TRENDING THEME OF THE MONTH-

HELLO READERS!!

As a new month stepped-in, the eagerness to know the theme in the category HOME & LIFESTYLE has increased. Last month we went with THE BOHEMIAN theme so, that our bedroom or our personal space looks Pinterest friendly. But, this time we have shifted our designing and creativity skills from bedroom to living room.

If you haven’t yet read our blog on styling tips for a Pinterest friendly Bohemian Bedroom, click on the link: https://sastapocket.com/lifestyle/

WHY LIVING ROOM ?

Living room is the first place of your house where guest gets the taste of your innovative ideas. Hence, your ideas help to make your house stand out from their’s. Even the appreciation and comments you receive for your efforts is inexpressible.

Similarly, this month’s theme has a unique aura of its own. This time we tried to highlight tradition along with modernity. Having a platform where we can showcase the versatility of our culture and tradition and make the upcoming generation aware of their old roots is worth the cost.

Without wasting much time of our readers, we finally reveal the theme for this month i.e., “TRADITION MEETS CONTEMPORARY”.

Months of scrolling through the pages of Pinterest, taking ideas by watching Youtube videos. Thereby, penning down all thoughts into one page and combining them into one frame led to the birth of this theme. Almost everyone must be familiar with the term “CONTEMPORARY” but giving it a new shape and incorporating with “TRADITION” creates a whole new concept of interior designing.

SMALL INTRODUCTION OF THIS NEW TREND

Once there was a phase where people used to paint the walls of their living room with bright solid or soft neutral colors. Then this style got shifted to applying graphic wallpapers and 3-D stickers. But, this style got out of trend too as 2020 stepped-in. With competition and innovation being at the peak level for this year hence, we used “GEOMETRIC DESIGNS” as the base element for our “CONTEMPORARY” style.

Everyone is familiar with geometric designs. They may be three cornered or four cornered, according to your wish. This design adds a life to the boring and old walls. Imagine your guest getting awestruck after looking at the wall!!

This particular design is usually done on a single wall while other walls are kept plain. The main motive of doing this design on a single wall is to draw the overall attention. Coming to the use of colors, we have used a blend of three contrasting colors. The name of the colors are-

  • Cinnamon Red
  • Chocolate Truffle
  • Hot Latte

The choice of colors depends upon you. Even the numbers of colors you want to incorporate in your design also depends upon you. A SMALL REMINDER: TRY TO USE CONTRASTING COLORS. Coming to the size of the design. You can keep the size random or make the size precised. Keeping the sizes of the design random helps the wall look vibrant.

TRADITIONAL DECOR ITEMS

Emphasizing on the “CONTEMPORARY” style, traditional decor pieces are being used to highlight the overall theme. As I hail from Assam, a state from North-Eastern part of India. Hence, majority of decor items will have an Assamese influence.

JAPI-

Japi or Jaapi is the symbol of Assam. It is a conical shaped hat which is made with bamboo or “tokou paat”, large palm leaves. It was initially worn by farmers to protect themselves for the sun and rain. But, as days passed it became a sign of royalty and nobility. Today, Japi is offered as a token of respect and also placed as a decorative item. Even, Japi is a part of the traditional Bihu dance of Assam.

XORAI-

The Xorai is another Assamese traditional symbol. Usually manufactured from bell metal, it has a serving tray structure with a flat base. Both this elements are connected by a stand. Xorai is used as an offering tray to guests as a sign of welcome and thanks. Also, it is used as a decorative item and offered as a gift to a person of honor.

BOTA-

Bota is similar to a Xorai but usually smaller is size. It is used as serving tray for beetle nut and beetle leaves to show the gesture of welcome and thanks. It is also used to serve offerings in front of the almighty to seek blessings.

WOODEN RHINO-

One-horned rhino is “pride of the state”. Due to this animal, the state gets a huge number of tourists per year. This decor item is usually carved in wood which looks just like a replica of the real animal. Tourist usually carry this as a memento from the trip. Even it acts a decorative item for every house located in Assam.

BAMBOO DECOR ITEMS AND FURNITURE-

Bamboo is abundantly available all over the North-Eastern states. From using it in local cuisine to creating decor items as well as furniture, bamboo is just like a part of our daily routine. From wall hangings, flower vases, hand fans to sofa’s and chair’s, you name it and you shall have it.

KASHIDAKARI WALL HANGING-

Kashidakari embroidery originated from parts of Kashmir, Punjab, Bihar and Karnataka. This kind of embroidery is created by using thick bright colored threads along with beads and mirror work. The designs ruling this embroidery are mostly flowers, leaves, animals etc. Kashidakari embroidery represents an excellent masterpiece of artwork.

JAIPURI HAND PAINTED LIGHTS-

Coming straight from “The Pink City- JAIPUR” represents a uniqueness in style and art. This item is usually hand painted in order to give the raw vibe. Attached to the trunk of a metallic elephant, represents the royalty of Rajasthan. As this hand-work requires a lot of patience hence, it turns out to be so magnificent.

Using small pieces like the above mentioned, can turn your living space into a paradise of its own. All you need is some research, some street hopping, some bargaining skills and the final results will be in front of your eyes.

BOHEMIAN OR BOHO- Bohemian or Boho themed decor defines a unique taste of style along with an extraordinary flavor of colors, textures, prints and patterns. It can either be minimalist with a wide range of soft tone colors or can give a hippy vibe with a blend of bright colors.

Bohemian style mainly comprises the following ideas-

  1. WALL HANGINGS.
  2. PATTERN and TEXTURES.
  3. MIRRORS.
  4. PLANTS.
  5. RUSTIC FURNITURES.

BUDGET FRIENDLY DECOR ITEMS THAT CAN CHANGE THE LOOK OF YOUR ROOM

~ A SASTAPOCKET MAKES YOUR WORLD GO CLASSY AND COZY~

DIY FULL LENGTH MIRROR AT LOW COST

COLORS- Bohemian style mainly comprises the blend of bold, brighter high tone colors and to cut through the intensity; soft and subtle low tone colors are used to balance the exotic taste of sweet and spicy.

PATTERN and TEXTURES- Ranging from aesthetic patterns to intricate details are a part of bohostyle.

MIRRORS- An important item that not only make the vibe go classy but also makes your room look bigger. Wall hanging mirrors with gold detailing adds a pinch of vintage filter to your atmosphere. Full length mirrors are the best friend for all the style gurus out there.

PLANTS- Boho style is all about life and the vibrancy of nature along with your ideas. Plants just makes your boring, depressed room stand out. Lush greenery from the plants just rejuvenates the mind and soul.

RUSTIC FURNITURE- Bohemian style mixed with old rustic vintage style is just like a chocolate cake with a taste of caramelized orange syrup. Furniture uplifts the room and gives a comfortable aura to it.

VIBRANT TAPESTRY

TAPESTRY- The most affordable and easily available decor piece is a tapestry. The design and detail brings traditional piece of art on your walls.

WALL HANGINGS- No one is in favor of empty walls. So why not to try wall hangings which can either be the form of paintings, metal plates, picture frames etc. It totally depend upon person to person.

LIGHTS– To give that cozy and warm vibe; add fairy lights, rice lights, table lamps or standing lamps and enjoy a bowl full of popcorn watching your favorite shows along with your partner.

BOHEMIAN RUG AND CUSHIONS

CARPETS and RUGS- Everyone enjoys a pop of vibrancy, which can be in any form. Carpets and rugs are just a part of the theme. Persian carpets adds a touch of royalty whereas bohemian rugs adds a hippy essence to a minimalist room.

KINDLY NOTE- ALL THE LINKS OF THE PRODUCTS or ITEMS USED IN MY ROOM THE GIVEN ABOVE.

DIY’S THAT WILL EASILY BRING DOWN YOUR BUDGET

OUR MOTIVE IS TO GO SASTA (POCKET FRIENDLY) WITH CLASS.

  1. FULL LENGTH MIRROR-
MY OWN DIY FULL LENGTH MIRROR

Who doesn’t love to have a mirror where you cant get the glimpse of what you are wearing from head to toe. But, the problem arises when such kind of full length mirror go way higher on our budget. Due to which it leads to disappointment in yourself of not talking those sexy selfies and not being able to show it to the whole world.

But don’t get upset!! Sastapocket is here with an awesome diy along with the price of each item, just follow the steps –

  1. You may have a hardware store near to your house. Get a Looking glass sheet according to our own size(I have taken 4ft) and a wooden beat to apply as a frame around your mirror.- RS 600(mirror) + RS 120(beat)
  2. Get a thick cardboard sheet for a local stationary shop, according the size of the mirror you have purchased. Cut it according to the size and paste it behind the mirror.(CAUTION- BE CAREFUL WITH THE SHARP EDGES OF THE MIRROR).RS 100(cardboard)
  3. Trim the edges of the mirror with a sandpaper and measure its length and breadth.
  4. Cut the wooden beat according to the measured length and paste it along the edges, so to give it a clean look.
  5. Let everything dry overnight and voila! your mirror is ready in less than 1000 rupees. Enjoy clicking selfies and conquer the world with your look.

2. CLASSIC BOHEMIAN WALL SHELVES-

DIY WALL SHELVES

Empty walls are just like a body without a soul, boring and lifeless. But, with a simple and easy go diy, you can create a stunning decor piece for your wall with easily available items.

Sastapocket have listed down the steps along with the price-

  1. Go to a nearby hardware store and get two ply-boards each of size 3 ft. Along with the ply-boards get 12 ft long nylon rope.- RS 600(ply-boards)+ RS 100(rope)
  2. Make sure that you get the ply-boards drilled in all the four corners in the store itself.
  3. Paint the ply-board with your favorite color and let it dry overnight.
  4. Cut the rope of 12 ft in four equal halves i.e., each of 3 ft.
  5. Insert one end of the rope through one corner of the ply-board an tie a knot so that the end of the rope is secured. Insert the other end the rope to the hole along the breadth. Repeat the same step for the other side.
  6. Similarly repeat step 5 for other ply-board too. Voila!! your shelves are ready to be hanged on the wall. Decorate it according to your taste.