Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Spreading light and happiness...

I have a little ritual of picking up new diyas every Diwali. 
A pair of whatever catches my fancy. 
So when I saw these ceramic sunflower diyas flooding the markets in Bangalore last year, I bought a few.
They sat snug in one of the cartons that transported them to Minnesota, until I rediscovered them and decided to do something with them. So that forms the first part of the story.

During our various travels across India, we also have a quirky ritual of checking out hardware stores in small towns. 
Yes, hardware stores:-)
For ceramic tiles. The local hardware store will always have some interesting local, folk, cultural design  representative of the state or region.
So during our last trip to Kutch, Gujarat. We picked up few tiles in Bhuj.
 Some pretty peacock motifs on tiles.

Shubh-Labh written in Gujarati, Devnagari script.  Shubh- Labh along with Swastika symbol denotes auspiciousness, profit and prosperity. 
So it just felt so appropriate to use it for my Diwali decoration.

Some fresh Chrysanthemums snipped from my birthday bouquet. Some lovely cylindrical candles.

The real and the ceramic flower combination works well for me:-) 

Pulled out a cane placemat that seemed to compliment the browns of the ceramic diyas, played around with the composition.

The peacocks seemed very happy to be in the company of fresh flowers and candles. 

These would make an interesting setting on a table where you plan to entertain guests during Diwali or at the entrance to usher your guests in.

So let your creativity flow, spread loads of happiness and light this Diwali season!

Wishing all of you a very Happy, Prosperous & Safe Diwali.

(Images and Styling by Arch)

Check out the complete compilation of Diwali Decorating Ideas & Inspiration on 
Rang Decor Facebook Page.


Roshni AaMom said...

So want those tiles!! Maybe on my next India trip! :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Archana, its very beautiful! :)

Anupama Puneeth said...

Archana, I love the idea of the tiles. Thank you :)
Wishing you a beautiful diwali.

Anupama Patri said...

What a lovely idea!

vineeta said...

Such pretty & doable ideas!! :) You are SO good at this Archana. Sharing on my FB page right away! :)

Vandana said...

You make such lovely arrangements,Archana!

Reema Saravanan said...

This is the first time I heard of collectibles like tiles, but definitely a very good idea. i can see u picked up real unique ones. I loved the table layout

Sheenzie said...


Anitha said...

Hi Archana,

Happy Diwali to you ! This is such a simple and lovely idea. I love collecting tiles and most often use them as coasters. Will try this arrangement paired with some diyas :)

+1 for hardware stores :).


Reshma at said...

Beautiful ideas!

Happy Diwali to you as well!

spoiltleo13 said...

I absolutely love the way you tend to put the simplest of things together to make them look so magical!!!

Magical Homes said...

Lovely as always...your blog continues to be an inspiration.

Andy said...

Your ideas are awesome. Infact I got your blog from IndusLadies forum where someone recommended your blog. Your blog is very good about interior designing and decoration. Thanks for creating so nice blog.