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LIGHT UP WITH DIWALI

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Thousands of revelers beat drums and dance. Thousands more offer their prayers to the goddess of wealth. There are smiling faces everywhere. Diwali is one festival that illuminates people’s hearts and lives with myriad colors and lights. Diwali is important not only for its religious significance, but also for the happiness of getting together with friends and family. In the society, the celebration of Diwali brings the community together and enriches joyous moments among its residents. While a special puja dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi is an indispensable part of the day, home decoration is integral too.

For NRIs who travel home to celebrate the occasion with their closest friends and family and end up scratching their head in confusion looking at the wide array of decorative items at malls and big discounts getting bigger with the approaching day, here are a few tips.

Lamps (Diya)
There is a reason why Diwali is popularly known as the ‘festival of lights’. No Diwali decorations can be thought of without considering diyas. This time, paint the earthen lamps or embellish them with sequins, beads, minakari work etc. to give them the chic look. Panchmukhi floral diyas can be painted as per your own DIY styles too.

Candles And Lanterns
Diwali lanterns or ‘Aakash Kandil’ create the perfect festive ambience. You may get floating candles as well to float in varied colors on urns filled with colored water. Use as many colored stones, glitters and mirrors to add to your Diwali mood. For something unique, light charcoal in terracotta pots lined with foil to make them look like unique lanterns.

Rangoli
Rangolis, colorful designed made on the floor, is a traditional Diwali decor. Be creative with Rangoli and use mirrors and embellishments. Mix and match your rangoli designs with the areas of your house that scream contemporary.

Flowers
Flowers are the best decorative items. Pick garlands of colorful flowers like rose, marigold, jasmine etc. and fix them along your stair handles to create a festive ambience. Combine string of lights with flowers to add to the elegance. Use old and traditional copper and brass urns a vase with a bunch of lotus buds and fully blossomed flowers.

Bandanwars

Bandanwars are a traditional decorative for the festival of Diwali. Hang up a bell at the entrance to your house and wrap strings of colored lights for added effect. Let the visitors ring it instead of the electric door-chime for the festive feel. You can also use wind chimes.

Diwali is one auspicious occasion when most Indians splurge on high net worth items, mostly houses. Whether you are buying a new house or not, don’t forget to decorate it with all your heart. Once you are done, set up an al fresco dining for them to enjoy the view of the night sky filled with fireworks. We wish you a safe and happy Diwali.

How to get that perfect guest room

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How to decorate your guest room? Simply make it welcoming and one that gives your guest a sense of the place and the people who live in. Here are a handful of our favorite styles, few styling tips and a few smart solutions to give you that perfect guest room you have been looking for.

Serve your guestroom, sunny side up: Have the sun to your advantage? Drive in cheer and fun with this cheerful mix of colors and florals that yield a beautiful layered look. Simple nightstands, a rustic floral arrangement, rattan roman shades and wall scones in pale teal makes for a grand guest room.

Luxury Laden: Soft colors, plush whites and pretty olive greens call for a perfect relaxing getaway suite. If you have a view to offer, position the bed to overlook the same! The bed is positioned to take advantage of an amazing mountain view.

Calming Guest Room: Warm accents, neutrals and a custom headboard upholstered in crewel inspires the rest of the room. Simple draperies, uncluttered night-stands corals accent the otherwise simple room. Confused about wall decor? A space-enlarging mirror will make this a calming room – your guests just wouldn’t feel the need to leave.

Pretty in pinks: Pink is not necessarily girly. Softs corals and pinks on the other hand can lend a very soothing feel to your guest room. Pretty wallpapers in pale rose is played wonderfully with soft greens, cream, yellow and warm brown in this little guest bedroom. The patterned bedskirt and pillows add to the whole look.

Naut by the bay: Got a pad that’s in a coastal town? Go bright and nautical. Bright whites, simple checks in bright red and patterned duvet in blue will make a guest room sail to Atlantis! Don’t miss the cute lighthouse night lamp!

25Organic, open and no window treatment: Have one large window? Utilize it to its hilt in your guest room but giving it minimum window treatments. A simple platform bed in white and linen and tree trunk nightstands with vintage bottles as vases gives this simple room a very organic appeal.

Villa Paradiso: Create an illusion of a tropical paradise with bright yellows, fresh whites and moroccan poufs. Bamboo-inspired furniture and tropical bedding in this room create an atmosphere as fun and relaxing as a Hawaiian luau.

Vineyard bliss: Not everyone is blessed with a room overlooking hills and a vineyard but just incase you do, don’t rule out the possibilities of it as a guest room. Simple bedding, brick roof and mosquito netting makes it an exotic escape.

Moderns and isms: Need guestroom ideas for your uptown apartment? Go modern, sleek and simple. A stunning white and black scheme lends a contemporary appeal to the room while a grid of simple mirrors framed in museum frames makes that classy impact to this simple room. To accentuate it further, rustic chests have been used as nightstands!

Do comment to share with us your personal favorite.