Art & Architecture

Bring the Christmas spirit home.

Christmas

Ahoy Decemberistas! Christmas is here. Actually the warmest month of the year is here (definitely not weather wise though). This is the time to pile all the bad together and throw it off the 8th floor window. It’s time to usher the Christmas spirit by focusing on magic and love and turning your home into a miniature festival of joy. This is that time of the year when your home should exude a cheery feel and be warm and receiving for all kinds of happiness.
Start by decking up your favorite corners of the house. If you don’t understand the reason behind all the Christmas revelry, this time decorate your house not for others, but for yourself. You deserve to be happy, don’t you? From a fireplace with stockings to colorful lighting installations to posters on the walls to aromatic candles, there are so many ways in which you can spell festive. This article is aimed to kickstart your decorations and help you with a few ideas.

Start by accenting the white/light coloured walls of your house (and especially a white door if you have one) with the deep colors of an evergreen wreath and garland. Use one color to make a statement. Choose gold as your color as that will reflect the festive cheer. The entire wall doesn’t need to be painted gold though. Paint little wall frames and wall hangings with gold and add sparkle to it.

There’s nothing like the sight of a beautifully decorated home with dazzling lights, agree? Sass up this Christmas with twinkling lights that will add a soft glow at night and make it a view to behold even for strangers on the street. Sparkle is a holiday essential we believe.

If you haven’t bought your Christmas tree yet, hit the streets this weekend. Buy a plastic one if you belong to Phoebe’s school of thoughts. Add flowers, baubles, lights, bells and mistletoes. Don’t go by textbook ways of decoration. Whatever makes you happy should accentuate your Christmas tree. If you stay with your family/ friends, play Secret Santa and pack small gifts and keep them under the tree. If you are alone, this is the time to make yourself happy.

18Your side/centre table should be a major part of your celebrations. Pile Christmas books and movies on your side table. Don’t forget to play some good Christmas music throughout the day. A good vibe- aroma/ music wise created is half the work done. This is also the time to go down the memory lane. When you hang lights all over your house try pinning pictures of your family and closest friends. This will definitely light up not just your house but the hearts of all your closest people. Place colorful, scented candles and glass beads in glass bowls on your centre table. Float flowers or petals in a large crystal or glass bowl and keep it next to it.

Intertwine fruits, feathers, pine cones and mini glass ornaments and form a wreathe that you can hang at the entrance. Clean the house properly, use room fresheners, make savoury delicacies and smile. Let there be light this Christmas. Let there be happiness.

STORAGE AND SPACE SAVING TIPS FOR SMALL HOMES

We all have different home requirements. Some of us like our homes to be small and cozy while others like it big and airy. But for us metropolitanites, forfeiting square footage is the price we have to pay for living in a big city full of ‘choices’. So what does one do to tidy up the space we have at our disposal and yet not sacrifice the aesthetics when living in a small home? Here are a few tips that might help.

1. Leave no surface untapped.

Let go of the cabinets, layers and layers of racks or bulky furniture. The market is brimming with creative, cute and quirky storage spaces. Make use of them. Add shelves above doorways especially if you have high ceilings. Line a room with a shelf high up on the wall. A funky way of bringing out the bookworm in you is to stash books and convert your hallway loft/wall into a library.

2. Use the Full Height of the Space

Ever heard of the ‘Living cube’? It’s for people like us who like to make the most of the space (or the lack of it). If your home ceilings are high enough, increase usable space by going for a bunk bed. See if you can add the ‘Living Cube’ twist to your bunk bed/ stairway and convert it to a storage compartment. An interesting usage of space is using a chest or an ottoman with storage inside, as a coffee table. Always remember that one of the most effective ways to save space is by using furniture that gets out of the way when not in use.

3. Make everything perform double duty.

Free up your kitchen counter, cabinets, and drawers. Create storage racks on the wall and use kitchen magnets to hang cooking utensils. An under-cabinet magnetic rack will turn useless space into a useful one.

4. Eliminate Clutter

Free standing tables and chairs (and furniture in general) take up a lot of space. Concentrate on less furniture, more built ins. Organize your shoes in an ottoman, convert your loft into racks, use foldable colored furniture. There are many ways to declutter your space. The most effective way to fit into a small space is to get rid of a whole lot of stuff and finding more than one purpose for your rooms.

If Harry Potter could live under the stairs, so can you. Recreate the interesting Bed Under Stairs concept, stretch your space to the outdoors by designing a welcoming patio, use fewer, larger pieces of furniture and accessories to reduce visual clutter, use bright lights and take advantage of wasted space with corner bookcases. Think monochromatic. Eliminate obstructions. Remember, your house need not be huge to look big. The idea is simple: the further you can see through a space, the larger it’ll seem.