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  • Quick 'n' Easy Christmas Decor for the Kitchen


    As we approach mid-December, Christmas is right around the corner. Along with the cheerful atmosphere, Christmas inspires festive home decor to create some cozy vibes within the home. A previous blog post mentioned a few ways add some small touches of Christmas to the home. Nevertheless, there are a few extra ways to decorate in the kitchen as well-without have it interfere with the remainder of the home. Therefore, this Christmas season, add some decor to the most happening room: the kitchen, and create a festive feel into the new year!

    Hot Cocoa Station: Nothing says Christmas like a cup of hot cocoa with some cinammon and a dash of peppermint. A previous blog post mentioned the benefits of having coffee/tea station in the kitchen. Add hot chocolate as an option to sweeten this time of year and create those special memories. If there is no coffee or tea station in your kitchen, then consider taking up an unused corner on the kitchen counter and creating a decorative little spot with glass jars of hot chocolate mix, marshmellows, candycanes, and a few decorative Christmas mugs.

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    Deck the Walls: If the kitchen has wall art or paintings, consider replacing it for something seasonal. One can have Christmas-style wall hangings, such as poinsettia designs or gilded fruit to give the kitchen a more rich atmosphere. Other options for adding some festivity to the kitchen walls is some removable wall paper, which is an instant way to change the look of the kitchen space. Wallpaper saves significant time as it does not require any repainting once it is peeled off.

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    Decorate the Cabinetry: An essence of Christmas can also be added in the kitchen cabinetry. With glass cabinetry, one can easily add festive or colorful dishes to add to the Christmas theme. However, if the cabinet has open shelves, then it can be used to display a beautiful Christmas collection, changing up the color palette for the holiday. For cabinets with solid doors, one can easily add hanging decorations by tying a ribbon to the inside of the shutter, or even decorate the unused space at the top of the cabinetry with red and white decoration or add a touch of green.

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    Spruce up the Countertops: Even the countertops can have some Christmas decoration without creating clutter. A dramatic accent can be added to an unused space or as an island centerpiece. One can easily add some Christmas flowers or even a small Christmas tree with ornaments. Other options to add to the festivities are red and white candle arrangements with pops of Christmas-tree green plants, or even a pinecone arrangement. With accents in the kitchen, the possibilities are endless and they are an immediate way to give the kitchen that little extra something this Christmas.

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    Simplistic Window Decor: Even the windows can add a bit to the Christmas atmosphere. In other parts of the home, the cold Christmas holiday invites rich, warm fabrics as window coverings or drapes. However, these fabrics are not very practical in the kitchen. Therefore, rather than focusing on the drapes, the window sills can be used to add some bayleaves and berries in a corner or even a place to put glitter candles to light at the end of the evening.

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    Christmastime brings a lot of joy to the home. This year, conclude 2016 in your kitchen with some fun and festive Christmas decor!

  • Deep-Cleaning Kitchen Guide for Diwali


    Diwali is right around the corner and there is a hustle and bustle everywhere. As Diwali approaches this weekend, all households are scrambling to make the home look spotless for the festival. Frantic homeowners struggle to balance the Diwali cleaning with the Diwali gifting and amongst all the Diwali parties. Ultimately, the one area of the house that is left towards the very end is the kitchen. As the most often used room in a home, the kitchen is either ignored or there is a constant struggle to deep clean, yet be able to completely use, the kitchen at the same time. But do not fret, the deep cleaning the kitchen for Diwali is much easier than one might think. Check out the helpful steps below, and your kitchen will be spotless!

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    • Create Space: The first step is the clear the countertops of items that are not used very often. These items include small machines and crockery that usually have a storage place, but are simply left out on the kitchen counter. Clean all these smaller items thoroughly using dish soap, or a water and vinegar mixture to get them sparkling this Diwali! Designate these items to go inside a cabinet so all countertops are more visible and the kitchen appears clutter-free.

     

    • Clean Cabinets, Shelves, and Racks: However, before placing these smaller items inside the cabinets, wipe down all surfaces and racks with a cloth soaked in a hot water and white vinegar mixture. This mixture removes all the grime and dust. Once that is done, re-wipe the surfaces with a simple plain water soaked cloth, and then dry with a dry cloth. Then, clean the outside of the cabinets with a simple detergent and microfiber cloth.

     

    • Cleaning Tiles, Walls, and Countertops: Now that the cabinets are cleaned on both outside and inside, the next step is wipe down the large surfaces, such as the walls, tiles, and countertops. These are also very simple to wipe down, requiring a basic detergent to cleanse the surfaces and voila! all done.

     

    • Clean Appliances: Hob, Chimney, Refrigerator, Microwave: Cleaning the appliances is even quicker than cleaning the cabinets. First remove all the dust with a microfiber or duster cloth, then apply your favorite cleanser or detergent and scrub the surfaces using a smooth cotton cloth. The smooth cotton cloth will avoid any scratches on the surfaces. An ideal detergent that can be used for cleaning all these surfaces is Colin. However, for any stubborn stains in the microwave or the fridge, sprinkle baking soda and leave for 30 minutes. Then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth and clean up the stain area with warm water. The stain will be gone!  For cleaning the inside of the refrigerator, use half a lemon, dipped in vinegar to clean the interior shelves and surfaces.
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    • Use the Space Efficiently: Finally, after the basic cleaning is complete, there is the more exciting part: which is organizing the space efficiently. At this point, one can easily put away the detergents and solutions and focus on arranging the items. One can get extremely creative by adding colorful cups on hooks or display a collection on open shelves. Using the space efficiently allows a user to create an exciting color palette within the kitchen.

    Cleaning the kitchen is not as huge of a process as one may thing. This Diwali, let your cleaned and well-lit home welcome the Goddess Lakshmi of Wealth and Prosperity and spread positive energy all around. Let the festivities begin. From all of us at ModSpace.in a very Happy Diwali!

  • 5 Steps for Hosting the Perfect Holi Party in Your Home


    The most vibrant festival is just upon us to welcome to spring season. Holi is such an exciting time to celebrate with friends and family and create beautiful memories. This year, make your Holi memorable by hosting the ultimate Holi party. Follow these steps to ensure that your Holi party is a success.

    Step 1-Plan the Guest List: Holi is the festival of colors that celebrates the spring season and the upcoming harvest. Maintain the celebratory spirt by inviting those you feel good about, and enjoy participating in the Holi festivities. Invite your friends and families and ensure all family members have people of a similar age group so nobody is feeling out of place. For example, if a couple with teenage kids is hosting a Holi party and inviting their friends, then the kids should be encouraged to invite their friends as well. 

    Step 2-Food and Drinks: A party without food or drink is no fun at all! Ensure that you have finalized your food vendors a week before your party as they will be taking orders for countless parties. Avoid cooking an extensive amount of food and keep it simple with fun finger foods for your guests to grab whenever they feel like. Small bites such as pakoras, ladoos, papad, and even a tray of burfi are perfect for your Holi party. Avoid heavier foods as people will be moving around constantly. In drinks Bhang is a classic favorite. However, for those not in favor, always have other options such as thandai, lemonade, and easy cocktails and mocktails.

    Step 3-Music: No Holi party is complete without music. It is a happy festival that requires the upbeat music. Have a playlist mix with some Bollywood numbers and some fun English dance songs. Push everyone to dance and have a great time. 

    Step 4-Organic Color: Ensure you have enough color for the party itself. Make sure that the colors are organic and skin friendly to avoid your guests leaving with rashes and semipermanent color stains! Keep dry color on tables where it is easily accessibly and stock up on pichkaris and water balloons. However, ensure the water is used intelligently and not wasted throughout the day. When rubbing color on someone, be sensitive to the face, eyes, and nose. 

    Step 5-Prepare Your Home: One thing to keep in mind while throwing a Holi party is that there will be a mess when it is over. Oftentimes this causes stress and anxiety for the host, which can greatly affect the mood of the entire party. Take steps to make sure that your home is not completely filthy after the party. Roll up expensive rugs and hide all the breakables. Cover your sofas and chairs with plastic covers to avoid dirty hands any color getting on the furniture, and keep the bedroom doors locked to avoid extra rooms for getting dirty due to Holi colors. For your guests have one or two accessible restrooms, and encourage your guests to stay outdoors until dusk to avoid them from spreading Holi color indoors during the day. 

    Most importantly, enjoy yourself! It is a chance to let lose and have fun. So enjoy yourself and have a great time. Wishing you a very Happy Holi!

  • Holi Decor Ideas for Your Home


    The month of March brings the official start of the spring season, with one prominent festival: Holi. Holi brings bright splashes of color, celebrating a brand-new season. The bright colors symbolize the all positive vibes that can really add to your home. This Holi, bring the vibrant colors of Holi inside! Decorate your home to bring the colorful element of Holi indoors. Follow the suggestions below in how colors can be added tastefully to your home without going over the top.

    Flowers: The simplest way to add some color this Holi is to embellish your home with flowers. Colorful garlands can easily hang in various places, such as staircase railings, balconies, or outside bedroom doors. Flower petals can also be used to make beautiful rangoli designs on the patio, and of course add some beautiful bouquets to your home interiors!

    Furniture: Although Holi is a festival that is typically celebrated outdoors, make your indoors festive by adding to the furniture. Keep the larger pieces where they and replace some of the older pieces with more colorful and visual interesting pieces of lose furniture! Add colorful cushions to your sofas to to brighten them up and decorate any side table with color curios or bouquets (as mentioned above). Update your bed sheets and curtains to more colorful designs to further uplift your home interiors.

    Lights: Holi is a daytime festival, but multi-hued lights and lanterns can add a colorful radiance to your home. In the evenings leading up to the big festival, brighten up your home with these beautiful lights and welcome the vivacious colors into your home!

    Painted Pots: Painted pots are very attractive and fairly easy to get. You can have a clustered arrangement on any side table or room corner. Painted pots can be bought ready-made or can be a great DIY project, starting with simple clay pots from your local vendor and painting them. Make the pots as colorful as you'd like!

    Ethnic and Colorful Home Decor: Include some bright home decor items into your home. For example, consider funky-painted candle-stands or curios that can really emphasize the Holi atmosphere within your home.

    Colorful Wall Hangings: In home interiors, of course do not neglect the walls! Add some quirky, hand painted wall hangings that have a more ethnic appearance. These hand-painted items add a quirky appeal to your home interiors and highlight the fun aspect of Holi.

    Bright Rugs: Any rug livens up the atmosphere in a room. For Holi, pick a colorful rug that complements your home decor, and accessories with accent pieces such as cushions or even rugs. Be sure to choose cotton rugs so your floor stays cool through the warmer months.

    Adding a little bit of Holi to your home interiors involves very little effort without changing your existing decor and color scheme. This Holi, bring it inside and beautify your interiors with bright and beautiful colors. ModSpace.in wishes you a colorful and Happy Holi!

  • Top 7 Tips to Host This Year's Diwali Party


    Diwali is an exciting, beautiful, and festive time of the year. It is all about friends and family and observing the mythological story we all grew up knowing. If you enjoy all the celebration with friends, family, and a fun time, then a house party is definitely for you. Diwali get togethers are an enjoyable time to have a colorful celebration with food, drink, laugther, and many many memories. Below check out the top tips to hosting the perfect Diwali party this season!

    Clean the House-Of course everybody cleans the house before hosting a party. However, for this day, try cleaning or decluttering the house before your actual party day. Declutter the living room and dining space to allow your guests to move around easily. By cleaning everything beforehand,  you'll be able to focus on more exciting and fun details during your party day.

    Pick a Theme-Themed parties always add a fun element to parties at home. Whether it is Bollywood, Black & White, or Regional (Punjabi, Rajasthani, etc.); themed parties reemphasize the festive atmosphere. So, come up with an interesting theme, and let your guests know in advance. Your party will be a hit!

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    Decorate!-Now that you've chosen the theme, the next step is the decor. Choose festive Diwali-style decor to highlight the theme for your party. Also, be sure the include the classic Diwali elements of diyas and rangolis, and feel free to mix it up with some contemporary decor options. You can view some ideas in this blog here. Keep the decor classy and sophisticated without moving too many things in your home, and try using electric diyas. With people moving around your home, electric diyas are much safer and you won't have to run around with match box relighting candles!

    Finalize the Menu before the Event Day-Another aspect to consider is the menu. Do you want there to be finger foods or an elaborate meal? or both? With finger foods, you can display them on a table or have them served around, and with an elaborate meal you arrange or designate a kitchen counter space or table to have everything served buffet-style. That way, as a host, you won't be expected to serve all the dishes. The decisions for what and how your food will be served should be decided before your main day, allowing you enough time to gather any ingredients and supplies you need, and even prepare a little bit before your main event.

    Set Up a Bar: Every party requires a bar of alcoholic and nonalcoholic options. While hosting your Diwali party at home, the best way to arrange a bar is by designating a table or counter space in your kitchen and setting up bottles, glasses, and ice accordingly. That way guests can help themselves to drinks as they please.

    Music: All parties need some music. Since Diwali is an Indian festival, Hindi music is the best way to go. It is fun, it adds to any theme, and emphasizes the Diwali atmosphere.

    Have Fun!: Finally, its a party so enjoy it! Oftentimes, hosts forget to enjoy their own party! So have fun at your own party! Celebrate this beautiful holiday with your family and friends! Wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali from the ModSpace.in team!

  • 6 New-Age Diwali Decoration Ideas for Your Home


    Diwali is one of the most colorful times of the year. From the colorful rangolis to beautiful diya arrangements to creating memories with family and friends. Diwali is a time for celebration and looking our best. Along with dressing ourselves, we enjoy decorating and dressing up our homes. With gorgeous lights on the outside, and creative decorative elements on the inside, even the home looks festive this Diwali. This year, try adding a modern element to your home! Below are a few new-age Diwali decoration ideas that can spruce up your home for this Diwali season!

    Flowers and Candles Arrangement: Flowers and Candle Arrangements go hand-in-hand during Diwali. We often see the traditional diyas with marigold flowers decorating a corner of the home. This year, try something new! Make a low centerpiece and put different flowers in it, such as daisies. Or use brass utensils to have floating tea lights and floating flowers alternatively! Another aspect is to create beautiful, modern arrangements that can be placed at any space in your home!

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    Glass Jar Lanterns: Have old glass jars around the house? Don't throw them away! Paint them or get them painted in a variety colors to create Moroccan-style lanterns to add to your Diwali decor! (Image Below)

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    Paper Lanterns: Add an oriental spin to your decoration with paper lanterns! The lanterns are easy to make with the use of card sheets or paper bags, to create a unique decorative element of Diwali in your home this festive season! Involve the little ones in a fun crafting process!

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    Fairy Lights: We see fairy lights displayed on household exteriors. This year, bring them inside your home! Place them in your puja room or underneath tables or in your glass vases vases. If your fairy lights are placed on the floor, cover them with tissue to create a beautiful glowing effect in your home!

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    Seashell Candles: Mix up the traditional diyas and regular candles with seashell candles. These candles are especially delicate that are very beautiful.

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    Fruity Candles: A particularly unique concept of candles is the fruit candles! Make candles and beautifully-shaped fruit peels, to add a pretty, fragrant candle for your Diwali decorations!

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    Diwali is a time to really decorate yourself and your home. The suggestions above are modernized recommendations to add to your new-age home.   This year, celebrate the festival of lights by mixing some traditional and new-age decorative elements as you enjoy this Diwali season!

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