Happy Diwali! Paper Lantern! Joy!

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Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali! India is gorgeous at the moment and catching up here, is this little nook with paper lanterns. Made this guy for our coffee table this arvo and I am looking at making quite a few of these for our balcony. It’s so easy I’d just expect you’ll figure out: just in case you do want, leave me a comment. Meanwhile, here’re some snippets from my balcony!



Bedroom Reveal and Pretty Flowers

Ah welcome to another whitewashed post: A bedroom reveal, crisp white bed-spreads, no laundry and some pretty flowers that just about makes this girl’s day.

I spoke a lot on my earlier post as to how to live stylish on a rented apartment and I wont bore you with any of those details, no more. There is just one bit though I’d really love to share with you all. I love my dressing table different. I love them simple, minimal, white with a touch of nautical and I love too many mirrors. I think one can never overdo with mirrors. The more the better. The vintage the better. So, when my husband asked me why there were two mirrors above the dresser- my answer was simple: you won’t get it 😉

IMG_1220I also love a fresh flower or two in my house, almost all the time. Nothing beats a bunch of fresh fluffy snow white flowers, specially in a household where broomstick days are quite normal. I am witch working with 6 hands from 7 in the morning till I get to work where I need to take out another 2 hands that stays in reserve. yes, white flowers. Definitely a must have.

IMG_1183Tried a bit of color with my cosmetic heebeejeebees. Didn’t like it. Went back to picture one 😀

IMG_1224Also, here’s another look at my hall.

IMG_1206250 words it will be for this post and no more till I come to my kitchen, the worries and a bit of organization talk.

Till then, adieu.

roy XO

DIY Girl’s Beachy Living Room Reveal


Look who’s back with a living room reveal and how she’s totally loving it. Two days short of a week and I’m already settled in. Like I said, what doesn’t kill you makes you a pro. We moved in at morning 9 on Saturday and by 10 at night we were having cold beer at our balcony, looking out from our beautiful apartment which overlooks the equally beautiful city line. The very first day and I was on cloud 9 looking out at the view. 9th floor is always a good idea if you cannot afford a beach house. Here’s our little beachy dining nook.

IMG_1180I’m using a lot of old whites {as usual} and pops of color for spring-summer. I’m loving a bit of azure, sky, orange, pink and green in my beach house dreams too. I’ve also started using my wine bottles as water-bottles. I hate plastic bottles to the core and my husband needs a bottle of water wherever he is. Middle-ground can look pretty too 😉

IMG_1171The room still needs a rug, a bit of flower love and those red slippers need to go to the shoe rack and the coat brush too but you ain’t no stranger are you? You’d be okay with this. Oh and we also bought a 42″ TV recently and I tell you its so much fun watching stuff on big screen. Can’t wait to finish ‘Her’.

IMG_1175Vintage glass bottle love and lot of old bottles will dot this space. If you are into oldies, you’ll love to have a cuppa tea at mine. Really, see where I drink my morning cuppa…Actually I have two favorite spots. One is here, in the balcony

93200324b7ba11e3b6f60e6c1f1df275_8This photo is from my phone and very early in the morning. Please excuse the grains.

The other is here on my bed from where I can see the city heights too

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I’ll see you around with a new reveal sometime this week or next. Till then, tell me how ya like it.

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New Home SneakPeek: A chance to decorate from scratch

20140323_111005View from the Bedroom Balcony Yes. I’m 2 level short to being a Bedouin and I don’t mind it by least. Not anymore. Call it finding happiness in everything or just ‘getting used to it’: I now enjoy moving homes because- a> New home, new place, sort of exciting b> New decorating possibilities and lots to blog Here’s what I’ll be playing with 20140323_110757The hall. Straight ahead is the bedroom and the aisle has 2 French windows. Hmm… sort of exciting…hanging flower baskets then? Something like this? Hanging-Planters What do you say. Its on the 9th floor of a handsome multistory and I’m wondering if I should use sheers. It’s airy and I don’t think anyone would care to peep 9 story high 😉 20140323_110732 20140323_110742The kitchen. Two platforms are good. Very good. Wondering which side to keep the “masala” and which one to use for crockery. Thoughts?   That’s about it for today from a very, very tired girl 🙂 Ideas welcome and will be incorporated.   Toodles XO

How to preserve flowers & Nominee for a prestigious blogger’s award


Morning and welcome to this funny little space I call home! What started with being a “bhangarwali” {Trash collector} ended up as “one of the top blogs in India” under the category “art, craft & design”. Now, when did this happen? Can I digress a bit from preserving flowers?

When I started this blog in 2010, I had no idea what I was doing. I was living alone, I ached for my home in the hills and its white, colonial setting, I was taking rounds of the huge second-hand market in Andheri picking up discarded furniture at half the price, painting stuff-mailing photographs of crafts I do in my free time, to my friends n’ family and was completely unaware of the whole blogging world. Utter confusion is where I began. I had absolutely nothing to keep me occupied, no one to share my crazy DIY ideas with and it seemed better than keeping a diary because I keep losing things. And there was so much happening that it was getting difficult keeping track of it all inside my head. Funny that I was totally opposed to the thought of being socially present! Soon after, a beautiful friendship happened.


I met Janice Heppenstall. It was a coffee machine post and her beautifully worded blog just sucked me in. In no time I was looming all over her blog till I reached one particular blue door in the garden with sunflowers to guard it. She is the first bloggy friend I had and I am thankful I met her. I am yet to visit her in person and congratulate Lucy for her exceptional French. (Or is it Spanish, Janice?)


Along the way to becoming who I was gradually becoming, I met all of you, headed to some very inspiring blogs, realized what I do is not something insane, people came over to say hi, valued what I did- inspiring me further to create. From a laughing stock, here I am. Honestly, winning or losing doesn’t matter anymore. The fact that I’m nominated makes me equally happy. Yes, there are several others who are equally good and have more votes than I do. You can check all about them here and also “like” the tiny FB button or tweet from in there. Extra blessings for those who wish to share it on their FB wall. If you don’t, I’m still with you!

May the best blog win!

And now to Preserving Flowers with Colours and Smell intact:-


This will have to begin with a story too.

Not so long ago, we had a party at ours. Strangely, when we all sit together we end up discussing art and music and the word “art” in general. I don’t quite remember who was against George {Our friend with a crazy kitten, conscious, and a talent for photography} but I remember George pointing out at this set of flowers kept neatly on my table and telling: “So would you tell this is art? Some cheap plastic, beautifully manufactured flowers- would you deem this as art?”

After the whole thing was over, I pointed it out to him that as a matter of fact, this is art. The flowers are real. They have been dried neatly to be preserved just the way they were when they came. Its called oshibana 🙂

Just cracks me up everytime I think of this. These are same flowers you see.

My mother used to dry flowers- she learnt it from my grandmother who learnt it from a friend who was a pilot and was frequenting London in the golden era when drying flowers became a popular hobby and preservation method in England. Low-cut necklines were in fashion and with this trend came in the whole concept of  “bosom flowers”- not to forget their sensual concoction 😉 Dried flowers were also made into garlands to add to jewelry designs, fans and gloves.

And what’s up with the whole shabby decor and paris chic that’s embracing the beauty of dried flowers- getting it in vogue. I can bet my ass that Rachel Ashwell has one dried flower in her home, at the least. A peony maybe?

Nevertheless, this bit is pure art and you may like to know how its done!

IMG_0846Get your husband to get you a bunch of flowers- instruct him to get you blooms that are half opened. A fully bloomed flower may wither faster and lose petals in the process of drying. 

Consider the variety of flower you are using. Air drying will work for more robust varieties such as roses or lavender.

Step Important: Keep them in water for a day or two if you want to enjoy them just as they are. I do. When you’ve had enough, follow the next steps-

Step 1: Strip your flower of excess foliage and cut the stems. About 5″ stem is good.

Step 2: Keep away from sunlight. This will help them maintain their color during the process.

Step 3: Find a dry cool place that has plenty of air and circulation. Keep the flowers {whether in a cup, glass, hanger} in the spot and keep it undisturbed for a good 2-3 weeks.

Step 4: When they are crisp to the touch, spray them with a good hairspray to secure the color and for some protection.

Your dried flowers are ready to use as you please. Pure Art 😉

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Another Day From Trumatter’s Life…

IMG_0511Well hello!

I’m not here with anything substantial but a sliver of what a good, organized day looks like at Trumatter’s.

When the maid comes on time and the boys are in control.

When the rain has stopped and stopped bringing much with it.

When the pigeons have stopped shitting all over and its shiny.

When its pre-winter and you’d like to read a book or two here…

IMG_0514When comfortable 100% pure cotton cushions are in place and not mulled under the elbow

when succulents are kept the way they are and the room’s flooded with light

IMG_1246When white, nameless flowers are blooming and I take time off to take a quick photo

when everything is looking perfect

IMG_0515When I open the cupboard and find the most awesome vintage bed-spread ever

When my home smells of freshness

That is when I think the most about everyone of you!

You all would like my place.

And since some of you are very far away, here’s a small sneak peak.

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DIY: Budget Balcony Decorating Ideas & 3 awesome tips!


How have you been ladies? Have you been very busy like me? Like a girl who has absolutely no time & money to even blog about her new home?

So frustrating! Since the time I changed places, I seem to have left time & money behind. I wake up and then I suddenly find myself trying to cook dinner. Time’s speeding THAT fast. About money, I owe my husband 50 grands. can you believe this? 50 grands. Let’s just eat and forget about it!


In this house, we roll differently. While I would never face difficulties with regards to money when its food or home or luxuries of life, I would very much be left to starve to death when my decor pangs are concerned. He simply doesn’t get why I need to change the bolster covers to a white on white stripe when plain whites look just fine. I tell you ladies, all I do in this household, the itsy bits you see and appreciate, is mostly with my own money unless its a piece that my husband approves and likes. I’m sort of a decor rebel in this home.

But even in so much timelessness and moneylessness, a girl must do what a girl must do.


So here’s my cheat guide to an awesome looking urban balcony:

Tip: 1

Create an illusion of dedicated space

If you must have two things at the same place, create an illusion of space. Get a rug. Plastic, jute, carpets- a rug lifts up a space like no other. Here’s how my balcony looked before the rug. The rug defines the reading nook and separates it from our outdoor dining.


And this is how it looked after


Tip: 2

Create spots of interest

a sitting area with books serve well and also looks stylish. Barring the rainy season, keep a reading nook outside. For urban balconies like these, a beanbag or two or even a low seating area works well.  Keep a cactus garden, flaunt your vintage chairs- when the space is small, create interesting spots. In my balcony- a DIY Float made from a discarded fish bowl, a buddhist prayer flag and little things adorn the space.


Tip: 3

Keep it colored

Balconies see most traffic in an apartment. Whether you are doing bbq on a Sunday morning or some benevolent drinker spills beer- balconies are where people are when chilling. As a homemaker, I understand the difficulties in keeping this white. My suggestion- keep it colored. The rugs, the beans bags, the sitting- pops of color do look good in an all white setting all the while serving purpose. a cheap hibiscus adorns my balcony and it gives the whole place quite a zing.

IMG_0310And that’d be all from this part of the world.

I’d love to know how you like my new balcony. any suggestions?

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Beach inspired decor & seasonal flowers for the new home!

IMG_0253So ya…Welcome! Out and out from my tiny apartment by the creek and perched high near the hills with a view now. Do I miss the creek? I do. Am i happier? I of course am. Closer to hills, feels like home.

I wake up these days, make a cup of tea, read some magazine in the terrace as the sun rises beyond the hills, send the husband to office and smile at the good life.


The cot has been placed, the flowers are in, the stripes are in- a beachy home is in the making- again!


Took out this bottle from inside the storage after ages. I made that from a plain bottle and a bit of yellow pop goes beautiful with the beachy hues. No?

IMG_0254This is the time when flowers bloom. But this is also the time when they are very expensive. I shelled out a good 4$ for these and the lotus but what the heck- who cares.

IMG_0236I love lotuses. If you happen to find one at yours try smelling them. They smell so good! And oh, look at its rich hues and beautiful petals. In my country, if you have beautiful eyes, they call you “kamal nayan”. Which means you got eyes like lotus! I don’t have them. Mine are more like a royal bengal tiger.

IMG_0246So much to do and so, very little photos.

I’ll be coming up with easy barbecue recipes soon- I have hot new lover 😉

Till then, toodles.

Do you like my new home?

Fabric Vases: A very easy DIY


To yet another blog full of rambling, Country chic DIY and white love affair.  This time, a bit of fabric love affair that has modge podge in it, an empty glass of cuppa’  Ramen and a DIY that you can do with your eyes closed.


IMG_7682Just in case you are wondering where this gets to stay!

Look at those grey hand prints on the upper right. I will clean that tom. Promise. I don’t even know why they are there…maybe ghosts 😛

Anyway, my father in law is into textile and he keeps filling me in with a lot of ideas and swatches. So when last week we were talking about opening a boutique shop over beer, he told me about  fabric covered pots. Again, this is something I wanted to do for quite sometime now but my plants are of the outdoor variety and I keep them on the railing outside my kitchen. I don’t see a point in covering them with fabric- they are in perfectly aerated clay pots and I better not block this. Till the time I get home some small coffee table, houseplant I don’t see this happening.

So instead, with some swatches I thought of making fabric vases.

IMG_7675You can call them fabric holders or votives or baskets or keepers or whatever you want to- the idea was to have a holder for my dried flowers. This craft is very close to how you’d make paper glass with strips of newspaper and glue. (Btw, do you know that? ) Just that instead of paper, you’ll use fabric on a plain surface and dowse it with modge-podge and leave for a week to dry.

CollageI used an empty Ramen glass here and Im guessing you can use any- but preferably plastic. ‘Coz when it dries you’d need the back of a spoon to slightly loosen up the fabric from the rim for it to come out. Like you’d take a cake out by running the knife on its sides. Plastic of this sort is fairly soft which makes the process a lot more easier.


So, what do you do:

Take a glass of your choice and measure its circumferences. If you want the fabric vase to be long, you can start from the top. I wanted a small one and hence I left some space. Now double it.

For eg. if the top circumference is 2 and one down is 1, you’d cut the fabric in 4:2. Gat it? Simple maths yo!

As for the length: Keep enough fabric below to cover the base of the glass, completely. This would mean a lot of overlapping fabric and no visible glass bottom.

Next, mark the measurement in the fabric you’d like to make a vase from.

With a generous helping of modge podge, attach the fabric to your glass.

Leave it for a week!

IMG_7694Once dry, run the back of a spoon and take the cast out.



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