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!

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Bedroom Reveal and Pretty Flowers

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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

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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

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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.

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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?)

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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:-

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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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