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 and claustrophobic. Having it removed resulted in a spacious and well lit hall. We decided to design this space into our living area because of its sheer size.

The only eye-sore was the back of the protruding stairs in the ceiling. Weird design, isn’t it? These stairs were on the first floor where my in-laws live. Obviously we couldn’t tear them down as it would have meant tampering with the strength of the stairs on the first floor. The only alternative left with us was to either camouflage it into an accent feature of the living room or conceal it altogether.

Ceiling Renovation
We opted for the latter choice as it seemed less time-consuming. We called in team who specialized in POP work and Gypsum work. I designed the cove/arch type ceiling (which my husband readily drew for the team to execute the design). The idea behind the design was to conceal the stairs in the ceiling, hence its dimensions were completely dictated by its protrusion.

The final look came out pretty nice and the job was quick; 6 days flat! My husband laid out the LED strip in the little space along the entire length of the gypsum cove; it gives a concealed light effect.

We have put a combination of white and yellow LED s; white for cool effect and yellow for a warm glow! The different coloured lights allow me to change the look of the living room depending on the mood!

Sometimes I wonder if there was any other way we could have done it. Any ideas? As of now I am content with the result.


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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 while to dislodge the lid to open (rusting had jammed it). What was in it? Coins…lots of vintage coins! Few of the coins date back to 1910! As a teenager my hubby had made this collection (a fad hobby!)  he had forgotten all about it!

I also found an old pouch, full of discontinued armed forces epaulettes and insignia from his old uniforms. Both the discoveries made my day…because I got what I’d been looking for! It absolutely fit my requirement. I used one of the frames to display a part of the coin collection. Here is how:

It was one of the quickest and ‘no- nonsense’ diy chore that I’d ever undertaken.

As for the old epaulettes and insignia; they need a little fixing before I frame them up.  Someday soon…

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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 ended up with a lot of ‘lost’ keys and I have to admit; I haven’t used any of these keys to open any locks! Somehow I can’t bring myself to throw them away… you never know when I might need them! That’s the fear I’ve been living with, for ages now.

I decided to conquer my fear (kind of) and do something interesting with the ‘lost’ keys. I chanced upon this idea while browsing the internet. I have improvised it to use up all the ‘lonely keys’. I’ll be making a wind chime with my keys! What do I need? Lots of ‘lost’ keys (but of course!), a thread spool and something to hold/hang the keys on (I took out the wire from an old calendar). That’s it!

I spray painted my key chime to add a little colour and to protect the keys from rusting since I intend to hang it in the patio. By the way, if (ever!) I do need any of these keys, (someday?! You never know?!), I know where to look!

Oh, did I mention it sounds divine!

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Decorate 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! Need ideas to decorate with nature?

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 of the natural elements; potted plants & flowers! It’s amazing what plant life can do to liven a room. A potted blooming plant or a cascading flower arrangement can instantly lift the mood and make the atmosphere serene…

Trekking/holidaying in the mountains/sea-side really excites me, not just for the thrill and adventure but also for the abundance of nature’s treasure! I love collecting fallen pines cones, wood roses, drift wood, shells, rocks, pebbles…the list is endless! I find them all extremely ornamental.

You can use them all to make some of the most striking centre pieces of your home. And believe me; it would be something that can put to shame any decorative piece available at any of the home stores! That reminds me, my pine cone and seashell collection is sitting in a box in my garage… I intend to take it out soon and perhaps I may end up with a post on it!

A handful of dried wheat, barley or paddy stalks, a cache of colorful dried leaves, a bundle of bamboo reeds, twigs, branches, a piece of a tree bark… a bouquet of dried cranium bolts or everlasting flower, a bunch of bulrushes, globes of wild thistle and so much more. Tall wild grasses, rampant throughout the countryside, make striking accent arrangements. This is the stuff that natural decor is made of…it’s bountiful and it’s all for free! Be the bounty hunter, just like me!

Here’s my quick and easy way to add some flair, for an instant decor (all around my home) with the ‘money plant’;

I love making my own scented potpourri; When the roses, bougainvillea, blanket  flower are about to wither away (whether in the plant beds or as cut flowers in vases) I air dry the flower petals and add a few drops of essential oils before packing them up in my little ‘potlis’, which I keep all around the house. This potpourri lasts for at least a couple of months. I stash these little bags in my wardrobe for that lingering floral scent in my clothes!

The ideas are unlimited; let your imagination rule to bring a touch of nature into your home. Nothing artificial can compete with the delicate unusual textures and vibrancy of nature. You see, I’ve given you an excuse to go on a long drive along the countryside… and you will know what I mean…I promise, you will not come back empty-handed! So, what are you waiting for? Go out on a drive or better yet put on your shoes to scour the outdoors!

This is what I picked up the last time I went on a long drive!

I am yet to decide what am I going to do with it? Any ideas? Suggestions?

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