Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wall Stories: Wall Of Masks & Wall Of Memories

After two very well received blogs on "Wall Stories" time to move on to the third blog and no, this is not the last in this series contrary to what I had said in my previous post as I'm still receiving requests to feature more walls. So as and when time allows I'll be coming back with all the amazing walls and their stories. 

Wall Of Masks And Memories

In case you missed reading the previous wall stories then below are the links for you:

Today with me are some of my talented and dear friends and they are sharing how they incorporate memories in their decor and how a wall can be dedicated to proudly display the collection of masks picked from the different places. Let's meet them and know who they are!
Gayathri has been living in US since past ten years. She is a home decor enthusiast and is passionate about collecting brass artefacts for her home. 
Pinky Shah lives in Ontario, Canada. She is a brass aficionado, I have never seen such stunning and always sparkling brass artefacts as Pinky has. Her home is as beautiful as her decor accessories are. Hemal lives in Kenya, East Africa. She has a strong liking for handmade stuff which is quite evident in her home. Her home is a warm and inviting place and is a treasure trove of delightful stuff. 
Chitra Seetharaman lives in Illinois, USA. She loves to play “ home dress up” and now she is doing it on a professional level. Her home is an outlet to all her pent up energy that's why she decorates, organises and cleans her home like therapy. 
Deepika has a beautiful home in Texas, USA and what a gorgeous space she keeps. Her color choice and impeccable styling are what I admire a lot. Bindu Joseph is from Kerala, India. She has an amazing sense of decor and styling. Her beautiful abode is full of all things beautiful that can make all decor enthusiasts week in the knees. 
Nirmala Thiyagarajan lives in Washington, USA. Her style of decorating is a mix of styles though the emphasis is on ethnic style. She loves earthy tones, Moroccan decor and Buddha statues. After looking at her home's pictures one can easily call it a little India.
Hina Khurram is joining us from Islamabad, Pakistan. She is a bubbly creative girl. She loves vintage things, pretty homes, doodles and all things colorful. 
Shazina lives in Noida, India. She is a doctor, geneticist, scientist and a dreamer. However, she loves being her creative self. Shaz is passionate about art, paintings, décor and DIYs. 
Shweta Markandeywar lives in Arizona, USA. She is a powerhouse of talent and every nook and corner in her home exudes creativity and warmth in abundance. I can spend hours looking at the images of her beautiful home. 
Deepika Ganeshan lives in Ontario, Canada. She is an intermittent blogger and constant rambler. She creates beautiful pieces of jewellery and is passionate about the same. She is decor enthusiast and loves to create and decorate.
Now that we have met all the talented ladies let's get the ball rolling and see what's in store today. If you wish to know more about them you can click the link that I have embedded in each subheading below. 
Starting with...
*~~~~Wall Of Masks~~~~*

Gayathri's Wall Of Masks:
"My name is Gayathri, I have been living in the US for about 10 years. I have two kids aged 5 and 2.5. I am an auditor by profession. If I am not working or spending time with family, I am re-arranging the house. I am quite passionate about Indian home decor and brass antiques. I set this wall of masks in the theme of Ramayana. the top row is Garuda (left) and Ravana(right), followed by Hanuman in the middle, next row is Rama(left) and Sita(right), followed by a cow Surabhi which is the daughter of sage Kashyapa and Krodhavasa, the daughter of Daksha."

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Image: Gayathri(bgayathri)

Pinky's Wall Of Masks:
"My husband and I are emotional creatures when it comes to the home front and we both are deeply affected by our surroundings. Our home is an expression of our individuality and a vessel of memories we created. So, when our newly done basement unlocked many fresh opportunities for us to reveal more of our personality and passion, we both started brewing creative schemes for this new space. My vision for a gallery wall of masks suited perfectly for a fashionable focal point. After pondering over, we both finally nailed another gallery wall in our home. Each mask here on this mask wall tells a story! The wall is not only an ode to all those beautiful years we have spent in Africa but it also reminds us of an unforgettable holiday or our travel to an exotic island from where we never fail to collect a piece to add our mounting collection of masks. While the rest of the walls are done in a warm grey shade the gallery wall is given a lick of bright hue to make masks stand out. Now every time we pass the wall, we both proudly smug about being bold enough to experiment something new and rewrite the rule book of the gallery wall with our personal touch".

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Image: Pinky (pinkzpassion)

"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."

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Image: Hemal (hemalpaliwal)
"This kind of vista helps me tie the space together with the help of bright colours. I have masks from Kenya, Ghana, Jamaica, SriLanka and Indonesia in my collection. The small table under the masks houses my favourite objects which I keep rotating from time to time. Currently, beaded dolls from Cameroon are adding prettiness to this space. Bright rugs finish the look."

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Image: Hemal
"This is my wanderlust wall. This wall is filled with our travel memories and artefacts. Each item here was handpicked to be displayed right here on this wall.
Clockwise - Ram Sita was a special find from Bali, Tara the bronze face is from Srilanka, The wooden lady with the basket from Thailand and the colorful lady at the bottom was from Puerto Rico. The wanderlust wall mural is from amazon. My hope is to fill this wall one day with all our special finds."

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Image: Chitra (artfullystagedabode)
"This is my favourite wall that I colour matched it with a beautiful uppada saree hand embroidered with chikku muggu ( kolam) designs that my mom had sent for our housewarming. The many moods of this green throughout the day is breathtaking and always feels anew.  I am glad that I chose Green over my husband's choice of a blue-black :) The rustic bench is a find from a Dallas-based Indian furniture store. The Madhubani painting is a wedding gift from friends, the horse is a HomeGoods find. The throw is from FabIndia and the kalamkari cushions are from my own online store Isan. The masks are from Khazana, a Minneapolis Indian decor store. The Buddha, red urli and the elephant tassels are from world market".

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Image: Deepika (saffronanddaisies)

*~~~~Wall Of Memories~~~~*

Bindu's Wall Of Memories:
"Speaking about this gallery wall it is wrapped up with a lot of memories. Most of the things are bought during my travels. Floral painting is done by myself, the stick you see above the painting is used to control the elephants (earlier we used to have elephants) and it's kept for its remembrance, the lion head is a door knocker, the frame around is an antique one which I painted into golden colour, the bugs are actually table top accessory which I have stuck into a board with help of gum and hung it, the little man (tribal man) see there is gifted by my sister from South Africa."

Wall Of Memories
Image: Bindu (bindujoseph77)
 "I think this wall is not completed yet there is a long way to go. This wall is on the way to upstairs, each and every time when I pass this view definitely gives me a lot of pleasure and happiness."

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Closer look at Bindu's wall of memories

"This specific little wall in my bedroom that I recently updated has now become very close to my heart. Here, I have tried to incorporate my babies' precious first pictures. I was left with quite a few pictures from all the sonograms I had during my three pregnancies, I always knew I should be doing much more with them than just tuck them away inside. I picked out a few and created a collage frame with their first footprints and loved the idea of framing the black and white photos with a fun bright background and voila my 3 masterpieces were ready to be put up. My precious first memories of my little peanuts now framed forever here. A perfect sight I wake up to every single day and be thankful for. 

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Image: Nirmala (ocher.cottage)
"I finished the look with some complementing decorative accents and a carved wood floor mirror that makes a dramatic statement. A cluster of things I love and adore belong here now. When Disha asked me to write about my design philosophy I realised I didn't really have one that easily came to my mind. It pretty much should be delightful to me and to people who encounter it. I love the process of designing and keep reminding myself that design is never perfect rather organic. I follow no specific rules and change the decor to suit myself. My decorating style has been ever evolving,  while I can call it eclectic I see myself being drawn to ethnic Indian which I guess is reflected here."

Wall Of Memories
Image: Nirmala
"Life is Short' but sweet we make it ourselves... I have this insane love for bright colors and interiors so I got this living room wall done in Yellow color!
That just cheers me up seeing it 100 times in a day and then to top it up, I have this love for frames... so I started putting memories up on that yellow wall and I felt I had to put some other elements along with the frames to hold it more and to give it a kind of a vintage look too... so added the blue pottery plates and made this rustic frame myself that's right in the middle and last edition in the yellow wall is the plate that says "flip-flop till u drop" that a friend got from America and I decided it will bring a little retro touch to it so it got up too... 😊 decorating this wall is a never ending process!!And it might sound crazy but I have always admired the house of the seven dwarfs and the house of those three bears in Goldilocks so I tried making my home look cosier and warm just like that! 😊

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Image: Hina (vinatge_colors_handmade)

"When I and S bought our first home together, we were experiencing many 'firsts'. Our home, our baby our new jobs. We wanted to set it up so perfectly. 
 The accent wall in the living room was the focus.  I bought this mirror from a local art exhibition at Saharanpur. It compliments our wooden furniture perfectly. I little knicks and knacks are mostly from our travels across the globe. 
I would want to thanks Disha for this great post that lets me share my love for pretty things.Can't wait to see what's more in store". 

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Image: Shaz (shazinas)
Shweta's Wall Of Memories:
"A family is what makes a home truly special and for us a memory wall celebrates the family as a whole.
While each person has a space in the house that allows him to show off his own personality, we have a wall in our house going upstairs which holds and represents all of the good times we had over the years and the memories we created to cherish forever.
I have a black and white theme going on with all the prints and photos perfect place to display my favourites and we all love our staircase wall gallery."

Wall Of Memories
Image: Shweta (shweta_hm)

Deepika's Wall Of Memories:
"This wall is in the corridor space on the top floor of the house just as you come up the stairs and leads to the reading nook. Though I don't get a lot of time to sit in the reading nook, I wanted a gallery wall with some vacation memories for when I do have the time to sit and read or take a breather. Hence, the idea of the travel gallery wall."

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Image: Deepika (deepika_ganeshan)
"This contains framed prints from our trip to Jamaica ( a picture of me and my son in the pool, a picture of my son with a beautiful macaw parrot perching in his head), watercolour prints from photos I took when we were in Sri Lanka (a row of fishing boats moored on a sandy beach, the pagoda with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze in Kandy, a flower stall outside the Sacred Buddhist temple selling beautifully lotus flowers, and tumbling vines from our hotel grounds). The most recent additions are a memory box I made from our trip to Greece ( containing pictures of the nice lady who always made me Nutella crepes, a beautiful red flower pot, a Greek grandpa who owned a beautiful iron works studio with whom my son forged an instant connection. This memory box also contains a beautiful smooth polished stone that the Greek grandpa gave my son as a souvenir). I was lucky enough to find some beautiful whitewashed frames with iron rings - these seemed perfect for framing pictures of Santorini."

Wall Of Memories
Image: Deepika
With this, we come to the end of today's wall stories. Hope you all enjoyed and would have found some inspirations too. Next, I'll be coming up with 'Garden Wall Stories' so if you think you have a beautifully decorated wall in your garden that can fit this feature you can write to me here!!
Happy Decorating Lovely Folks!!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Wall Stories: Contemporary and Eclectic Wall Decor

We have seen some alluring and aesthetically pleasing
traditional and ethnic Indian wall decor in the first part of the "Wall Stories" series and it has already crossed 2.5k views and figure is increasing by the day. That shows how much love y'all have showered on it. Let's move on to the second part of this series. In this part, I am featuring contemporary and eclectic walls. Hope y'all will love this part as much as you loved the previous one!!

Contemporary, Eclectic Wall Decor Ideas

Contemporary decorating is synonymous to modern and can be defined by neutral colors, clean and smooth lines and casual look with emphasis on comfort while eclectic style of decorating is basically a game of mixing & matching. Variety of periods and styles are intertwined beautifully and various elements are put together in a manner that create a balanced look. I personally love an eclectic style of decorating as it brings together old and modern interestingly so I decided to add my wall's image in this part of the "Wall Stories" series. Here is an image of the wall in my work-space with perfect mix of traditional and modern touch. Wall shelf, tealights, painting and typography by a talent artist are the elements that make this space look contemporary while Indian art and craft, dashavtar miniature figurines, Moroccan lanterns are lending a traditional touch. This shelf also houses gifts from dear friends and family members that makes this wall even more special and close to my heart. I love working here. Looking at this wall just doubles the joy of working from home. 

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Image: Mine
Now before we go ahead, please meet my guests today who are joining us from the different parts of the world and who have been kind enough to send me the images of their beautiful walls despite their busy schedule. Wendy lives in Indiana, USA and excitedly shares that she has spent a lot of time in Amritsar, India and she loves India. Wendy, thank you so much for spreading love and being so modest. The world needs more people like you!!
Rukmini from Mumbai, India and Sharon from Pune, India are my sweetheart friends and fellow bloggers, I know they need no introduction but I want to share few things. These two ladies are always there for me and patiently answered all my business(blogging) related queries. Despite living in the same city for years, I got the opportunity to meet Sharon only recently and we both were elated (read over excited). I haven't met Rukmini yet and let me tell you how badly I want to meet her. This girl inspires me even in my dreams too.
Rachel lives in England and has a very beautiful home with dark interiors. Clever use of colors make them pop against dark toned walls in her home. She mixes and matches various elements beautifully and that's why I fell in love with her interiors.
Deepika lives in Texas, USA and Meera is from Michigan, USA. I acquainted with these super talented ladies through Instagram, where they share beautiful images of their stunning homes. They both have a different style of decorating yet their homes emanate warmth of an Indian home.
Archana lives in Reston, US and what a lovely home she keeps. The warm and welcoming vibes of her home make me want to see more of it. Images of her home are so beautiful and so Indian. Keep them coming dear!
Lovely lady Dawn is from Seattle, USA. She blew me away with her unique sense of styling and beautiful images of her home that she shares on her Instagram account. You need to check out the image of her living room on Instagram to know what I am telling. Windya lives in Indonesia and has become a good friend of mine after I featured her home last year. She quite often chats with me to know more about Indian culture and festivals. Prasanna lives in North Carolina, USA and I know this lady since my early days of blogging. I have always admired her way of decorating and especially vignettes full of colors and cheers!
A BIG THANK YOU to you wonderful ladies for being a part of this blog!!
Let the fun begin. I have embedded the links to these talented ladies' Instagram account in subheadings below, click and enjoy your daily dose of eye candies.

Wendy's Global Eclectic Wall Decor: 
"The bedroom is often one of the most neglected rooms in our homes when it comes to decorating. I too was guilty of this and decided the other day that this needed to change!  I had been picking up inexpensive baskets for the past year while out thrifting, and they were lying unused in a heap on a shelf in my closet.  So, I grabbed the baskets and used clear push pins to secure them to the wall above my bed.  This was a very inexpensive way to add a focal point to my wall and to bring in some texture. The painting above the nightstand was a gift from a friend and had been hanging in my living room in an area where it was difficult to view. So, it was moved up to my bedroom where I can appreciate it every day. Often, decorating a room doesn't require you to go out and spend a lot of money; it's amazing what you can pull together just by thinking outside the box and "shopping" from other areas of your home. Happy Decorating!"

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Image: Wendy (banks_of_the_wabash)

Rukmini's Contemporary Wall Decor:
"I love mirrors and canvases as wall arts and I love typography so I painted a tiny square in a canvas with chalkboard paint and use it according to the season. Mostly its coffee quote though thanks to a 9 to 6 job!"

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Image: Rikmini (tumatter)
"After my wall mount mirror broke, I was more than happy. I soon realised that the wall mount mirror was something I don’t like and I want to have a big mirror in a chipped white frame. but I couldn’t really just throw it away, so I waited for one of my bad days! Anyway, I bought this mirror frame from a flea market for 15$ but didn’t quite like its gold. And a mirror of this size and work in a chippy finish, in “The home Shop” is priced at 3000 rupees, which amounts to I think around 67$. So, clearly, the answer was NO. Instead, a white paint and a sand paper really helped. 1$ for all! This is how it all teams up now!"

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Image: Rukmini (trumatter)

Sharon's Contemporary Wall Decor: 
"This is my dining room wall, and from the moment I first saw this apartment, I knew I wanted plates on this wall. So that’s how it started – my fascination for plates, and the thrill I get from buying tons of them, and taking turns displaying them here. The area between the dining chair and wall is not much, so instead of a conventional sideboard, I have a really tall console table. I was particular about the height because I wanted the display of plates to have that little bottom note, with plates on the table. This way, the wall looks visually pleasing, because eyes rest at three different levels, where I hope, any guest who comes in, finds delight at each of these levels – a pleasing tablescape, some drama on the sideboard, and the plates on the wall."
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Image: Sharon (thekeybunch)
"For some variety, and if I want to match an elaborate tablescape with art on the wall, I sometimes replace the plates with baskets, or artwork, or even frames in different colours. This wall is a lovely canvas to play around with, and I love the freedom of creativity it offers me. It’s also right next to my open kitchen, and I delight in the medley of colours that my eyes get treated to, especially when I am entertaining or cooking."

Rachel's Dark & Eclectic Wall Decor:
"I love an eclectic style of decorating, dark background I find brings everything to life. My favorite purchases usually which involves searching second-hand shops for all sorts second-hand treasures, a plate gallery wall has always appealed to me and is as expensive or inexpensive as you wish it to be."

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Image: Rachel (racheytwitroo)

Deepika's Colourful Eclectic Wall Decor:
Our House has more windows that walls and Its a challenge to bring in decor without overcrowding one part of the house and I am no minimalist :)  This is my favorite wall that I color matched it with a beautiful uppada saree hand embroidered with chikku muggu ( kolam) designs that my mom had sent for our housewarming . The many moods of this green throughout the day is breathtaking and always feels anew.  I am glad that I chose Green over my husband's choice of a blue-black :)  I am no interior designer and I always follow my gut when it comes to decor. I love a lot of color and asymmetry in my decor.  This whole wall evolved over a period of time and It's not finished yet but it makes my heart skip with joy which matters the most! 

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Image: Deepika (saffronanddaisies)
The pieces have been collected over time and over years and yet they all come together so well.  The mirror was a pier 1 find and we carefully moved it from one state to another without breaking it which is a feat in itself. Its very very special as our babysitter who watched our kids for the first 5 years of their lives gave us a gift card to the store knowing my love for mirrors. It always reminds me of her. the candle holders are a Diwali gift from friends. The blue vase and the rustic bench is a find from a Dallas-based Indian furniture store. The Madhubani painting is a wedding gift from friends, The horse is a Home Goods find. Throw is from Fab India and the kalamkari cushions are from my own online store Isan.  The masks are from Khazana, A Minneapolis  Indian decor store. The Buddha, red urli and the elephant tassels are from World Market. The plants are all gifts from friends.  The bunch of lavender is special because the husband bought those for me.  The gold console was from a furniture outlet store and extremely functional.

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Image: Deepika (saffronanddaisies)

Meera's Contemporary Wall Decor:
Our home decor is very much about the stories in our life. This wall reflects those stories. It's a happy mix of things we love: vintage items and interesting typography. The "eye chart" is a poster my daughter picked up at Homegoods when she was 7 years old. She liked that she could crack the puzzle, I loved the quote and my husband liked the typography concept. 
The children's typewriter was a vintage store find. I wasn't sure if it worked, and the store owner and I had a great conversation as we figured out how to get it to work. He shared many interesting stories of the items around the store, including a set of the Old Detroit Tigers (Baseball team) Stadium seats. This piece reminds me of the many trips I make to area vintage stores. The store owners usually remember me by the items I purchased from them much to the amusement of my family!

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Image: Meera (meera4d)
The Ambassador print is from a store in Mumbai called Kulture Shop. I always loved that print and got a chance to purchase it this time on my trip to Mumbai. The Ambassador was our first car back in the 70s. My mother was one of the rare lady drivers in the early 70s. The Ambassador always brings back many childhood memories - so seems appropriate to include in our decor. 
The "Home" frame with the black and red letters was a DIY project. I used to be an avid scrapbooker and have quite a collection of alphabets. These were left over letters that I could use on my projects. I put them down randomly and added the word "Home" in to get an inexpensive art project for the shelf.

Image: Meera (meera4d)
I bought a unique picture holder from CB2 years ago and promptly forgot about it. It has a picture ledge and four acrylic tubes in which you can insert prints or photos. With this set of cards in the Devnagiri script from Kulture Shop, I finally found a way to use it. Sitting atop the acrylic tubes is a vintage car that my son bought at the Brooklyn Flea Market. He has quite a collection of vintage cars so more of them may appear around the house.

"My philosophy on how I decorate my home is - make a space where I am happy to spend time myself as well as with others.
This particular corner came about when my better half and kids took over my beautiful sunroom with their monstrous pingpong table. I carved out a niche for myself to read n relax while the boys went about their shenanigans. The buddha art  " I had to buy" found a place here some time ago. I moved in an armchair that been around forever, a roadside find, a table that cleaned up well and some knickknacks I had around. The fireplace was a love a first sight for us. But until we can change the eyesore of tiles around it, what I have going on makes it palatable enough to sit back, relax and enjoy with my family."

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Image: Archana (ammuda)

"Honestly, my approach to filling a wall is the same as filling my home. If I love it, I find a place for it. I have a passion for vintage oil paintings, rarely do I pass one up. I loved how these all had a turquoise color theme. The owl I thrifted years ago at a favorite spot that is now gone. ☹️ The brass garland is from Target and the baskets and dream catcher were also thrifted."

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Image: Dawn (noodle_jude)

Windya's Eclectic & Contemporary Wall Decor: 
"I am passionate about home decor and decorating walls tops the list. There not a single wall in my home that can be found lifeless. My entryway wall that is decorated in an eclectic way is loved by one and all. I have mixed and matched antique and traditional elements like photo frames, flower paintings, and textile."

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Image: Windya (indaww)
"I love an eclectic and contemporary style of decorating and hence I try to infuse both of them in my decor. The mix & match theory worked well in our son's room too. Family pictures, typography, geographical patterns and empty frames together define the contemporary style of decorating."

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Image: Windya (indaww)

Prasanna's Eclectic Wall Decor:
"House is where the heart is, this is truly a true statement in my decor world. When you start to decorate your house there are a wealth of resources you can get inspire from, from colors to decor pieces to composition. But in the end, this all should lead to what makes your heart and soul happy. So pick what works for you and your family and that defines your style.
Coming to me, I am a picky person when it comes to my decor style. I cannot ever get anything off the shelf for the first time I see it. I truly need to connect with it, in every sense. Here is a story of my wall/corner, which is my inspiration. I knew that I wanted to do something different with this corner, something that will reflect and define who I am. In the end, I feel that everything in this corner meant to be here."

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Image: Prasanna (rangkatha)
"My favorite colors - Range from the palette of blues to greens then to purples - So this first step of color picking was not a trivial task. What I picked here is olive green because this corner is in my kitchen, where there is ample of light and different times of day olive green looks different. My passion and love which made it to this corner-

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Image: Prasanna (rangkatha)
Family - Have pictures of my family ( immediate, extended - from generations). They are nucleus of my existence
Art -  as a self-learner I have explored different mediums and my latest love is charcoal which exposed me to the beauty of white and black combo.
Dance - Classical dance forms and its beauty has always inspired me. I had to have some representation of that in my corner.
Pottery - Love everything about it, from playing with clay to throwing it on a wheel to glaze and carve. Every ceramic piece is made by me.
Flowers/Plants - They speak to me. and cheer my soul. So cannot imagine going without them.
Travel - Who won't love to travel. Have a collection of souvenirs from every place I have traveled to.
Priceless souvenirs - Some passed on from generations to me. Like kumkum box is from my great grand mom.
In the end - this wall turned out to be my soul searching effort and I couldn't be more happy about how it turned out to be."

I am sure you enjoyed reading about these wall stories and have found some inspirations to decorate walls in your homes too. So what is your key takeaway from this blog!!
Stay tuned for the last part of this series "Wall of Memories & Wall of Masks" together!! Till then meet me on my Instagram gallery everyday!

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