In my dreams, I am a writer-cum-interior decorator. I love beautiful but real homes. I love neat, organised, quirky homes which have a character, and don't have a straight-out-of-a-showroom feel to it. I had written about the scrap book I had created for home ideas here. Though I have not updated it in a while, yet I still fancy myself as someone who loves and has the talent of doing up interiors. Frankly, doing interiors is an on-going project. You never feel it is done. It is always getting done.
Sometimes I buy quirky, interesting, (not necessarily expensive) accessories for our home. Here are the 5 things around my home which are my favourites:
I was looking for a wall clock. I don't like simple ones. It has to be something interesting. I came across this on a website and quite liked it. It was for about Rs 450. This clock is carved out of an old vinyl. At that time I also had little metal figurines playing different musical instruments from @ Home. So, this clock went well with the music theme. It also went well with the vintage feel of the cushions I had bought around that time. But that does not stop my husband to make fun of this clock (and me) at every opportunity.
2. The Clock from Bombay Store
You can say I have a fetish for clocks. In fact, I am looking for 2-3 more for different rooms. Well, I wasn't looking for this but it found me when I went to a Bombay store outlet. This was for around Rs 750. When I bought this, I never realized that it worked perfectly with the colour in the bedroom (seen here in the background). In fact, it is the exact shade of red. This one also won me some comments (all in good humour) from hubby dear. In fact, to be honest, he makes it a point to make fun of all these interesting home accessories I buy. He makes fun of me but never asks me not to buy any of those things. So, that is a small price to pay for getting your way, isn't it?
I first came across this in Femina, I think. I instantly fell in love with it. I wanted to have it for my bookshelf. I found from Femina that this piece was by Crazy Daisy, based in Delhi. I Googled their coordinates, called them up and arranged it to be courriered to me from Delhi. Yes, I am that single-minded about things I love. I got this for about Rs 350.
4. Mukul Goyal Bookends
I saw this in BBC Good Homes magazine, and I absolutely loved it. These are such slick beautiful pieces, you cannot not love them. But yes, these are expensive. But I was so much in love with them that I bought them anyways. I could not find them at any of the online stores, so I called them up and found that it was available at a tiny design store in Pune. I landed on that store in Koregaon Park (can't remember the name now) and bought them for Rs 2250. I had to beat around the bush when hubby asked me how much they were for but then I never lie to him so I told him. Of course, he found this ridiculously expensive. Even I found it expensive but that does not mean I couldn't indulge once in a while.
When I went to Goa, I wanted to buy a poster by Mario Miranda. Know more about this distinguished artist here, who passed away in 2011. I love his illustrations. But I did not know where to look for them. I had gone on an official trip to Goa. Our company associate knew that an Architect retailed some posters but it was not possible to go to him at that time. It was pure luck when I found posters, post cards and what not at a lifestyle store next to our hotel. I and my friend bought a poster each. I got it framed and put it on my living room wall. And I think it is lovely. Many people do not know who Mario Miranda is but it is funny when they keep looking at it to figure out what was special about the poster that it has got place of pride in my living room. This I got for Rs 700-800.