In a previous post, I shared our upcycled saree curtains and referred to that queen bed which has propagated many lovely pieces of furniture. We’d dismantled that whole bed with the help of a local carpentar, extracted three wall shelves from one portion of the bed. The bed itself was broken down into two singles, which we’d painted earlier – in a shabby chic, distress style (pics below). I couldn’t wait to do something different with the wall shelves. So, here’s the rest of the post, see for yourself…
Ever since we’ve moved into this blank new home with white walls, it’s been a delight to decorate it bit by bit. Some new stuff, some upcycled stuff – never before did I have an opportunity to do up a space in this spirit. The fact that the house is well lit, well made (in terms of architecture and fittings) is an additional boost to do it up. The fact that there’s a wild wild forest adjoining the backyard and it’s there to see the moment we walk into the house, is a gorgeous feeling.
Right from the beginning, sea-green, leaf green, yellow, mustard and other similar hues have evolved consistently in our process of decorating the space. All of us have leaned toward a breezy and vibrant look and feel.
Furniture in distressed look or solid raw wood; vases with ferns or dried herbs, shells in mason jars – I looked up on the net to find how this style would be defined by the experts. They say, our style of home decor is defined somewhere between nautical and modern farmhouse decor. When you walk into a home styled this way, you’ll likely feel transported to a French provence.
hmm…now I know why a guest recently commented that our home reminded her of Pondi! (Puducherry or Pondicherry). Pudducherry, as some of you may know, has a distinct French flavour in its architecture, atmosphere and vibe, for, it has been a province of former French India.
These saree curtains almost blend with the forest behind!
Keeping that nautical (we’re in Goa after all!) spirit at heart, I decided to paint these wall shelves turquoise – to synchronise with the dining chairs in distress look. But then, to add a special touch, I thought gold rims and some artwork with gold paint would be perfect. I wasn’t wrong. That gold made a world of difference!
So, here’re some pics for you.
When you’ll see the pics of this shelf being painted (below), you’ll realize what a transformation it is!
Couple of pics of the shelves in making (being salvaged, really!)
Our terrace had turned into open-air studio during those furniture painting days and weeks! And, now with the monsoons in action, this space is mostly flooded! But, hey, that forest behind – it’s coming alive in glorious green hues with every shower.
And now some close-up views:
Leaves pop up everywhere in my scheme of art, without intention. Leaves – they’re just so embedded in my sub-conscious! Leaf art (the 30-day challenge) and some more leaf art (the pregnancy saga continues and culminates here!)
All the stuff waiting to go in…
The distress-look chairs! I think they’re one of the highlights of this living/dining area. (We have an open-plan kitchen).
There’s much more to be done. Especially on those bare white walls. Our artwork, pictures, old calendar art, mirror curtains that we’re making, wind chimes, drift woods, branches that we plan to paint – all these knick knacks will breathe life into some of those dull and life-less corners. The walls will start talking to us. But, we’ve to keep patience, for quiet time (to make) comes in small parcels….
And, here are the single beds (extracted from that one queen bed – the same bed we carved out these shelves from) I mentioned at the beginning of this article.
More pics of this handpainted upcycled bed and another one on Tinker Earth (my daughter Pari’s blog).
Truly, our nest built with love. (revisiting this Golden Oriole painting from the 30-day leaf art series).
What is your home decor style?
Is there anything that you’re eying right now to upcycle? Do share the idea. It’s always fun to discuss such topics. :-)