What is the first thought that comes to your mind when someone asks you to run your imagination wild and visualize home of your dreams?
I bet it would a huge green space housing a small white wooden cottage!! Well, at least this is what the majority of us would dream about! But alas, life presents to us more realistic scenario and we are left with whatever limited options our budget allows. But it’s not the space which matters. In fact, the smaller the space, the more creative you have to be in order to make the place livable. Personally I prefer small houses to the large palatial bungalows. The warmth and the cozy ambiance that a small house provides , surpasses the joy of living in a huge setup.
In this series of BUILDING A NEW HOME, we would cover various aspects that should be considered while building a house on a plot of land.
Artefacts can truly embellish your home decor. They fill in the gap and make your home appear the way you have always desired for. Choosing them carefully…considering the tone, colors and theme of your house is the most important aspect, and then placing them at the right place is the next important task.
I love collecting antique pieces, somehow have a strange fascination towards them and I hunt them down in flee markets. Lovely looking lamps, masks, hand-made artefacts, brass-wares, ethnic handicrafts for wall hangings, candle-stands etc… can create the magic for those vacant looking shelves and corners of your house. But, remember one thing – Do not over-clutter by stuffing too many things. Each piece should draw attention leaving your visitors admiring them over and over again.
What’s your pick when it comes to artefacts?
Every girl dreams of a cottage in the hills, surrounded with wildness, with stillness around, disturbed occasionally by chirping of birds, or playful cries of kids playing in the garden attached. Now, this is difficult, if not impossible in today’s world of high real estate prices. With people struggling hard for each square feet they buy, it comes as no surprise that the childhood dream gets replaced by harsh practical decisions. And so, the space which comes at such high premium gets utilized till every inch is ‘livable’, giving very less, and often no space for that green cover everyone longed for.
There are still ways out and you can realize your dream with a little creativity and common sense applied. Here are a few tips to get plants collaborated with other elements of your home décor:
1. Hanging pots with small flowering plants and creepers.
You can put them on the porch, balcony, parking lot, etc. They don’t take much space and are really soothing to the eyes.
2. Table top plants
Especially bonsais and other small flowering plants that don’t require much sunlight are the best choice.
3. If you are blessed with large spaces, go for big leafy plants like palm, firangipaani, neem etc. Get some fruit/vegetable plants as well. They are not only good to look at but also add on to the ‘kitchen garden’
What matters most is how much you love plants and how far can you use creativity to make them gel with your home. It is important to take good care of plants so that they stay and look fresh forever.
Plants brighten up the living spaces. And they don’t cost much either. Try experimenting with different plants in your house and you would be amazed at how much face value they add to your decor!
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