Friday, 30 September 2016

Auspicious Durga Puja - Desgin,Decorations & Culture.

"Maa Aschen" ... finally here arrives the most awaited moment of  every year .. yes the "Durga Puja". Festive season is on the rush now, traditions and rituals are all excited to welcome Maa Durga. Being born and brought up in West Bengal I really feel lucky and blessed to be part of Bengal's Durga Pujo. So, just trying to take you on the small but really meaningful and special trip and glimpse of Durga Puja, its traditions, values, culture, art talent, unlimited design treat for your eyes and soul. 


"Mahalaya" It all starts with the great mahalaya day. Day when the eyes of Maa Durga is being painted (on Maa Durga' Idols) during the early morning time under the light of "diya's" (traditional candles). Here we all welcome Maa to our cities to bless us forever. It's not just the making of Maa Durga's eyes but it is the significance of Maa's arrival. It is something which gives life to us. It is something which gives 10 days of continuous celebrations, festival, prayers and traditions. 

                             

Soon Maa is welcomed with the traditional "dhaaki's" (the traditional drummers of Bengal) melodious tune which makes the puja so complete, traditional, authentic and brings more close to the heart. Puja without dhaaki's melodious tune is simply incomplete. 


One of the most beautiful, realistic and amazing thing is the Pujor Pandal. Trust me they have unlimited talent, styling, design and way of work which brings out each and every pandal in a realistic look giving it the pure atmosphere and environment of Maa Durga's Temple. Made with cloths, cotton, jute, bamboo, steel, etc etc. unlimited resources are being used for each and every pandal to give it the best of design looks, authentic temple feel and atmosphere. 


                            

Designing of pandal's interior is dam so marvelous, amazing and fabulous. Each and every corner, each and every inch is being ornate in such a beautiful traditional manner that it brings in the life to the pandal's design. After all it's not just a pandal for us, its a home for Maa Durga for the next upcoming ten days. 

                               


                         

Right from the floor to ceiling, walls to back drop of Maa Durga's idol everything is being taken such a good care with intricate carving, designs, traditional styling and authentic work that no one wishes to go back home once you visit a pandal. 

         

      

Finally after the joyful and curious journey here comes the moment we all wait for year long.. Maa Durga's Idol. I have no words to explain the creativity and the creation. It seems Maa Durga is between us in real. You won't be able to control the smiling tears in your eyes, glow on your face and amazed expression which comes from within as soon as we get the "Dharshan of Maa Durga's Idol" in each and every pandal. With tears in the eyes, joint hands one can't take off their eyes from Maa's face and idol's. 




Nothing can be more beautiful, auspicious, wonderful and amazing than the Durga Puja Pandals, Idols, festive environment. Its a pleasureful treat for the soul of designing, for the people who live for their culture, it's an absolute flavor of prayers, positivity dipped in the rituals of traditions, unity and art of Bengal. 

                         

With the nine days of auspicious puja, festive rush, traditional designing, food, fun and positive environment comes the last day of puja. Bidding goodbye is always tough but if done in style and with traditional rituals it automatically becomes fun and a memory to cherish all your life. Yaa the last day of Durga Puja is celebrated as "Vijoy Dashmi". Its a significance of Maa Durga's win over the demon "Mahisaasur". Celebrated in traditional ritual called "Sindoor khela". All the married ladies bid goodbye to Maa Durga by offering sindoor and sweets to her with the hope wishes and happiness of "asche bochor aabaar hobe" (for the upcoming year we are all set with the spirits of celebrating the puja all over and again). 

Ten days of festival might get over with the passing time and hours but the spirits and happiness never gets over. It is always cherished in mind, soul and heart. After all it's not just a puja for us its a lifetime celebrations and memories of auspicious days spent under the roof of design, traditions, prayers and blessings of "Maa Durga". 

5 Effective ways - Warm Interiors.

Knock Knock... hey it's not me ..it's the knock of winters which is soon going to take it's place in our home and life for few months. So why don't we welcome the winters in a warm style and with open arms. Here are five effective simple ways to keep your winters happy, charming and warm. 

                            

  • Candles : Ya, they are one of the most cost effective, simple and elegant way to warm up your home. Let your home corners become cozy with the light and warmth of candles. Light up your living area, bedroom, dining space, etc. with some fragrance candle for that feel, look and warmth. 

  • Fireplace : During the ancient period of time fireplace were basically found in hilly areas or in the woods. But now with the changing style, elegance and contemporary design ideas it has made its good place in modern homes as well. Let your living room and bedroom get the warmth and feel of fireplace this winters. This idea is worth it.. ! After all it will be a stylish smooth blend of ancient and contemporary design ideas. 

  • Light effects: As for now these days milky lights have replaced all the dim yellow and bight lights. But nothing can be more perfect and suitable than yellow light effects to create the feel of warmth in your home sweet home this winters. Secondly, let the sun rays kiss your rooms in a wide and welcoming manner. Let your home get the warmth and charm of sun light. Replace your heavy cotton linen curtains, blinds etc. with some light material curtains. 


  • Rugs & Carpets : Time to take out the rugs and carpets stored in the vast store house of your variety box to design up your home. Let the floor get hugged properly with rugs and carpets. Specially those floors which are covered with marble, vitrified tiles, wood etc. Rugs and carpets bring in the warmth to your foot and to your floor seating ideas. 



  • Cushions : Yes it's time to cushion up your sofa quite well with different kind of charming cushion designs and get in the cozy look. Cushion, floor pillows, pillows with different design (warm colors) plays an important and effective role to get in the touch of warmth of your cold house. 
So, here it was five effective ways to beat the cold this year. They are cost effective, never too high for your pockets and can be reused in new manner every year. Happy Winters to you... !!! 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Billiards Room Design Idea & Tips.

Billiards or pool  is not a game, its a way of recreation and relaxing yourself. For few it might be just a recreational activity, for few may be love of their life or even just a causal game. But when it comes to design a billiards room or pool room at any place (home, clubs, recreation centers) etc. few things are important to be considered. 



First and foremost is the size and location of the room. Room should be quite big enough to accommodate a pool table/ billiards table, seating arrangements, furniture or other objects and if desired by the client a bar section as well. Space and location of the room determines the bar section area accommodation. 



There should be at-least 6'0" clearance space between the table and any wall or object for a smooth and huddle free game. Let the players enjoy the freedom of space while they are playing. Ornate and comfort the billiards table floor with carpet or rug. One might allocate billiards table zone with living area if you are lacking with extra room space for your game zone place. 



Apart from space and furniture, lighting is the vital factor to be taken care off. Billiards room need overhead lighting to eliminate any kind of shadow. Overhead lighting illuminates the table well for a bright and comfortable session. A multi-bulb light fixture which is especially designed for billiards table should be installed. According to your choices one can fix up with incandescent or fluorescent lighting as well. For some natural light design up the room with few windows. But do not let the glare of sun over illuminate your room. Do install blinds or curtains accordingly. 



Billiards room or pool room doesn't have any specific color to go with. But any color when used up well will definitely increase the style and aura of the room. In my personal choice or opinion light yellow, cream or light brown if contrasted with brighter shades will enhance the beauty and charm of your recreational activity and room. 

Remember, games are not just a part of play, they are a kind of meditation for the people who love it. Recreational rooms, billiards rooms, music rooms, are one of them. Create the magic with your design ideas for the people who love it. Happy Designing...!!! 

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Home Meditation Room Designs Tips.

Living a successful, sweet and happy life doesn't mean you need to have lots of money and power in your hands. For a successful happy and peaceful life you need to have inner peace, relaxation, and satisfaction. Inner happiness, relaxation and peace are not available in the market, you need to achieve them with your hard work, dedication and determination.  


Meditation is one of best and brilliant ways to achieve that lost peace, inner happiness and relaxation. Once you practice meditation you are able to reach the apex of happiness and peace. No need to go to any other place for meditation practice if you have a meditation room or a corner at your home itself. Designing of meditation room is a happiness in itself. Here are few tips for the interior designing of your home meditation room.



  • Location of the room : Try to choose such place which is zoned away from the social area's of your home. Give your meditation room a peaceful place to be allocated with. This eliminates every kind of disturbing element and let you focus to your meditation. Strictly keep it away from dining area, living room area or family room area. 


  • Design Idea starts with comfortable seating with comfortable surrounding and atmosphere. After all it is the major tool of for every meditation area. Keep the surroundings calm, quite, sweet and peaceful by adding some indoor plants, floor cushions, meditation mats etc.  


  • Warm it up and give it a cozy feel by adding up some candles, sculptures of peaceful God Buddha's or any god. Make it look heavenly with some accent light and dim lighter (if it is placed inside your home not on terrace or open space). 



  • Let the noisy color choice get dumped. Make a room full of silent, sober and warming color like pale yellow, light orange, cream, light or pale grey etc. Let the room be surrounded by nature as well. Let it get connected through windows or allocate the meditation area at some open area of your open terrace, outdoor etc. 



  • Avoid any kind of noisy or rough floor treatment. Embrace the flooring with some special treatment, rug or carpet ideas. Avoid over gracious and loud floor designs. 
Meditation room's actually requires all the simplest form of designing and treatment. It is important to eliminate the over design concepts, over luxurious items and over styling. Peaceful calm designing is achieved with simplicity not money. Happy and peaceful meditating. 

Design Tips - Study Area for Teens.

Study for teens is just not an area for them to study. It is a place of there knowledge, exploration, gathering and knowing the facts etc. To make such section cool and peaceful one should definitely take care of the few points thru the measure of design concepts. Well designed place always helps teens to focus and concentrate firmly on their studies. Lets help them with these tips.  



  • Location of the study area should be zoned away from social zones of the house. Pick up a silent corner from their room to fabricate a study section/ area. 



  • Permit good amount of natural light to get in the study section. Let the child get connected to the nature. It keeps him/her refreshed and peaceful which makes them focus on studies better. Location of windows should be taken care of. 



  • Good amount of artificial lighting should be installed to eliminate any kind of darkness. Task lighting should be combined well with general lighting. If desired accent lighting can be added as well for that dramatic and designer look. 



  • Peaceful, light and sober colors should be on the charts. Make the study section look calm, quite, focused and determined. Avoid any of wall art, over texture etc. Over designing or decoration distracts the focus. Keep it simple,calm and smooth with light sober colors. 



  • Ample of storage is important with versatile storage cabinet sections. Good storage always helps the person to segregate the work, files, books etc. in a well disciplined manner. Managed book racks, study section is equal to providing perfect place to focus. Messed up places generally ends up with failures. 



  • Comfortable study section with comfortable chair and table is essence of this place. Make them feel their importance, make them feel the importance of career, their dreams. Comfort them and support them with your caring hands through design ideas and furniture.  
Designing a study area for teens might be simple but is quite interesting as well as a bit challenging job to deal it. You have to play with design ideas, colors, furniture etc. in a quite interesting and clever manner to break the monotony & bring in the required calm, focus and peacefulness.