Monday, March 19, 2018

Transformation of the laundry space !

 Our homes are our pride and for a decor enthusiast like me, I would want each corner to be, just as I envisioned!
But you know,there are these small pockets in everyone's home that act as an eyesore but nothing much or great can be done about them. One such space in our home is the small corner in the dry area  which specifically caters to the  laundry requirement. This is how it looks...

I know you would want to reason it out with me saying how does it matter? How much of my time do I actually spend there? Hardly any! But still...

These are the following that had to be addressed...

1.The plain boring walls
2.Utility items like the ladder placed on the side,lunch bags that are hung on the wall giving an unpleasant sight!
3. Nailing on the walls was ruled out since the said walls had too many water lines running and I did not want to take any risk.
4.I wanted the entire transformation on a zero budget. Ehh!! Does that sound ridiculous to you? I was kind of very firm on this!

So, once the idea took seed, I started looking out for good pics, something that I can easily try my hands at and cover a portion of the plain wall surrounding the washing machine with some colours  and bring about a facelift to the space.
I am satisfied with the way it has turned out but you tell me, how is the final look. I shall wait to hear your comments.So do let me know.Any other idea that I can implement? Do feel free to suggest..

Leaving you with the step wise pictures of the transformation or the makeover if I may call it so!

This is the completed look. At least, the bare, boring white walls are a little vibrant now. I added a warli poster on the facing wall. A fabric hanging that had seen better days is used to cover the washing machine when not in use, the ladder and lunch bags have been designated a different place and I have a contented cheerful smile on my face!

Any area in your home that you would want to give  a makeover without spending a dime? How would you tackle it? or write in to me and probably, I can help you out!

The next post is on styling corners with a beautiful souvenir that I got from my recent trip. So stay tuned !!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Handmade and vibrant- Athangudi tiles

When my seven year old son, was told that we are about to visit a tile factory, he wasn't a bit enthusiastic about it but the sheer experience of seeing deft hands at work left him mesmerized and then he wasn't ready to return! Such was our thrill of visiting the factory at Athangudi which is world famous for making handmade tiles.

Four tiles assembled to form one pattern!

A single colourful tile

 Since these tiles are handmade, each piece is unique. The patterns on Athangudi tiles are as a result of the design frames which have to be made first. The person in charge of the factory told us that there are very less number of artisans now, who make these design frames. As a craft it is probably dying a slow death.
Frame for making the design

Let me give you a glimpse of how these tiles are made in the form of pictures and videos.

Have a look at the video to understand how a plain tile is made...

The tiles are made from a mixture of cement and sand.All the impurities from the sand are first filtered. Then a running dough of cement,sand, water and colour is prepared by mixing these together.

Square glass slabs form the base for the tile. A metal frame is placed on the glass slab. For a plain single coloured tile, the above running mixture is poured over the frame.Sand, cement mix is sprinkled all over to absorb moisture.
Incase of design tiles, another designed frame is placed to form the design.Then the colour solution is poured in the different compartments of the frame.

There are skilled artisans too, who sometimes don't use these designed frames! Instead they pour the colour manually on the glass slab and stir it manually to create a design. But such is their expertise in this craft that batch after batch they churn out innumerable quantities of exactly the same tiles!

Now, the border frame is removed and the tile is left to dry at room temperature for a few hours and later cured in water by keeping it soaked in a water tank for about 6-7 days.

Watch another short video to see how the tile is seperated from the glass with ease and then the corners and edges are filed to a smoother surface.

Tiles left in a water tank for curing

Then  the tiles are dried in the sun. The glass eases out from the tile smoothly and a perfect glossy finished Athangudi tiles are created.

A well laid out floor with Atahngudi tiles

These tiles apparently are hassle free to maintain and remains glossy without any polishing. Am completely floored by the wonderful patterns and the eye catchy colours!

So how did you find this post? The next post is a small makeover that I attempted recently...So catch you soon.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mansions of Chettinad

 These palatial  homes that we are about to  uncover on the blog today belong to the Chettiars.  Each of these homes represent the power and the social  standing of the Chettiars and are therefore designed with elements imported from various places.The Nattukottai Chettiars belong to prosperous banking and business community and in that respect they traveled extensively.The houses are grand and the architectural details are sure to leave you spell bound.

Karaikudi and the sorrounding towns together constitutes the Chettinadd region which is now known as Heritage town.  Kanadukathan is a small sleepy village wherein many of these mansions occupy the Pride of place

There are certain very distinctive features of a chettinadd home like huge teak and iron pillars, the Italian wall and the floor tiles,' thinnai' or raised platforms, eye catchy  Belgian glass chandeliers, intricate carvings on the Burmese teak doors and windows, colorful glass windows, the smooth wall plastering which seems to have been achieved with the help of a mixture of limestone, ground white sea shells and egg whites.These elements lend a very unique feel to these houses.

The Chettiars lived together as a joint family which explains the need for so many rooms. The central courtyard ensured good ventilation, light and shade. Most of these homes are now used as vacation homes or let out for tourists and film shootings.

As we make our way into their homes, you will discover how each element blends harmoniously with the rest, even though they were sourced from all over the world! The craftsmanship and the tasteful decor will make you gasp for sure!

Am going to show you around two mansions each unique than the other.As much as you can feel the grandeur of these houses, somewhere there is also this raw appeal with an old world charm that brings about a child like excitement within me, as I write this post.

Athangudi palace

The exteriors of the home...

Such a pleasing green on the metal grills and the glass arch

The ceilings are either brightly painted or tiled

Another Verandah with huge pillars

Patterns on the ceilings

Look at those embellishments in the form of wooden carvings on the pillars

The wall tiles are from Belgium

 Magnificent work on the ceiling...If you look closely the centre depicts a wedding in progress

Sit out by the window

For a very nominal fee, we visited this palace and spent some good time absorbing in all the finer details.

Chettinad Mansion:

Built with the concept of a central courtyard flanked by rooms on all the sides, this place houses more than 100 rooms.I was thrilled to realize,  that the entrance to this home was on one street and the exit or the back opened onto the parallel street. Imagine the vastness!!! For now, only a portion of the mansion is well maintained and the owners let out the rooms for tourists.

Brass ladies welcoming with deepams

Facade of Chettinadd Mansion

This mansion has been converted into a hotel...Photo frames of the current generation adorn the corridors.

Teak doors...

These metal frames lined on the entire periphery created much drama with their shadows

The chettinadd region is also every travelers  and gastronomist's delight ! I highly recommend the place for your next vacation.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

AIS Glass- Beyond the extraordinaire

A post on a very essential element in home decor.Read on folks...

Recently, my parents moved to a new home. Changing homes, shifting, adjusting to a new place can take a toll on your physical and mental well being, especially at their age! They have moved from a quieter location to our present day, urban jungle!

Even after a week of shifting and making available of all modern physical comforts, there was something that was bothering them and making their life very stressful. And they were not able to point out what was lacking too!

After my stay there for a good 10 days, we finally arrived at the culprit and its solution…
We figured out that these were the problem areas:

·         Too much noise
·         Excessive heat and bright sunlight inside home
·         Monkey menace

Admit it or not, these can really dampen the spirit of moving into a new home. I researched into the subject and arrived at the conclusion of installing /changing a major element at home, used in the décor industry.

When we are constructing an establishment, a home or a commercial space apart from brick and mortar there is an equally important and essential element that is invariably used and which plays a very pivotal role in its construction. Glass!!!  Yes, it has a very significant purpose and it nullified all the problems my parents were facing in one go!

As I weighed various possibilities and companies that provide the best quality glass fixtures for your various needs, I arrived at AIS (Asahi India Glass Limited), the experts in glass industry!
AIS Glasxperts AIS Glasxperts – an arm of Asahi India Glass Ltd. leads the way in providing innovative concepts and cutting-edge solutions in living glass. They provide complete glass solutions that include aesthetic, safety & security, energy efficiency, acoustic, privacy, and doors & window solution.

We installed AIS glass windows at home that perfectly took care of the noise with Acoustic glass solutions and filtered the bright sunlight with help of energy efficient glass. My parents were not in favour of heavy drapes too as that would mean increased maintenance. With glass, it is only one time installation and the rest is taken care of! As sunlight is suitably filtered, there is enough light and at the same time heat reduction is effective too!

I just wanted to share my findings about AIS glass with all my readers of sajavat so that many can stand benefited!

These are the various areas in which AIS glasxperts have a strong hold.

Acoustic Glass Solutions: With increasing population, the menace of high sound levels in the cities is growing beyond repairs. But with AIS Glass, one need not worry!
At the initial level, after studying the sound levels, surrounding the house through various testing methods, the right decibel required to have a calm interior is analyzed. Then comes the recommendations of the ideal product (laminated or insulated glazing unit), frame (aluminium, wood, or uPVC ) and other materials that would give the ideal result.

Energy Efficient Glass Solutions: There is an increased awareness in reducing carbon footprint and having Eco-friendly and energy efficient solution these days. AIS makes this possible at the onset by visiting the site, surveying and studying the orientation of the building, movement of sunlight, shading, observing the weather patterns etc,
A range of high-performance products made using both hard-coat and soft-coat reflective glass technologies are presented by AIS. These products are available in a number of shades, each with a multitude of features.

Safety and security Glass Solutions: Glass is recognized to be strong and durable material therefore being of prime use in facades, partitions, walkways, building facades, shop fronts and so on …
At AIS, Glass can be tempered, heat strengthened and for laminated to suit its various functions and applications.

Privacy Glass Solutions: AISGlasxperts brings together superior technology and perennial expertise to create solutions in living glass. A very applaudable category of glass such as Switchable Glass (AIS Swytchglas), Glass with integrated blinds, Glass with view-control films are the offerings from AIS and though glass is a transparent material, it can offer instant privacy at a flick of a button with AIS Swytchglas

The key features of these products are:

•          A unique product that changes appearance from clear to translucent at the touch of a button.
•          Enables instant privacy.
•          Has acoustic properties which dampen outside noise.
•          Ensures safety.
•          Works with an electric switch or a remote control device.

AIS Integrated Blind Systems installed, inside the double-glazed have the sealed unit, they reduce noise and enhance privacy and require zero maintenance making it impact resistant, stable and highly secure to breakage and burglar attacks!

Decorative and Aesthetic applications: To add a touch of class to the interiors, glass is often used in myriad fashion such as Lacquered, ceramic fit, etched glass, frosted ,coloured and fabric laminated glass, stacked, printed and patterned glass. Mirrors are also a great way to enhance aesthetics.
The various types of glass listed above find extensive use across restaurants, offices, commercial spaces and within homes as partitions, shower curtains, doors & windows, ornamental use, back walls, glass tiles, railings, walkways, landscape images etc

Doors and windows solutions: Home décor is an evolving process and an integral part of our living. At AIS, the overall aesthetics is complemented with a variety of additional features such as noise free living, safety and security. AIS Windows offer a range of glass solutions and wide range of profile options in Wood, Aluminium and uPVC.
Thus, designed to meet the need for modern, eco-sensitive aesthetics with a full spectrum of world-class, high quality, branded glass products, fittings, and systems with assured safety and hassle-free services, am convinced AIS Glasxperts are the way to go forward!

I am happy I made the right choice! What about you?

For more info you can look up here

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A home set in Earthy tones

Home tours are the most loved segment in sajavat. So let's start the New Year with another beautiful home, decorated with love and care!

This home is the love nest of Snigdha residing in Ghaziabad with her hubby and two wonderful kids. They have often moved places within India and therefore she has a strong inclination towards all things Indian. Something that i loved in her home is the earthy feel spilling all over!

The dark wooden textures combined with an aesthetic sense inclining towards natural living , the home is one where you would want to come back to, everyday, after a tiring day spent out!
After all every home should have that casting spell on you! what say?

The dark wood tones, hues of  orange and the greens all come together harmoniously. There is a visual continuity that strikes in this home. Every element is in sync with the other!

 Prints and patterns on the fabrics, wood grained textures from the various furnitures, the ceramics and pots with greens are the main elements that lend this Earthy tone in her space.For all those who love such homes pay attention to these little details to create a similar decor scheme.Going natural is another key to such homes.

Creating table vignettes: Importance is given to the accent pieces on the table and also to knicks knacks hung on to the wall which is at one's eye level.When you have an assortment of pieces, group them together taking a cue from Snigdha. The tray is used here to place jars and other table essentials together.This way the table does not seem crowded too!

Another trick to highlight a single frame on the wall, is to hang, other eye catchy elements that go with it! For example here Snigdha pairs a frame of deity with an equally stunning brass Ganesha deepam and a lotus incense holder..Similar stuff hung together!

Remember kitchen jars can be arranged on the bedside table as flower holders and planters too! Also, keep changing the vignettes on the bed side console and you create a new decor every time!

A very functional bedroom decor yet very classy!

What more do you need if you have a balcony, some greens around, a pretty sit out and a cuppa to go with it?Absolute bliss I say!

So, tell me did you like the home tour? I have tried my best to highlight certain decor tips, for all of you, from Snigdha's pretty home...Any other idea that comes across seeing her home, you let me know...

Thank you Snigdha for sharing your space with us.It felt awesome connecting with you.

And my dear readers, 2017 ended with a bang and I felt great on having won the 'Best Ethnic Decor Blogger' 2017 at the Lifestyle Influencer Awards by Social Samosa and Better Homes & Gardens.
Thanks to all the wonderful readers of sajavat.

And coming up this month is a tour of a fabulous mansion ...You stay tuned.I shall join you soon...

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