Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Desi DIY sisters (Home Tour)

I stepped into Divya’s home the other day (virtually via Instagram) and kept ogling there with my eyes wide open for quite some time. Clearly, her home is a passion of her fun and fresh DIYs combined with the respect of Indian traditions. Dazzled by her brilliance, in a light hearted take, I took a leap into that unknown person’s inbox and fortunately my bravery paid off and Divya agreed to have her home featured on my blog here.

But wait, my story doesn’t end here. From her response I learnt it’s not one but two sisters in-charge (Divya & Sravani) who have made their creativity run rampant while making their DIY vision come to life. Most of their creations are heritage exposition that represent the rich cultural imprints of India & their discerning aesthetic strokes via good dose of DIY. While injecting their elbow grease with pure heart and soul, to some extent, they both are truly leading advocates for recycling/up-cycling turn trash into treasure and help save the environment in course.

Dive with me into the world of these DIY overrode homes as I uncover what goes into bringing their vision to reality. The process in each of their home is solely orchestrated and monitored by each sister individually.

Divya's Home:

Divya has trained her eyes to take one step further in an innovative way. She spent hours scrolling through the web to find a piece befitting her whimsy of entrance console, but nothing really made her heart hum. That’s when she decided to look for some antique pieces that she could enforce her charm over. By rubbing her sweat, passion and never-say-die spirit, the creation unfolded into the most talked about piece.  This is a transformation from an old brown console table to a beautiful peacock double colored console table. Isn't it so pretty? To attempt your hands on this DIY go here.  
A vintage approach to this console leaves every visitor enchanted by its beauty. Such clever use of color, well-chosen accessories and imaginative table top display hints away pride of Divya.      
Spontaneous projects thrill Divya. Magic happens when something unique like this temple bell coffee table is made impromptu out of nothing special. She totally upped the game of this ordinary old glass table that she bought for only $10, (yes re-read the price) by turning it into an envy inducing piece. DIY like this piece can also be a great way to cut some decorating cents, wouldn't you agree? Go here to see how the piece came together.

The resulting piece now serves as an anchor in her attractively decorated living room. Enticing display of brass and a dash of Indian soul in Divya’s living room emphasize cozy simplicity.   
The spirit of Indian traditional décor eases its way through room eventually touching every corner. Good dose of brass bells always bring well-edited elegance in any traditional Indian décor, without falling out of style. I loved the idea of placing a brass bell on a wooden panel for a dramatic outcome.    
Though Divya’s coffee table makes a statement on its own, whatever she places on top is just an added bonus. To reflect the traditional tone and inject personality of one’s ‘desi soul’ brass always earns to exude that magnetic charm.
My eyes go right in to the envious pieces of brass and Buddha Divya owns. Just like me, she is unapologetically leashed to creating these vignettes around the home to keep the corners alive and engaging. Also, as I know many of my readers are in search of these lotus candles that Divya has dotted promptly, hence upon request Divya kindly shared the source of them. Here is the link to purchase them from Amazon, India.
Divya also channels her talent through some living things such as this mini open air tabletop garden in a terrarium. This super easy to make and incredibly low-maintenance terrarium is perfect for people like me who are botanically inept. This gold terrarium planter falls perfectly in the rhythm with Buddha and naturally enlivens her Zen-corner in the home. If you are in a mood to create one for yourself or as a gift, head right here.
Being a profound thinker, our DIY diva has her own way to nurture her spirit and reflect her personality. Giving her creative persona some freedom, she spins unfinished & rustic pieces into a surface that sings. With her ingenious touches, Divya made this discovery of wood pallet outdoor dining table more pleasurable than expected. She richly layered the top with burlap runner and few assortments of flickering candles making it a breathtaking venue for your impromptu dinner nights during summer months.
What a fun way to make a stark space into a soothing refuge. The end result ticked off functional and decor field of the home owner. If you ever invite me, I wouldn’t mind juicy tête-à-tête (of course about your DIY) and fun bites in that area Divya ;). Go here if this inspires to create one for your backyard.
When one door closes, another exciting DIY opportunity opens. And that’s what happened when Divya caught the wind of what she was exactly looking for. Divya was always crazy with the Indian aged doors of a bygone era. Fascination of antique doors that were part of her childhood is finally made by diva herself from scratch to add much color, character and added life in her living room that will always make her feeling nostalgic. Well worth the wait for something actually make exactly the way you want, I would say not exactly but way better! This is my personal favorite pick from all of her DIYs. Head here for making this DIY Antique Door.

Sravani's home:
DIY bug is genetic in both the sisters and they enthusiastically brain-storm every project personally according to the need and style of their homes. As we head to Sravani’s home the very first DIY is hand painted console table.
With the life-long obsession that Sravani had for ‘muggu’ designs, she succumbed to the lure by painting one herself on this console. When you put your elbow grease, sweat (and frustration some time) the act of creating something into a piece like this seems to imbue it with addition value above and beyond its inherent quality. Go here to see the entire make-over of this tremendously detailed hand painted console. 
Practice that rose out of Sravani’s childhood of sitting on the floor while eating made her take a route bold enough to follow her heart. With the deepest passion of DIY, they transformed a regular dining table little by little into a low sitting table. The table that is made according to tailor choices of the family’s own style and preference now establishes a decorative tone in the dining room of Sravani.
Closer look of the dining table design. I found the decoupage project quite intriguing and impressive. Go here to see the process and procedure of the dining table make-over. Draw your eyes on the corbel in this dining room, which is another brilliant DIY of Sravani. She recalls this project as ‘Creativity with neediness’. Having no place of handful brass bells that she got from India, she invented a fresh and unconventional approach of dangling them on the carved bookend that she found from HomeGoods. All she did is just gave the piece few licks of paint and “ta-da” the piece now is championing a unique and One of a Kind look.
Sravani claims this etched glass door as a simple project that turned a mundane glass door into a piece of art. Simple? I remember breaking the bank up to have this door installed professionally for our temple room ;). I am just in awe with your creativity girl! And inside peek at her temple room where good amount of brass bells flanked on both side of the temple hitting off the right note of the place. 
Passion and focused approach has helped Sravani to achieve many unique and successful DIYs under her belt. One of them is this day bed that she found in white color at World Market. But white wasn't just right for this color savvy design diva. An eye with creative endeavor as well as color love , made Sravani imbue her style with a hint of risk and adventure by painting it in a tiffany blue. Me thinks, the color brought out the heavy duty historic character in the piece.

As we conclude this post, I truly hope this home tour will keep you happily occupied for this holiday season to knock off few DIY's around your home while compelling you to attempt your hands on outside of your comfort orbit. My gratitude extends to Divya and Sravani for throwing the doors of their DIY friendly homes open for my readers.
Do share your feedback writing which DIY inspired you the most? Also connect with these DIY divas here to see their upcoming projects and take inspirations from. Until we meet again, stay connected lovely peeps, toodles!

(Images are taken by DIY SISTERS). Please do not use the images without the prior written permission of the home owner and Pinkz Passion however, you may re-pin them from Pinkz Passion's Pinterest account)