Color of 2018: Ultra Violet

After the Rose Quartz & Senerity of 2016, the Greenery of 2017, now comes the “Ultra Violet” to rule 2018. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride and independence. Historically, there has been a mystical, spiritual, magical quality attached to Ultra Violet. Continue reading “Color of 2018: Ultra Violet”

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Home Is!!

I grew up in a city in Uttarakhand and back in my school days at home, I was allowed to customise my room in any way I wanted. Paint on the walls, nail boards and accessories, posters and murals, just about anything that I wanted and I did a very good job at it back then. So, when I got to move out and come to Hyderabad for my first job; I was pretty ecstatic to be living in a new city and for the opportunity to create a new pretty space of my own. But that never happened!

My dream housing situation was to live in a Studio Apartment, with all my friends in close proximity and like go crazy with the decor and style of the apartment to reflect my personality & feelings, keeping it homely and comfy at the same time. Sadly didn’t work out cause you are living in a rented apartment and tempering with the walls in any way is like a strict no no. I feel like that’s a very common Indian thing. To top it all off, I have lived in 4 different houses during my stay in Hyderabad and trust me all had this weird creamy, yellowish colour on the walls (why don’t people pick some other colour 😦 😦 ).

I have come to realise that you should be in a space that reflects you, comforts you, inspires and aspires you. You are going to be in your house/ room for a good 12 hours if not more everyday and so it should be a place that you come back to and feel comfortable and cozy in. Creating a home away from home can’t be possible without your own sweet touches and I have finally decided that I am going to take that step to do what I have always wanted to – “Paint my room in the shades and textures I LOVE” and don’t give a S**T about anything else.

So the process began last night when I narrowed down to 2 colour options to paint the walls of my room: Lush Meadow(PANTONE 18-5845) and Sharkskin(PANTONE 17-3914) and for texture a little bit of grainy, concrete wall look or the watercolour effect. And thats when the adrenaline and excitement filled me again and I decided to write this blog to share my final picks with you all. Might be of some help to those of you who have always wanted to do something like this or even to those who are in the mood to redecorate or just go crazy 😉 .

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You know you have reached a certain level of adulthood when you start listening to your heart and taking these little steps towards living a fulfilled life. Really excited about this little dream project of mine and will keep you posted with the updates. And yeah, let me know what’s your pick!! 🙂

See you soon
XOXO!!
SoulStrokes…

Baby Steps To Add Greenery To Your Space..

I love having pets & plants around the house, they make your space a lot more lively and happier. Now since having pets can’t be everyone’s game, having plants is super easy & less messy 😛 . I recently shifted to a new apartment and am super keen on making my rented space feel more like home. And there is no better way to do that than adding pretty plants around. I was looking for some design inspirations for past few days and I stumbled upon some beautiful things that I wanted to share with you as a cheat sheet for anyone who is interested.

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3 basic reason why I consider keeping plants in the house:

  • They enhance the décor. Adding greenery to any room instantly adds color and texture. If your casa is full of neutrals, place the plant in a bright pot for a fun pop of color or vice-versa.
  • They purify the air. We can’t do much about the air pollution outside but atleast we can breathe better indoors. Plants increase oxygen levels and remove toxins from the air from furnishings, finishes and household cleaners.
  • Plants make people happy and that’s not me bragging that’s Reasearch. Having indoor plants can provide a calmer environment making you feel more optimistic, and contribute to your overall well being.

Aloe Vera, Money Plant, Chinese Evergreen, Jade, Bamboo are few of the easiest to start with. For example, Aloevera just needs medium light & moist soil and it quickly multiplies into a large bush. It helps clearing formaldehyde and benzene from the air. Gel inside the plant soothes skin inflammation caused by sunburn. You can even place the stem into the freezer for an extra cooling effect.

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Purchasing houseplants from local nursery is best. They offer healthier plants, usually pesticide free, and have been taking care of them for some time. They are also fully acclimated to the region and the staff at your will be educated in any plant-related questions and can help teach you about your new plant.

Plants drive on water & light, appropriate portion of both for different kinds of plants is generally all you need to know. As an addon its good to know about the size of the of the pot for your plant (I have seen earthen pots break if it is unable to contain the growing roots inside or if the pot is bigger than needed the roots might rot leading to decay). Also make sure to choose a pot with a hole in bottom for excess water to drain out. Add a matching saucer to prevent water from running on the floor. If you come across the pot of your dreams with no drainage hole & really want it try putting rocks at the bottom before the soil to help soak up the extra water.

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A few more tips before I sign off :

  • If it’s leaning toward the window or the light source, it’s craving some sunshine. Push it closer to the window and spin it around so it balances out.
  • If possible, capture rainwater in a bucket outside to water your plants. Plants thrive best with natural sources of water.
  • Every so often, wipe down the leaves of each plant with a damp cloth to ensure its best absorption of air particles and toxins. Plus it keeps them bright and shiny!
  • If you still aren’t happy and want to add some personal touch to the whole feel, I would recommend painting your pots or finding the one’s that would resonate best with your style and interiors of your house.

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If you are interested in home decor you might want to take a look at my previous blog “Monday Interior Inspo”

Have fun decorating your space!!

XOXO!!
SoulStrokes …

Monday Interior Inspo!!

I love subtle shades on interiors, especially white; it magically makes everything around happy, calm and put together. It is never boring but just in case you do get bored you have like a big huge white canvas at your disposal primed and prepped to go in and fill it with your artwork.

You can pair white with pastels, but like I said it is just a canvas and you can never go wrong with whatever color you pick for further  additions. You can go rustic with woodwork for depth or accentuate with natural plants around or even play around with bold shades like gold and black and see what works best for you.

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Be Bold, try White!! 😛 😉

XOXO
SoulStrokes..

Feb Photo Challenge (I did it!)

Finally, I finished my Feb Photo Challenge. For those of you who don’t know about it, I started a Photo Challenge on 1st Feb where I had to upload one pic everyday on my Instagram account around the theme picked for the day. The aim was simple, to have 29 memories to cherish by the end of Feb and also hope that the persistent work becomes a habit over a period of 29 days and I am able to consistently follow it for the year ahead (as I am lazy bum at diligently following my plans and ideas)!!

The first half of the month was a little difficult, I had to take out time especially for this. But when I posted the mid-month update blog, I realized that I can go through with this all the way. And by 20th it just came automatically to me, and kind of became part of my daily chores.

I am so happy to finally share the updates of second half .. 🙂

Day 16 : Can’t Step out of home without__
My all time essentials : Phone, Shades, Glasses, Watch, Perfume Oil (FabIndia : cypress) & Loreal (Maple Mocha Lipstick)

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Day 17 : #wcw (Women Crush Wednesdays)
Big time fan of Claire Marshall

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Day 18 : Sweet Memory
My beautiful trip to Kutch

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Day 19 : Shoutout
The Label Life, my new favorite..

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Day 20 : Stranger
Had a superb time clicking him and more..

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Day 21 : Friendship

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Day 22 : My Happy Place
This lovely corner of my room where I can sit for hours..

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Day 23 : Inside my junk drawer
I promise myself to clean it up over and over again but, now I think I won’t be able to locate my things if they aren’t lying around like this..

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Day 24 : Dream work space
Love white decor with flush of colors here and there..

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Day 25 : Always in my bag
Oriflame Amber Elixir Night Perfume

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Day 26 : Travel Goal
Travel to Bhutan 🙂 🙂

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Day 27 : Selfie

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Day 28 : Favorite Outfit
Classic Jeans & Top rocks everyday..

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Day 29 : Black and white

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See you soon!!

XOXO
Soul Strokes…