Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Autumn Decor with an Oriental Panache

Good Morning lovely readers!!! How are we doing today ????
Celebrating autumn and decor continues here on The East Coast Desi.
Autumn to me is like an Indian bride, decked up in gold and fiery reds.With vibrant autumn foliage, who needs blooms. And this coming from a person to whom flowers are a necessity. I've been on the eastcoast a long time but this particular season never seizes to amaze me.This year I thought of bringing the wonderful outdoors in, with the gorgeous Japanese MapleI settled on this particular variety for their aesthetic appeal. (Decor tip: Incorporate seasonal splendor into your home decor.)
A lovely Italian vinaigrette bottle houses my maple for the styling. (Decor Tip: Don't limit yourself to the standard vase....if a particular shape or element appeals to you and it can be transformed into a vase go ahead and use it.)The Buddha painting is a DIY project. I'm not taking credit for the originality of the design as a similar one was available at Pier 1 Imports 4 years back. But I am going to be taking credit for creating a knock-off and for making a husband and his pocket happy.

The painting is Souvenir Du Tibet Wall Art said to bring good luck with it's 25 Buddha heads. I was unwilling to pay the price tag of $300 for the artwork. But my husband knew how much I wanted it. So he got me a canvas (3ftX4ft) and suggested I give it a try . I had my work cutout for me but since painting has a therapeutic effect on me, I was like, "OK let's get started ASAP". I created a stencil of the Buddha (using cardboard and a craft knife), 4 tubes of acrylic paints and 6 hours later...... we have artwork at 1/6th the cost. The imperfections and organic nature of the painting is something I love. I tried searching for the original Pier 1 painting and found this for your reference.
Once I got my Japanese maple from a local friendly nursery, the Buddha painting was the indisputable choice for styling the autumn vignette. The artwork rests directly on the console giving the setting a casual feel. (Decor Tip:If you have reservations about nails and your walls, this is the perfect way to exhibit art.) On a regular day, my Buddha painting adorns the stairway as you enter the house. It sets the tone for the Asian inspired decor. 
A gorgeous handmade woven bowl from one of my trips back home is a perfect accessory to hold the car keys, wallet and phone. I always like adding my jewelry as a decor element too. (The transparency of the beads against the light was beautiful and made for a great click.)
A close up of the Japanese Maple...... I'm sure your in love too. It's not hard to understand why it is a popular landscaping choice among plant aficionados. Another one of my favorite is the Autumn Blaze Maple.
Hope you'll are inspired enough to welcome fall into your home. Do you'll agree that we don't need flowers for the time being ???

Have a wonderful day and stay tuned for more on decor and Diwali inspiration coming soon.......... 

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Images:Clicked by me. Please do not use without prior written permission.
Images are the property of Sruthi Singh and subject to copyright.


18 comments:

  1. Wow...painting is amazing!! When I was reading I first thought okay it's so beautiful and you paid 300 bucks but wow..you created it..awesome!!

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    1. Thank you Nayana !!!! I'm so glad you liked it.....

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  2. Great job on the art, vignette and the photos.

    Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story
    www.whatsurhomestory.com

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    1. I'm thrilled considering your a DIY pro and you like it,Thank you Vidya.

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  3. This post was well worth the wait...its a gorgeous one! the color, the composition of the pictures are stunning as is your home!

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    1. Thank you Roopa..... your one person who always keeps me going:)

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  4. u rock Sruthi... wht an amazing thing to do !!!! would you mind if i borrow your idea :) ?? i have a canvas tht i spoiled dreadfully and was wondering what to do with it !! and I have gold, red and black spray paints right in front of me :) its not as big, but maybe one bigger buddha image will do the trick for me, or maybe 4 :) thank you so much for inspiring :) i love how your ideas are so adaptable :)

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    1. Go right ahead Peeli........ I'm sure you'll do a great job. And please do share it with us when your done. Thank you for reading and the wonderful feedback:)

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  5. Fab painting and I love that hand mudra - I have a couple, but this one is the best I have seen so far.
    Neena

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    1. Thank you Neena.....so happy you stopped by.

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  6. This is awesome Sruthi!! You have got excellent aesthetic sense :)
    Your painting is million dollar and autumn vignette is very very pretty.

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    1. Thank you Disha for such a wonderful feedback, I truly appreciate it.

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  7. This was the first painting i saw when i visited your home for the first time...loved it!

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    1. Thank you Manasa.I'm so glad that the painting does make a first good impression.

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  8. Awesome is perhaps the only word !

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    1. Thank you Paresh for your wonderful feedback.

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  9. I was looking for the information for the decoration ideas with japanese maple plants..
    Thanks

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    1. Your most welcome.....so glad you found the post informative. Do drop by again.

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