Tuesday, May 3, 2011

House to Home

Last couple of months were tiring. It was then that I realized what does it mean when people say "making a home". Apart from your sweat and blood that goes into it without saying, the feeling of your own nest, personal and private is an emotional affair. There is no sweeter cake than having your own home; even if you have been fortunate enough to inherit from your parents. Though that sort of fortune was not bestowed upon, I am thankful it did not happen that way.

Else how can one know what goes into making a home or the experiences gained out of it? How else would one appreciate how talented the workforces are whom we label as menial? The electrician who quickly solves the puzzling circuit or the plumber who figures out how the fancy nuts and bolts work. The painter's and the carpenter's hard work to make the house aesthetic.

The joy which is going to remain forever when you choose and plan carefully each and every minute detail of the interiors; personalize it and then you realize the emotions it involves. A friend in the early stages told me not to get emotionally attached with the house. If you get a good price, sell it and move on". Makes sense, yet when you get a sense of belonging, you do want to  make it the best; which you can relate to and then it becomes a HOME.

Started planning for interiors 2 months ago and finally its done. Wanted it to be tasteful but simple and elegant. Umpteen visits to numerous shops to choose the furniture, lights, fittings, curtains, drapes and other stuffs, tiring and hectic yet refreshing and joyful. Home finally done. Here are few pictures.

Master Bedroom



Second bedroom



Living room




 

My favorite piece - Crystal Chandelier


Kitchen


Dining Area


My collectibles from Costa Rica and Mauritius; did not find a place initially; later placed them all in the partition underneath the glass of the dining table.


One of the balconies.


For keepsakes and by popular demand :-D


PS : Thanks Amrit for encouraging me to write about my home and for suggesting the Post Title :-)

47 comments:

  1. Simply fab, you home is!! Loved it!!
    I know, the sweat that goes in making a house a home but when it's done, wherever and whenever you walk in your home, it's a happy and joyous feeling!

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  2. Home Sweet Home. :)

    Nice pics. Liked the master bedroom and the Living room!

    Btw, You cut you hair short? They were long before! :p

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  3. Wow. Superb.

    So tastefully decorated. So you are not just a good blogger, but a good Interior decorator too. Really like the color schemes on walls and matching colors of furniture.

    When I come to Bangalore...I will visit.

    Awesome post

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  4. Home is far more than just a building and you MADE IT. I can see in the pictures....Good job.

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  5. Congrats and it is home.. I checked the pictures and commented on them hope you saw..

    All the best and it looks beautiful ..

    Bikram's

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  6. Congratulations Bindu. I am so happy for you and your husband. Your home looks very beautiful. Interior decoration has been done very tastefully. Can you come and do interior decoration to our home?

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  7. ooff..simply fabulous...and looks luxurious...congrats buddy..

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  8. Every day as i pause at the traffic signals, I look at the crows's nests beneath the solar panel of the signal. That too, is a home. Your house is the fruit of your labour, so love it and make it a happy home! :-)

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  9. Hello Bindu,

    Beautiful home!I loved the living room.. :):)

    Vazhthukkal !!

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  10. Wow you have got a beautiful home , very artistically done !! I loved the dining table concept :) and your pic of course :).

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  11. Looks tastefully done.Give it an atmosphere . And then it will be "Paradise gained"!

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  12. Congrats :)
    Lovely home. Loved the living room and the Crystal Chandelier and what you did to the dining space. Very artistic :)

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  13. You did all these within two months?
    That was prety fast.
    Like the layout of the kitchen and the dining place.

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  14. Beautiful interiors. Just fell in love with the accessories you have used. I loved the cot in the smaller bedroom.:)
    And you could have posed, without the machine on your lap:)

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  15. Insignia @ Traveler, Blogger and now i get to see the HOME MAKER !! many facets of personality and you are good in all three that I got to see :)

    making a beautiful house part is done and now it is to make it HOME with laughter and tears and warmth and fights..I have a feeling you will excel in that as well :)

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  16. 47190

    Shilpa,

    Thanks shilpa. Yeah that satisfaction thats going to last forever is priceless.

    Enigma,

    Thanks :) Yeah I chopped my hair off. I lose lot of hair; it was nice this way.
    I had the same style 3 years ago and went back to it :)

    A,

    Thank you. Haa, if you say so. You are sure welcome; whenever you are here.
    :-)

    Bik,

    Thanks Bik. Yeah I saw :)

    SG,

    Thanks SG. A dear friend said that my home is a model home. That was the greatest compliment I received.

    Ramesh,

    Thanks a lot.

    Balan,

    Materialistic comforts dont make a house a home; but the love, care and the emotions attached.
    I am glad to be blessed.

    Ramya,

    Thank you so much. :-)

    Jidhu,

    Thanks.

    neha,

    Thanks, glad you liked the dining table concept.

    anil,

    thanks anil. It has lot of warmth and love and care :)

    Sesha,

    Thanks dear :)

    Haddock,

    The house came with wood work done. Furniture were bought. So yeah 2 months was sufficient.

    chitra,

    Thank you. I loved that cot as well. I like it better than the master bedroom one :)
    Haha, laptop and me are 'until death do us apart' :)

    ousu,

    Thank you :) I am lucky to be faring decently in what I choose to do :)
    Thanks again for your wonderful wishes :)

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  17. simple and beautiful
    like it.

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  18. I read your post again. I have to tell you that you are the Mahakavi (Great Poet) Bharathiyar’s Pudumai Penn (A Vision for the New-Age Woman).

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  19. sm,

    thank you.

    SG,

    Aww thats too much, but thanks a lot.

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  20. Beautiful the gramophone it; Congratulations. Make sure that You call it Home and not just your house :)

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  21. Wow! Such a lovely home! Very tastefully done. I know this feeling, I set up a home a few years back in Kerala. But now that the loan on it is fully paid, the feeling of contentment in unmeasurable!

    Did u hire an interior designer? The worksmen are cool when they do a work. It's when you call them back for maintenance , do problems start! It's like that in Kerala atleast!

    I came here through A's post. Nice blog you have here.

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  22. My best compliments and best wishes.
    It takes a lot to make one and itb seems you have put in a lot of emotions into putting things together.
    Dinning area looks very nice

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  23. Hi Bindhu! Nice to be visiting your home. I must say it is lovely and especially your shell collection display.

    I have seen you around the blogoshere but somehow never visited here, or may be visited once and read about a train journey post, I think. Anyways, glad to be back and wish to return.

    Thanks to @A for his post on you.

    Congrats and many wishes for continued success.

    Regards,
    ~ NRIGirl

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  24. Superb.

    Your taste is very good.... nicely decorated. If you ever think of changing your profession, you have one waiting for you.
    I especially liked your idea of the dining table with those shells displayed.

    I think I've seen you on somebody's blog.
    Congrats for owning a home. :)

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  25. came here through A's post about you....

    MY heartiest congratulations to you for such a beautiful home....

    Regards,
    irfan.

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  26. Hats off to you Lady !Salutes !

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  27. very tastefully made!congrats dear!

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  28. Hello there... this is my first time here, landed through A's blog. :) Loved your story - the way you built this home from scratch (of course not literally) i mean, the hardwork and perseverance that went behind this -
    Really like the home. :)
    I shall visit your blog again.
    Regds,
    Punam @ Dreamz Forever

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  29. AND your blog template is as LOVELY as your beautiful home. :)

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  30. Beautiful... u have great taste in interior decoration... absolutely sweet...

    I admire u more after reading A's blog about you.. Keep up the spirit lady...

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  31. Congratulations dear!
    Very very beautiful home and tastefully decorated.
    God bless you.

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  32. Stranger,

    Thank you. A is generous enough to write about me in his blog space. I feel honored. It feels nice to be encouraged :)

    Shobha,

    Thanks much. :-) Its sweet of you to drop in to my blog and leave these words. Thanks again.

    rama,

    Thanks so much

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  33. THE COMMENTS THAT GOT EATEN AWAY BY BLOGGER

    IRFANUDDIN has left a new comment on your post "House to Home":

    came here through A's post about you....

    MY heartiest congratulations to you for such a beautiful home....

    Regards,
    irfan.

    kavita has left a new comment on your post "House to Home":

    Hats off to you Lady !Salutes !


    Harman has left a new comment on your post "House to Home":

    very tastefully made!congrats dear!

    Juxtaposition has left a new comment on your post "House to Home":

    Wow! Such a lovely home! Very tastefully done. I know this feeling, I set up a home a few years back in Kerala. But now that the loan on it is fully paid, the feeling of contentment in unmeasurable!

    Did u hire an interior designer? The worksmen are cool when they do a work. It's when you call them back for maintenance , do problems start! It's like that in Kerala atleast!

    I came here through A's post. Nice blog you have here.


    BK Chowla, has left a new comment on your post "House to Home":

    My best compliments and best wishes.
    It takes a lot to make one and itb seems you have put in a lot of emotions into putting things together.
    Dinning area looks very nice


    NRIGirl has left a new comment on your post "House to Home":

    Hi Bindhu! Nice to be visiting your home. I must say it is lovely and especially your shell collection display.

    I have seen you around the blogoshere but somehow never visited here, or may be visited once and read about a train journey post, I think. Anyways, glad to be back and wish to return.

    Thanks to @A for his post on you.

    Congrats and many wishes for continued success.

    Regards,
    ~ NRIGirl

    Nisha has left a new comment on your post "House to Home":

    Superb.

    Your taste is very good.... nicely decorated. If you ever think of changing your profession, you have one waiting for you.
    I especially liked your idea of the dining table with those shells displayed.

    I think I've seen you on somebody's blog.
    Congrats for owning a home. :)


    Punam has left a new comment on your post "House to Home":

    Hello there... this is my first time here, landed through A's blog. :) Loved your story - the way you built this home from scratch (of course not literally) i mean, the hardwork and perseverance that went behind this -
    Really like the home. :)
    I shall visit your blog again.
    Regds,
    Punam @ Dreamz Forever


    AND your blog template is as LOVELY as your beautiful home. :)

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  34. Irfan

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
    Thank you :)

    Kavita,

    :-) Thanks so much.

    Harman,

    Thanks a lot :)

    Juxtaposition,

    Thanks :) Yes the satisfaction and contentment of having done something is priceless :)
    No, interior is all done by me and my husband :)

    Chowla sir,

    Thanks a lot. Yes lot of emotions went into this home.

    NRIGirl,

    Thanks so much :) Glad you liked the shell display.
    Yes, you visited my blog once :)

    Nisha,

    Thank you. Haa changing profession, I think I have to do this..that..and yet keep quiet :)

    Punam,

    Thanks for visiting. Thanks so much :) Keep dropping by.

    :)

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  35. Bindu after 2 years when my new house gets ready...u have to give me tips to decorate it. I sincerely loved the interiors...kahin nazar naa lage kisiki or for that matter meri bhi naa lage.

    Ur balcony takes the prize and gramophone is the next one :)

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  36. The kitchen is so lovely and I adore the idea of those open shelves:) Great place and so inviting! This is the perfect place.

    Philippines properties for sale

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  37. Home is where your heart is.Where you can take the days burdens and put them to rest.Your apartment clearly shows your tastes.

    I have seen some people keeping homes spotlessly clean,but cannot sit comfortably on their own sofas for fear of wrinkling the covers.They are afraid to relax,and rest the legs on to the coffee table.They feel tense when visitors arrive.

    Be warm and hospitable,and your home should emanate your spirit of friendship.
    Congratulations.

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  38. G3,

    Sure lady :) Thanks.

    arrielle_p,

    Thanks a lot.

    dr.antony,

    Doc, Thank you. Yup thats sad. What fun if you cant enjoy your own home? Thank you again.

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  39. Loved your home pics. The red color room, especially and the decorative piece with shells, coz I collect shells wherever i go and love to showcase them.

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  40. Swapna,

    Thanks a lot. I am glad you liked them :)

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  41. hi its really wthnic.... u hav a gud taste.the red colour room is awesome.thanks for these pics.bye

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  42. Hi luv or home very much.a home must be pleasing to enter.things must be in their apt laces. sweet home.thanks .bye

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