Friday, August 12, 2016

Dwell: concrete tiles with grass grout

Concrete tiles with grass as grout have always fascinated me as a simple tool for outdoor design. It is not nearly complete since the grass needs to be thoroughly pampered to be able to deepen it's roots and also my vegetable and herbs along the brick wall needs a lot of growing up to do. 

This rectilinear patch of grass to the left of our pergola which we never really used for anything. The trellis on the brick wall came with the house and our water line sits left adjacent to it. There was a partial concrete walkway near on of the exit doors of the backyard and that is what triggered the idea in my head - to complete the concrete path. 

The concrete path would connect from the exit turning at the water hose pipe to the stairs of the wood deck (as you can see in the top completed image). The are near the hose pipe would always be wet creating mud that would get on our flip flops. So the concrete path made total sense. Then I kept thinking about what to do inside the leftover square green space. Our yard and lawn has a lot of grass already and I wanted to reduce water consumption. So this was a perfect place to do the concrete tiles with the grass grout. We would't have been able to do it without our lawn guys. They did an exceptional and detailed job - but it took a long time. Even after completion, it took several weeks of time and gallons of water for the new grass to sprout. With time I am hoping it will look even more lush - but I just had to share it with you all. If you have some space then do this and reduce your water consumption!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Food: chicken cashew nut salad [healthy version]

I have to thank my friend Samia Jannat @ez_emmaline for letting me create this post and inspiring me to make this delicious summer salad. The specialty of this salad is in it's crispiness. The chicken and shrimp pieces are supposed to be deep fried to crisp little pieces that crunch in your mouth, while the cool cucumber complements the heat. The cashews are equally important to this dish, as they are also supposed to be fried to crispness. All this preparation of frying and arranging things separately never gave me the courage to assemble this delectable salad. I also kind of always judged this dish on it's deep frying madness. I confess.

But I took the leap of faith on a rainy day sitting at work, when Samia's mouth watering Chicken Cashew Nut Salad floated across my FB newsfeed! So I went home and totally discarded the idea of any kind of frying and decided to bake it all instead. Here is my version of it...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dwell: the third bedroom [diy headboard]

I never thought I would buy a third bed to be placed into the third bedroom in our house. Rather, I expected it to be my crafts room. We used to have just a mattress straight on the floor that was foldable to be used as seating or sleeping as needed. 

However, we have such a large family and a blessing in the form that they are always gracing our home - we finally decided to place a queen size bed in this room. In the matter of bed sizes, I am a big fan of the queen. 

I picked this particular bed from Ikea because I decided on the headboard first and then picked a bed to go with it. The headboard is actually a room divider. I looked at many online and in store, and my are they expensive because of the wood and the intricacy. This was not my favourite one in terms of design but in terms of price I scored big from World Market with their coupons and rewards program. I would like to place the headboard higher but that requires it to be hung from the wall, and I am just taking my time to make a decision on that since I will not be moving it once it is on the wall!

Since the headboard has all over work on it, I wanted a low platform bed. I really loved this one bed from Urban Outfitters....but it was over my budget. When I saw this one from Ikea, I was immediately sold on the huge drawers (four) that provided for extra storage. And the color also worked well with the look I wanted. When I was putting the bed together, I was glad that it was super sturdy. What I like most about Ikea beds are their wood slats. They are thick solid wood slats in contrast to most bed slats out there. 

This room is not complete yet but it will do for now, and I wanted to share it's current stage with you. Thanks! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DIY: wall sconce cord updo

When I purchased this beautiful globe sconce, I did not notice that it came with a black cord which is going to be an eye sore exposing itself on light colored walls! 

So I immediately plugged in the glue gun to let it heat up and dug up some jute twine from my crafts closet to wrap the black cord and disguise it. I only placed a drop of hot glue at the very start of the twine and then some in between - I did not place glue all over the wire because it did not require it. I tried to wrap the twine around tightly and it worked well in staying together.  

And viola! Now our eyes are directed to the beautiful light fixture and not the hanging black cord. The natural jute blends in nicely with the surroundings and the texture of the twine gives an extra depth. This technique can be applied to a lot of things around the home!
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