Friday, November 30, 2012

A Postcard From My Life


I want to write down something that's been on my mind the last few weeks. I have lived in the United States for the last 16 years and my children were born here. This is our home. My husband and I are from India and as the years pass, our family has become an amalgam of two cultures.  I was talking to a friend recently and he asked me if I felt that my links to India were loosening/becoming more tenuous. I thought about it and decided that, in my case, just because I felt more American did not mean that I felt less Indian. In fact, I feel privileged to be able to absorb and be a representative of and a bridge between  two wonderful cultures . Embracing and understanding our roots can inform and enrich our present and future. Many of you share in this experience and I would love to hear from you what your thoughts are.

Image credits/copyright: This is an old (and slightly crumpled) miniature painting whose pale pistachio greens I love. I have been using my Scrabble tiles to create picture vignettes that tell stories and thought I would share some of them with you. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Red and Green For The Holidays




Like all of you, I am starting to get into the holiday mode. Green and red are the traditional colors of the season but I love it when they come in not-so-traditional forms. Proclaim your global design-lover status with this "grass green and tomato red" ikat scarf from the House of Wandering Silk on Aniika.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rooms that tell stories...


Vacation, anyone? How about in this retreat overlooking the French Alps? The house has been restored     and renovated using ecologically sustainable measures. You can read all about it and see lots of pictures here. For me, the tall windows and the bohemian feel of the room (thanks to the casual use of different fabrics providing both color and texture) are enough. Imagine how it would look when night falls and the surrounding snow-clad mountains start to glow...

Image credits/copyright: Via Nuevo Estilo (Spain); Lionel Jadot.

Elle Decor


My philosophy for blank walls goes something like this: why hang one picture, when you can hang ten? Which is why the latest cover of Elle Decor is one of my all time favorites. It is the home of textile and design guru John Robshaw. Need I say more? See all the pictures here



Image credits/copyright: Elle Decor; Photography by William Waldron.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hello

Hello! Did you have a great Thanksgiving holiday? We had a wonderful and quiet break before the crazy time that is December starts. (In fact, I am finding it hard to get any work done this morning because I am still in a slower vacation mode. ) We played house and spent lots of time with the kids. Given how busy our days can get, it is easy to take the people in our lives for granted. This holiday break was about reconnecting with each other. 





Image credits: Just some pictures I took around the house. The sun was in and out and I loved the play of light on everything. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Zinio Giveaway


Do you know the magazine destination Zinio? You can get almost every magazine from around the world in its online avatar on Zinio. I have been reading magazines on Zinio for a while now and love the wide selection and ease of use they offer. They have a Give a little, Get a lot sweepstakes that is on right now and as the grand prize you could win 1 of 3 iPad minis and just for taking part, you get $5 in Zinio bucks that you can use towards your subscriptions. The sweepstakes are open to legal residents of the US. Plus there are hugely discounted titles and  early Black Friday deals: find the details here


In addition, they offered me 10 free magazine subscriptions and I immediately thought you might like that. With the holiday season here, there is tons of inspiration to be had. Here are the details: 

1. Visit Zinio and browse their selection. (there are tons of titles and not just the ones shown above!)
2. Leave me a comment telling me which magazine you would like a subscription to. One entry per reader.
3. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.
4. The giveaway is open until Nov 26th. 

10 readers will be selected randomly and will win a magazine subscription. Visit Zinio here. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Saffron Marigold: For The Love of Chocolate


 Ever since I saw the new For the love of chocolate line of block print fabrics from Saffron Marigold, I have been wanting to try styling it. My idea? The decadent chocolate tablecloth as the  backdrop that is so appropriate for the season.

Add the Vanilla Glacé white gold runner also from Saffron Marigold and then top it off with these Iznik vases from Pottery Barn for a very layered, earthy look.



(And definitely keep it in mind come February and Valentine's day: red-wrapped candy would look striking against that!)

Visit Saffron Marigold here and Pottery Barn here.

Image credits/copyright: 1,2,3 and 5: Saffron Marigold; 4. Iznik pottery vases from Pottery Barn.

Fabrics Make A Room

This home belongs to Wisteria's Senior Creative Manager and it was featured on their blog a year or so ago. I came across it again recently and want to share it. I love the living room, how put together it yet casual looks and of course, the use of different textiles to add so many different patterns and textures. Visit the entire home here.



Image credits/copyright: Wisteria. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Support the artisans: KraftInn


I have a cool environmentally-sustainable company to share with you today: KraftInn, based in Assam, India. Their artisans make beautiful products for the home with bamboo and water hyacinth using a combination of age-old traditions and contemporary science. Visit them to see their entire collection of products for the home. They offer free shipping within India. Go on, support the planet AND the artisans, you know you want to!


Image credits/copyright: KraftInn. Thanks, Parikshit! 

'Tis the season..


The holiday season is here, folks! Are you ready? I am starting off the season with Debbie Travis's beautiful home featured on Style at Home (Canada). I love how the greens are vividly accented. It brings the freshness of the outdoors inside. See the entire home here.

Image credits/copyright: Style at home; Photography by Monic Richard; Styling by Nicola Marc.
(Do visit all the links: there is a wealth of gorgeous inspiration here!)

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Postcard From My Life: Keeping it real


I wanted to stop by and say Hello to you. Writing the blog is like therapy for me: it helps me clarify my thoughts and relax in a way that no other hobby or pursuit has ever done. 
If you write a blog and really enjoy the process, I urge you to not let lack of web traffic ever stop you because you have found a hobby that you can carry on forever. You just need your thoughts and an internet connection. What else do you do to relax?  I have found that doing something creative makes me happiest. I am never going to be DIY goddess (not even an entry-level goddess type) but I like scrapbooking: no fancy papers for me though. I use cutouts from magazines, paste them into my journal  and being a visual person, the colors, the prints and the patterns really make me happier than a preschooler with glitter glue.
 I would love to hear from you on what you do to make yourself happy.

As the blog has grown, I always wonder how much of a dose of my reality to inject into a blog on luscious interiors and gorgeous textiles. It was easier when the only readers were my mom and my sister: they graciously read everything I wrote. Hopefully, you will find something of beauty in these words too.

I have had a stressful few weeks and have found it the hardest thing to get up, put my smile on, put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Nothing serious but stressful all the same. All of us have days or weeks like that, don't we? During this time, what has stood out is  kindness: a kind word to reassure, a joke to lighten things up, a smile. I am always amazed at how kind people really are. We are all busy, everyone's got their own problems, everyone is in a rush but a kind word from you can  make someone's day. 

It's Thanksgiving next week and this is a tradition that I totally admire. I am giving thanks for my wonderful family, friends (every girl needs a best friend) and for all of you that graciously come back to read. Have a great weekend!

Images: Taken by me. This is the room I use to write my blog. It is turning slowly into a "I Spy meets The Old Curiosity Shop" type of place. I love it!


Gift ideas: Ikat and leather clutches from Ira Grant



More ikat today! These ikat and leather clutches are from Switzerland-based Ira Grant and they are the epitome of boho chic. These would make great gifts, people! The purses are handmade and have a cool indie vibe to them, don't you think? 


Visit the store here.

Image credits/copyright: Ira Grant. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ikat + Kantha= Instant Love


When someone combines my two great loves of ikat fabrics with the kantha running stitch, I can't resist blogging about them. These quilts from Live Love Lounge are to die for! The store is owned by a mom and daughter duo based in Mumbai, India and these patchwork quilts are completely handmade. The one featured above is just so tempting! Visit the store here.


Image credit/copyright: Live Love Lounge.

TRAD Home

The new issue of Trad Home is out and it is full of timeless and classic interiors. I loved the rooms of this Arizona home designed by David Michael Miller: organic, muted palette harmonious with the natural landscape outside. The low and intimate seating gathered around the fireplace(s) is very inviting!



See the entire house here.

Image credits/copyright: Trad Home; Interior design by David Michael Miller; Photography by Werner Segarra.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Post-Diwali White Inspiration


I don't know about all of you but I needed a break today. I have been trying to stave off the flu while still enjoying the festivities. We had a great time this Diwali: lots of warmth, light and all things bright (and so many desserts!). But today is a day to recover from all the mid-week (ouch!) festivities, give in to the flu-ey feeling, heat that soup and go to bed early. The design equivalent for the blog would be to turn away from the warm colors and turn to the clean, no-fuss lines of Scandinavian interiors: comfort but no clutter, and lots of creamy whites. This kitchen from Skona Hem is just perfect for the post-party morning. At first, I didn't realize it was a kitchen but this is bright and lovely and just the place for wintry mornings, don't you think? If you need more cream-white restfulness, visit Skona Hem here.

Image credits/copyright: Skona Hem.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Diwali


Wishing you a very Happy Diwali! The house has been spruced up, little lamps dot the surfaces, lanterns are ready to be lit and the air is laden with excitement. 









All images taken by me. 




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Good Earth: Farah Baksh Collection



The folks at Good Earth shared their beautiful new collection with me: I loved it and I am pretty sure you will too! The Farah Baksh collection from Good Earth (India) celebrates the beauty of Kashmir (part of the northernmost state of India and in the Himalayas) and its glorious Mughal heritage and the mastery of its craftsmen. Farah Baksh ( Shalimar garden) is the name of the garden that the Mughal emperor Jehangir had created for his empress Nur Jahan. The collection takes its inspiration from the Mughal love for nature. If you have ever been to Kashmir, you know that its beauty stays with you forever. When I was a child, my parents and I lived for a short while in neighboring Jammu and visited Kashmir. We rode shikaras, stayed in a houseboat on Dal Lake, had snowball fights in Gulmarg and hot chai in any number of tea stalls that dotted the city. Did you know that the legendary paisley pattern rose to prominence here and captured the attention of the world thanks to the Kashmiri pashmina shawls into which it was woven?


The collection includes apparel, bed linen, quilts, crockery, pillows, trays and other decor accessories.


(That tea set with its lush florals that dance as delicately on the cup as on a miniature painting is to die for!)



The 4 pillows make up the four quadrants of the garden!
You can visit the Farah Baksh collection online here and here.

Image credits/copyright: Good Earth, India. Thanks, Aarti!