Monday, May 16, 2011

Inspired by styling

I used to frequent the decor8 blog very frequently and over a few moves at home and at work I lost links to my favorite bookmarks resulting in the rediscovery of decor8 blog some months ago.

Since presentation and styling is a favorite subject of mine, this site provides plenty of eye candy and inspiration.

We are still settling in our home and since I am trying very hard to achieve an un-matched look it will take me a long time to style my house the way I want it to be.

Away from the topic I am pursuing but on a similar note, I attended the premier show of the TPT and Goldstein Museum collaboration of the movie and exhibition ‘Smart House, livable community’ last month. It is primarily a design solutions exhibition for people planning for old age and still trying to live in their current homes as long as possible to maintain their freedom and integrity. I got a lot out of it even though I am not planning retirement anytime soon; it was especially cleansing me of the American ways. Where I come from (India), we don’t plan housing as a temporary abode for that particular phase of life, it is built for life and for the life of all the next generations imaginable. The main aspect that hit me in the heart was the discussion before the movie presentation and this particular comment, ‘don’t plan and design your house among things you don’t like and would like to change, try to enhance and embrace what you love about your current space’. I am sure it was spoken in a very different set of words but this is the gist that I am carrying from the particular discussion.

And this fit in my current topic because of my love of many things and they cannot be bought in a store and built/collected in a few months, living comfortably with your own choices is a process in its own. And I’ll share my choices with you in due time but for now since I am inspired by the shots shared in DECOR8 blog, I started arranging things and taking pictures while doing other chores and would like to share those with you.

This shot was taken while I was waiting for
the water to boil for tea.

DH was cooking us some Ramen noodles Chinese style
and the colors of vegetables begged me to take a picture.

I bought a new muffin pan that bakes in shapes of tulips and other
flowers; so, there’s my chocolate tulip, staged for eating after dinner.

If you can’t fight them, join them. I did join my daughters or maybe
they joined me. Here’s OUR collection of rocks, shells and drift woods
displayed on the mantle.

I have had this tea-set for about a dozen years abut haven’t used it a dozen time even. The other day I discovered it in the unopened boxes in the garage and was filled with nostalgia. I am displaying them on my kitchen counter for now, maybe that will make me use them more often.

My new favorites of the season, tulips, orchids, lilacs,
Gerber daisy,basically all flowers are my favorite but these are the newest in my long list.

And finally the favorite place of me, my family and our friends,
the center island.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link to Decor8! Love sites like this :)

    Love your daughters collections on the mantle! I've been thinking of doing something similar for Evan and all his little collections :)