It’s late Sunday afternoon. I’m sure most of you are excited and exhausted by Diwali preparations and shopping. Making sweets is not a very elaborate affair here. So, I just made a couple dozen gulab jamuns and lemon cake (for a change). Will be making rawa ladoo, coconut barfi and some savory tomorrow.

Have you picked up this month’s edition BBC GoodHome yet? It arrived in mail earlier this month, and one look of it felt like it was a collector’s copy. Beautiful in every way and packed with hundreds of ideas. I haven’t seen such a idea-filled copy in a really long time. Every page is worth devouring (I know not the right choice of word) , but that’s exactly how I felt. The staging, styling of home and ideas were very creatively executed. Don’t know if they have any images online but check out their FB page.

I usually look for Rangoli ideas a day or two before and assumed you must be doing the same too. Some rangoli ideas for you from GH Diwali contest:

I was happy to discover Swedish home fashion site SIA. As lovly as the products are, the site is also a mine of styling and home decor ideas that can be easily adapted here to up the glitz and glamour quotient this Diwali. From what kind of flowers will look good in what kind of vases as centerpieces to how to mix and match candles, you’ll find it all.

So, are you ready for some quick exploration?

If you have a silver jug, you could turn into a vase with two or three stems of scented flowers like Rajnigandha to bring richness.


Colored candled in a metallic container on a wooden table completes the picture.  A cluster like the one below, or even a single piece like this, coupled with some bright flowers will look attractive.

I saw a peacock feather inspired centerpiece and was floored by the vibrancy and the life the colors brought to the table. Not too many colors, but the color play from blue and green has a stunning effect over all against the dark wood table. It’s fresh, nothing like you’ve seen before. The silkiness of the fabrics, ribbons coordinate well with the peacock feathers. The simple white vase accentuates the beauty. Would you use this idea for your Diwali setting? Combine this with a few floating candles and the picture is perfect. Craving for more? Stay tuned for more styling ideas tomorrow. Pat: This is for you. I’m sure you loved it. Image courtesy: Love and weddings

Diwali is still more than a week away. But doesn’t it feel nice to get your lighting – diyas and tealights ready? I was thinking why not bring in more color with such hanging lanterns this year? I’ve got one red one hanging in my balcony along with my hanging planter. I’m thinking adding a couple more would make the balcony look stunning along with the diyas. What are your plans? Are you going completely traditional this year with just diyas, or do you intend to create some drama with the lights? Some places where you get such lanterns are The Bombay Store, fabindia, and Bliss. Image courtesy: Not on the high street Also check out fab and funky

Diwali is just a fortnight away. The excitement begins.. so does the preparations. I’ve been browsing the web to spot different ways to light candles. I share with you a few finds … The next one is a personal favorite..wonder where you get such bucket holders. And finally, we have a collection of candles hoisted on a multi-pin stand. Image Courtesy – Mark Scott Photography Multi-pin