placed on a surface as well. So Kshama decided to hang these planters on the corridor wall and the color combination and orientation of these planters on the wall are done by her husband. When I posted this picture on my Instagram account many people were curious to know how to hang them on a wall. So I asked Kshama to explain the process,
"These planters have a hole at the back so I just drilled the holes in this wall and hung them on the nail. Plants are actually placed in a cup and then I inserted that cup in the wall planter. I pull out the cups often to water the plants and then place it back. Every single person who visits us is sure to ask about these planters. The Tara statue on the console table was on a sale and is a great find from one of the stores in Bangalore. The console table I picked up from the furniture exhibition. I instantly fell in love with the intricate carving and lighting that it has so I bought it. The corridor was quite monotonous so to break the monotony I placed the console here and knick-knacks on it are the pieces I picked from various places. There is a place close to Mysore called Sri Narsipura that I visit quite often to pick up the brass items from one of the stores that exclusively sales all brass items".

Indian Home Decor

This huge Kathakali mask hung in the same corridor in below picture also has a beautiful memory associated with it. Kshama told me that on her visit to Guruvayur temple when she came out of the temple she suddenly felt like she should own a huge Kathakali mask too and she reached out to the fellow who was selling the masks and this is what happened next,
"The guy was talking to me in Malayalam and couldn't understand a word then too I managed to explain to him that I want a huge Kathakali mask delivered to my place and convinced him to share his bank account details and then once the money was transferred he sent me the mask and thankfully it arrived in a single piece."

Indian Home Decor


Here is one more view of the same corridor from a different angle. One side of this corridor is a home theatre and the other side is the living room. 

Indian Home Tour

Seen below is the image of Kshama's living room and her passion for Indian arts and crafts shows through every corner of her home. I asked about her collection of curious and this is what she said,
My style of decorating depicts various traditions of different countries. Special thanks to my boys also in selecting unique items that have made my house a beautiful home. The veena that is lying under the coffee table is a find from a small exhibition called Deepotsava/Deepsaundarya. On the right side of the table top are Ram and Seeta figurine and on the left is Goddess Saraswati in wood that Raj picked for me from Bali. Raj has an Indian handicraft store called Kalash in Bangalore. He always makes it a point to call me and ask whether I want something whenever he visits places like Bali and Indonesia. There is one more nice fellow called Raghavendra in Bangalore, I send him the pictures I find nice on your blog and ask him if he could get something like that for me and he makes sure that he finds the exact same piece. 

Indian Home Decor

Below is one more corner of Kshama's living room that reflects how she likes to weave a story in all the corners and how she loves to mix and match the different elements. Upon asking about the figurines flanking the vintage looking brass lamp she said,
"One is called the wisdom god and the other is called the victory god. These are from Kushalnagar, a town few KMs away from Mysore where one of my friends live. And having these two figurines is like Victory god is always there to make us victorious and wisdom god is there to give us all the wisdom. The vintage looking brass lamp is from FabIndia. Hand painted terracotta pieces are from Kolhapur. On the way to Kolhapur with my family, I spotted a small shop and just shouted stop and jumped off the car. There was a beautiful huge Purandara/Vitthala statue was sitting in the front of the shop and my boys were like "Maa please don't pick that up because if you do we'll be out of the car and only Purandara will be there in the car." 
I think that's how we transform a house into a home with so many stories associated with each piece. 

Indian Decor

Kshama read something about blue pottery on my blog and then she contacted someone in Jaipur and got herself these beautiful ceramic plates. Puppet is from Bali 

Indian Curios Collection

Her sons are as equally talented. Below are the sketches done by her elder son Arjun who is self taught artist. These sketches are framed now and found a place on one of the walls in her home. I must say he is a blessed artist. 


Below is the shelf filled with Tara figurines. The small brass head is from FabIndia and all the Taras are picked up from a place close to Kushalnagar called Bylakuppe where Tibetan society is there. Kshama has made lots of friends there and those ladies keep calling her to let her know what new has arrived and that's how this huge collection built up. 

Brass Tara Figurines

Some more brass knick-knacks that are adorning the corners in her home. 



Now let's take a peek inside her bedroom to be surprised by the idea of hanging beautiful brass throne/simhasana of deity hanging from the ceiling and beautifully complementing the picture of Krishna. Now, who would have thought of this excellent idea? But then Kshama has a different story to share here,
"When I spotted this brass throne everything in my mind was clear as to how I'll decorate it and I asked the shopkeeper if he has a long brass chain so that I can hang it from the ceiling and fortunately he had the chain. When I came back home I got all the scolding from my husband upon seeing the nails in my hand he told me not again, you are spoiling my home with all these holes and nails. But once it was done my husband was very happy. Brass musical figurines placed on the bedside table are again from a small brass shop in Sri Narsipura." 

Indian Home Decor

Now we are in the kitchen and this place has also got the same attention as the other rooms in her home when it comes to displaying the collection of curios. Did you notice those plump chubby chefs placed on the countertop? Let's know what's the story associated with them. 
"So when I visited my sister-in-law in Goa I got to know about a store where they customise the things for you. I saw this ceramic chef in his store and got a few of them customised for myself. I love collecting miniature kitchen sets and you can see them inside the glass cabinet. Wall decor pieces in the kitchen are from various places like U.S. Dubai, London and Sri Lanka. So it's a kind of memory wall in my kitchen. I love my home and my home is my best friend. It takes a lot of my energy to keep everything clean and just love doing up my home."

Indian Home Decor

Now we are stepping out in Kshama's very beautiful garden. The first thing you see here is this beautiful yellow niche in the wall and Kshama's collection of masks that are making quite a statement here.  

Indian Decor

Please hold your breath as you are going to see the garden that you must have imagined while reading stories like Cinderella and Snow White in your childhood. A tiny pond filled with water lilies and surrounded by cute tiny animal and dotted with white pebbles is nothing short of a fairy garden. The little girl is supposed to be a garden fairy. All these lovely garden accessories are from a garden store in Bangalore called Hybiscus. 

Garden Decor

Even her garden has all the things from different parts of India. The boat in below pictures is picked up from Kerala, all the other tiny creatures are from Bangalore. 

Garden Decor

These beautiful wall planters in her garden have a story too. She saw a post on my blog and did some research and she managed to find out the contact details of a garden store in Delhi called Sondha. She then sent the pictures to Vinita Nath, who owns the store and that's how she got her sea horse and owl planters all the way from Delhi to Mysore. 

Indian Home Decor

Don't you find the chubby elephants, pig and cow just too adorable in below image. Don't miss the cute snails. 

Indian Home Decor


Indian Home Decor

In the last Kshama adds that everyday before going to bed it is her ritual to go through all the home decor blogs and then only she could sleep peacefully. Here is what she said,
I am an avid reader of home decor blogs which helps me in enhancing my decor skills. 

Kshama we totally enjoyed this virtual tour of your collected and curated home. Wish you all the very best in all your future endeavours. Dear readers, I hope you too enjoyed this home tour. You can leave us a line in the comment box. In case you are craving for more such home tours click right here.

I'll see you with my new YouTube video very soon!!
Happy Decorating!!






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