Home is Where the Hearth is: Introduction

Written By

Sheela Kedarinath

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When you travel around the world, what is the thing that you miss most? No prizes for guessing! More than your home, it is the comfort of your home that you probably miss. Your coffee mug, your snug comforter, the annoying sound the door makes when you open it… there are so many of those things that we do not appreciate until we are away from home.
Speaking of which, each of us have a different style of doing up our homes. Décor could follow several patterns of which some are given below –

• Minimalistic: some of us like non fussy arrangements. So if you prefer stark colours or stick to a black and white theme, you could be bordering on minimalistic. For instance, getting the right colours on a wall could be akin to buying a piece of art or highlighting certain areas in your house with lighting. What others find boring looks great to you!

• Eclectic: as the name suggests, it is the coming together of various ideas which could be a combination of modern and traditional or cottage and minimalistic, etc. If you have a traditional rose wood cabinet and want to team this with modern furniture then that is eclectic décor for you.

• Kitsch: though the meaning suggests cheesiness or tacky according to Wikipedia, it all depends on you. Would you like to put all the articles you picked up on your travels to good use and for the world to see? Kitsch can be beautiful if you choose it to be.

• Country Cottage: cozy, comfortable is what it is all about with pastel shades and non-fussy accessories. The peeling paint (not on the walls please!) and distressed look of furniture add to the look and makes you just want to curl up on your comfy sofa and have a hot cup of cocoa!

• Modern: the total opposite of cottage décor. Neat, simple designs signify modern décor. Again black, white, muted and pastel or dark colours would be appropriate for this décor with no room for florals or curves.

• Traditional: is a formal style of décor and the homes appear gracious, inviting and have a certain classic appeal to them. They follow a certain colour pattern and are anything but whimsical.

…the choices are endless. The style of décor is defined by various elements and a few of them are listed below-

• Walls, paintings, paints, murals
• Curtains and venetian blinds
• Furniture – size, texture, tapestry, cushions, puffy, divan, etc.
• Gardens− balcony, rooftops, patios, herb, kitchen etc.
• Windows – their length, frames and size
• Accessories – lamps, candles, bottles, runners, mats, silver candlesticks, photo frames, etc.

Having spent most of my life living in Defence Establishments (both my father and husband are from the Defence Services), I have always appreciated the comfort that my temporary homes gave me. I treasured each of them and decorated my homes exactly the way I pleased (much to the consternation of my husband!). For instance, when my husband came home after work he would find that an odd sofa had disappeared from the original place and found another spot in the living room. The shoe rack had a habit of disappearing too – he put up with this for a year and then did exactly what your significant other would probably do…. just gave up!

Even if you have not given a thought about how to find your style, you would have picked up a few articles, furniture and other artefacts that you really care about and are precious to you. That to my mind is what you can set your home up with and will be your comfort zone.

This article is a prelude to a series of articles that I will be presenting to you. As we go along, I will touch upon each facet and style of décor as well as the elements that are used to make it special — and hope that you enjoy the journey as much as I do. And while we are at it, I will give you my insights on balcony gardens and how a bit of green can change your life and bring some positive energy.

Until next time!




Sheela Kedarinath has around 20 years of varied experience in the corporate world. She has worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility sector and has also been managing administration for an MNC for a long period of time. In her personal life, she is creative and passionate about the various aspects of interior decoration. Sheela’s home and garden are her pride and joy. She has added value to a lot of her friend’s homes and balcony gardens in the last 20 years.

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