Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Urban Chic meets Country laid back !

Many times in my casual day, I feel like I need a getaway. To whichever place nearby that will save me from hectic sounds and errands of the city life. Though where I live is quite a town rather than a City actually, I still feel I should escape in countryside once a while. But again!! It's not always possible to make it being a full time job holder and a MOM!! There are many times when I need to be laid back rather of hustling and bustling around. That's why creating a space/corner in our home to give a look of a country home or making some possible changes in home decor is what I will love to prefer.
Now you got my point what this post is all about ! :-) An urban or semi urban home with a country feel and appeal is truly possible in our everyday life which is of course, in Budget :-). How? Here we go: 

Decor Tip 1: Wood and Jute are the ultimate idea.

Use Raw and unpolished wood if you want to get total country look. It can be used in ceiling, floor, table, chairs and even in doors and windows. Just leave the wood as they are inside your home and accessorize accordingly. Soothing Paint colors like Grey, Aqua and Off white; using Jut rugs are one of the best options for giving country feel in the home. Plus point ? These accessories don't need High Maintenance that of lavish carpets and rugs and are eco friendly.

Via House of Turquoise Blog 

These chairs have given the overall look of the room a soft and laid back impact.
Via SimplyKlassichome Blog

A well designed simple wooden counter for bathroom


Decor Tip 2: Think Out of the Box and Re purpose.

These are what I am addicted to and always prefer to do for almost anything in the home. And that's appreciated too. Re purposing old stuffs in the house (if some of them are ancient, glam factor is even high Remember!) can make a home little laid back and soothing to your eyes. Old Baskets and Almirah, Cupboards, table, stair unused, and even suitcases!! Everything has it's After life! So, It makes sense why it's been used to give a feel of a country home decor.

An Wood crate used as table and nick nacks !!
Via Decor8 Blog
Very smart use of an stray table

Creative Use of old Wooden gate
Via Baby Green design Blog

Decor Tip 3: Subtle Cotton, Linen covers can spark up a country home decor.  

If you are choosy about fabrics like Velvet and Chiffon, Don't use it to get laid back attitude of country home decor as these have very rich appeal and vibe. To make yourself in a soothing and not so High end ambience of country home decor, you need to choose materials and throws in cotton, linen, jut that are more cozy vibe than that of velvet. Use them as table runner, mat, rugs and in cover of almost anything. :-) Play with prints instead.

Via Becado Blog

Via Country living

Decor Tip 4: Leave the wall simple and plain for country home decor. 

Walls in white and grey is a plain canvas in itself. For a cozy country home decor, never choose a wall colors in bright hues because we only need calm colors here to go with the country vibe and blend with simple accessories. 

Via Urban Home Magazine

Home is the place to unwind and relax. The place to get the feeling of there is STILL so many things in life to feel CALM for. A Home decor in country vibe can make you feel exactly the same. To Let go!! That's what we all need, Isn't it!! Stop, Relax and Just Let Go! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Celebrate feminity with Floral Applique

We have just celebrated International Women's' Day on 8th of March though I am still not agreed with the idea of dedicating a ONLY a single day in a whole year of 365 days!! The dedication of the celebration demands implementation and still a matter of debate worldwide. The feminine side of women also comprises of inner power, mental strength and endurance. Actually this post is so small sphere to cover what women really are. 

However staying in the positive vibes of the Women's day (what this Blog is all about), Let's celebrate our womanhood through Floral Appliqués trend that has appealed to me and I am enthusiastic about its use in our daily lives. While floral trend is still a huge rage in fashion and interior; Floral Appliqués is a technique that decorates an item with Floral patchwork or accessories. These appliqués can be used to enhance anything you desire! You can apply these pieces by sewing, Velcro or gluing. It can be used to embellish purses, revamp an old or plain T-shirt/dress by appliquéing your own floral designs onto it. How to use Floral Appliqués trend? Just scroll down :-).

Floral Appliqués in Bridal Wear:

Bridal and Bridesmaid dresses and gowns are always there to grab the limelight. A hint of floral appliqués and it's ready to steal the show. Big, Bold ones or very small delicate floral appliqués, almost every pattern of floral appliqué is attractive in Bridal wear. Appliques in same color and fabric as of the gown gives delicate and ethreal look.

Going Traditional; Use Floral appliques in sarees and Lehengas:

As far as our very own eastern wear is concerned, floral appliqué will only enhance it's attractiveness and feminine vibes which are these popular for. Designs of appliqués can be chosen in a wide range. 

Gowns and dresses love floral appliqué:

Look at the red carpet appearance in past and present ! Some finest examples of floral appliqués are found in UK and USA. Using it in various seasons in all summery dresses is what I've liked the most. Go for contrasting floral appliques in gowns and dresses to make some statement or choose same colored one if you are in demure mood.

Use Floral appliqué to enhance an old sweater, T-shirt, Tops and even dresses:
Give your old outfit a facelift with floral applique. As said earlier in this post, you can go creative and design for yourself and decide what works best for your top and sweaters. 
Inspirations are many.

Floral Appliqués in Accessories:

I loved the sweet and girly look of these accessories that are easy but not overdone with floral appliqué. Spring and summer seasons are the best to use it in accessories. 

Home Decor with Floral Appliqués:

Sky is the limit for home decor ideas and can't be restricted in right and wrong way. Give your home decor a 3D touch of floral appliqués that is simple yet statement making via Bed Linen, Cushion and pillow cases and covers, table liners and what not!! Just explore yourself, channelize your own creativity and be Designer for your home by yourself. This time, I am saying this to myself :-).

I love the 3D look that Floral appliqué has to offer. However it depends upon our own idea whether to use it in home decor or dresses. Is floral appliqué way too feminine to give a try for you or how you would like to use it in your life? Blogosphere is one of the best place to share.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Black and White Magic spells !

I often tend to wear Black in rush and for those last minute decisions to get ready. I think many people do the same. It may be a very dark color that defines darker than somber attitude and emotions Art wise. But in outfits, Black has always been in those most worn colors that is chic, edgy, smart and sophisticated. Black certainly has personality and adds to it's wearer as well.

While White is the pristine and elegant color. So pure yet polished. This time around may we look upon the style trend that has been showing in the red carpet this year by almost every designers. Internationally, Black and white is such combination which brings out best in every personality with various complexions. Wearing Black and White, Black/White can make us look gorgeous which has been proven by many celebrities; we only need to pick right fabric and silhouettes for our body. 

# Style Tip: Look slim even in all White outfit by strategically color blocking with Black

An all white ensemble may look you have gain weight in problem areas, explore the genius color blocking with Black. With these very cleverly placed designs, I think one of the major problem areas and flab in waistline can be hidden. It's never Bad to look better. Is it ? Experts swear by strategically color blocking trend.

# Style Tip: Explore Floral Trend with Black and White to make feminine with edge.

We've always loved Floral Trend in fashion scenes that it has made us tempted to wait for more. Opting for a Black and White outfit doesn't mean, we should look plain and stuck in one color frame. Explore the floral trend with Black and white outfits and experience that old Hollywood glam in your overall look. I simply love it. Red lips will justify your attitude.

# Style Tip: Mix Prints with Black and White. It only adds to your creativity and glam quotient.

There are polka dots, Stripes. Some Bold and some pretty smooth stripes! All is well when combined with ease in Black and white ensemble. Rest is in the eye of beholder. :-) A very day to night classy.

Who will forget Audrey Hepburn in classy polka dots and stripes mixed together !!

very casually dressed sriped back and white ensemble.

Have fun with animal prints !

# Style Tip: If nothing goes Right, wear the obvious one, Black Bottom with white top/shirt. Or, wear only white and Black as you wish to stand out! Adding a blazer might be a great option.

There are gowns and dresses in black and white that only catches attention every time in the red carpet. It's repeated, still a statement making and timeless. Or else wear white shirt with the wardrobe staple black trouser. Embellishments, blings and sequins will only enhance the overall feature.

The endless options are always there for a Black and white combination in outfits. As I've always said in my earlier post, it's upto us to decide what looks good on us, we only need to choose fabrics and silhouettes that is best for our own body frame. While inspirations from celebrities and designers always are advantages. Black and White magic have always made stunning spells through their appearances. However, choosing sheer, net fabrics are so appropriate for spring summer this year and always. It's timeless.