Upcycle with Innara (Guddi Bajaj)
Phone & whatsapp: +971528707758
Home makeover projects (furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, etc)
Painting: Kitchen, tiles, bathroom and garden/outdoor furniture
Teach wood-working and up-cycling
Conduct various sustainable initiatives
Design bespoke units for clients (both corporate and personal )
They say the earth laughs in flowers. She’s been calling out to us to go back to a grounded lifestyle for a while now.
Subconsciously we know that the balance must be restored.
It started as a conversation over copious amounts of coffee at an unearthly hour while we were setting up for an event .
There had to be a better way.
Having run an event business for the past 18 years gave me access to wood-based backdrops and furniture that were used just once and were sent on their way to the bin.
I decided I had to make some changes; perhaps starting with my own home, my immediate surroundings. Small baby steps .
Keeping the whole wabi-sabi concept I started creating pieces for my home that were unique and hand-crafted; pieces such as a boho light fitting, a pallet tv stand, drinks caddies and garden sconces .
I extended this love and shared my work with friends as gifts, keeping in mind the receiver’s personality. I would enjoy learning about people’s nuances and began customising pieces for them. From Frida Kahlo to Dali inspired pieces, I started dabbling with art as the next layer of my experience. This added that shabang. It felt anchored and it felt personal .
The ideas were there. To give them life, I initially flirted with emulsion paints: Prime, paint and seal. It was too lengthy a process. Fed up, I even tried to try to make my own chalk paint using YouTube for guidance. Disaster.
I wanted the process and all its elements to sing the same song. At that point, there wasn’t any harmony for me. I saw no point in varnishing a herb planter that was upcycled and finish it with chemically-loaded varnish. #nopoint
There were ideas and then there are tools. This came in the form of paints that When Shabby meets Chic had to offer. No fuss: check. Non-toxic: check. Nursery-and-pet-safe: check. Easy to use: check.
Frenchic Furniture Paint very quickly became the only paint I would use.
So I took it a step further. I launched a company that houses a sustainable lifestyle brand, offering products and services to the environmentally-conscious consumer.
There are ideas; there are tools; and there is a muse. Mine come four legged: Bonnie, Eva, Taz and Mellow.
My pieces reflect a simpler life, a long-forgotten memory, and a story that makes your heart fuzzy.
I hope my labour of love illuminates your inner truth; and my pieces bring warmth into your homes.