Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Your Master Bedroom & Valentine's Day!!

Ladies & Gentlemen,


Today's post is dichotomous! It runs rampant with some well founded thoughts opined by my left brain, and a pictorial guide presented by my right brain! Hooked? Read on.

"...The modern Saint Valentine's Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. Popular legend has it that under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues because the Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. Saint Valentine aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and beaten to death with clubs and had his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honor of a heathen god. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. 

And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration of this new feast. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way..."

And here's the modern day version!

An anxious beau braves the snow and sub zero temperatures in the middle of the night, to place handmade placards professing love, in a conspicuous roundabout in our neighborhood. He or she (!!) has about 9 hours time, before their object of affection, wakes up..gets dressed and decides to drive out ....or the City landscape crew decide to play Grinch and take the signs down. whichever is earlier.!! (scroll to the bottom of this post for the picture of this sweet proposal!)

Touching right? Let's see if this turns out to be a Hallmark story, or has a disastrous ending. In any case, in true blue romantic spirit, we will celebrate Valentine's Day at Aalayam. I, Supriya, am personally a Valentine's Day Grinch, I think. However, in order to commemorate the occasion, we bring to you tips and tricks to dress up your MASTER BED ROOM!! (Ahem!!!) for comfort, rejuvenation and maybe...recreation!!  


Don't get me wrong. Valentine's Day is as good a day as any to profess your love to your significant other..or your dad..or your mom..or your daughter, neighbor, grandmother, mailman, doorman and yes, even your work spouse! 

Yes..What originated as a commemoration of a 4th century clash between priest and a ruler, is now a commercial megathon shopping event which raises collective expectation at the idea or receiving a Valentine (as even a single long stemmed rose, card or heart shaped chocolate, is now called) from a poor (have you seen the prices out there?), unimaginative soul who is, thankfully, not short of ideas anymore, courtesy, the reminders and suggestions from all the targeted advertising in his smartphone, email and Facebook profile!! Phew!! Happy Valentine's Day!


I remember the time when I was single, I used to dread Valentine's Day. Me, and all my other single friends would get together and buy each other long stemmed roses, make a night out of it, cussing the commercial fanfare that our committed friends were partaking in, at the same time secretly hoping that it was our turn this year. We did not turn off our phones right until the phone clock showed 12:01, 15th February. 

We refreshed our emails..checked and rechecked our text messages .. We knew we were being victims to the whole cycle of repressed expectation that the media, the greeting card companies, the malls, the florists and the whole world in general, set up for that day. I remember even going home early one particular Valentine's Day from work, because I could not bear the fact that the girl across the desk from me had 12 dozen long stemmed roses delivered to her hour on hour, on the hour. She was twittering (the old fashioned way..Thank Heavens!) and gushing effusively... and the heady floral fragrance was giving me a headache...Sorry. I love you..but my head rules my heart!




Do you know how the numbers stack up? It is a $16 Billion industry. Not a pittance mind you, recovery or not! While we enjoy some design secrets to have that "ooh-aah" worthy master bed room, lets look at 10 incredible facts about this 16B$ Valentine Day shopapalooza.




  • 53% of women in America would dump their boyfriends if they did not get them anything for Valentine's Day
  • The average U.S. consumer is expected to spend $116.21 on Valentine's Day gifts, meals, and entertainment
  • Men spend double what women spend on Valentine's day: $158.71 compared to $75.79
  • 141 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged worldwide and an estimated 198 million roses were produced for Valentine's Day in 2013; about 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period this year
  • People will spend $1.7 billion on flowers this Valentine's Day -- 73% are bought by men, 27% by women

  • 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's day
  • Chocolate and candy sales reach profits of $1,011 billion
  • Spending on jewelry is expected to reach $3.5 billion this holiday; 17.3% of people are likely to buy it
  • 11% of Americans will be engaged on Valentine's Day
  • According to a Durex survey, condom sales are highest around Valentine's Day -- 20 to 30% more than usual (So, now, does the master-bed room post make sense? ;))


Enough said...I sometimes wonder, if we did not have these commercially declared excuses to spend money, how would the economy be stimulated? Does Washington have anything to do with Valentine's Day?? Mr. O, what are you getting Michelle this year? :)



Closer to home..How long will Meahgan and her beau survive this fresh, sweet, unconditional love which has nothing to do with expectation..if she decides to say Yes?

Let's talk!!!




Disclaimer: This post is not intended to hurt the feelings or sentiments of any of our readers or their beaus. Least of all, of any of the commercial establishments that make a buck out of someone else's feelings or sentiments!

Love,
Supriya

11 comments:

  1. Hey Supriya... as always lovely post.. and I love your idea with the Ikea mirrors... I am heading to my local ikea this weekend now :P... :)...Happy Valentines Day :)

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    1. Thank you Shaz!! It was an inventive project, let me tell you. Thanks to the patience of my husband, who glued the mirrors together and put it up on the wall. I am the ideator, but it always helps to have an able executor right? :)

      Happy V day to you too!
      Supriya

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  2. Lovely post. I love the ikea mirrors. I am still conflicted about placing a Buddha in the bedroom though.

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    1. Thank you Arathi. Why are you conflicted? Is it because Gautama Buddha renounced his family and walked away?

      Its a sincere question.

      Lets talk.
      Supriya

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    2. Its bedroom LOL........on a serious note. my oriental friends who are Buddhists mentioned that they never place an idol of Buddha in the bedroom. I have read some supporting articles as well. I wonder what they think of a photographs or paintings of Buddha. Must find out.

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    3. I hear you Arathi. I did some research regarding placing Buddha statues in the bedroom. As you know, its all about energy flow in feng shui. This particular Buddha, is accompanied by two more in my personal space. I guess, I like playing with fire :) On a more serious note, it calms me down and exudes a sense of serenity. Which I like.

      Hope you are having an awesome day!
      Love,
      Supriya

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  3. Love the color palette, rust red and brown... although V day is too cheesy a concept for me, agree with you Supriya! :)

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    1. You are one after my own heart looks like Ambika! :)

      Cheers!
      Supriya

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  4. Love you designs and I am going to get in touch with Interior Designers in Hyderabad for something similar to your designs. This is a lovely post and thanks a lot.

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  5. Thanks for visiting my blog Deepa... and leading me to yours! I am still in process of finding/discovering the blogosphere as a blogger. You have a great blog here and I am enjoying every post of yours... the photographs are wow and the inspiration is infectious! I will be landing here more often!

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