Friday, January 28, 2011

Closet control

As I am in midst of organizing my closet, almost my annual spring cleaning ritual which I missed during diwali this year, I was looking for some inspiration.

And I came across this article at apartment therapy about celebrities and their closets , if only I had that kind of money and space in a place like delhi ..............but a girl can dream right ??

Here are some of the tips which i found generally useful

 If you have not cleaned it for a while, make a party out of it ,Take a day off (pack off husband, kids to some other place) , get your best friend over and have some finger foods handy

1)   Put most clothes on hangers (facing one direction). Clothes hangers allow your clothes to remain wrinkle-free in your closet , easy to locate and to take out without disturbing the pile on top
2)   Invest in good quality hangers, if you are feeling fancy try wooden or silk lined hangers. For day today use I find the laminated metal ones are very good and lasts long. Use single type of hanger to give your closet a clean look.
3)   Separate clothes by season, in place like delhi where we have 3 distinct season, I try to spend some time at the beginning of every season to sort out clothes which are not required for next 3-4 months and get them dry-cleaned (always clean before storing) and  store in a good old trunk (I have a tiny closet) .  It makes the space look less cluttered
4)   A friend of mine suggested using whole black peppercorns instead of mothballs while storing clothes especially silks and other delicate fabrics. An eco friendly way of keeping insects away. If incase you do want to use mothball, instead of just scattering them around put a few in the old socks and leave it in your storage space
5)   Sort out clothes by office wear / lesuire wear / party wear etc will help when you have to dash out for office in 5 mins.
6)   If you like wearing saree ( I do) pair saree with matching blouse and petticoat and store at one place
7)   If the cloth doesn’t fit give away (maid’s daughter, drivers wife or simply donate), hoping that you would lose weight and be finally be able to wear that size 6 dress will not happen and even if you do lose weight and become size 6 again most likely that dress would be dated and you would not wear anyways.
8)   Buy small wicker baskets to store to undergarments, socks, napkins etc, you would know what is where and not spend that precious morning time

And while we are at it here are some of my dream cabinets

From Closet Shelf  I don’t care much for leopard print rug ..but the sheer size is overwhelming

For a smaller space, I find this idea from closet – shelf  quiet useful

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Art of Picture display

I like to collect paintings and pictures wherever i travel and as i result i have bunch of painting lying (in box of my bed actually) so i was thinking of finally taking them and putting it on some good use by displaying them. Since they are of all shapes and sizes i was wondering on the ways of displaying the same and i turned to my bible aka apartment therapy for some ideas and rightly so it there was an article  regarding the same.

I also searched on net for some ideas putting a few here (disclaimer- these pictures are taken from internet search and not my own)

Some real simple ideas are using same frame and similar pictures on display on a wall like the ones below ...if you live where IKEA has a store they have some great picture frames like these at very reasonable price. For those of us in india Lifestyle home store might be good place to start looking at ...any other idea is most welcome

these style of display would look great on a simple accent wall in any room

While these ideas are great i looked further for when neither the frame not the pictures are that cohesive some more ideas from internet search are

The one below is my absolute favorite ...there is a varied range of photos, frames and things on display and still everything is so co ordinated and pretty.

so these are some ideas ...will share what i finally ended up doing soon, would love to hear your thoughts ...

Pride Ride

I had a nice chance of taking a metro from IFFCO chowk gurgaon to CP the other day, and what an amazing ride. 50 mins flat and i was at rajiv chowk, how amazing it that and that too in evening  peak traffic time. Delhi metro is something i am really really proud of being an indian. It is one the best one i have ridden across the world and trust me i have been on few, so except for may be dubai which is sparkling new right now it is probably one the best. And the best part is it is still being maintained so well. The same delhi junta who makes a mess of everything public has still not spoiled it and lets hope so it would be continue doing the same even after   Mr Sreedharan bids adieu ! 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Amazing design ideas

Now that I am back again i would like to share a website that i have been browsing a lot offlate . BLTD  has some amazing collection of products, simple, practical and truly one of a kind, like this Bird alarm clock which i think would be super cool in any bedroom or this stylish book case . Unfortunately most of the products are not available in india but i am defintely filling them in my shopping folder for next trip to US or some cool DIY inspirations..

Back Again !

After lot of debate and discussion - entirely with myself , i decided to renew the blog. Even if dreams are still a distant relality, there are so many beautiful things in the world to write and share and i hope to continue doing that with this blog. So on that happy (very!) note, hello again!!