India Decorating Blog : Liven things up : Emreen Xavier
I was born and brought up in the southern part of India and have been working in the IT industry for the past 6 years. Although my day job is in no way related to interior design I have always had a love for art, craft, colours and interiors. I have been lucky to have family and friends who have encouraged me to follow my creative instincts. I spend my leisure time reading books and interior design magazines based on home interiors, doing crafts, etc.
I think that one’s home decorating style should be a reflection of their own personality rather than following one particular design style. Speaking of style, I don’t really follow any particular design scheme – but yes, I do get inspired by interior design ideas from magazines , blogs, design sites etc. I bookmark inspirations for further reference and try to incorporate them if they really suit my home.
My style is simply practical, low maintenance but at the same time warm, comfortable, vibrant and inviting. I would rather have a blend of colours rather than follow a monochromatic scheme – Cushions in sunny colours in beautiful fabrics, curtains with lovely patterns, and rugs, al can be used to bring in colour into a home. It is good to have a dash of colour here and there to brighten up the room, lift the mood and create a cheerful atmosphere.
I love changing flower arrangements / table centrepieces every week. I have a collection of ceramic cups, trays etc., which I use to create my table centrepieces. I also love vintage art prints, open shelves where I can display my collected works, a wall filled with photos from travels etc. I love collecting knick-knacks from my travels; in fact, the first thing I do when I plan for travel is to search for the local handicrafts and the associated shops in the area. It is not necessary to put all collections on display at the same time – Decor can be arranged and re-arranged at regular intervals to give a fresh look.
I strongly believe that a home is not complete without a garden – be it a small herb garden on your kitchen shelf, or some indoor plants – I can’t imagine living without a hint of greenery in my place. My balcony space is filled with plants, I love to see them every morning – they bring an undeniable freshness to the place.
I have learnt that one must not be afraid to experiment with wall textures and colours. After all, if you don’t experiment how would you ever know, whether things will fall into place in your home or not ? Nothing can match the happiness that follows when little experiments turn successful and are appreciated by all.
‘Liven Things Up’ – My blog is a creative outlet and a place to showcase all things beautiful and a place where I share my passion for design, decor, art, crafts, travel and photography. I started this blog almost a year ago and it has been a delightful and fulfilling journey so far.
A couple of years ago , a very close friend of mine – Karishma, who is a blogger, send me the link of the 9 best Indian interior design blogs that were featured in blogadda. That is how I became familiar and inspired with the Indian design-blogging community. As a friend who had always encouraged me to follow my dreams and passion related to interior design and decorating, she urged me to do something about it and that is how ‘Liven Things Up’ was born. After that, there was no looking back…. !!!
The Blogging Adventure
“Blogging is one of the best things that has happened to me in life” Guess that says it all 😉 😉 …
My favourite posts
I love the Store-Locator series
My tips on decorating with style
I love experimenting with flowers, shells and tea-light holders and knick-knacks to create unique and beautiful table centrepieces. A tablescape whether done with fresh flowers or any knick-knacks can perk up your space.
• Floral centrepieces are easy and affordable; flowers brighten up a home in an instant. A flower arrangement can be made from a bunch of your favourite flowers or flowers picked from your morning walks…or even faux flowers can be used. All you have to do is to arrange, then re-arrange again and again until you get it done perfectly…
• A collection of tea-light holders arranged in a tray can be used to create a warm atmosphere as well as a beautiful centrepiece as well. Light the candles and enjoy the light flickering and casting shadows around…:)
• Take a terracotta bowl or a plastic bowl and float some fragrant flowers…. This is simple and easy and does not require any special flower arrangement skills.
• Any object that lifts your mood, brightens the atmosphere and grabs attention can be used to create a table centrepiece. For example, you can use a combination of sea-shells, dry flowers, pebbles, colour bottles and faux fruits as well.
• Even a single flower in a matching container can look beautiful. When it comes to vases, I don’t always stick to the conventional ones. I have a small collection of tea cups, ceramic bowls, glass bowls etc., which I use as flower vases
Better Homes and Gardens , The Ideal Home and Garden, Elle Decor, and Living Etc are some of my favourite magazines.
My adventures and passions
I love travel and the outdoors– I dream about travelling almost every day. I would love to visit all the must-see-places on my list before I cross 35. Reading is my other passion – I read on a daily basis even if it is a few pages. My two other great passions in life – besides travelling and reading/blogging – are music and films.
My future plans
There are more plans than one, from having an online shop, taking up small projects (if someone would let me experiment with their space *grin*), taking craft classes for kids etc., but as of now I have not zeroed in on anything.
Décor need not be an expensive affair – There are loads of ideas available via the internet that you can adapt in your home without burning a hole in your pocket. And when it comes to setting up a new home, the decor evolves over time. You have to be patient enough to experiment with ideas and an inviting ambience is something that cannot be simply achieved within days.