Oct 21, 2014

Let there be Light ~ Clean, Green Diwali ideas

Its that time of the year when Indian families get together. Diwali, the festival of lights, was and is something I look forward to each year. As a child, the festival meant,  home made sweets, new clothes and fire works - a wholesome deal :).

I outgrew the need for fire crackers when I was 12. Pollution, child labour, exploitation, and wastage being the main reason for this change. I have been making sincere efforts to have a plastic free, sustainable, green diwali each year, This post is all about going green with your choices this diwali. I plan to share a few things I stick to.

I also plan to share very inspiring pictures and awesome ideas from my fellow blogger friend Reshma of : Dreams are made of these ...
Reshma's festive home :)

I love the feel of a beautifully lit up home, filled with joy and laughter of people living in it. I appreciate the oil lamps lit in handmade clay diya, marigolds floating around and strings of fairy lights brightening the otherwise busy lives.


My love for this festival is evident from my header pictures which i never seem to change :).




For a Clean, Green diwali 

  1. Avoid gel, petroleum based candles and choose natural oil lit lamps or Soya candles
  2. Earthen diyas or lamps and reusing old brass lamps. We can not only bring that earthy look into our home but also provide a means of livelihood for the potters who make them (Our family always buys from roadside potters and vendors)
  3. Choosing to buy natural fibers and avoiding synthetics and silks while shopping for clothes
  4. Saying yes to homemade delicacies and avoiding plastic wrapped store bought sweets
  5. Exchanging lot of love instead of gifts, And if we had to give gifts, choosing something with minimal packaging and something sustainable.
  6. Using locally available flowers to decorate the house to manage our carbon footprint
  7. Choose LED string lamps to save energy
  8. Most importantly, avoid fire crackers. We make breathing easier for many asthmatic people around us. 


Decor and design ideas for the season :)...
How about some awesome ideas from my fellow blogger friend Reshma who blogs at : Dreams are made of these ...

Reshma says "I don't think any festival is complete without flowers and marigold is synonymous with festivities. Just a basket full of them adds the much needed charm during Diwali."

Lovely flowers brighten up any space

She adds "Rangolis form a beautiful part of Diwali rituals. Floral patterns blooming from every flat stone in the courtyard or the entrance welcoming the guests and family members . Our Diwali is never complete without one."


Her love for terracotta or earthenware and anything made from the basic form of clay is evident from her lovely collection. Each piece finds a special place in her home during Diwali.


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 Nothing beats beautiful rangoli and earthen diyas

"Tablescapes are my favourite Diwali settings. The festive season calls for a lot of entertaining and hosting meals. A good table setting is a great way to bring the festivities indoors and bring about a festive glow in your surroundings."
Pretty arrangement - grass mat coasters and marigolds for enhancing the look 

I am in love with these terracota lamp varieties from Kolkatta, She found a street vendor selling these beauties. 


So do buy a pair or two of these awesome diyas....Happy shopping and wishing everyone a great time this season :)

Thanks to reshma for sharing such inspiring pictures and making this post possible. :)


PS: pictures are mine and reshmas (pl do not use without permission)

Aug 31, 2014

Teak cabinets ~ In Awe!!!

I love hardwood furniture in their natural shades. White walls, honey toned warm wooden furniture and a few brass accent pieces and yes, a few potted plants are all i need!

spotted this vintage teak cabinet on local classifieds and couldn't resist sharing,

A multi utlility piece which could work well in a dining area or the living room. The seller mentioned that they had been using it for over 60 years (sigh!). This piece surely doesnt look even a day old.

picture courtesy: local resale site/ seller

Mar 20, 2014

Lamp love ~ vintage love

I was browsing through craigslist after a really long time. Each time I do it, I find fabulous things...Pricey and otherwise. Its very obvious by now that I have a thing for vintage lamps. Doesnt matter which design era it belongs to, I go weak in my knees. 

This piece is a ideal for a low hung dining lighting or hung in the corner for a silent yet impressive dramatic impact :). If one is game for it..probably it would do well in the entry foyer as well.

Amazing use of glass, brass and teak to perfection. 




I sigh and drool at all these awesome pieces. And admire all the effort and creativity behind the design. and its utility and use of material

So until the next awesome post...have a great time folks :)


Image source: craigslist seller (a silent thank you)