Spring Inspiration: Blue and Green

UK has been blessed with some fabulous weather for the last few days – a fantastic way to welcome Spring this year! And ofcourse with Spring, I have been possessed with a sense of well being looking at all the glorious blooms in my neighbourhood gardens. So I’ve decided to give my living room a Spring makeover. This season I am obsessing over the combination of blue skies and green foliage – and the abundance of both! Take a look at some of the inspiring living room decor ideas (all copyrights rest with respective websites).

Nice clean lines and contemporary shades of blue and green

Soft and peaceful pallette

Fab centre table and lamp

Having been thoroughly inspired, this is how my living room now looks – I love cushions – more the better – so the blues have been introduced using cushions made from left-over curtain fabric (the most awesome handloom silks I found in India). The crewel embroidered cushions are a gift from my mom. Ahhhh…..the tranquility of lounging here (atleast till my 5 and 37 year old football freaks come home to their resident living room football field)

Tranquil cushion-filled heaven

The very green curtains are made from handloom silk

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Home textile design competition announced for UK design students and recent graduates

Purvaai announces a home textile design competition for all students living in the United Kingdom who are either pursuing a design degree or diploma or have recently (in the last 3 years) graduated from a UK-based design institute.

Purvaai’s ‘Textile Design Competition 2012’ entails designing a range of table linen including runner(s), napkin(s) and table cloth(s) OR designing decorative cushion cover(s) and throw(s) based on the theme “Reminiscing the Raj”.

“The days of the British Raj evoke nostalgia for the royalty of yore”, says Toolika Gupta, Creative Consultant and Competition Lead for Purvaai. “Those luxurious palaces and gardens, full of exotic Indian riches and a blending of the Mughal and British styles are full of inspirations. The beautiful chintz, Kashmiri shawls, miniature paintings, carved wooden boxes with secret compartments, the rich carpets or kaleens as they were called, and the dazzling white marble walls with semi-precious stone inlay in floral motifs- these were the reasons India was called ‘a jewel in the crown’ of the British Empire.” she adds.

Priya Raghavan, Co-founder and Director of Purvaai says “With this competition we hope to offer young, talented designers a platform to reinterpret this nostalgia in their very own special way.” Applicants may choose to design prints or embroidery and suggest base fabrics, colour-ways and finishing techniques.

Applicants must register by completing the competition form, which may be downloaded from the website www.purvaai.co.uk. They must also submit a concept note of about 150 words. Competitors can send in detailed inspirational pictures and notes along with fabric choices with each design, if they so desire, however this is not mandatory.

Learn more about Purvaai’s Textile Design Competition 2012 here.