Thursday, August 19, 2010

Akshatha's nest, a home tour

This post could easily have been titled "The Über-Talented DIY-er"..... Dear readers, meet Akshatha, author of the blog "living in decor". She's lives in Saudi-Arabia with her husband and is slowly transforming her house into a home with her no-project-is-too-tough-for-me approach. While you and I wax eloquent over gorgeous handicrafts and textiles, she gets down to business and makes them. How you ask? well, for one, she embroiders....




Yup, that's all handmade, ladies!! (click to enlarge)


she paints....................

"Peacock in the Wild"




She does batik!....



Wait, there's tons more.... She does block-printing (with blocks she's carved on her own)....



Yes. I. know.

So she makes her own duvets, pillows, artwork...Oh wait, there's more...Ikea hacks anyone??


Ikea "RAST" transformation!! (click on link to see the before)


Okay, I'd promised a home-tour and I try to keep my promises...

DIY bedroom. String lamp, by her. Bedcover, by her. Block-printed fabric on bedcover, yup, you guessed it...by her. Painting above bed-her's. Transformed Ikea Rast? uh-huh! (inspired?-good)...goes to show there's nothing you can't do if you set your mind to it (and are blessed with talent!) I'm dying to know how she made that pendant lamp...maybe we'll have a DIY guest post, what do you think? Oh and don't forget the pillows..also by her. Seriously, DIY aside isn't that the cutest bedroom ever? (I've always had a thing for turquoise......)

By her own admission, she is constantly experimenting, changing things up, and creating, she enjoys having a fresh new look each time. Here are some other corners in their home........

Nook in the living room.


Another corner in her bedroom.


Where she blogs from. (Notice her artwork up there?)


In the dining area: Ikea "billy" with (her own) artwork and Tunisian pottery.



I'm sure you must have guessed that this is just the tip of the iceberg...I'm going to point you in the right direction, where, hopefully, inspiration will find you.......... blog, flickr. Akshatha, they're all yours. Thanks for the inspiration. (Now, if you excuse me, I have pillows to sew........)




24 comments:

  1. wow ... excellent...esp the block prints..

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  2. GB..one more thing...can u suggest a few websites that do wedding decor etc...like table centre pieces ...more like a DIY kinda blog where i wont have to spend too much for buying stuff...i m trying to figure some idea for a pretty table centre

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  3. @Prema, thank you and welcome to my space!

    @Nisha: There's so much more on her flickr stream, go check it out!
    RE the DIY decor, marigolds and mithai publishes some from time to time. I'll keep an eye out and let you know! :) or maybe do another post.. :)

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  4. oh my gosh....this woman is awesome! she is after my heart! thanks for introducing me to her blog! her bedroom is to gorgeous!

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  5. What a talented girl! I love the Batik owl.

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  6. Wow.I bow before her.Someday ,maybe I will become uber talented too.Praying hard for that.;-)Not likely to happen in this life though.

    That string lamp,I have tried it once and failed ,now going to try again with renewed vigour.

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  7. Good grief! What amazing talent! I feel so small and inadequate now :-( But seriously, incredibly artistic, creative and talented!

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  9. Wow, I am speechless, fabulous home and what a talented lady!!

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  10. Thanks Gagan for having my home and artwork featured!!

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  11. @Prachi, pree, sumi, Kamini, Anu:

    I. know.

    Isn't she fabulous!! Her blog is loaded with inspiration as well, I hope you gals clicked on over... Sumi, I'll be looking for pictures.. :)Girls, when I started this blog I had no idea of this whole other world that existed "out there" I'm so thankful that I did and met all of you. Each one of you. You make my day!

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  12. @Akshatha: Thank you for sharing...it was so inspiring!! You're one talented gal!!

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  13. She is so creative and also active. She sure does inspire me to do somethig new. Thanks Gagan for posting her home. She gets a thums up from my side.

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  14. What a creative lady! Loved the embroidery!

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  15. Such beautiful things she creates- is there no limit?! I love her string-ball lamp; I've done smaller orbs, but wha! And you have a really nice space here in which to display design- glad I came.

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  16. @Shweta: Thanks! be sure to check out her flickr stream. there's an ear-bud porcupine that I'm kicking myself over not posting!! :)

    @Priya: She sure is talented!! :)

    @Elaichi etc: Hello and welcome to my space. Hope I'll see you around more often! :)

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  17. its lovely indeed...great home..thanks for the post....the tanjore painting based handicrafts which u asked for..they dont hv shop in delhi..but if u pick something through online shopping..they deliver it to delhi at ur home....

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  18. this is fantastic! i love those little nooks... really nice!

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  19. Beautiful stunning home.. wonderful photography just like in Elle or any top-end home decor magazine.. and wow talent is amazing..!!! just visited her blog .. It is awesome !!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  20. She is one talented lady!! I am crazy about her embroidery! I WANT!!!!

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  21. What a beautiful home and lovely creations....very inspiring ...thanks for sharing

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  22. *sigh*... how did I miss this awesome awesome home.. What a bundle of talent.. Its amazing... I'm checking her blog again today... Thank you Gagan... well done again!!

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  23. Wow.. beautiful. I have a long list of half completed DIY projects at home... Must have taken Akshatha lots of effort, time and loads of passion. Every one of her DIY decor work is beautiful.

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