After a flurry of over 200 balcony flicks and after much debate and deliberation, the winner of the Balcony tales contest was selected.
Padmamanasa an interior design enthusiast, an avid blogger and happy mum of two won the contest. The balcony flick Padma (as she is called by friends) shared goes on to prove that even a small space with a few simple ideas can be transformed into the most liked place of your home.
We caught up with Padma to get her views on what inspires her home decoration ideas
” What if we cannot grow a mango tree at our tiny balcony, we have a delightful, hand-painted one on the wall for company. With all the greens & foliage in this tiny space, it is nook where we read -up, dream, do home work, generally snuggle around & watch the blue sky! .”
Q) How did you get to know of the contest?
Ans: CommonFloor & My Sunny Balcony are some of my favourite FB pages which I had been following for some time now. The moment I saw the contest details on FB, I eagerly looked in to contest page for seeing all those gorgeous balcony entries!
Q) What is the inspiration behind decorating your balcony the way you have?
Ans: I have always loved doing up my home. I was in awe of beautiful spaces & gardens even as a child. I remember spending hours together with interiors magazines which my Middle east returned older brother brought home. Currently to keep a journal of all the sunshine moments/ corners of our life, I blog at www.fortheloveofsunshinecorners.blogspot.com
Our balconies are our tiny nook/ windows to blue sky! We wanted a space to sit still, read, stare at the blue sky, dream, compost, garden – a delightful our place in all! That inspired us to create this space
Q) Do you keep re-modelling your balcony? If yes how often do you do so and when do you intend to do it next?
Ans: Re-modelling is never planned, it is always on an impulse! I really do not know what next; I guess it my balcony will see the addition some kind of hand painted/ stained glasses framed & some wrought iron- old world kind of trellis.
Q) You have hung up a lot of things in you balcony, is there any incident behind how and where you bought them from?
Ans: I am huge fan of Dastkar & other craft exhibitions. The hanging lamps & the bells were bought from Dastkar & the Moroccan shades were picked from Fab India.
Q) I am sure the current look of your balcony has been developed over a period of time. How long did it take?
Ans: Well, yes. It is 10 years, since we made this place our home. This nook of ours has gone through multiple changes. The current look took at least 2-3 months to develop. The wooden bench at the balcony was a prize we won at a contest from Urban Ladder!
For quite some time, I was planning to paint / draw in our balcony. One random Saturday morning, I decided to paint a mango tree inspired by a national award winning artisan, Mr. Hussain. Artist hubby’s unused brushes & acrylic paints were borrowed. With 3 weeks of intermittent effort, we had a colourful mango tree on the wall!
Q) What is your favourite item in your balcony (among the decorations)?
Ans: Very tough one! I guess it would be every single item there!
Q) Were you expecting to win?
Ans: No!! I was busy drooling at all the gorgeous entries of the contest. People have been extremely creative & have created beautiful spaces with souls! So it came as pleasant surprise when I knew that our entry won the first prize!
Padma with her Prize at the CommonFloor.com office
Q) How did you feel on winning the prize?
Ans: I was elated to say the least! It came as a huge pleasant surprise!
Q) Was there anyone else you knew participating in the contest?
Yes, some of friends of Bangalore had entered the contest
Q) On an average how much time do u spend in your balcony in a day?
Ans: Typically evening hours during the school days are spent in the balcony..! Weekends, with good books, are spent in the balcony
Q) Do you have any special balcony moments to share with us?
Ans: Yes, it is of rainy Bangalore evenings cuddling with babies, reading up & watching the rain drops!
Q) Any advice to balcony lovers?
Ans: No space is small to have greens, colours & compost! Plan well & create YOUR space & enjoy yourself doing it!
The other winning entries are
2nd Prize: ” And here of course is the baby sampling mud for the first time from the ficus in the courtyard.”
” My friend Namrata Sudhindra often uses our terrace space to practice and teach yoga. Calvin, who is in love with her, often joins her in her practice. He is seen here trying to lift his leg up just like his girlfriend.
Two more ways to use our urban gardens – yoga and doga. “
” Last summer, waiting to go out and play! “
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