Friday, February 20, 2015

Recipe for the month: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had the most unexpected rewarding experience recently when my 4 year old offered to help me bake cookies!!! She was keen to learn, offered to add ingredients and had fun mixing. And the look of accomplishment on her face melted my heart…And surprisingly I was laughing at the whole mess created in the kitchen … truly a messy and pivotal moment!  This brought back a lot of nostalgic memories of childhood … remembered how I used to offer to help mom to make cookies… and afterwards licking the mixing bowl! I hope to continue to experience this with my 4 year old as she grows up and give her some beautiful memories to cherish.



Cookies are fun and comforting to bake, easy to carry while traveling and great to gift.  This chocolate chip cookie recipe by far is the closest to the subway cookie texture… soft and chewy… the kind that melts in your mouth.


my 4 year old kept these out assuming she may need these cookie cutters ;)


 
 
at this stage she found it hard to mix as the dough starts getting thick and heavy
 
 
 
 
As soon the cookies were baked and out of the oven, and in 5 mins it started mysteriously disappearing one by one!! Click here for the recipe and it gives a detailed instruction. It's from a great food blog called Sally's Baking Addiction. Enjoy baking these awesome cookies!!
 
Images are clicked by me


 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sanctuary to Relax

Our bedrooms are sanctuaries to relax rest and rejuvenate. It’s a tranquil haven devoid of chaos and worries. To me it’s a soothing oasis to indulge in comfort. So what do you do to create this comforting cocoon?

The key is simplicity and just follow these basic design ideas.

Declutter and Organise: Keep your bedside table and dressing table as clear as possible.
Colour scheme: Choose a neutral colour scheme for your walls that is soothing for your nerves and lifts your spirits.

Bed Linens: Indulge in some good linen that will set you your mood to relax. Choose patterns that will blend well with your linen colour and avoid bright colours. Make sure the fabrics are soft that will make you want to instantly crawl into the bed.

No media: Having a TV or a computer in your bedroom negates the whole purpose of having a restful sleep. This is one point I strongly follow.

Greenery: Try keeping a small indoor plant or some fresh flowers for your room. Just to lift your spirits and mood and it definitely helps to distress.

Furniture: Avoid overcrowding your room with furniture. Stick to essentials like bed, side table and dressing table. And if there is adequate space you can create a seating area.  Make sure all the pieces are proportionate to the size of your room.


Here are some handpicked bedrooms that oozed serenity

Image via HousetoHome
 

Image via Lonny
 

Image via Lonny
 

Image via Lonny


Image via Lonny
 

Image via Lonny


I hope you achieve the serenity you deserve, to wake up and fall asleep in your bedroom.
 
 
 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekend Happiness!!

Having an unexpected long weekend has done me so much good…. Most importantly relax, rejuvenate and feeling nourished from within …… Adding to this a surprise visit of a friend bringing unstoppable bouts of laughter and random soul stirring conversations … Using up my time to doing things that make me happy…. Clicking away with my camera while listening to some smooth jazz.… rearranging a few décor pieces with fresh flowers, tried out a new recipe and blog. And if time permits I have a book to read and pursue on a new project (which I will disclose soon once I get to finish ;).... so much to do!!

I hope you get to do things what makes you happy and bright because pure joy does matter to each one of us! Have a nice day and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Sharing a few clicks from my home.....
 
 
 
 



 


Images are clicked by me

 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Beautiful Day......

I am devastated and sad with the recent tragedies and incidents happening around the world… it’s the beginning of a new year and our hopes of a better and peaceful world comes crashing down when we hear such horrific events…..I worry what kind of a world will my little one grow up in... nevertheless we still need to hope for a better world for the sake of our family, the society and the world….. there is no point in being bitter…. No point in giving up… it’s important for us to find and see beauty around…. Enjoy the good times with friends and family…we all have a story to tell… let our story be a good inspiration for others…. enjoy the goodness that life offers you… after all we have just one life to live.

It’s a beautiful day here in Muscat. It’s cloudy … the weather Gods are trying to decide whether to pour down…. The weather is just perfect.  I stepped out into my garden this morning to enjoy this beautiful weather … I can just sit out all day if I didn’t have any chores to complete… but today I set all that aside… taking in what the nature had to give for me… and I was grateful and happy with what I saw… my flowers were blooming… and I started clicking away with my camera.

Enjoy your day and wish you lots of happiness and peace!
 
Sharing some pictures from my garden clicked this morning




 
 
 
 
 
 

Cut a few for my home to pamper myself :)
 
 
Images are clicked by me (Copyright Tickled by Inspirations)
 

Monday, January 12, 2015

House of the Month: Elizabeth Job's residence from Doha

Here is my favorite segment of the month – “Home Tours”. Today’s home tour is all the way from Doha, Qatar. I’ve known Elizabeth Job for her personal vibrant style, lots of energy and for her eye for glamour and sophistication. And when I viewed her space, I was overwhelmed on how inviting her space looked. Her home is infused with warm fabric, textures, rug, lighting that gave me a calm and cordial feeling.

Here is what Elizabeth had to share about herself and her beautiful home
Tell us a bit about yourself
"I, Elizabeth Job, love glamour and a sense of glitz attached with anything I do. But when it comes to my home, I like it to reflect warmth and a stylish chic. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and my passion for interiors lead me to pursue a diploma in Interior Design."  

Where do you derive your inspiration for your décor?

"The immensely creative people and interesting projects which I was fortunate to be part of during my 6 year career span both in Indian and Dubai have always inspired me. 

Being a native of Kottayam, Kerala and having lived almost all my life in different parts of the Middle East a lot of my inspiration is a combination of opulence and contemporary accents.

Besides this I love to work with an unusual color palette, varied types of textures and prints. In my home you will find very few shiny surfaces in my home. Most of them are matte. I love ceramics and terracotta, they connect you to the Earth. Mustards, Fuscia and Navy are the colour pallet that I have used and they are my current favourites."
 

Ready for Elizabeth's home tour??? Here goes...

Loved the display of pictured on the wall
 
 
 
 


 



warm living room bursting with daylight
 






Children's room shelf decorated so well!





Children's room bright with colours


Master Bedroom with vibrant pops of blue



Terracotta in her garden


Her beautiful garden


I hope you enjoyed this home tour!! Thank you Elizabeth Job for sharing your beautiful space with me and my readers!!


Images via Elizabeth Job


 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Home Office Space


One of the greatest advantages of having a home office space is the freedom to design and decorate in a way to boost your productivity and positivity. When I laid my eyes on designer Designer Tamara Kaye’s home office space, it was love at first sight. Her office is minimalistic, that has just her computer, sleek table, an antique chair, gold finish drawers to store files, a few of her favorite desk accessories, and no other distractions with ample flow of daylight.

Tamara Kaye, a designer who has appreciation for creative thinking and fantasy is reflected in her beautiful home, utilizing every space with handpicked furniture, rug and fixtures.  Click here to view her beautiful home.


Image via Lonny , photographed by Michael Wells


 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Blooming for 2015


May 2015 be a year of openings and opportunities,
of peace and understanding,
of love and kindness,
of beautiful friends and family around you,
and of adventure and lots of laughter.
 
 
 
 
 
Wishing you all a Happy, Blessed and a Fabulous 2015!
 
 
Image is clicked by me