Saturday, June 30, 2012

Weekend




We spent the entire morning roaming the aisles of the local flea market. The boys were there for some tools and spare parts for the electric GoKart they are building as this summer's fun project. I was there to soak in the warm sunshine, admire the beautiful Mexican pottery and try a fresh mango or two.  How  is your weekend treating you? 



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Image credits: Mexican pottery for sale at the flea market, pictures taken by me.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hello

 Sorry to be missing from here but I am buried under an avalanche of work. There are many posts to write plus a fantabulous giveaway to host. What plans do you have for the weekend? I am hoping to catch my breath and relax. A fun trip to a flea market. Time with friends. And of course, I am going to blog. See you soon!



Image credits/copyright: Taken by me.



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Couleur Nature

I found so many of my favorite things on the Couleur Nature and I just had to share. Their Caravan line is beautiful and filled with just the kind of home fabrics that we love. How adorable and perfect is this room featured in their Spring 2012 catalog?! It showcases many of the pillows that they offer.
I thought I had seen most of the popular design combinations and permutations of kantha work that has made it's way to the West but this pairing of kantha with a suzani or ikat print is a first for me. I like the striking, graphic impact they make. 




Also loved the paisley patterned plates and other ceramics ...


Visit Couleur Nature here. Curious about kantha work? Click here to read more.

Image credits/copyright: Couleur Nature. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pink, blue and white


I have blogged about this color combination many times before and I continue to be enamored of it: pink, blue and white.


Image credit/copyright: My pictures. 

Emma Bridgewater




I have long been a fan of Emma Bridgewater's creations but with this mug I went from mere fan to an adoring fan! This Happiness mug says what every girl secretly knows to be true!

It isn't in stock at the Emma Bridgewater site but you can still find it here.

Image credits: Emma Bridgewater, UK.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

To market, To market..

Tapestry, Bazaar, souk

I wanted to start off the week with a jolt of color, inspiration and sheer fun. Do you know the nursery rhyme To market, to market..? A market of any sort is an exciting place filled with myriad sights, sounds and smells. But call that market a bazaar or a souk and the excitement level is raised by several notches, don't you think? Today I want to share with you inspiring pictures of bazaars and souks from various parts of the world. Apparently, a bazaar means a "permanent enclosed market" and a souk an open air marketplace. (Source: Wikipedia). Like The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, the Marrakech souk in Morocco, the bustling markets that are found all over India, the old Matrah souk in Muscat, Oman, the old markets of Singapore and the Gold and Spice souks of Dubai.  Whatever they mean and wherever they are, they spell enchantment. Exotic lanterns, gauzy chiffons, hammered silver and brass, tantalizing spices, lingering attar (perfume) and the most amazing foods. What will you buy, I wonder?

Lanterns in The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

The world's largest (or pretty close to it!) ring in the Gold souk in Dubai



Djemma el Fna in Marrakech featured in Lonny

Djemma el Fna in Marrakech featured in Lonny

Mannequin on display in a souk in Dubai

There is something about the golden California summer days that reminds me of my visits to hotter climes and the various bazaars and souks and I wanted to share that excitement with you. 


Image credits/copyright: 1.) To market.. taken by me; 2.) The Grand Bazaar by Laszlo Ilyes via Wikipedia;  3.) From the Summer 2011 issue of Mowie Kay magazine and photographed by Mowie Kay; 4. )Taken by me at the Dubai Gold souk;  5.) Patrick Cline for Lonny magazine; 6.) Patrick Cline for Lonny magazine; 7.) Taken by me at a Dubai souk.

Weekend: In Pictures


 It has been a lovely weekend with the kind of days that you want to put into a special box to keep safe so that you may remove it at a later time and marvel at their beauty and perfection. Marvel at the beautiful light, the happy sound of children at play and of wind chimes tinkling madly. Marvel how beautiful, green and bountiful nature is. Marvel at life.





Image credits/copyright: All pictures taken by me today in our backyard. In order: 1. and 2.) the jacaranda tree in all its purple glory 3.) the lush and dense fig with tiny green fruit and 4 and 5.) the cool shade provided by the olive tree. There hasn't been much rain but we are expecting a bumper crop in fruits. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

From the Archives: Home Tour in Geneva, Switzerland

After your very enthusiastic responses on Facebook, I have decided to occasionally re-post a golden oldie post from my 1350+ posts on this blog. Today, I wanted to share again the beautiful and eclectic home of one of my favorite artists, Dithi Chakraborty. I have updated the link to reflect her current website but the rest of the post is the same as it first appeared on March 14th, 2010. It got a lot of comments from a very appreciative audience because it exemplified all that a home should be- full of personality and style that is all you.


Are you ready? We are leaving right away for Geneva, Switzerland to visit with Dithi. Dithi is an extremely talented artist whose doe-eyed ladies I have blogged about before. Today, I am really excited to share with you her and her husband's home in Geneva. Their creativity  and eye for beauty extends into all corners of their home. The long cold winters of Switzerland are sure to pass by in a flash when you live in such warm and beautiful surroundings.



Dithi's paintings are colorful, richly detailed and glow like gems. They bring the warmth and vibrancy of India to their surroundings. 


A blogger might stop now but not me because I have 'why-post-a-few-pictures-when-you can-post-allism', a very serious condition where I keep posting picture after gorgeous picture or die trying. SIGH!! And you have to admit it is a very beautiful and eclectic home. Imagine the conversations you can have in such inspiring surroundings..  



Those pictures were the living and dining areas. Wait till you see the room where all those paintings are born...




Such a beautiful sight. I feel so privileged when people share their homes with me. It's like being invited for chai and a conversation with friends. You never want to leave :). There is a lot of folk art to be seen in Dithi's home. Here, Rajasthani puppets add whimsical charm to a 4-poster bed...




DROOL!!!  Alright, its time to get back and do stop drooling :)! If this page took a while to load because of all the pictures that I just had to add, you will agree it was worth it. Thanks for sharing your lovely home, Dithi. Visit Dithi at her blog here and to buy one of her amazing pieces of art, visit her ETSY store here.
All images courtesy of Dithi Chakraborty.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ballard Designs

I got the new Ballard Designs catalog in the mail a couple of days ago and a few items caught my eye. Among them the Camden Tufted Bed in a distinctive blue and white, perfect for summer. The ikat pattern here, to me, is reminiscent of sea shells on a shore beside an indigo sea. (I can wax lyrical on any number of subjects but the sea/ocean is high on the list.) Do you like it? There was a time when I wouldn't have been able to embrace so much pattern but I would do it in a flash now. I still like my walls cream or white though!
Visit Ballard Designs here. While you are there, do check out their Southern Living collection. Lots of pretty items. 

Image credits/copyright: Ballard Designs.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Support the artisans: Buta and Buti


One of the best things that has happened as a result of my writing this blog is hearing from so many talented people. Earlier today, I heard from textile designer Kate Ball about her London-based block printing venture Buta and Buti (traditional Mughal floral motifs used in block printing). She lived in India and worked with the block print artisans to design her fabrics, both apparel and home furnishings. Her designs bring a European aesthetic to the traditional patterns and colors and (I have said this a million times but bear with me!) when East meets West, something magical happens!



Buta and Buti aims to work with the block print artisan community and support them; they have also started work with a hand loom weaving community in Andhra Pradesh. You can visit Buta and Buti here.

Image credits/copyright: Buta and Buti. Thanks, Kate!

You know it's summer...


I know it's summer when the plum tree in our backyard is laden with the most luscious pink-purple fruit that weigh the branches down. And I start hunting for the perfect plum dessert.


Plum galette and Sugared pluots on crisp anise scented phyllo from Martha Stewart Living.

Image credits: 1. ) Plum tree in our backyard, taken by me. 2 and 3.) Martha Stewart Living. 

Serenity: Blissful Living

All you folks in Mumbai (India) may want to visit Serenity: Blissful Living, a store that offers a range of items for the home including furniture, decor accessories, pillows (cushions) etc. I am bookmarking them for a future visit. They sent me pictures of some of the pillows they carry: these are designed around a rural India theme and I like the graphic punch they will add to any room. In addition, they remind me of so many motifs and scenes that are uniquely Indian.



( I am thinking my Mom should pay a visit.)
For all details, including their address, visit their Facebook page here.

Images courtesy of Serenity: Blissful Living.