In India, the month of August in many ways is like the Sunday of the year. In the months preceding August, taxes are filed, annual holidays are taken, gym memberships are renewed, new weight loss goals are set (wait-a-minute! That's just me! :) ) and then in July the new school year begins. With the advent of the new session most women get busy making decisions about extracurricular activities for the kids, buying text books, clothes and other school supplies. Once decisions regarding new schools, art classes, music lessons and sports coaching are taken, it’s time to relax and catch your breath before the festival season begins. So, in many ways August is like the relaxed Sunday that follows a wild Saturday night.
Come September it’s all about planning parties, family get togethers, buying gifts, new clothes, cleaning up the house and sprucing up your décor, in time for the many festivals –Ganesh chaturthi, Dushera, Diwali and finally Christmas and New year. I normally kick start this Sunday kinda mood with the Indian Independence day while I go through my mental checklist and plan the succeeding months. One of the things I do during this time is add a few India inspired décor elements in keeping with the mood of the impending festival season. So today I am sharing with you some India inspired design and decor elements from all over the world.
Before you start incorporating ethnic Indian elements in your décor there are a few things you should keep in mind.
· Invest in pieces that are not very expensive if you don’t want them to be a permanent fixture in your decor
· Try to incorporate things that complement your décor style
· If you plan to put away any of these pieces once the festivities end, make sure you have enough storage space or else make sure to invest in small pieces. Sometimes cushion covers, lighting, terracota and urlis can go a long way in adding a festive touch to your decor.
· Keep the color palette of your space in mind while buying anything new.
· Try to incorporate elements that have a sentimental value or family history-your grandmother’s old silk sari, brass/copper vessels from your mother’s trousseau, old black & white pictures from your family album. This adds a personal touch to your décor.
Hope this post helps you get started on your India inspired décor project. Stay tuned for a follow up post with more tips and tricks to help you deal with your Monday morning blues (read festival madness :) ) Until then, make the best of your August Sundays!