Wednesday, July 11

Cafe style chalkboard decor for the Dining area under 10$


I was looking for a way to decorate the dining area of my new home.It is one of the most used spaces as people gather in the dining and the kitchen area when there is a get together or even when friends come home for 'Chai'. So i was sure, i did not want to use the watercolor or acrylic medium for the dining room wall painting as my living room is filled with watercolor  painting.

I have loved the idea of chalkboard menus in cafes and other restaurants and thought of implementing the chalkboard art in the dining area, But i did not want to paint the walls using the chalkboard paint and i had a budget to work with. I had two restrictions, i wanted to have chalkboard art big enough to cover the empty wall in my dining area and also had a budget of  20$ to do the same.

I went in search of canvas that was big enough to cover the required space, but the cost was super high. So i though of re-purposing some used canvas and went in search of old canvas in goodwill. I stumbled upon a beautiful canvas that was quite big and was only 6$. What a luck!!



I got a small bottle of chalkboard paint for 2$ in wall-mart. Under-budget. I painted the canvas using the chalkboard paint and let it dry for an hour before i started 'chalking' on it.



I already had chalk pencils with me, that helped me get the precision and details. I love the way the chalk board canvas looks now and the dining room looks like a cafe :)


Monday, July 2

Mood Boards- A welcoming and relaxing living room- part 2


Mood Boards are a great way to convey our ideas on design and fashion which can be difficult to communicate sometimes. So if there is difficulty in expressing some idea, the best way to go is creating mood boards.

What is a mood board?

"A mood board is a combination of images, texts, colors, quotes that define the mood and the style of the project". It is a tool to bring out the ideas inside our head and to present it. Mood boards come in different forms. There are also 3D mood boards that enable us to design a 3-dimensional view of a room. This is very convenient if you are planning to remodel your house.

All you have to do is use the mood boards to see how the room will look like or if the furniture that you have been dreaming to buy, suits your living room layout.

My Mood Board:  A welcoming and relaxing living room. You can check out my previous living room mood board ideas here.

I decided to do a mood board design project and decided to work on the living room. I wanted to create an inviting, peaceful, fun space that would be great to entertain friends and family.

This is what I came up with for the living room. These mood boards are 3D boards Which are based on a theme.




Friday, March 23

Look at things different- Travel and be open to alternative


My first memory of the United States of America comes from a movie that I saw when I was in second grade. It had all the wow factors starting from the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge and Disneyland. It was always a land of tall buildings and clean roads. I always heard stories about the food and people from cousins and relatives who traveled to the US. In 2016, it was my turn to travel to the USA, leaving behind my busy software job, family and my comfort zone. I landed in Columbus, Indiana, and all of a sudden I was an immigrant in this beautiful country.

I had to take a break from my career, make new friends, get adjusted in the community. I thought it was going to be a tough job. But giving up was not an option.I had to keep an open -mind. Columbus was not the city that i had seen in the movies. It was not like the places i had heard about from other people. It was when i realized not all of America looks alike. The movies show only the skyscrapers, but the real America lies in the hearts of cities like Columbus.

The first thing that I noticed about Columbus was how calm it was. There was absolutely no noise and me, being from India, was used to the traffic and people and everything loud. That was a culture shock. There was much less public transportation and the shops here were not close by. The initial few days, in February, were tough. I used to watch TV, blog about my travel experience, paint, and do some DIYs. But the snow was beautiful. The white layer of snow painting the whole town looked beautiful and felt pure. This was a completely new experience.

Slowly as the snow melted down and the fresh new leaves started dancing on the trees, there was a new array of hope and joy. The whole town covered with trees on either side of the road looked beautiful and the downtown was adorable with shops and restaurants. Columbus was not boring after all. It felt like home. There are spots that one has to explore. I had to open-up to get the real experience of living in this city.

As the spring started, I got my driver’s license and started exploring the city. I found the library—filled with an amazing collection of books; The Visitor’s Center—where one can find cute personalized gifts; Engage Columbus—where one feels so welcomed and where I felt like I was a part of the community, too. Thrive Alliance was a great place to volunteer; the beautiful lakes where the ducks swim with joy and the sun smiles in radiance—a walk to the lake with my sketchbook makes even my mundane day bright.I enjoy the lush green parks and the trails that help to keep me fit even when I feel like lazing around, not to mention the architecture of this town.

This picture was taking during one of the events of "Engage Columbus"
Engage Columbus is a non for profit that helps people feel welcome and engaged in the community.

Luckily for me, Columbus is a melting pot of people from all countries and background. Meeting the local people and people who have traveled from different countries to make Columbus their home and talking to them made me realize a lot of things that i would have not known if i had not traveled here. Sharing the culture, food, ideas,thoughts and working together with them made me look at certain aspects of life from a very different and fresh perspective.I began to cherish variety and diversity in my day-to-day life.

Even though there seems to be a striking difference in the culture, food, thoughts of the west from that of the east,  there is a base root that connects all of us together. Talking to people from different background has definitely given me a different take on life and the world 

I travel a lot, but, every time I come back, this is the place that feels like home. I love the warmth that people continue to show me. I love the calmness. It seemed like everything I worried about when I landed here was small by comparison, but this close-knit community helped me to get out and look for the numerous events and activities available to everyone.

I love this calm place and I wish to enjoy it before getting back to the busy corporate world. It is also a great place to study without any distraction. Being a software engineer working towards a master’s degree in Data Science, I love being able to be here to think, create, and explore my inner abilities.

Being from a big city, it was tough initially to get accustomed to Columbus. But just a few days stay here makes you realize the beauty of this place.  Being open minded has made me realize that there is good everywhere and it is upto us to find it and make the best use of it.

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Friday, January 12