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5 ChildProofing Ideas For Your Home From Cubby Tales

Child Proofing Ideas for your home from Cubby Tales

This post is about childproofing ideas that I have implemented at Cubby Tales, a Daycare and Pre-school currently based in Bangalore. Cubby Tales was my first Daycare/Preschools project and most likely the only Daycare/Pre-school project, Coz thanks to the fool that I am, I fall in love with the project and people there and working for someone else feels like I am cheating. You can check them out on their website www.cubbytales.com (no prizes for spotting my picture there)

I visited a Daycare that had chart paper stuck on electrical outlets that were within a childs reach and I had nightmares for several days. Childproofing is a critical activity that needs to be carried out if you have a baby or a toddler. While ensuring that there are no sharp edges and pointed things within the reach of your kids, here are a few other things that you can do to ensure that your space is safe for your kid. You cannot eliminate accidents completely, but you can surely ensure that you minimize it.

  1. Plug all power outlets with the dummy plug. Whether or not at your child’s level, ensure all your electrical sockets are plugged in with a dummy plug. If you have to use it, you can remove the dummy plug and religiously install it back tightly after use. Its hard for an adult to pluck them out, so you can be sure your toddler wont be able to. These are available at any electrical stores and are very inexpensive. (It may be called different things in different places, so just take a screen shot of this image and show it to your local vendor)ChildProofing Ideas
  2. Install nets. Nets keep the birds out and the kids in. If have a dangerous stair case or balcony railing that you’re afraid your kid will climb on to secure them with bird net. Bird nets are typically used to keep pigeons away in balconies and can be very securely installed. They also made in custom sizes so need not worry if they are available in the size of your balcony.
  3. Fixed Barricades. Staircases are one of the most dangerous places for toddlers and securing them should be your top priority. Baby gates are now available in India and they are free from any carpentry or fixing work. All you need to do is tighten them against the wall and the staircase railing and you are done. If you are the DIY kind, make one of your own, but ensure that small fingers should not be trapped in the hinges.Cubby Tales Koramangala
  4. Free Standing barricade. Put a stand-alone barricade in front of a place that you don’t want your kid to access and let your kid know. Unless you have an extremely hyper kid who doesn’t listen to anything you say, this works. Once told kids generally don’t venture beyond the barricade. We do that a lot at Cubby Tales and we hardly have any instances of kids misbehaving. P.s. This is for normal spaces like kitchen or Puja room, if you think the space is dangerous, install fixed barricade and secure well.Cubby Tales Hebbal
  5. Soft pad a dangerous area. If you have a pillar in the middle of the room or a wall at the end of a long corridor inside the house that you kid bumps into while running, consider sort padding. Furniture foam is available in furnishing store and a high density 1 inch foam is good enough even your kid’s bangs in to it while running. You can apply the foam directly on the wall, if you want a polished look, cover it with bright fabric (or art leather if you want to wipe it with damp cloth)Childproofing ideas for your home

When we want our children to fall and learn to get up on their own childproofing your home ensures that its geared up to handle a little person . Also you can move about peace knowing that your child is safe left on its own.

P.s. Cubby Tales Koramangala is having a fun event for kids this week, so if you are around, go grab a seat.

Cubby Tales Koramangala

DIY Kalamkari Carpet Planter Basket

DIY Make your own Kalamkari basket out of an old dhurrie

We see gorgeous dhurrie planters in images of homes around the world but they are hard to come by here in India. This 10 minute DIY is simple to make, but has tons of style. If you dint have to measure and cut, it would be a 2 minute DIY and you will be surprised at how ridiculously easy it is to make.

DIY Kalamkari Dhurrie basket

Here is what you will need.

  1. A kalamkari carpet small or any stiff carpet(i used a 2ftx4ft, this size can make 3 baskets)
  2. Good pair of scissors. (Rotary cutter if you have)
  3. A marker or marking chalk.
  4. Hot glue gun (If you are making it with a kid, please supervise the use of hot glue gun)

Here is how I made it,

  1. I cut all the tassels from the end of the carpet.
  2. I marked 1 inch from the shorter end ( 2ft side) of the carpet width, and then divided the remaining 23 inches into 4 equal parts, that was 5.75 inches each. so 1″+5.75″+5.75″+5.75″+5.75″ = 24″ (2ft)
  3.  I marked lines of 4.75″ inches long from the edge of all 4 markings.
  4. The height of the basket should be approximately same as the flap 5.75″, I did 6 inches here, allowance to fold another 3 inches, so 4.75+6+3=13.75 (no need to be this accurate) , I marked 14 inches from the edge on both sides and cut them out. So 14×24 inches made one basket for me.
  5. I cut all the lines along the 5 inch line that I had marked.
  6. I stuck the 1 inch flap to the inside of the other end of the carpet with hot glue gun all the way. Now I had a cylinder with some cut flaps at the bottom.
  7. Just like you would fold the flaps of a carton box, I folded the opposite ends and hot glued it together.
  8. Turn it over and here is your base. Now fold the top part a few times like a rice sack and you are DONE.

Here is the link to the instagram video.

DIY Kalamkari Dhurrie Basket

 

I even made a slightly bigger one with a more stiff mat and I think it looks fabulous.

Make your own Kalamkari Basket

This picture should help you figure out the math for any size of dhurrie.

DIY kalamkari Dhurrie

Make sure the mat you are using is stiff enough to hold on its own. If you make it too tall, chances are it will sag down. Hot glue holds pretty good, we put a big pot in it and lifted it and it was intact. If you want to give it extra strength, you can nail some steel tacks from the bottom.

Now go and pull out all those dhurries that are in storage for some reason or other, and put them to good use.

My TOP 5 Favorite DIY’s

Leather frame mirrors on the black feature wall

Everyone has their own way of relaxing and unwinding and mine is to create something. My DIY time is the “me time” and if you see me irritated and wanting to bite your head off, its coz I haven’t created something for a long time. DIY is not always about saving money, there are times that DIY can cost more than what you can buy something off the shelf. But the satisfaction of having created something all by yourself is priceless.

While there are several DIY’s on this blog, here are 5 of my most favorite. (Click on each title to read more)

5. The Decoupaged Dining Table

DIY Decoupaged Table

The 70’s and 80’s Kids can relate to furniture that was solid wood frame and plywood tops with ugly brown laminate. I picked this table from an old couple and loved everything about it except the top. Here I have decoupaged layers of pages from an old dictionary to give it a makeover.

4. Pens and Paint bottle organizer.

PVC Pipe DIY

This was made for a dear friend Shruti, who is well known as Artsycraftsymom. Shruti is not only a friend, but all my pillar in strength when I need one. She is the family I chose for myself. I spent two full days with her to give her studio a much needed upgrade. She was one of the very first blogger I collaborated with, even before the idea of collaboration came.

3. The Kutch Mirror wall

kutch leather mirrors on a matt black wall

 

This was the feature wall in my Studio before I completely renovated. I picked the mirrors during a sale in Gurjari (the official handicraft store of Gujarat). I had been visualizing this wall for a very long time, before I decided to make it in my office. It was a show stopper, a conversation starter and a wow factor. It almost felt like being enveloped in a warm hug when you were in the space.

2. The wooden Bar cabinet

Painting Laminate furniture

This is another way of upgrading laminate furniture. I have used this in some many places that I can almost swear by it. The trick really is to ensure you clean the laminate with soap water, let it dry completely, do two coats of primer and leave at-least 12 hours gap between coats.

1. Fan blade pendant lights

The final look of the space

The reason why this is my favorite is coz it makes me happy every time I look at it. This is like a DIY’ers dream, like you pick up something from the junk market and turn it into something that you absolutely adore and is one hundred percent unique. I bought the table fan blades at the Bangalore sunday market, cleaned it up to reveal beautiful colors and got my electrician to hang them in my husbands office. It completes the look of that meeting room I think.

This post was a beautiful reminder of all the fun times I had during the making of these DIY. While I am in the process of documenting the other DIY’s I have done and all the ones that I plan to do, this was a fun refresher.

5 ways to glam up a tiny bathroom

This post is about how we changed an ordinary boring tiny bathroom into a glamorous one. So if you are interested, read on. 

This was a typical office restroom that you get when you are a small business and rent out a small space in a premium locality commercial complex. Super tiny in size (Less than 25 square feet) boring tiles,  and no place for anything else other than a WC and a tiny corner sink. (At least we have our own and dont have to share a common rest room, Thank God!) It has a tiny window that lets the light in and provides ventilation (Thank God again).

During the process of rescuing this bathroom from boring, we discovered the 5 ways to glam up a tiny bathroom.

This is HOW!

1.Create a grand entry.  Just coz it leads to a bathroom, does not mean it needs to look drab. The entry to the (thinking) throne needs to be a grand one. The blue door gives you no clue about what is hidden behind. (Do ping me if you like the color and need the shade code)5 ways to glam up your bathroom

2. Ditch the light colors and go Bold. Contrary to popular belief that you should stick to lighter colors in small spaces, we decided to go bold everywhere. The walls above the tiles and the ceiling was painted in dark grey that almost looked like black. As usual, this made the biggest impact to the space.5 ways to glam up your bathroom

3. Switch the lighting to warm. Since this was in an office space and did not have a shower attached, I decided to do a pendant light, a traditional Andhra leather work shade with geometric lines. Changing the bulb to a warm led lends the glam feel.

4. Add an interesting mirror. Pretty self explanatory there. Since mirrors can be taken with you when you move, invest in a beautiful piece. 5 ways to glam up your bathroom

5. Introduce some Decor elements. I love decorative items in the loo. (Gives you something to stare at. Lol!) Maybe a plant, or decorative bottles, aroma diffuser or some sea shells in a glass bottle. Hanging a multilevel shelf provides room for storage of essentials and also some decorative elements too.

So these are our 5 ways to glam up a bathroom. Bathrooms are my favorite space to decorate coz there is no midway, you either break your bank or spend almost nothing decorating it.

 

 

A Dramatic Bathroom Renovation

This post is about a dramatic bathroom renovation that I did sometime last year. We managed to convert an ugly servant quarters bathroom into a luxury bathroom experience.
This was one of the most ugliest parts of the property. It was a part of the servant quarters, used by the security guards and the reason why you don’t see you before picture because extremely dirty smelly and unkempt. It had an Indian toilet in a corner and one step above the rest of the floor, a few taps here and there and an ugly rotting door. The tiles were i think assorted leftover from the tiles store, there was blue and orange and dirty yellow. None of them where in any reusable condition.

A dramatic Bathroom Makeover
Since this was going to be an office bathroom we could do away with the shower area. That made it easier to work with a small space. Now all of me that was a vanity and some TLC.

Here is what we did.

We permanently closed the door from outside and cutout a door from inside the room. (Functional change)DaVinci Bathroom Tiles

The first thing that we chose for the space was the tiles. We fell in love with the DaVinci limited edition tiles and I just knew I had to use them. Now working on a small budget I had to be very sure that I am not over shooting. The tiles were a bit of a splurge so the rest of the things had to be under budget. I planned the layout of the bathroom in a way that the vanity is exactly in front of the door. As soon as you walk in you see your face in the mirror and the WC is hidden on the left side.DaVinci Digital Printed Tile

The DaVinci Tiles had a single piece of Mona Lisa tile and I knew it had to make a big impact as soon as you get into the bathroom. I positioned Mona Lisa in such a way that as soon as you open the door you see your face in the mirror and then next to your face is Mona Lisa. The vanity is a simple plywood assembly and the counter-top sink, tap & hanging light fixure was reused from another place.

A dramatic bathroom renovation
A dramatic Bathroom Renovation

 

Instead of a towel rod, I added a small bamboo ladder. This was really an after thought, but I think it adds a rustic touch and yet retains the glamorous look. The cabinet hardware took the longest to find, Almost 6 months after the bathroom was ready, but it fits in perfectly.

P.s. If you want to place a bamboo ladder in the bathroom, dip the legs about 6 to 8 inches in oil enamel and let dry before you use.

 

5 Diwali Decor Ideas from My Home

Diwali Decor Ideas from my home

Diwali is one time of the year that I go totally bonkers when it comes to decor. Its fun with all the cleaning, planning and decorating and living those nights filled with light. In this post, you will find Diwali decor ideas from my home from the past couple of years.

Diwali is just around the corner and I am hunting for inspiration. Just to set the mood, i went back to the pictures from my previous years celebrations and got transported to a magical land. From “Wow! I did that?” to “Eww! I did this?” I relived each of those moments and realized they are worth sharing.

Here are a few Diwali Decor ideas from my home.

1. Marigold! On its own, it brings a brilliant festival mood and screams out “celebration” like no one else. I dont think I have ever had a Diwali without this flower.Diwali Decor ideas - Marigold is a must have flower for the season

2. Double Duty! Mundane glasses during the day, glam lamps at night. I love using everyday objects in decor just for the thrill of it. Double duty, multiple personalities is always fun, just like superman or spiderman 🙂Diwali Decor Ideas

3. Brass accents! Shiny yellow metal and celebrations have always been two sides of a coin in the Indian context. While my interest in the other shiny yellow metal is quite minimal, I love love everything brass. On regular days I always have some of my brass collection displayed in the house, but on festival days there is an overdose.Diwali Decor ideas - My regular day brass display

Diwali decor ideas - brass accents for the festivities

4. Rangoli & Lakshmi feet! Diwali is a good excuse to draw Lakshmi feet on marble flooring and put minimalist rangoli everywhere.Diwali Decor Ideas- Rangoli time!

5. Diwali Twist! Going through my old pictures, I realized I haven’t been shopping much. Instead I am looking at everything around me to see if it has the potential to get a Diwali twist. And the whole purpose of this blog is to share my decor stories and inspire people to have more ideas of their own.Diwali Decor Ideas

Diwali Decor ideas - a traditional board game into a decor accessory

While I have some idea what I want to do this diwali, I am still hunting for more inspiration. I still have tons of diwali decor ideas to share, so stay tuned.

P.s. If you love what you’ve seen, pin, tweet, instagram and share 🙂

Top 7 – Short-Listed Tag Lines for Home Decor India

Contest Home Decor India

Its the festival season and a good time to announce the shortlisted tag lines for the group. Thank you all for your wonderful entries! We have shortlisted among all the taglines submitted and it is time for each one of you to vote for your favorite!!

Big thank you to each participant for making this contest a success. The taglines submitted reflect what Home decor – India means to each one of you and it was a delight to read all of them!

This group has been a platform to share decor experiences, clarify doubts with one another, get inspired and to be an inspiration. With a variety of posts shared each day, you get your much-needed motivation and a boost of energy to transform your favorite place! We are now over 6000 members and it’s time to have a fun tagline that represents us!

The TOP 5 Top 7 Entries

After multiple iterations we finally managed to  shortlist 7 entries. Take a look at the other entries here. We were looking for 5, so that we could have the top 3 and then pick the best tagline. We loved all 7 taglines, that we decided to have top 7 instead of top 5.  So now we leave it up to you to pick the top 3.

Here are the top 7 tag lines with the names of the people who coined them. To Vote: Leave the tagline in the comment section.  If you are one of the finalists, go ahead and vote for yourself, dont have to be modest.

  1. Reshma Philip – Making impressions that last!
  2. Sabitha Sahu – Musings on stylish living!
  3. Anuradha Kapoor – A place where dreams dwell!
  4. Deepa Bhagat – Turning Ideas into Action!
  5. Roma – Dil, Dosti, Decor!
  6. Ninad Gavankar – Decor addicted brains!
  7. Priyanka – United by the love of decor!

We hope to announce the winner a week from now so that the winner can have the carpet in their home just in time for Diwali. So go ahead start voting.

Day 9 – DIY Plywood shelf

DIY Plywood shelf

Left over plywood is a situation in every construction site, even when you get small pieces of furniture made, there is always some left over ply that is considered waste and dumped in trash. While I need to think of what to make with small bit, slightly big pieces can be put to use immediately. Here is a quick, easy and cost effective way of adding a shelf to your wall with your left over plywood.

What you will need?

  1. Left over 19mm plywood piece
  2. Wood primer
  3. Enamel paint
  4. A 2 inch brush
  5. Metal wall brackets, a pair

How to do it?

  1. If you have odd shaped piece, get your carpenter to cut it onto shelf sized pieces. 3 ft long by 6 to 8 inches wide is a good size for a single shelf to support on 2 brackets. If you want to have a longer shelf, increase the number of brackets to 3 to support the weight of the things that will go on the shelf.
  2. Make sure there are no sharp edges on the plywood. Apply a coat of wood primer to all sides and edges of the plywood. Let it dry for a couple of hours.
  3. Now the piece is ready to be painted in whatever color you want. I used water based enamel in white, coz the things that go on the shelf would be bright colored.
  4. I used a brush to paint 2 coats of paint, with an interval of an hour in between and let it dry for another hour before they were put up.
  5. I am used to doing my own drilling and installing screws, if you are not, you can take the help of a carpenter. I mounted the 2 brackets on the wall, placed the shelf on them and fixed the shelf them to the bracket with screws. DIY Plywood Shelf
  6. diy plywood shelf

You can used this DIY to make a large size wall mounted table too. Just use bigger brackets and a big size plywood piece. You can easily get a 2 x 4 ft wall mounted table with 3 brackets for support.

Day 7: DIY Teen Room Display

DIY Teen Room Display

Here is another quick DIY to display all the stuff that teenagers hoard and want in their room. I think a teens room is a place where you can go completely crazy and do all types of budget DIY and change it in a few days, coz they will love to have something new.

What You need?

  1. An old frame, just the four sides.
  2. Satin ribbon
  3. A staple gun
  4. Some colored paper clipsDIY Teen Room Decor

How to make it?

  1. The wooden frame, I already had, you can even get one made for the size you want from your local frame shop guy. Just remember, if you make it too big, it may need a thick frame coz thin flimsy ones will warp and wont take the weight.
  2. I stapled one end of the satin ribbon on the top at the back of the frame, stretched it to the other end at an angle and stapled it on the other side. Its like putting up a clothes line.
  3. I repeated the same process to get 2 more lines.It looked like a stretched figure of 8 with satin ribbons.
  4. To break the symmetry, I used a different colored ribbon and stapled it randomly.
  5. Now it was ready to go on the wall. I used the colored paper clips to secure things on the satin ribbon.

This also qualifies for a quick 10 minute DIY. The best thing about this DIY is that, the kids can hang cards, friendship bands, little trinkets, photos, accessories, etc,. And after a few months, change them completely depending on what they fancy at that time.DIY Teen Room Display

Since I was on a fast track mode, I hardly have pictures of “Work in Progress). Sometimes I am so engrossed in it, that I forget to take pictures. This series is helping me realize I need to be more organized and have a step by step picture taken.

I have a few more Teen DIY’s up my sleeve, stay tuned. All posts of the 30 Days of DIY can be found here.

Day 6: DIY Spray Painted Decoratives

DIY Spray Painted Decoratives

Hectic weekdays followed by no rest weekends resulting in hectic weekdays again is the reason for the posts spill over. However, the committed 30 Days of DIY is going to happen and Day 6 & 7 will be published today so I am back on track.

A DIY Decor Enthusiast needs to make a few best friends and a spray paint can has to be one of them. Spray paint can completely transform anything.

What you need?

  1. Spray Paint Can ( They will be available in your local hardware shops for 180 – 230INR)
  2. Open space to spray, balcony, terrace, etc,. (Spray paints will fly all over, so if you spray indoors, it can stick to the floor and the furniture around)
  3. An old bedsheet or news paper to spread (more than 5 times the size of the object you are spraying)
  4. A mask or a cloth to cover your nose.

How to do it?

  1. Spread the bedsheet or the newspaper in the open area. Keep the object you want to spray in the middle.
  2. Spray paint does not come off easily, so if you want to color only some parts, tape the rest tightly with cellophane tape.
  3. Shake the spray can vigorously for a couple of times. Hold it 8 to 10 inches away from the object you want to spray and spray an even layer.
  4. The paint dries quickly, so give it some 10 minutes and spray another coat or the other size.DIY Spray Painted Decoratives

This Glass, I spray painted on the inside, I had to tape the outside tightly with a polythene bag and cellophane tape, and then spray painted the inside. The effect is beautiful. Excuse the out of focus subject.

DIY Spray Painted Decoratives

P.s. Spray Paint works great on plastic or fibre molded decorative. Just make sure they have a Lots of details that will get highlighted when you spray. You can even use them on carved wood. DIY Spray Painting Decoratives