An Evening With The Interior Designer of TataZest

Tata Zest

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This arvo we are live blogging from Goa for #TataZest #ZestUpYourLife, their new car that’s to be launched next month, and one that shows quite a lot of dynamism for a car in its class.  I know, you must be going completely berserk to see me talk about a car in this wee space of mine which caters with mainly beachy DIYs and beach decor but believe me I had some real good reasons to do this post. I can guarantee you that when the post ends, you’ll not only forgive me but thank me too for some great dope on car interiors.  After all, its not only the engine & the engineers that maketh a car. Its also a set of talented interior designers! And tell you what? Designing an engineered product is much, much more difficult than designing our homes. It’s decor taken to another level: a place I had to go explore head first.

Tata Zest Interiors_ Trumatter

Honestly, I am not the person who understands cars or even pretend to. I can only tell you so much about a car which would include its stability, the smoothness, how it handles on corners, on road and how it is on a very high speed. But I am definitely the person who has an eye for decor, detail and good aesthetic. The dashboard in the new Tata Zest quite took me by fancy. Chrome, matte black, shiny, glossy black and clever tones of grey played trickily in here to give the car dashboard a modern, luxury sport vehicle look. This is not Tata..this is a better Tata. So, if you are a wee bit interested in interiors of a car or interiors in whole, this post will serve you the lot. If you are a decor nazi, you have to know this sector: who knows tomorrow auto-themed homes might be in fashion ;)

As a decor/ interior enthusiast I am always on the look out for delving deep into the elements that together make “decor” in cohesion. And having a husband who takes me everywhere to experience things with him, even to the mechanic, I know what a good car interior should look like. I am more than happy to venture out of home and look into sectors like shop, cars, offices and study their decor… It’s interesting to know how with almost the same principles and a little bit personalization people are rocking it stylish everywhere. But when it came to cars, I had a couple of questions.

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I could never understand why most cars come with interiors in beige, light tones, grey or black? Why not fur and only typical car fabric? How do you choose motifs or patterns in fabric while designing the interiors? Can we just about use any pattern? How close it is to home decor? What is the significance of two tones in a car seat and its body interiors? Well, ofcourse, if your car is “primped” by the badass Texas boys and Ice-Cube is talking about it, then you don’t need to ask such questions ;) In that case you’d have a snazzy yellow riveted car seat and oh-my-god-60’s-retro-gold grille, oh and maybe a candy dispenser in the boot too that has a pipe in your dash board to take you to the candy shop! You’d just have anything and everything that is no-where close to the cars we, common day mendicants drive. You have a right to leave this boring post right here because you my friend are rich. But if you are like me, these questions might have crossed your mind.

In addition, I am very interested in the core philosophies of decor. You’d look at a home and you’d exactly know the people who live in. Your decor is an extension of who you are and what you believe in. Similarly, what goes in a car interior designer’s head when he/ she is designing something that has to appeal to thousands of people and yet make it in a way where each must find their own voice while driving the machine? Bro, it’s a tough job and it had been in my mind for years to take a look into car interiors and its nitty-gritties. Thanks to blogadda and Tata Zest for flying us away to a wonderful workshop in Goa where I finally found the answers to the nagging questions that wormed my head.

You’ll see how you always overlooked these details in a car!


After a masterclass on Tata Zest, I ran to the interior designer of the car in question: Shilpa Bandyopadhyay is her name and she is a zesty, smiling talented girl whom I think I quite caught by surprise with my ultra philosophical (read stupid) questions. But patiently, she answered me everything like the crystal ball would.

1) My first ever question was Sum up the car interior in a sentence. This is what she had to write to me!

“Cocooned in a new age definition of luxury sport.”

2) Hmm, which means I got the car right! But hey you’ve got a curious cat infront of you. My next question made me feel like 100 kilos lighter: You know, I’ve kept the question inside of me for too long. Why are car interiors in beige, white, black, grey and tones of only these color.

Wowza, the answer questioned my own intelligence. Bright colors in a car can be distracting for the driver as well as other drivers on the road. That is why a set of standard colors for interiors. Oh, okay…which means you have only 4 colors to play with and yet you are expected to come up with an interior that brings out a wow: all different, each unique? I thought my job was difficult!

3) My third question to Shilpa was How do you choose the fabric. Why not lace and satin? Okay, lace and satin is what I did not ask but that is where I was headed. Im a shabby chic beach decor girl…I’d like a bit of lavender love everywhere…

But it looks like, designing the interiors of a car is definitely more challenging than designing the interiors of your home. You can use and only use 100% pure polyester. Why?

a) It is cost effective and easily available

b) The fabric meets the high performance standards, such as durability. You will be using a car minimum of 5 years. Durability also means that you can get in and out of the car repeatedly without damaging or dulling the seat fabric.

c) It withstands blazing desert sun or below-zero temperatures and still tolerate moisture buildup in warm, humid climates.

In addition, there are 7 or more parameters to be kept in mind while designing the car interiors.

Okay, so that rules out the lavender satin seats.

4) My fourth and final question was: What motif do you look for while choosing the fabric? What did you look for in Zest.

The motif must be catchy, small and again, not too distracting and bright. An ideal car fabric design will be one which matches with the core philosophy of the car, syncs with the exterior and consoles.

For the #TataZest which incorporates a healthy mix of sport, luxury and comfort with its shiny black, chrome, a touch of biscuit and matte black and grey, her go to fabric was one that complimented the consoles. Plain grey for the rims of the seat, a light grey-on-dark grey mid fabric for layering. For the Zest, she also chose a fabric that’s predominantly Indian in motif and yet was funky. Indian, owing to its make, funky owing to its target audience and the young blood that flows through its veins. Love the kaleidoscope, I do.


That’s the fabric incorporated in seats. And here’s her:



Lovely meeting her and the entire Zest team: mind you, this is just how much went into the fabric and console. Did you ever think that so much goes into your car seat? No wonder my husband gets furious when I keep muddy rose plants on it.

Thank you Tata Team for this wonderful opportunity.

Thank you Blogadda for making me 3 kilos lighter.

Thank you Shilpa for giving us so much.

It had been awesome.

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What I’m Wearing In Goa To The Blogadda & Tata Zest Bloggers Meet

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Goodmorning people! How shocked are you to see a fashion post from trumatter? One that involves a little beachy-casual dressing for the weekend? It was so much fun putting my extreme lack of fashion sense to test, but I think I’m doing well with a light blue straight fit denim, a cotton shirt, my favorite grey tank, a beige scarf and a bit of funky silver.

It’s the Trumatter you have been knowing, travelling to Goa for an exclusive Blogger’s meet to check out the new TATA car: TataZest. Thought I’d show you how to wear jeans 3 ways (haha, it’s just one way) and a bit of accessory love thrown in from the girl who never does fashion. I mean come on, in this household, we sport PJs with ease and dress that up with a good top or two to push it as a funky pant. Whom are we kidding.

I recently had a conversation with a bloggy friend of mine who is totally into fashion and an amazing blogger too: she told me Goa is not for mommy jeans. Honestly, I think similarly too and did try to sport some dresses. But thing is mommy jeans has seeped in to my genes and that’s the only thing I am ever comfortable in. So here’s my pick for what to wear when you are miserable with fashion.

Dress Day 2Dressing up the same jeans with a white cotton top, a touch of black and gold, for the evening. A friend gave me this necklace and I hold it very dear. Also, would you believe if I told you that I packed all of this, now? Like right now.

And I have exactly 30 more minutes to go and get dressed and reach the airport to fly to Goa. I’m simply pushing it with this blog. Absolutely pushing it. To top, its raining like crazy today here in Mumbai and I see so many missing flights. Jesus Christ, me and paranoia are best friends specially when it comes to travelling. I always have this eerie feeling that I am gonna miss my flight, my train, my bus. To live with Paranoia I tell you…

Dress Day 2 Optional


Day 2- morning, i choose to add in a bit of floral for the love of Goa. A ‘kameez’ or ‘kurti’, same jeans, a turquoise ring, Darjeeling stone pendant, gold and black sandals.

I don’t know how stylish these ensembles are or if I accidentally put together major fashion flaws but hey, that’s me. This is more power to a casual beachy fashion where you sport mommy jeans with super style and tell that’s the rage ;)

What do you think?

Toodles and you have a lovely saturday.

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Make Your Own Whiskey Bottle Lamp & Phone Photos

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Well hi! It’s 10:37 here in India, the man is out with the boys for some scotch and conversation and here I am, tucked cozily under my shawl and blogging from the exact same spot you see above. The light’s creamy, everything’s spick and span, the whites in this old home is whiter than ever; a cup of tea and the girl behind the blog is having a date with ‘er new found love, the lamp: Happiness is indeed a pretty home.

So if you love yourself a good Whiskey Bottle Lamp or two, and ofcourse enjoy making your own lamp over buying it off the shop, here’s your go to, super easy DIY lamp tutorial. It’s super easy, it’s super-fun, it’s an absolute no brainer and it’ll let you recycle your old vintage bottles too into something more practical too if you are tired of keeping them as mantle pieces.

Let’s get to that then…

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A friend last year got us a beautiful whiskey from the Aberfeldy distilleries and might I tell you, till I tasted Laphrohaig, it was the best. But after the beautiful, smokey, bold Laphrohaig, nothing compares. It shocks people to see me as a big whiskey girl. I don’t know why. But I get this a lot, “Oh, Whiskey?” with that typical raised-eyebrows-to-a-specific-angle-which-means-oh!-snooty-huh look. Yes, I am a scotch girl, I am a whiskey girl and when time calls for it, I am also a DSP Black girl. I am also Feni, cheap booze and beer girl. Just don’t ask me to drink in the name of strawberry and raspberry. I like a good cocktail once in a while but I like the naked taste of good alcohol. Yeah, I know…I am a gentleman.

Haha, anyway who wants to talk about Whiskey here. We are talking more on the lines of Whiskey Bottle lamps.  Gosh, my tendency to go ashtray is just incurable.

So, yeah, when a friend got us this Whiskey on New Year’s eve, I instantly (and shamelessly) kept the bottle with me. It’s one of those beautiful bell shaped vintage bottles with ABERFELDY written in raised glass. The bottle and me was love at first sight. Believe me.

After keeping it for more than 6 months as a centerpiece, it was time for it to become a little more practical than just staying in a corner.



My home is pro recessed lights. There are no direct lights in my house and one and only one in our bedroom was bothering us beyond comprehension. We moved in this new house for about 4 months methinks and the bedroom light was the only part of the house I didn’t touch. The husband had been telling me for ages about changing that one but never really got the time. Until now!

So here’re are steps in a collage below: I’ll write below the photo for you all to understand.

CollageSo start with gathering your supplies.

This is what you’ll need to make an awesome DIY Whiskey Bottle Lamp

You’ll need a bottle with a hole drilled in it near its base. If you have a diamond drill-bit, you can do it yourself at home. Make sure  while drilling if you have someone to pour a steady hand of water. If you are not too sure of this part, take it to your nearest glass store and they will do it for you.

Step 2 is to attach the wire to the bulb holder. If yo unscrew the plastic rim, you’ll find two tiny screws with holes for the wire to go in. You need to attach one strand of wire to each. See pic 5(center) for how your wires should go in. You need to take the copper bits out from its casing before attaching it.

step 3 Put the wire through the neck so as to position the attached holder on the neck, pull the other end of the wire through the small hole at its base and tie a knot. This will secure your holder to the neck. The tension here works as adhesive. Smart right?

Next, open a two plug and attach wire similarly. 2 Plug pins are the normal pins yo use everyday. You can use a 3 plug too if you wish but those are for heavier consumption I suppose. Electrical that is.

Open the upper rim of the holder, attach the holder.

Plug and play.

I really wanted to share  this with may of the parties but I am a bit tired of linking. Whoever comes to this page, I hope you all like it :)

Repurposed Crate Shelf DIY

DIY Crate Bk Shelf 2Welcome to Trumatter. If you love picking up old crates- discarded crates, no-one-wants-me crying crates from the curb and shamelessly too- and re-purpose them into usable home furniture, you have, sir, come to the right place for some that kinda diy dope. While the husband and friend went to mud-bike in the rains, the girl went out, fell in love with a fruit crate and gave the poor old, thrown away thing some love: An act that got my name straight in, in the book of, “Furniture justice”. I do these things from time to time to get a karma check. And wait till I tell you that it costed me less than half a ‘dullah’ to have this awesomely cool rustic crate bookshelf.

I know. I can exaggerate a lot about these things.

But look at this!

DIY Crate Bk ShelfI love every bit of the grain and the color. I gave it one coat of dark stain and I am yet to give a coat of clear varnish but I’ll wait for the rains to get over for that step. A month at the max. Oh, what fun it was to see people staring at you in dismay as to what on Marlin’s name is wrong with this girl. I was perfectly dressed, carrying my rainbow umbrella, with earphones and all picking up stuff off trash can. In India, you don’t do these kinda things if you are from a well to do family. Apparently. The culture of reusing or repurposing is yet to seep in and you get strange looks- very strange looks- if you are seen doing something like this. Even more funny is the belief that what you pick up off the streets might be ominous. You know what? I mean yes, I have seen the haunting in Connecticut and all sorts of possessed dolls but I doubt someone will voodoo something as trivial as a fruit crate and leave it at the trash can where its only targets are street urchins whose life or fate it probably cannot alter for bad: its already heart-breakingly miserable. Nah, im safe :)

CrateThis is how I found it. Believe me, taking out those nails was the hardest part. They were rusty hard old nails and took me quite some time to get them out without breaking the wood. Gosh. The packing guy pretty much “nailed” it.

I sanded it off with a #120 because i gathered its soft wood. I would have loved to finish it with a 220 but I was impatient. if you are sanding, please dont avoid 220, it gives a smoother look.

Next, I walked up to my nearest hardware and invested 10 rupees in this:

Bookshelf nutsFinding the center, I attached the hook/ hanger.

If the screw doesn’t go in first, make a tiny hole by hammering a nail and then attach the screws.


Deck it up with your favorite things and enjoy. For me, I needed a place to keep my books and this is the most perfect DIY bookshelf ever!

It screams beach house, its rustic, its DIY, its cheap and most importantly, its handmade with love like everything else in this wee house. There are actually some things that money can never buy.

For now, Happiness is a DIY Re-purposed Crate Book Shelf

What do you think? Any additions?

DIY Crate Book Shelf

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DIY Rustic Wine Bottle Cluster Chandelier

DIY Wine Bottle LightsMorning guys! I hope its going good at yours?

I feel like I’ve eaten a piece of bad elk and the infection has reached my soul.

Life has not been so good lately. You know those times when you feel like you have made a huge mistake in disturbing the way things were and then wondering how to sort it: that’s how I have been feeling. And I have also come to conclude that once you leave an organization, its for the best. Considering it again will only remind you of the reasons you left it for! In addition, a friend very close to my heart broke my very heart into a million pieces with words that has already scarred me for life. Have you ever heard that Amy Winehouse song wherein she sings, “my tears dry on my own”? That is exactly how I felt when those words pierced like thousand poisoned arrows. I can assure you that one side of my heart will be forever blue, forever withered, forever bruised. As you can see, I needed some air and some light in my life :)

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So, yesterday I cut some bottles off and made a rustic wine bottle chandelier for myself. The idea came from a friend who thought it would look really nice and I think the idea really worked. It is indeed a very cheerful light! Rohan thinks its too bright and probably needs lower bulbs but for now its going straight inside my heart and giving me a tight hug with all its warm fuzziness.

It’s funny how these things make me feel so good. I wish someone paid me for doing this: believe me that’d be my dream job. If only I was paid to create something like this, I wouldn’t have asked for anything else. Maybe I should beg at the outlets of Anthropologie and somehow find out a way to get noticed and hit a jackpot. Hahaha…I mean how else! Or take a big leap of faith and start my own venture. Something needs to be done. But for now, here’s the tutorial to your disposal.

DIY Rustic Wine Bottle Chandelier Tutorial


Step 1

Cut the base of your wine bottle. You can either buy a cutter or cut it with a string like I have.

Sand the base.

Step 2

Attach holders to wires. It’s fairly simple.

Step 3

Attach wire to holders and pull it through the wine bottles. (Pic 1)

Step 4

Tie the wires with a tape. Tie 6 wires into bunch of two for fixing to the mains. (pic 3)

Step 5

attach it to the mains. I called in my electrician to do this for me.

Step 6

Light up your world and forgive. All’s been written up there.


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Two Wick Tin Candle DIY

IMG_1505Whats up and what’s going on with you. Unbelievable that Brazil would lose to Germany and with such a margin. I did not watch the match: I lost all interest in world cup since Spain went home. But I saw the outrage in socialmedia today: don’t even go near Brazil fans, and that includes my father. I can totally imagine him watching the match and commenting in his usual dignified voice about the downfall of great footwork. We have Argentina Vs Netherlands and I think I’ll go with Messi. I’ll watch that one match because I do not want Netherlands to win :) Rob Robben of his powers God, Rob that silly, talented extraordinary Robben of his super powers.

Regardless. While football was disappointing, the weather here is completely making up for it. We are head on into the monsoons and its been wonderful. No sun, no dust, there is green everywhere and a beautiful overcast sky: I’m so, so loving this. This arvo is particularly dark, the kind that makes you want to light a candle and drink a glass of red. The candle is question is what I am about to talk…

IMG_15021I love tins. Any kind, any type, any era. Specially ones that are rare to find. But in any case, Tins are extremely versatile. Use them as vase, pen stand, attach magnets and make them containers, turn them into planters: the possibilities are endless. Recently, I chanced upon this beautiful Tin candles and I was all oooh and aaaah. Sadly, the price (with shipping) was so high that I simply couldn’t justify. I cannot pay $163.12 for a set of 4 candles. I can afford, but I can’t pay. But if you can, here’s your best buy. These tins were so , so pretty: Look at their powder case like make and check out the scents. I died on the Mediterranean ilume :)

Seeing that I will not be able to have one of those, I dug out some of my old tins and made a 2 wick candle myself! Ofcourse they do not have the perfect polish and is not lidded but for about 1$ they give me the look quite fine. Plus they said “oversize”. I don’t know how big they are gonna be and what I’ll end up with.

I had some spare birthday candles left from Rohan’s birthday and some floating candles with burnt wicks. I also had in my stash a few wickers- the ones you find in plain round small candles. I thought no more…


So this is how I made my Tin candle:

In a double boiler (or a similar set up) melt candle

Take a clean dry tin and place wickers. My tin was small and shallow so the length of the wicker was perfect. If you intend to do it in a tin that has some depth, simply tie a wick to a pencil and place it on top of the tin in a way that the wick is positioned in the center. Pour hot wax around it.

I didn’t have essence at home but you can put in a drop of essential oil to it. I wish I had something like lily-vanilla, or citronella or sea-breeze…but for now, this little tin can candle is seeming much dear to me.

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DIY Vintage French Cafe Table

French Table DIY 4It’s all about a table and dreaming from under the table. A DIY vintage French-love-dowsed beachy little table that I am much lovin’ this morning as refuge: a cup of tea, a book, some wine later in the day and I’d be wanting nothing…Maybe I will, but I’ll restrict myself till I can go out and do that on my own. I’ve been having some hard times lately. Think of it as a time when you wake up from a long happy slumber and realize each of your dreams are dependent on one individual who may or may not have been comfortable sharing those wants, those dreams with you because the said person is indeed a different individual, something I might have completely overlooked over the years. What I kept thinking as ‘simple wants’ may have been an Atlas task and I have never really stopped and thought what will happen if someday that person refused to comply?



I’ll be crippled. I’ve been too dependent, too comfortable, too annoying perhaps even to realize that. I’ve am so ashamed, so extremely bewildered at my own lack of understanding and how I have wasted my years learning nothing but painting things white that I can barely talk. It’s almost funny.

I’m really too full for words. And coming thus far, I’ve realized that simple is probably not enough. I need to want more…

French Table DIYIn the coming weeks, I plan to do a lot of things that would perhaps help me consume my time a lot more productively, make me a bit more independent and free those around me to pursue their dreams. I could have spoken about it here but not until I’m really doing it. When I do, you all will  be the first to know.

And now I think its time for the DIY Vintage French Table tutorial. You are definitely not here to hear me rant. This post might even lose me a few followers :P

Onto the table-

I printed this label from Graphics Fairy

CafeFrenchTypography-GraphicsFairy2smModge-podged the print side and placed it on the table face down.

Gave it a night to dry up.

Next, with very little water i rubbed the extra paper pulp off. This step needs to be done carefully: if you are too rough you might end up rubbing it off the wrong way. really, you might just end up rubbing the final layer too. So be gentle.

Once you have gotten the desired thickness of the pulp, brush a layer of modge-podge on it to secure it.

Unfortunately, I had to paint that ‘mission’ part because some benevolent gentleman kept his beer glass on it while it was still drying.

Spray paint your table top with clear laquer to bind.


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