DIY Dried Bush Makeover for Home Decor

The winter gone by took a toll on few of my potted plants. One of them happened to be my ‘Ram Tulsi’ (the darker and more fragrant variety of the green Basil). While re-potting, as I uprooted the dried Basil, I could still draw in the lovely fragrance of the herb and not to mention the beautiful shape of the bush. I wanted to retain it, so I kept it aside to be used later for some dry arrangement.

DIY Dried Bush Makeover for Home Decor @ Hooked on Homes!

DIY Dried Bush Makeover for Home Decor

Yesterday, while re-arranging a, previously done, dry flower arrangement I decided to use this herb bush. I thought of giving it a makeover before I used it in the arrangement but I didn’t want to waste my time, energy and resources over something that wouldn’t last me a while. Hence, before the makeover, I broke few of the twigs of the dried bush to test its sturdiness; the verdict – It was awfully sturdy… ready for a worthy makeover! And all I did was spray paint it with gold… five minutes flat! So much for time and energy wastage! The herb bush looked rather pretty all by itself; in fact it turned out to be a statement piece for my coffee table!

I shopped my home for a blingy vase/ accessory for displaying the made-over bush… here is how I have it now! Doesn’t it look lovely?

DIY Dried Bush Makeover for Home Decor @ Hooked on Homes!

DIY Dried Bush Makeover for Home Decor @ Hooked on Homes!

For now I am keeping it as it is. Every time I go past the wicker coffee table I admire this quick and simple DIY dried bush makeover for home decor!

What say? Any other way I could have done it?

 

 

 

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Spray Paint- to make your ceiling fan look like new!

The summer break is on… the best time for me to indulge in a whole load of DIYs and other stuff that I have been putting off. Every day I get up and press the buttons of my mommy mode and the busy homemaker mode! I love it all! I make a ‘to-do’ list (five things in a day) of things that I have wanted to do but couldn’t take out time in the past (or rather have pushed it into my vacation calendar!). The list has become long but if I continue to follow my plan I am sure I should be able to strike off everything off my list before the vacations get over (June last week). So, you might see a lot of activity on my blog in the weeks to come!

Generally the ceiling fans get cleaned every four months or so (that’s how dusty it is in this part of the world).

As an annual practice I spray paint all the fans at our home every year during Diwali time; a time when the entire house is brought down for the Diwali cleaning spree, just a few sprays while they are where they are… on the ceiling! I know it sounds not such a great idea, of literally hanging on the step-ladder trying to spray a few swoosh! But then what’s life without a little circus! It isn’t that we haven’t tried hiring someone to do it for us, we did…and it wasn’t a very pretty sight. Since then I have taken it upon myself to do the job, with the entire house supporting the ladder for me!

So much for my DIY chronicles…yesterday there was no such circus…one of the ceiling fans at home was taken out, for it was making a weird noise, the electrician wanted to check it. And while he checked it, I asked him to take a 20 minute break by offering him some tea and snacks… I needed those 20 minutes! The ceiling fan was down… on the floor! How could I resist that opportunity!?

Armed with my white spray-can, I spread some newspapers and gave the fan a quick coat of paint and it was as good as new! And all this before he could finish his tea! Even he admired the quick paint job and was surprised to see how soon the spray paint had dried. Up went the ceiling fan as white as snow!

Ok, maybe not as white as snow…close to it!

These spray cans are quite addictive; they are my instant makeover tools! If nothing works just spray paint!!

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Storage Packed Media Unit

When we shifted in this home, we didn’t have much furniture (as we always shifted into a ‘Base home’ equipped with all the furniture, whether we wanted it or not). All of the furniture that we have acquired now is totally customized to our need and the available space. While designing for our home furniture (or while purchasing a ready-made piece) we kept few things in mind:

  • Storage & Design Savvy (in that order)
  • Space saving
  • Multi-functional
  • Light in weight
  • Maintenance friendly

To put our designs into place, our carpenter Naeem has had a huge contribution; he is one enthusiastic fellow who is ready to experiment on any vague idea that we draw for him! For our media unit we wanted everything at one place, all adapters, CDs, cords, external ports, headphones, etc. and of course the design had to be space-saving and décor savvy. This was the first rough sketch of my ‘Storage Packed Media Unit’ that hubby drew for Naeem.

Everything about this console is measured and dictated by the stuff that we had or would acquire in future; which means every dimension of this unit is non-standard. Following are the pictures of work in progress from the design above, till the end product!

The space between the two cabinets is 42” (dictated by the present TV’s width) with scope for placing a bigger TV (in future…God willing!) The height and depth of the unit was based on other gadgets and storage need. The tall glass cabinet works as a storage area as well as a display unit of our travel memoirs/mementos. Hubby added the LED spot light inside the cabinet.

The two drawers hold all the manuals, CDs, and other media accessories.

The smaller wooden cabinet is the store-house for all the larger media accessories and more CDs and games and just  about everything related to media/gadgets…all of it is at one place and not strewn all over the house! And there is still space for more to stuff!

The power source to the entire media unit is well hidden inside the smaller cabinet. A 2” wide hole was drilled in the base at the bottom of this cabinet to accommodate all the wires’ entry point to the multi-point power source.

We added the removable base shelf for the additional speaker and the woofer.

All of the cabinetry and drawers and TV were attached/mounted on one of the living room wall. To hide the many wires, we designed a removable flat veneer board which is bolted about half an inch away from the wall (the two pieces were bolted in the end).

I am very happy with the way it has turned out, everything in one place… I don’t have to hunt around for things, for there is a designated place for everything related to media…even if I dump everything inside (on the days when I don’t feel like cleaning) the place still looks organized! Considering how dusty it is in this part of the world I wanted very little of open shelving. I have designed something similar to organise my craft supplies, read about it HERE.

 

 

 

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Wall Clock Makeover

What do you do when you receive something really nice but it has a sponsored tag or print on it? You try to camouflage it! Although I am OK with it, that is if I really like the thing. But then that’s me, not my daughter. Sometime back we received this beautiful aqua blue wall clock; incidentally it went beautifully well with my daughter’s bedroom décor, the only problem was she wouldn’t allow me to put it in her room just because it had a ‘sponsored’ sign on it…how silly is that?! Teenagers, I tell you! No amount of cajoling/persuasion/counseling helps in drilling some practical sense into them… unless of course it is their own whim/fancy/idea. I almost gave up but I loved the colour of the clock way too much to just pass it on (btw she agreed with that!) …I had to do something about it.

Yesterday, I took out my mini screwdriver set and opened the wall clock and sat thinking… after a lot of brainstorming, over how to hide the sign, my daughter came up with a handful of sequins to try a design on it. That set the ball rolling…it was quick and simple! With a small piece of silver paper, a few sequins, flat glass baubles and glue, we camouflaged the ‘sponsored’ sign on the face of the wall clock. The small piece of embossed silver paper helped in hiding away most of the ‘sponsored’ print (also it matched the silver numerals on the clock)… we laid out glass baubles and the sequins to form a random pattern over it, just to pretty it up!

The choice of colours (for the sequins) was to match the colour scheme in her room.  It took us just over half an hour from start to finish for this wall clock makeover!

She is more than happy to have it in her room now, since the makeover idea was hers!

And I am itching to do something similar to couple of other wall clocks at home!

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Photography Styling Challenge # 11- Living Room

While writing this blog post for M’s Photography Styling Challenge, I realised how décor trends and home trends have evolved over time. Bringing in the western décor/home layout, into the traditional Indian home has emerged as a great fusion of the ‘west meets the east’ and the transition is so seamless that it doesn’t seem western anymore.Practice interior styling and improve your photography in the Photography Styling Challenge. Participants welcome! | Redesigned By M

Indian homes have this concept called, the ‘Drawing Room’, a formal or a designated seating area meant for guests and STRICTLY guests… a very colonial concept, still very prevalent in many Indian homes. I remember as children we were banned from entering this area (whether it was enclosed or an open one); and just the sheer restriction of entering this sacrosanct area meant for guests would make it the most appealing/inviting/enticing room in the entire house! The forbidden always seems the most tempting! Most of the homes still have this concept, including my parents & in-laws’ place (the place that serves as the Living Room is actually the Dining Room).

When we got married and set up our first home, my husband and I agreed that we don’t need a ‘Drawing Room’ instead we opted to have a place that we could use unabashedly/ freely, no boundaries, no knocking over stuff or breakables… with or without children… The Living Room… the most used room in our home, where ever we have been posted to. Although we did have a small formal area designated exclusively for ‘unofficially’ official discussions/meetings in my hubby’s study area (in the base homes) but no Drawing Room as such.

So when we were renovating the home where we live now, we did away with the Drawing Room completely, pulled down a wall to have a huge Living Room instead, where we come together as a family to watch TV, play games, entertain, work, laze, eat… the decor is hassle free and nothing really to worry about… yet inviting and comfortable.

Sometimes this area doubles as the ‘Nightover Room’ for my children’s sleepover parties, as our media unit is in this room (we consciously decided not to have TV in any of the Bedrooms).

Although it is a constant effort to keep the Living Room organised, comfortable and appealing but over the years we have learned how to… I have trained my children well! And they know the drill. I took these photos on Saturday when I made some lemonade for us, the temperatures are soaring here it has already crossed 36 degrees centigrade. I used the bottle and the glass that my daughter had as her share, as my props for styling.

To see the ‘after’ and ‘before’ of our Living Room Click Here. And to see what the other participants of this group have to show, click on the following links!

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At The Corner of Happy and Harried

My Food Tapestry

Inge Kathleen Photography

City Girl Searching

The Delicious World of Chefette Spicy

A Tree Grows in the Bayou

I Live Under a Rock

Samta Photography

Miss Wang Photography

Simply Vegetarian 777

Coconut Craze

To check out my previous Photography challenge Click Here.

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Nature’s Treasure Trove

This past Sunday I had to chauffeur my son to one of the college entrance exams. The centre for the exam happened to be on the outskirts of the city, about 40 km away. It was an hour’s drive from home.  Although we are almost into a full-fledged north Indian summer but surprisingly it was a pleasant cloudy day. Good for me as I had to kill three hours alone in the car (that was the duration of the exam). When I dropped him at the centre I realized the place was in the middle of nowhere…literally! I could see no coffee shops, tea stalls or anything within the vicinity. Not that I was hungry or anything, we had a scrumptious breakfast early in the morning, considering the day that was ahead of us, plus I did carry some goodies to munch on. I was basically on a forced ‘solo’ picnic! Always in pursuit of ideas and inspiration for DIYs, décor or crafting, I noticed these beautiful trees, laden with lovely bright red flowers a little distance away. I love looking for natural treasures to decorate my home hence I decided to explore the area and drove towards the closest of the trees.

I loved the striking red against the stark grey of the branches… I took a few snaps, with my cell phone (I wish I’d carried my camera), for future mood boards/inspiration boards.

The grass beneath my feet was covered with a carpet of dainty white and yellow wild flowers.

I hopped in my car and drove a little further towards a lane called ‘Jacaranda’… just enjoying the lovely weather, halting wherever I found a sight that I could keep for inspiration.

I didn’t realize how three hours went by and it was time to pick up my son. Tracing my way back to his centre, I made a quick halt… I couldn’t have left without carrying a bit of nature’s treasure trove… to adorn my home!

To see more stories on how I adorn my home with nature’s treasure trove ‘Click Here’.

PS- If anyone knows the name of this red flower, do let me know. I googled with an image but couldn’t zero-in on it.

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