Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wall Stories: Traditional Indian Wall Decor

Hello awesome people!!
How have you been? I missed talking to you lovely people a lot and that's why I took some time out from my super busy schedule and I am glad that I did it because it worked as a stress buster!!
Today's blog is a very special one as I had been planning to do this blog since ages but my work kept me from executing it.

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor

This blog is about "Wall Decor". Walls in a home are considered as a blank canvas and we fill this canvas to reflect our personalities. Wall decor is not only about decorating and putting up beautiful things or expensive paintings, it's definitely a lot more than that. Wall in a home speaks volume about homeowner's personality. If done right, it tells a story, brings back a lot of memories, invites you to linger in front of it and makes a house a home. Sometimes I wonder, how different people have different design philosophies and using this philosophy they transform their spaces into the sweetest memory of their lives. So I asked some like-minded people to share an image of such wall in their homes that describes who they are and guess what, I got a phenomenal response and have to make a series of this "Wall Stories" blog. This is the first blog in this series and spotlight is on the walls with bright colors or neutral walls with bright colored paintings interspersed with Indian arts and crafts and surrounded by a lot of Indianness hence the name "Traditional/Ethnic Indian Walls".
Before we go ahead and soak in the beauty of these beautifully done walls, I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to my gang of girls who promptly replied to my messages and made this blog possible. Thanks for being a good sport you all are just awesome <3 

Now the fun begins. Below are the images of walls with personal touches and a story associated with that wall shared by homeowner herself. You can click on the name of each contributor to check out their Instagram account for loads of inspirations. 

Chitra's Traditional Indian Wall
"I grew up in a traditional/religious family and we gathered around the prayer room to pray as a family everyday. I wanted to carry this tradition with my own family. I have been blessed to design and create my very own pooja room. With family heirlooms and handpicked gifts from grandparents and parents, almost all the pieces here tell a story. This is where I come to feel blessed and rejuvenated."

Indian Wall Decor
Image: Chitra Seetharaman

Shalu's Ethnic Indian Wall:
"When I first started working in my home studio, I always wanted to have a wall dedicated to my Tanjore paintings. So I did up this wall with my Tanjore paintings done over a period of years. I call this the "Tanjore Wall " It's an inspiration wall for me & for people who are interested in this art."

Wall Decor Ideas
Image: Shalu Prasad

"The image is of my entryway foyer. This wall has undergone many transformations since we moved into our current home. And every element on the wall comes with a little story - from the massive brass Tara bust in the yellow niche I managed to procure after 3 long years to the brass conches on the side of the sports cabinet to the carved jharokhas...this wall has really grown with me and my decor sensibilities. I love fusing traditional Indian decor with modern interiors."

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor
Image: Neha Agarwal

"My collection of ganeshas started while we were living in Hyderabad. I had ganeshas in various materials and mediums all over our home. But I always wanted a wall to be dedicated to my favourite God, and I was able to do that when we moved to Gurgaon. By then I had made a Tanjore and many other paintings depicting Lord Ganesha in myriad forms. Interspersed with a few other elements like the brass prabhavalis, Tibetan bead belt, a metal sun and a wood carving, my gallery wall was complete."

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor
Image: Anuradha Kapoor

"I have made an attempt to depict the vintage grandeur of Heritage buildings.I have copied these pictures from the Victorian collection by Charles Keith.The freehand sketches are paired with African tribal masks."

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor
Image: Parul Chaturvedi
"have turned a blank run of wall space into a gallery of Indian God Ganesha in various mudras.These pieces were made with nothing more than a couple canvases and oil paints---"DIY project....My Artwork".Since I have a large wall, I have hung these paintings at various heights.Matching frames give a casual yet sophisticated look.It creates a pleasant visual effect just at the entrance of my home."

Traditional Indian Wall Decor
Image: Parul Chaturvedi

"From the very beginning, I wanted this wall to be different from the rest of my home.This is one wall that kind of connects two of our bedrooms. I wanted it to give out a very traditional Indian vibe.
The first step we took while creating this feature wall was to highlight the wall. It has a ragging effect with a combo of yellow and olive green."

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor
Image: Sangitha Anand
"Next, came the wooden Jharokha... added a cow head from Kerala and a brass Drishtimukht on the jharokha which are the symbols of prosperity and believed to ward off bad omen!
 I did wait patiently for many days to complete the look and then came the hanging brass diyas on either side. With some more bronze utility vessels, placed on the floor like the 'Kooja'- used for carrying milk or water in olden times, the 'kodam' for water and the 'nelpara' which is the traditional paddy measuring unit in Kerala, I felt I had arrived at the perfect scheme that I desired!
In between, I keep moving the 'Dashavatara' unit with few greens on them to change the look from time to time.
Eventually, this is how it looks now and am super proud the way this wall has turned out!"

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor
Image: Sangitha Anand

"I have a very strange love affair with paintings that have open doors and windows in them. They speak to me more than any other art does. Over the year I have accumulated a lot of art and when I moved to my new home, I decided to dedicate a wall for them. Hanging them on a white wall wasn't looking very exciting. So I picked a background color from one of the paintings and changed the wall color and it suddenly brightened up the whole space for me" 

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor
Image: Preethi Prabhu

"The wall remains the central point of my living room which actually has now become the first look attraction for anybody entering the house. The vibrant signature wall has been an uplift with the Shrinathji painting and few ethnic artefacts and décor around. My very own talented painters helped in doing the colouring and texture. Terracotta color with rustic metallic gold finish comes to life with the lights coming out of the shades in the room. I have personally cherished doing up the wall very much."

Indian Wall Decor
Image: Kapila Banerjee

"My feature wall is in a long hallway which connects our living room with the bedrooms. This area is difficult to photograph as it is narrow. To work my way around this and add interest, I have tried to create a vista which ends in a focal point. On one side of the corridor are my collection of masks and favourite objects and at the far end of the corridor is a focal point featuring a bright artwork.
At the very end of the hallway is this wall with Indian inspired elements. A bright painting which I did (a copy of Late Shri. S.H.Raza's work) is the focal point. Under this painting is my collection of brass objects. I keep rotating these too."

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor
Image: Hemal Paliwal

"My passion for home decor took a stage when we bought our new home & since then I have been unstoppable!! Our new home has unleashed the designer in me. Decorating, to me is therapeutic and this has elevated my creativity.

I enjoy home decor in all its origin & forms, while Indian decor is something that connects me to my roots. Indian art & decor interests me and Tanjore paintings tops it all."

Wall Decor Ideas
Image: Padma
"The mirror seen on the wall is a loot from a moving sale from a lady which she imported from Italy two decades ago. I loved it the moment I saw. Lucky me, her loss is my gain!
The Krishna pictures are from a calendar that was laminated. This one makes me nostalgic, tracing back 14 years, during my newly married days, where I was looking for inexpensive options to deck up our first home."

Ethnic Indian Wall Decor
Image: Padma
Hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. Next in this "Wall Stories" series are blogs on "Contemporary Wall Decor", "Wall Of Masks" and "Wall Of Memories".
Stay tuned to know what's coming up next.
If you too have a wall in your home that's calling 3D's name, just write to me and it will be my pleasure to feature your wall story on my blog. Till then have a look here
Happy Decorating!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

One Good Thing For Your Home

Hello World!!
How is the weather treating you. I am enjoying the last of the winter sun in my part of the world
and trying to infuse more warm colours around me. 
I told you in my previous blog (Anamika's Home Tour) that I have One Good Thing for you so here it is- a set of new cushions for my living room.

One Good Thing

How do you like these cushions. I liked them for two reasons; one is that the embroidery on the cushions is the famous tangible cultural heritage of India called Toda Embroidery, which quenches my thirst for incorporating Indian art forms in my home decor and the second is that it is a product from a brand launched by a woman entrepreneur Chitra Ghildiyal. Let's meet the brain behind the brand called 'One Good Thing' and know more about the woman entrepreneur and her brand. 

Indian Decor Ideas

Chitra: I am a designer of home decor and furnishings products with a brand name 'One Good Thing'. Taking a hint from my enthusiasm towards fine fabrics, handwork, arts, history and home decor, I quit my job as a communication specialist and started One Good Thing in June 2016. One Good Thing offers distinctive home furnishing pieces inspired and influenced by the heritage arts, cultures, history and people from around the world.

Most of the fabric,  dyes, other material and handy work used on One Good Thing is sourced from different parts of Rajasthan and is done by skilled craftsmen from interiors of the state. 

Bedding and Cushions
Image Credit: One Good Thing
Our products are available on,,, and Mora Taara stores in Mumbai and Gurgaon.

Now you know if you choose furnishing from a brand like One Good Thing, you not only support the artisans of India but also do your bit in empowering women of India. Not to mention you support #MakeInIndia campaign too. 

Living Room Decor

Now let's know more about Toda Embroidery!
The toda is a pastoral tribe of  Nilgiris(Ooty) of Tamilnadu. Toda embroidery is also known as 'Poothkuli', 'Torhbohr' or 'Pukhoor'. It is an artwork done by toda women. Toda embroidery is usually done with red and black threads on white cotton cloth and design is made by counting the threads using reverse stitch method. Usually, geometric pattern is made by counting warp and weft in the cloth. Patterns of Toda embroidery are inspired from nature, for example, Sun, Moon, animals, reptiles and rabbit ears. Out of practice, Toda women produce the design without even tracing the pattern on the cloth. Embroidered fabric can be used from both the sides. 
Embroidered fabric is worn by both Toda men and women as a traditional garment. Toda embroidery fabric is liked and purchased by lots of foreigners who visit Ooty. Toda tribe is proud of their heritage!!

One Good Thing

Chitra has graciously sent me a set of these beautiful Toda embroidery cushions and I paired these celery Ice green cushions with burnt sienna cushion and throw. The fabric of these cushions is linen and its quality is excellent. To add a bit of drama I covered sofa with the patterned fabric in black and burnt sienna which is complementing both cushions and throw and creating a pulled together look.

One Good Thing Furnishing

If you liked the products you saw here please check out the links to One Good Thing's social media platforms:

One Good Thing Furnishing

I am taking a break from blogging as I need to concentrate on some other more important things in my life but I'll be back for sure so stick around :) 
Happy Decorating Fellas!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Home Tour: Anamika Arun

This is 3D's first home tour of the new year and 10th home tour till date.
And today I take y'all to the most populous city of UAE which is shopping haven
and is known for its nightlife, ultra-modern architecture and skyline dotted with skyscrapers. Yes, you guessed it right. Today's guest is joining us from Dubai and letting us take a peek inside her beautifully done home.

Dear Readers, Anamika is a multifaceted person. She is a family photographer who captures distinctive, candid family photos for her clients. You can take a look at her portfolio site Melanger Photography to know how beautifully she captures memories. She is a food blogger too who blogs at Taste Melanger and loves to bake in her spare time. She is an ardent follower of 3D and loves to decorate her nest in her own unique style. You can probably imagine the excitement and joy of moving into a new house and transforming it into a home. Anamika is going to share that joy with us today. Here's a tete-a-tete with Anamika where she talks about how she decorated her only a month old apartment in Dubai with her distinctive style. 

Indian Home Decor blog

3D: Describe your home in just a few words 
Anamika: Serene, welcoming and stylish!!

3D: Tell us something about your home:
Anamika: We recently bought an apartment in Dubai and shifted here less than a month ago. Having our own place outside of the country felt special, and we were really excited to make this place into a cosy, welcoming abode. It’s a spacious 1650 sqft apartment with 2 bedrooms, study and store room.
When we saw this place we were immediately attracted to the lovely view of the Marina and the sea. Being on the 29th floor, the night views are amazing. Secondly, we have a huge park right under our building which also ensures that our kids get their daily dose of outdoor playtime.

Indian Decor Ideas

It’s not even a month since we shifted here, so there is a lot to do, to enhance; but I’m so glad that Disha is covering it up on her blog and showering the home with all the love. Hope you all enjoy the tour!

Indian Decor Blog

Seen above is the image of Anamika's living room. I love how she plays with colours. She introduced red beautifully in her blue and white colour palette to break the monotony. Clever use of antique trunk as a coffee table not only adding an elegant touch but offering functionality as well. Now let's know more about Anamika and her decorating style in her own words.

Indian Home Decor Ideas

3D: Tell us something about yourself
Anamika: Hi, readers of 3D; I’m Anamika, settled in Dubai with my husband and two cute kids. I’m a mother, a homemaker, a family photographer and food blogger. I love to bake in my free time and also browse through food and decor blogs. So it’s very easy to imagine how I get influenced by the visual media. Anything that’s pleasing to the eyes and smells yummy has a place in my heart and home :)

Indian Decor Ideas

The other side of the living room serves as a dining room. Sleeper wood dining table is quite a statement piece here. Red table runner and candle stand in sap green blend well with the vintage chest at the other end of the dining room. White armoire with glass doors is adding French country cottage charm to the dining room in which Anamika proudly displays her collection of glassware.

3D: What’s your decorating style.
Anamika: I can’t really say that I have a particular decorating style since I like to mix things up until it feels right. But I do like a bit of quirky, lots of colours and stuff which has some character. Basically, all that which makes my home unique than the one next door. Else in the age of branded furniture stores, it's very easy to look alike. Also for me, a home has to have the warmth that welcomes you in..than just some expensive furniture kept together.

To sum up I would say my decor style is “Eclectic Cosy

Dining Room Decor

The beautiful and colourful vintage pop art buffet table is adding a joyful vibe with its cheerful colours and quirky texts.This buffet table sure is a perfect addition to the dining room to make it look 'Eclectic Cosy' and to define Anamika's unique taste. Below are some beautiful decor accents like grape vine carved wooden frame in a distressed finish to add old world charm and tea glasses and kettle in colour combination of teal and red for a kitschy look.

Ornate Wood Frame

3D: Where do you get the inspiration from.
Anamika: Like they say inspiration is everywhere - books, nature, blogs but above all Pinterest is a source that one can get lost into. So when I got a chance to decorate my new pad, I surely felt excited about it and had hundreds of ideas floating in my head. The challenge was to simplify the look, to evaluate it practically and to merge the likes of all family members.

India Inspired

Like the blue textured tv wall in above image that my husband wanted..and then I planned rest of the things around in the room, to make it more cohesive. Or the neutral wallpaper and colour scheme that went for in the kids’ room to satisfy both my son and daughter.

India Inspired

Colour palette in kids' room is fresh and gender neutral and also big on style. Pop of red and turquoise make the space come alive. You can never go wrong with the feature wall that displays kids' favourite creature Dinosaur. Overall feel of kids' room is cosy and great for both sleeping and playing.

Indian Decor Ideas

Here is what Anamika has to say about statement pieces she and her husband bought for their apartment.
We went for solid wooden pieces for the furniture but wanted something which looked cheerful and wasn’t so heavy looking. So we ended up having quite a few statement pieces like the - antique chest which we use as coffee table, the vintage pop-art style buffet table which makes the whole room alive; or the sleeper wood dining table which adds lots of character to the dining space, or even the distressed office table in my bedroom which gives a good contrast to the modern comfy white chair. Even the ‘dinosaur wall’ is quite a feature wall that everyone loves in the kids’ room.

Indian Decor

I really liked this study corner in Anamika's bedroom with a desk in distressed finish and dark tone. Ample light makes this spot perfect for reading or doing art and craft activity. Now let's ask Anamika about her fave spot in her home.

Indian Decor

3D: Which is your favourite spot in your home and why. 
Anamika: One of my favourite corner in the house is the swing corner in my living room where I love to relax with a book and tea and enjoy the lovely view outside.

Indian Decor

3D: Please give your valuable advice on home decorating to décor enthusiast 3D readers!
Anamika: Always go with what you like than what the trend is, or what decor experts say. After all, home is your space; so simply surround yourself with your favourite things and you would have a home you love.

Indian Decor Ideas

Try to visualise (if not creating a mood board) of the whole room or house, while picking furniture. As they say, a whole is bigger than the sum of its the bigger picture will keep you on track.

De-clutter. de-clutter and de-clutter. Clutter is the biggest negative element of the keep it away.

We just love having you on 3D Anamika, thank you so much for sharing lovely images of your abode with us. 3D wishes you all the very best for your future endeavours. Happy decorating!! 
Dear readers, if your decor thirsty eyes still looking for such eye candy images of beautiful homes then click here
Yes, I know now you are waiting eagerly to know what's coming up next. It's 'One Good Thing' for you so stay tuned!!

P.S: All the images are Anamika's property and subject to copyright. Please seek permission of Anamika and 3D before using any image. Thank You!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bharatanatyam Inspired Home Decor

Spotlight on Indian art forms and incorporating them into home decor
 has been the soul of Design Decor & Disha since the very beginning and last year apart from featuring famous Indian arts and crafts I got a chance to feature an Indian classical vocalist Chandra Kargupta. Till now 3D was devoid of a feature on Indian classical dance form but today's guest gave me the opportunity to present Bharatanatyam in a unique and very beautiful way and made my blog a versatile Indian Design & Decor blog. Before we go ahead and meet our guest let me enlighten you (especially readers from different countries) a bit on Bhatanatyam. Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest Indian classical dance forms originated in temples of Tamilnadu. The dance form is the hidden language of the soul, a beautiful way to narrate mythical legends and spiritual ideas from the Vedas and Upanishads gracefully with the gestures of hand, eyes and facial muscles. 

Vishnu and Bharatnatyam in home decor

Now let me introduce to you a very talented guest today on 3D who is Bharatanatyam dancer and will be going to tell us how the dance has influenced her decor style and how she incorporates natyam in home decor. Not only that, she will be going to speak her heart out on what is the Hidden Language of the Soul: Decor or Dance? Dear readers, please welcome Shivangi Nagarajan who is a decor enthusiast and recently started interior design and home decor blog Kadakchaitalks and she calls it her creative outlet. Both Shivangi and her husband Naren Ganeshan are Bharatanatyam dancers. They both have a deep appreciation for the art form and in fact, it was the dance that brought them together.

Indian Classical Dance

Both Naren and Shivangi look so graceful and divine in Bharatanatyam mudras and ensemble. The purity of their hearts is reflected through their eyes. It is the people like Shivangi & Naren who inherit the legacy from past, maintain it in the present and bestow for the benefit of the future generations and make us feel proud of our country.
Now for the today's topic, I would say we can easily draw an inspiration from nature, places or even art forms to decorate our home. You must have read my blog on 'Banaras Inspired Decor' that explains how a city inspired me to incorporate the look of it in my home decor. Similarly, now Shivangi will throw some light on how Bharatanatyam, a divine dance influenced her decor style. Read on to immerse yourself in the beautiful world of Indian classical dance and decor inspired by it and let your senses burst with joy.
Over to Shivangi now,

Indian Classical Dance

Many thanks to Disha for giving me the opportunity to share my love for home decor on her blog. Although I’ve never actually met Disha, one thing I know for certain is that we share similar tastes and I’m so pleased to have made acquaintance with such a talented individual.

Hello everyone! My name is Shivangi Nagarajan, and I am a home decor enthusiast, a plant lover, and a Bharatanatyam dancer. I believe that art and beauty can be found in everything, be it in nature surrounding you, in art, or even in beautiful thoughts. My blog, “Kadak Chai Talks” is an amalgamation of my wanderings and ramblings as I explore design, art, and beauty. Being a student of dance has given me an aesthetic eye for detail and design, and I’ve tried to incorporate this in different ways in my humble abode.

Indian Home Decor

Before I move on to share the details, I must say that I am not alone in this. My doting husband, Naren Ganesan, who also happens to be a Bharatanatyam dancer, helps me make decisions on decor choices for our home, and also shares a great eye for design. The below images and information will give you a glimpse into our temple, we call home.
There is a famous quote of Albert Einstein that goes:

"We Dance For Laughter,
We Dance For Tears,
We Dance For Madness,
We Dance For Fears,
We Dance For Hopes,
We Dance For Screams,
We Are The Dancers,
We Create The Dreams."

Dance is a language that requires less thinking and more feeling. It continually resonates like the ebb and flow of the sea. My husband and I share a passion for Bharatanatyam, and this admiration is reflected in our choice of decor and design in our home.
Ancient Indian temples were the birthing place of what is currently known as Bharatanatyam. These temples displayed skilful craftsmanship and most stood the test of time and can be seen even today. The below Vishnu statue is one such masterpiece that we recently added to our collection. This was purchased in Chennai by my husband during his last trip back home. You can see the attention to detail in the layers of his adornment and his serene eyes.

Indian Home Decor

Dance in India mainly flourished under the reigns of many valorous kings and their dynasties. They patronised the art form and it was maintained by the devadasi system. I have heard stories from Indian historians and scholars about the survival of Bharatanatyam in South India and the important role played by the kings in helping dance thrive. These cushions are minimalistic in design and color, but the impressive handiwork and eye for detail make them a statement piece. The Raja and Rani perfectly compose our neutral loveseat.

Raja Rani Cushions

When my husband and I laid our eyes upon the below horse statue, we immediately knew that it belonged in our home. The striking resemblance to some of the intricate sculptures seen in the temples of Tanjore immediately caught our fancy and of course, we had to bring him home.

Indian Classical Dance and Home Decor

Knowledge is often taken for granted, and its significance is usually realised only when we are lacking. Goddess Saraswathi, the giver of knowledge, most definitely belongs in a household that is cultivating and growing the dancers for tomorrow. This particular statue was our first purchase as a newly married couple and holds a special sentiment. 

Brass Saraswati Statue

Also, brass offers a rich contrast against the red console table, on which I am also featuring my latest DIY attempt, the Mughal royal cameo paintings.

Indian Home Decor

Bharatnatyam And Home Decor

Of course, any Bharatanatyam dancer’s collection would be incomplete without a statue of Nataraja, the cosmic dancer and destroyer of evil. Given to me as a gift/blessing by my guru upon the completion of my Rangapravesha, this too holds a spot in my heart. On the other end is his son, Ganapathi, the remover of obstacles, and what’s special is that this particular statue is “Narthana Ganapathi”, meaning the dancing Ganesha. The clock was a wedding gift and features a Kathakali dancer, another South Indian classical dance form.

Indian Home Decor Ideas

My husband and I also painted this abstract tree on some fabric that we have postered on the feature wall of our basement, which is also where my husband conducts dance lessons for his students.

Indian Classical Dance Bharatnatyam

Whether you’re a dancer or not, I think Indian art forms should be continually revived and preserved for the future generations. One simple way to do this would be through adding such decor pieces into your own homes and narrating a charming tale, all in the same. So get out your tarnished brassware and decorate your home with the rustic charm of India’s age old traditions and culture. If I’ve left you craving for more desi-inspired eclectic decor, then head on over to kadakchaitalks!

That's totally brilliant Shivangi. Thank you so much for making the first month of the new year so special for 3D and sharing such an awe-inspiring article on Bharatanatyam and decor inspired by this divine dance form. 3D wishes you and Naren a very happy and fulfilling life ahead!!
Dear readers, I am sure this guest post has inspired you to decorate your home in a unique way. If you wish to see more of Shivangi's talent and beautiful corners of her home here are the links to her Instagram and Pinterest account. I am sure your you will find lots of eye candies there :)

See you all soon with a first and never seen before home tour of the new year. Will be sharing a teaser of it on my Instagram in a day or two. Stick around!!

P.S: Dance images of Shivangi are clicked by Jacqueline Karathra and of Naren are clicked by Shivangi Nagarajan. A ll the other images are clicked by Shivangi & Naren.
All images in this article are Shivangi's property and subject to copyright. Please seek prior written permission from her and 3D. Thanks!

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