DIY Spray Painting @ Hooked on Homes!

DIY Spray Painting

Last night when I wound up all my chores for the day, I felt this urge to try something which had been playing in my head for a while. I wanted to spray paint a set of cushion covers using leaves as my masking templates, but before I painted on the selected fabric I wanted […]

Great Ways to Create a Beautiful Home- Window Treatments

Great Ways to Create a Beautiful Home- Window Treatments

Choosing window treatment that suits your requirement and adds flair to your home… is a tough call. After the paint job this is the second most difficult decision. Why? Because you are not going to change your window treatments every now and then, in all its probability you will be stuck with it for at […]

Photography Styling Challenge #10- Light

Photography Styling Challenge #10- Light

It is an odd feeling when you see how over time your own work seem full of flaws… it happens with me when I look at some DIYs (photos, art or craft work, writing etc.) that I did in the past, which at the time seemed great; I get this urge to re-do it. There are times when […]

Pencil Color Doodles @ Hooked on Homes!

Pencil Color Doodles

I couldn’t help but post this blog as I felt I have to show-off a friend’s work who is forever creating these amazing  pencil color doodles! She feels that they are nothing serious but I am sure anyone would disagree with her, just like I do! She essentially uses pencil colors to draw and color, sometimes […]

Turn Off the Lights! The Earth Hour @ Hooked on Homes! Image credit-

Turn Off the Lights! The Earth Hour

We were settled well before 8:30pm, to sit in the porch… to be a part of the Earth Hour this year. Gazing at the night sky trying to find stars (I couldn’t see any) amidst the city noise, my mind raced back to memories of my childhood when my parents would take us for an after-dinner […]

Spring Inspired Decor @Hooked on Homes

Spring Inspired Decor

Inspired by my Spring Mood Board and also since I am done with my spring cleaning I am re-decorating our home to incorporate the charm of Spring season, I just want to hold-on to this season. I decided to create a little corner for some ‘me time’! As bright colours are popular choices for springtime […]

DIY Flower Arrangement for Home @ Hooked on Homes (1)

DIY Flower Arrangement for Home

The beauty of the Spring season lies in the myriad colours it brings along…in the form of flowers and foliage. North India experiences more clement climatic conditions, the states in this region witness two more seasons – spring and autumn. Conventionally, we experience six seasons in a year and each one spans for approximately two […]

Indian Spring- An Inspiration to Creative Freedom @ Hooked on Homes!

Indian Spring… An Inspiration to Creative Freedom!

It amazes me to no end when I see the dramatic contrasts nature has to offer…almost unreal The spectacular sunsets makes me want to paint the vivid hues on paper, fabric, pots, glass… on just about everything! Think about colours in nature and the immediate response would be- a Rainbow… nowhere else in nature does […]

Photography Styling Challenge #9- Hooked on Homes!

Photography Styling Challenge #9- Fashion

I can’t believe that we are already in the third month of 2014! The Boards are on! You may find it annoying that I bring up Boards every time, but that’s what we have been living, breathing, eating and, sleeping since the beginning of this year! The situation happens to be the same not only […]

My thread collection

Storage Packed Craft Chest

Here is the post I promised last week, when I posted about my Craft Chest. This craft chest was more of a necessity than a luxury to keep things organized at home. See us on days when my daughter and I craft… the scene at our home resembles a tornado hit zone! I am a […]

DIY a vase into a lamp

DIY- A Vase into a Lamp!

Knowing how much I love collecting pretty little knickknacks, a friend gifted this lovely vase to me sometime ago; it goes very well with the colour scheme of our living room. I love its slender shape but the only problem with it is that the base is very small and narrow, compared to its height, […]

The final look! Decorating a dull corner with things around my home!

Liven Up A Dull Corner

Last weekend one of my ‘pretties’ broke…:-(  I had taken it out for some sun bathing. Although my money-plant is safe but I am unable to forgive myself for not being careful enough. I will soon be on a lookout for something similar. In the meanwhile I wanted to do something to liven up the […]

Stenciling technique. Image Credit-

Great Ways to Create a Beautiful Home…Wall Paint Trends

This post won the FIRST PRIZE  in ‘Great Ways to Create a Beautiful Home’ contest on, sponsored by Asian Paints. Always in pursuit of ideas to create a warm, appealing and a comfortable home…on a budget, I came across this term ‘Chameleon Decor’ as one of the trending decor styles. Wanting to know more […]

Party Decor- DIY Water Candles!

Party Decor

Here is a quick & easy, and my all time favourite party décor… with candles, flowers and foliage. I don’t think one can ever go wrong with these. Over the years I have acquired a few shortcuts to dress up my home for a party :-) You can never go wrong with flowers; any number, any […]

Photo Montage...In It's New Look!

Photo Montage…in it’s new look!

Simple changes can do wonders to your decor… after days of contemplating I, finally, decided to pick up my brush and the leftover paint to complete the project. Ever since I finished this project in its earlier version i.e. ‘My Hall of Fame’ Photo Montage, I had this nagging feeling that I wanted something else […]

DIY Pompoms

DIY Pompom

Winter holidays are fun…especially when you get a break from work… all festivals are just about over,  no entertaining guests and no social commitments, for sometime at least … absolutely the right time to indulge in some serious home improvement projects or some craftiness! I managed a lil bit of this and lil bit of […]

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Computer Table into a Study Table

Having donated his ancient desktop computer a year ago my father-in-law was left with this huge computer desk which he used as a storage cabinet. When we shifted in this house, my son was in need of a study table for his growing collection of books … his ‘babaji’ was happy to give away his […]

After the false ceiling

False Ceiling in the Master Bedroom

When we started renovating this house, there was nothing really concrete in our mind; we tackled problems as they came along. We dealt with each of the design related problems with minimal resources and time (since we had to shift in before the academic session began). This is how the master bedroom looked before the renovation. […]

Instant magic with DIY floating candles in cocktail glasses!

Radiant Orchid…Color of 2014

Browsing the internet sometime in September, last year, I came across this report by Refinery 29- ‘Colour Predictions for 2014 by Pantone’, since then I wanted to do a post on it…but then I decided to wait until the New Year… in other words - I forgot about it! I get caught up with so many […]


New Year Resolutions 2014

New Year … new beginnings, as this year comes to an end my mind races back to all the significant moments of the year 2013…in my personal and professional journey. I am so full of gratitude to be surrounded by caring people, who have been instrumental in mentoring/making my journey as a mom, wife and […]

Hubby's bar contraption!

Drinklip-Carry-all Organiser

Sometime back I participated in a contest, hosted by Floorspace and happened to win it! A week later I received this super cute thing as my prize from them… it’s called a Drinklip. It’s a giant clip…can be attached to any table. Its packaging box has images to show in ways it can be used… […]

Easy decor idea!

Quick DIY Arrangement for Christmas

Yesterday while coming back from work, I realized I haven’t done anything to welcome the festive season this year.  How can I not welcome the festive spirit without decorating (in the theme) my home! At 4 in the evening I felt I must do something to bring in some joy and cheer into my home. […]

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DIY Festive Tags

With Christmas around the corner and winter having completely set in (It is white and foggy all day long), it is one of the most amazing times here in North India. Hot cup of ginger tea, peanuts, varieties of revari & chikki, not to mention gajar ka halwa and all the ‘wintery chaats’ … I […]


DIY Fail

Any failure is a result of lack of planning/preparation/systematic execution. Having said that, I have to admit that I failed miserably in doing up our basement (turning a storeroom into a recreation room). I can give a hundred genuine reasons for not being able to do what I set out to in the first place […]

Use color coordinated cushions in different shades.

Importance of Color Play in the Bedroom

It is a known fact that colors have an intense impact in our life; they are the mood swinger. Just as they help in alleviating blues, they may also add more to it. Balancing colors help in creating harmony in one’s life  and it’s not such a difficult ballgame. Your home is your canvas to […]

My side of the bed

Photography Challenge # 5- Bedroom

Today, the second day after Diwali and a holiday… I got a little extra time to be on the internet. Browsing through some of my favourite blogs, one of them being Redesigned by M, I decided to do this post as my entry for the Photography Challenge # 5- Bedroom. Honestly, I didn’t have to […]

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Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, marks the end of harvest season. It takes place towards the end of fall… there is nip in the air… everything seems fresh and new. I love this season!  Having our morning cup of tea in the misty fall mornings… the experience is unbeatable. Marigold, periwinkle, Bougainvillea & Frangipani […]



I have been arranging ‘things’ on the tables in my home for as long as I can remember. I try to change the decor on the tables every couple of months or so. It’s only recently I learnt that it’s a dedicated art form! And it has a technical name to it- Tablescapes. Wow! I […]

Shiny and new after scrubbing with sliced lemons!

Old is Gold!

How do you feel when you discover something long forgotten… a photo, a souvenir, a childhood collection etc.?  Nostalgic, excited… or both? I am sucker for keepsakes, memory boxes and memorabilia. Recently, on one of our visits to our farm-house, and while on a cleaning spree, I chanced upon a few things stashed away in […]

Jaisal's message board

DIY Message Boards

I’d been wanting to do this project for a while now but something or the other kept cropping up… finally I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours to make message boards for my son and daughter’s study table. Local businesses here have this annoying practice of promoting their brands on the exterior walls […]

My home!

Revamping Old Tables

Do you find getting rid of things difficult? I find it really hard…in fact my biggest paranoia is that the day I decide to do away with something that I haven’t used in a while, the very next day there will arise a dire need / urgency of that very thing! Does it happen with […]

Murals on a budget

How to jazz up your walls on a budget…Murals!

Staying at a Defence Base is definitely fun… open areas, lush greenery (or should I say forest), no city noise, no pollution, huge lawns, kitchen gardens with huge bungalows! You can decorate the place allotted to you to your heart’s content but can’t make any structural changes for obvious reason… it’s not your property. Looking […]

Granite top bedside table.

Hassle Free Table Tops!

Knowing my children and my hubby (sometimes, even, myself!), I had to think of extremely practical surface tops for the heavy traffic area in our home. By ‘practical’, I mean rugged, heavy-duty and breakage resistant material and water, tea, coffee, aerated drinks, nail polish remover, colours, paint proof material! I haven’t covered more weirder stuff! […]


My ‘Hall of Fame’ Photo Montage

I love to take a lot of pictures with my cell phone and digi cam. And what do I do with the photos? Mostly these photos stay in soft copy FOREVER or they stay stored on my slave drive! My hubby keeps chiding me… not for taking pictures but for not doing anything with them. […]

Dining Storage

DIY Tiled Dining Hutch

I had a full mind to go in for a built-in Dining Hutch… but going by my mom-in-law’s experience I decided to drop the idea. It’s extremely dusty here in Noida (India), so much so that you can dust the entire day and yet not feel satisfied that your home in dust free. I have […]

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My ‘Charm’ Wall!

A collection of photos or pictures can be displayed in so many ways. How you pull together a display depends on the size of the collection and the area/wall you will be using. The best way to know what will suit your wall is to arrange the display on the floor (inside the same dimensions, […]

Living room false ceiling makeover

Living Room Ceiling Renovation

The Previous hall/lobby of our home was partitioned by a plywood wall. It converted half of the hall/lobby into a room for a tenant. An attached bathroom with the lobby went into the partitioned room. So, when we shifted  we decided to do away with the plywood wall; it made the lobby look very dark […]

My vintage coin display!

Coin Collection Display

I’d been wanting to re use a couple of old picture frames for a while now but couldn’t find anything suitable/interesting to fit in it … until, the other day, when I found myself half buried in old stuff  while sorting some old boxes… I found this very old coffee tin. It took me a […]

My colourful 'discarded keys' wind chime.

diy Wind Chime

How many times have you come across a key you didn’t know where it fit? Were you able to throw/discard it? If you are anything like me, I am sure you must have kept it safely, to be doubly sure that you don’t end up throwing a key which actually opens a lock! Over the years I have […]

diy decor with a dried branch

Home Decor with Nature!

If you’re looking to add some flair to your home decor, take a little time to stroll outside your home and see the nature’s bounty in store for you! Nature is rich in colour, shape, texture and drama. It inspires decorating, that is simple yet unique and grand. You can start with the simplest and the quickest […]

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Organize & Jazz up! With things at home

Till date I haven’t been able to understand my mom’s (and my mom-in-law’s) insistence on keeping the nice crockery, crystal bowls, exquisite bed covers mats/cushion covers etc. hidden in the closets or cupboards. I have never seen them use any of it! The ‘logical’ reasoning that I have, forever, been getting (from them) is- “It’s for the […]


My ‘Treasured’ Coffee Table!

My penchant for collecting ‘just-about-everything-under-the-sun’ to satiate my creative urges has had the entire family going bonkers! ‘Gangarams’ on MG Road, Bangalore, ‘Venus Traders’ and ‘Tulsi Baug’ in Pune, ‘Crawford’ in Mumbai, ‘Staples’ in GIP-Noida, ‘Sita Ram’ and ‘Yash’ in South Ex. New Delhi, ‘Thukral Brothers’ in Karol Bagh and Chawri Bazaar in Delhi; these are my […]


DIY Headboard

Headboards not only give the room a focal point, but also add ‘drama’ to the finished look of the bed and the bedroom; and needless to say they make sitting in the bed comfortable! All the theory about ‘focal point’ and ‘finished look’ had to be trashed when I was designing for Yashaana’s bed. She […]


Ekta & Sanjeev’s ‘Indo-Chic” Home!

Over the past 18 years, and close to a dozen odd tenures, I’ve come across some of the most resourceful ‘fauji’ (defence) wives. In fact I’d like to call them talented, creative and resourceful genies! Some are now my friends and some just acquaintances. I guess living in a defence base inculcates a way of life which […]

Alaka Ma'am's eclectic home!

Alaka Hudlikar & Ashok Hudlikar’s Eclectic Home!

“A home need not be perfect. It has to look and feel comfortable… and it has to look lived in!”- Mrs. Alaka Hudlikar. So true, isn’t it? That’s how my role model, mentor, friend, guide & philosopher put it! In her seventies, her spirit towards life is not only laudable but infectious too! I am […]

After the wardrobe makeover

The ‘Great’ Wall Makeover!

If you haven’t read my post – ‘ The Great Wall!’  Click here to read it, to know the background of this makeover! I was very happy with what we had achieved with the existing wardrobe in the master bedroom. We didn’t make any structural changes in the room, we didn’t break a wall, we didn’t ruin the wardrobe and we didn’t waste anything! We […]

the 'drawing book' look!

Tile Hunting for the Backsplash

Hunting for the kind of tiles, the way I had designed (and coloured!) in the drawing book, took us all around NCR (National Capital region). For almost 2 months there was no backsplash for the sink! I was very clear in my mind that the tiles should look the same way they had been represented […]


Kitchen Overhaul- part 3 (last)

Working with our carpenter was a learning experience for us (and him as well). He was instrumental in building our kitchen, our home, our furniture and our patience! He would take forever to understand the design/dimensions and he would insist on adding his own idea to it! But once he started relating to our designs […]

Cook Top Counter

Kitchen Overhaul!- part 2

Mostly the kitchen was planned in all white, as the idea was to make it look bigger.To break the monotony of white we decided to add a  dash of colour. Choosing that dash of colour led us into one of our numerable squabbles! Finally we both agreed on what the children voted for! Lime Green […]


Lamps- A Play of Lights!

Lamps and light fixtures are definitely important, but so are their numbers in terms of quantity. A lamp or an ornate light fixture can be a functional accessory, unlike so many others ‘so- called’ decoration pieces that everyone loves to adorn their homes with. The way you ‘light’ a room will completely change the way […]


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