A Tribute to Kanhai

After a close association with Zaarga for almost 7 years, Kanhai takes a bow as Mukta Sharma moves on to pursue new opportunities. The Enchanting home accents by Kanhai were a visual treat to all Zaarga customers, the hardcore Kanhai fans and the casual browsers alike!

The vibrant coasters, whimsical keyrings, elegant bookmarks, dainty napkin rings, will all be hugely missed on Zaarga! Here is a visual tribute to Kanhai, one of our oldest and most popular brands! A picture is worth a thousand words….

Bookmarks:-
Kanhai bookmark Collage

Key Rings and Fridge Magnets:-
kanhai-keyrings-magnets

Whimsical Paperclips:-
Kanhai paperclip Collage

Dainty Napkin Rings and Curtain Tiebacks:-
kanhai-napkinring-curtaintieback

Vibrant Coasters:-
Kanhai Coaster Collage

And finally, the ever Enchanting Garden Lights, which has stolen innumerable hearts!
Enchanting Garden Light -1Enchanting Garden Light -2

We will miss you, Kanhai!

Love,

Team Zaarga

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Home Furnishing Week with Vaishali Sinha – Brightening up a Living Room

All of you out there who are struggling to kid-proof your sofa or other home furnishings will love this post! Check out the conversation between a Z Customer and Vaishali Sinha!

Customer Query:

I did up my living room in a cream and brown combination. My queries related to my home furnishing:

1. I opted brown furnishing for my sofa the rationale being I have a 5 yr old in the house and the sofa and chairs (to put it mildly) are highly abused. Things are forever getting spilled on it. Though it has served the purpose well so far I wish I could do something to brighten up the room. Should I try colorful pillows or should I change the upholstery of the sofa’s? Again if its upholstery change that you suggest what fabric – color & material would go well with the rest of the decor and also not show stains?

Drawing Room and the Sofa
Drawing Room and the Sofa

2.As you can see the wall the TV is against is pretty plain. I’m thinking of getting a wall mounted TV unit sometime this year. In which case can I highlight that wall by painting or wall paper? which is better? Also there are quite some curios that we have collected (not big pieces but small ones, which I would like to display. Is it a good idea to do that on that wall & if so could you suggest a way I can do that without cluttering?

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TV Wall

Thanks in advance for taking the time out to resolve my queries!

Vaishali’s Response:

Hi!! I have a 7 year old too & I completely empathize as to how difficult it is to keep your sofas stain free. 

The LIVING ROOM looks very bare. The sofa is brown with brown textured upholstery with beige colour rug, with off white walls with light beige flooring. Except a Madhubani painting there is nothing else on the walls. YOU NEED SOME COLOUR, SOME PATTERN & A BIT MORE FURNITURE to make the place look more warm & welcoming.

To begin with:-– The upholstery seem to have a textured look (stripy texture). You can change the upholstery to be a solid colour (any neutral colour is fine too). If your wish to use textured upholstery then it should be non-directional – it provides a clean background for colours & patterns to be thrown on.

– Get a coloured rug & of a bigger size ( like ochre yellow, burnt red, wine colour or rust or olive…. ). You can use beige too BUT then we will need to throw in some coloured poufs or floor cushions. 

Furnishing Options given by Vaishali
Furnishing Options given by Vaishali

– Once you get your rug you know what cushions to coordinate with.

– You may need to add a centre table too.

– I cannot make out the layout of the room very clearly BUT it seems you do have corners to put a curio cabinet.

– The walls:-
A) You could do a single large painting on the wall BUT getting a single painting can be expensive & you need to really hunt for the right piece that you would like to own for a long period of time.
B) You can make a collage of small wall arts to create an interesting wall decor…this gives you flexibility of a lot of mix & match BUT you must plan the layout of the collage…with proper measurements.


For your second query on the wall behind the TV – wall paper sure can add life to the room. I am enclosing 2 suggestions – hope it helps!

Best Wishes!

Soft Furnishing Week with Vaishali Sinha – Re-furnishing for a Traditional European Home!!

We received this great query from a customer who just moved to a new home, and is finding it challenging to blend her new furniture and the existing decor. The query and the response covers so many parameters of decor, that we felt it deserved to be a brand new post!! So here you go…

Query:-

My husband, 5 year old daughter and I just moved into a new home and are planning to redecorate our family room, formal dining and bedrooms.

For our family room, we bought a leather set that includes-  3 seater sofa, loveseat and recliner. We also bought a coffee table and 2 side tables (rose- mahagony color). The sofas were listed as contemporary style and the salesman at the store said that the tables were traditional.



Views of the Family Room

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  • So now the main furnishings in my house are a mix of 2 styles!  I want it to blend well and don’t want it to look awkward like we couldn’t make up our mind as to whether we wanted contemporary or traditional!

  • Do you have any ideas as to how I can bring the room together by adding rug (traditionals or contemporary ?) and artwork (traditional or abstract?)

  • In the family room we also have a built in shelves (on either side of the fireplace) where we have lots of space for curios….I ‘d like to use this space too….Should I have a theme (by color or culture?)

I know this is an open question! but even if you could just give me some general guidelines I can follow to mix traditional and contemporary that would be great!

We plan to use the family room as central place for both entertaining and family time since the kitchen opens into the family room and the deck access is also from the family room (the room is empty right now, furniture will be delivered in a couple of weeks).

The Dining Room – We are still unpacking so sorry for the pic with boxes!

  • For the formal dining, we haven’t bought the furniture yet….but I am having a hard time making up my mind….sometimes I like contemporary and sometimes traditional….We don’t do big formal dinners or anything so the idea of formal dining is completely lost on me….so for this if there is some kind of advise you can give to help me arrive at what I want for formal dining that would be helpful!

  • For the bedroom….right now I have furniture in there that were brought as separate pices and together its ugly and I hate it…so I am doing a complete revamp….again all I know is I want a King size bed and I am okay with anything as long as it is not gaudy. So any design ideas that you can share for bedroom would be great! I have a great walk in closet so I don’t need the bedroom furniture to address storage needs.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! Anything that you can share would it be great!

Vaishali’s Response:-

Hi, you seem to be living in lovely green surroundings 🙂
Let us take the rooms one at a time:

FAMILY ROOM: the look is traditional european.
Space:
I can see that this room has
– door to the deck on ONE wall
– fire place on wall TWO
– built in TV & media cabinet on wall THREE


Here I see a little issue – you have the ‘door to deck’ which kind of divides the room into two – space A & space B; this will not let you have furniture placed in the central portion of the room. Then you have 2 focal points ( the point where the furniture will face) – ONE fire place & TWO TV cabinet.
I feel your furniture will be better placed in SPACE-A & of-course will be facing the TV cabinet. I assume the other side not showing in the pictures ( space B ) – somewhere has access to kitchen and again assume will have a corner where you can have another small corner seating.

Furniture:
The furniture in spite of being a mix of contemporary & traditional should not be a worry as the color is similar…& I feel will very well sit together.


Fabrics:
As all your furniture is ROSE MAHOGANY in colour & look of the room is traditional european, I have suggested some fabric designs you could use for cushions & drapes. You can compliment them with some solid colour cushions too.


Shelves:
I have enclosed some pictures of fire place with shelves – to help visualize the look – some nice painting above fire place is good AND in one of them you will see TV placed above fireplace thus combining the TWO FOCAL POINTS ( TV & fireplace) as one.

Curios get their due attention if they have light focussed on them ( so if possible you could get spot light set inside the shelves OR you could get wall paper placed in the back wall of the shelves to enhance the curios).
I suggest you follow the colour theme – for collection of curios ( don’t have to follow the colour palette too closely)



DINING ROOM: has panelled walls with curtains draped to give traditional european look.

Furniture:
The table could be simple & clean BUT some fun can be added in the chairs.
Pic 1 – the 2 chairs at the head & foot of the table have a design & colour BUT the other 4 chairs have different design & colour.
Pic 2 – the table need not be rustic ( it can be clean mahogany colour table) BUT the chairs have an interesting arrangement of a 2 seater on one side AND the rest as simple upholstered chairs.

This look will keep up with the existing ambience of the room as well as give some informality to the seating.

Wall Decor & Dining Cabinet:
It is functionally important to have a dining cabinet in the dining room. Here as it has panelled walls ; I suggest we keep cabinet matching the height of the panel ( as in pic 2).


We could decorate the wall above the cabinet with a collage of wall arts OR a single big wall art OR have shelves as shown in pic 2
On the wall (common to the kitchen & dining room) can also be a collage of family photos.



BEDROOM :
You will find a huge variety of designs if you just google the images of KING SIZE BED.
Just few things I can suggest:
– trend now a days is of low beds with 8 inch mattresses.
– I personally prefer 6 inch mattress & higher bedframe as it is easier & more comfortable to sit down & get up from the bed.
– Beds frames are available from 12 inches to 16 inches height + the mattress should comfortably be 18 to 21 inches

Ok so here we are…..I hope I somewhat managed to answer your queries 🙂
Best wishes!


– Vaishali

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WOW!!! That one response covered so many tips to learn and try!!! We hope you are having as much as we are!! And yes, we are eagerly waiting for more of such wonderful queries!!

Cheers!!
Team Z

Soft Furnishing Week with Vaishali Sinha

Vaishali Sinha, V Living
We are back with a bang after a great summer!! Z Community is buzzing with action because we are celebrating a ‘Soft Furnishing Week‘! We have roped in accomplished designer Vaishali Sinha (Textile Designer from NID with over 2 decades of experience, who is also a part of Z Designer Community) to answer all your queries…so if you are wondering how to redecorate your living room or spice up your dining room or are losing sleep over curtains, NOW is the time!! Get professional solutions from the expert!
 
We figured that the detailed solutions offered by Vaishali would be useful for the entire community, so we are kicking off this live post to keep you abreast of the interesting conversations!! So stay tuned and scroll down to see the latest additions!
 
Query 1:-
I have a query on blinds. I had two panels of roman fabric blinds customized for a window in my earlier residence. The window was a large and wide one which covered almost the whole of one side of a wall. Now that I have shifted residences, I am not sure what I can do with these panels. I checked with a local tailor to see if it be altered to fit an existing window and he said nothing can be done. Can you please suggest some ideas for reusability as I spent a fair bit of money on them and they are quite pretty.
 
Response:-
The roman blinds can very well be cut & fitted to the new size of your windows.
I hope you are talking to the same person for change of size who earlier customized them for you….because he will know how to change the size (a regular local tailor will not be able to do this job for you).
The procedure is – that the rods & the top fixture will need to be cut too along with the fabric from both ends to adjust to the new size. You could also check with the furnishing stores – the ones who sell curtain & upholstery fabrics. These stores usually have the tailors & carpenters who can do the alteration for you.
It is difficult to suggest an alternative usage unless i see the design/colour/print of the blinds BUT i suggest pursue finding the right tailor……..you should succeed.
best of luck !”
 
Query 2:-
Would like to know what color curtain would go well with brown furniture.
 
Pic of my living/dining area
Response:
Brown furniture is a classic base for earth colour furnishings….or say warm colour palette like – rust, olive, beige, off white, burnt red, burgundy etc.
I have enclosed some pictures for you to explain my suggestion.
The idea is to break the monotony of all brown furniture with some print & colour AND fill in more warmth in your living space.
 
 
OPTION 1
You can have a wall paper on the wall with the window & have a solid colour curtain.
OPTION 2
You can have off white wall with jacobean print, paisley print or classic european print curtains & then throw in a couple of cushions of the same curtain print on the sofa with some other solid colour cushions
OPTION 3
You can have a printed valance with solids colour curtains in 2 colours.
From pic 1 to 7 are some more of looks that you could pursue.
I hope the suggestion helps :).
 
Query 3:-
We have a theatre/ study room which I would like to convert to a casual lounge area.Currently the room only has a book shelf. Can you please suggest how can I do up this room?
 
Response:
For the Lounge area – with an informal atmosphere where you can put your feet up and chill. Let us look at your study – it has a rather modern look & is bare except the book shelf, the carpet & the curtains.
Keeping with that lets take the vertical space first & then we will come to the ground space:
 
FOR THE WINDOW:
Firstly we can replace the curtains by clean blinds in any neutral shade….this will give your space a cleaner look & increase the space by just of couple of inches but the feel quality will get better.
 
FOR THE WALLS:
You could get any one wall painted in colour & put a coordinated wall painting on the opposite wall.
OR
Keep the walls off white & put some colourful shelves & a painting to pep up the wall area.
 
 
FOR THE GROUND SPACE I suggest 2 options.

1) floor seating : all you need is get some good solid colour cotton fabrics, go to the local mattress maker & ask him to make colourful mattresses. Take same or coordinated fabrics & make cushions to throw around. This arrangement gives you flexibility to make different sitting combinations 
 
 
2) In case floor seating is not a comfortable idea for the family – take a rather neutral shade sofa accent them with colourful cushions & throw around some poufs. I have enclosed pictures to help you see my suggestion.
hope it works for you 🙂
 
 
 
 
Query 4:-
 
I live in Chennai and as you can imagine its scorching hot and bright. I am looking for pointers on curtains for my living area. I do not want to put heavy drapes as it makes the room too dark. I love sheers and thin curtains and want to know if there is anyway I can use these and still block out a lot of light? I cant put two layers as the curtain rods are the standard ones . Please help !
 
Response:You can solve the problem in either of the 3 ways I am going to suggest as per your convenience. I have enclosed some pictures to be able to put the idea across as clearly as possible.
 
 
1) VALANCED CURTAIN:
Here the valance is the extra portion that is hanging on the top. You can keep that upto 20 inches. The valance can be of opaque fabric or the same sheer.
The opaque fabric valance will cut the light from the top & the rest can be sheer & as you required it does not need 2nd rod. Valances can be different shapes & also adds to the decoration of the curtain.
 
2) DOUBLE SHEER:
You could take 2 co-ordinated sheers & place them alternately on the curtain rings ( so no 2nd rod required). When you wish to have more light, just tie up the 2nd curtain.
 
3) PANELLED CURTAIN:
Here I have shown 2 examples.
– the orange one has a small portion which is more sheer than the rest (you may not find a readymade material like this – you will have to get this stitched in paneled form)
– in the 2nd one – the whole of off-white central panel can be sheer & the top & bottom can be opaque fabrics
So none of the above need – 2nd rod, have light coming in partially and you do not need heavy drapes….I hope this will be of use to you.
cheers !

 
….More queries and responses coming soon!
Send us your queries soon!

Cheers!
Team Z
 

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