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Since 2020 forced people to stay isolated and safe within their homes, the needs of our living spaces have been redefined. Whether dealing with a constant space crunch indoors or just needing a breath of fresh air at any time of the day, the balcony becomes one of the most important spaces in any home.
Combine a few sleek and elegant furniture solutions with quirky decor ideas, and even the most ordinary balcony can be transformed into a cozy corner. You can convert your balcony into an outdoor dining space, a relaxing sit-out, or a peaceful green escape above the hustle and bustle of the city. Rediscover what many describe as their favorite part of the home as Keyur Zaveri, Sr Director of Design & Sourcing at Furlenco shares a few interesting DIY balcony decor ideas.
Furniture definitely adds the oomph factor to any balcony, as you opt for a piece of sleek furniture that lends a vintage look to space. A circular slatted table and folding chairs or a low-height table with some cushions can add a retro feel to your balcony. You can also add some leafy potted plants for instant fresh energy and breezy vibes.
Add some color:
Paint your balcony all-white and then choose decor items with hits of vibrant color. You can choose metal showpieces, tribal handicrafts, colorful planters for an uplifting balcony look that is full of freshness. Bright, colorful items will give it the happy holiday vibe every balcony needs.
There have been a lot of options lately for natural decor items. You can look for a layer of textured rattan items to add to your balcony, while silvery-leafed plants such as small olive trees or potted eucalyptus will help maintain a cooler tone. This will give the space an earthy, outdoor style, ideal for a Sunday reading session with your friends.
If your balcony has limited space but you still want a green sanctuary of your own, then a vertical garden is your solution! There are a variety of vertical garden routes to take, depending on whether you choose hanging planter cups or opt for plant pot holders and stands on the wall. These options are inexpensive and serve for a long time.
Play with a Canopy:
All open balconies and verandas can often become very hot during summers, so a canopy or shade can be a game-changer for your balcony. Everyone adores a simple yet classy use of white fabric on the ceiling; instantly adding a relaxed yet refined Mediterranean holiday feel to the balcony.
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Give your balcony floors a magical makeover with the use of porcelain or wooden floor decking tiles. This helps bring together space with its furniture, decor, and greenery items, creating a balcony that's simple and classy. (IANS/JC)
By Monika Manchanda
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Bright And Beautiful
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema