Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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Growing up in India, we never acknowledged our self and surrounding family to be thankful for the life. But I am all about accepting new cultural tradition and adopt positiveness in my life !! I love this american festival where people gathered around and be thankful for everything. In last few years, I developed a practice to myself to spend ten spare minutes and think about there’s so much to thankful in my life. We had pretty rough year in personal and professional end and I am thankful that I got strength to face these challenges. I am always more critical to myself but sometime it is nice to give a break to yourself and think about accomplishments instead just failure. I am excited for coming years and grateful to have wonderful readers!! :)

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving this year, and a healthy serving of pie!!!

Xoxo,

Simple N Chic

California is burning

 Photo Source: The Japan Times

Photo Source: The Japan Times

Hello All,

As an interior designer, I truly believe that home is one of the most essential element where a person gets comfort & peace in their life. Home is the one where you would like to remember all sad and happy memories and build your life! I always tell KD that for me comfort and freedom in my home are the most essential things.

As you all know, last two weeks were toughest for California. Two wildfires and gun shots brought series of sad news in our state. As a cali resident, I am truly saddened and stunned with these events. I can’t not imagine what will happen if a person looses the house and there is no where to go while at the same time, San Jose area which is too far away from wildfire, is covered in smoke for a week!!! This last two weeks of November, I am trying to reconcile myself and think positive as much as I can for the victims and at the same time feeling grateful that I am in the position to help someone in-need.

I truly feel as a human being, if we can provide mental and financial support those wildfire victims by providing donations. It can be a great effort of ours. Due to these, this blogpost I would like to urge you all to donate for all these victims.

For donations, please contact Habitat for Humanities in California: https://www.habitatca.org/california-fire-relief/

As it mentioned in Habitat for Humanity website, “Prior to these fires, new housing for low-to moderate-income families was already a significant challenge in California.  It is now critical for affected communities to prioritize rebuilding. Our local affiliates and volunteers will serve a critical role in rebuilding these communities once the fires are contained.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help serve the areas devastated by the wildfires.”

Thanks for all your support!

Simple N Chic

Happy Halloween

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Hello All! Wish you a very very Happy Halloween to all! I am sure you guys are ready to enjoy my favorite weather fall & holiday season! This year for us it’s bit different. We are not following our traditional Halloween food (Hearty Slow cooked Chilli & Baked Potatoes), as we have guests from our country. Instead we will consume some Indian food !!! I am sure, KD & I will miss those smells of chilli and baked potatoes in our kitchen.( I promise to make those fav chilli of his very soon).

In business side, we will open our shoppe very soon.. which will have list of favorite things of mine with fall/holiday flavor into it. Besides festivities & Shoppe, I am excited to go to craft show right across my home this weekend and in next week to enjoy one of my favorite festival “Diwali”!!! What about you guys!!

Hope you guys have a safe Halloween!!

See ya later !!!

Simple ‘N’ Chic

Fall is here!

First of all sorry for being MIA!! I am so excited to say that we are 90% done with our reno. Also, we have guest arrival for next two months. So we will be quite busy in accommodating them and continue to accommodate ourselves :). In my MIA phase, KD and I visited Greece which was marvelous as well as relaxing trip for us. It was much needed trip after all these craziness. Now I am so ready to enjoy fall at the fullest. Fall is one of my favorite season. Throughout the year, I always crave for those fall pot roasts/chili & soups, warm smell of home cooked cookies, holiday decor and american football. Fall is prominent in east coast and I enjoyed all fall festivities at my time in east coast. I might not get strong fall season here in west coast but I am really ready to do all fall related stuff in my newly renovated home.

Like all season I would like to create a list- what I will be doing next two months:

  1. Make Potato & Leek soup for KD & I with warm toast of bread

  2. Watch a scary movie at the time of Halloween

  3. Find a signature home scent for fall ( I am looking for fall candles)

  4. Make a front yard - fall appropriate (adding wreath, pumpkins and some planters)

  5. Watch Football game whole day and do nothing!

  6. Host small friends gathering and enjoy some baked goodies! (not too formal)

  7. Follow fall beauty routine

  8. Redesign my site and work on business plan for next year ( a lot of things need to be done, I wish I have more hours in my hand to work on my own - with full time job, guests and reno it is bit challenging)

  9. Start and Finish a book ( I am open for the Good reading suggestions)


    What are some those things you are most excited about fall?






Organic Home Decor

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Growing up in India, l observed and followed so many sustainability/organic principles in my life. On that time, it was natural and original to me, there was no other option than following organic path of living. Now living here in United States, now I go back and think about that I used to keep organic damp jute on my windows to carry cold wind in hot summer afternoon. As living in US has its own charm to it, but I would love to bring back few of those lifestyle changes which is not drastic but still its appealing. 

Ever since  I started interior design blog here, I would like to implement same principles whether it is soya candles, organic bedding (See my old blog) or home decoration items in my current reno projects. KD and I started our remodeling last spring, as it's no more near to finish, but we often talk about how our home should look like and how we can add on those organic, sustainable and ethnic touches in to our decor. 

So few of the examples are below: 

Use some traditional prints in throws and pillows. Textile can be one of the important factor to define sustainability and organic nature of the decor. 

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Terra-cotta pots are one the other authentic feature. It will look elegant and chic. Using terra-cotta planters in living room is cheaper options for any one. 

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Jute is so versatile material, you can find Jute material in mid-century modern, eclectic, classic or any other design styles. I love jute in general as it adds richness in any style. 

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My list is still on... other than material, there are few prints such as Shibori prints, Bandhni prints and block printing can add different dimension in to organic home decor. 

For next blogpost, I would like to share few trick and tips, we started buying furniture pieces from high-end stores. 

Meanwhile, stay tuned ! 

Xoxo, 

Simple N Chic :)