I love this simple, yet elegant, entryway feature from http://rangdecor.blogspot.com/
Here is a very traditional rangoli design from http://festivals.iloveindia.com/diwali/diwali-rangoli.html.
This rangoli from http://diwali-celebrations.blogspot.com/2009/09/floral-rangoli-for-diwali-rangoli.html is made of fresh flower petals. I absolutely love the effect (and fragrance!) this creates. It's also far less messy than colored powder, which is a huge bonus if you've got small children "helping" you!
This design from http://www.theholidayspot.com/diwali/home_decorations.htm combines rangoli and diya elements.
Here is another rangoli created with flowers from http://www.gharexpert.com/.
This rangoli reminds me so much of the "60" sign I made for the Bollywood Karaoke party (see below), which was made with paper flower petals...(I hear the creative wheels turning...)
This idea, also from http://www.gharexpert.com/, utilizes diyas to create a giant "Om" symbol.
The website http://www.bharat9.com/ featured this puja thali, and also contains several "how-tos" on how to decorate your own.
A simple and charming thali design from http://ilesh-myworld.blogspot.com/2008/10/diwali-pooja-thali-decoration-ideas.html, also with a "how-to".
The blog http://diwali-day.blogspot.com/2009/09/diwali-puja-gifts.html has several more examples of thalis such as this.
Well, that definitely got my creative juices flowing! I can't wait to show you what I come up with. Stay tuned...