Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Toying with ideas



...and see what has happened...



Amchi Mumbai (our Mumbai ) special:
Wooden Bollywood Box.

Light, camera, action
vintage, modern
emotion, drama,
comedy, romance
family, kids
sensual, kitsch
colour, sound
you name it...they have it...
Bollywood  -;)






SOLD


After years of procrastination
finally into jewellery making:

Ethnic necklace 
silver and beads
perfect for those gorgeous evening outfits.


SOLD



For that boho girl inside you
Suzani inspired 
wooden jewellery box.





SOLD

While I'm having a lot fun
toying with different ideas...
please, don't forget to drop me a line or two.
Let me know about your feedback
is it yay or nay...?..;)


So, colour, textile, paint
suzani, ikat, kantha
silver, beads
clay and threads
and  the outcome is..
a bag full of happiness...-;)


See you soon with more fun stories.
Have a great week lovelies.



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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Love...life...destination


Life is like a canvas
and it's beautiful indeed 
with splashes of colour. 







Love is life. 
Love is respect and affection,
inspiration and destination.





Life is peace...
calmness of mind,
a degree of stability within
and strong sense of 
inner contentment.









 When it is simple
life is joyful.
On a designer's note...
"You don't need to make a big fuss,
just put together things
that make you happy
and that reflect you"
                             - Dan Marty, Designer. 




Hello lovelies...
Hope 2014 is treating you beautifully :) 



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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Love and Gratitude...Happy Thanksgiving!!

"The earth laughs in flowers"
                       -Ralph WaldoEmerson

What a lovely thought 

to start 
a brand new week...









Frangipani...blooming and beautiful
just outside my bedroom window
 can't ask more from life...:)




"We often take for 
GRANTED
the very things
that most 
DESERVE
our gratitude."

                          -Cynthia Ozick











Thank you Lord for everything...

My husband
our children
our family
and friends
good health
and mental peace...

Thank the Lord for everything!


Happy Thanksgiving!



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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Art of Living



I love texture and style!
Well, I love to mix 
'texture and style'...
to add a little drama 
and dimension to a space...
to achieve a sense of comfort 
and intimacy. 

My world is 
stylistically fluid
and I don't want to
follow any design 'rule' -;)



Balinese decor accent
helps to keep
 the spirit of 
an open-plan South Asian living alive.

Art inspires me everyday.
I always look for flea market
and vintage finds when I travel.

Home is where the heart is...
where cosiness and comfort prevail.

So,What is your design 'mantra' ?
Do drop me a line...-;)


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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Trick or Treat...It's all about 'Candy'...:)

Yes, for our home, Halloween is a festival for kids...
 for our little monsters :)
Which means Treats and Treats and not Tricks!
Oh yes, there must be some healthier options 
for the Halloween Treats.



[Dried apricot, cashew, pistachio and almond
with choco crunch, brown bread and chocolate spread] 


So, when the Hell is empty
and all the cute, little devils are here...



The little wicked witch
can easily be bribed 
with  chocolate and cupcakes...:)



"When witches go riding
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers
'tis near Halloween"
                        - Unknown


Here, sending some spooky love 
all your way...



Happy Boo Boo
on a boo-tiful day.....:)



Enjoy the most spooky and creepy night of the year
with your loved ones.
Happy Halloween!!



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Monday, 28 October 2013

As Diwali beckons...


Marigold, 'Kumkum' and lotus
tea-lights and lanterns
diyas and rangolis, 
shades of gold, rust, red, orange and pink...











fresh flowers and sweets
brass, copper and silverware, 
peacock feathers and paisley motifs,
gorgeous fabrics, textures and patterns... 




love, laughter ,
family and friends
and loads of happiness :)
Yes, Diwali is here...again !

More is coming on Diwali...real soon...

stay tuned :)



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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The magnificent temple of Borobudur

After a beautiful break
returning from Central Java 
the land of mesmerising natural beauty,
profound traditions in history, 
art and culture,
spiritualism
and learning.

[Shakyamuni-Siddharta Gautama Buddha
Borobudur, Central Java, 9th century]


Rulers of the Sailendra Dynasty built Borobudur
some time between AD 750 and AD 850.
This vast monument is a harmonious composition 
expressing both the shape of the cosmos 
and man's spiritual quest.









 I've taken thousands of photographs
of this colossal monument,
some of those are coming soon on this space.

The supremely gorgeous landscape of Central Java,
those beautiful green rice fields,
traditional rice growing kampung,
villages of terracotta-tilled houses,
magnificent temples and 'stupas',
all overlooked by soaring volcanic peaks,
still lingers in my mind.




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Monday, 7 October 2013

Busking in the Autumn Glory..


Home...
the beautiful morning sun
warm orange glow
and  Rajashani musicians,
busking in the morning glory -;)






Frangipani in full bloom
just outside my bedroom window..
the view itself promises
an unforgettable autumn morning.

Durga puja is around the corner
the humble home 
is slowly getting decked up 
for the season of festivities.





Indian puja/brass items 
and happy frangipani...
don't miss the delicate Kantha work 
on the fabric...-;)



What is your home story...do let me know sometime...-:)


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Thursday, 3 October 2013

শারদ শুভেছা~ 'ওগো আমার আগমনী' :: Sharod Shubhechha~ Ogo amar agomoni




 শুভ মহালয়া ~Shubho Sharadotsava 

'ওগো আমার আগমনী'... 









শুভ মহালয়ার পূণ্য প্রভাত

full bloomed lotus at home


  On the auspicious first day of Devipaksha







এসো শরতের অমল মহিমা, এসো হে ধীরে।
                        চিত্ত বিকাশিবে চরণ ঘিরে।।

the  fragrance in the air,

fragrance of the  festivities .








Today is Mahalaya(মহালয়া)...
the commencement of 'Devipaksha' (দেবিপক্ষ)
the beginning of 'Autumn Festival' 
in Bengali 'শারদীয়া দুর্গা পুজা '...

This is the moment to enjoy 
the timeless beauty of 
Mahalaya  Agomoni and 'Chandi Path' (চণ্ডী পাঠ) 
by (Late) Birandra Krishna Bhadra
a very nostalgic moment for every Bengali
it's all about our childhood memories....
all those auspicious  moments 
in a beautiful autumn ( Ashwin) dawn 
and that magical  telecast on All India Radio.
An 'Oratario' invoking The Goddess Durga
Sanskrit Chants,'Slokas' and Bengali devotional songs 
those unforgettable melodies
by versatile artists of yesteryear's..
'বাজল তোমার আলোর বেণু
মাতল রে ভুবন...'
still in my heart!!


Warm wishes for a very Happy Durga Puja 
and Happy Navaratri 
from my home to yours -;) 




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Please, do not reuse them in any form without my written permission. Thanks!


Monday, 30 September 2013

DIY : Kantha Stitch on Block Print


'Kantha and block print'
makes me go weak at my knees..-;)

I just love to punch them together
and the magic is twofold .

Here is my latest project
on old re-purposed
 coral red 
Indian block printed fabric.




You may check my other Kantha work here
on tusser silk.









Trying my hand on this beautiful art ,
more to come soon on this little space
Stay tuned...-;)


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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Home...Love...Life...and...Thoughts :)


A beautiful sunny morning in Singapore. :)

Yes,TODAY is the day

 which may not come again.

"Today will Never come again.
Be a blessing.
Be a friend.
Encourage someone.
Take time to care.
Let your words heal
and not wound."
                            -Unknown
                                           

Are you ready 
to celebrate the day 
with enthusiasm... :)




Sunny side up...
Before the weekend
A few happy shots from home..:)
Japanese minimalism
Blue blossom tea set 
and Kokeshi doll.





Accents from Far East
Assorted Japanese pottery
and Terracotta warrior from Xian, China 
Contemporary living 
Asian style..


A design blog doesn't mean just about 'pretty pictures'.

It is about love,
about life,
about home.
Your home...my home...our homes...

Home is where love never ends

and memories are created.

Have a great weekend folks :)



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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Kantha : An affair to remember....DIY Silk Kantha Throw :)








"Life, when reduced to its simplest,
the tale is essentially a love story
with a fairytale overtone."
                                               -Unknown.

Well, I am in love with Bengal Kantha...

the simple running stitch and its fairytale outcome.  
This love story began long back, during my high school days 
and the saga continued -;)

So, when the whole design and styling world is caught by 

this beautiful Kantha craze,
(Kantha is one of the most popular art form of Bengal)
here is my humble attempt to 'draw' a tell
on a piece of tasar silk.



 My DIY kantha throw

and a close up...




 It's indeed a little time consuming
I did it little by little over my free time...
but it totally worth it,
 as the immense satisfaction you get at the end.



Bankura terracotta 
 beautifully compliments
the elegant simplicity of kantha embroidery.







Thinking of those good old days
 when all those women folk from rural Bengal 
used to draw 
(yes, here I'm purposefully not using the word 'sew') 
incredible stories 
on soft, recycled saris/dhotis
with intricate stitches.


Looking forward to your valuable feedback :)


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