Craftin' Around

Here at PureSpaces we are very enthusiastic about doing up spaces; it would have been weird if we weren’t, right? Needless to say we love some change at PSHQ too, every now and then. We’re always on the lookout for all things within the studio that we can restyle.

So in December last year we came across an extra writing board and decided to put it to some use. We pooled in ideas and picked a Pocket Resolution Display to put up on the board. Next, we got a pack of neon coloured craft paper and set to work with our scissors and paper cutters. A couple of hours of cutting, pasting and fun banter is all it took to get our resolutions neatly tucked away in the neon envelopes. And there it was -  a vibrant grid of fluorescent pockets, created at practically no cost. This was not just a cheerful addition to the space, but they were relentless reminders of our goals. So now you know our secret to remain sticklers for resolutions!

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But that’s not all that came off our little DIY adventure. It was a fun, team-bonding activity and ever since, we've been on a roll! Over the last 3 months, we found a few great DIY ideas to play around with. We started off with some interesting signage for our space. We picked out a bunch of things for less than a grand from Itsy Bitsy, a stationery wonderland we often haunt.

Materials :

  • Wooden Alphabets

  • Black Acrylic Paint

  • Pink Ballet Matte Chalk

  • Acrylic Paint

  • Foam Roller Brushes

  • Permanent Adhesive Minis

The letters got a couple of coats of paint in PureSpaces’ favourite shade and were stuck onto the doors with Permanent Adhesive Minis. And voila!

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Having successfully completed 2 DIY Projects we were ready for our third. This one was art-centric as compared to the previous ones that were mostly functional. We can’t emphasise enough on the fact that this activity was absolutely therapeutic.

Materials :

  • Canvas Boards

  • White Acrylic Paint

  • Permanent Black Marker

  • Wooden Alphabets

  • Foam Roller Brush

  • Adhesive

‘I never met a colour I didn’t like’ - Dale Chihuly, is an interesting quote that we stand by as interior designers. Ironically the artwork is a composition of these words painted white on a white canvas, creating an embossed effect. As minimal as this is, the second one has a zillion ideas haphazardly crammed on a smaller canvas.These “works of art” made it to the walls to compliment the existing black and white posters.

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Well, we’re definitely big fans of DIY. It’s inexpensive, useful and a whole lot of fun. It’s how we unwind at PSHQ and we totally recommend it!

Prepare for Takeoff

Hello there!

We’ve been gone a while now, but the New Year has brought in brand new resolutions and we’re back, with P.S. blog season 2!

We hope to keep up the buzz with all the latest news, just as Kamini did.

2018 involved a lot of travel. And now with a LOT of practice, we’ve mastered the art of packing our travel essentials in no time! Here’s what we absolutely cannot live without -

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  1. Longchamp’s Nylon Shopper – Now, here’s a fashionable travel bag you can trust, that magically fits everything. We’ve got it in five colours!  

  2. Laptop – We may be out of the office, but we sure have a lot to do.

  3. Scarf – For the cold flights, and to add colour to our lives.

  4. Sunglasses – The future’s so bright. We can’t leave our sunglasses behind. ;)

  5. Sanitiser – Gotta keep them hands clean.

  6. Invisibobble Hair Ring – Doesn’t leave a kink in your hair, for all the times we resort to a top knot.

  7. Sugar Lip Balm – Undoubtedly, the best in the biz.

  8. TOO Faced Melted Matte Lipstick – It’s all in the lips, when we’re going makeup free(ish).

  9. A Design Magazine – Catching up on the latest trends on-the-go.

  10. A Book - ‘Cause you need it while sunbathing.

  11. Earphones – Taking-off into La La land.

  12. Moleskine Planner – No better way to crush goals. (Thank you Kamini!)

  13. Muji Pen – A stationery staple for us designers.

  14. Moroccan Oil – To keep the frizz at bay and stay away from bad hair days.

  15. Perfume – You’re never fully dressed without fragrance.

  16. Sunblock – For when the heat’s on. (You know what we mean.)

  17. Sneakers – Comfort. Period.

  18. Hat – No holiday without a hat! (bee-tee-dubs hats are totally Krishna’s thing!)

  19. Hand Cream – Absolutely crucial after all that sanitising.

  20. Thermos – Hot Water > Cold Water any day, to keep the waist in check.

  21. Bachblüten – To beat the blues.

So, it turns out we do need a lot of things. But a girl needs what she needs. Honestly, we can’t wait for our next getaway!

PS Travel Diaries: Italy

So, while some of us are casually in Russia for the week (wtv Krishna), the rest of us are throwing back to last summer in Italy. It’s been a while, people of the internet, but finally, we are back with our favourite PS Travel Diaries series!

This trip, we covered Tuscany and the Italian Riviera. Starting with Pisa, this town is mostly all about the photo opp. The 18 quid to get up the leaning tower is definitely not worth it but since it’s the arrival destination for most cheap international flights, when in (or close-ish to) Rome right?

Florence is a magical town filled with parks, views and secret midnight bakeries (yes you read that right). The Duomo is an architectural marvel for all the nerds out there and unlike the wonky tower of Pisa, the view is definitely worth all those steps. For all the art lovers out there, Uffizzi is free on the last Sunday of every month. If you’re overwhelmed by all the culture, laze about at Le Cascine Park and for a bit of shopping, check out Florence The Mall, an outlet with ridiculous deals on Prada, Gucci, and other designers.

From there, we headed straight to Villa Le Calvane, an estate that sits in the heart of Tuscany. Only 20K from Florence, the drive through the rolling hills and vineyards is unbelievable. This place has got quite the history, it has been the home of renowned painting, “Madonna and Child” by Benivieni and in 1942, works of Botticelli and Michelangelo were hidden there during the war. German troops even used a circular Ghirlandaio as a dining table when they passed through. History aside, our main reason for visiting was for the Merlot and Cabernet (obvs). When we weren't drinking, we ate at Ristorante Da Delfina and La Cantinetta Di Passignano.

Cinque Terre, the five islands on the Italian Riviera, have to be on your bucket list. We especially recommend Manarola and Monterosso (the later is actually two towns in one). It’s right on the cliffs beside the ocean, so everywhere you go is a workout but if you are into hiking and swimming, then this is the perfect vacation spot for you.

Italy has so much to offer and there’s only so much you can do at a time, if you’re not OD’ing on gelato then really, have you ever been?

Namaste from PureSpaces!

It’s been a tough year and yoga has been our saviour! We thought we would talk about some of the things that gets us through the day and yoga is definitely one of them. Most of you know of this ancient Indian practice - the controlling of the body and mind through meditation and exercise. This stress buster is the key ingredient to our zen work life. If only we could attain moksha! 

Mumbai based Zia Yoga was our go to instructor but there are plenty of classes in the city (Akshar Yoga is walking distance from the office). Do a little research an decide what school of yoga works best for you. Krishna’s routine is a more general fitness based approach. She usually starts in the morning and she spends an hour, three times a week doing a variation of surya namaskars and a combination of cardio, breathing and stretches. Remember when it comes to yoga 7-1=0 so you should dedicate at least 5 minutes every single day to it, it’s a way of life after all. As far as accessories go, we recycle our regular gym clothes and equipment (mat, foam roller, elastic resistance bands, headbands and clothes) but we know that Fabindia has a special yoga wear section and if you’re looking for high end, specialised leisure wear, Proyog is another brand to look out for. While yoga has recently been used as a political tool to promote nationalism, we encourage everyone to counter that saffron tinted nonsense and get into the spirit of it regardless of your background.

Namaste from the folks at PS!

 

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All we want for Christmas is… not you #sorrynotsorry

We celebrate Christmas in a big way at PureSpaces. Between the German and Indian variants of us, our celebrations are like no other! December is always a feast fit for kings (three of them to be exact and a cookie for each - Kull-Kull, Rose Cookie and Vanillekipferl) While you may find Kull - Kulls or Rose Cookies at an old school super market (Thoms or Fatimas), you definitely won’t find Vanillekipferl anywhere! We thought we’d share this top-secret-generations-old-easy-peasy-christmas-classicrecipe with you that’s super easy to make and has been passed down for generations in Krishna’s family. 

We wish you a the merriest of Christmas’s, filled with bottomless mulled wine and eggnog. See you again in the new year!

Lot’s of Love from the PureSpaces Team.

xx

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Vanillekipferl Recipe:

  • 150 grams soft Butter or 5.3oz or ⅔ cup

  • 70 grams powdered Sugar 2.5oz or ⅓ of a cup

  • 8 grams Vanilla sugar 'homemade or store bought mixed with some regular powdered sugar or 2 Teaspoons

  • 100 grams Almond Flour/Almond mealor 3.5oz or almost ½ cup

  • 200 grams all purpose Flour or 7oz or almost 1 cup

  1. Start by mixing the soft butter, powdered sugar and vanilla sugar smooth.

  2. Then add sieved white flour and almond flour to the mixture and incorporate the ingredients with your hands to a smooth pastry.

  3. Keep it to rest minimum 1 h in the fridge or in a cool place.

  4. Once ready to be used, form the dough into a sausage shape with a 2 cm thickness. Cut thick slices so, that each should be around 20 grams heavy.

  5. Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius or 392 Fahrenheit! Roll each "sausage" pastry slice into a smaller sausage with pointed ends and shape it into a half moon/crescent form.

  6. Place them onto a baking tray, each with enough space around to rise a bit, and bake them for 10 minutes a 200 Celsius to a light yellow shade.While the cookies are baking, prepare a plate with the home made Vanilla sugar.

  7. Add the cookies to the homemade Vanilla sugar in the plate, once they are finished baked and they have cooled down for at least 1-2 minutes and roll them and coat them well with that sugar.

  8. Best stored in a metal Cookie boxed with baking paper (butter paper) and apple slices on top. Note that the Vanillakipferl cookies are very fragile and might break when coming out of the oven, that is why you should give them 1-2 minutes to rest. During that time they harden when they take contact with air. It's important to roll them into the homemade Vanilla sugar when they are still hot, so that the sugar sticks on the cookies.