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Hi! How are you doing ? I wanted to share a cool DIY project I worked on a few weeks back. I was sifting through ideas to get my home closer to looking what I wanted it to look like when I moved here. After the initial setting up of things, and before we bought new stuff to populate the many vacant areas, I thought I'd first do something about objects lying idle and put them to good use. I started  with a remnant of a previously owned (and long separated) aquarium: its stand. I was practically stuck with the wrought-iron piece for over two years. While the aquarium was long gone, it had left behind its metallic abode to anti-decorate my previous living space and now this one! This sorry piece of metal was languishing in some corner of my house, gathering dust and my ire. The reason I did not dispose it off is...well...I don't know. To think of it now, may be it was because it had to transform into this new avtaar.

I had been craving for a bedside table for sometime now. When …
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French Aesthetics for your home : Budget-friendly and easy Home Decor DIY

Happy New Year! This is my first post in the new year. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I have been taking up some writing projects and doing up my house in between. Last week I visited few nurseries around this place. I am in the middle of landscaping the backyard here, well, better-half has been away for quite sometime now. 

Yesterday I got few plants for my front yard, few potted plants to start with. This time I wanted to keep my decor white. I have kept few white flower pots on my window sill. Aren't these looking beautiful ?

Just add a coat of white paint on your regular pots and there you have it! French aesthetics for your home :)
All you need is some supplies -

A paint brush
White paint 
A dusting cloth
Emery paper
Few sheets of newspaper
Painting gloves
A pot for mixing
Flower pots

First things first. Put on your gloves and wear an apron.
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Flea markets treasures:
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Today I am going to share few pictures of a beautiful home. The person behind this interior inspiration is one of my good friends, Shrinkhala Dixit. She is a woman with many hats. A hospital management professional, renowned make-up artist and a caring mother of two adorable children; she has an amazing skill of creating new ways to decorate her home. She lives in a four room apartment in a high rise in Lucknow- India's city of Nawabs.

Shrinkhala has designed every bit of her spacious abode. Her house is a classic example of Indian style of home decor. The interiors exhibit vibrant textiles and furniture giving this home an ethnic appeal.

The …

Indian festivals and decor : Painting Diyas

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