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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.

THE INSIDE STORY!

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A home is one-third of man’s basic necessities. Just because it is basic, it does not necessarily mean that it should exist as something plain and boring. In essence, your homes can be a reflection of your core personality.

This post is about the tiny things that are a part of the vast world of ‘Modern Residential Architecture’ which one perceives at a sub-conscious level but does not accept on a conscious level. Modern Residential Architecture may be THE thing that you were looking for but were never quite able to place a finger on.

Modern Residential Architecture is built on basically two elements – simplification of form and an absence of excess decoration. In other words, it follows the ‘less is more’ principle giving you just what you need for a beautiful and luxurious home.

All this began at the turn of the 20th century where along with everything else, even the fundamentals of architecture went through the renaissance phase. This happened because of development of both technology and society itself. There are a few common characteristics that modern architecture possesses. They are listed as follows:

Form follows function – This proposal was originally expressed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s early mentor Louis Sullivan. In a nutshell, this simply means that the design should be derived directly from the purpose and not the other way around.
Modern architecture requires simplicity and clarity of structure, thus eliminating unnecessary detail. Thus it gives you exactly what you need and not what you want, unlike traditional architecture.
Usual architecture means hiding the pillars and beams in your house which is usually considered ugly and something that’s best hidden from view. Modern architecture says otherwise. It involves visually displaying the basic structure rather than trying to hide it unnecessarily.
Materials used in your homes have special importance in modern architecture. The importance lies in the principle of ‘Truth to material’, which means that the true nature and form of the materials are exposed rather than camouflaging its essence. Very ‘Be what you are’, don’t you think?
Modern architecture stays true to its name. Instead of depending majorly on nature for raw materials, it depends on industrially-produced materials which can add that sharp technological edge to your homes.
The modern architect believes more in keeping things straight – what we mean is that there is more emphasis on vertical and horizontal lines which gives your homes a strong and stately demeanour.
This being said, the only thing constant about homes and their décor is change. True, that accepting change is difficult – but when it comes to the beauty and luxury of a space that is forever and truly yours, is asking to change asking for too much?

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