Sweet slice of a Happy Day

Good afternoon bright face! How are you? Today, I am posting some of my liked rooms & corners of my family friend’s home. I really like a home which speaks about who lives in it, their story, their likes, their special collectibles etc. And genuinely shows the way they manage their lives… naturally.

Continuing with the home tour of a wonderful, newly married couple. Guitar…. Which is dear to the gentleman, who always plays it like a Pro. And he always treasures it.

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I am actually a big fan of ‘as pure as it looks’. No show off. And c’mon you know it, how clean they show rooms in magazines and websites. Which either can’t be kept the same way for more than an hour or if it can be then, I am sure that room is only for photo shoot.  Everyone can’t maintain it that way with a busy routine. I love the natural clutters; it makes me feel that yup someone lives there.

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Actually the above pic is cropped, cuz I focused on the chair and the cabinet. That chair, I saw in the market didn’t attract me much there. But when I saw it in the use, in a home of a adorable couple, it’s looking stylo here right?? Nice finish and the legs of the chair is slanted giving a good firm stylish stand.

Color Combination

 

I liked this pic, the fabric finish is giving a snowy effect on it. And somehow you can figure out that pale yellow and soft pink works well for calm look and in a kid’s room too. Though I was a bit unhappy, cuz they were leaving Pune permanently and settling in Nagpur, but I was enjoying the very moment a lot. So, this is kind of collecting the memory of their sweet home.

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The nice centralized designer veranda tile is imitating the colors of plain ones and of course coincidentally the air cooler too. And the pebble design is chosen wisely, cuz on the other corner bamboo shoots are placed with pebbles underneath. I captured it below.

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Being a Designer you need to play smart to make the focal point visible yet somehow related to its surrounding. And most of the time I sense a feel of storytelling. Though the couple has not opted for any Designer to take on their living space, but here the magic is simply present because they shopped the things they got attracted to. Though this scenario doesn’t happen with everyone….every time.

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The moment I saw the bedroom, I felt the room girly, lovable and peaceful. The pink effect all around is simply due to pink curtain and wall. The bed furnishings were not having even a trace of pink shade. Well, most use bedroom more for their office work and reading space. But here the lady has made sure nobody will enter with any office related work. Hence, it seems actually like it sounds…. A bedroom :)

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And she also loved wall stickers, so the final shot I made was with a selfie. Frankly speaking, I could have clicked more pics, but I was having total fun there, so I was kinda busy you know :). And hey how was your weekend? Share and tell.  See you soon till then take care.

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Envelope DIY

Happy Holi Sweethearts!! I know, you will trace the path with a zeal of learning something new and creative, because gifting seasons never ends right? I have shown DIY(s) most of the times, but hardly anyone can reach it….. So I am preparing for all of it, so that you can get a segregated section for everything I show in my blog; since I have so much creativity filled in me to share with you…. I know you too have got it :)

To start with, you just have to collect these materials:

  1. Gift wrapping paper or Decorative paper
  2. Plain colored paper or colorful craft paper
  3. Envelope templates (print, cut & use here:  printable envelope template)
  4. Pencil for tracing
  5. Scissors
  6. Glue

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Method:

With the help of template, trace out the boundary on decorative paper

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IMG_0606Also cut a smaller portion of the given template (as shown in second photo from top), trace out the boundary on craft paper

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IMG_0610Tadaa!! It’s done… yesss done by you! You can reverse the papers e.g. you can take plain craft paper for envelope and decorative paper for internal good looks. Now you can make envelopes for greeting cards, marriage or birthday or baby shower invitation cards or just when you are free and feel like making some handmade envelopes.

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walked Street full of Joy, Bagging Style!

Hey people! I am sure as of yet you have bagged in many interesting fun trips and experiences to share with in n number of ways. But in case of me, I bagged up a startup (well known) artist.

So here it goes…A while ago, I went to an event where I came across many startup stalls and I was passing on in a fast pace, don’t know why. But then something shiny (leather) caught my eyes. So I took five steps back and finally met One among the startups with a name  Mr.Sudhir Arora. I know, I know it sounds like meeting someone from the Bollywood industry (the name suggests so), but I guess since I know him not in that genre, so can’t say….. But the genre I saw him in, is not too far from that too. He has started up (in October 2011) with his interest  in handbags and accessories line, that are extremely stylish with fresh design, supreme quality and excellent finesse.

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And right behind the display, got Sudhir’s smiling and welcoming gesture, and behind him I saw a BIG banner written

199_379102965499298_370129956_non it. When I asked more about it, Sudhir mentioned “JoyStreet started as a label with the mission statement

‘To spread joy with style'”.

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And what is different in it? “JoyStreet is a brand that is being run with a lot of heart. It is all about  joyous experience for everyone and we do this by creating original styles that are high fashion, the best workmanship in the industry, and more than anything by providing a very humble and professional service to our clients.”

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So when I actually held the bag and felt the shiny, smooth leather. My brain was yelling out loud ‘WoW!! Such a superb workmanship’. Hence I could not resist and I purchased it… not then and there but in bestylish.com. Yes Sir, they are all over the e-commerce retailing and are tied up with styletag.com, snapdeal.com, yebhi.com, fashionandyou.com and many more are in pipeline. So when I showed interest to have both of them (Sudhir & Joystreet) in my blog…. The rest is (not the history)… it’s present right here ;)

403543_401655379910723_1402862348_nI am pretty sure….you might have seen these, cuz it so popular right from Joystreet.

And while going through much more details about Joystreet, I got to know that “In the last one year of our operations, we have been frequently featured in various publications like Grazia, Times of India, I Diva, Time Out and mainstream news like DNA Vanity Fair to name a few” my eyes widened.

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Then, “Online, we have appeared on bpbweekend, strut120 etc. And all of this completely through word of mouth publicity owing to our strong product and before-and-after sales service” after reading this I ran out of words and was completely awestruck. Because now I really felt as if I lost the chance of getting more in contact with such a personality who…… might have some connection with Bollywood.

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Well people, I don’t know if you know about 6 degree separation, but to tell you frankly no matter who you are and with whom you are connected to (in terms of celebrities), your own potential and hard work with full dedication and passion, says a lot about you.

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So I would highly recommend you to shop in Joystreet because “we got wide variety of handbags, wallets, clutch, sling bags, belts for Women which range between INR1500 to 8000. And in this year the label will include Menswear and Kidswear bags and accessories categories too, making it the ultimate fashion accessories brand for all”. In his own words and sweet smile.

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40, Hari Market, Seagull Commercial Premises Cooperative Society Limited, 3rd Road, Plot20, Khar West, Mumbai- 400052

+91 90 04038563

+91 98 92096656

+91 22 26041915

sudhirarora@joystreet.co.in

bhavya@joystreet.co.in

www.facebook.com/WeLoveJoyStreet

https://twitter.com/WeLoveJoyStreet

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Ohhh by the way I totally forgot to tell you, Joystreet Team are into customization, alongside their seasonal lines too!! Wanna see?

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Meanwhile I will keep on passing my interest level to you. You… please please please enjoy and work on your passion and let people get the chance of saying “I know this person (Celebrity: You), we are very good friends’  ;)

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Everybody… spread Joy with Style!! Have a great day…Adios!!

Photo Courtesy: www.facebook.com/WeLoveJoyStreet

Real Deep Dive Link

Hey all! It’s Friday and I know you all are very happy about the coming weekend. I am still planning what to enjoy doing more. Well in my case, I either apologize for not being regular in posting blogs or make promises for posting blogs regularly :)  But today I want to introduce an issue which you all are aware of, but just not stepping ahead.

It’s been more than 3 years, since I am here in Pune, but hardly in touch with real people out there. So I jumped into taking parts in events, where I can have the liberty to interact with interesting identities. One of the experiences that I am eager to share with you today is ‘Innovation Jam Pune’ (conducted once in a year). The session started from 1st to 3rd March ’13 at ThoughtWorks, Pune. I loved the ambience of the company, comfort & good care that they took of us (participants) and got to know many just after a sweet Hi!

The event’s motto was to let join bright minds together and build an innovative bizz plans. We were 35 in total (divided in team chosen by us) and given 48hrs. of time (for deriving a business startup from a given theme) to ignite the mental spark big time.                 Birender & Aditya (face of the comapany ThoughtWorks) were mentors and our mental fire extinguishers :) So we started discussing….

more discussion….more discussion…started to turn up towards giving a shape to mental capabilities…We had internal excitement, enjoyment, competition, exchange of mixed feelings etc.But all in all, more than the effort put on the innovational concepts, we experienced the sweet sense of togetherness.And on the third day, when final leaving is on the part of the chapter, saying “be in touch” are the words that expressed the feeling of never let go of such a nice company.Everybody is into socializing and it seems to be a never ending scenario. Through internet, your friend list is exceeding 200 but still it’s not enough for you. Don’t you think, it feels greater when you see & hear your friend’s laugh rather than liking on their smiling pretty face? I am attached to only 100 souls through internet, but deeply I feel void. I chat but can’t express feelings, I like but can’t sense it totally, I comment but it sounds to be unheard. Are you feeling the same?I suggested many to go out, get in touch with most of your city. But, I know what is holding you back viz. shyness, lack of time, you will say “I am an introvert…. doesn’t like to mix well with others” etc. etc.        Frankly speaking, first few seconds you are strangers but as soon as you say Hi or receive a Hello, you get sudden sense of knowing that person. So get out!! ;) And dive into the real world connection.

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419717_289886994410859_504878908_nI would like to thank the far & friendly minds who started the whole concept of Global Service Jam (founded on 2010) Markus & Adam, the entire team of ThoughtWorks including Aditya & Birender, My team mates Suganth,Vivek & Santanu. Those names, I remember with whom I exchanged a short & sweet friendly gestures Shaifali, Pari, Nidhi, Khushbu, Dubinsky,  Mandeep, Pratik, Ashish, Ketan and those pretty unaware names whom I respect a lot for their participation. Most importantly, I would love to thank the site eventbrite.com that brought me to have the best 3days time spent with the above, absolutely lovely personalities. Thank you all for reading this long & strong blog :)…. Once in a while I blog so I guess it’s worth the patience right ;) Would love to have your contribution for facing the live world. Till then Adios!!

Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/globalservicejam and https://www.facebook.com/InnovationJamPune

Find the Bonus Package!

Hello folks!! Monday is over, so I guess half the job is done by you :)  Today I would like to go for free writing, this means I would like to write about the philosophical life talk. I am right now in a calm & peaceful mood, hence thought of sharing some of my practical views, that might help some of the like minds :)

While, time was taking a great leap from Dec. 2012 to Jan.2013, life’s major plunges are very well taken care of, by practicing ‘The Secret’. I lost a good friendship merely on the basis of misunderstandings and found more new hands that pulled me up towards bright side of living. Goods and bads happen just to balance your life more precisely…. Day by Day

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I believe everyone goes through bad times in their own way.  But how each soul copes up with it, learns from it and leave it far behind… makes the difference. Makes a noticeable personality.

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Initially when I started blogging, I decided, this has to be a design blog ‘only’. But as by each passing day, I get many lovely readers and their heart filled responses to my each blog in my mail Inbox. I recognized, there is more to just design & decorate a place where you spend more than 5hrs. of your day. So, I also started blogging about my mistakes in Interior Design Business, life talks, spotlight on other artists of the city, lessons etc. And you know what, this is how my like minded, fellow, adorable readers got connected to me & vice verse.

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I once visited a gallery of an upcoming artist, who was into modern art. A person came to me and by watching a random framed art, he asked “What is there in this painting, just few short & long lines drawn criss+cross?” I said “Whoever has a story related to this part of artist’s feelings or thought process, will adore it & purchase it in a mouth shutting price”. This is how it is… we would love to connect to a person, who expresses an emotion in some way, which relates to our emotions somehow. And all our lives we find those souls and keep them close to us and protect them…. Feel like never let them go!!

I have heard million times, “we must decorate our soul with wonderful experiences” and it’s pretty true. Until you are happy from within, how will you be pleased to see the external lightings? Sensing each thing or person or situation and responding to it in a bright manner, makes you feel more special. But I believe whatever you feel, you just have to speak out loud and clear, to whom you want the message to be conveyed. You know life is too short to enjoy to the fullest. Clear the clutters and destination is visible.

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In my case… the multi feelings plays a wide role :) I love travelling, yet feel happy when staying at home in a cozy summer afternoon. I like to groove to “Yo Yo Honey Singh!” song, yet get satisfied with peace by listening to “Shaam bhi koi”. I enjoy having fun with my friends, yet sometimes being alone makes me happy. And guess what, it’s all the same with you too :) There is just some additional bonus package we all are gifted with and blessed with. Exactly!! Find that bonus package and gift yourself with lovely people around    and     Mind it…. Never ever let them go. In a positive phrase…. Just hold them close. Give Love… Get Loved

I would love to see you shine, shine from within. Keep me noticed :) Adios!!

Photography Courtesy: Bimal Nair from bimchum.wordpress.com

New Year Dips in ‘Pink Truffles’

Hey … how you doing?? Sorry for the same old ‘FRIENDS’ gesture.  But I am sure you are getting crazy about making plans with your friends saying “hey what are your plans for New Year?” or “what are going to be your New Year resolutions?” etc…. Okay so keep up the spirit.

But today I am here to let you order for some yummm… chocolates on New Year occasion. Yes, there is this beautiful, cute looking girl naming ‘Deepshikha Kothari’, who is a ‘Chocolatier’ (WoW!! What a designation). And having a surprisingly great talent of making you eager to know ‘what is inside such a wonderful looking box’. Exactly, the presentation (the box made by her) of chocolate is itself alluring. Watch this:

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She says “My love for food,cooking and especially chocolate drove me to take chocolate making classes. After learning the basics from a pastry chef I started experimenting with flavors and recipes which I would love to eat myself. My friends and family were my guinea pigs and my greatest motivation for me to get into chocolate making , apart from my own passion for it, as I am surrounded by chocolate lovers!” That’s how it goes….

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She learned the yummy art. Now…. It’s just been few months since she became an entrepreneur (since August 2012) and her business is going rocket high. She named her talent as ‘Pink Truffles’ and the visiting card is as cute as her way of approach and pleasing attitude.

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I met her at Helix Events. There were many stall owners, but among few she was like a ‘fairy’ to me, who shown me the box and the eatery within it and let me tasted her handmade chocolates. It was a heavenly feeling as soon as the first few layers of chocolate melted on my taste buds. A sudden rush of watery feel in my brain and ‘tick’ the chocolate is gone. WOW!!

I asked her, what is so special about these chocolates and she said “I have worked super hard on my packaging as I feel people eat with their eyes way before the chocolate reaches their mouth. It is a homemade chocolate company where the focus is on making the best quality chocolate. I use imported ingredients, so that my chocolates taste quite different from the ones you get in stores around the city”. That is it. That is why some of the big named sweet shop owners in Pune have Pink Truffles on sale.

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In her words “My motto is to never compromise on quality and I work on order so that my customers get the freshest chocolates to devour. I look forward to my chocolate making sessions with the intoxicating smell of chocolate enough to keep me super happy (though I do end up eating quite a bit myself!). Chocolate making has really helped me discover my creative side :)  “.

You must order some for your happy moments and sunny occasions. And soothe your tasting senses by dipping them in designer chocolates. You can go for mini or bulk orders by:

Calling Her:  9049988837

Watching Her Profile:  facebook.com/pinktruffleschocolates

Mailing Her:  pinktrufflespune@gmail.com

You have got only two days left for New Year celebration. Great, if you grab the chocolates for the party!! Have fun and kindly let me know your plans for New Year. Hey! I too want to get invited by you….. Adios!!

First Ever……Brand Promotion

All my dear folks…. Your mail inbox seems to have no message from crimsonapril.wordpress. I totally agree, because it’s been a long gap since 2nd December 12. Well there are many news to disclose then.

In this gap, I have attended many events here in Pune. I mentioned you already about Helix Events, after that I have been to Masala Dossa, both of them are event organizing companies. I got so darn inspired by the upcoming artists, new jolly faces, what their brains work upon was captured on the table they were displaying.

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And there is no stop. The every other event I was attending, were conceiving all different sets of artists. Very few I can say were a repeated face to me. But the Josh & Junoon was same with each stall owners.

To be very frank, initially (before attending the events) the concept to me was below the ground. I was like “It is so understated, so boring, so embarrassing being a ‘stall owner’ “. But when I actually attended one in Pune, my entire perception got vaporized (as soon as I entered the event). The kids, youths and aunties having ‘posh’ lifestyles and ‘hi-end’ profiles where on the other side of the table. And I was watching the combination of art & attitude, skills & style, stuffs & mentality they carry…….. amazing experience.

So the point is, for the first time, I had the brand promotion of Crimson April just the same way. The event (‘Coco Bazaar’)was organized by Kitsch Mandi at Cocoparra, Pune. And  I was on the other side of the table (as a stall owner) and displaying my art. And trust me “that was big time fun and enthusiastic moment”. My skills been appreciated, my talent has been seen and boosted and my visiting cards were all over by the end of the event :) . Ohhh… what a great feeling when people come to know what are you made for, why are you here, what is your identity etc…..

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So show up guys!!  I feel you deserve to be there and declare the purpose of your presence.  The importance of being you. What I sensed is, a missing feel, when only you know that you are alive… you have to wake up the people around you (apart from your family and friends) and make them know what is it being YOU.

Thank you all guys for many likes and followeens, which actually made me go out there and supported me as true buddies. And yup, do let me know what have you done these many days without my mails ;)    Adios!!