After over ten years of a career in advertising and marketing, I decided to hang up my corporate shoes on New Year’s eve in 2009. A new year began and so did a new journey as I realised that I enjoyed the world of design and décor far more than I liked sitting in conference rooms. It’s something that I had already been dabbling in while designing furniture for myself and helping friends and family with their interior spaces, so I figured it was worthwhile pursuing it more seriously. Today, I am in the process of setting up my furniture design label, and hope to have my very own home store, some day.
I picked up this lounge chair from one of my favourite flea markets in Mumbai—Chor Bazaar. It was a wreck, just a frame to reveal its potential. I got it restored and had the cane work done as well.
Writing a blog is something that I had always wanted to do – more like an online journal to catalogue my experiences in life. But a design blog is something that I had not contemplated, it just happened overnight. I was on facebook and chanced upon a link to The Color Caravan which led me to Rang Décor and subsequently many other wonderful design blogs and sites. I had such a great time browsing through the wealth of stuff out there that by the end of it, I was itching to start my own blog.
My blog gave me a much-needed creative outlet and it keeps me inspired as I go about planning my future in the world of design and décor.
In terms of hobbies and interests, I love painting with watercolours. Nothing thrills me more than buying books on design and décor.
My husband and I made the nude charcoals in black and white. The framing just added to its simple elegance .
There is always room in my home for things I find in flea markets and home stores. I like to surround myself with splashes of colour as much as I love my black and white charcoal sketches. Cleaning a closet, rearranging books and CDs, making lists, organising my jewellery boxes, are just a few more things that I enjoy doing !
Apart from my passion for design and decorating, I am also a huge foodie and a travel junkie. Ever since I gave up my full-time job I have had all the time in the world to indulge these passions. Add some photography to that and life is complete!
My Canon D550 is my best friend. The first thing that I did after hanging up my corporate shoes was to buy myself a camera and head to Ladakh. I haven’t stopped clicking since. I also work as an unpaid food photographer for my restaurateur husband. I recently started writing about these experiences under a blog called—Of Maps and Recipes.
I got the living room drapes custom-made with the help of two friends who are designers and own a fashion label called ‘Black Sheep’. They got the embroidery and tailoring done for me.
My blog is called ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’. I started it 6 months ago. It is a space where I share ideas and inspiration for interiors with other people who have a passion for the same. I get to talk about all possible things that I love in the world of design and décor – DIY ideas, makeover stories, flea markets that I adore, stores where I spend all my money, pieces of furniture that I drool over, trinkets that I hoard, other homes that I admire and of course, things that I do in my own home. In fact, since a large part of my energy gets channelised in my own home, I have a separate tab on the blog called ‘House to Home’, which takes the reader through the transformational journey of my current apartment.
Had I known that I’d enjoy it so much, I would have jumped on the blogging bandwagon long ago.
Blogging has also introduced me to some really wonderful people and I have been able to discover and enjoy amazing levels of creativity. I am truly proud to be a part of this design blogging fraternity.
I am not much of a magazine reader, have never subscribed to one. But ever since I started blogging, I have been discovered a whole bunch of blogs that I love. Two of my favourite Indian blogs are Rang Décor and An Indian Summer. There are a whole host of others as well and it would be very difficult for me to name just a few. Some international blogs and sites that I like are Miss Mustard Seed, Apartment Therapy, Décor8, 79 Ideas, Covet Garden and Lonny, just to name a few! From the non-design world, I have to mention TDAT and TDAC as my absolute favourites.
One needs to pay attention to the kind of frames one buys.
Framing enhances the art or whatever else is framed inside. Whenever I see a great frame, I just buy it. It doesn’t matter if I have something to frame at that moment or not, but it always comes handy as I love creating a cluster of different frames on a wall.
My bedroom wall is full of frames in different colours and sizes with all my favourite family pictures.
In the dining area I have framed menu cards from my favourite restaurants along with old advertising and movie posters!
My creative kitchen using colourful bottles, mugs, jars and crockery.
Uncluttered and colourful
Glass jar DIY
This is one of my favourite DIYs, it’s unbelievably simple and aesthetic, while being extremely functional.
Just use a jute rope to string together a bunch of old miniature bottles or cute little glass jars, and you’ve got yourself a cute dangling dispenser. Or if you want a splash of green, just add a moneyplant to it!
My home is constantly evolving and that’s the way I like it. If I had everything in place I would be terribly bored and have nothing to look forward to.
Read the full feature on Prismma Magazine